If you want to send someone to a collection - e.g. you’re linking people to your collection of MLP fan works - then I think they’re great.
If the idea is to contribute to a public database where anyone visits one release, and then sees what they’re linked to and can explore related releases, then I think collections doesn’t achieve that. ‘Other collections’ is literally the least visible thing on the release page, and that’s saying something
(note: I’m not saying we should make collections more visible, just that they might not be appropriate for the task)
I guess by now this is a lot bigger a question than just how to relate fan works to original works. We also don’t really have a way at the moment to say even “this is part of the Star Wars franchise” or anything like that. I’m honestly not sure there’s a good way to do that other than just tagging that won’t require a new entity type, though, and I’m not sure such an entity type makes sense right now.
I’d love to have some sort of transmedia franchise entity that can link to both MusicBrainz and BookBrainz though…
That’s my idea exactly! I suppose tags can work for now though, I’ll just be sure to be consistent with my tagging…
That would be quite nice. It looks like someone’s already opened a ticket for (part of) that:
…although, for this, I might personally prefer:
I actually really like how imageboard tagging works, and it seems like it could be quite flexible. For example, in addition to franchise and fandom, you could also tag themes, mood, stylistic elements, and much more, depending on how flexible we make it.
resurrecting this topic as it’s still on my mind, and I’ve got a new situation
so there’s this fanfiction, Fallout: Equestria… it’s in MusicBrainz as there’s multiple audiobooks and audio dramas (yet to be added). there’s also many derivative works based on this fanfic, including songs. many of the songs by the group The Wasteland Wailers, for example.
since both entities are within the scope of MusicBrainz, how should they be related? simply a “based on” relationship? should they only be related if the song is directly based off events, locations, or characters in the story, or would a song based on the world be related too?