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1. An introduction to BestBlackMetalAlbums.com

BestBlackMetalAlbums.com, or "BBMA", is a site dedicated primarily to Black Metal, currently featuring 37,347 albums by 15,868 bands from 120 countries across the globe.

1.1. Origins & purpose

BestBlackMetalAlbums.com was conceived and created in 2011. Initially, the site consisted of little more than a Top 100 list with a few search filters, the purpose of which being for us to simply have somewhere to keep track of our favourite albums. However, as time progressed, it soon became apparent that the site required a complete overhaul, not only to cope with all of the albums in our growing collection, but also because we realized that BestBlackMetalAlbums.com had the potential for something much bigger.

Over the years, BestBlackMetalAlbums.com has gradually evolved into what it is today, one of the world's most prominent Black Metal sites, with an ever-increasing number of users from all over the planet that frequently use the site for discovering both old albums and new releases alike.

1.2. How to use the site

The idea behind the site's structure is to make it easy for the user to discover new albums based on their stylisic preferences, which is why the navigation of BestBlackMetalAlbums.com is mainly album-oriented as opposed to band-oriented, like the majority of sites.

1.3. Content & copyright notice

All original content on this site, such as text, graphic design, logos, and also the selection, arrangement, and presentation of all materials is property of BestBlackMetalAlbums.com and protected by international copyright laws. All other content that is not owned by BestBlackMetalAlbums.com that appears on this site is the property of their respective owners.

2. User interaction

User interaction forms a fundamental part of the site, and although everything is pretty much straightforward, there are a couple of callouts:

2.1. Registration

BestBlackMetalAlbums.com does not currently require registration. Everyone can access all of the site's content and features without the need to perform any kind of registration or authentication.

2.2. Comments & posting guidelines

Since registration is not required in order to post comments, there are a number of basic guidelines set in place to keep things running smoothly:

- All comments are eventually reviewed by a site admin, and we reserve the right to delete any comment which we consider excessively off-topic, unnecessarily abusive or generally inappropriate.

- The comment system does not support HTML tags, and they will be stripped automatically from the comment.

- BestBlackMetalAlbums.com is an English language website, therefore comments posted in other languages may be deleted.

It goes without saying that the opinions and views expressed by the site's users through their comments do not reflect the opinions or views of BestBlackMetalAlbums.com.

2.3. Contribution guidelines

The contribution form is very straightforward, allowing contributors to provide the details in their own style rather than having to fill out a form with dozens of fields, but this freedom also means that a minimum standard of quality must be adhered to in order for us to take any contribution seriously:

- Firstly, all contributors must make sure that the news or albums in question are not already included in the site. This saves time for everyone involved.

- Secondly, we ask that all contributors provide as much detail as possible while also being brief and concise, including URLs where applicable. Submissions which consist of just copy-pasted promotional walls of text will most likely be ignored. We may contact you via the e-mail address that you have provided if we require more information.

- Also, we reserve the right to accept or reject submissions at our own discretion. We will not contact you to give you a reason why the submission was rejected, but neither will you receive a confirmation if we do accept your submission.

- Lastly, up to several months may pass from the moment a submission is received until it is actually included in the site's database and/or reviewed.

2.4. Cookies & privacy notice

There are certain features on BestBlackMetalAlbums.com which use cookies, such as the AddThis sharing tool, the Poll voting system, and the Themes. In the future, we hope to eventually implement alternatives that will render BestBlackMetalAlbums.com cookie-free.

Other features on this site request the user's e-mail address. This information is treated with confidentiality and is used exclusively for contacting with the user (if required) within the context of the situation, and under no circumstances will the user's e-mail address be provided to another person, entity or third party, and neither will it be used to send the user promotional messages or any other message unrelated to the context in question.

3. Album database & news

The album database and the news section are the lifeblood of the site:

3.1. Reviews & ratings

Album reviews are written entirely by ourselves. We decide which albums to review, and when to review them. Likewise, the ratings that we assign to albums are decided by ourselves, based on our own internal criteria. In other words, the reviews and ratings on this site represent our own personal opinions and preferences.

You are welcome to request album reviews, and all such requests are noted, however due to time constraints we cannot guarantee if or when your album will be reviewed.

3.2. Genres

BestBlackMetalAlbums.com uses a simplified (and perhaps unconventional) genre classification system, grouping a wide array of different sub-genres into just a handful of labels or "styles". As a result of this, there may be some situations where specific albums appear under a certain genre classification which you would never have normally associated them with.

3.3. News

The news that appears on the site is gathered from a variety of sources, ranging from news posts on official sites to bands and publishers who have submitted the news to us directly, and we will include a link to the official source when possible. Occasionally we will include news articles which are not strictly related to Black Metal because we feel they will be of interest to our userbase.

3.4. Accuracy

We cannot guarantee that the information on this site is 100% accurate. Sometimes we may have made a spelling mistake, grammar mistake, factual mistake, or even an error in the code itself. If you detect anything that you feel needs to be corrected, by all means contact us and we will look into it.

4. Frequently asked questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions which we receive from our users:

4.1. Who is behind BestBlackMetalAlbums.com? Where are you based?

A handful of music enthusiasts, somewhere in Europe.

4.2. How was the site designed? What CMS do you use?

We are proud to say that BestBlackMetalAlbums.com was created from a single blank folder, file by file, line by line. Likewise, the CMS that we use was also built from scratch at the same time. We believe that this is the only way to have complete control and ensure that everything is working exactly as intended, and it also guarantees that there is no unnecessary or obsolete code bloating the site.

4.3. Can I register on the site? Is there a forum?

No. BestBlackMetalAlbums.com does not currently require regisration, and neither is there a forum, however this may change in the future.

4.4. Can I advertise on the site?

No. BestBlackMetalAlbums.com is free of adverts, and we intend to keep it that way.

4.5. Can I write reviews for the site?

No. We really appreciate everyone who has kindly offered to contribute reviews to the site, however we intend to handle the reviews by ourselves for now.

4.6. Can I do anything to support the site?

Yes. Simply by using the site regularly, posting comments, rating albums, submitting contributions or recommending us to your friends, you are giving us the best kind of support that we could ask for.

In addition to this, you can also bookmark our affiliate links and use them whenever you do your online shopping. We receive a small percentage for every sale at no extra cost to you (even if you don't actually buy any Black Metal albums), and this helps to keep the site online.

4.7. Why is / isn't X band / album included on the site?

If you feel that a specific album is missing from our site and should be included, the most likely explanation is that we simply haven't been made aware of it yet. Feel free to use the contribution form to submit albums for inclusion on the site. This process is explained in detail above.

In some cases you may come across specific albums which are included on the site which are not strictly Black Metal albums. These albums are included on the site because we feel they are either historically important, related in some way to Black Metal, or otherwise of interest to our userbase.

4.8. Why haven't you included the bands / albums which I submitted?

As explained above, up to several months may pass from the moment a submission is received until it is included in the site's database, however we reserve the right to accept or reject submissions at our own discretion. We will not contact you to give you a reason why the submission was rejected, but neither will you receive a confirmation if we do accept your submission.

4.9. Why hasn't there been any news posted recently?

BestBlackMetalAlbums.com is currently undergoing a period of extended inactivity, meaning that we don't have sufficient time to post regular news updates. That said, we do continue to work on the site behind the scenes, periodically updating the code, adding new features, fixing bugs and uploading new albums. We'll be back.

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