Topic: Liner Note Accuracy vs. Assumed Artist Intent
Which do you believe is a more important standard MusicBrainz should live up to?
Accuracy to the Release information (CD/Vinyl liner notes) over all other info.
Accuracy to what we believe the artist's intent is, possibly changing the liner note information.
Kind of a loaded, and poorly worded, question. But anybody who has been active in editing and voting on changes in the database knows what I mean. Making MB basically an archive for liner notes, or correcting tags to what we believe the artist would want. How you answer makes a big difference on how you vote changes to the database.
I only ask because I was re-tagging and came across "Foxy Lady" by Jimi Hendrix which is now called "Foxey Lady". I grabbed my CD and sure enough, there was the "e" staring me in the face. I've had it wrong all these years, all I could think was "So what's the meaning behind the odd spelling? Foxy Lady is a commong slang term, Foxey isn't even a word."
After some quick searches it seems that it's actually a misspelling in the US version of a 1967 record that has been conitinued and spread to most official releases now. Releases using the misspelling seem to outnumber the correct spelling so we would be changing alot of releases to go back to pre-1967 and you could almost say the history has made "Foxey" the correct spelling (we can't exactly ask Jimi how it should be).
Personally I think it should be changed and as it's documented as a misspelling I think many would a agree. But this is a common artist, most of the time we're not so lucky to have well documented info about this kind of thing. If there was no proof either way how would you vote? And this issue can be expanded to cover many other track related issues; such as when a release uses an all caps or no caps font and it's decided that since it's on the CD it's artist intent even though not a single word in the liner notes has a capitalization.
I'd just like to see what some people's opinions are on the issue. I don't think it's something we can make a set-in-stone standard; just about every case will have to be voted and debated on it's own (here's Jimmy's BTW). But maybe we can at least get a sense for how everybody feels on it and we can all be on the same page.
My opinion is that database consistancy over liner notes in small cases such as these misspellings and font based capitalization issues (but stuff like this shouldn't be touched).
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