[STYLE-792] Additional guidelines for disambiguation comments


Ticket: https://tickets.metabrainz.org/browse/STYLE-792
Discussion/suggestions welcome.


I think I agree with both of these, but they shouldn’t apply to artists, they should apply everywhere, so we might need a new style page for it :slight_smile:

Still happy to see any comments by other people!


Perhaps link the STYLE ticket both to here and the other discussion where this was talked about not long ago?

I agree to both points in the ticket anyway.


It’ll take me a second to find it, but sure.
EDIT: Did you mean this one?


The only capitalization I care about for disambiguations are that proper nouns are properly capitalized.


The capitalisation of disambig. comments is covered in https://musicbrainz.org/doc/Disambiguation_Comment

The text inside the comment field is not part of the title, and thus should be entered following the normal capitalization rules (that is, usually in lowercase).


That doc is a tad ambiguous. It doesn’t define what “normal capitalization rules” are. I’ve seen people adding disambiguations with the first word capitalized*, disambiguations with every word capitalized and even grammatical sentences as disambiguations, complete with the first word capitalized and a period at the end.

*I will admit I was guilty of this at one time.


Agreed with both here: that is better than no guidance, but it is very unclear what “normal rules” are and could be much better.


I made a few changes to the Disambiguation Comment page: https://wiki.musicbrainz.org/index.php?title=Disambiguation_Comment&type=revision&diff=71993&oldid=52787

I’ve also removed the duplicate disambiguation stuff from Style/Artist, which mostly just points to the Disambiguation Comment page now: https://wiki.musicbrainz.org/Style/Artist#Disambiguation_comment


The term “normal rules” is too ambiguous. I think something like “sentence style” would be much clearer.


Here a current, contested example for disambiguation at Work level: https://musicbrainz.org/edit/45580837 & https://musicbrainz.org/edit/45579183
Open for votes and comments – and maybe helpful for the elaboration of generic guidelines for the disambiguation field :wink: