Do not enter books until they are released. Please do not enter new issues and titles into the database until they are on sale to the public. Much can change from the time a book is solicited to the time that it hits the shelf at your local comic shop. To ensure that the information in the database is accurate, we ask that users do not enter books based upon solicitation info or upload promo cover images. Uploading solicitation images can create confusion in the long run, causing users to wonder if the slightly different cover of the solicitation image (moved logos, changed type) is a variant of the final printed version that they hold in their hands. Take it as a rule of thumb to not add an issue unless you have a physical copy in your hands.
As these guidelines date back to 2009 and the availability of online information has improved, I wonder if it's time to relax this point ever so slightly.
This Monday I added the series Captain Marvel (2016) and the regular cover edition of the first issue. The entry included the proper cover with UPC code, title, page count, creators, characters, teams, etc. I did the same for Uncanny X-Men (2016) #2.
I did so after confirming through Diamond Comic's New Release document, available on Monday mornings,these issues being shipped this week.http://www.previewsworld.com/shipping/newreleases.txt
All of the information, I garnered from the previews publishers allow Comicbookresources.com to post prior to Wednesday each week. Marvel previews are generally available on Mondays, other publishers between Monday and Tuesday and DC Comics on Tuesday afternoon/evening. These previews provide at the very least the regular edition comic cover, issue title (if applicable) and the in-comic listing of the creative team. They also show 4-8 pages of story, so that a character listing can be started.http://www.comicbookresources.com/comic-previews/captain-marvel-1-marvel-comics-2016
I was a bit surprised and disappointed last night to see my two entries removed, including the series. I had come to the site to add the 5 DC issues, I was going to be picking up today. I then searched the forums to find this post. The information I used to populate the issue entry had nothing to do with the initial solicitations and the cover images were exactly what was being released in two days, not a promo images.
I was even more frustrated this evening when I went to re-add these issues to my collection and I came upon the new entries missing most of the information I had put into them on Monday. I've received rather blunt e-mails in the past, indicating that I'd be banned from entering information into the database for having added more details then this issue currently has. At least they started something though. Uncanny X-Men (2016) #2 has not been re-entered.
This is a database and it needs timely and above all accurate information put into it, in order to maintain its integrity. I was a data administrator for 18 years for automotive parts and tooling suppliers, so I understand the need for accurate information. I just hate coming to the site on the weekend or even weeks later and having to add in current issues. I'd much rather be proactive, when I have the time to be, so that everything is available and complete on Wednesday nights. Thus why I added what I did on Monday.
At the very least it would have been appreciated, if the administrator that deleted my entries had taken the time to e-mail me outlining the guidelines, so that a discussion could have been started. They probably could have also kept the entries in the database, since they were for the most part complete, excluding variants.
Hopefully there is an openness to explore allowing these types of entries to be accepted within the week of release.