How to escape the CIP
Leaving the CIP is easier than it seems! In this document, we would like to offer some guidance in order for you to improve and correct your submission and successfully leave the CIP. Please remember that if you need assistance finding what needs to be fixed or assistance with explaining how to make requested edits, make a post in the CIP Sub-Forum.
In order to leave the CIP, you will need to receive enough correct votes on your pending submissions to raise your voting average: There is no need to worry if you have a large number of pending submissions. Please know that it is not necessary to receive votes on every pending submission in order to leave the CIP.
How can I find out what I need to work on?
- Go to the page of your pending submissions. You can access it here. From here, click through the list in the column on the left side of the page. Any submission here that has votes or comments left by other contributors will need to be reviewed and edited where necessary.
- In order to see which submissions need votes, you can also have a look at your profile page, selecting the tab "Contributed". Here, you will find an overview of all submissions including a colored bar in front of them. The color of the bar gives more information on the voting status of an item:
-- Yellow means the submission has not yet been voted on.
-- Red means the submission has been voted on and needs changes.
-- No Color means the submission has been voted completely correct - all information in the submission is correct.
-- Grey means that a submission which has been voted completely correct has been edited afterwards.
Make sure to use this overview to quickly find submissions that need corrections and / or votes.
- You can also use Advanced Search to find your contributions that needs changes directly. Enter your username under “Submitter”, press the “Needs changes” checkbox and then search. This will highlight any of your submissions that need changes.
Once you have identified the submissions that need to be corrected, go ahead and perform the edits as needed.
I think I am done. How can I get some votes on my Submissions now?
As with any submission, please double check for correctness and accuracy before submitting. Once that is done, you will need to receive votes on these corrected submissions. You may wish to consider making a post in one of these places:
- Non-English groups - if you need assistance in a language other than English;
- The forum thread for requesting votes on submissions;
- Failing all else, support may be able to assist directly. If the above does not help, please create a Support Request mentioning this message.
When enough votes have been received, your account will automatically be reviewed by our system and removed from the CIP. This may take a day or two depending on system load.
Common mistakes that may result in an account being entered into the CIP
Below are some of the most frequent pitfalls that occur when contributing to the database. If your situation is not mentioned here, please create a thread in the CIP Sub-Forum where other contributors can assist.
- I did not know that the item needed to be in my possession when it was added to the database.
- I did not know what information on the release was mandatory and what was optional.
- I accidentally edited a release instead of copying to draft.
- I was unsure when to use First Letter Only and when to use as-on-release.
- I was unsure if I needed to make a new submission or edit an existing one.
- I was unsure which numbered profile (ex., Artistname (2) ) to use.
- I was not sure how an artist is displayed on the release and how it is entered in the database (ANV).
- I was unsure if I should split a duo or group or use a singular artist profile.
Label, Companies, Catalog Number, Etc. (LCCN)
- I was unsure which label name to use.
- I was unsure what to put in the catalog number field or how it should be formatted.
Barcodes And Other Information (BaOI)
- I wasn’t sure if a rights society was a company or not.
- I wasn’t sure if any of this information was mandatory.
- I was unsure if my release was a CD / CDr / CD-ROM.
- I didn’t know that LP included 12” and 33 RPM by default.
- I did not know a source was required for the Single/EP/Maxi Single tag.
- I wasn’t sure if quantity was the pressing size or the number of items that came per release.
Format (Digital-Release Specific)
- I was unsure about bitrates.
- I didn’t know I needed to include a URL source.
- I was unsure about the format quantity.
- I was not sure which country to use.
- I did not know that country of manufacture is treated differently from country of release.
- I was unsure when to use 1,2,3 vs. A1, A2...B1, B2.
- I was unsure if I needed to enter the entire track listing.
- I was unsure when to use headers/index tracks.