User Levels


We want every contributor/editor to be on an access level that corresponds with his/her skills and his/her commitment.


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

Regular Users

  • Submit missing covers
  • Post error reports
  • Add External Recordings to performances
    • Youtube
    • Spotify
    • Apple Music
  • Add missing information to artists: Identify as male/female/non-binary

Certified Contributor Level 1

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

  • Artists
  • Releases
    • Add missing visuals
    • Add missing external links
      • 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
    • Add attachments to releases: Most commonly used for the B-sides, inlays, back covers, etc...
  • External Recordings
    • Adding them does not generate an Edit Review
  • View attachments for all database objects. For example, in the case of releases you will often find the back cover scan.
  • 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
  • Editing Web Covers
  • Posting in the editor board Guidelines
  • Adding Artist Relations


  • 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
  • Inline help forms shown by default

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 edit releases
    • Change label
    • Change label series
  • View management statistics, currently they are:
    • API calls over time
    • Unanswered error reports
  • User impersonation
  • 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
  • From Senior Editor to Managing Editor
    • Acts and debates mainly with the general interest of the project in mind
    • Regularly shares his views on discussions regarding to strategy, features, guidelines, community, etc...
    • Is an example in terms of social interaction, the reference being the Code of Conduct
    • Delivers data that matches a high standard of quality
    • Understands the multiple technical aspects of the user interface