Documentaries and TV movies

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(I originally asked this question in the older thread, but didn't get any answers:
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/dont_list_sports_events_as_tv_movies )

If I understand it correctly:

TV movie = FICTION
TV special = NON-FICTION

Now, I recently added one TV documentary (that was clearly the case, no question about it) to the database which I listed as a "TV special" - and added genres "documentary" and "sports". It was then added to the site as a "TV movie".

My question is that was this a mistake (by the IMDB team), or are some documentaries still listed as "TV movies"? Like I said, this was a full length documentary from the late 1970s.

Thank you.
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Eboy

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Posted 2 years ago

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Your understanding is correct, but you also have to add the keyword "tv-special" (sorry for the extra hassle)
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Of course, that did the trick, I should've know that. Thanks Col.
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(continuing the thread)

Just to clarify, since this isn't 100% clear to me (sorry). Are documentaries "TV Movies" or "TV Specials"? Many times they're listed as "TV Movie documentary", sometimes "TV Special documentary" and sometimes just "Documentary".
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I think documentaries should always be TV movies, but the problem is that the genres 'Concert', 'Stand-up show', 'Awards Show' and the likes aren't available, so many of those titles are gathered under 'TV-special' Documentaries.