Contribution Beta Opportunity: Multi-lingual Plot Outlines

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Hi,

Throughout 2019, our team has been working on features that ensure we can support the contribution, vetting, storage and publication of content for our global entertainment audience.

We have, to date, launched:-

These features are in addition to multiple behind the scenes technology upgrades, which launched with no impact to existing contribution experiences (as planned).

These changes are rolling out incrementally, and we are learning more with each new feature we launch.

Multi-lingual Plot Outline Contribution Beta


Today, we are offering to our contributors the option to op-in to a contribution experience beta for multi-lingual plot outlines in the following languages:-

  • German
  • French (France)
  • Italian
  • Spanish (Spain)
  • Hindi
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Spanish (Mexico)
  • French (Canada)
  • Japanese.


How does it work?

The feature is accessible to opted in contributors via IMDb Answers https://contribute.imdb.com/gaps/

We surface trending titles, or moves in theaters, that are missing a multi-lingual plot within our IMDb Answers question feed, with a call to action to add missing ones, for example:-


When you click on the + Add plot outline button, you are taken to a simplified version of our existing contribution interface (which has the language populated and hidden), where you can enter the plot and submit as normal:-


Plots submitted via this interface are vetted by our team as usual, count towards end of year contribution numbers and you can track the status of your contributions as usual. Here is one a member of the team added to Zulu (1964) :-

Note: These multi-lingual plots, at this point in time, are not displayed within IMDb experiences.  That work will take place in the future, as it is complex from an implementation perspective.


Why aren't the most popular titles missing plots?
The team has been building a catalog of multi-lingual plots using this feature for quite a while. We have tested the feature end to end (where the end for the contributor is the display of the plot and it's status within our Track Contribution feature).  We are not planning to add it (yet), via the 'Edit Page' version of our contribution interface. It will only be accessible via IMDb Answers.


How do you opt in
If you are interested in using this feature, we will need to have your user account id (e.g. ur********) to opt you in.  We also need to know which languages you want to be opted in for.  Your user account id can be found if you hover over your name in the top right-had corner of the home page and select your activity, then your urconst is listed in the URL.


We will be collating opt-in requests for the feature, and feedback on the experience within this GS thread.
Any questions, or feedback, just let me know.
Cheers,
Rachel
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Time to get the Beta Tester Badge.

Edit: Will this get you the Beta Tester Badge?
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Yep.



Thanks.
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BONAFIDE BOSS

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Hey there,

So, is there a number of 'Multi-lingual Plot Outlines' I should submit to get the beta tester badge, or is it enough to participate in it by submitting only once.

Because I've submitted around 100 'Multi-lingual Plot Outlines' and 99% were approved, but I still didn't get the badge.

Just asking. Thanks in advance.

Edit: FYI: I got the 100+ Lifetime Plot badge on my IMDb profile tho.
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It's on your profile page now!
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Thank you. 
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The misunderstood frog...
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Very pleased to see these developments. Enhancing international and multilingual support is very welcome indeed.

Sadly, my language skills are nowhere near good enough for me to contribute to this (I also stopped contributing plot summaries in English some time ago because I feel that I'm not a good enough writer to do it justice), but I'm looking forward to seeing the results of others' efforts on this.

On a related note, a few months ago (unaware of your work on this), I came across a bunch of Italian plot summaries and Will helpfully marked them as hidden. Can I just check, please, that those are now part of this new system, and ready to be displayed again once you're fully set up?
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Hi,

Thanks for the detail.  I'll check in with Will on that and get back to you.

Cheers,

Rachel
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How Do I Get My IMDb User-ID?
[1.] Go to IMDb > Click on your name (make sure to log in first) > Click on "Your Activity".
[2.] Copy the  <ur********> code from the page URL. Ex: "imdb.com/user/ur00000001".



I hope it helped.
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BONAFIDE BOSS

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I'm sorry if it was unnecessary. Just trying to help. :)
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Good to include pictures, thanks!
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Thanks man, I been searching for it. Found this while searching for "urconst" LMFAO.

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BONAFIDE BOSS

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Lol, no problem.

And you're welcome Rachel.
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Here's hoping that the inclusion of different info from different countries leads to something united that works out as united as possible and to the good of IMDb.
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I didn't think and wouldn't have thought we were ready for this, but we'll see how it goes.
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I'm sorry if this has been touched at and I missed it. It's late and have quite a few deadlines so, I hope I'm not annoying anyone if this has been answered: 

Are the foreign languages contributions gonna be mixed in with English or will there be a drop box or URL change to take users to their native (or chosen) language?? I'm asking this as a polyglot who was contributing to 2 foreign languages (besides English) and was very sad to see the "dot foreign country" go. 

I, myself, am not in favor of mixing languages: having participated for over 12 years in a different website where reviews were initially posted in English and then all foreign language reviews got mixed together, it became a real mess. Then the website took to saying "this is not your language" (excuse me? It actually was!) and reverted me back to English (my 3rd language). It was extremely frustrating not to be able to read in my native language and know if the item was something of interest to me.

Then reviews in foreign languages I do not speak started to creep up mixed with the English that the algorithm mistook as non-foreign. Then it was a mess trying to read in English. 

Just trying to avoid a repeat of that. As you see, I love languages, I just do not want to see my native language mixed with English, by respect for those who don't understand it, the same that I don't want foreign languages I cannot understand mixed in with those I do. (I might be a minority here, but I do not own any electronic devices that auto-translate stuff for me.) 

One more question: is American English gonna be separated from UK English? (This has created battles at Wikipedia with UK people correcting American English). Same question for French/French and Spanish/Spanish, as I see those above are listed for the proper language and their bastardized American continent version. (Please note: "bastardized" is not an insult but proper dictionary terminology. American is a bastardized version of British English and I prefer it myself to the "proper" version.)


Thank you for your consideration and, again, apologies if this has been answered and I failed to comprehend it. 
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Hi Appraiser1,

Very good questions. We are still determining what the correct customer experience is.  Display of language specific content is something that is hard to do well for customers as a one-size fits all feature.  Peoples preferences change per country, and which language(s) they can read/write are another factor that needs to be considered.

In addition to the above, we need to have a minimum set of content available to display to customers in the appropriate language before we can start delivering a localized experience.

This is why we have started with the contribution feature, where we build the language specific content catalog first, displaying the status of the contribution, and the content that was added, back to the contributor who provided it (and counting those contributions in our existing metrics).

With regards to the regionalized languages we are supporting (es_ES vs es_MX, for example), that is a deliberate choice.  On your question about English, eventually we would want to support as many regionalized languages as possible.  In the short term, we aren't including en_GB vs. en_US, but we aren't precluding doing so in the future.

If you are interested in trying the feature out, just let me know.

Cheers,

Rachel
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Thanks Rachel. What would trying it out involve? I'm unfortunately more busy than usual this month, and well over my head in deadlines, plus using a Chromebook that makes "popup video" websites such as IMDb hard to navigate, that's why I've been spending less time at IMDb. But please do let me know, maybe next month I can try it out, thanks.
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Hi,

If you provide me your user id, and the locales you are interested in, I can provide you a link to IMDb Answers for missing plots for that language.

Cheers,

Rachel
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Another feature no one asked for. How about the new genres?
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How about the new genres?

Maybe after they've been translated into all the world's languages?

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Thank you Rachel!

I would like to try it out.
My user ID ur27678994
Languages: Japanese and Spanish (Latin America - Mexico).

Cheers!


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Hello Rachel.
Is this still an option?
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Hi,

You should now have access from this location to trending movies;

in Japan missing a Japanese plot:
https://contribute.imdb.com/gaps/ja_JP/outlines?ref_=gap_hd_home&source=trending&titleType=movie

and Mexico, missing a Spanish plot:
https://contribute.imdb.com/gaps/es_MX/outlines?ref_=gap_hd_home&source=trending&titleType=movie

Thanks,
Jonny

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Thank you very much Jonny.

I have bookmarked the links, is there another way to add missing plot outlines in Japanese and Spanish (Mexico), or I must use these links only?

Cheers.

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I would like to participate, my user ID is ur20344171 and my language is german.
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Hi,

You should now have access from this location to trending movies in Germany missing a German plot:
https://contribute.imdb.com/gaps/de_DE/outlines?ref_=gap_hd_home&source=trending&titleType=movie

Thanks,
Jonny

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Hi, Jonny!
I also want to join for German. But your link above says: "there are no gaps for you to contribute to for this type at this time". :(
Turn this feature on for ID ur4978989 please.
Thanks!




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Hey! I would like to contribute in Hindi language. My ID is ur34967775. Thanks.
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Hi,

You should now have access from this location to trending movies in India missing a Hindi plot:
https://contribute.imdb.com/gaps/hi_IN/outlines?ref_=gap_hd_home&source=trending&titleType=movie

Thanks,
Jonny