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This page contains a list of frequently asked questions.




IMSLP的意思是国际乐谱库项目(International Music Score Library Project),创始于2006年2月16日。这个项目的主要目的是创建一个基于维基原则的虚拟图书馆,用于保存公共领域的乐谱,但是远不止这些。用户可以通过本站交流音乐感想,提交自己的音乐作品,或者欣赏别人的作品。这就使这里成为了一个由音乐爱好者组成、为音乐爱好者服务的,不断增长的音乐社区。


A wiki is a website which is based on collaboration between its members (or sometime even anonymous users, although their IP is recorded for security issues) by being editable by anyone. The developer of the first wiki (WikiWikiWeb) said that a wiki is "the simplest online database that could possibly work".
For more information, visit Wiki (on Wikipedia)

Who owns IMSLP?

Nobody actually "owns" IMSLP. However, if there is one person to be credited for IMSLP it is Feldmahler who started the whole project and is responsible for paying and maintaining the IMSLP servers which host the files, as well as is responsible for updating the Wiki software, and orga. Otherwise, IMSLP belongs to the community, to all the people who have contributed to it.

Who are the administrators?

Administrators or 'sysops' are users who have extended permissions regarding their actions on IMSLP, such as deleting articles and files, protecting and unprotecting pages, and blocking and unblocking IP addresses (i.e. banning/unbanning users). Administrators are responsible for maintaining peace and organisation on this site, as well as making sure that everything is ran as it is supposed to.
For more information, visit IMSLP:Administrators and the IMSLP staff contact list.

How can I become an administrator?

Well, firstly you don't ask for it :P

Secondly, you have to show some dedication to the site, that you actually work for it. You must show some more than just basic knowledge of how wiki's work, and mature behaviour around the site. Lastly, there must be a need for you in the administrative staff. Although you might not get the title of "administrator", there are still staff positions that might fill your needs, and you might fill our need for some people with particular skills.
For more information, visit Vacant staff positions

Is IMSLP legal?

As the IMSLP servers are physically hosted in Canada, IMSLP has to follow the Canadian Copyright Law. All scores submitted to IMSLP either belong to the public domain, or permission has been granted by the holder of the copyrights so that the files can be submitted to IMSLP (as is the case of contemporary composers who wish to have their works submitted to IMSLP).

What is the "Public Domain"?

Basically, it means that every score that was published more than 50 years ago is no longer under copyright in Canada, as long as the date of death of the last author of the publication also died more than 50 years ago.
For more information, visit public domain.

Where is IMSLP hosted?

The IMSLP servers are physically hosted in Canada, and this is why IMSLP follows the Canadian Copyright Law.

Who uploads the files?

Anyone can create a composer page, a work page, and even submit a file. However, you have to be a member in order to be able to contribute to IMSLP, for security reasons (so that we can trace the additions, removals, submissions, edits etc to prevent vandalism).

Can't someone just delete all the files?

Practically, only administrators can delete files. The worst a simple user can do is empty the page, which is totally reversible by any other user. Also, since in order to edit a page you have to be a member, the IMSLP administrators can track down the vandals and ban them from using IMSLP again, if they were proven to have acted maliciously and not accidentally. Vandalism will not be tolerated on IMSLP or generally any other wiki-based site.

How is IMSLP trustworthy if anyone can edit it?

In the same way that wikipedia is trustworthy, even though more people can edit it, even without being registered to wikipedia. People who contribute to IMSLP are doing so because they want to. They have nothing else in mind than contributing to the rest of the musical community. Therefore we are doing our best to maintain the level of IMSLP as high as possible, so more people will discover IMSLP and either benefit from other people's work or contribute to it themselves.


What is the difference between red and blue links?

A blue link leads to an already existing page (i.e. a page or category created by another user and which has content in it), while a red link leads to a page which does not exist yet. By clicking a red link you can edit the page and save it. Doing so will make all links linking to that page blue, instead of red.

How do I undo an edit?

You go to History, then you select the version of the page to which you want to revert (i.e. the number of "undo" steps you want to go), you load the page, copy all of the code, and replace the current page's code with the copied code. This is how a page which has been emptied (either on purpose or by mistake) can be reverted to its previous status by the first member which notices it.

What do I do if get corrupted downloads in IE6 or IE7?

If you get "corrupted" downloads using IE6 or IE7, please clear your browser cache and try again, or use a different browser (e.g. Firefox or Opera). The problem is due to a bug in Internet Explorer that cannot be solved from our part. (Detailed article on this issue)


How do I create a page?

For more information, visit Help:Page creation.

How do I edit a page?

You either click a red link towards a page, which will guide you directly to editing that page, or you simply click on the "edit" button on top of any article, and you start editing.
For more information, visit Help:Page editing.

How do I delete a page?

Normal users can't delete a page for themselves. If you see a page that you think must be deleted, though, you can tag it with the Delete, and an administrator will act accordingly.
For more information, visit Help:Page deletion (including more detailed instructions on using the Delete template)

What kind of format am I allowed to use?

There is some kind of "wiki" language that is used widely among articles which you ought to be familiar with before editing pages (otherwise even the simple task of correcting a spelling mistake could be very daunting)
You can go to Help:Tutorial/Page editing for more information, or try the Help:Editing (on for a more extensive tutorial.

Is HTML allowed?

Yes and no. There is some standard wiki formatting that you have to know, but you can also use some html and css, if you know how to do so. [to be continued]


How do I register to IMSLP?

You simply click on the "Login/Sign Up" button on the top-rightmost corner of any page, and fill in your data.

How do I edit my user-page?

Just like you'd edit any other page. You can also use the Babel and Instrument templates to indicate what languages do you speak and what instruments you play, and at what degree. You can write details about yourself, about your relation to music, what you hope to do during your stay on IMSLP, what scores you are going to scan or what scores you want etc.

How do I send a message to another user?

Although there is no "private messaging" service in wikis, you can leave "comments" on another user's page. In order to do so, click on Discussion, and then click on the "plus" sign and leave your comment. When that user logs on to IMSLP again, they will be notified that they have a new message. However, what you write will be visible to anyone, so pay attention to what you type if you don't want someone else to read it.
For more information, visit Help:Tutorial/Talk_pages or Help:Talk Page (on wikipedia)

How do I reply to a message?

You can reply either directly on your own talk page, or on the talk page of the corresponding users. Either way, please indent your reply (enter ":" before each paragraph) to keep the talk pages organised and easy to read.
For more information, visit Help:Tutorial/Talk_pages or Help:Talk Page (on wikipedia)


How can I contribute?

There are many ways to help IMSLP. From editing pages to correct spelling mistakes to translating IMSLP to another language, all help is highly appreciated by all members of IMSLP. Below are some of the most common ways you can contribute to the community:

Submitting a score

This is the most common form of contribution to IMSLP. You can either submit a file you found on some other online collection with music scores and that is not already uploaded here on IMSLP, or by scanning your own scores and uploading them here on IMSLP (but in any case, make sure that the score is in one of the acceptable formats on IMSLP)
For more information, visit IMSLP:Contributing scores (and IMSLP:Scanning music scores if you are scanning your own scores)

Discuss about a piece

As mentioned in the first paragraph of the FAQ, [to be continued]

Correcting a page

If you ever notice a spelling mistake, a wrong date in a composer page, or if you know something that is not written about a piece, feel free to edit the page and correct what you feel needs correction. This is very important as, despite the fact that much effort is put to avoid mistakes when writing big articles, it is somewhat inevitable that some mistakes will exist, and it is our responsibility to correct them.
For more information on maintenance of IMSLP visit IMSLP:Maintenance.

Translating to another language

This is the most difficult, time-consuming and dedicating contribution to IMSLP that someone can do.
While taking up the translation of all of IMSLP on your own might sound a daunting task, by "translating" we don't mean just that. We mean that you help other users translate IMSLP. For example, if you speak French, and you see that a page hasn't been translated into French, you can just translate that one page. Other users will see what you did and follow your example. This way, slowly but steadily IMSLP will become more and more "International" (as the title indicates).
For more information, visit IMSLP:Internationalization.

Providing ideas

The simplest idea can contribute highly to IMSLP. IMSLP itself began as an idea, and it developed to what it is today. And it didn't just develop on its own, it developed through the criticisms, suggestions and improvements of people who visited the site. If you think something could be done more easily, faster, or better, feel free to notify one of the admins about it, and be sure that your idea will be considered by the administration as soon as possible.
You can contact the administrators by visiting this page

Help make IMSLP more known

You can help IMSLP to become more widely known by telling your friends, telling your music class at school, by linking to an IMSLP piece or composer page from the respective piece or composer article in wikipedia or other site, or by contacting other sites and collaborating with them, as we have done with, and now all the recordings on their site link to the composer page here on IMSLP, and we have added "Recording" fields in the "Add File" form which link back to PianoSociety. This is expected to highly increase traffic on IMSLP.
See also: IMSLP:Linking across projects

Mirroring IMSLP

Exactly what is mirrored? What software do I need?

Only the static files are mirrored; there will be no dynamic content. Therefore any web server is fine. I would recommend Lighttpd if you have not decided on one yet.

Can I choose an absolute bandwidth amount instead of a percentage of the total bandwidth?

No unfortunately. This would be extremely hard to monitor from the main server. You will have to monitor the bandwidth usage yourself. There will be a way for you to temporarily disable traffic redirect to your mirror, but it should only be used in emergency situations, and not regularly (or the bandwidth specified would be pointless).

How can I upload scores?

You must first check if the score you are about to upload has not already been uploaded. Then, you must check whether or not the composer page for the score's composer exists here on IMSLP or not. If it doesn't, you have to create it first. Then, you have to create the respective Work Page for your score, and then you need to submit the file to it.
Detailed instructions can be found on the page IMSLP:Score submission guide

Can I upload my own compositions?

Of course :) As long as you make sure to publish your composition under one of the permissible licenses.
For more information on CreativeCommons licenses, visit IMSLP:Creative Commons and Performance Restricted licenses

What if I already licensed the work under another license?

You can simply re-license the work under a Creative Commons or Performance Restricted license. If both licenses are free (as in, no money required), the users of the file will be able to choose the license they want to use the file under.

Why was my submission deleted?

Currently, you can search for the deletion reason of the page on the deletions log page. When this Mediawiki bug is fixed, you will be able to find the deletions in your Special:Watchlist, which will only list pages that you have submitted files to. Remember: even if your submission was deleted, your contribution to IMSLP is still very much appreciated :) Everyone makes mistakes sometimes, and admins are there to correct them; deleting a page is never personal.

What do I do if I find missing pages in a file, or other errors?

You can simply edit the page and add a note to the "Misc. Notes" section of the file entry. You may also add a message to the submitter's user talk page, but remember that in many cases those files are not scanned by the submitter, so the submitter may be unable to do anything about it. However, other people might, which is why adding a note to the file entry is more important.
In addition, if the missing page is part of the Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe project, you may also report it to this page.