I’m seeing classical Recordings being merged on the basis of:
To me this is an inadequate basis for merging classical recordings by the same artist.
My expectation is that many different Recordings by the one Artist of the same Work are going to have similar lengths.
Or to put it differently:
Same performer, same composer, & similar time are what I’d expect of different Recordings.
Additional information about the Recordings seems necessary before we can have confidence Merging.
Millisecond time matches.
Documents showing that each recording was made at same short-term recording session.
Documents showing that each recording was made on the same day or at least in the same short space of time.
Recordings being within same Release Group.
Documents showing the Artist has only recorded that Work once.
Any other documents that show the 2 Recordings were actually one Recording.
I’m not after proof here.
Just a reasonable basis for confidence.
(I’m not seeking to stop this particular batch of merges as, from memory, they are just a drop in the bucket of merged classical Recordings. So this post is not intended to say that the Merging editor is not acting in line with existing or current community standards.
Rather I am seeking to create discussion around community standards and perhaps changes in community standards.)
(If this reads like the post of someone who has been interacting with a deliberately obstructive and wilfully obtuse Australian aged care provider company about the inhumane mis-treatment of a relative there is a very good reason for that.)