Can't export the watchlist as csv without being logged in.

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Before, if your watchlist was public, you could access the link to export as csv without logging in.  Now it just gives a 404 error unless you are logged into imdb.
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Posted 6 years ago

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You are correct - this is a recent change. In order to export a list you need to be logged into your account.
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Well, i'm sorry to know that. Let me be clear : I'm not getting satisfaction with this recent change which I assume is not temporary. IMDB is pretty much useless for me now and I regret it.
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Yes I am off to http://trakt.tv/
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Jorge Asch

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Lots of 'apps' and external sites, rely on this feature, so you can 'sync' your watchlists... with this feature gone, it's useless like some people say. Trak.tv is a good alternative for the time being.
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I don't understand what the problem is - you have to be logged in to add things to your Watchlist, so is it a big chore to be logged in to export it? I'd have thought this would be a rare thing - I export my lists about once every 6 months or so.

Is there something being missed? Do you need constant access to a machine-readable version of your Watchlist? If so, I am unsure this is the best way to do it and sounds like a drain on resources (which might be why this change was made). The RSS feed would seem the best approach:

http://rss.imdb.com/user/urXXXXXXX/watchlist

Perhaps if people explained why they needed access to this without needing to be logged in it might be staff can look into it or provide a better solution.
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The RSS feed is limited to 250 items, so it is not suitable as an replacement. Yes, I heavily relied on having constant access to that CSV export, I do it once per night automatically. Not being able to access my own user data in a meaningful way renders the site useless to me and I see no reason to provide any more of my content to it.
Not communicating such a change in any way but instead even returning wrong HTTP error codes is a horrible way to go about a thing like this, sadly it's been the way IMDb operates for years. Good riddance.
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Once a night isn't constant access - I was wondering if there was some kind of application that required a constant connection to the data. If it is once a night I am unsure why you don't just stay logged in or quickly log in when you want to download it.
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It's an automated process.
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This change needs to be reverted ASAP!
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Roland Schilter

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In my (free) Android app I provided a way to import a user's IMDb rating. I can't do that anymore. I would've guessed you liked the exposure but it looks like you would rather have people locked in which is a shame.
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