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Posted by D.T. Metal on 13.06.2014 at 08:56
Going through our logs I have noticed that not everyone is on the same page in regards of editing. As some of you might already know, our resident database guru psykometal is taking some personal time and before things get totally out of hand below are some important things you all should adhere by while editing.

Most of the below can also be found in the FAQ 4. Contributions:

General profile guidelines

Main band info
  • Former names must be formatted as such: FormerBandName ('XX-'XX). see for example: Children Of Bodom

  • Images - Must be edited to be as square as possible. If we add an incredibly oblong/rectangular image then it will appear incredibly scrunched, and potentially unrecognizable, depending on how oblong it is, when the site squeezes it into a perfect 200x200 square.

  • Label - If the band is currently unsigned, use the Unsigned option in the drop down.

  • Label2 - If the band is signed to more than one label, list their home country label first.

  • Links - All of the band's sites must be listed; their homepage (if they have one) as well as all their official social media. Only official sites; no merch stores or label sites

  • Links2 - The Official website link goes at the top, all other links must be ordered alphabetically afterward.

  • Links3 - Link names must display as they do on their respective sites; also, no abbreviations. Ex: Bandcamp (not BandCamp), Bandzone (not BandZone), Myspace (not MySpace), ReverbNation (not Reverbnation), SoundCloud (not Soundcloud), VKontakte (not Vkontakte or VK), YouTube (not Youtube)

  • Players - Bandcamp and SoundCloud links must be added to both the Player and Links area fields on the Edit band page. Many users disable the players in their settings, so if the links are not added to both areas on the Edit band page then those users won't see any links to those sites that feature the band's music.

    Bio
  • All bios must be proofread/edited for proper grammar, punctuation, structure, etc.

  • All bios should be UBB coded following these guidelines:

    - All mentioned bands [band] tagged. Ex: [ band ]Children Of Bodom[ /band ] = Children Of Bodom
    - All album titles italicized. Ex: [ i ]Follow The Reaper[ /i ] = Follow The Reaper
    - All labels, tours and festivals bolded. Ex: [ b ]Nuclear Blast Records[ /b ] = Nuclear Blast Records
    - All song titles "quoted". Ex: "Bodom After Midnight"
    *Remove the spaces between the brackets and letters in the examples to complete the code.
    A coded bio is not necessary for a band to be activated, although it is a nice aesthetic bonus.

    Line-up
  • also check here information

  • Guitars, keyboards and synthesizers must be spelled out and pluralized. Currently, singular/shortened versions of all 3 are used all over the site right now. So for uniformity sake, and professional appearance, we want to streamline to one or the other, and the spelled out/pluralized form was decided upon.

  • Instruments should be arranged in order of relevance, not alphabetic order.

  • Studio musicians are musicians who helped record all (or most) of an instrument (or instruments) for an album, in the studio, but are not members of the band. Ex: George Kollias performed all the drum tracks for Ade's Spartacus in the studio, but he was never in the band.

  • Live musicians are musicians who only played live with the band for a tour, gig or festival appearance. Ex: Tony Laureano toured with Dimmu Borgir in 2005 and 2007, but never wrote or recorded anything with the band.

  • Guest musicians are musicians who came into the studio and recorded a special part for the album, but had no role in the overall writing or recording process for the album. Ex: whenever Jeff Loomis plays a solo or two on an album for a band, and nothing else.

    Albums
  • Also check here for information.

  • Albums have their own style tags now. Use it if the style of the album does not fit the style of the band

  • No TBA albums allowed. If you find any, mark them for deletion immediately.

  • Working title albums are allowed. And if added, include [Working Title] at the end of the title.

  • Splits must be set as EP for the type, and include [Split] at the end of the title.

  • Collaboration albums must include [Collaboration] at the end of the title. On very rare occasions bands collaborate by writing songs together, these are collaboration albums, not splits. Also, if the Collaboration is between multiple bands that are featured on MS, don't forget to link the album to all featured bands; just like you would for a Split. Ex1: Alkerdeel/Gnaw Their Tongues - Dyodyo Asema. Ex2: Metallica/Lou Reed - Lulu

    Sources
  • Use official sources only. For more specific details and discussion: http://metalstorm.net/forum/topic.php?topic_id=45375

    As always, thanks for your contribution on keeping our database awesome



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    Ruchesko
    Symphomaniac

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      23.08.2014 at 06:20
    Should existing "soprano vocals" credits be changed to just "vocals"?
    Troy Killjoy
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      23.08.2014 at 06:25
    Written by Ruchesko on 23.08.2014 at 06:20
    Should existing "soprano vocals" credits be changed to just "vocals"?

    Ya, there's no real need to differentiate between style. Otherwise we'd have to write "clean vocals", "growled vocals", etc. and that's just no.
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    M C Vice
    Ex-polydactyl

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      11.09.2014 at 09:43
    Written by Troy Killjoy on 23.08.2014 at 06:25

    Written by Ruchesko on 23.08.2014 at 06:20
    Should existing "soprano vocals" credits be changed to just "vocals"?

    Ya, there's no real need to differentiate between style. Otherwise we'd have to write "clean vocals", "growled vocals", etc. and that's just no.

    What about Dol Ammad? Their lead vocals are done by a 12-14 piece choir, so its there to differenciate(?) who does what. Is there an exception for them?
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    nobody

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      11.09.2014 at 14:24
    And same goes for female vocals as well
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    Troy Killjoy
    perfunctionist

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    From: Canada

      12.09.2014 at 15:28
    Written by M C Vice on 11.09.2014 at 09:43
    What about Dol Ammad? Their lead vocals are done by a 12-14 piece choir, so its there to differenciate(?) who does what. Is there an exception for them?

    For the sake of uniformity, "vocals" is fine, but since it's a choir it doesn't hurt to provide that extra bit of information.
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    nobody

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    Age: 29
    From: Sweden

      12.09.2014 at 17:14
    And also don't add lyrics and song writing in instruments since those are not instruments
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    Ozman
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    From: The Netherlands

      13.09.2014 at 12:59
    Written by Bad English on 12.09.2014 at 17:14

    And also don't add lyrics and song writing in instruments since those are not instruments


    mentioning song writing when it comes to instrumental songs is 100% okay, since an instrumental is a song that has been written, it just doesn't have any lyrics.
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    nobody

    Posts: 38478

    Age: 29
    From: Sweden

      13.09.2014 at 13:18
    Written by Ozman on 13.09.2014 at 12:59

    Written by Bad English on 12.09.2014 at 17:14

    And also don't add lyrics and song writing in instruments since those are not instruments


    mentioning song writing when it comes to instrumental songs is 100% okay, since an instrumental is a song that has been written, it just doesn't have any lyrics.


    I mean some do
    like:
    Jonny B - vocals, lyrics, producing
    since lyrics and producing are not instrument
    same
    Billy: guitars, lyrics, composing, mastering ...
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    nobody

    Posts: 38478

    Age: 29
    From: Sweden

      27.10.2014 at 13:35
    How about every single user whit out staff and trusties get this PM, al guideline, and they can't do much in MS whit out reading it and accept if understand, because ppl make same old errors , all the time and best be also after reading it test
    Like
    whitch of those are correct
    1 ) Run to the Hills [c: Iron Maiden]

    2) Run To The Hills (Iron Maiden cover)

    3) Run To The Hills [c: Iron Maiden] (2012 bonus )

    4) Run Toe The Hills [c: Iron Maiden] [b: 2012]
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    Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

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