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What is an Editor?

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What is an Editor? Lyrics

What is an Editor?

A Genius Editor is a contributor who has proven that they can consistently contribute high quality annotations, song bios, album bios and artist bios. It’s also important that they exercise sound judgment when accepting or rejecting annotations, suggestions, comments, and Q+A. Each annotation an editor creates, edits, or accepts, should add knowledge to the referent and should be written with style, without errors in formatting, grammar, spelling, or punctuation.

Editors are leaders on the site, setting a high bar for quality through annotations and interactions with other community members. This includes providing feedback to other contributors, participating in forum discussions in a mature and constructive manner, helping mentor new users, and encouraging great content.

Editor permissions:

• Yellow username
• Access to the Genius Editorial Board
• Access to the Genius Moderation forum
• Access to user aliases
• Access to chat and an invite to Genius Community Slack
• Accept/reject/edit annotations
• Accept/reject suggestions
• Merge/reject proposed edits
• Integrate/archive annotation comments
• Clear votes if vote total <0 (on accepted annotations)
• Delete text pages and songs
• Delete albums
• Lock/unlock albums

• Edit artist page
• Edit album tracklist
• Edit text on locked pages
• Lock/unlock pages
• Edit artist names

How do I become an Editor?

If you feel your contributions adhere to the Contributor Guidelines, tag @mentors in the suggestion section and a member of our editorial community will take a look. Alternatively, you can send a message to @EwokABdevito and he will help guide you through the process. A great way to get noticed is to take the weekly Annotation Survey that’s pinned to the music forum.

Before reaching out, ask yourself a few things:

  • Do my annotations highlight all the relevant lyrics?
  • Do my annotations teach me something about the lyrics, song, and/or artist?
  • Are the facts in my annotations credible and well sourced?
  • Do the pictures, links, and/or videos add depth to this annotation?
  • Are my annotations written in complete sentences with correct grammar and punctuation?

If the answer to these questions is yes, chances are you should be an Editor!

Essential Reading for Editors

Song pages can get chaotic, but don’t panic—here are a few tips to help keep song pages looking fresh! As an editor you should be thinking critically about:

Refining Language: How can you make a good annotation even better? Strong writing! ---> More on refining language

Cleaning up a whole song page: Be ready to merge annotations and extend referents. ---> More on cleaning up an entire song page

Avoiding Stretches: Stay objective and grounded! ---> More on avoiding stretches

Annotating Problematic Lyrics: Don’t reinforce stereotypes or hate speech! ---> More on annotating problematic lyrics

Contextualizing: Provide as much context as possible. Don’t assume the reader knows everything. ---> More on contextualizing

Structuring annotations: Does my annotation flow nicely? ---> More on annotation structure

Using formatting and markdown: Are you italicizing album titles, putting song names in quotation marks, and linking properly? ---> More on formatting

Writing great song bios: Does my bio contain all of the necessary information? ---> More on writing bios

How to approach surface level lyrics: Doing research is key. ---> More on annotating surface level lyrics

Lyric corrections: Are the lyrics right? You can’t have a good annotation without correct lyrics. ---> More on correcting lyrics

Annotating songs that have more than one language: ---> More on annotating songs that have more than one language

If you haven’t got around to it, please familiarize yourself with our Ten Annotation Commandments.

Can I lose my role as an Editor?

Yes. As an editor your annotations and edits will be scrutinized. If you're accepting poor quality annotations without editing, or making sloppy annotations, then you may lose your role. However, if your edits, annotations, and judgement when accepting and rejecting annotations improves, you will be able to become an editor again.

Here are the guidelines for losing the editor role:

• If you've been an editor for less than 6 months and your editorial output is not up to par with our editorial standards, you will be given a warning. If your output continues to be below standard, you will lose your role.

• If you've been an editor for more than 6 months and your editorial output is not up to par with our editorial standards, you will lose your role on the spot. Contributors who have been editors for more than 6 months should be well aware of editorial standards.

• If you are abusing/harassing other users, breaking forum guidelines, exploiting the IQ system, or plagiarizing, you will lose your role.

• Genius editorial standards are always evolving. If you’ve made less than 30 annotations/edits in the last 12+ months your account will be under review. If your work is high quality, then you will remain an editor. If your work needs to be improved, you will be given a warning. If your output continues to be below standard, you will lose your role.

To stay up to date with best practices and our evolving editorial standards, follow the Genius Editorial Board Forum and join us on Slack.

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About “What is an Editor?”

Last updated 7/10/2017

If you feel anything is missing or think something should be revised, send EwokABdevito a message!

  • Should an editor also be able to make high quality transcriptions?

    It’s not necessary, but it is an important skill if you’re going to transcribe.

  • What is "access to user aliases"?

    Sometimes a user will change their name and it is difficult to find them. Editors have the ability to search for prior user names.

  • Is there a minimum amount of IQ points needed to become an editor?

    Nope, just contact one of the staff members/moderators if you’re interested. The editor role is more about quality than quantity.

  • How can I tag the mentors?

    You can use @mentors in suggestions, comments, and replies to tag all of the mentors.

  • What does clearing votes achieve?

    Editors can only clear votes when the votes on a post are negative. Sometimes opinion posts are downvoted just because someone disagrees rather than because that opinion is destructive or otherwise against Genius standards. Sometimes downvoted ideas are actually correct but no one wants to hear it the way it was said. Downvoting for that reason is unfair to the user who posted it. Because it has gone negative, it now appears to others as something everyone agrees seems to agree is wrong, encouraging even more biased and unnecessary downvotes. To prevent this combination and save users' ideas from downvote hell, editors have the ability to clear the negative number when they see a downvoted post with nothing particularly wrong with it.

  • Is there a way to appeal and/or reverse rejected annotations made by an editor?

    Technically, there is no built-in function for retrieving a deleted annotation. Genius programmers would surely be capable of doing so, but there’s not really a precedent for such a move to be made.

    The best way for contributors to appeal for a reversal is to send a constructive, respectful message to the editor who rejected their annotation (emphasis on constructive and respectful). Then, the annotation would have to be rewritten to meet Genius standards.

    Unless it was deleted by accident (which happens), an editor will likely defend their decision; with the understanding that annotations are subject to debate. If a credible source is provided that supports reinstating whatever was removed, then the appropriate changes should be made. You can message a moderator or staff if you feel an annotation was erroneously discarded or mishandled by an editor.

    Furthermore, editors and moderators are able to revert annotations back to any of their previous states (after they have been accepted). This is essentially handled by the honor system, with etiquette playing an important role in maintaining community rapport. Editors are encouraged to communicate before making substantial changes.

  • When should a page be locked?

    Locking a page disallows edits from users with less than 600 IQ. This might be done in anticipation of an unreleased song, or after a high-profile song has been released.

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