Cast episode numbers is a spoiler - use mouse over instead

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On the pages for tv series, I think there should be a mouse over function for the number of episodes a cast member appears in rather than having them all displayed. On a number of occasions I have looked at the imdb page for a show I am still watching, and had a spoiler when I saw a main character was in a lot less episodes than everyone else. You know something is going to happen to them.
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Posted 6 years ago

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Bilal

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Very nice idea. This should have been done so far.
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A cast member's episode count depends on someone updating for every episode. For example, a character may be in all 13 episodes of a season, but that cast member may not have been submitted for all the episodes, showing them in less 13 episodes. Just because they are not listed, does not mean they are not in that episode.

However, I do see your point and it could be fixed. Another suggestion on here pointed out sometimes a listed cameo can spoil a movie, so perhaps cast lists could default to "spoiler free" and not show things like this. And then there could be a "spoiler" button that would reveal a full cast list and episode count.
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Really useful idea for TV Shows!!!
I ve been spoiled so many times. Just by looking up a character, i knew a particular persons gonna die in a certain episode...that s really frustrating and while watching this episode you re just waiting for it to happen...
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Very nice idea. This should have been done so far. But they haven't done anything yet. I don't have to see the episode number of TV Series.

When i look at cast listing, i could undrestand easily which character is dead which is alive. If you're sensitive all kind of spoilers and if you respect the viewers as IMDb please fix this problem as soon as possible.
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The assumption that the number of episodes displayed next to a cast credit represents a spoiler is a broad generalization but just because an actor is listed as being credited in fewer episodes than another actor on the same show doesn't mean that their character is going to die.

While this may be the case in a few situations, it's too infrequent/specific to justify hiding or making this information less visible for every series. An actor may be listed as appearing in fewer episodes than another simply because the information for that actor has not been updated as frequently or promptly; also, actors may still receive credit on an episode because they are part of the main cast even when they don't actually appear/be featured in every single episode, so their 'episode' count may be higher than that of a regular guest star who doesn't receive the same type of billing. Characters who are 'dead' may come back in flashbacks or alternate times and be credited more frequently than actors who aren't ("Lost" is a good example of this).

There are many possible variations and, at least at this point in time, we don't feel that making this information less visible or hiding it behind a spoiler tag is the right choice -- it inconveniences all users looking up information for shows where this details does not actually constitute a spoiler. And it may actually be misleading, suggesting that the episode count is a spoiler even in cases where it isn't.
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With respect Giancarlo some of your arguments against this are flawed.
An actor may be listed as appearing in fewer episodes than another
simply because the information for that actor has not been updated as
frequently or promptly;
You assume people are watching week by week as the shows are broadcast. Folk could be watching a season 1 dvd while the network is showing season 7.

also, actors may still receive credit on an episode because they are
part of the main cast even when they don't actually appear/be featured
in every single episode, so their 'episode' count may be higher than
that of a regular guest star
Doesn't account for those whose episode-appearances are limited.

Characters who are 'dead' may come back in flashbacks or alternate times
Only applies to a tiny number of characters from a handful of shows. Furthermore dead/flashback characters tend to appear sporadically and less frequent. A main-character who is dead is less likely to be shown in every single episode. If you saw the first 10 episodes and the character is listed for 13 (out of say 50) then it's evident something happens whether they die on episode 11 and linger in 2 latter episodes as a ghost is a moot point.

There are many possible variations and, at least at this point in time,
we don't feel that making this information less visible or hiding it
behind a spoiler tag is the right choice -- it inconveniences all users
looking up information for shows
It would only need a single mouseclick on a single button to show/hide episode number for the full casting list. This would be little inconvenience.

And it may actually be misleading, suggesting that the episode count is a spoiler even in cases where it isn't.

Then don't use the word spoiler, use show/hide as I suggested.
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FYI: As of IMDb for iOS v4.4 (coming soon...) we have removed the episode count from the Top Series Cast slider on the series page. The count still lives in the detailed cast list (so be careful).... but at least casually browsing to the series main page will provide fewer spoilers.

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