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From: warpio | Posted: 7/07/2016 10:52:29 PMUpdated: 11/21/2017 08:25:36 PM
|If there are items missing in our catalog that you would like to log (or add to your backlog), that's no problem. You are free to Add items yourself. Adding new catalog items only requires you to input the title, select the category, and nothing else. Adding extra details such as tags, a cover image, and release date will help out the moderators and will reward you with tokens, assuming the details you've entered are accurate.|
If you aren't sure which tags should be applied to an item, just add the category tag (Book, Movie, Show, or Game), and then submit and let a moderator or somebody else figure out what tags to apply to it.
Tags are organized into a tree structure, and a single tag can be a subtag to 1 of more other tags. If you feel the need to create a new tag, just make sure that tag is in the right tag group.
Here's an example of a properly tagged item. The tags that are about to be applied to the item are contained in the 2 areas highlighted in red.
That is all you need to do to add a catalog item. If you don't care about tokens, you can just skip to the bottom of the page and click submit and the item will be added, ready for anybody to make log posts in or add to their backlog. Alternatively, if you tag the item as "Custom", it will be a personal custom item for your own use only, and not be added to the public catalog.
Adding Release/Version Details
This step is entirely optional, but you do this to gain many more tokens for your contribution, assuming the information that you provide is accurate. Let's say you're adding a new game, and this game has three different titles for the North American release, the PAL release, and the Japanese release, or it could also have differently named ports for different consoles, or just significantly different cover images for each port. You can add all of the details for each version of this game under the same item ID.
The 2nd incrementor button, labeled "Expansion Packs", works exactly like the Game Releases, only it's for special DLC packs or releases that expand on the game but aren't necessarily considered a different game by itself.
Another detail for game releases is the "Game Platforms" for each version. If it's a simultaneous multiplatform release (or close enough to simultaneous), you can select multiple platforms for one version to specify that all of those ports are the same.
This same process can also be applied to movies with different DVD/BD releases or remasters. For movies, this 2nd incrementor is labeled "Specials", and can be used to include special DVD features or a pre-show that aired alongside the movie.
This is almost the same process as adding different versions of the same game or movie, except in this case we're dealing with only the original airing/printing of a series. Alternate versions or home releases are not covered (although you are permitted to use DVD covers as the cover image for seasons). If there are any one-shot special episodes that tie into the series, but aren't part of any season run, they can be added with the 2nd incrementor button.
One thing that is different about adding seasons/volumes is that you can specify the Start Date and End Date, instead of just a single release date, and also specify the number of episodes or chapters within that season/volume. Adding different cover images and different titles for each season/volume are not necessary, but the release date is the most important piece of information that rewards the most tokens.
Having different versions of the same item under the same ID helps a lot with searching, since it lets you search for that game by any of its alternate titles and still be able to find it easily, and you don't have to jump back and forth between multiple versions of the same item.
Submitting the new item
If you are done adding optional details (or skipped that entirely), then once you click "Submit" at the bottom, there might be one more step that will pop up before the item is added. You might see a list of other titles that have a similar name or alias to the title you are adding. If this happens, you should check through this list and confirm that the item you're adding is not already in our catalog.
Adding a duplicate item or an item with blatantly false information only wastes the moderators' time, and could result in you losing tokens, or being suspended or banned if it happens often. It is recommended that you get the information directly from wikipedia or another credible source. However you won't be penalized if it looks like the information is at least trying to be accurate and you are just going off of memory.