As ideal as that sounds, it would come with hazards. Anything that looks like official forum support of commercial product will bring unwanted attention to the forum. There is almost a "blind-eye" approach when it comes to these sort of songs. I would much rather have the focus spent on original content organization. I'm not saying it's a bad idea, but it has it's dangers.One massive database for all commercially-released songs
Yeah, and like I mentioned many of the file-sharing/hosting outlets (as well as the forum itself iirc) are being watched by the copyright holders, and that would really be the monkey wrench in the works.
Yes, the wiki needs a purge. There were a few dedicated users that have done this in the past. Basically if one user grabbed a letter and cleaned it up, this would be a much faster process. I have a plan for this, but I will discuss it with the admins before I actually attempt to make it happen. The part about actual thread deletion however I disagree with. Removing FoF history, no matter how small, is frowned upon by me. My plan would create a less drastic change.
The outright deletion/prohibitions are in retrospect not good ideas. In the former I was thinking in terms of saving bandwidth and frustration on the forum side of things, as there are often many dead ends reached when searching the TP forum.
I'd like to see a more advanced attempt of the same idea be put to use. This however would require nwru's database to be completed. Ideally there would be a tune request database. If a song was requested already you could add a +1 to it. If you request a song already authored it would link you to the thread. When a request is fulfilled everyone who requested it would get notified and the request would be removed. This is a bit of a pipe dream though.
I would liken the state of the forum/wiki right now to cleaning out a massive attic/basement... so much stuff that's just been sitting there, when it needs a huge overhaul!