Best Things About Encyclopaedia MetallumI've already done a list for the worst things about it, so I want to be fair and look at the positives that this site has.
This is easily the biggest point in its favour, having over 120 000 bands in it I shall no small feat.
True. Also it's the most reliable site for metal. Certainly a gem.
As well as having a ridiculous amount of bands on it, each of these have a very large amount of information about them, showing a high level of quality in the overall website.
Easily the best thing about it, makes it just a quick search to find a band that only released 1 demo in a specific year.
While this may be a minor thing for some, it is definitely one of the things that I like most about the website, as it allows the possibility of discovering extremely obscure, yet good bands. I personally haven't found anything myself, but I could easily see someone finding their new favourite band because of this.
I'm saying mostly simply because they have the occasional item that I find to be odd, such as the inclusion of Rush in the database. Despite these few inconsistencies, the site is very good with their guidelines.
Yes, this website is very useful. I disagree with several of their decisions but overall, Encyclopaedia Metallum is much more credible than wiki and any other website.
While it isn't a perfect way of doing it, I quite often check this website when I'm curios about whether a band is considered metal or not.
Well, they're not fully accurate; they have Rush and Def Leppard there. That aside, they do a pretty good job.
Every day, there are multiple new submissions both in terms of bands, updates to information, and reviews, which makes it less likely for anything on the website to be dated, as well as have a constant stream of new content.
These events are essentially where people are challenged to write as many reviews for albums without any on them. This provides more attention to bands that are unknown or severely underrated.
The administrators are well aware of flaws that the website has, such as easily manipulated scores, and are able to work around many of them. One such way is finding out people who have multiple accounts for the purpose of stat altering, and deleting all trace of them.
Despite many reviews being quite biased and hyperbolic, most of them are of fairly high quality, providing valid criticisms and well thought out arguments
I needed another entry, so I thought that I should mention the fact that the title is really cool.