@yvanz has been doing a lot of work on the URL Cleanup component of the MusicBrainz Server code, but is currently held back by the lack of validation tests. He has been working on this in MBS-6378 but needed feedback about how to progress: 1) make a series of changes to change tests to a new system graudally, or 2) do one big (“flag day”) change/pull request to change it all in one go.
Meeting consensus was that the flag day change would be preferable if possible.
MBS-9044 is about standardisation of iTunes URLs to using a geo.itunes.com domain which will redirect a user to their regional/local iTunes store for a given album/Release(/Recording/Artist/…?). However, as geo.itunes.com has been reported to sometimes redirect to a different iTunes id and since there can be regional differences between releases, more research/data is wanted before we decide to either standardise togeo.itunes.comor away from it. For now we’ve decided to not touch them.
There was also some discussion in general about how to approach URL standardisation questions (e.g., changing of standardisation), and the approach recommended is creating a ticket in the ticket tracker and/or bringing it up in the weekly #MetaBrainz meeting. The primary thing needed to be decided is usually whether to change existing URLs silently (ie., just edit the database directly) or to generate edits for changing the URLs (potentially causing a lot of subscription “noise”).