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1. About BestBlackMetalAlbums.com
BestBlackMetalAlbums.com, or "BBMA", is a website dedicated to providing Black Metal news and album reviews, currently featuring 63,133 albums by 26,872 bands from 139 countries across the globe.
1.1. Origins & purpose
BestBlackMetalAlbums.com was conceived and created in 2011, consisting of little more than a Top 100 list with a few search filters.
However, as time progressed, it soon became apparent that the site required a complete overhaul,
not only to cope with all the albums I would keep adding, but also because BestBlackMetalAlbums.com had the
potential for something much bigger.
Over the years, BestBlackMetalAlbums.com has gradually evolved into one of the world's most prominent Black Metal websites, with an evergrowing number of people using the site for discovering both old albums and new releases alike.
The idea behind the site's layout is to make it easy for the user to discover new albums based on their stylisic preferences, which is why the navigation and categorization of the site is primarily album-oriented as opposed to band-oriented, like the majority of sites.
1.2. Registration & user accounts
Most of the site is accessible without logging in, however you will need to register an account in order to post any content and make use of all of the features.
Registration requires a valid e-mail address, as you will need to click on the link in the validation e-mail in order to activate your account.
Once you have activated your account, you will be free to log in, customize your profile and start posting content and interacting with other users.
1.3. Posting guidelines
There are a number of basic guidelines set in place to keep things running smoothly:
- It goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway: Be respectful towards eachother at all times.
- All posts and comments are eventually reviewed by an admin, and we reserve the right to delete any content which we consider in bad taste, unnecessarily abusive, NSFW or otherwise completely inappropriate within the context of the site.
- Do not use the website as a personal advertising platform. Links to other websites are of course perfectly fine, as long as they are of benefit for the readers and staying within the context of the site. For business partnerships/queries, contact us directly here.
- The site does not support HTML tags, and they will be stripped automatically from any posts. There are BBcode tags that you can use instead, as explained here.
- BestBlackMetalAlbums.com is an English-language website, therefore content posted in other languages will probably be deleted.
- Off-topic content is fine, as long as it is confined to the Off-topic section of the Forum.
1.4. Admin guidelines
Users that take an active role on BestBlackMetalAlbums.com will sometimes be granted admin access to help run and moderate the site. If you have been granted such access, there are some fundamental points that must be made clear:
- Being an admin on BestBlackMetalAlbums.com does not make you more important than other users, and admins must not use or abuse their powers for personal reasons. If moderating something or someone puts you in that position then simply don't do it, leave the moderation to someone else.
- Editing or deleting other users' content can be intrusive. The philosophy behind all moderation should ultimately be to maintain the Posting Guidelines, not to supress opinion or enforce any personal ideals of censorship.
- Don't let being an admin change the way you use or enjoy the site. Rather than seeing it as having extra responsibilities or having a duty to seek out work to do, see it instead as simply having some extra tools to help things out here and there whenever you come across them. That said, you may sometimes see a notification icon if something is pending admin approval.
1.5. News categories
Users with "Trusted User" rank or above can post news on the site, which will be grouped into the following categories:
- News: Factual, current events. Links to the official source(s) should be included where possible.
- Article: Longer, in-depth features and columns written on a specific topic.
- Interview: Any interview actually carried out by a user on behalf of BBMA. All other interviews should be posted under the normal News category and linked to the appropriate sources.
- Poll: Admins will periodically announce site polls, using this category.
- Site News: Any news regarding the site itself should be posted by an admin under this category.
1.6. Forum categories
As for the forum, all users can post new threads, which will be grouped into the following categories:
- Black Metal: Self-explanatory. Anything directly related in some way to Black Metal as a musical genre.
- Music / General: Anything music-related that wouldn't fall under the Black Metal category.
- Journal: Personal accounts and experiences relating to Black Metal or music in general, for anyone that wants to keep and share a diary of sorts.
- Off Topic: Anything that isn't music related.
- Site Feedback: Any requests or feedback regarding the site itself.
1.7. Album contribution guidelines
All users can submit albums through the contribution form, however a minimum standard of quality must be adhered to in order for any album contribution to be taken seriously:
- All contributions must of course be related to Black Metal.
- We are currently accepting: LPs / Full length albums, EPs, Demos, Promos, Compilations.
- We are not currently accepting: Singles, Split albums, Live albums, Rehearsals, Collaborations, Box sets.
- Before sending your contribution, make sure that it hasn't already been included on the site.
- Days or weeks may pass from the moment a submission is received until it is actually included in the site's database.
1.8. News contribution guidelines
The same applies to news contributions:
- Keep it neat and tidy, take advantage of the formatting tags, and double-check your grammar and spelling before posting.
- Whatever you write, make sure it looks like a news post, not an advert.
- Remember to include all relevant sources and links to the original news / material.
- Avoid simply copy-pasting promotional walls of text, you can include it using [quote][/quote] tags instead.
1.9. Biography contribution guidelines
And last but not least, to biographies:
- Keep it neat and tidy, take advantage of the formatting tags, and double-check your grammar and spelling before posting.
- Remember to include all relevant sources and links to the original news / material, and use [source=...] tags where possible.
1.10. Reviews & ratings
Users with "Trusted User" rank or above can write album reviews, and each album's score will be determined from the rounded average of all the ratings. As reviews and ratings form a fundamental aspect of the site, there are some guidelines set in place to ensure a minimum level of quality is adhered to:
Keep it neat and tidy, and double-check your grammar and spelling before posting.
Avoid reposting word-for-word reviews that you may have already written elsewhere on the internet.
Consider your score carefully, the integrity of your review (and the site) depends on it. An album with a score of 100% is something you are expected to encounter only a handful of times in your life.
Likewise, a score approaching 0% should be reserved for those few albums that are completely and utterly unlistenable from beginning to end, and not something that merely disappointed you, or you have a grudge with.
You will still be able to edit your review and score up to 7 days after publishing, but after 7 days have passed, it cannot be edited any further.
To keep things simple, BestBlackMetalAlbums.com uses a fairly minimal and somewhat 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 wouldn't normally associate them with.
2. Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions that I receive from users:
2.1. Who is behind BestBlackMetalAlbums.com? Where are you based?
A music enthusiast, somewhere in Europe.
2.2. How was the site designed? What CMS do you use?
I am proud to say that BestBlackMetalAlbums.com was created from a single blank folder, file by file, line by line (with a generous amount of visits to StackOverflow of course). Likewise, the CMS that I use was also built from scratch. This is the only way to have complete control over a website's functionality and ensure that everything is working exactly as intended. It also guarantees that there is no unnecessary or obsolete code bloating the site. Part of the site's design and features were inspired by ESReality.com.
2.3. Can I advertise on the site?
No. BestBlackMetalAlbums.com is free of adverts, and I intend to keep it that way.
2.4. Can I do anything to support the site?
Yes. Simply by using the site regularly, posting content, writing reviews, submitting albums or sharing the site
with your friends, you are already giving the best kind of support that I could ask for.
In addition to this, the site uses affiliate links, which means that whenever you buy albums (or anything else online) using the links on the site, we receive a small percentage for every sale at no extra cost to you, and this helps to keep the site online.
2.5. Why is/isn't X band/album included on the site?
If you feel that a specific album is missing from the site and should be included,
the most likely explanation is that I simply haven't been made aware of it yet.
Feel free to use the contribution form to submit albums for inclusion on the site.
On the other hand, 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 because I feel they are either historically important, related in some way to Black Metal, or otherwise of interest to the site's users.
2.6. Why haven't you included the bands/albums which I submitted?
Please check the contribution guidelines above.
Please take a moment to read about how your personal information is handled before using any of the site's forms:
3.1. What information do we collect?
3.2. Why do we collect this information?
The e-mail address associated with your account will be used for validating the account, logging in, and for receiving any necessary communication from the website. When signing up to the newsletter, your e-mail address will be added to the mailing list. IP addresses are used internally exclusively for spam protection.
3.3. Where do we store this information?
Your personal information is encrypted using Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) technology, and it is saved on a server that is physically secure and password-protected. It is only accessible by a limited number of people who's job it is to keep the information safe and confidential. We do not show, trade, share or transfer this information to any unauthorized person or 3rd party under any circumstances.
3.4. How long do we store this information?
User submitted content is designed to be displayed indefinitely by default, however it can mostly be deleted and/or edited by the user or by an admin. User accounts can be deleted, after which all associated data and content is removed. As for the newsletter, your e-mail address will remain on the mailing list until you decide to unsubscribe. You can unsubscribe at any time by changing your account settings or by clicking the "unsubscribe" link at the bottom of any newsletter.
3.5. Which information is publicly visible?
When posting content, the username you have chosen when registering the account will be publicly displayed. The rest of your personal information is hidden by default but can be configured to be displayed publicly.
3.6. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
In accordance with the GDPR, you can withdraw your consent, or request that your personal information be updated or deleted, at any time. Any such requests can be submitted through the contact form.
3.7. California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA)
3.8. Children Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
In accordance with the COPPA, we do not specifically market to children under the age of 13 years old.
3.9. Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPPs)
In accordance with the FIPPs, should a data breach occur, we will notify the users via an in-site notification within 7 business days.
3.10. CAN-SPAM Act
In accordance with the CAN-SPAM Act, we only collect your email address in order to respond to inquiries and send notifications, and also newsletters, should you have chosen this. The e-mails you receive will clearly state in the subject that they have been sent by BestBlackMetalAlbums.com. You can unsubscribe at any time by changing your account settings or by clicking the "unsubscribe" link at the bottom of any newsletter.
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- Remember which theme style you selected ("theme" - expires after 365 days).
- Remember which search result preferences you selected ("view" - expires after 365 days).
- Keep you logged in if you select this option at the login screen ("remember_me" - expires after 365 days of inactivity).
- Allow our server to recognize your visit as a separate user session ("session" - expires when you leave the website, unless you select the "Remember me" option when logging in, in which case it lasts approx. 300 days).
- Allow our service provider to manage server load and allocate resources accordingly ("240planBAK", "240planD" - expire after approx. 2 hours).
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You can change your cookie preferences or delete these cookies at any time through your browser settings, however this may cause some of the features on BestBlackMetalAlbums.com to stop working correctly, and you may be logged out if you were previously logged in.
4.2. Cookie consent
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5.2. Use license
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