collecting rock / pop / R&B / soul / country / disco LPs since 1989

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important guidelines:
RSG §1.2.2.a.: unique letter-casing in artist names
RSG §1.7.2.: totally incorrect artist names vs. spelling errors
RSG §2.5.2.: when to use an ANV
RSG §2.5.3.: use alias for differentiation of work
RSG §2.5.4.: use alias for fundamental name change
RSG §2.5.5.: no ANV on unlinked credit
RSG §2.5.9.: ANV for spacing variation
RSG §2.5.10.: no ANV for "artist of band"
RSG §2.5.12.: no ANV to hide suffix number
RSG §2.8.1.: no "In Groups"-entry for musicians backing a solo artist
RSG §2.11.1.: solo artist + group = artist entry in its own right
RSG §2.12.1.: PAN swaps are the last resort
RSG §2.13.1.: no ANV for "name 1 (name 2)"
RSG §18.1.: no nicknames / no group members in real name field
RSG §18.2.1.: artist profile content
RSG §18.5.3.: "In Groups"-entry on real name alias
RSG §18.5.4.: "In Groups"-entry on individual artists rather than collaborations
RSG §18.5.5.: inactive "In Groups"-entry

important staff rulings:
https://www.discogs.com/forum/thread/298244#3028754 : nicknames that aren't derived of real forename qualify for alias instead of ANV ("Bootsy Collins rule"; nik)
https://www.discogs.com/forum/thread/803144?page=2#8035013 : nicknames that aren't derived of real forename qualify for alias instead of ANV ("Buck Trent rule"; DtF)
https://www.discogs.com/forum/thread/233685#2871276 : real name takes priority regarding assignment of ANVs to PANs (nik)
https://www.discogs.com/forum/thread/298244#3028754 : ANVs which include real forename belong to real name alias ("Bootsy Collins rule"; nik)
https://www.discogs.com/forum/thread/333683#3121316 : ANVs which are real surname alone or include real forename belong to real name alias ("Pee Wee Ellis rule"; nik)
https://www.discogs.com/forum/thread/693840?page=3#6941174 : ANVs that combine nickname and real forename belong to real name alias ("Smokey Robinson rule"; nik)
https://www.discogs.com/forum/thread/747310?page=1#7414617 : confirmation of the last three rulings ("Bootsy Collins rule"; nik)
https://www.discogs.com/forum/thread/168059#2153828 : name change due to marriage requires own alias for combined surname ("3 aliases rule"; nik)
https://www.discogs.com/forum/thread/182532#2317929 : name change due to marriage requires own alias for combined surname ("3 aliases rule"; nik)
https://www.discogs.com/forum/thread/183150#2313830 : name change due to marriage requires own alias for combined surname ("3 aliases rule"; nik)
https://www.discogs.com/forum/thread/336104#3146301 : name change due to marriage requires own alias for combined surname ("3 aliases rule"; nik)
https://www.discogs.com/forum/thread/233685#2872850 : consistently used mononymous stage names being part of real name qualify for alias ("Madonna rule"; nik)
https://www.discogs.com/forum/thread/182532#2318738 : original PAN combining all name parts qualifies fragmentary names for ANV ("John Cougar Mellencamp rule"; nik)
https://www.discogs.com/forum/thread/168059#2154320 : artistic intent to differentiate work (2.5.3) isn't necessary when fundamental name change (2.5.4) exists (nik)
https://www.discogs.com/forum/thread/793370#7875511 : which PAN came first isn't decisive for which to keep when merging long-standing redundant PANs (nik)
https://www.discogs.com/forum/thread/797137?page=2#7941835 : which PAN came first isn't decisive for which to keep when merging long-standing redundant PANs (DtF)
https://www.discogs.com/forum/thread/394074#3653652 : create full name PAN even if on-release credit only has initial of forename ("J. Smith rule"; nik)
https://www.discogs.com/forum/thread/788406#7825196 : create full name PAN even if on-release credit only has initial of forename ("J. Smith rule"; DtF)
https://www.discogs.com/forum/thread/821475#8154298 : how to treat different constellations of "artist + group" credits (DtF)
https://www.discogs.com/forum/thread/800403#7947012 : don't vote negative if the last edit was a correction; make the edit yourself (DtF)