Rules and standards changelog


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This is a changelog of ISFDB data entry rules and standards. It summarizes the outcomes of discussions on the Rules and standards discussions page as well as functional data entry changes prompted by software patches. It began logging changes on 2016-11-13. There is no changelog for rule changes before that date.

Note that this changelog is limited to changes to data entry standards. For a list of software changes see Recent Patches.

Date of change Short description New rule Old rule Help pages affected by this change Discussion which led to the rule change

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2016-11-13 Date of variant titles Date must be the first occurrence of the variant title Date to use was the first occurrence of the work Template:TitleFields:Date Improve "How to enter foreign language editions" page regarding the publication date of translations
2016-11-27 Eliminated 'sf' Story Length 'sf' is no longer entered in the Story Length field 'sf' was supposed to be entered in the Story Length field for short fiction titles of unknown length Template:TitleFields:Length Eliminating "sf"/"shortfiction" during editing and 2016-11-27 downtime
2016-11-27 Omnibus story length separators Plus signs are to be used as omnibus story length separators Slashed were to be used as omnibus story length separators Template:TitleFields:Length Composite "story length" values for OMNIBUSes
2017-01-16 Story length field split into 4 Omnibus length values as well as juvenile and novelization indicators have been moved from the "story length" field to separate fields. A leading slash is no longer required for omnibus length values. The story length field was used to store all 4 types of information. Leading slashes were to be used for omnibus length values. Template:TitleFields:Length, Template:TitleFields:Content, Template:TitleFields:Juvenile, Template:PublicationFields:Juvenile, Template:TitleFields:Novelization, Template:PublicationFields:Novelization 2017-01-16 downtime - 6:30pm
2017-03-12 Suffix handling in author LegalName field Suffixes that are part of the author's legal name are recorded; format Lastname, Firstname Middlenames, Suffix No suffixes were to be recorded Template:AuthorFields:LegalName Handling of suffixes on author names
2017-10-02 Psychic abilities Explicitly state genre includes fictional psychic abilities Not specifically in inclusion criteria ISFDB:Policy Psychic abilities: In or Out?
2017-12-22 Boxed sets Boxed sets with additional data elements are included Boxed sets were excluded Template:PublicationFields:PubType Boxed Sets
2017-12-25 Non-genre speculative fiction Removed reference to "non-genre speculative fiction" as confusing. No real change in policy itself. "non-genre speculative fiction" was listed in inclusion criteria. ISFDB:Policy "Non-genre speculative fiction" in ISFDB:Policy
2018-01-17 Special genre issues of non-genre magazines For special genre issues of non-genre magazines, non-fiction may be entered as well Non-fiction from non-genre magazines never entered Help:Entering non-genre magazines Special Genre Issues of Non-Genre Issues
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