Can you please get rid of "West Germany"?

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West Germany has ceased to exist since 1989.
(Yes, there will soon be the 25th anniversary this year for the Fall of the Berlin Wall.)

However, this is why I wonder why the West Germany "option" is still there?

Like here:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065491/parentalguide?ref_=tt_ql_7

Clicking on the West Germany link...
http://www.imdb.com/search/title?certificates=imdb_wg:18

reveals no results. So you ARE aware this is a thing of the past, just you have forgotten to remove it from the list of countries.
Would be nice if you could make that happen sometime.


Thank you.
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Posted 5 years ago

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Just because a country no longer exists does not mean that all information about that country should be forgotten.

IMDB is a factual database. If movies were made in West Germany they should be noted as having been made there.

If movies were rated in West Germany, there is no reason not to include what rating it was given there at the time.

Just because no new movies will ever be made or rated by West Germany as a country does not mean all information that country produced should be wiped from a database of historical record keeping.

It continues to exist as an option in case it ever needs to be used to correct information.

The ratings are of particular interest to movie researchers. The further back in history you go, the fewer countries a movie may have been rated in. Many films were released unrated. Historically it would be inaccurate to remove a rating that was given to a film at the time of its release simply because no new movies will ever be rated there (due to it no longer existing)
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I am quite sure that before 1989 there were absolutely NO ratings from "West Germany", because at that time IMDb didn't even exist, so why do you say "If movies were rated in West Germany, there is no reason not to include what rating it was given there at the time"? 
So does every movie that was made before a certain political change cause additional entries in the AKA list (or other lists)? What about former Yugoslavia? Or all other countries with political changes that lead to new names? Please, Vincent, this seems to be rather exaggerated than "correct information", isn't it?
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Hi, Michael. There are some points out of your attention:
  1. This topic description references to the parental guide rates (certificates), not to the ranking system of IMDb;
  2. The "if" constructions are widely used to describe situations in general, so it seems to be done here 5 years ago and West Germany is the example of the situation.

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1. This topic actually explicitely says "If movies were rated in West Germany, there is no reason not to include ...", that's what I just referred to. Wrong or right?
2. Sorry for asking, but what are "if" constructions? I'm really sorry, but I have never heard of that term. "West Germany" is still used today on IMDb, as it was used 5 years ago, although "West Germany" stopped existing 1989, i.e. 30 years ago. So why still use it on the AKA lists? 
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.... further more this link to the parental guide rates was just one of many examples where "West Germany" is used as option on IMDb, the main topic title was just "Can you please get rid of 'West Germany'?", and this is what I wanted to reply to ... as even 5 years after that post "West Germany" is still used .... not only in the parental guides lists, but also e.g. in the AKA lists.
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