How about we change all Armenian, Arabic, Greek, Japanese and Chinese artist names to their respective Armenian alphabet, arabic alhpabet, cyrillic and kanji writing just so it is true to their real name and in one go make it confusing for all an everyone just in the name of supposed "correctness" and not in the name of readability and convenience. Yeah, sounds like a great idea doesn't it.
People can tag however they want but don't redirect to something most can't even read.
Common again... The issue is resolved: you can display the names in English if you wish by activating "Translate foreign artist names to English where possible" in your website settings." So if Cyrillic gives you so much stress, just turn the option on %)
PS: I installed Plex Media Manager on my ReadyNAS and it is accessing the database of Last.FM automatically. So changing website settings isn't really an option. Now I get the message "Keep stats clean! Put the correct artist name in your file's ID3 tags to avoid incorrect or duplicate artists."
I have music of 96 classical composers, and only "Alexander Borodin" and "Gioachino Rossini" can still not be found yet. And I don't like the idea of putting Cyrillic letters in my ID3 tags, cause I cannot read those. What if Chinese composers would show up?
Alexander Borodin can only be found on this site if written in Cyrilic alphabet "Александр Порфирьевич Бородин".
Since this whole site is in Latin alphabet it would be more logical to write also this name in the Latin alphabet, just like all the other Russian composers.
Could a moderator perhaps change all different Borodins (this one, then its equivalent in arabic letters, and also one with simply the name Borodin) into Alexander Borodin...would make life easier for everyone!
it's either Aleksandr Porfiryevich Borodin or Александр Порфирьевич Бородин - "Anekcahap Noponpbeny Bopoanh" doesn't make any sense and I don't know where did you people got the idea of spelling it like that
@hailmarduk666: ask the Slav? imagine that the world isn't that simple. I'm polish so I'm slav also and I don't know cyrillic alphabet nor russian language at all. Languages of east and western slavs are veeery different, so we can't naturally understand each other languages. That's very dumb stereotype.
Well everyone has their own ideas about this, but because Last.fm is global and english-speaking site, I think everything should be written in English so that all the users can read them. Of course it must be irritating to see the name spelled "wrong" but I find it irritating too when I'm looking at charts that I can't read.
Александр Порфирьевич Бородин is the correct way to write/say his name, and it is offensive to name him anything else. If you have a question about who he is, just ask a Slav and he/she will be more than willing to answer the question (I would think). So fuck you rm508. I'm an American but I render the composer the respect he deserves.
According to you the names of composers who have become the property of world culture, should be written only in English? Why not Chinese? Not in Swahili? That same heritage of world culture, not the US-British.
rm508 , I would understand you if you didn't have any access to the internet, but as long as you have it you might have noticed that any decent resource tells his original spelling.So stop being an asshole.
By labelling him Александр Порфирьевич Бородин you are rendering him inaccessible and obscure to millions of non-Russian speakers. In effect you are making him a minor Slavophile composer rather than a figure of world culture.