Submitting Tunes to the Session.org
This site provides one of the best Irish trad tune data bases on the web. But it’s at risk of being diluted.
We’ve had a recent rash of tune submissions that duplicate tunes already in the archives here. Some come with made up names, and some contributors clearly aren’t searching the archives before clicking "post" because the transcriptions are nearly identical.
And lately, Jeremy’s been letting these tunes stand instead of his old practice of deleting them (if they were purely redundant) or moving them into the existing tune file (if they add some variation, alternate setting, or useful information).
In the long run—maybe sooner—I see this trend as less than helpful. It will leave the tune database disorganized, with duplicate postings and no way short of sifting through all the posts to determine which ones are helpful and which are red herrings. And it only adds confusion to a trad repertoire of tunes already beseiged by confusion over tune names.
So I’m hoping Jeremy will respond here and clarify his policy on all this. And I’m hoping people will read this and think twice before submitting a tune without first doing some research to make sure it’s not already in the data base. It’s easy enough to post a redundant tune even when you search the archives first, and even when you have a decent handle on the repertoire (I know because I’ve don’t it twice recently myself). But I’d like to see such tune submissions kept to a minimum, and corrected (moved or deleted, as appropriate), to maintain the integrity of the data base.
My intent isn’t to discourage anyone from posting tunes here, but to encourage them to do so with some respect and appreciation for the great collection of tunes we’ve all built so they can add to it. Please let’s not gum it up.
If you’re new to abcs, test the transcription on abc software or the Tune-O-Tron’s tune converter at Concertina.net first. If you don’t know how to use the abc search function here, ask and someone will explain it for you. If your knowledge of the Irish trad repertoire is slim, ask another member here to review your tune before you post it.