Controlling misuse of adding false information to songs

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So I was just looking through some songs on Allmusic, and one of them was Electric Light Orchestra's "Mr. Blue Sky". However, I noticed several things added by 1 source which really didn't seem accurate. Under Song Genres, it claimed it was a Rap song; under Song Styles it claimed it to be Black Metal, Doom Metal, and Heavy Metal; and under Song Moods it claimed it was Angry. Now, I'm no expert, but I'm pretty sure these don't apply to "Mr. Blue Sky", so I'm pretty sure this is a troll edit. So is it possible to remove edits like these by other users which just aren't true?
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Richard Linderman

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This is one of the dangers of allowing users to edit the database, which we constantly go back and forth on the pros and cons of.  Our dedicated users have so much to offer, but this kind of trolling/vandalism is a possibility any time we open up avenues for anyone to contribute.

The good news is that by using the counts of the votes/weighting, disorganized efforts like this just become noise in the background (only receiving one vote compared to the more accurate votes of Pop/Rock, Album Rock, etc). The other good news is that this is honestly the first time we've run across this in the years we've had this available.

Thanks for bringing this instance to our attention. We'll look into methods of cleaning it up.