- Write up a spreadsheet with at least three columns, one each for band name, album title, and rating. It can be in just about any format. CSV is preferred, but XLS is fine. TXT works too. Here's what mine looks like:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/7nbdb7y4w3nsb ... e.png?dl=0
I've got more than three columns there, which is fine, because everything other than band name, album title, and rating will be ignored.
- The rating can be in any scale you want: 1-5, 0-100, higher is better, lower is better, whatever.
- Formatting and even capitalization make no difference whatsoever. But punctuation and spelling do matter. When in doubt, refer to metal-archives.com or progarchives.com for proper punctuation and spelling. But please try to eliminate diacritical marks (use English alphabet).
- Once you have the file ready, email it to me at email@example.com or upload it somewhere and send me the link to download.
- The statistical algorithm will work best when (1) your ratings are quite diverse (so include stuff you hate as well as stuff you love) and (2) there is a group of albums that everyone rates. To make sure the second criterion is fulfilled, I've included a list of albums below that I'd like everyone to try to include. If you can't rate a couple of them, that's fine. Just want to make sure there's enough data here for the algorithm to work. Many of these albums are controversial or polarizing, which again should help the algorithm work better.
Here's the list of albums everyone should try to rate. Some of these I personally like and some I dislike, but all should generate strong opinions!
Agalloch, The Mantle
Anathema, We're Here Because We're Here
Animals as Leaders, Animals as Leaders
Bathory, Blood Fire Death
Black Sabbath, Master of Reality
Blind Guardian, Nightfall in Middle-Earth
Burzum, Hvis Lyset Tar Oss
Candlemass, Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
Cradle of Filth, Cruelty and the Beast
Dark Tranquillity, The Gallery
Darkthrone, Transilvanian Hunger
Dream Theater, Images and Words
Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, Brain Salad Surgery
Emperor, Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk
Fates Warning, Perfect Symmetry
H.I.M., Love Metal
Helloween, Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 2
In Flames, The Jester Race
Iron Maiden, Killers
Judas Priest, Sad Wings of Destiny
Katatonia, Brave Murder Day
King Crimson, In the Court of the Crimson King
Megadeth, Rust in Peace
Morbid Angel, Altars of Madness
My Dying Bride, Turn Loose the Swans
Nevermore, Dreaming Neon Black
Ozzy Osbourne, Blizzard of Ozz
Porcupine Tree, In Absentia
Queensryche, Operation: Mindcrime
Savatage, Gutter Ballet
Slayer, Reign in Blood
Sunn O))), Monoliths and Dimensions
Symphony X, V
The Gathering, How to Measure a Planet?
Therion, Gothic Kabbalah
Voivod, Dimension Hatross
Watchtower, Control and Resistance
Within Temptation, Mother Earth