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November 18th, 2020. Death of concern for Discogs' database Management(ers) and the modus operandi behind their decision making. There is no overarching logic, no fundamental principles, no consistency. You are at the whim of arbitrary "I think". But do they?
Why do we input data in a manner that resembles grammar school dropouts?
Well because English orthography is a matter of Staff opinion, because sometimes proper English is hard to read. Parentheses and colons do not share the same meaning on Discogs as elsewhere. The case that is being used on the Discogs display page, ie, sentence or title is not apparent to Staff and that is enough to have the worlds preeminent music database have sloppy display pages for the world to see. The fact that a certain case is being used and that punctuation has meaning outside of opinion is not recognized here.

What is a manufacturing variation? What makes for unique releases? Well Staff opinion of course. The guidelines are not quite sure so we need Staff to make unqualified statements to guide us. Is a human picking intentional color variation the same as a machine making random colors, umm of course right? Humans making decisions is just a "manufacturing variation", we are all automatons after all. But remember, if you can, a human picking a different color tape shell is "not" a manufacturing variation, (for now)! I'll update if that changes according to Staff whim.

Do we catalogue what is credited on release? Well that depends, the most completest[sic] way is to know the Staff's guidebook to Discogs' synonyms, is "Cover" and "Cover Art" synonymous? The answer is "No" but here on Discogs, it is. With this compound noun the preceding noun is the adjectival one meaning it shouldn't/can't be separated into one word such as "Cover" and still contain synonymy to "Cover Art", versus the fact that you can take the primary noun of "Art" and it is indeed still synonymous with the credit "Artwork". Of course Staff seems to think the example comparison of "Bass Guitar" somehow clarifies this point when in actuality is is another descriptive compound where the first word is a modifier, meaning splitting it into a "Bass" and "Guitar" credit is technically exactly the same as splitting 'Cover Art" into a "Cover" and "Art" credit. Cover Art in English is an art credit.

More absurdity to come!

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ООО "Ростовский Электронный Завод" ВАФ №77-20
ООО "Элайн-М" ЛИЦЕНЗИЯ МПТР РОССИИ ВАФ № 77-13

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Tired of re-typing:
The "Licensed From" credit for RCA Records comes from this sentence on the front label: "Made in Canada by RCA Inc. Limited from Master Recordings owned or controlled by RCA Records."
The "Licensed From" credit for Lear Jet Stereo Inc and the "Manufactured By" credit for Hardman Industries Ltd. come from the moulded stamp on the rear of the cartridge.
The "Made By" credit for Solo Products comes from the moulded stamp on the rear of the cartridge.

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