HELP: Incorrect information on my profile

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There is an incorrect credit on my profile. I opened a GetSatisfaction ticket about the problem and was told I would need to provide the original credits in order for the credit to be deleted. I thought the credits would be impossible to find for a 14 year old awards show, so I tried to go about proving the credit false in other ways, and eventually IMDb closed the ticket.

I then was -- shockingly -- able to find the credits on YouTube. I provided screenshots and a link to the credits as requested, but because the ticket was already closed, no one from IMDb is responding.

I tried submitting another standard edit through IMDb, and it was rejected for "unable to verify." I tried contacting IMDb through the Help page as directed, and I have not gotten responses. (I have tried this more than once, and am told I should hear back "within 24 hours." It has been much longer than 24 hours, and no response.)

For reference, the false credit is VH1 Big in '05, as shown on my IMDb profile here: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2069640/ My college roommates thought it was funny to submit fake credits for me when I was out of the room, and this is the one that somehow got through. It has haunted me for years.

The credits can be found in full on this YouTube video starting at the 6 minute mark. The video is of the VH1 Big in 05 show's final performance, and the credits follow the performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdSiv4hUENY

There are multiple different types of production assistants credited, and I have included screenshots of all of them below demonstrating that I am nowhere to be found.

The credit is 100% fake, and frankly if IMDb is serious about its mission of being the most accurate database on the internet, it should never have been approved in the first place.

If desired, feel free to comb through the entirety of the credits on the YouTube video for definitive proof my name is 100% absent.

Thank you for taking care of this immediately for me.

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Stuart

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Hi Stuart,

Thank you for providing the end credits, we've now added the (uncredited) attribute to the credit now. However please note that the credit will not be removed in its entirety based on the submission history.

Thanks,
Will
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Stuart

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Come on, Will. This is absurd, and frankly, it feels a bit vindictive at this point.

You told me if I found the credits and could screenshot them, you would remove the false credit from my page. I didn't think that would be at all possible, but lo and behold, after scouring the internet for hours, I found the credits. And I showed you I wasn't in them.

Three different times they list PAs in the credits, and three different times they leave my name out. Why in the world would they simply leave one single PA as uncredited?

Look, I am a screenwriter, and I don't want this false credit attached to my name, for various reasons. Not the least of which is: it's false. It is not accurate. You've seen proof of the credits. You've even heard from the IMDb account that originally posted the false credit, telling you it was made up. You've heard from the person himself: me -- a paying IMDb Pro customer. The credit is fake. And it's doing material harm to my career and reputation.

I am baffled you are giving me such a hard time to remove this from my page. Especially when your justification is a desire for accuracy and completeness.

If you tell me what in the edit history leads you to believe it's a real credit, I guarantee you I can refute that "evidence" too. I'm not afraid of a trial; I know with certainty I will be able to prove whatever evidence you have is fake, because I know with certainty that the credit is fake.
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IMDb aims to be the most comprehensive and reliable source of information on movies, TV and celebrities. We are committed to accuracy and it is our longstanding policy not to alter or remove correct factual information from our records.

Thank you for understanding.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled TELL ME WHAT I NEED TO DO TO REMOVE THIS FAKE CREDIT.

I am trying desperately to remove the fake VH1 Big In 05 credit from my profile. IMDb told me if I somehow tracked down the credits to this 14+ year old awards show and proved I was not in them, they would remove the credit.

I assumed that would be impossible, but I somehow managed to track down the credits on YouTube. But instead of removing the credit, IMDb simply changed it to "uncredited."

(That part of the conversation can be found here: https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/help-incorrect-information-on-my-profile)

Can someone PLEASE explain to me what I need to do to prove to you the credit is absolutely, positively fake and should be removed in its entirety?

This is an in-writing false statement about my work history on the internet's de facto resume site for people in the film industry; this false credit is doing material harm to me and my career, and I want it removed.

This should not be this hard, especially when your claimed justification is a desire for accuracy. You should want to work with me to ensure the credit's accuracy; not put up roadblocks to prevent me from proving the credit is false.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled CAN SOMEONE OTHER THAN WILL PLEASE HELP ME.

I am beyond frustrated with Will's lack of willingness to engage with me or act in good faith, and I ask someone other than Will please try to work with me here. It's like I'm living in a world where the rules of logic no longer apply, and at this point I believe Will is purposefully trying to keep fake information on my IMDb profile out of some sort of spite.

This is in reference to VH1 Big in '05 production assistant credit, a fake credit that has been on my profile for years, and that I am trying to get removed. Please see my other posts for more background. I was told it would be removed if I could find the credits of the show and prove I am not in them, which I somehow managed to do for this 14 year old awards show, and Will still refuses to acknowledge the credit is fake, and refuses to answer why he still believes it is real.

From how I see it, IMDb either has [one submission or a collection of submissions or a collection of other "evidence"] we can collectively refer to as BOX A. The contents of BOX A lead IMDb to CONCLUSION B, that I was a credited production assistant on this production I did not work on. No matter what made up the contents of BOX A, it is an inarguable fact that it lead you to CONCLUSION B, a conclusion you were happy to accept for over a decade without question.

I came along and questioned CONCLUSION B. I was asked to provide evidence that CONCLUSION B was false, which I did. Therefore it is an undeniable fact that whatever evidence makes up BOX A is insufficient, and leads to false conclusions.

IMDb was willing to defend CONCLUSION B when doubt was cast on BOX A. And then I conclusively proved the contents of BOX A to be false. But instead of recognizing CONCLUSION B to be false, Will stuck to the proven-false narrative painted by BOX A in part, even though the entirety of BOX A is now demonstrably undermined.

This is completely and totally devoid of logic. I have the right to know why you are perpetuating this lie in the face of all logic and fact. You say it's because you still believe BOX A to be true, but that clearly is a bad faith argument at this point.

I explained where the credit came from. I even found the old account associated with the computer in my college dorm room from which the credit was originally submitted, and signed into that account to do the update from there. But still, you're choosing to believe an admitted and proven decade-old lie instead of taking this opportunity to correct the record and truly attempt to be the most complete and accurate database on the internet. You are choosing inaccuracy, and refusing to engage in good faith in any attempts to get to the truth.

At this point, no matter what the contents of BOX A are or where they came from, you know them to be tainted. Take the narrator out of it -- if it's a he-said-he-said of me from the past vs me from the future, then you could argue that I too am tainted. Except even with me removed from the equation, the credits still alone prove without a doubt that BOX A is false.

You are refusing to attempt to get the full, factual truth and instead clinging to an arbitrary part of the proven-false contents of BOX A. This is absurd, and the only conclusion one can reach at that point is that Will does not in fact have any interest in the accuracy of IMDb's database, and instead favors his own vindictiveness and pride.
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I think it is fair for Stuart to ask why he continues to be listed as an uncredited production assistant for a show where (a) he claims that he did not do that job, (b) about 40 other people were credited as production assistants, and (c) he was not credited as a production assistant.

If VH1 was willing to give credit to all those other production assistants, shouldn't the lack of a credit for Stuart on this show imply that he wasn't actually a production assistant?