Tags for voice (accent)

Hi! I have a question. When I add new tags for my voice (accent), are they use only for new audio clips or for old clips also? I hope, that first is correct!

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This is a very good question, not only for accent, but for all metadata (age and gender).
As far as I can see, they are only valid for new recordings (those after you make the change) - if I’m mistaken please somebody correct me.

That would be logical for many cases:

  • If somebody is 59 and has “fifties” set in metadata, and change it to “sixties” the following year, only new data should be changed.
  • If somebody switches sex, old data should be kept as it is.
  • If somebody can speak different accents, that info should come from the current setting - hoping he/she is aware of this fact and keep track of it.

The only problem I see in this process is with logged-in/logged-out recordings, as indicated in the following issue: https://github.com/common-voice/CorporaCreator/issues/117

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Thank you!

  • If somebody is 59 and I had “fifties” set in metadata, after sometime, and change it to “sixties” next year, only new data should be changed.
  • If somebody switches sex, old data should be kept as it is.
  • If somebody can speak different accents, that info should come from the current setting - hoping he/she is aware of this fact and keep track of it.

I agree. I asked about that cause my nose is blocked and my voice is changed now, therefore I added this remark in my tags. After the nose will be unblocked I want to remove the tag.

@Flay, this might not be the solution, I didn’t have the time to check the database & code…

On a side note, I don’t think you need to change your accent information if your voice changes. Accent is something different.

If you are recording many sentences, it is a good thing that your voice changes. I change recording devices (desktop, mobile, laptop), environments (studio, home, balcony etc) and my distance to the device, thus my voice level in every possibility. That would prevent voice bias.

Even if you are targeting for an application which is biased for your own voice (e.g. a home automation system or other security related stuff), it is a good thing, because when you have cold, you would not be able to command the system.