Hi, I’ve been trying to learn the right way to add info into MusicBrainz for a while now, and it sure always feels like a moving target that I’ll never really understand. But I came across what I think should be a clear cut case that I’m hoping doesn’t start a holy war, but would really like to understand who or what to believe when there seems to be direct conflict amongst standards.
I’ll also accept that I just continue to not understand something but I’m at a loss for how to sort this out myself.
I was refreshing my understanding on details of adding a release and getting naming right using what is documented at https://musicbrainz.org/doc/Style/Titles. I always like the examples as they’ve helped in the past to visualize the scenarios I might face.
A few days later while adding releases from my library I came across my CD Apocalyptica Plays Metallica by Four Cellos.
I thought it looked familiar and it did. This title is an example in the Performers in Title section of the documentation.
“Release and release group titles shouldn’t generally contain performers unless they are clearly part of the title (either the performer includes it when mentioning the album, or the title seems “unfinished” without the performer name).”
“Apocalyptica Plays Metallica by Four Cellos”, not just “Plays Metallica by Four Cellos”.
So I was surprised and confused when MusicBrainz currently lists the release as simply “Plays Metallica by Four Cellos”
Bad edit? Change of opinion that makes it a bad example? Enough people felt it shouldn’t follow what seems like a logical rule?
My bigger concern is that if one can’t trust the examples in the documentation to be accurate, how is someone new to MusicBrainz ever supposed to feel confident in their understanding and application of the documented guidlines.
Curious how this sort of situation is supposed to play out, and whether this specific situation calls for a new edit to put the title as the docs imply it should be.
Thanks in advance to anyone who can help me understand how this is supposed to work.