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Hey all, quick update. I've been working on the database website a bit the last couple of days. I put some significant time into the moderation performance; my goal is to get moderation to stop slowin

In order to avoid name changing back and forth, I believe thetvdb.com freezes individual fields or entire seasons of tv-series at a certain moderator level, so only moderators of a certain rank may ed

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I see that it was mentioned a couple of pages back but I made a case for unifying the developer/publisher metadata here:

To me it seems completely insane to allow three or four different name variations for the same entity without having any guidelines to prevent this.

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Quick question about boxart images. I've noticed that there are a lot of boxart images (not fanart) that have no region assigned. Were these games added before the regionalization rules for boxart were established?

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2 hours ago, LordEvyl said:

Quick question about boxart images. I've noticed that there are a lot of boxart images (not fanart) that have no region assigned. Were these games added before the regionalization rules for boxart were established?

Before making it mandatory for Box art or if not set properly when the game itself was added, yes.

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On 9/18/2020 at 9:12 PM, kurzih said:

Would be nice to know for sure if they are really hurting something with the themes and how. I would also start rejecting those if there isn't any concrete example for not having them in the DB. There's a lot of space for alt names.
In the other hand I doubt they are much useful for scraping/importing, since most filenames are in Latin Alphabet.

But if we flip the coin: I can see the benefit having Katakana/Hiragana/Kanji in the DB. For example with very limited Japanese language skills, I have found a huge amount of content when searching in Japanese letters.

Sorry, self-quoting, since I need to get back to this with a bigger issue:

If someone really needs to have those Alt names in Katakana/Hiragana etc., then do not region tag them at all, or at least not with the same region as the default name has. Otherwise the scrapping will be a total mess, look at this - I've tried to update metadata for MSX and some of the Default title name for Japanese-only games have been overwritten with that Alt name. To be on the safe side, it's perhaps best to stick with Latin Alphabet ONLY in the database, unless we can figure out a way which always works - I guess the default name could be region tagged, but is there an option for that?

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On 1/30/2021 at 9:39 AM, kurzih said:

Sorry, self-quoting, since I need to get back to this with a bigger issue:

If someone really needs to have those Alt names in Katakana/Hiragana etc., then do not region tag them at all, or at least not with the same region as the default name has. Otherwise the scrapping will be a total mess, look at this - I've tried to update metadata for MSX and some of the Default title name for Japanese-only games have been overwritten with that Alt name. To be on the safe side, it's perhaps best to stick with Latin Alphabet ONLY in the database, unless we can figure out a way which always works - I guess the default name could be region tagged, but is there an option for that?

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The solutions for that would be 3:

1) Add the possibility of regionalizing the default name.

2) Add a reiteration of the name. That is, the same name will be added twice to be able to regionalize. For example:

       "Dragon Ball Z: Buyuu Retsuden" has alternative names to

       "Dragon Ball Z: Buyū Retsuden" (Japan) and

       "ド ラ ゴ ン ボ ー ル Z 武勇 列 伝" (Japan) among others.

       If ド ラ ゴ ン ボ ー ル Z 武勇 列 伝 with Japan region is added, when importing it will be shown as ド ラ ゴ ン ボ ー ル Z 武勇 列 伝, but if Dragon Ball Z: Buyuu Retsuden with Japan region is added, it will be displayed correctly according to the name of the rom file. The same happens if only Dragon Ball Z: Buyū Retsuden or Doragon Bōru Zetto Buyū Retsuden with Japan region is added or both at the same time. Those users who have in some instance of priority to the Japan region, will visualize that regionalized name and because the name cannot be regionalized by default, the solution is to add the same name by default but regionalized.

3) Add the name without regionalizing. For the same case: "Dragon Ball Z: Buyuu Retsuden" has no region, and will be added as much as "Dragon Ball Z: Buyū Retsuden", "ド ラ ゴ ン ボ ー ル Z 武勇 列 伝" and "Doragon Bōru Zetto Buyū Retsuden" without region, but this method causes problems with others names that the game may possess, for example "Dragon Ball Z: L'Appel du Destin" (France). In this way, if the game files Japan and France are in the ROM collection, France will be displayed as it is regionalized and the rest of the names will be left without a region.

This that I comment, is in accordance with the current LaunchBox functionalities, which means that if the app is updated in this regard, what I say may be without effect. Just do tests by importing, making changes to the database and re-importing (previously deleting our game from the library) once the DB is updated. Another solution is the manual edition of each of these games, but I think the idea is that this process is done automatically and in the most efficient way possible.

By the way, I am using a Spanish to English translator to comment :)

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