Topic: Importing from Discogs
Having browsed the forums, I know this has been discussed before, but I've not been entirely satisfied with the answers. So...
Is there any possibility of making Discogs releases easier to import?
As discogs links are now added to individual releases it seems logical to create a tool that allows importing of data using just that link. Obviously data needs to be checked and verified with other sources, but as a starting point this would surely speed up the process.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but discogs must be the source of a significant proportion of release additions. I certainly use it as the starting point of most of my additions.
I know that creating such a tool would require a significant use of resources, and there are concerns as to 'where to stop' in relation to tools for individual databases, but discogs seems to be set apart insofar as it has it's own category it the 'relate to url' list, and for the above reason.
Another big concern in this area relates to the fear that such a tool would lead to 'lazy' editing. This brings up a more general issue in relation to MB. Although I see how such a tool could result in users importing lots of data without checking against other sources, would this really cause a big problem? I presume that anyone who bothers enough to contribute regularly is going to take a reasonable amount of care in checking their sources. And if some data is incorrect, surely this is the kind of thing that other users will notice and correct.
It's also worth noting that many additions, in general, are not verified at all before being added; at least I presume that is the case when my edits are added with no votes for or against. If this is happening then I don't see how such tools could be making things worse: It would just make the process faster at the input end.
I understand that the intention is for MB to be accurate, but surely a balance has to be struck between accuracy and expediency. Moreover, what I'm proposing it the same principle that operated at MB's outset, when the core of the data was imported from Free.db. If you can import from free.db then why not from discogs, which to my mind is far more accurate?
I suppose the general point I'm trying to make it that discogs is a sizeable and generally reliable database, so it should be easier to import releases from it. Although this could well increase the amount of incorrect data in MB, I think this is justified by the amount of time it would save.
Is there another side to this I'm not seeing?