I’m Ed aka istartedajoke. I first found MusicBrainz in 2005 (which I still tend to think of as “a few years ago” even though that hasn’t been the case for some time ). At the time, I thought it was cool to have “public standards” for all the random MP3s in my collection that had “feat.”, “ft.”, etc. Then there was some mashup CD I had that wasn’t in the database - and another, and another, and then my neighbor’s boyfriend was in a band, and then my housemate...
Now that I work with databases daily (Salesforce system administrator since 2010), I have a real appreciation for the sheer amount of data, style standards & continued development of MB. As I have no formal background in computer science, MB is the standard-bearer in my head of “the way things should be organized”, and has informed my own work. Kudos & thanks to all developers, editors & users for their dedication
Also, at the risk of sounding silly... I learned last year from various edits that the ' key isn’t really an apostrophe. It blew my mind.
That being said, while I’ve been an auto-editor for some time, I’ve had almost no community presence (never used IRC, and browsed but I don’t think ever posted the old forums). Now that it’s a more intuitive, integrated system, I’ll try to pop in more often! Cheers!