Thanks to legoktm, loujin, reosarevok, Zastai, and the volunteer formerly known as yvanz for their contributions, which are listed below. The git tag is
v-2017-03-13. (Apologies that the release came a day late.)
- [MBS-8748] – Excessively long medium names cause horizontal scrolling
- [MBS-8905] – Editing release events in a 1 hour delay should be auto
- [MBS-8927] – Lowering release data quality in a 1 hour delay should be auto
- [MBS-9120] – Adding a setlist or a time to an event that doesn’t have one should be an auto-edit
- [MBS-9129] – JSON WS serializes ratings for Release
- [MBS-9215] – No way to select entity type when creating new attribute
- [MBS-9261] – WS/2 does not allow a search for URLs
- [MBS-9263] – Transclusion Table on MB.o is broken
- [MBS-9264] – Gulpfile fails on leaflet when compiling from source
- [MBS-9266] – Subheader of area pages has extra comma and misses proper i18n
- [MBS-9267] – Release page should display disambiguation comments for Works
- [MBS-9135] – Allow account admins to change usernames
- [MBS-8354] – Replacing hyphen-minus with em-dash should be an auto-edit
- [MBS-9230] – Hook up MusicBrainz to Sentry (replacing Catalyst::Plugin::ErrorCatcher::Email)
- [MBS-9255] – Show recordings length on a Work overview page
- [MBS-9260] – Changing between version of an ellipsis should be an autoedit
- [MBS-9268] – Hide empty columns in relationships table
We have picked our set of tickets and the date for our May 2017 schema change release: May, 15th 2017. This will be a fairly standard and minor schema change release — we’re only tackling 3 tickets that affect downstream users and no other infrastructure changes.
Take a look at our list of tickets for this schema change release. There really are only two tickets that will affect most of our downstream users:
- MBS-8393: “Extend dynamic attributes to all entities” Currently our works have the concept of additional attributes which allows the community to decide which sorts of new attributes to apply to a work. (e.g. catalog numbers, rhythmic structures, etc) This ticket will implement these attributes to all of our entities. Also, this ticket will not change any of the existing database tables, it will only add new tables.
- MBS-5452: “Support multiple lyric language values for works” Currently only one language or the special case “multiple languages” may be used to identify the language used in lyrics. This ticket allows more than one language to be specified for lyrics of a work.
The following tickets are special cases — they will not really affect our downstream users who do not have edit data loaded into their system. We are only including this change at the schema change release time in order to bring some older replicated systems up to date. If you do not use the edit data, then please ignore these tickets.
- MBS-9271: “Prevent usernames from being reused” This ticket does not change the schema, but for sake of minimizing downstream disruption, we’re going to carry out this ticket during the schema change.
- MBS-9274: “Fix the edit_note_idx_post_time_edit index in older setups to handle NULL post_time” This ticket fixes an SQL index on an edit related table.
- MBS-9273: “Fix the a_ins_edit_note function in older setups to not populate edit_note_recipient for own notes” This ticket also fixes an SQL index on an edit related table.
This is it — really minor this time around. If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments or on the tickets themselves.
I’m pleased to announce that Yvan Rivierre has joined the MusicBrainz development team! Yvan is not new to our community — he has been participating MusicBrainz development for some time and more recently has been attending our weekly community meeting. He’s submitted several pull requests to MusicBrainz already, and now he joins us as a full time developer.
Yvan’s nickname on all things MetaBrainz is now yvanzo, was formerly yvanz, in case you’re wondering what happened. Expect him to be around even more, helping bitmap to make improvements and changes to MusicBrainz. The MusicBrainz search infrastructure and hosting are no longer core tasks for the MusicBrainz team, leaving yvanzo and bitmap to focus solely on MusicBrainz. This brings us to a new level of dedication to our most important project and should allow us to tackle more issues faster focus new areas of improvement. (e.g. hopefully we can start making improvements in UX/UI this year!)
Welcome aboard Yvan!
In an effort to try and be even more open and transparent, the MetaBrainz Foundation’s board of directors agreed last year to publicise the minutes from its board meetings. This is the first entry of that new series. The board meets up 3–4 times a year, so don’t expect these postings to be too frequent. 🙂
These particular minutes have been approved at its following board meeting, but we will try and get future meeting minutes up prior to the next one, which means that future posts will be subject to change if the board feels something is wrong or missing in the minutes. Also note that discussion related to personnel or confidential topics have been (and will be) redacted. Furthermore we will also add more text to the notes in order to give context and background, while not altering the meaning of theses notes.
With all that said, let’s get started!
MetaBrainz Foundation Board Meeting Minutes 2016-09-15
Attendees: Robert Kaye, Nick Ashton Hart, Sophie Goossens, Rassami Hok Ljungberg, Frederik “Freso” S. Olesen, Cory Doctorow
Absent: Paul Bennun, Matthew Hawn
- 0. Call to order.
- Rob called to order at 18:15 CEST.
- Editor’s note: Unless otherwise noted, Rob will be the one speaking in the notes below.
- 1. Approval of last meeting minutes
- Moved by Rob. Rassami objects to all board members sending chocolate, but with that removed, she seconded. Unanimous. Motion carried.
- 2. Board changes
- Editor’s note: Christina, our former biz dev manager, used to be on our board of directors as both Secretary and Treasurer. Since she was no longer with us, we needed to replace her positions in the board.
- Rob moves that Christina is replaced by Rassami as Treasurer. Sophie seconds. Vote is unanimous. Motion carried.
- Rob moves to replace Christina with Frederik “Freso” Olesen, our community manager, as the new Secretary of the board. Having Freso as our secretary gives the community some insight into the board meetings. Rassami seconds. Rob suggests that Freso should take the board meeting notes and remove private/confidential points and release a version that is suitable for public consumption.
- 3. Old business:
- General update: It’s been a challenging year: Planned for a lot, had a lot of set backs. Series of perfect storms, causing extremely and challenging year for me personally, but I am finally climbing out. I’m digging out and focusing on the core issues.
- Office: Power, plumbing issues resolved. Ready for use with the hack day next week.
- Hosting: We’ve been moving services away from Digital West and to Google. At the same time we continue to get more traffic and asking people to be polite in using our service isn’t really working anymore, thus the focus on NewHost. Another perfect storm. Now have 4 servers at Hetzner in Germany, working to move in. We’ll order more servers closer to migration time. Been working all summer to move services to containers. We gain flexibility and mobility, but there is loads of work.
- Summit: We’re not going to have a summit this year, but opted for a smaller hack weekend where we iterate faster to get to NewHost.
Non paying companies: Data is wide open, and commercial customers can legally make use our data and API. Soon we will prevent them from using our API (by using API keys), but abuse is still possible. How can we deal with non-supporting companies? So far, we would put companies into the penalty box and then send a tweet to that effect. This has been our practice and I explained this to our biz dev manager, but due to other issues compounding she decided to pick this issue to start a war over. So, how should we deal with non paying companies? How far can we go in pestering companies to do the right thing?
Nick states that the heaviest offenses will be eliminated by introducing API keys. Rob notes that he still wants to bring attention to people for leech our data outside of the WS and data dumps.
Rob asks if we should try and keep track of people who download our data, but there might be some legal concerns related to (knowing if pirates download the data).
Rob to-do: ask our pro bono lawyer legal question about keeping track of people.
Rob asks: Do anyone have an objection to the “penalty box” idea?
Cory suggests to perhaps get a pro bono lawyer to send a letter to bad actors telling them they’re bad actors.
Cory also suggested that the board should be consulted before a company goes into the penalty box. Rob agrees and will write follow-up email to this point.
- 4. New business:
- Big Query: Make MusicBrainz, AcousticBrainz and ListenBrainz available on BigQuery — Google would like better and more dynamic data sets to show off their service. We get free data hosting and people will be able to query their own LB (last.fm) data on their own if they want to. Game changer. We’ve moving LB/AB, Google is adding MB. Once this is done, Google will do some publicity for this.
- Dec board meeting: London. I’ll pick a date soon.
- 5. Finances:
- Moved to new EUR capable accounting system, which took time to do, but now saves time.
- Income is increasing, this is the most amount of money we’ve had in the bank ever! > $200k!! \ø/
- Moving forward with new Biz Dev: I’m not going to replace biz dev manager right this second. I’m managing the influx of new customers, and need to focus on moving servers to new hosting facility (NewHost). Once our hosting setup is stable, I’ll work to hire more people in order to make my life more sane.
- 5. Adjourn
- 18:57 CEST
- Q2 P&L: https://metabrainz.org/finances/files/MetaBrainz_Foundation_profit_loss_2016_Q2.pdf
- Aug P&L: https://metabrainz.org/finances/files/MetaBrainz_Foundation_profit_loss_20160831.pdf
- Aug Balance sheet: https://metabrainz.org/finances/files/MetaBrainz_Foundation_balance_sheet_20160831.pdf
I’m pleased to announce that MetaBrainz has been accepted into the Google Summer of Code program for 2017!
If you are an eligible university student who would like to participate in Summer of Code and get paid to hack on a MetaBrainz project over the summer, take a look at our ideas page for 2017. If this sounds interesting, take a look at our getting started page.
We kindly ask that you carefully read the ideas page and the getting started page before you contact us for help!
Thanks and good luck applying!
Mostly a bug-fix release, with a few small improvements. Thanks a lot to yvanz, reosarevok, loujin, and ferbncode for their contributions. The git tag is
- [MBS-8931] – invalid ISRC creates Internal Server Error
- [MBS-9214] – Cover art types tick boxes are listed with scrollbars in Opera 42 Stable
- [MBS-9219] – [Multiple languages] (Basic) is automatically added when editing/saving an editor profile
- [MBS-9246] – Tool-tips displaying “undefined” text
- [MBS-9250] – Places map displays over header menus
- [MBS-9252] – Setup using INSTALL.md: cpanfile missing entry Plack::Middleware::Debug
- [MBS-9211] – Add autoselect, clean-up, and validation + sidebar for LiveFans URLs
- [MBS-9166] – Remove “early” from Guess Case
- [MBS-9176] – Add Release Group page shouldn’t display the artist tabs
- [MBS-9237] – Don’t immediately fill back the default AC while editor is typing
- [MBS-9254] – Show place dates on the Places list for areas
Official MusicBrainz cross-platform music tagger Picard 1.4 is now out, containing many fixes and new features!
The last time we put out a stable release was more than 2 years ago, so a lot of changes have made it into this new release. If you’re in a hurry and just want to try it out, the downloads are available from the Picard website.
2 years is a long time for software, and Picard has been the subject of a couple of Google Summer of Code projects and plenty of developments required by changes in dependencies and the MusicBrainz project itself. Overall, the changes would be too numerous to list. If you’re curious to read it all, a complete list of changes can be seen on the website. Here are at least a few of the highlights: Continue reading