Music from the Cube
A CD Review Community
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Frequently Asked Questions List
What is Music from the Cube?
Music from the Cube is a friends-only community where members review CDs and share sample tracks that support their review.
Why can't I see any Music from the Cube posts?
This is a MEMBERS ONLY community, and all posts to Music from the Cube are locked to "friends only."
Can I join Music from the Cube?
If you wish to join Music from the Cube, simply click on the "join community" link on the Community Information page. Once you are approved by the moderator(s), you will be able to see the posts. In addition, you'll be able to comment and make posts yourself.
Hey, I did that, but I still got nothin'.
Everyone who wishes to join must be authorized by the community maintainer before they are allowed to read posts, comment, or make posts themselves. Sometimes the maintainer falls behind or you may have fallen through the cracks. If you don't get the head-nod within three (3) days, email the maintainer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do you mean by the fact that Music from the Cube is MEMBERS ONLY ?
That means the moderator(s) have the right to reject your application for membership or to ban you from the community. Rest assured, that the moderator(s) have very loose standards about community membership, so 99.9% of all IJ members who seek to join the community aren't going to have a problem joining or staying in the community.
If you friend the community, the moderator(s) will check your journal to determine if you are a real person. The moderator(s) will regard your application with suspicion if the moderator(s) don't see any posts in your journal and if your user information is nothing more than a white page. In addition, the moderator(s) will reject a membership out of hand if it is obvious that a friending journal is one of the following: a spam account, serial friender, or a troll journal.
If the moderator(s) reject your membership, the moderator(s) will take reasonable measures to contact you with a reason. If the moderator(s) made an error in judgment in rejecting your membership, please email the moderators at email@example.com and politely state your case when you set the moderator(s) right.
What's the fastest way to get banned from Music from the Cube?
Multiple warnings for and repeated violation of the FAQ, trollish behavior, and persistent rudeness to other members will get you banned from the community.
I want to post a review. What do I need to include in my reviews?
All reviews must include the following:
Other than that, whatever you choose to include is completely up to you. Remember, the goal is to get people to actually read you review. To that end, you can include links to live performances, legal downloads on the artist's Web site, links to the artist's MySpace page, personal anecdotes, information about the artist, background information on the CD, information about the tracks being offered for download, and anything else you think might fit.
We also recommend that you include the following (although these are more "nice to have" rather than musts):
Can my post include reviews for more than one CD?
Yes. Of course. Each CD review, however, must follow the guidelines listed above.
Can I review CDs from multiple artists?
Yes. Of course you can do that. Again, each CD review must follow the guidelines listed above.
What format should my music files be in?
All music files should be MP3, only. It's the most universally acceptable. Community members may have trouble with other formats.
How do I offer the files for download?
There are a number Web sites that will allow you to upload and store files for download. Look at the resources list at the end of this FAQ, or at the links list on the community's journal, for a couple sites that have been recommended by our users.
How long do I have to make the MP3s available to the community?
MP3s have to be available for download for at least one (1) week after your post goes public.
Can I offer a whole CD for download?
No, you may not upload an entire CD for download.
There is one exception to this rule: if the CD is out of print or cannot otherwise be purchased, you may offer the whole CD. For example, if the CD can only be purchased used (i.e., from eBay, Amazon Marketplace, second-hand record stores), then you may upload the whole CD. However, if the CD can be bought new (i.e., not used) from a primary seller (i.e., Amazon, Borders Books & Music, HMV, Virgin), you cannot offer an entire CD.
How many tracks can I offer for download?
As long as it's at least two (2) tracks per CD reviewed, you're golden.
A good rule of thumb is to offer less than half of the number of tracks that are on the CD. For example, if there are twelve (12) tracks, you can offer up to five (5) tracks for download. If there are twenty-three (23) tracks, you can offer up to eleven (11) tracks for download.
If you want some advice: Experience has shown that four (4) tracks per CD tends to be the optimal number. You can offer more, or even less, if the CD merits it.
Can I cross-post my reviews to other communities or other journals?
If you wrote it, you can do anything your little heart desires with the review.
However, if you cut-and-paste someone else's review to another journal or community or Web site without the original reviewer's express permission and without crediting the original reviewer, you will be summarily banned from the community without appeal.
By the same token, if you wrote a review and a community member has reposted it to Music from the Cube without your express permission or without crediting you, contact the moderator(s) immediately. We will ask you to furnish proof that your original work has been plagiarized and will conduct an investigation. Should we find in your favor, we will follow your wishes (i.e., delete the post or keep the post with credit to you), and will summarily ban the offending member from the community without appeal.
One of the artists contacted me/I contacted them about an upcoming review I'm writing. They've made a request that I do something for them in the review (i.e., not include downloads, link to a download page that they have on their site, list an upcoming concert). What should I do?
As long as the request is reasonable, I say accommodate them.
For example, some indie artists will ask reviewers to direct people to their site and download the files they or their band are already offering to the general public. That's a reasonable request.
Some artists will demand only a "good" review. That's not a reasonable request. Better to not post the review at all.
If you get an artist request and you're not sure whether it's reasonable, contact the community maintainer at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll discuss it.
Damn! Someone just posted a review of a CD that I wanted to review. Can I still do it?
You may (especially if you disagree with the review). However, we ask that you wait three (3) months to post a review of your CD.
You'll be able to check whether a CD has been reviewed by viewing the community tags. If you find the artist/CD listed in the community tags, check the date those reviews were written to make sure that at least three (3) months has passed before posting your review.
Yeah, about tagging...what do you need me to do about that?
Don't worry about it. Since the community moderator(s) have to check each and every post to make sure it stays within guidelines, the community moderator(s) will tag your posts.
The moderator(s) will tag the posts in the following manner:
Back to those reviews: I don't want to harsh anyone's mellow, but I really disagree with a review that's been posted. Can I make a comment stating my opinion?
As with any review community, members can debate, argue, and agree to disagree. Keep the discussion polite and respectful, and you'll have no problems here. What you're not allowed to do is tell someone that their taste in music sucks or that you don't think that CD was "worthy" of a review. Musical taste is a personal thing, so refrain from insulting someone because they like world music/boy bands/pop/hip-hop/whatever and you hate it.
I'm here for the tunes, and to discover new artists. I don't want to write reviews.
This is a tough one. All things being equal, we'd much prefer to have a vibrant community sharing their opinions on CDs and sharing what's in their collections. However, we also understand that some people aren't comfortable putting themselves out there in front of a large community.
In that case, we ask that you comment early and often on the reviews (think of it like voting). All we ask is that you contribute to the discussion in comments.
Do I have to comment on reviews/when I download the tunes?
This is where the moderator(s) start to frown at you. Polite people comment on reviews and the music if they download the tunes. Downloading without comment is rude, to say the least, especially since the reviewers are putting a little thought and work into what they post here.
However, the moderator(s) aren't your mother or your father. And even if the moderator(s) were, we can't check to see if you comment when you download anyway.
Let's just say that if you download the moderator(s) expect you to comment, even if it's something as short as, "Thank you."
Hey! I posted a review and now it's suddenly disappeared from the community!
This is why you better read the FAQ and make sure you comply with what is admittedly our loose-y goose-y rules.
The moderator(s) will delete your post if you violate any of the community rules. If your post is deleted, we will inform you via email why your post violated the community rules. If the moderators cannot contact you via email, then we'll try to do it via IJ's comment system. If that fails, well, then you're going to have to email the moderator(s) at email@example.com.
Where can I upload my MP3 files so they'll be available for the minimum one (1) week period?
Please note that the list below is not at all exhaustive, nor have the moderator(s) tried them all. However, below is a list of file-hosting sites where you can upload MP3 files for download by community members.
If your files are password protected, please be sure to give community members the password that will allow them to download the files.
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