sorry, I've to go, but I hope we can clear this issue later
phew, I also need to get on with someting else
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I've done the work to create new artists and labels, and for the most part it works - but the display is kinda messed up :)
At the moment it creates artists if you leave the artist field blank and add a artist credit name. we should probably have an option in the drop down called "add new artist" which fills in the artist credit name and does something special to the artist selection box (maybe italic text saying create new artist or something)
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murdos_I thought about your example some more, it is very contrived, I think in reality if you were to change the artist name you might expect the credit names to also change and that is the problem.
Where the artist name and credit name differ it will be important in some cirumstances to search for these individually
and putting both into artist will screw up the scoring applied because recording that contain both variations will score better than one that just matches one of the terms
Typically when searching for a recoriding/release you only take the first page of results, so if a good result doesnt get on that first page because of this you'll miss it
I really see no advantage in removing it
how could a "recording [could] contain both variations"?
err... ignore "[could]"
If the recording has been credited to the artists real name and performance name
or another scnerio if you were to search for songs by an artist, songs that have a artist credit that differs from the artist will score lower because more terms in that reording then another
Similar to the problem we used to have searching for artists that the score returned for an artist was effected by how many aliases they had
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I'm still wondering about adding a new field for the full artist credit (and put what is currently in artist), and make "artist" a catch all with all different artist names
so you can do simple search, and "expert" search
Dont follow, the artist field already contains the full artist credit (this is the simple search searching for what is on the CD)
and artistname and creditname are the expert searches
i.e the artist field contaisn what is credited on the cd as it is written with the joining phrases which is normally what you want,
not exactly related to this conversation, but I want to enter a ticket about not redirecting to the artist on partial matches at some point, is that a search server or mb_server thing?
and it will score so that if youe neter the exacting matching artist credit such as "Johnny Cash & June Carter" that will give the bet score
not really. I know artist "Renaud3", and i want to find its recording
If use select the advanced query syntax (whihc most users dont) you need to understand what you are doing
ocharles: i'm on a cellphone, not home right now.
I use the webservice more than just about anyone and I need these three fields, and I think when other starts using this they will find they need these fields as well so it really isnt on to start removing these...
but if you want to add another field, call this artist and rename artist to artistcredit i dont mind that