Editing the music database

Only users with editor or administrator permissions may edit or combine database entries. Give editor permissions to DJs who volunteer to tidy the music database. For the rest of this section we assume you have permission to edit.

There are two database editing features. You can:

Editing individual items

The "info page" for an item shows the full details for that item in the database. It contains a link to the "edit info page" for the same item. Editing the item returns you to the info page. So you edit an item via its info page.

You access the info page for an artist, disk or label by clicking any instance of the item's name that's shown as a link. For example, clicking an artist name in a playlist (whether you are entering or viewing it), in a table of search results, or in the alphabetical database browser brings up the artist's info page. Such links can appear elsewhere too, for example, an artist or label info page lists the disks associated with that item, each of which links to a disk info page. This makes it very quick to correct details even while you're in the middle of something else.

Combining duplicate items

Errors in spelling or typing during data entry can easily lead to duplicated, redundant database items, e.g.

Such problems can be sorted out by combining redundant items. Users with editor or administrator permissions can combine items.

There are three starting points for choosing items to combine:

Step 1. Choose the items you want to combine by using

Step 2. Click the combine button

Step 3. Select one item to keep and click the combine button. The other items are then deleted.

Resources belonging to the deleted items are reassigned to the kept one:

Combining disks

When combining disks, hover the mouse over a disk to see the artist name in a tool-tip. Artist names are also listed with the disk name in the combine list.

Combining disks is not as simple as combining artists or labels. If the disks you choose to combine involve more than one artist then a Various Artists disk will be the result. This can happen even when the disk is not a V/A disk if duplicate (i.e. redundant) artist entries are involved.

For example, say you spotted that there are three entries for the disk "A Toda Cuba le Gusta" by the Afro-Cuban All Stars. You want to combine them. But look closely:

Apart from the three different ways of typing the disk name, there are in fact three different artists here, all typed differently. If you combine these three disks you'll get a Various Artists disk with all three spellings of the Afro-Cuban All Stars appearing on it as different artists. Untidy!

Spinitron will warn you about such matters. When it detects more than one artist involved in a disk combination, it displays a detailed table setting out the artists and disks involved.

If you see this warning when you don't want to create a V/A disk then you typically need to go back and combine the artists before combining the disks. For example, search for artists (not disks) starting with "Afro" and combine the three artists Afro Cuban All Stars, Afro-Cuban All Stars, Afro-Cuban All-Stars into Afro-Cuban All Stars. Then click on the artist name Afro-Cuban All Stars to see the disks belonging to the artist and combine the redundant disks.