[mb-style] Disc Numbers for singles
dupuy at cs.columbia.edu
Fri May 27 19:53:07 UTC 2005
>>If there is an overwhelming clamor for a full style council
>>vote, we can do that, but I think it will be simpler and
>>faster to just go with three, and the final result is
>>probably the same in any case.
Cristov Russell wrote:
> Have we setup how that would work exactly. Would the 3 vote and the others
> raise an objection afterward? The more I think on this the more over
> complicated this becomes.
The way it is supposed to work is exactly the way it did work; first (and last)
there is a lot of discussion; at some point a member of the style council (in
this case, me) decides this is close to consensus, but not quite there,
presents the alternatives in summary form, and sets some sort of deadline for
consensus or voting. People realize that they really could live with the other
option, a consensus is reached, and no voting takes place (it's magic!).
Now let's say that a consensus is not reached, because Jamie (the only person
who objected to (disc #) in single titles who hasn't yet replied to my summary
message) feels that it would cause irreparable harm to the purity of
MusicBrainz's bodily fluids to allow (disc #) in single titles. If it's just
one person who objects, we might still have consensus, but if he feels strongly
about it, and is a style council member, and is an editor for the relevant
area, we could certainly have a vote if he requested it.
At that point, the three people would meet on IRC or by e-mail and vote on the
issue (no abstaining, no ties - that's why there are three). This decision
would be "final" at least for the moment, until there is some new proposal that
hasn't been considered before, or other changes (e.g. to tagger functionality).
Once consensus has been reached (usual case) or it has gone to a vote (rarely),
the last thing that needs to be done is to update the Official Style
Guideline(s) that are affected by the decision, in this case,
http://wiki.musicbrainz.org/wiki.pl?DiscNumberStyle - where John has already
put some notes on (disc #) in single titles. Those notes should be updated to
reflect the decision, noting some of the problems (e.g. differences between
multi-disc singles and singles with disc #s that are sold separately should be
noted in album annotations; assumption now is sold-separately, for singles).
John would be the logical person to do this last step, but as he's away for the
weekend, Jamie or Stefan would be the next choices, as responsible editors. If
neither of them gets to it, I would be the one who can't pass the buck...
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