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Terminal Zone: Website Proposal
The goal here is to accumulate a substantial reference library of reviews of recorded music, of special interest to the contributors' community. The initial community was largely shaped by the tastes and interests of Robert Christgau, although it may expand and drift over time. The main idea is to provide support for recommended album lists that may serve to guide newcomers in exploring the history of popular music.
The reference database will be built up incrementally. Even in the long run, there is no expectation of completeness (unlike Wikipedia, AMG, Discogs, etc.).
It is possible that this will be built using Mediawiki plus some custom programming. Mediawiki has several advantages, including a shadow discussion system and extensive revision control. It is set up to encourage broad participation. Presumably we will limit this, at least initially. Mediawiki imposes no structure: everything is a page, with links to other pages. This gives us a lot of flexibility to specify a structure.
I see two alternative approaches here:
The choice probably comes down to how much data will wind up in each album entry. I'm thinking it will include:
For each artist (individual or group name) there would be a page. Aliases would be linked to the most sensible entry. The page would start with a brief biography, set up by a template. Then there would be a series of list for albums: major releases, EPs, archival material, compilations, significant shared credits, tribute albums (especially for major composers; merely getting a song covered wouldn't qualify).
Artists can be indexed various ways: on series of pages sorted by alpha, by year or period, by genre, etc. Various Artist compilations can be linked through appropriate group pages (series, genre, label).
We need some sort of genre taxonomy, if only because it provides a vector into browing the artist/album data. Each identifiable genre would have its own page, starting with a general description, then a list of exemplary albums, and a more complete index to related artists and/or albums. (One example of a genre that maps to albums but not to their artists is Christmas music.) Lists and indexes could (arguably should) be separate pages. Related genres should cross-link. Some of this will be hierarchical, but some won't (e.g., fusions). Some will be obvious, but some will be annoyingly subtle or unclear.
Other similar vectors are possible: geography, period, instrument. World music could be subdivided into regions, or the world could be subdivided into regions (countries, etc.), each subdivided by genre. (The latter makes more sense to me, but that wouldn't preclude having a world music page.)
Add other page types as needed: