credits only in specialized versions of a project

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How are credits that may only appear in specialized versions of film/TV show be handled? I am thinking of credits for such things as closed captioning that may only appear on the closed captioning version for the hearing impaired, or the audio narration in the audio narrated version for the visually impaired. In other words, should credits listed in IMDb be limited to what appears in what could be considered the "original" unadulterated version or should credits that appear only in these specialized version somehow be listed as well?
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Gene Chin

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Jeorj Euler

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HI, Gene Chin. The former rather than the latter is the way.
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Gene Chin

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Thanks Jeorj. The specific in question that led to me query is someone who keeps submitting his work as an audio voice narrator on a project as a credited function, and I keep on changing it to "uncredited" as it is not a credit listed in the original version, and he keeps on changing it back in removing the "uncredited" attribute.
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Closed captioning version (for the hearing impaired), or the audio narration (audio narrated version for the visually impaired) probably doesn’t count for ”Alternate version” section, but perhaps I’m wrong. IMDb staff can comment on that.
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Hi Gene -

Just to follow-up on Eboy's suspicion, we won;t list these as Alternate Versions, for the types of versions we accept, please see the following Alternate Versions guide:  https://help.imdb.com/article/contribution/titles/alternate-versions/GB7UDDKCAAVFXCXH?ref_=helpsrall#
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I don't read his question as asking about Alternate Versions but whether these credits should appear at all. For example, I watch closed captioning on a lot of shows. There is usually a credit at the end of the show for the company that provided the closed captioning but you would only know about it if you were watching it with closed captioning on. Should this be included in the normal credits for that TV episode?
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Thanks all the comments/clarifications.  This is more for Michelle or any other IMDb rep.  The person in question who has routinely removed the uncredited attribute from his audio narration has done it again. Would you like me to name him and the credits in question here so that staff can deal with this particular issue on a more permanent basis, or would you rather I do so with you in a more private manner?
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Gene Chin

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Since staff has yet to respond to my last post on this topic, I will "out" the person here, who as mentioned has again removed the uncredited attribute I added to his audio narrator work (this will probably have been the third time the person in question and I have gone through this back and forth).  It is Roy Samuelson (nm1998284) and the credits in question are every episode listed of the television series Criminal Minds (tt0452046). I would guess that his audio description narrator credits for all the other US network television shows should also be uncredited, but again I can only confirm it for Criminal Minds as the only show of those listed I do watch and add credits for on a regular basis.

Again, hopefully staff can deal with this issue so that he and I aren't always going through this back and forth of adding/removing the uncredited attribute.


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Hi Gene,

Thank you for reporting. I've taken further internal steps and removed those credits now; unfortunately they aren't eligible even for (uncredited) filmography credits, they should be treated in the same way as any dubbing credits.

Regards,
Will