Search: Improve algorithm so it finds titles as they appear in the submission confirmation email

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Until a few years ago, it was possible to search for a title using the exact syntax by which it is displayed on-screen or as it is given in the submission email. But ever since it was "improved", that has not been possible.

The two main deficiencies are:

- it won't find titles if they have the suffix "(TV)", even though this is how IMDB refers to the title (eg "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1980) (TV)")

- it can't find TV episodes if they are listed in conjunction with the series name eg "A Very British Murder with Lucy Worsley" (2013) {Detection Most Ingenious
(#1.2)} even though this is how the episode is referred to in submission emails

The object of the exercise of any search engine is to allow you to find exactly what you are looking for, without either failing to find anything or else finding too many irrelevant matches.


When I am checking my submissions to make sure that they have been correctly published, I copy and paste the title from the email and would hope that I could search for that specific episode, without finding lots of irrelevant matches on the episode title alone without the series name.


I would have though that the one thing that a search engine should definitely be able to find is the title as it is mentioned in the submission email - if that isn't the definitive version of the title, what is?


I appreciate that you have added a lot of fuzzy logic which copes remarkably well with imprecise titles or typos, but this seems to be at the expense of breaking the ability to search by the exact title.
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Martin

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I think the problem you are running into is the fact that what is in the submission is a combination of various fields. For example, "A Very British Murder with Lucy Worsley" (2013) {Detection Most Ingenious (#1.2)}, contains the series name, the original year of release for the series, the episode title, the season that the episode belongs to and the episode order number for that season. The search, only searches a few fields.

The problem may also be all the special characters that only surround other fields like the "{ }".

If you enter "Detecting Most Ingenious", you will find the episode you are looking for. (The other title, I cannot find at all).

What would probably be more helpful, is if the submission email contained a link to what you were editing, like http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3231676. This link is available on the editing pages so should be easy to include in the submission emails.
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What would probably be more helpful, is if the submission email contained a link to what you were editing, like http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3231676. This link is available on the editing pages so should be easy to include in the submission emails.
Now that really would be a tremendous help: a link to the title or person whose details are being edited. Then there's no need to do a search at all. IMDB staff, is this something that could be implemented as an enhancement?

The ability to parse series-and-episode titles is something that used to work perfectly until they added fuzzy logic to the searches which improved things for "mere mortal" users at the expense of data-maintenance people.
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I am from Holland so my english is not so good. I need to many words to explane so i could not write the title Labyrinth and the actor Johnny Depp. We passed by that place it was a suprise for us.
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The man i spoke to ask if i new what the first movie of Depp was and i amswered Twinty one jumpstreet that was a series. He was amazed i new this. Later in Holland i read abiut the movie and thougt I had to asked to meet Johnny Depp. And now in 2018 end of january en february i am in L A again. So i try now to get a meeting.
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Martin, I'm not sure how you edit data. I use Firefox on Windows 10. I generally just start typing whatever I want to find in the address bar of the browser and Firefox will search my history and give it to me. So if I had edited "Detection Most Ingenious" and typed that in the address bar, the first selection Firefox would offer me is the IMDB page for that title.