New Members Guide
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Joined: February 21 2004
Topic: New Members Guide
Posted: April 03 2008 at 16:12
Progarchives.com New Members Guide
Welcome to Progarchives, a site dedicated to Progressive Music in all its forms. Our objective is to build the definitive resource for all aspects of Prog, including band biographies, album reviews, and a detailed history of the genre. The site was founded in late 2003, and has grown rapidly since then.
We are already one of the most popular music websites in the world, and our database is the most extensive prog reference site available. BUT, we need YOUR help to make the site even better.
How YOU can help us to achieve our goal.
You can submit reviews of any albums listed on the site, as many as you wish, the more the better. Unlike other sites, we do not restrict the posting of reviews to a chosen few "expert" reviewers, we value your opinion. As soon as you submit your review, it will be added to the page for that album, and will appear on the home page of this site.
There are no complex formalities before you can submit a review; all we ask is that you register with the site via our forum. The registration process is simple, and will only take a few seconds. To submit a review, just go to the album of your choice, and click on the "Submit review" button, it really is that straightforward!
By registering with the site, you will be able to see a full list of all the reviews you have submitted by clicking on your name in any of your reviews. There are a few guidelines to help you on the review submission page, and further details are given in this thread in the forum: (post link)
You can also participate in our very active forum, where you will receive a warm welcome. There is a section to introduce yourself (if you wish), and you can participate in any of the discussions which interest you. You can also suggest the addition of new bands to the site, and let us how you think we can improve the site. Once again, (as you would expect) there are a few simple rules about using the forum and these are detailed in this thread. (post link). You are welcome to create new topics, and there are guidelines on where to put the thread here: (post link).
We pride ourselves on having a friendly, moderated forum, where people can speak freely without fear of intimidation or antagonism.
Some other information you may find useful
The home page has a number of different sections to it:
Across the top of each page, you will find links to other parts of the site.These are:
Note that you can click on any album or artist to be taken to the page for that entry. There is a link at the bottom of each section, to allow you to expand the list.
Switch indexThis appears just below the main options. There are 4 different indexes you can use, to find bands. When you view a list of bands or albums, you can click on any underlined item for a link to all bands in that category. For example, if you click on "Canada" in the country column, you will see a list of all the bands from that country.
Once you have found the page for a band you are interested in, you will find that the page has three sections. Firstly, you will see a biography of the band. The completion of these biographies is an on-going project. If the band you are viewing does not have a biography, you can help. Either through your knowledge of the band, or by undertaking some research, you can be credited as the author of the biography for that band.
Next you will find a section offering streaming of selected tracks or portions of tracks so that you can get a general impression of the music of the band.
Finally, you will see a full discography of the band. By clicking on any album, you will be taken to the specific page for that album (see below). There is an option to indicate whether you wish the page to show images of the album covers or not.
If you notice that an album is missing from the discography, you can add it to the database. Simply click on the "Add albums" link just above the discography and follow the instructions.
Once you have clicked on a link to a specific album, you will be taken to a page giving full track and line up details of that album, together with all the reviews our members have submitted.
Once again, there is a section containing streaming of selected tracks or portions of tracks.
There is a link on each album page allowing you to submit your own review of the album. By clicking on this link, you will be taken to the submit review page, which contains guidelines on the content of reviews.
On the right hand side of each page, the full discography of the band is listed once again, allowing you to link quickly to another album by them. There is an option to indicate whether you wish the page to show images of the album covers or not.
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