Question: How can a noobie add almost 100 edits without a need of a single vote?
Answer: Create only Releases and Release Groups and fill them with junk
I spent a busy Sunday cleaning up after a (beginner) user who was armed with the Discogs Import Script and hosing junk at the database. The script was being used to import releases like “Bat Out Of Hell”, “The Wall (Experience Edition)” and numerous Deluxe editions into MB. Releases that are obviously already going to be in MB.
The trouble is the way the script was used. This meant their 90 edits all dropped into place without the need of any votes. Every single one auto-edited into place. Mainly due to making new Releases or Release Groups (even if we already had that release here at MB).
The quality of data being imported was not just sloppy; it missing simple details; missing artwork; missing barcodes\catnos; creating new Release Groups for items already listed in MB; creating strange titles; broken text; broken layouts; faked years; vinyl instead of CD; and all kind of oddities that were not just breaking guidelines but just looked bad.
I did almost 100 edits just trying to patch up some of the mess, but that is not what this post is about. I ain’t here to complain about the user. This site can be confusing so maybe he assumed he was working correctly? (Never replied to any of my edit notes though)
How can a noobie work so effectively with an import script without any checks?
What is interesting is that they managed to do 100% autoedits. Not a single need of a vote on any of their work. How did that happen? I thought noobies had more checks \ extra votes needed? Or do the scripts bypass that in some way? Or was it the clever choice of only creating new Releases \ Release Groups meant they had worked out how to game the system?
I raise the question as I could see the damage that could be done if someone decided to really go to town with that script. The speed junk data could be imported could be huge…