Updates to Advanced Search

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As Col referenced in his earlier post (https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/upcoming-changes-to-several-imdb-features-du6man1opd5q0),we're pleased to announce that today we've launched some updates to the Advanced Search pages. As the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content, IMDb is continuously making improvements to our website and apps based on our customers’ feedback and the usage of our many features. The changes to the search pages are as follows.

The Advanced Search page has a new layout with links to Advanced Title Search, Advanced Name Search, and the Collaborations & Overlaps search. The Title Text Search and Name Text Searches have been temporarily removed, but will return. The list of Browse By links has been reduced to eliminate duplication on the page.

The Advanced Name Search is built using a new search system that lays the groundwork for searching across more of the IMDb content in the future. The ability to get results that include or exclude list of celebs is not included on the Advanced Name Search page, this is a temporary limitation and will be returned to the page in the future.
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Col Needham, Official Rep

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We are pleased to announce the addition of birthday searches to advanced name search. Although we had a separate birthday search before, the new one is integrated with advanced name search on http://www.imdb.com/search/name so you can combine the birthday search with many other variables:

Birthdays today -> http://www.imdb.com/search/name?birth_monthday=01-12

Birthdays today for people born in England -> http://www.imdb.com/search/name?birth_monthday=01-12&birth_place=England,+UK 

Birthdays today for people born in England who have been nominated for an Oscar -> http://www.imdb.com/search/name?birth_monthday=01-12&groups=oscar_nominee&birth_place=Englan...
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you for the on-going feedback on Advanced Search (and a reminder to see https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/upcoming-changes-to-several-imdb-features-du6man1opd5q0 for the wider
context).  This is an update for 22 February outlining the progress so

Already implemented:

  • Fix for returning results for Video Games when that option is selected as the title type in Advanced Title Search [DONE]
  • Fix filtering for Golden Globe Winning and Nominated not having an effect on Advanced Title Search results [DONE]
  • Fix when searching for TV cast return results for people not included at the series level [DONE]
  • Month/Day searching on the Advanced Name Search page for birthday browsing [DONE]
  • Fixed the broken Display Options on the Advanced Name Search and Advanced Title Search query pages. [DONE]
  • Fixed the bug on Advanced Name Search results that caused a 500 error page to be displayed when hitting next to see more than the 10,000th result [DONE]
  • Removed the non-functional Instant Watch Options from the Advanced Title Search query form [DONE]
  • Added options in the Instant Watch Options to fix the missing functionality of filtering by titles available in the UK and DE to the Advanced Title Search query form [DONE]
  • Removed the non-functional Title Data options from the Advanced Title Search query form [DONE]
  • Added a view for all episodes for a TV series. Announced here https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/epdate-epvote-eprate?topic-reply-list%5Bsettings%5D%5Bfilter... [DONE]
  • Fixed the bug on the Advanced Title Search where an added cast member persisted and could not be easily deleted. As Col announced here https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/advanced-title-search-bugs [DONE]
  • Reinstate sorting Advanced Title Search results by US Box Office [DONE]
  • Fix lists not being selected when hitting back from the results page [DONE]
  • Reinstate the function to use lists in Advanced Name Search [DONE]

In progress across Q1:
  • Reinstate Title Text searching across Plot, Trivia, Quotes, Goofs, Crazy Credits, Filming Locations, Soundtracks, and Versions
  • Reinstate Name Text searching across Biographies, Trivia and Quotes
  • Reinstate suggestions when entering keywords on the Advanced Title Search query page
  • Reinstate searching across characters

Ideas for the longer term:

  • Improved searching by companies
  • Improved UI for Advanced Name Search and Advanced Title Search
Please bear with us while we work through the above list (and equivalent lists for other impacted features).  Our aim remains to make IMDb the best place to read, write and discover reviews of movies, shows (and other title types)