[STYLE-792] Additional guidelines for disambiguation comments

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

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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?

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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).

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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.

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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

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

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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: