If I remove a film’s page, can I add it again at a later date?

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I’m getting sabotaged with fake reviews so I want to delete the film and add it again once it’s actually released.
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Hello, ricky

Unfortunately, that's not how it works. If the film is in production then it shouldn't have release date, though: that could be deleted and so will disappear all the reviews, until the actual release. 
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So if I change the film to being in production, it will erase all of the reviews aswell?
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Vincent Fournols

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Also, if you report reviews which do not comply with IMDb policy, they will be removed.

But the main question is whether your film is to be considered as released or in production. And we could help you better if you shared its URL...
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It will be released, but I want to change that. Is that possible?
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"It will be released", but there are already 9 external reviews... (leaving aside the 80 user reviews).
So where does your film exactly stand in terms of production?
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The official website also show external reviews, so I am afraid you cannot claim that the film is unreleased (believing of course that these external reviews are genuine and not part of a marketing plan...)
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This critic reviews are 100% real.
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This topic is a duplicate of https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/i-m-having-an-issue-with-an-individual-creating-multiple-acc...
It does not help your case here by doing so.

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The film is finished. It’s in festivals at the moment. I’m getting a lot of fake negative reviews from one user (platypuschow). The film had 17 organic user reviews until he came along and began destroying it because he believed the 17 good reviews were “fake”. Who spends their time making fake reviews about their own film?! Ridiculous. It’s absurd that people can create as many accounts as they want and review the same title dozens of times negatively. Unfair.
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Ricky, stop feeding this topic and keep everything under the same initial one you created.

(and if you want my opinion, already expressed several times on this forum: I would remove both the Review and Parent guide sections from IMDb...)
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Vincent Fournols :
I would remove both the Review and Parent guide sections from IMDb...
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MartinHafer
Sun Jun 8 2003
https://www.imdb.com/user/ur2467618/
https://www.imdb.com/user/ur2467618/ratings - 22,213 titles
https://www.imdb.com/user/ur2467618/reviews - 22,485 Reviews
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Remove the reviews and parent guide section? How? Will that help?
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How do I remove these sections?!
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Ricky: I could be wrong, but I think that Vincent is recommending that IMDb remove the user reviews and parents guide sections from the entire web site, as opposed to removing them just for one film, which is not possible for you to do. (There isn't even a parents guide section for your film yet, anyway.)
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Ricky: I agree that it is a problem if one person is creating multiple accounts to submit negative ratings and user reviews for your film. However, you will need to be able to prove that before you can expect the IMDb staff to take any action. 

In any event, though, your film The Fear Footage screened at the Edmonton Festival of Fear in October and the Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival in November, and it is screening at Another Hole in the Head Film Festival in San Francisco tonight. In fact, it won an award at the Edmonton festival. So the film is definitely not going to be removed from the database.
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That’s fine. But how can I stop reviews from coming in? Is that possible? This is destroying the film’s future sales and it’s not even publicly available yet. This is a real issue!
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Ricky,

let us also face it: you are are talking about 7 negative reviews posted in December, against an over all of 80 reviews, a lot of them praising the movie, and with a big break between July and the already mentioned ones in December.

There may be a multiple account issue, but at this stage, I do not call that: "destroying the film".
If I were you, I would more worried on the rating (5/10 from 141 voters), because that is the first thing people see when looking at a name page. Far less people bother to dive into reviews.
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These negative reviews have all come in the last 2 weeks. All 70+ of them. If this was your film, you would be infuriated. I don’t deserve to be sabotaged like this. I wish all reviews could be removed, good and bad. The film began with 17 positive reviews from the first screening. How were 124 reviews added in two weeks without the film playing anywhere? Is that not a red flag?! A lot of them are positive also because I’ve had to reach out to everyone I know asking them to combat his overwhelming negative reviews.
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I won’t be at tonight’s screening, but I have a person that is asking the crowd to do just that. Thanks!
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OK, sorry, I had not the reviews sorted by date :(
Anyway, what you did for tonight screening, as advised also by Gromit, is the best way to fight for your film.

Now let us also see what IMDb staff will have to say about your claim.
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Yea, I want my film taken down. If IMDb doesn’t monitor their submissions enough to notice that 99% of the bad reviews rolling in to a film that isn’t widely available are from brand new accounts with no activity other than a negative review on this film, then they should’nt be in their positions. Red flags should’ve went off immediately! It’s absurd.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I’m having an issue with an individual creating multiple accounts and reviewing m....

Help!!!
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Hi Ricky,

Thanks for your post.

I've merged your threads together now - please ensure you keep all issues concise and in one thread, this will ensure we're able to help out the best we can without causing additional confusion.

Our aim is to be the most complete and reliable source of movie, TV, and entertainment information on the web. In order to continue offering our users an accurate and trustworthy service, it is our policy not to alter or delete any kind of correct/factual information from our records. 

With this in mind, as your title has had a release (at festivals), we cannot remove this from the database or revert it's production status to anything prior to 'Released' - we're also unable to remove all reviews, positive or negative. However, if you identify any reviews you believe to be ineligible, you can report these via the Report this button listed on each review. Our editors will investigate these requests and remove the reviews if necessary. 

Also, please be aware IMDb publishes weighted vote averages rather than raw data averages. Various filters are applied to the raw data in order to eliminate and reduce attempts at vote stuffing by people more interested in changing the current rating of a movie than giving their true opinion of it.

The exact methods we use will not be disclosed. This should ensure that the policy remains effective. The result is a more accurate vote average.

I hope this helps.

Joel 
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Joel, i want my title removed. I wrote/directed/ and edited the film and I want it removed. I trusted IMDb’s review process far too much. I was unaware that anybody could just create a new account at the drop of a hat and send a negative onslaught to my film. It’s completey unprofessional! Every negative review on my film is from brand new accounts with no activity other than the negative review on my film, over 80 in the last two weeks!!! is that not a red flag?!?
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Well, we learn something new everyday.
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It’s absurd that they conduct themselves like this. They should be more worried about the integrity of the films on their site rather than getting new accounts.
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Why?
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They allow people to trash films that they haven’t even seen by creating multiple fake accounts. It’s slander.
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There are nine ”professional” reviews now included, based on the festival screening (I assume). The user average is now 5/10 and there seems to be many 10/10 reviews (well, at least now).

I don’t personally see any real ”negative onslaught”. There are hundreds (if not thousands) of great films (in my opinion) that have a 5-6/10 average on IMDb. User reviews should always be taken with a grain of salt anyway.
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What was I supposed to do? Let this guy destroy the film’s rating and not fight back? Just let this occur? The film would be at 1/10 by now had I not reached out to everyone I know to help. I hated having to do that, but it was either that or allow the film’s rating to diminish to 1 or 2. I’ve worked too hard for that.
By the way, the film didn’t have flawless ratings. It was at 7.8 with those 17 reviews.
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I never said it wasn't strange but the 10/10 reviews from the same accounts are pretty strange as well as well as the duplicates and similar wording.
Like I said before if its one person he'll get bored but at this stage you still haven't provided anything concrete that it is.
Stop getting so upset about things that are out of your control, take a breath, put on a happy smile and just carry on promoting your movie. 
If this were a troll then stressing you out like this would be a victory for them.
Just move on, stay positive.


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I’ve explained the 10/10 reviews twice now.

I’m going to stay positive, i just look at IMDb completely different now. I thought it was a legit movie reviewing site, I see now it’s nothing more than a different type of social media. A place for trolls to lurk, seeing which indie film they can sabotage next.
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Welcome to the internet 
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The saddest place on earth...
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I just want to state that I disagree with Vincent's position on barring reviews on IMDb.  The site would be dead to me in that case, and years of work rendered a complete waste of time (as opposed to the minor waste of time it may be now).

Just thought I should state my opinion since I see that complaints in the past related to closing the message boards and lowering the standards of reviews seem to have gone largely unopposed here until after they were implemented--by which time it was too late.
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Fair enough and no problem. And I do not pretend to advocate, support or lobby anything, just my own 2 cents.

My main point is that I rely on IMDb for factual, and rather objective data. But reviews (and the Parent guide, but this is another story) are not, by essence. And obviously they are a source of endless disputes, as witnessed by this topic (among other issues like their numbers, or the occasinoal disappearances). Anyway, I will keep away from these topics :)
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Except some reviews (and content advisories) are factual and objective. Conversely, sometimes information about cast, crew, plot, running time, sound mix etc. is inaccurate (but at least they [apart from plot] have no chance of being opinionated).
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I see that complaints in the past related to closing the message boards and lowering the standards of reviews seem to have gone largely unopposed here until after they were implemented--by which time it was too late.
IMDbmember: I see the situation differently. When the impending closing of the message boards was announced here (about 2 weeks in advance of implementation), there were hundreds of responses in opposition to that. But nonetheless, IMDb went ahead with their decision and deleted the message boards.

On the other hand, when IMDb lowered the standards of reviews (to allow reviews as short as 50 characters), I don't think that they publicly announced that in advance. That decision has received some opposition on this board, but unfortunately we have not gotten enough support to get the staff to change their mind about allowing 50-character reviews. It's never too late to change that decision, as IMDb could simply decide to impose a longer minimum length for all future reviews, which I hope they will consider doing.
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https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/imdb-message-boards
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/update-to-user-reviews
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I often look at Trivia and Gooofs before I watch old TV show episodes
and after I read Reviews - by the Prolifics - to  find Reviewers I read often
They can explain some to the confusing parts to me
and list character names so I can find the actor's page

Sample
Perry Mason  (1957-1966)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050051/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050051/reference
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050051/tvschedule
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To gromit82, I didn't mean opposition after the announcement, but before where in posts here some people complained about the message boards and review length limits.  I wasn't active here then, but I've seen some of those older posts without opposing views given.  In other words, I assume it more difficult to persuade IMDb to reverse course than to argue against a certain course before it's taken.  Hence why I felt I should offer an opposing view here.

To Vincent Fournols, I agree that IMDb is a useful source for factual information and that that isn't mainly the function of the reviews.  Personally, however, that's not the main appeal of the website for me.  I could get the info elsewhere and often do when it comes to more specialized film concerns.  I visit IMDb so frequently for the personal user experience (the ratings, reviews, lists) and, formerly, the community experience, which of course has diminished greatly without the message boards or private messaging.  Different strokes, I suppose.

And I suppose that's probably more than enough said by me off the topic of the OP.
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Maybe some people don’t understand how the ratings work in IMDb. User reviews are always (well, often) all over the place. Think of some message board where some film is great - or totally garbage. Then people argue why some people like/hate the film (a bit silly, since basically it’s a matter of opinion). Many people ”in-between” don’t even bother to vote, or write about the film. I’ve never truly understood 1/10 nor 10/10 reviews, since usually nothing is that bad or good. For me, at least. If I don’t like some film, I can usually still find some reasons why some people might like it (or like some aspects of it).

Then there are reviews of the so-called critics, or let’s say, more respectable sites/blogs. At least they’re a bit more professionally written. I would say that we need to see the difference between these two.