Topic: Multiple versions of bootlegs
Where a bootleg has never been physically released, but can be found online with slightly different arrangements of the same material, i.e. different number of tracks/track lengths, is it OK to add multiple releases?
I think this would be a good idea. There's often no good reason, to my knowledge, why one version is preferable to the other.
In a broader sense, I think the question is worth asking in relation to all bootlegs. Even those that have had a physical release on vinyl, cassette or CD have been, and continue to be, digitalised and shared online. Whichever medium, there may be some variation in the way individual rippers divide a continuous stream into individual tracks.
In my opinion, any particular track list that can be found online should be allowed. This would make MB more complete/accurate in relation to material that is available. I'm aware that there is a concern that MB will be filled with 'home made' bootlegs but I don't see how this could lead to an extensive influx. Although in theory anyone could create a new bootleg and post it, leading to a potentially limitless number of bootlegs in MB, in reality I think they are/will be limited in number. For one, it does take some effort to arrange a track list and upload it, and to that extent there is some effort/thought that goes into 'releasing' an online bootleg. Those efforts should be rewarded, particularly where the bootleg contains unreleased material or compiles dispersed tracks.