All of the above is fine when the info is relevant … which was my point in bringing this up. I even provided an example, where the text describes a VHS special or a 4-CD box set, which I’m guessing doesn’t describe the 11 songs on the 1956 LP of the same name.
How sure are you that the other purchased metadata is accurate or “helpful?”
“Just don’t read it” appears to be sound advice, indeed.
It kind of seems like you’re cherry picking here. Are there poor quality reviews and suspect metadata in Roon? Of course, but the vast majority is useful and entertaining. It’s why most of us got Roon in the first place. When I run across problems you describe I either ignore it or I go to the source (Allmusic and Musicbrainz) and attempt to get it corrected. I will also occasionally reach out to Roon via this forum to get problems corrected. The quality of metadata is really quite good when you consider the myriad sources this information comes from and the formats that the aggregators (Allmusic, Musicbrainz, and Roon) have to deal with.
Same reason there’s a forum for discussion. Some discussions are relevant and others… not so much. Some reviews are relevant and interesting and others… not so much. You do have to read them to know the difference, however… and they do have to be presented in order for us to read them.
I guess a lot of people (just like me) choose Roon because of all the useful and interesting information (and yeah, it might not be always correct, but the majority is).
Roon will know about your collection anyway … as otherwise additional information like credits could not be updated neither (and no, adding all of them manually is definitively not an option for most people).
I can just repeat … if you don’t like album descriptions/reviews … just don’t read them (although I can still not understand why reviews should be helpful for streamed content, but not for ripped CDs or LPs)
Have you tried to manually re-identify the Judy Garland album you brought up as an example? I just did a manual search for ‘Judy’ from ‘Judy Garland’ via the identify album dialog and could find the 11 track album from the fifties.
I guess we all agree that there is no 100% correct data anywhere in the world, the good thing with Roon is that you can usually manually overwrite almost everything if you find something’s not matching/inappropriate