Entering trivia based on news from a website

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I'm being told that unsubstantiated rumors will not be accepted as trivia, unless they're documented and verifiable. I am encouraged on the Help site to include a link to the sources wherever possible. 

I have tried to do this a few times, but whenever I put in a link to a website url, I get the message that links to websites are not accepted in trivia. When I leave out the url, I am told that the information cannot be confirmed because there is not enough proof supplied.  

Is it an idea to add an additional field to the trivia entry, one where you can enter an url to the site that substantiates the claim made in the Trivia Text Field? 

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Roy
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Rumors are always difficult when it comes to trivia. There are loads of these ”this-and-that actor is rumored for this-and-that role”, but if there isn’t enough info and multiple sources, I would be cautious to add them as trivia - at least based on one or two web sites where there are ”anonymous sources”. Many sites are there for the clicks, they publish pretty much anything. It’s a different story if the director or actor gives some comments like ”they approached me, but...” or ”we did have some talks about the role, but...”.

But this is just my opinion. Not IMDb’s official guideline (although they probably require some links/proof, especially for ”rumors”). You can provide links at least via Help desk (choose ”IMDb fan/contributor questions”):
https://help.imdb.com/contact
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My opinion is (also) that the issue raised here concerns the capacity to attach a supporting URL to the submitted trivia.

Since there is no such feature for submitting new cast entries (but the feature existed when correcting), I would not be surprised that there are none as well for trivia. Hence, the help quoted by Roy is misleading.

Unless mistaken, of course.
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Example of a link that's not a link.

According to People.com online article dated 12-25-2018, so and so was thought to be considered to be having an affair with Santa Claws. 


That's a non URL link.
They can verify it if needed.
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They ought to re-write the instruction that says provide a link to provide a verifiable reference to an online source (non URL)

Oh and I left out the title of the online article would be needed
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My suggestion for a simpler understanding:

Provide a reference to a verifiable and trustworthy source (off- or online, but no URL)


and, as an e.g., you could state the scandalous behavior of Santa Claws... :)
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Don't want to spread unnecessary gossip, but I heard The Easter Bunny and Edward Scissorhands were involved!
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According to People.com online article dated 12-25-2018, titled "The Creepy Claws of Santa", so and so was thought to be considered to be having an affair with Santa Claws. 
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I have submitted trivia in this manner with no issues
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Roy Langeveld

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The point is that they ask for a 'link' to a source that is either impossible to add, or not accepted. And I get the feeling that they give me most trouble with trivia for popular movies. You can add virtually anything to a short movie from Albania, but not Avengers Endgame.  

I tried to add a new trivia last week with a pretty well-documented news fact. No casting rumor, no vague gossip, but a genuinely verifiable news item. I included the name of the website and name of the article as source (no URL). Again, after four days of deliberation, my trivia is declined "because it does not meet contribution guidelines". I'm getting really confused here.

The fastest way I can get it in is by correcting an existing piece of trivia; I can then add an URL as source in the Explanation section (Other field). If you want to delete an entry, you also need to motivate your reason in a text field. If they just added such an explanation field for new trivia, I wouldn't need such frustrating and unnecessary workarounds.
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That would be nice, but in the meantime you can try asking about specific submissions either here at GS or through the contact link provided earlier, and hopefully get a clearer answer to why they are not being accepted.
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The short answer at the moment is, that no, there isn’t a place to add links/proof when submitting e.g. trivia. So you need to use this forum, or the help desk. IMDb removed the ”Additional info” section (can’t remember what it was called) from the bottom of the page maybe a year (?) ago.


There’s a ”Miscellaneous Links” section, though, where you could add links to online articles, news articles etc. It’s a place for links that you want to add to the IMDb title page (so no Dropbox links, personal info and such). Maybe you could use that at the same time when adding Trivia (meaning, that you add Trivia + links to ”Misc Links” section). But again, only add links that can be added to the title page.


https://help.imdb.com/article/contrib...#
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Hi Roy -

As others have mentioned, unfortunately, we don't currently have an additional text or explanation field when adding new trivia items; if your trivia addition is repeatedly being rejected th best thing to do is post the submission reference number in this community or through our Contact Form with your source links so our staff can investigate further.
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Thanks, that is a nice practical tip. I'll try it.