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Back in the day (that is, 2007 to 2010), IMDb's then-head of data acquisition Jon Reeves maintained a list of known bugs that affected data submissions and processing:


I think it would be useful for the staff to once again maintain an up-to-date list of known bugs, which could be helpful in keeping contributors informed as to what issues are pending.
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After receiving no response for five months, I'm giving this a bump. Thanks to Emperor and Moz for their support on this.
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Here's another bump. Thanks also to Steve Crook for his support.
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I'm bumping this thread again.
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I'm bumping this thread again, as it has been a year since I first posted, but I have received no staff response.
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Since the message boards are going away, the context for this post will be missing soon. So I'm going to quote Jon Reeves' initial post of the bug list (as updated numerous times since its initial posting) to indicate what it looked like at its last edit.

I assume that most or all of the bugs described below have already been fixed, and the message board posts in which most or all of them were reported have already been deleted (and the remaining ones will be deleted in just over a week). This is just to indicate what the bug list I was talking about looked like.

RESOLVED: Pick the most important bugimage for user jreevesby jreeves
 » Mon Jul 2 2007 17:36:27Flag ▼ | Reply |  

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Post Edited: Tue Apr 19 2016 13:53:34

Every few weeks, we concentrate on fixing bugs in the data processing part of the site. Until now, I've always had enough high priority bugs that I had no problem choosing my top 3. Well, I'm fortunate in that all the bugs I've previously put on my "hit list" are now fixed, and I only see two bugs that are severe enough to automatically put them on the list: 3038 (some new country codes, like je and rs, are rejected) Fixed and 3124 (can't resubmit a new title that has /II) Fixed. Since I get to pick three bugs, that means I'm going to throw the third bug open to the regulars here. 

My definition of "regular": You've posted at least 5 messages on at least 2 threads of this board before this post and/or you've ever been on a "top contributors" list. 

Ground rules: The only candidate bugs are those related to the additions/data processing system -- display bugs are not eligible. Votes accepted only from regulars, as defined above, though non-regulars can argue their case for one. You get to pick one bug out of the 30 or so below as the most important. I get final say, though I'll probably go with the bug getting the most votes. If I've overlooked a known bug, please provide a link to the thread reporting it if possible. Some very limited enhancements are included in the below list, but in general, enhancements/features are not eligible. 

Update: I forgot this point: Voting closes one week from today. 
Second update: Voting is closed. This post is being retained for historical purposes, and to allow bug tracking. 
Third update: I should have mentioned earlier: The process for prioritizing bugs has changed since my original post (and, alas, before the user-selected bug could be addressed). 
Fourth (global) update: Our bugs were migrated to a different system; new numbers are provided after a "/". Also, note that the periodic process mentioned in the intro no longer occurs. 

Here are the bugs I'm aware of that are candidates: 

1094 / DAT-102 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/35523392): Quote episode splits not displayed properly in update history Won't be fixed in current interface 

1107 / IMD-996 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/36696170 though it originally came up earlier): Allow adding multiple episodes in one operation 

1123 / DAT-114 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/36696170): Episode migrate, new episode, empty list (fixed?) 

1172 / DAT-144 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/38289643): Various episode browser popup errors, most notably duplicated titles when two have been merged 

1294 / DAT-166 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/41661539): Name URLs not sorted into proper order 

1504 / DAT-254 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/44798808): Re-consider order of cast/crew on migrate lists 

1726 / DAT-386 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/46933809): Adding movie connection from series page gives error, even when episode selected (but OK from episode page) (aka 1137 / DAT-123) 

1734 / DAT-390 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/47503173): KOI-8 data not handled properly by aka interface (note that I may not be able to get this fixed, since an active project will solve the problem in another way) 

1899 / DAT-429 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/41977527): "Adding qv's" box gets unchecked as trivia correction reason Fixed 

1926 / DAT-430 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/50509085): Misc. companies cannot be copied to new episodes 

2059 / DAT-468 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/56889226): Attribute-only changes to running times rejected 

2200 / DAT-494 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/54610951): Name/title URLs contain trailing spaces in descriptions so cannot be edited 

2500 / DAT-555 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/59129528): Year-only release dates incorrectly treated as 1 January in some cases 

2507 / DAT-561 (sorry, no URL handy, but I know it's come up): Can't enter an all-caps title 

2778 / DAT-615 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/67072295): Release date can warn "before earliest" even if it isn't 

2860 / DAT-622 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/68064559): Allow adding more than one aspect ratioFixed 

2861 / DAT-623 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/13779604): Navigation feature errors on update history 

2992 / DAT-648 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/69271355): Auto-unswapping of names in soundtrack updates doesn't play well with Roman numerals 

3021 / DAT-652 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/71825687): /releaseinfo page displays aka titles, but doesn't preselect that as a thing to update Fixed 

3022 / DAT-653 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/71835507): Actress filmography, "show name" - "Actor" is pre-ticked. 

3023 / DAT-654 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/71835507): Changing acting credits to opposite gender fails from name page 

3039 / DAT-657 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/72069303): Add season names to month choices for publications 

3052 / DAT-664 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/73473185): Text autowrap in bio entries can break qv's that contain apostrophes Fixed 

3053 / DAT-665 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/73510154): qv's are unverified for "where are they now" and "trademark" entries 

3059 / DAT-670 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/74099910): Increase number of "thanks" credits allowed per submit Fixed 

3060 / DAT-671 (also 6656/DAT-984) (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/73918253): Segment names get auto-converted incorrectly by cast quote rules Fixed 

3116 / DAT-705 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/76707994): Change the "Reason:" label to "Source:" for budget entries 

3117 / DAT-706 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/77171155): Data broken by old bug with qv'ed names split across lines needs cleanup 

3136 / DAT-713 (no specific URL, though it's common): When there is only a single person named for a quote, auto-select them on the actual quote entry form 

And a few that I haven't created official bugs for yet (but will, if there's enough demand): 

http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/13705834: Shorts rejected, even late in the year, if release date is next year (I'm thinking I'll hold this until later in the year) 

http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/44344258: Provide a way to renumber episodes en masse 

http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/49660629: Don't warn "some of your items have been accepted..." for empty items -- probably obsolete 

Added 5 May 2008 (along with some statuses above changed to "fixed"): 

3124 / DAT-710 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/37287035 -- also see introduction of message): Can't resubmit title with roman numeral Fixed 

3137 / DAT-714 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/78525914): Increase number of potential entries for distributors Fixed 

3143 / DAT-715 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/78363847): Quote migration mail receipt not accurate 

3279 / DAT-727 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/79840482): Born After check looks at series start, not episode 

3320 / DAT-736 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/81105819): Correcting episode title gives misleading error message 

3328 / DAT-738 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/81919367): Title containing ü (u-umlaut): data gets eaten. 

3339 / DAT-742 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/82985573): Conflicting messages on birth date updates 

3350 / DAT-748 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/82835256): Add structured input to "other works" section 

3366 / DAT-753 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/25239412): New title form should auto-generate keywords/genres 

3602 / DAT-793 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/91864945): New episode mails do not include country on date 

3607 / DAT-794 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/92779880): Apostrophe in occupation won't match existing occupation 

3706 / DAT-802 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/95793183): Episode title field is incorrectly tagged "name" 

3757 / DAT-803 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/96853362): Improve character name selection for "copy existing credits" 

3769 / DAT-805 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/97139345): Career gap checking problems 

3844 / DAT-812 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/99069190): Credit copy doesn't blank "other" box 

3883 / DAT-804 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/100588017): qv-links with wrong delimiters accepted 

Added 3 August 2008 (along with some status changes): 

3958 / DAT-831 (enhancement) (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/105170604): Pre-fill "(voice)" for animation credits. 

4328 / DAT-845 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/107826093): Misleading "yet" in new title bulk "unexamined" message Fixed 

4384 / DAT-849 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/111407199): "First porn credit" warning should fire for new titles, too. 

4395 / DAT-851 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/110759088): Changing both name and gender on an acting credit only submits the gender change Fixed 

4397 / DAT-852 (no URL): Publicity items out of order Fixed 

4455 / DAT-858 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/112245094): Certain locations containing a dash cannot be entered 

4532 / DAT-867 (enhancement) (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/112500103): Page title during update should reflect name/title being updated Fixed 

4533 / DAT-868 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/112637442): Update fields mangled at series level when no episodes Fixed 

Added 25 September 2008 (along with some status changes): 

4656 / DAT-872 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/114253110): Prefill or remove name/mail fields of cast/crew complete entries 

4704 / DAT-873 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/113447514): Job title incorrectly warned as "first in section" 

4931 / DAT-886 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/117075717): Error message blocks mini-series connections 

4993 / DAT-887 (enhancement) (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/117574518): Wider description field on forms 

Added 24 November 2008 (along with some status changes): 

5163 / DAT-897 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/119350508): At least some job titles containing "director" are getting forced to directors list 

5311 / DAT-903 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/120450183): Increase number of miscellaneous links to 10 or more Fixed 

5312 / DAT-904 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/120450183): Pre-select "external reviews" for new titles

Added 11 March 2009 (along with some status changes): 

5745 / DAT-926 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/123241787): Autofix for periods applied in cases where it should not be. 

5766 / DAT-927 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/123554313): No warning at submit time for duplicate episode numbers. 

5784 / DAT-928 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/123667947): No warning for gaps in company filmographies. 

5802 / DAT-929 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/123865175): Warnings needed for common improper name prefixes. Note: This was implemented in a different way, but is not perfect; see DAT-802 / DAT-1288 

5923 / DAT-932 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/124137642): Auto-move of credits to another list can lose some. 

5962 / DAT-933 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/124494087): Update histories can have phantom entries.Fixed 

6357 / DAT-950 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/128245672): The list icon has style=click even where not clickable (thus causing a misleading pointer change). Fixed 

6552 / DAT-968 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/24338944 and http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/132340520): Confirmation messages for mini-bios lose formatting. 

6561 / DAT-970 (http://imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/132443415): Company update confirmations lack order numbers. 

Added 24 February 2010 (along with some status changes): 

6603 / DAT-980 (http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/133060625): Typo in hardcoded message Fixed 

6723 / DAT-992 (http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/134867637): Adding/correcting qv's doesn't stay checked on trivia updates. 

6791 / CON-220 (http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/135863264): UTF-8 data displayed incorrectly 

6915 / CON-1256 (http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/138014340): Inconsistent handling of "Buy it" box. 

7102 / CON-1263 (http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/104840665): Display problems with character filmography 

7104 / DAT-1012 (also 7640/DAT-1062) (http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/139069366): Movie connection reference-before-release check looks at series year, not episode. 

7727 / DAT-1074 (http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/147591006): Roman of LXXX breaks things. Fixed

DAT-1116 (http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/151495938): Names ending in apostrophes rejected. 

Added 13-15 October 2010 (along with some status changes): 

3069 / DAT-678 (http://us.imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/91084200): Reordering countries/languages can result in deletes (fixed?) 

6564 / DAT-973 (http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/168446138): Quote corrections don't work with stage directions Fixed 

DAT-1164 (http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/158114150): Words within qv-quotes being unnecessarily spell checked. 

DAT-1168 (http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/156510262): Job attribute popup corrupts screen when resubmitting from history Fixed 

DAT-1176 (http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/159969732): Various subpages lack update buttons or have other update-related problems 

DAT-1218 (http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/163496594): Cannot add quotes to episode-less series 

DAT-1219 (sorry, lost the correct thread): Credits with attributes in wrong order cannot be corrected 

DAT-1234 (http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/164134084): Changed status field of in-production cast not detected as change 

DAT-1256 (http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/166972243): Change "Author" label for pictorials 

DAT-1257 (http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/167003379): aka attributes strangely ordered; one was misspelled 

DAT-1260 (http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/167224088): Address blocks not working Fixed 

DAT-1288 (http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/123865175): Name checks fire incorrectly for episode titles -- Note: This is a duplicate of DAT-802 

DAT-1290 (http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/170120013): Accented character name does not work well with quotes 

DAT-1291 (http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/169666655): Cannot enter more than 999 screens for boxoffice data 

DAT-1313 (http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/171586485) (enhancement): Add more distributor types 

6014 / CON-1087 (http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/168821754 and http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/171158271): TV series salary data not displayed. 
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I think this can really use a bump. Or is there already a list somewhere I missed?
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Bug list?
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Posted Jan 5 2014

Jon Reeves maintained a list 

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ACT 1, what's the point of the links you provided? I asked a staffer to respond to Gromit's question. Gromit has already copy pasted a list of then-issues upthread, so there's no need for you to give us all these links here.

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The Wayback Machine MAY have IMDb Board replies by other IMDb Users that are not listed here

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True, but that information would still be outdated.