User Levels

NB: Any higher ranked user level automatically inherits the powers of lower user levels.

Certified Contributor Level 1

Check this video on how to use your Certified Contributor powers.

  • Add missing information to artists: Identify as person or band, visual, birth date, death date, home country, and free biography details.
  • Add missing visuals to releases
  • Add missing external links to releases
    • Accepted sources: 12single, 45cat, 45worlds, 78rpm, AllMusic, Amazon (CA), Amazon (DE), Amazon (ES), Amazon (FR), Amazon (IN), Amazon (JP), Amazon (UK), Amazon (US), Apple Music, Discogs, MusicBrainz, Spotify, cdalbum, cdbaby, cdsingle, vinyl
  • View attachments for all database objects. For example, in the case of releases you will often find the back cover scan.
  • Add attachments to releases: Most commonly used for the B-sides, inlays, back covers, etc...
  • Can tag any database object
  • View editor notes for all database objects. These notes contain research-related information by the editors.
  • View dates of creation of all entries
  • View and post in the editor boards Ideas & Suggestions and Bugs & Problems.
  • View the editor board Guidelines

Certified Contributor Level 2

  • Removing incorrectly attributed Youtube videos
  • Removing incorrectly attributed Spotify links
  • Checking or unchecking Instrumental status of a Performance
  • Editing the Artist Comment Field
  • Posting in the editor board Guidelines


  • Has access to the Test database, copy of the actual database used for training and experimenting.

New editors (400)

  • Can enter new performances, limited by a quota
  • Can alter data by retired editors
  • Can review CC edits
  • Can alter text content
  • Can vote for Trac tickets
  • Editor access on our Facebook page

Junior editors (500)

  • Can enter new performances, unlimited
  • Can alter data by new and retired editors
  • Can untag own tags

Editors (600)

  • Can enter new performances, unlimited
  • Can alter all data
  • Can review CC edits
  • Can untag any tag
  • Can have a username@secondhandsongs email address if they wish
  • Can create Trac tickets (NB: This requires the manual LDAP OU setting)
  • Can alter text content
  • Editor access on our Facebook page

Managing Editors (?00)

  • Arbitrate discussions with respect to the application and interpretation of guidelines
  • Create new release format types
  • Create new tags
  • Double voting weights on Trac tickets
  • Delete messages on the forum (in order to quickly remove spam)
  • Delete users (in order to quickly remove spammers)
  • Full view on the event log
  • Mass move releases from one label to another
  • View management statistics, currently they are:
    • API calls over time
    • Unanswered error reports
  • Upgrade users to Certified Contributors (not functional yet)
    • If two managing editors vouch for a user, we will upgrade the user to CC straight away. (no management vote needed)
  • Google Analytics
    • Reading and analyzing

Moving to another user level is based on merit, not entry stats or a related point-based system. These decisions are taken by the managers. This being said, there are few minima one should meet to be promoted:

  • From CC1 to CC2:
    • At least 25 accepted CC edits
    • At least 250 accepted submissions
  • From CC2 to Trainee: At least 100 accepted edits