- Editing resources
- Useful references
- Tips & tricks
1. Why vote abstain?#
- I'm not interested it it and want it to disappear from my search results
- Edit looks correct but verifying it takes too much time
- I just want to follow a discussion
- I don't know
In general, if you want people to vote yes on your edits or as far as approve them, make good edit notes.
Need votes in a timely manner? Please post in the Voting/Auto-editor Request Thread.
Do you think I've voted unfairly? Please speak up by leaving an edit note. I'm always willing to rectify my votes or help you out.
- Voting is important
- Why do people vote ‘abstain’ on simple (to verify) edits?
- When to merge recordings?
- How is “compilations” a reason to merge?
- Editing principles
- Catalog brochures
- New resource for looking up UPCs and ISRCs at Sound Exchange
- German magazine database (useful for determining release date of enclosed music CDs, etc.)
Cover art sources#
Lists of non-digital retailers that have proven to be useful
- HHV (some are badly cropped but other than that a fine source for cover art, especially vinyl)
- Decks (annoying site design, some images have watermarks but otherwise decent for vinyl cover art)
Usually just photos but better than no reference (sometimes I even add them when scans are already present)
Make sure to select type "Raw/Unedited" when adding those
- http://aucfree.com/ (AFAIK they only allow access from Japanese IP addresses. VPN Gate lists free VPN servers, many from Japan )
- https://www.ebay.com/ (and the various country specific front-ends)
- Quotation marks by European country (map)
- Japanese release dates
- a‐tisket: A multi‐source seeder for MusicBrainz (forum thread)
- Check out the userscripts section below, there are many scripts for importing from various websites
- MagicISRC (developed by kepstin) (source code repo)
- Fetch ISRCs from Spotify (forum thread)
After submitting ISRCs please go to your edits and make a note where you got them and for which release they are.
Soon™ notes can be automatically added. (MBS-6048)
- Art: Script to fill comment from uploaded filename?
- Script to set all types of all ready-to-upload pictures?
Without them editing (and voting) is a PITA
- Unicode characters
- MusicBrainz: Release day of the week
- Discogs: Release day of the week
Various userscripts that can make not only editing life better :)
- Internet Archive Saver (as a makeshift solution until MBS-10486 and MBS-9009 are implemented)
- Go to next/previous page (For those who hate clicking "next" buttons)
- searchEngineJump 搜索引擎快捷跳转
- Super_preloaderPlus_one_New (Why click "next" buttons at all?)
- Linkify Plus Plus
Sick of websites showing postage stamp sized images only? Try one of these.
(personally using Imagus with Image Max URL)
- Image Max URL (recommended, own rules can't be added (i.e. code has to be edited directly) but its developer usually speedily implements new ones on request)
- Mouseover Popup Image Viewer (no longer maintained)
- Mouseover Popup Image Viewer (actively developed fork)
- Stig's Art Grabr
- vgmdbrip (batch download high resolution images off VGMdb)
Web browser extensions#
Various extensions that can make not only editing life better :)
- Imagus (for Chrome and Firefox)
- Discogs Enhancer
- Copy Tables
- Display #Anchors
- Link Clump
- Buster (mainly for ISWC-Net who added reCAPTCHA after their overhaul)
Tips & tricks#
- Classical Editor Toolbox (you'll regret not having read it when dealing with classical stuff)
- Bandcamp release date discrepancies (must-read when dealing with Bandcamp stuff)
Where to find barcode on digital releases?#
The barcode field is supposed to store the EAN / UPC for digital releases. See MBS-7419
Those can often be found hidden somewhere on the site (check page source, URLs, etc.) or acquired via an API if available.
- Take a look at the thumbnail URL, sometimes it's in there.
- If you found the barcode there or somewhere else you can do a check with their API
- The Enterprise Partner Feed is probably the best of all, if you have access to it.
- Currently there is an unauthenticated API: http://api.deezer.com/album/15242271
- Look at the page source and search for UPC
- Look at the page source and search for UPC (warning: might not be for the digital version)
- The Bandcamp importer displays it on the page.
- Use their API. The productId can be found in the URL of the release, e.g.
- Full release details:
- Just title, description and UPC:
- Full release details: