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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Currently, there are 28 Active FAQ's:

Q. What happened to the old Nectarine? Where is my old account?
Q. Where is my account? I can't log in!
Q. Is Oneliner a free speech zone? Is it censored?
Q. How can I upload a new song?
Q. What are the basic upload rules?
Q. Which file formats can I upload?
Q. Allowed song encoding: Anything*
Q. I want to upload "missing" game tunes!
Q. Adding a new artist?
Q. Why are there game tunes on here, then? What's the policy?
Q. What do these song statuses mean?
Q. Is it possible to move a song up or down the queue? I gotta go to a meeting!
Q. How can I automate making requests?
Q. How can I help correct duplicated songs, or songs with incorrect/missing information?
Q. I want to download that tune!
Q. Do you have some hints about how to use tags?
Q. Where can I change my flag?
Q. I heard that there are some flags which are not mentioned in ISO 3166...
Q. Where can I find a current list of all smileys?
Q. Where can I find a list of all BBCode commands, along with examples?
Q. Did you know that... ?
Q. I wanna chat!
Q. Is there an API for Necta?
Q. What to do when song information is wrong?
Q. How can I add or change artists to a tune, or edit artist info?
Q. HE MAN? Confirmasse? AMIGAAAA? What the hell does it mean?
Q. How can I request multiple songs at once?
Q. How do I get a gold star?

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Q. What happened to the old Nectarine? Where is my old account?

Originally, Nectarine was coded and maintained by Chris "Yes" Le Sage, the platform was resurrected several times after hard disk failures. In mid-2008, a script kiddie decided to hack the last incarnation of Yes' work, Nectarine v6, abusing a security hole in one of its components. That way, the whole server was wiped out. Sadly, Yes' backup HDD also died a few days before this, so all backups were lost. Luckily, most of the data from the HDD could be restored by professionals, however this only includes the song database. Additionally, after this incident, Yes decided not to work on Nectarine anymore. After changing hands a few more times, the site was shut down in 2018, apparently due to a dispute between the administrator and some users. The current site is run by a team of co-administrators.

If you had an account on a previous incarnation of Nectarine, and would like it reactivated, contact an administrator. Don't make a new one just yet!


Added by flagSaga_Musix (Last Updated: 3 months, 3 weeks) [Top]

Q. Where is my account? I can't log in!

If you had an account on the old Nectarine site (scenemusic.net), contact one of the administrators with your email and username, and we will set you up with a new password.


Added by flagadmin (Last Updated: 1 year) [Top]

Q. Is Oneliner a free speech zone? Is it censored?

Oneliner is best imagined as a clubhouse, where members socialise and enjoy demoscene music. Our priority is keeping the oneliner enjoyable, friendly, and available, like the atmosphere of a favourite pub. While no one is going to get kicked out for making an off-colour joke or expressing unconventional views, antisocial conduct such as filling the oneliner with hostile ranting, abusing other users, trolling, proselytising, spamming, etc is not appreciated and may result in the equivalent of being asked to leave the pub, i.e. getting muted for awhile.

Your local pub is a place to hang out and chill, not the place to agitate others with politics, religion, slurs, hostile memes, and so on, and neither is Nectarine. So please be respectful.


Added by flagnyingen (Last Updated: 5 months) [Top]

Q. How can I upload a new song?

So, you want to upload a new song? No problems, here some tips on what to do:
1) Check if the song already exists in the Nectarine database. Be careful with soundtrack from demo: sometimes the name of the song is not the same that the name of the demo (e.g.: soundtrack from "Lifeforce" is called "Memento Mori". Please research both, demo name and music file name.)
2) Search for the artist in the Nectarine database (Search page)
3) Once you have reached the artist page, you will find a "Upload a new song for the artist" link.
4) Fill the form (Allowed song encoding: Anything* can help)
5) Wait for approval from a moderator. You will receive a PM when a moderator will have checked your upload. If your upload is rejected, you can always ask more information to the moderator who reject your tune.

Note: If the artist of your song does not exist, please look at: Adding a new artist?


Added by flagLittleWhite (Last Updated: 3 months, 3 weeks) [Top]

Q. What are the basic upload rules?

Here are some things to keep in mind when you decide to upload a track:

- Do not upload game tunes or game remixes. They will be rejected. This is a demoscene radio.
- We don't need each and every tune of an author, no, not even from Skaven. Don't upload whole collections if they vary in quality, just keep the best tracks.
- You can directly upload most formats. If your module is rejected, you need to encode it yourself. See also: Which file formats can I upload?
- When encoding to a lossy codec, use at least 192kbps or higher. See also: Allowed song encoding: Anything*
- Looped tunes have to be faded out after the loop point. Short tunes (shorter than a minute or two) can be looped twice before fading out. Nectarine's streamer can handle module looping. Currently only moderators can enable module looping.
- Check if the tune already exists in our database. Try to use as few keywords as possible when searching, so that you don't miss possible alternative spellings or incomplete song titles.
- Don't upload a tune again if it just needs re-encoding. Get in touch with the moderators to resolve this issue.
- Fill out as many fields as possible. Try to find out the song platform, release year, if it was used in a demo, etc... All this normally doesn't take longer than a few minutes and helps us keeping up the database integrity!
- Cut off silence at the beginning and the end of the tracks. If your source file is MP3, use something like mp3DirectCut to prevent re-encoding (and thus quality loss). When rendering modules in XMPlay, enable the "trim ending silence" option. An alternative to mp3DirectCut is musiCutter - although it just has a very non-visual and basic GUI, it has the advantage that it can also be used to join several files and it also works with Ogg Vorbis.
- Always use the latest version of the player / plugin you're encoding from (f.e. always use the latest version of ASAP to encode POKEY tunes or the latest version of XMPlay to render IT modules) and your encoder (f.e. LAME).
- Do not upload commercial tracks! We need the permission of the original author and if we get it, we only accept commercial tracks by renowned demoscene musicians that are still somewhat related to the demoscene (f.e. Purple Motion's Musicdisk). However, just because a person is an (ex-)demoscener, that does not automatically mean that we want to have all their music from commercial side projects on Nectarine.

All this together can be done in less than 5 minutes and helps us improving the quality of this radio station!


Added by flagSaga_Musix (Last Updated: 3 weeks, 2 days) [Top]

Q. Which file formats can I upload?

Any format FFmpeg, BASS, OpenMPT or Hively Tracker support. Here are the most common formats, but by no means everything: mp3, ogg, mp4, aac, flac, opus, xm, mod, s3m, it, mtm, ahx, 669, med, okt, [...]

Wherever possible, upload the original format. For example, always upload the original MOD file for an Amiga MOD rather than a rendered version. Our playback software is not completely perfect, but it is always being improved.

If you must submit a rendered version of a track (for example, if a tune is in a format we cannot play directly), please use FLAC or Ogg/Vorbis at the appropriate bitrate.


Added by flagElrinth (Last Updated: 3 months, 3 weeks) [Top]

Q. Allowed song encoding: Anything*

*= unless rejected

The streamer can handle pretty much all audio formats. Re-encoding lossy audio formats will not improve sound quality, in fact, it will create even more compression artifacts. Don't do it. If you need a recommendation: Use Ogg Vorbis with a target bitrate of about 192 kbps. If you want to upload mp3, please use a decent encoder with 320 kbps. Yes, it sucks that much.


Added by flagDanger (Last Updated: 3 months, 3 weeks) [Top]

Q. I want to upload "missing" game tunes!

Nectarine is a demoscene-music radio. Some tunes were used in games and generally would not qualify here (as opposed to CVGM). For a variety of reasons, though, certain songs like the first module ever (Amegas [Title]) are already in Nectarine. *New* game tunes are not accepted, unless there is a clear, strong demoscene relationship.


Added by flagsqrmax (Last Updated: 1 month, 3 weeks) [Top]

Q. Adding a new artist?

Remember that the artist must be connected to the demoscene (wrote music for a demo, took part in a demoscene music competiton, wrote music for an old demoscene-related game, etc).
Mind also that if you intend to upload some contents of an audio CD created by an artist, you must ask his/her permission.

If the artist doesn't fit our requirements, he might still be suitable for our sister radio CVGM.

Just as before adding a new song, please check that the artist you want to add doesn't exist in the Nectarine database. Sometimes the same artist is using different nicknames: try searching for all of them you know. Especially for MOD artists, AMP is a nice help here.

Once you are completely sure that the artist doesn't exist in the Nectarine database, go to the artist list ("Artists") and scroll to the bottom of the page: there you will see a link to suggest an artist.
Fill in the form, and wait for a moderator to accept or reject your suggestion.

If you are too lazy to go on the artist list, the link is the following: Suggest new artist


Added by flagLittleWhite (Last Updated: 1 month, 1 week) [Top]

Q. Why are there game tunes on here, then? What's the policy?

The policy on game tunes is in a state of flux, but basically:

0. No further game music remixes will be accepted, no matter who wrote them. This has been a policy for years.

As for what is already here, we are making efforts to remove irrelevant game tunes and tighten our demoscene focus:

1. Remixes of non-scene-relevant game tunes, for example, Super Mario, Chrono Trigger, and the like, are being pruned away. Many stations and websites exist for hearing such tunes, such as OCRemix or CVGM. They don't belong here.

2. Popular tunes from games that originally ran on the C64, Amiga, and early DOS systems are ok, because they often have significant demoscene relevance. Rob Hubbard's game music, for example, was enormously influential in the scene. Tunes like Speedball are considered foundational. BUT...

3. Humdrum tunes from old games are being pruned. We do not need the complete soundtrack to every game David Whitaker scored. We are basically going by rating and popularity here, so tunes with a rating of more than about 4.0 stay, and others may be deactivated to avoid filling the stream with obscure and uninteresting game music.

4. Game tunes by sceners are generally being pruned, unless they're very popular or have some additional scene relevance, such as being tracked for a game compo at a scene event, or being made using interesting scene tech. By "game compo at a scene event", we mean the "game" category at major scene events like Revision, not a game-music or remix compo. To clarify, if a scene group collaborates on a game during the game compo at Revision, the music for that game may be accepted. But if a scener writes music for a commercial game (including indie, homebrew, shareware, etc), that will probably not be accepted.


Added by flagnyingen (Last Updated: 1 month, 1 week) [Top]

Q. What do these song statuses mean?

They determine whether the song can be queued and why (or why not).

Songs that can be queued have these statuses:
Active - Everything is okay with this song!
Needs Re-Encoding - This song can be queued, but a better version should be uploaded. Often this means we have a lossy or poorly-rendered MP3 and would like the original file instead.

Songs that cannot be queued have these statuses:

Reported - The song has audio problems – glitches, skips, extra silence or grossly incorrect content – and should be replaced with a new upload ASAP. Please click on the asterisk next to the word "Reported" and submit a replacement, if you have one!
Missing - The tune was not recovered during the reconstruction of the site. If you have a replacement, feel free to submit it by clicking the asterisk next to the status.
Kaput - There is a problem with the actual file we have for the song; usually it means that it is missing (and attempts to request it might fail silently). These tunes are eligible for replacement by clicking on the asterisk next to the status.
Uploaded - This song has just been uploaded and submitted for moderator review. It usually takes us a day or two to review new uploads.
Not verified - Used during mass uploads to indicate songs that still need review.
Removed By Request - This song was removed by the artist's request. If you can no longer see a specific song page, this is the reason.
Inactive - The song is scene-relevant and was accepted into the database, but is currently not eligible to actually be played on the stream – usually it’s because of listener complaints (not necessarily a low rating), for example, over-the-top obscenity, cacophony, or extreme length, to name a few possible reasons. This is not a permanent judgement and such tunes may be re-enabled in the future, depending on user consensus.
Rejected - The song is not really scene-related enough to be played on Nectarine Demoscene Radio.
Moved - The song was moved to an other radio station (CVGM, for example) and is inactive here. This status can also represent an "intention" to move the tune, so if you don't find it on CVGM, feel free to upload it there yourself.
Dupe - This song is a clone of an existing one.
Jingle - This song is a jingle, and thus cannot be requested. Listen to Nectarine long enough, and you'll hear it!

If you see an asterisk (the * symbol) next to any status, this means the song file is eligible for replacement. Clicking on the asterisk will take you to an upload page, which you can use to submit a replacement version. The replacement will be subject to review just like any other upload, so be patient.


Added by flagMyO (Last Updated: 1 month, 2 weeks) [Top]

Q. Is it possible to move a song up or down the queue? I gotta go to a meeting!

No.
But you can always miss your meeting.


Added by flagSaga_Musix (Last Updated: 5 years, 1 month) [Top]

Q. How can I automate making requests?

Please do not do this. Abusing the request system with a script or program will result in your account being deactivated.


Added by flagsqrmax (Last Updated: 5 months, 1 week) [Top]

Q. How can I help correct duplicated songs, or songs with incorrect/missing information?

Nobody is perfect, and we know that! Our long-suffering song database is definitely not 100% correct. Some information on songs/artists/groups can be missing or corrupted. If you notice any errors, please please please help us correct the song DB!

There are several ways you can reach us quickly:

- You can send a songinfo edit request using the "[Edit information]" link on the song page – one of the moderators will review it quite soon.
- Post in the forum Correct DB Info or forum Report Broken Tunes Here dedicated threads – we watch them constantly.
- Send an PM to one of the moderators. (Hint: If you hover over a user alias and it says “Staff,” you found a moderator!)

Please do NOT post any song DB errors in the song comments – a helpful forum message will reach us much faster than a song comment!

Please include songinfo proof in your reports/submissions: include a link to the original webpage / source where the information can be found, or a description of how to find the correct information.

Thank you very much for supporting Nectarine, and keep sceneing!


Added by flagMyO (Last Updated: 3 months, 3 weeks) [Top]

Q. I want to download that tune!

Some songs have download links in their info or profile (usually through Soundcloud, Pouet.net or other sources).

Many tracks are missing download links. However, you can search for them on such websites as Modland, Modarchive, Amiga Music Preservation, Remix64, Remix.kwed.org and elsewhere online.

Speaking of that – please help us improve song information to make sure everybody gets it!

If you've found a good download link, you can use the "Edit Information" link that is on every song page to submit the download link. Please put the download link in the Comment field (not the Info field!).


Added by flagSaga_Musix (Last Updated: 1 year) [Top]

Q. Do you have some hints about how to use tags?

Tags should be used to group songs that cannot be queried in any other way. So, for example, using tags to aggregate songs by the same group, or by the same artist, or for some platform doesn't make sense. Similarly, demo name tags shouldn't be used. Be mindful that tags cannot have spaces. And search for existing tags before adding new ones. It's not cool to add "DOS", "MSDOS" and "MS-DOS".


Added by flagsqrmax (Last Updated: 5 months, 1 week) [Top]

Q. Where can I change my flag?

You can change your flag by going into the menu called 'Edit My profile' located at the top right of the webpage.
The flags code is a 2 characters code, that is corresponding to this table: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_3166-1_alpha-2#Officially_assigned_code_elements


Added by flagLittleWhite (Last Updated: 1 year) [Top]

Q. I heard that there are some flags which are not mentioned in ISO 3166...

Yes, there are some.
Some country codes are available for countries which do not appear in the list mentioned above or for those who want to look cool:
flag eu
flag fam (uses the colors of famfamfam site)
flag wales
flag england
flag scotland
flag catalonia

Mind that for these codes you need to use the name which is placed by the flag, not any abbreviation (example: if you need Catalonian flag, type "catalonia" in the Country code input field).

(from the profile of userKoekkenbakker – now defunct, sadly)


Added by flagMyO (Last Updated: 1 year) [Top]

Q. Where can I find a current list of all smileys?

The list of smileys can be found on this page. Have fun


Added by flagLittleWhite (Last Updated: 8 months, 1 week) [Top]

Q. Where can I find a list of all BBCode commands, along with examples?

You will find the list of tags in this thread: forum BBCode and Smilies


Added by flagLittleWhite (Last Updated: 1 year, 1 month) [Top]

Q. Did you know that... ?

- You can see user's role
If you move your mouse over user link such as this flagDanger, you can see if it's "user", "staff" or "admin".

- You can connect user's profile with artist's
Just contact any moderator to do it for you!:)

- Stream is down songs:
1: They Stole a Million
2: Forbidden Forest (Spider Surfin')

- Various bits of information:
Statistics: flagNerdN.
More statistics: flagPhlubby_Gnome.
Even more statistics: flagsqrmax.

Emoticons, oneliner info, bits of history: Koekenbakker.
More info: flagTerrasque.
Assorted photos: flagElrinth.
Nectarine banners: flagmaep.


Added by flagDanger (Last Updated: 2 months, 2 weeks) [Top]

Q. I wanna chat!

We also hang out on IRC! Check #nectarine on [url]irc.esper.net[/url].


Added by flagSaga_Musix (Last Updated: 8 years) [Top]

Q. Is there an API for Necta?

Sort of. Check out forum Necta Web API for more details.


Added by flagStarchaser (Last Updated: 1 year, 1 month) [Top]

Q. What to do when song information is wrong?

Please use the "Edit Information" link that you can find on each song page allowing you to change various stuff. The changes have to be approved afterwards by a moderator. If you edit a song multiple times in a row without approvement by a moderator in between, make sure to do all changes you did everytime again.
The Link "Add Links" allows you to add various additional links as Youtube, Spotify, CVGM, CSDb,...
After adding links, these have to get approved by a moderator.

For things you can't do with these two links please use the thread forum Correct DB Info to post the wanted changes and link to the track.


Added by flaganni (Last Updated: 3 months, 3 weeks) [Top]

Q. How can I add or change artists to a tune, or edit artist info?

If you want to change the artist on a given track or want to add a second (or third,...) artist to a track:
Open the song page, click on the "Edit Information" Link and select the artist(s) in the dropdown box. If you want to select multiple, hold down the "Control" or "Command" key on your keyboard.
After selecting them click on "Submit Data" and wait for a moderator to approve the changes.

If you want to change the info of an artist (e.g. changing country or name), please use this thread and give the needed information. It will then be added/fixed by a moderator.


Added by flaganni (Last Updated: 5 years) [Top]

Q. HE MAN? Confirmasse? AMIGAAAA? What the hell does it mean?

Ah, I see you wish to get a glimpse of the demoscene catchphrases and references. =) Ask the locals in the Oneliner – they’ll gladly enlighten you.

Most of these are popular silly sayings or references to other songs, such as He-Man. And we really love Amiga for reasons.

If you wish to learn even more, you might try skimming through the Enlighten the ignorant newbie, perhaps? thread on the Pouet.net BBS.


Added by flagMyO (Last Updated: 1 year) [Top]

Q. How can I request multiple songs at once?

You can only have one request while there is an active queue. But if nobody else is requesting anything, you may be able to request up to three songs. This is possible when (i) the currently playing song is your own request, and (ii) there is nothing queued by anybody else. Hopefully this means that you can listen to what you want at 3 a.m. when the world is dead, but everyone gets a fair share of the queue in waking hours.


Added by flagmirrorbird (Last Updated: 8 months, 1 week) [Top]

Q. How do I get a gold star?

It has to be awarded by an admin.


Added by flagStarchaser (Last Updated: 1 month, 3 weeks) [Top]

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