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Questions about tab submissions (and other things)

PinchAndStab
Posts: 5
Some may be basic silly questions but bare with me for just a second and answer them as you read through

1. Do you have some sort of tab formatting guidelines or rubric posted somewhere? I submitted my first tab a couple of hours ago and the rules of submission say “If your tab is not up to standards you will be notified” and I'm just wondering what your “standards” are? It will be easier for first time contributors like myself to create good tabs for you if we know what you expect from us.

2. If there is a featured artist on a song, should I add the featured artist's name in the artist field or leave it out? I've seen that you have a couple of artist listings that include the featured artist's name, Eminem Ft Rihanna for example (you also have an artist called Eminem Feat. Rhianna, can someone merge these artists?), but I've also seen that a lot of songs that have featured artists are listed under the main artist's name only.

3. I don't seem to be able to edit artist names/song titles, is that something only staff and/or moderators can change or do you have some sort of level system for tab contributors? Like, high-level tab contributors can edit tabs' metadata but low-level users can't? Either way, how can I request metadata changes, both for my own and others' tabs?

4. I used section labels in my tabs and I wrote them between square brackets. The verse labels are the only ones that show up on the tab page, but it displays them as [Verse 1|, [Verse 2|, etc. and that's not what I wrote. All the other labels are completely hidden, they're still visible on the edit page though. Are they mistaken for tags because of the square brackets and then they're removed because the system can't figure out what they are or what's going on?

5. Why does it say “bass tabs” after tabs' song titles in the new tabs section, on the front page, etc.? It just makes it a lot harder to skim through the list of tabs and it seems a bit unnecessary seeing as bass tabs is what this website is based around, all tabs on here are bass tabs.

6. I didn't get a confirmation email when I signed up, is this normal? I didn't get a notification when my tabs were approved either, it would be nice to be notified about the status of my tabs.

7. Do you have a staff & moderator list?

(sorry about the report lol, didn't mean to do that)
LoudLon [moderator]
Posts: 1636
1. No guidelines per se. When submitting you can use the given template (the clef button you see accompanying the submission form, and which also appears above the field when posting on the forum) or there are some of us who prefer to use our own templates. That said, I'd recommend browsing our tab database. If you happen upon a format that makes sense to you, adopt that format. You can always refine it as you go. That's what I did.

2. This one's tricky. I'd recommend googling the song. If the official title includes the featured artist, include the featured artist in the appropriate field when submitting. If not, don't. I've made that goof a time or two myself.

3. After you've submitted a tab, you can edit the tab, the artist or the song name at any time before it's published (it will appear at the bottom of your profile page with option to edit or delete). After the tab has been published, you can still edit the body of the tab, but only the admin can change the artist/song title. I've also made this goof a couple times (as a time saver, I'll go ahead and admit that any mistake one can make when submitting a tab, I've made it). You can't edit other users' tabs. You can, however, feel free to leave corrections in a tab's comments section. Just be respectful about it. Just because a tabber may have gotten something wrong is no reason to insult them.

4. As you guessed, the system mistakes them for tags. Lose the brackets and all will be revealed.

5. That's a good question. Another good question is why – despite the word “bass” appearing all over this site, including with published tabs – do we still get users submitting guitar tabs? BASS AND GUITAR ARE NOT THE SAME THING, PEOPLE!!!

6. I don't recall getting one either. But then again I also don't recall NOT getting one. As for getting a notice when one's tab is published, I don't see the necessity myself. Just check the New Tabs page. But maybe Johnny will have a better response.

7. Staff & Moderator list:
Admin: Johnny (Can ban/unban users, approve/disapprove/publish/delete tabs, etc)
Moderator - Me (lock/unlock forum threads, band/unban users)
Marko1960
Posts: 2624
…why I don't submit tabs, too complicated for me
LP
Posts: 129
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…why I don't submit tabs, too complicated for me

LOL, copy that!
Okay that's great, thanks for the fast response. This shouldn't be too difficult. I have a template that I have used for years, guess I just need to change the section labels

One more question, what is the difference between the Theme Songs category and the Misc Soundtrack category?
2nick3
Posts: 309
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…why I don't submit tabs, too complicated for me

And that, my friend, is why I'm 2 tabs ahead of you in the race to catch up with Lon!
2nick3
Posts: 309
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One more question, what is the difference between the Theme Songs category and the Misc Soundtrack category?

Remember - this is really more of a member-managed site, and everyone organizes things a little differently. So there really isn't much difference, and sometimes you have to search on the title to find a tab.

I'll just point out that there are 31 versions of Pink Floyd's ‘Money’ here. 31. Many with near 5-star ratings. The system here is aimed at accepting contributions from anyone and everyone, and because of that things can be a little messy.
LoudLon [moderator]
Posts: 1636
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One more question, what is the difference between the Theme Songs category and the Misc Soundtrack category?

In my mind, a theme song essentially acts as an identifier for a movie or show and typically plays over the opening and/or end credits, and sometimes doubles as the score. Like the Brooklyn Nine-Nine theme by Dan Morocco, or the Halloween theme by John Carpenter, or The Office theme by The Scrantones, or I Know You Know by The Friendly Indians (Psych). Some theme songs have lyrics; some don't.

A soundtrack, on the other hand, is – again, in my mind – a song or collection of songs contributed to or created for a movie or TV show. Like the movie Singles (1992) has on its soundtrack stuff like Crown of Thorns by Mother Lovebone, Dyslexic Heart by Paul Westerberg and Seasons by Chris Cornell. The Scream soundtrack includes Red Right Hand by Nick Cave, Youth of America by Birdbrain and a cover of Don't Fear the Reaper, etc.
LoudLon [moderator]
Posts: 1636
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I'll just point out that there are 31 versions of Pink Floyd's ‘Money’ here. 31.

And we STILL haven't got one that's totally accurate.
Marko1960
Posts: 2624
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Quote: …why I don't submit tabs, too complicated for me And that, my friend, is why I'm 2 tabs ahead of you in the race to catch up with Lon!
With Lon it's not about the quantity of tabs it's about the quality…that and the quantity
2nick3
Posts: 309
And by the way, PinchAndStab, I like your tab format. The header info is good to have, and I personally get a lot of value out of having the timing marked out below the tab.

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