We take data accuracy and consistency to heart here at hobbyDB. That's why we've created a list of standards and conventions that we are committed to upholding...
- Images – Items listed in the database should always have photos. The exception to this is if the item is very rare.
- Correct Item Type – Collectibles always start with the application of the appropriate Item Type. This is very important for searching and sorting our catalog properly. Also, each Item Type requires specific information, ensuring accuracy. When it comes to automobiles, for example, there are several categories. “Cars” is for real cars. “Model Cars” is for miniature, preassembled cars. “Model Car Kits” is for miniature cars that require assembly (even if someone has already built it).
- Item Title – When filling out the title of the item, we use the name that appears on the package or on the item itself. For example, a Hot Wheels 1971 Buick Riviera would be called “1971 Buick Riviera” (“Hot Wheels” will be filled in as the brand later in our process).
- Item Title for Magazines and Publications, and Comics – When listing a publication in our catalog, we include the cover date and/or issue number in the title of the item. Such as “Detective Comics #39” or “Hot Rod Magazine, Dec 1993”.
- Country of Origin – Many items are now made in different countries around the world. If an item is made in China, but is a product of a company based elsewhere, the country where the company is based will be listed.
- Livery – This refers to the primary sponsor or company found on the item (mainly applicable to cars). For example, a Ford GT40 might wear the “Gulf” livery. The item will not be listed using the livery, but rather the make and model.
- Recurring Events – If the item you are adding is related to a recurring event (eg. The 24 Hours of Le Mans), but is related to one particular instance of this event (eg. The 1972 24 Hours of Le Mans) the item will be related to both event instances.
- Related Media – Related media refers to additional mediums in which the item appears. For example, if a die-cast car is based on a vehicle from a book, movie or television show, the title will be added to the listing. This way, the item will appear in a search for the related media.
- Related Subjects – The addition of related subjects, when applicable, lends to our database's interconnectivity. For example, in an advertisement for a particular car, if a famous actor also appears in the ad, the actor's name will appear in the Related Subject field.
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