Protocol and Etiquette

One of the most common questions asked by new members is:

  Do I need to ask permission before uploading a track to someone else's collaboration?

The answer is "No". Kompoz is designed specifically as an open collaboration platform, where users from all over the world post songs they would like to have finished, hoping that musicians (like you) will join in and contribute. Unless the collaboration is marked as Finished or Private, you are encouraged to upload and participate.

When you do, your work will be initially marked as an Idea. The collaboration owner will receive a notification that you have uploaded a new file, and will either accept the idea track, or archive it. If your idea track is accepted, then you will be listed as a participant in (contributor to) the collaboration, and your track will be added to the list of Seps and Mixes. If your track is archived, the collaboration owner is indicating that your contribution is not going to be used. In general, most collaboration owners will add a comment to provide feedback and show appreciation.

Another common question is:

  Can I upload something other than what is listed under the Talent Needed section?

Absolutely. In general, the Talent Needed section lists instruments needed in order to move the song along to a near-finished state. But it's probably not an inclusive list of talents welcomed. One of the greatest things about Kompoz is the surprise of something unexpected, which adds a new dimension or possibly a new direction to a song. In fact, that is the biggest benefit of collaborating with new minds, people from different cultures and genres, and different and unique instrumentalists. So be creative and contribute your unique ideas.

Etiquette (Netiquette)

Kompoz is a community of artists -- people with ambitions, creative minds, and emotions. Communicating online has it's own unique challenges, and thus requires extra care. The following words from say it best.

When you communicate electronically, all you see is a computer screen. You don't have the opportunity to use facial expressions, gestures, and tone of voice to communicate your meaning; words -- lonely written words -- are all you've got. And that goes for your correspondent as well. When you're holding a conversation online -- whether it's an email exchange or a response to a discussion group posting -- it's easy to misinterpret your correspondent's meaning. And it's frighteningly easy to forget that your correspondent is a person with feelings more or less like your own.

It's ironic, really. Computer networks bring people together who'd otherwise never meet. But the impersonality of the medium changes that meeting to something less -- well, less personal. Humans exchanging email often behave the way some people behind the wheel of a car do: They curse at other drivers, make obscene gestures, and generally behave like savages. Most of them would never act that way at work or at home. But the interposition of the machine seems to make it acceptable.

The message of Netiquette is that it's not acceptable. Yes, use your network connections to express yourself freely, explore strange new worlds, and boldly go where you've never gone before. But remember the Prime Directive of Netiquette: Those are real people out there.