This is a community guide. It is written and amended by members of the community as ways to assist new contributors to add useful data to the database. Although this guide may use terms such as rules, this guide is not the final say on matters. Official guidelines (such as those that are linked on submission pages) overrule statements made below.
Credits are linked to films, allowing individuals to easily find different films involving an actor.
Credits can be used for individuals, musical groups, sports teams, production companies, distribution companies and broadcasters.
Credits for individuals should be titled under their the most known name in their native language unless they are more widely known under another language, for example Jackie Chan.
Credits should be capitalised on every word unless it’s specifically for the name, for example McDonald.
If a credit is most known with having their name abbreviated with letters, for example G.W. Bailey. Don't include a space between the letters, for example don't use G. W. Bailey.
If a credit contains a nickname with quotations, for example "Weird Al" Yankovic. Use quotation marks (") rather than apostrophes (').
Currently there is no system in place to search English and non-English credits together, therefore it would be best to input credits in English until a proper system is in place to be able to search for credits in multiple languages.
Musical groups should be titled the way their names are stylised such as a-ha.
Sports teams should be titled with the full name of the sports team, for example Manchester United Football Club. This is to differentiate from other teams that may share a similar name.
Companies should be titled under the name of the company at the time of the film, this would mean separate credit pages for different points in the company history, for example the Disney company.
This is to add key dates for the credit, mostly used for births and deaths for individuals but can be used for formations and disbanding of groups and teams as well as companies founding and when they go defunct.
When adding events, include all location information within the places field, the drop down countries are there as quick guide, the field is free text and allows for more information to be included. The notes field would be to indicate if the country has since changes its name, or to include their age when they died, it is not for adding locations.
This is how the field is used on other sub-ogs sites, and it is best practice to use one format.
External links should always be added when editing credits, these should be outside sources for reference along with linking other Discog sites and any personal websites.
Profiles should be used for any additional information regarding the credit.
Duplicate credits will appear with all likelihood due to mistakes and human error. If a duplicate credit is found or created, the credit that is linked to the most films is considered the original, if there are a few credits linked to both it is best to edit the films on the one with less linked films and change them over to the main credit.
If a duplicate credit is found it would be best to add [DUPLICATE] at the end of the duplicate and then to add links to the original credit, this is to avoid confusion over which credit to use.
There are two options to deal with duplicate credits, if there are no linked films it would be best to repurpose the credit as another credit.
If there are multiple films linked to the credit it would be best to flag the original and duplicate in the duplicate credit thread to allow for the staff to merge the credits into one.