Advanced search would be greater, if you could change the filters without need to go back in history.

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This is one of my big niggles with the site, I proposed a fix here:

https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topi...
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Artem Sichnevyj,

If I understand you correctly you are suggesting allowing a user to change the filters without hitting the back arrow on the browser page. I see three ways of mechanizing this, although there are probably more:

1. Have a button associated with the results of an Advanced Search labeled "Refine search". This would bring a user back to the Advanced Search with the current settings. The user could then change the setting and click the "Search" button. This would probably be the easiest to implement.

2. Have the advance search options shown on the right side of the results of an Advanced Search. The only problem I see with this is that there is less horizontal space, which would make the filtering options more difficult to read.

3. Do something similar to "Quick Links. At the top page of the the results of an advance search have "Show advanced search options" to expand and "Hide advanced search options" to hide.
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Greetings, Dan! :)

I think that 1st solution will be cool for the start, you could then add at your own leisure 2nd (with most popular filters maybe, like Emperor suggests) or 3rd (expandable list of all filters), or both ;), whichever you like the most.

Thank you very much for quick response!
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2. Have the advance search options shown on the right side of the results of an Advanced Search. The only problem I see with this is that there is less horizontal space, which would make the filtering options more difficult to read.


That is kind of what my suggestion involves, you could have something similar to the way it is done on the lists - which isn't too bad on the space front. Granted it doesn't give you everything you might theoretically want, but it'd cover most of the things people would want most of the time (switching genres or title types, adjusting the year range, etc.). You could then have the link back to the advanced search from there (there is a link to advanced search from the links sidebar, although it doesn't take the selections through - however, that is pretty straightforward as you could use the query string to extract the information and populate the advanced search page).

So they could all be made to work together through the sidebar an would give people the flexibility they need. At the moment quite a few people are surprised to find there is even an advanced search page, as you can often find yourself on the results page without ever passing through the advanced search page, but there isn't even a simple link back.

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