DVD Profiler Contribution Guide
Thank you for your interest in contributing to the DVD Profiler online database!
As part of our on-going quest to improve and refine the largest database of DVD information in the world, we have created this guide. Completing this guide is now a requirement of contributing to the online database. This will help to ensure consistency in the database, and help to reduce inaccurate contributions.
Although you must complete all questions accurately to finish the guide, all answers to the questions are on the same page as the questions. Also, if you miss any questions, we'll show you what you got wrong so you can finish the guide quickly and easily.
We hope every user learns something from the guide, and that completing the guide helps in your enjoyment of DVD Profiler!
What to contribute
The first step to accurate contributions is deciding what to contribute. If you're unsure whether a particular entry should be contributed, it probably shouldn't be.
The DVD title should match the title of the original work, which generally is the title on the DVD cover.
The Desc. field is for distinguishing between DVDs, and for indicating special versions. It's usually safe to use one of the built-in selections if appropriate. Before you enter something that's not in the list, consider whether it will help distinguish between multiple versions of a given DVD.
Sort titles should differ from the title only for titles which start with articles (A, The, etc.). For most titles, let the sort title match the title. Do not add numbers or letters to have titles sort out of direct alphabetical order. If you'd like to change the sort order of titles, be sure to enable 'Private Sort Titles' under Tools->Options->Defaults. Examples of well formed sort titles:
Overviews and Easter Eggs
Overviews should generally match the overview text on the back of the DVD case. If there is no overview on the case, a simple 1-2 paragraph overview should be used. Always match the overview language to the profile's locality.
Never include the following items in overviews:
Easter Eggs are extra features hidden on the disc and not accessible through an obvious menu option. Be sure to match language of the easter eggs to the profile's locality.
Never include the following items in the easter egg section:
Actors and Directors
The actor names and roles played should be those listed in the DVD credits, in the same order listed. When adding actors, follow these guidelines:
Take care with director names. Misspelled directors are one of the most common errors in contributed profiles.
For box sets, include the director only if they directed every film in the set.
Before submitting new cover scans, make sure your new covers are of significantly higher quality than the existing online images, and meet the following criteria:
Do not contribute generic "Coming Soon" images. If the back image is not yet available (as in a pre-release), use the front images in both places.
The Other Features field is for features which do not have a specific indicator in the features section. Do not relist features here which are described in the specific features. Example: "Making Of" should not be listed in the Other Features section - it is indicated by selecting "Featurette" in the Features section
The SRP should be the original SRP when the DVD is first released, and must not reduce over time, although the DVD may. Also ensure the currency type matches the locality.
Audio format channels should be entered as "matrixed". Therefore, Dolby Surround should be 3 channel, although it is physically stored in 2.
When you contribute a changed profile, you are asked to include Contribution Notes. Use this space to enter explanations for changes to an existing profile [...] Describe in detail what data you added, which incorrect data was removed and what subtle changes were made (such as a spelling correction to the overview).
If adequate name sources how the corrected data was verified.
Congratulations! You have successfully completed the contribution guide, and your registration is now authorized to submit contributions. To keep up to date with the latest contribution guidelines, see the FAQ section of dvdprofiler.com.
Please follow these guidelines when submitting contributions. A pattern of violations of these guidelines will result in a warning via email, and suspension of contribution authorization. Repeated violations will result in a permanent removal of contribution authorization.
If you have any comments or suggestions for this guide, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for your time and interest in completing this guide!