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the specific release you are submitting with
you when you submit! Before submitting
check that the specific release is valid for Discogs and not already in
Discogs as an accepted or pending entry.
Submission is not a competition or a race,
Discogs’ priorities are accuracy and completeness. If a pending release
contains inaccuracies or is missing information and you have it in your
possession, please try to assist in improving it by posting comments
rather than adding a duplicate submission.
At present Discogs operates on the basis that:
same artist + same title + same tracklist + same label + same catalog
number = same Discogs entry. Cosmetic differences such as limited
edition or otherwise different packaging do not currently qualify for
separate entries. This information can be added via image submissions
and release notes.
Artist refers to the main credited artist for a release or track. If
the artist name is not in Discogs yet, submitting it creates the new
artist entry. This is the only way to add a new artist. Please check
whether the name is already in the database. If the same artist exists
under a slightly different name, then you should consider whether the
Artist Name Variation function should be used. Also check to ensure that
the name you are using refers to the correct artist rather than a
different artist with the same name.
If there is more than one main artist on a release then either
Various should be used for the main artist or, if there are only a
few artists (e.g. 2 or 3), they should all be listed using separate
artist fields linked with an appropriate "Join Field" e.g. "/". See the
for more information. Abbreviations follow the usual
Md 04:19, 5 December 2006 (PST) minor amends made
to mention ANV and dupe artists.
Md 14:43, 24 October 2006 (PDT) I removed the
following text that seems to have been copied over from MONK's ticket.
The amended text details this information in better language. The RSG
misses the simple fact what to do if the artist / labelö does not exist
So please include the fact (twice, under label an artist) that artist /
label pages will be created in the moment they hit "submit" / after
Click the "+" button if you need to list more than one artist as the
main artist. Doing this will also add a join field between each artist.
Note that in no case is "featuring" suitable for the Join Field, it
belongs to Credits.
Md 04:25, 5 December 2006 (PST) minor changes made
field to enter the main title of your release.'''
'''Only add the release title here, not additional
information such as "Promo", "Limited Edition", "Special Edition", etc.
This extra information must be added in via the Format drop-down lists
or free text field, and can be further detailed in Release
not use quotation marks around the main release title, this additional
punctuation is not necessary.
release has no title you can opt to use the most appropriate of the
color:black">the title of the release’s main track.
color:black">A-Side Title / B-Side Title
If you use
two track titles as the main release title please make sure you separate
them with a slash with a space on either side i.e. ABC Song / XYZ
Please use Moderator Notes to explain your choice of main title if
label already has releases in Discogs, confirm on the label page that
the supplied catalog number is following the correct format. Where no
catalog number exists, you must enter none into the catalog number
field (note the lower case n). In some cases
it may be necessary to manipulate the catalog number to ensure the
logical sorting of releases on the label page. If any such manipulation
is required, be sure to mention how the catalogue number is actually
displayed in the Release Notes, and give any relevant explanations in
You can select quantity, format, description, and add a free text field
as needed to describe the general format of the release. MORE->
refers to the country of origin (the market) of the release. Discovering
the country can be very easy, or quite obscure. For small labels, they
will usually be based in (and release in) the same country. Larger
labels or labels with licensing deals overseas are harder, but the
country should always be the place the release was sold and distributed
in. For Imports, the country they are imported from is the country of
is NOT necessarily where the
release was manufactured. A US label can
release licensed recordings in Germany & Netherlands (perhaps
manufactured in Czech Republic). If the release is on more than one
label, please list the country of the first label you listed in the
Label section. Please use the Release Notes field for all information
that cannot be handled by the current form, or for any other questions
regarding the country field.
to date of release. For an exact date enter in the format "YYYY-MM-DD"
(02-Sept 1997 would be 1997-09-02). For an approximate release date you
may enter only the year (in four-digit format, YYYY) or year and month
with "00" for the day (YYYY-MM-00).
Genre is a
high-level description of the music, whereas style is more specific. At
least one genre is required. Style may or may not be required, depending
on the genre. Any combination of genres and
styles can be selected as appropriate, to reflect
the musical content of the release. Please see the Discogs Style
Guide for more info.
to the main artist it is possible to list additional artist credits.
Discogs allows you to add Credit Roles and Artist Names and assign the
credits to particular tracks.
box if all of the tracks are mixed together into one continuous flow,
for example DJ Mix CDs. Usually, ticking this checkbox also indicates a
requirement for a "DJ Mix" credit in the appropriate field.
Md 04:31, 5 December 2006 (PST) now redundant?
is used to add any factual, objective notes about the release
(additional format or packaging information that can not be detailed in
the format section, concise and relevant background information/history
behind the specific release etc).
Any notes transcribed from the release should be put into clear context.
If any information has been manipulated as part of the data entry
process (e.g. catalogue number), it is mandatory to detail in release
notes where the release information differs from the Discogs listing.
Enter this information in a clear and concise manner.
following are not allowed in release notes:
color:black">Label / Catalog#
color:black">Artist field for each track if there is more than one
artist on the release
color:black">Mixed (to be ticked if tracks are mixed together, a mix CD
color:black">Unofficial Release - when the
release wasn't fully authorized by the
artist/label e.g. bootlegs, unlicensed
color:black">Moderator Notes – please pay special
attention to the text below the Moderator Notes field, and add in all
color:black">Style/s (required for Electronic genre)
color:black">All other credits
color:black">Release Notes (unless otherwise
specified in the submission guidelines)
can add a personal Comment to Release, Artist and Label pages. You can
also request the removal of a Comment if it does not comply with
the Comment Submission
on Discogs should be between 150 and 600 pixels wide with a maximum size
of 300Kb. Make sure they are of good quality, face-on, readable,
correctly oriented and free of any copyright, watermark, url, or other
merge two releases. Submit the update to the release entry that should
remain, click the "Merge" button and enter the duplicate release's
number on the submission form. On the next step, check the releases by
clicking the links. Remember that only duplicate releases should be
merged. You must clearly explain in the Moderator Notes what you are
trying to achieve. The release with the more accurate and complete
information should normally remain. Any relevant information appearing
on the duplicate release and missing on the proper release should be
added to the remaining release before merging them. Merge takes care of
the "Users who have this" and "Users who want this" lists, transferring
from the merged release to the one that remains and informing those
listing the removed entry.
remove a release from the database. This functionality is very rarely
required, usually a Merge is more suitable if a duplicate release entry
is found. However, in cases where a release does not exist
or has been added despite not being eligible for
inclusion in Discogs, the remove functionality should be
Md 04:43, 5 December 2006 (PST) edited for
must use this field to include a full and detailed justification for
your submission. Explain anything that could be potentially confusing
about a release (such as artists or labels new to the database, typos
etc.) You should supply any and all information / links to proofs you
have relating to the justification of your submission.
do not submit until you are confident that your submission is correct.
You can use the Discogs forums to discuss the validity of any updates
that you suspect are required.
that lack sufficient back-up will be rejected. By making sure your
Moderator notes are clear and helpful, you will let us process your
request as quickly as possible.
may can also use this section field to respond to comments from the
moderators when resubmitting a rejected release, or further clarify
requested comments. Please make maximum use of this - If in doubt, put
it in the moderator notes! Remember that what seems obvious to you might
not be obvious to someone else.
Md 04:45, 5 December 2006 (PST) edited for clarity