Alias - A name that an Artist goes under, used when an Artist has
two or more names, including 'stage names'. An Artist's real name(s) is
sometimes listed as an 'Alias' of a more commonly-known stage name.

ANV - Short for 'Artist Name Variation', a special field where we
can put variations in an Artist's name, such as spelling variations,
shortened names, nicknames, initials, and different language variations.
This feature is objective and indicates exactly what is printed on the
Release, including misspellings. Specific information about an ANV can
be included on an Artist Page or Release Page.

API - Application Programming Interface - see

Artist - Any single person or group of people that present
themselves as a musician, writer, or other actively involved party in
the creative process of making a Release. All Artists get their own
Artist Page on Discogs.

Artist Page - Is a Page containing the Releases that form the
discography of the Artist, plus additional biography and Artist images.

CIP - Contributor Improvement Program - see

Discogs - The name of a website which contains
the discographies of audio Artists, with additional biography
information, and other related functions.

Editor - A former role on Discogs, an Editor was given more powers
than Moderators to vote on more complicated or far reaching Submissions
such as Merge Releases. Editors retained all the powers they had when
they were Moderators, and could continue in this role concurrently with
their role as an Editor. Editors are now Voters.

Forum - The official help and discussion pages at

Group - User created and run discussion pages at

Guidelines - Also referred to as the 'Release Submission Guide' or
'RSG', this part of the help documentation attempts to outline best
practice for entering information into the Discogs database - see

Help Section - The main page linked to
with the 'Help' link at the top right of every page, contains the Help
Forums, the help documentation including the database guidelines, help
for marketplace users, and general explanations about the different
aspects of the site.

Label - Any entity or branding that is associated with releasing
audio content. Labels get their own page on Discogs, where we can list
their biography and discography. The term can be tricky to define,
especially where multiple businesses or brands are involved in the
Release. Discogs is currently looking at ways to broaden this and make
it easier to use.

Label Page - Is a Page containing the Releases (linking to Release
Pages) that form the discography of the Label, plus additional Label
information and Label images.

Merge Release - A function that merges two releases into one. It is
for eliminating duplicate releases. New users often confuse this with Master

Moderation - The former process by which a release is checked
through by Moderators, to see if any errors are present, as prescribed
by the guidelines. This process still happens on the site, although the
term 'moderation' isn't used anymore as the Moderators were turned into

Moderator - A former role where a trusted User who is given the
power to vote on Submissions. Moderators are now Voters.

Moderated Release - A former term used for a submission which had
received Moderation by a Moderator to become a Moderated Release, and is
therefore in the correct or checked side of the database. (See also:
Unmoderated Release and Release).

Master Release - Often abbreviated MR, this is a set of closely
related releases, such as all versions of a particular album, which have
been grouped together in order to keep artist and label pages tidy. The
MR's artist, title, images and tracklist are obtained from one of the
releases in the set (the "key" release). New users often mistakenly say
"merge releases" when they mean "create a master release" or "add to a
master release". See above for what Merge Release really means.

OP - An acronym for Original Poster, the user who started a thread
in the forums or discussion groups.

OS - An acronym that refers to the Original Submitter of a release
in the database. In some cases this user may be the only owner (or, at
least, had it in front of him at the time) of a given item and could be
considered its ultimate authority when questions about duplication or
uniqueness arise.

Page - Discogs has Pages for Artists (Artist Page), Releases
(Release Page), and Labels (Label Page). Though additional non-database
pages exist for other functions such as Forums and Help Section Pages.

PAN - Short for Primary Artist Name. When an artist has minor name
variations, the PAN is the only variation that gets to be an 'artist' in
the database. The other variations are ANVs.

Rank - A number that is calculated based on the amount of
submissions and edits a User has done.

Rankhunter - A negative term used for Users who submit many small
updates, inferring that they do this simply to increase their Rank.

Release - When a Submission is accepted to the database, it become a
Release (or Moderated Release). 'Release' is also a broad term for any
audio product that is made for general public consumption, this is the
fundamental thing that Discogs catalogs using Release Pages.

Release Page - A page with all the information about a particular
release, including its tracklist.

Release Submission Guide - (See Guidelines).

RSG - (See Guidelines).

Submission - When a User enters data into Discogs, it is called a

Submissions Folder - The display showing a users submissions -
(note it is titled simply

Submitter - When a User submits a Release,
or submits other alterations, they are termed as a Submitter of the
Submission to Discogs.

Track - An individual musical work or piece of audio that is
separated from other works on a release in some way. On Discogs this
generally means each individual numbered/lettered Track listed on a
Releases sleeve.

Tracklist - A selection of Tracks listed together in a list.
Specifically on Discogs, is the list of Tracks that feature on a

User - A person who uses the site. A logged in user is a person who
has signed-up for a User Account.

User Account - An account a User who uses the site has signed-up for
on Discogs. All accounts are free.

Voter - The current role for users who have been trusted to check
and rate submissions based on their correctness. Voters replaced Editors
and Moderators during the Version 4 changes. The Editors and Moderators
formed the starting group of Voters, which are now augmented by
automatically selected new Voters - see

Websubmitter - A negative term, used when a User is suspected of
submitting items from another internet site, rather than having the item
in their hands. Discogs only allows Submissions made from the real item,
for the sake of accuracy and verifiability.