I recently joined this site to edit an album that I felt had incorrect data on it.
The discussion got pretty heated, I mostly stepped out of it, but people were throwing accusations at each other and it was weirdly ugly.
There was also a distinct tone of annoyance as the idea of “new editors” daring to question “old editors”.
Anyway, the vote went ahead, and passed, 4 - 3.
In the meantime, I’d discussed this in my household group chat, and with probably a half dozen of my friends. Some of them are fans of the album in question.
After hearing some of the discussion that I shared with them, one of my housemates (who is actually a much bigger fan of the album than me, incidentally), created an account and voted in favour of my edit, given that it was causing him grief on his music metadata too.
You can probably see where this is going.
We both got emailed saying we were using sockpuppets. I initially didn’t know he’d gone ahead and made an account, until an admin told me they were from the same IP address. (I didn’t ask him to, although if I’m being totally honest, I don’t think it’s “bad” that he did. He feels strongly about it, more so than me probably.)
Not that surprising to me, we share a lot of social networks, it’s not unusual for any of us in the house to jump onto new websites after one of us does.
Anyway, I actually understand that it looks kinda suspect. I’d be iffy too. It’s also probably not a great first move to go onto a site and vote without interacting with anyone.
The fact is though, we’re not the same person. We live in the same house (with multiple others). We share a music collection. We talk and discuss things we do and see online. If he’d been the one to edit an album I loved, I’d probably put support behind it too.
We’re now both banned from editing or voting on MusicBrainz, which is a bummer, because there’s a lot of more obscure music we were both keen to add. It also appears that the person who reported us has immediately rushed to revert the edit that it seemed had decent support on the forum at least.
I’m not really expecting anyone to change their mind over this, because I can’t really offer anything compelling as proof, but this left a really bad taste in my mouth.
I signed up to contribute, and join in the community, and my experience so far has been really disappointing.