No authors, no references, no use

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Why doesn't the online guide include source info,a s even Wikipedia does--and as you did previously. This info is useless for any serious quotation or further follow-up when there are no notes and the only "author" listed as the corporate name. Just encountered this trying to look into ":information" on the country producer Troy Martin. How can we trust material like this?
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Chrysta Cherrie

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Hi Barry,
A very small number of our documents are attributed to Rovi as author. I'm not sure why any are, but I'm looking into it and will update here when I know more. That said, that bio was composed the same way as any of our other bios, as a result of carefully researching the individual's information. If you want to cite our Troy Martin bio for research purposes, the various style guides (MLA, APA, etc.) have rules for how to handle documents with a generic author or no author.

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Going back to the "authored by Rovi" question, this is just a shorthand way of saying the document was written by someone on our staff. In most cases you'll see the actual author name. Whether "by Rovi" or "by [author name]", the document has gone through the same researching, writing, editing, linking, etc. process.
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Well, I wouldn't quote it without being able to check its sources--and wish that I could.
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Chrysta Cherrie

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All of our bios are written by our staff, and it's our policy to only include info that is validated by official sources (album notes, press materials, various artist representation websites, etc.), so there should be no need to check our sources. This is also why we don't just toss up band bios written by publicists and label reps (for our purposes we like press materials for the facts, but not the hyperbole that sometimes comes along), and why we insist that folks provide supporting information when asking us to make corrections (just because you say you played on a Bob Dylan record doesn't make it true).

Ultimately, if you're interested in verifying the accuracy of our bios, knowing who specifically on staff wrote would have no bearing in your fact-checking; you would be researching the topic, not the author. I hope that helps clarify things.
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Sorry, but I write for publications and book publishers (you can look it up) that need professional sourcing beyond "we check things; believe us." The point of knowing who wrote something if it has no footnoting would be to reach out to the actual author and see where some information comes from so perhaps it would be double-checked and buttressed from the earlier source. It's not asking for an explanation of why the site does things as it does; I'm just saying that it could be more relied on and more useful for some of us, who have to abide by standards of that level, if additional back-up was provided.
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To my knowledge this has never come up as a concern, and our current practice of relying on official sources as research material for our bios has been a sufficient standard for our data licensees and other clients, so I forwarded this topic to our senior managing editor. Thanks.