Thank you Microsoft!

Microsoft reached out to us back in early 2018 in order to use our data in Bing — we followed the normal sort of on-boarding procedure that we use for our supporters. During one of these on-boarding calls we were asked if there was more that Microsoft could do to help us and support our mission. Soon thereafter I provided them with a list of things that would be useful to us. Sadly, the request to buy a major record label and then to give it to us to manage was turned down for being too expensive. 😦

However, Microsoft did like two items on our list and agreed to support us — they were:

1) Azure hosting credits — we’re always looking for more hosting capacity and these credits will allows us to provide virtual machines to our team and to close collaborators who are doing good work, but might be lacking the computing power to push their projects forward. This contribution is of direct benefit to our community — often times our projects contain quite a lot of data and thus have some heavy processing requirements. We’re currently using our hosting credits to do some large data set crunching and some testing for the Virtual Machine that we provide to users who wish to get up and running with MusicBrainz data quickly.

2) Sponsoring our summit — our annual team meeting and foundation summit happens at the end of each September, normally in Barcelona where we have our main office. Microsoft’s sponsorship allows us to invite more people to the event, since we have the means to cover their expenses. Our summits have traditionally been our annual forum for meeting the other team members and volunteers and to take a breather from the normal course of business. At the event we see a more human side of each other and we’re more easily able to discuss our challenges and the vision for the future.

We really appreciate our supporters who go above and beyond the normal levels of support for us — these contributions really sweeten the deal of hacking on open source software!

Thank you so much to Microsoft and everyone at Microsoft who helped move this contribution forward!

MusicBrainz Server update, 2019-11-25

Starting with this release, we read our genres list from the genre table rather than a hardcoded list inside a JSON file. This should have no user-visible impact, but let us know if you encounter any new issues related to genres. (This change should however help us improve genres further.)

We also have a small list of bug fixes and improvements, listed below. One neat new feature is the ability to sort edit searches by date closed or closing.

Thanks to chaban, culinko, drsaunde, jesus2099, mglubb, lotheric, psychoadept, sothotalker, and all others who reported issues or helped test or translate today’s release!

The git tag is v-2019-11-25.

Bug

  • [MBS-7097] – Release listed multiple times in “Non-digital releases with download relationships” report
  • [MBS-10466] – MusicBrainz Happy Birthday wishes doesn’t take into account timezones
  • [MBS-10467] – Pages ported to React do not show the new edit notes banner
  • [MBS-10473] – Static resources fail to build when NODE_ENV=production
  • [MBS-10485] – User profile’s “Statistics Edits (view)” links to bogus URL
  • [MBS-10488] – Regression: User profile subscribe links no longer work

New Feature

  • [MBS-9491] – Move genres to be read from the database

Improvement

  • [MBS-4299] – Warning when merging releases with diff. recording artists should show disambiguation
  • [MBS-10204] – Better overview of user edits on user page
  • [MBS-10471] – Add option to view edits by date closed

React Conversion Task

  • [MBS-9922] – Convert the series public pages to React

MusicBrainz Server update, 2019-11-11

This release contains a new “Voting suggestions” page with some useful, predefined edit searches that ought to help editors find and review edits that need more attention.

We also have some minor improvements and display fixes, detailed below. The conversion of our template code to React slowly continues.

Thanks to cyna, chaban, and all others who tested or contributed to this release!

The git tag is v-2019-11-11.

Bug

  • [MBS-10264] – The date/time display format isn’t localized in some places
  • [MBS-10446] – Historic “Remove relationship” edits don’t display anything useful
  • [MBS-10447] – Historic “remove relationship” edits don’t fail properly if data is missing
  • [MBS-10460] – Remove alias edits don’t store “ended” info, always display “Ended: No”

New Feature

  • [MBS-10299] – “Voting Reports” (pre-set edit searches)

Task

  • [MBS-10389] – Add “Chat” or “IRC” link to footer
  • [MBS-10394] – Convert Add/Remove Alias edit to React
  • [MBS-10395] – Convert Edit Alias edit to React
  • [MBS-10440] – Remove series/delete
  • [MBS-10448] – Add the Dynamic Range Database to the other databases whitelist

Improvement

  • [MBS-3839] – Merge edit pages should have a way to remove some items
  • [MBS-10361] – Allow tabbing straight from edit note field to submit button
  • [MBS-10371] – Update the Songfacts logo used in the sidebar
  • [MBS-10382] – Explain what rename option does when merging
  • [MBS-10403] – Explain when a release should be removed / merging is preferred
  • [MBS-10456] – Show more info when entering artist merges

React Conversion Task

  • [MBS-10206] – Convert user profile to React

State of the Brainz: 2019 MetaBrainz Summit highlights

The 2019 MetaBrainz Summit took place on 27th–29th of September 2019 in Barcelona, Spain at the MetaBrainz HQ. The Summit is a chance for MetaBrainz staff and the community to gather and plan ahead for the next year. This report is a recap of what was discussed and what lies ahead for the community.

Continue reading “State of the Brainz: 2019 MetaBrainz Summit highlights”

Picard 2.2.3 released

MusicBrainz Picard 2.2.3 is available for download. This is a bugfix release which mainly fixes a couple of crashes and some UI issues on macOS.

The complete list of changes:

Bug

  • [PICARD-1633] – macOS: Automatic locale detection broken
  • [PICARD-1634] – macOS: File browser sets wrong horizontal scroll position
  • [PICARD-1635] – Terminated randomly when deleting files when saving
  • [PICARD-1636] – Default locale detection fails if locale categories have different locales
  • [PICARD-1637] – Crash when saving after removing some underlying files
  • [PICARD-1640] – Picard with –config-file parameter copies over legacy configuration
  • [PICARD-1642] – Picard crashes on launch (AttributeError: ‘NoneType’ object has no attribute ‘setPopupMode’)
  • [PICARD-1643] – Performer with instruments containing non-ASCII characters are not written to Vorbis and APE tags
  • [PICARD-1644] – Crash when initializing translations on Python 3.8
  • [PICARD-1647] – macOS: Plugin enable/disable button does not always update the icon
  • [PICARD-1648] – Crashes when using search dialogs
  • [PICARD-1651] – File and release counts in status bar not updated when files get removed
  • [PICARD-1654] – macOS: Logout button / username stays visible after logout
  • [PICARD-1655] – macOS: Login dialog can be hidden behind options

Improvement

  • [PICARD-1630] – Ensure FLAC metadata is visible/editable in Windows Explorer
  • [PICARD-1632] – Tooltips for genre filter help hide too quickly

 

MusicBrainz Server update, 2019-10-28

You shouldn’t be afraid of this small release that fixes some bugs and delivers some improvements, making editors’ lives easier!

Thanks to Besnik, CatQuest, dkg, jesus2099, outsidecontext, zexpe, and everyone who tested the beta version, reported issues, or updated website localizations.

The git tag is v-2019-10-28.

Bug

  • [MBS-9468] – Edit search finds no “remove (download for free) relationship” edits
  • [MBS-10408] – Artists are not marked as pending in that recording merge edit
  • [MBS-10420] – My Data Menu’s “All My Edits” links to bogus URL
  • [MBS-10428] – WS: Recording request missing artist aliases
  • [MBS-10429] – Empty aliases element returned for artists in relationships
  • [MBS-10430] – Actions column for fingerprints wraps for translations

Improvement

  • [MBS-2176] – Add a “Finish” button alongside “Next” in release editor
  • [MBS-10356] – Replace <b> with <strong> in messages
  • [MBS-10425] – Allow instrument credits for relationships from/to instrument
  • [MBS-10431] – Remove ‘yourmusic’ from 7digital URLs
  • [MBS-10454] – Block removing an area still in use

MusicBrainz Server update, 2019-10-14

This post-summit release mostly contains bugfixes and small improvements for quality of life, along with continued conversion of templates to React.

Thanks to alastairp, andrebreiler, antonphoton, chaban, dibou, foolip, hibiscuskazeneko, jdamcd, jesus2099, mat813, mineo, okno, rochusw, silentbird, Skeebadoo, and everyone who tested the beta version, reported issues, or updated website localizations.

The git tag is v-2019-10-17-hotfixes.

Bug

  • [MBS-4980] – Releases on the same date aren’t sorted by catalog number
  • [MBS-5322] – Release group browse requests no longer return results in first-release-date order
  • [MBS-9111] – It’s still possible to leave empty edit notes
  • [MBS-10263] – Annotation not removed after it has been downvoted
  • [MBS-10344] – Navigating to artist/ or recording/merge with only 1 item in the queue ISEs
  • [MBS-10345] – /merge loads (brokenly) even if not ready to merge
  • [MBS-10346] – Table of collections has large table cell padding
  • [MBS-10353] – Enable ratings for release browse
  • [MBS-10369] – Database statistics for countries are wrong
  • [MBS-10406] – The WS can still sometimes try to communicate with the template renderer, timing out
  • [MBS-10411] – Inconsistent type for place coordinate
  • [MBS-10421] – Lookup of cluster in browser from Picard generates an server error
  • [MBS-10423] – Internal Server Error when trying to query by release language

Improvement

  • [MBS-3112] – TAB from “Edit note” doesn’t go to “Enter edit” in “Release editor”
  • [MBS-4486] – Disambiguation input field sanitation: Automatically remove leading and trailing parentheses
  • [MBS-4913] – Show how many CAA images we have for a release
  • [MBS-5083] – Release pages: Display recording artist on tracks (recording)
  • [MBS-5479] – Move “Edit relationships” to be a tab by “Edit” on releases
  • [MBS-8566] – Release artist should be selected automatically for all tracks with the same artist name (CD stub import)
  • [MBS-8967] – The duplicate events report should not show events if all of them have disambiguation comments
  • [MBS-10229] – Block smart links
  • [MBS-10240] – Allow specifying that a release has no barcode while seeding
  • [MBS-10347] – “Actions” columns should only take as much space as they need
  • [MBS-10349] – Clarify what “exclusive” vs “inclusive” means in relationship stats
  • [MBS-10355] – Display track artist on recording pages
  • [MBS-10363] – Cancelling merge on merge helper should stay in the same page
  • [MBS-10370] – Add `direction: forward` to all forward relationships in WS
  • [MBS-10373] – Link to How to Write Edit Notes above the edit note fields
  • [MBS-10404] – Limit the total number of tracks that can be returned in a WS release list
  • [MBS-10405] – Switch to XML::LibXML for serializing XML WS responses
  • [MBS-10407] – Add limit/offset parameters to /ws/2/discid

React Conversion Task

  • [MBS-9915] – Convert the artist public pages to React
  • [MBS-9920] – Convert the recording public pages to React
  • [MBS-9924] – Convert the work public pages to React
  • [MBS-10357] – Convert edit diff macros to React