Edit Note

Edit notes are comments left by users on an edit and are an important form of communication between users on the site. They can either be entered at the same time as an edit, or can be added to an existing edit.

Note: All users are expected to follow the Code of Conduct when entering an edit note.

What to use them for

Common uses for edit notes are to:

Edit notes can be as long or as short as you like, but keep in mind that others will have to read and understand what you are saying. See how to write edit notes for more information.

Email notification

Any edit notes that are made will always be displayed when viewing the edit they're left on. Additionally, they will also be sent via email to:

Note: Any vote, be it "Yes", "No" or "Abstain", will cause you to receive notes (previously, that was restricted to only "Yes" or "No" votes).

When to do it

It is good practice to enter a note whenever you make a non-trivial edit, to explain the edit to other users. Entering a URL link to supporting information is particularly helpful. It is also important to enter a note if you are making a contentious edit such as adding a non-album track or removing anything from the database, otherwise users are likely to vote against the edit.

If you are voting against an edit it is important to enter a note explaining why. Such a note serves several purposes: it explains to the editor why you believe their change to be incorrect (so that they won't make the same mistake again, and can even cancel the edit in question), it and warns other voters that they should not vote "Yes" to the edit. It also allows an editor to contact you to explain why they feel their edit is correct, and perhaps convince you to change your vote.

Edit note syntax

HTML syntax is not supported, but URLs are automatically displayed as clickable links and there is some basic wiki syntax markup available.

Description Markup Result
Italic Text ''italic''italic
Bold Text '''bold'''bold
Linking to an edit edit #12345edit #123456
edit 123456
Linking to a WikiDocs page doc:Edit_NoteEdit_Note
(note: bracketed form must be Capitalized)
Linking to a MusicBrainz_EntityNot available yet, see MBS-764.