It’s Here, and We Ought to Use It: A call to All members
With the recently added ability to edit the tune links on recordings here, a few people have taken considerable time to do so, including for those recordings submitted by others. (Shout-out to Kenny, Gonzo, NFLD Whistler, Ceolachan, and DonaldK, and I’m sure there are others I’ve forgotten to mentioned). However, if the actions of these people, along with my own experience with editing recordings, are anything to go by, then Jeremy’s claim that the tunes link correctly ninety-odd percent of the time simply cannot be accurate. I’ve seen, and thought of, too many cases where a name is used for multiple tunes, and the database gets suppremely confused.
Although I am aware that many who add recordings use this newish feature, I propose that we all make a special effort to do so. If everyone took the time to edit their own recordings, and new ones as they add them, we’d all get a share of the work on establishing the database’s accuracy, and we’d likely get more of it done more quickly. I’m not saying we should necessarily post every tune on every recording, but rather that we should make sure that the tunes already linked are done so correctly. I’m also very aware that I need to step up my own efforts to edit the recordings I add; most of the members I mentioned above have edited at least one of these at one time or another.
Someone pointed out (I don’t remember whom or on which thread) that although Alan Ng’s database is amazingly helpful, it contains a small fraction of the recordings we have here. Furthermore, so many of our listings sadly lack a comment. I know I often wonder about a certain tune on a certain recording that might not be on Alan Ng’s site, and I’m sure others do as well. Therefore, as we are crowdsourcing a trad music recordings index, and since we now have this brilliant feature, I think we should collectively use it much more,, so that if nothing else, others who come here looking will be able to find tunes quickly and efficiently. That’s what I love about Alan Ng’s database. Perhaps we can finally start to turn the “X recordings of a tune by this name” statement into “there are X recordings of this tune”, to some extent.