I added a writing credit 2 weeks ago and it never showed up. Is there any chance to find out why?

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It is extremely hard to say why something happened without more detail: What is the status of the project? How high profile is it? are just a couple of the items needed.

If you want a reply from a Staff member, you should reply here giving the Reference Number (Confirmation ID) of the submission. You can find the number in the email Receipt you would have been sent when you submitted it, or in your Update History.

If you include the full submission data, which you can also find in the email Receipt, other Contributors may look at it and be able to suggest ways to get it accepted. Only Staff can see what actually happened and give an official answer, but the Contributors may be able to give help sooner.
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Thank you a lot, that is a great and helpful answer!! 

The Confirmation  ID is: #151125-122457-498000
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Hi Korbinian -

I was able to see that your Writer credit submission was rejected, which means that our editors were probably unable to verify it and need further information/additional evidence.


If you have a screen grab to verify your writer credit, please post it here and our staff can take a look.
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Hi Michelle,

thank you so much for your answer! 

I don't have a screen grab because the show hasn't aired yet in Germany. I also don't think I'll get a credit on screen, I wrote the dialogue for the German dubbing. Plus I think there aren't any credits on screen if I recall it right. 

I could show you a copy of the invoice I sent the responsible dubbing company but I do not want to do that publicly. Is there any other way? 
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Hi Korbinian -

If it is unlikely that you will be credited on-screen, I would encourage you to re-submit your credit with the "uncredited" attribute.

If you have evidence to help verify your role but prefer to provide evidence to IMDb staff privately, you can do so through the following form:
http://www.imdb.com/helpdesk/data_verification
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Thank you a lot Michelle, I will go on and try do it that way. 

All the best,

Korbinian 
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I don't have a screen grab because the show hasn't aired yet in Germany. I also don't think I'll get a credit on screen, I wrote the dialogue for the German dubbing.
I am not sure that Michelle notice that this credit is for writing the German dubbing version, and I believe that your work is not currently eligible for an IMDb listing.

For Cast credits, IMDb specifically prohibits dubbing work (with one significant exception) as noted in
Submission Guide: Voice Credits which states:
  • Once again: dubbing credits for foreign languages are currently not eligible to be listed in the database!
    In other words, the actor who provides the voice of Jack Nicholson in the French version of his movies, or the actress who dubs Julia Roberts on all her Italian films cannot receive a credit in the database for their voice work at this time. We might relax this policy and allow foreign/localized credits to be added at some point, but this is definitely not going to happen in the immediate future. In the meantime, such credits can be noted as "other works" in the biographies of the relevant people.
I expect that dubbing writing credits would fall under the same ban.

If Michelle confirms that this is the case, your best option would probably be to add the credit under Other Work until such time as IMDb changes to accept dubbing credits.
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Thank you a lot, I was not aware of that! 

However, does that count for animation series? At least for the voices it doesn't make a difference whether they're spoken in the original language or a foreign language - it's always "just" a voice. But maybe that whole thing is some kind of an edge case and I go with the Other Work credit... 

Thanks!! 
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Actually, animated films are the 'one significant exception' I mentioned, and this is specified in the point in the Submission Guide: Voice Credits prior to the one I posted above, namely :
  • Only the original voice actors can usually be credited. For example, on an Italian non-animated film, only the actors providing Italian voices on the original version of the film can be credited in the database. We won't list the actors providing French voices for the French release of that film. The only exceptions to this rule are animated titles and videogames, where we may list both the original-language cast and the English-language cast, if applicable.
But, as you can see, the German voice actors you are writing for will not be eligible for credit, which is why I suspect you won't be either.

Sorry, I forgot to link the Guide in the previous post. There is a table there that shows the allowed/prohibited cases more clearly than the text possibly,
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Wow, even if don't get the credit it was definitely worth learning a lot about imdb I didn't know before. Thank you again, that was great help!