IMDb submission interface feature requests

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We recently changed some of the technology that powers the IMDb submission interface and - while the external changes were mainly cosmetic - several feature requests/improvements surfaced during the Beta testing period.

The original feedback thread is here: https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/the-submission-interface-is-changing-beta-feedback - but I've moved all the feature requests to this new thread to better differentiate between new bugs caused by the technology switch, and new ideas to make the contribution experience better.

If you have more ideas that are not listed here already, feel free to add them to the comments below.

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Predictive search for search box on Contribute site.

I just made a few submissions with the new interface and I notice that there's no suggestions made in the search box, you have to fill in the entire name and then do the search.  I tried both Firefox and Chrome with no success. I hope this isn't going to be the new normal--I'll miss trying to get the right name with the fewest characters

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Include company filmo order numbers in confirmation email.

There's something else that needs to be fixed - it's something that was wrong with the old submission system as well.

If you submit Company data (eg Prod Co, MIsc Co), the credit order attributes that you supply are not displayed on the Full Summary listing (the grey-on-grey info in Gromit's posting above) and are not included in the submission confirmation email. This makes it very difficult to determine afterwards what order number you gave to each line.

In general, the Full Summary and the confirmation email need to contain all the attributes and fields that the user submitted so as to be an exact and full record of your submission.

I encountered something similar with submissions for another department (fields omitted from the listing/email) a few weeks ago (with the present system) but I forgot to note down what it was so I could report it.

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled General feedback.

OMG thank GOD. I just went through the submission process earlier this month and it was just PAINFULLY stuck in 1993. 

I haven't seen the beta but I can offer this suggestion: You seriously need popups on EVERYTHING that quickly, succinctly, and completely explain what information you want and how you want it. Think of it like those little rollover popups when you enter a credit card that explain what a CSV is. I shouldn't have to click to one page for an explanation of writer credit numbering that literally suggests I go to another page to explain it. It's not that complicated that it can't be explained in a popup with a link therein to a page for further information if needed. 

Long story short, it's kind of appalling how the blue '?' icons aren't that helpful. And they really, really, REALLY need to be. They're not there to help the person who's gone through the process before and figured out the bizarre ins and outs of IMDB. They're there to guide first timers through so their first experience with IMDB is a complete train wreck. Which, judging by all the 'Closed For Not Being Productive' threads here means I'm not the only one who feels like that. 

Just my .02

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Submission interface ideas.

Another thing that could be included in the submission forms is more
sanity-checking. For example, when a cast list is submitted, there
should be an automatic check for missing/duplicate credit order numbers,
merging both the corrections to existing cast and the additional cast.

Maybe that could be triggered by pressing the Submit button as opposed
to the Review or Save buttons, to say "I've been round the loop several
times adding more credits and saving the current state to guard against
crashes (both of which shouldn't trigger tedious and repeated sanity
checks) and now I think I'm ready for you to apply a one-off sanity
check before you accept the data".

Maybe you should also issue warnings for any cast that has no credit order yo say that it
should probably have an (uncredited) attribute if most of the rest of
the cast has credit orders. That might at least send a clear warning to
the annoying people who add uncredited cast (extras) to the end of
credited cast without giving those people an "uncredited" attribute -
they probably do it because they know that if they make a person
uncredited, he will be invisible if he doesn't have any credited roles,
and by not making them uncredited they are bypassing this check :-)

As
regards the "Save" button, is there any chance of changing its
behaviour so it not only saves the current state to the Contribution
History but also takes you back into the form, to save an extra tedious
stage of Submit giving you a link with the ID which you then have to
click to carry on adding credits.

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled General feedback.

Good Lord, I just stumbled through the “Edit Page” process. It’s certainly bright and shiny compared to the circa-1993 quagmire it was before, but...



Why does it take MULTIPLE clicks to correct a page? I literally clicked through four pages... and that’s if you get it right the first time (You won’t, the wayfaring is terrible). Once I select 'correct' then I WANT TO GO TO THE PAGE AND MAKE CORRECTIONS, not go to the page that asks me WHAT corrections. Case in point, I selected 'Cast.' Take me to the cast page and I should already be in edit mode. 



And once I’ve corrected the information and it takes me to the next page to verify it... why isn’t everything in re-sorted into the new numerical order? 



It just feels like a new skin on the same wobbly ingest paradigm. 



Ugh.



Whoever is in charge of user interface at IMDB really needs to be fired. 

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I very much like Michael's suggestion about re-sorting a list when credit orders are added/changed or when new cast is added. This could be done either by changing the displayed data in the tables or else in the "Click here to see full summary" listing. Anything which shows the corrected and new cast in order of credit order makes it easier to tell whether you've got duplicate or missing numbers in the sequence - and even after checking carefully at present, I occasionally let a mistake slip through and then have to wait an interminable 24 hours before I can correct the submission I've just made.

Anything which reduces that "dead time" between making a submission and correcting a silly error in the submission has to be a good thing, too.

Incidentally, if I know I've make a mistake in a submission, I usually edit the confirmation email that I receive, to highlight the correction I need to make to it, so I remember to make it at the same time as I'm checking that the submission has been fully processed.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled 'Worked with' feature request.

How about a Feature request?
When adding names/making corrections to cast and crew, why not allow a similar option that works with the "worked with" options on individual name pages, (e.g http://www.imdb.com/search/common?realm=name&key=nm0056187)?

It will save a lot of time or you will end up going back and forth especially if you are adding wholesale changes to the cast/crew of a title..Its quite hard to remember the numbers (the old format of adding their name correctly worked way better than remembering their numbers..

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Feature Request:

When clicking on a director, writer, or actor, display the personal rating of any movies shown in the list.  I often find myself looking at a director and wondering what other movies I've seen and what I thought of those movies.  Having my ratings displayed along with the title and the date, without having to click through each movie, makes that process significantly easier.  Functionality similar to Netflix would be perfect.
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Feature Request:

The ability to import my Netflix ratings into IMDB.  Recognizing that the rating systems are different, a simple xls or csv import that simply doubles the Netflix rating, would be sufficient.

 

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1) I'd like to see a much faster server (or servers) allocated to this service.  The amount of time waiting around for "contribute.imdb.com" to respond is significantly greater than the old system.  Just imagine how many more submissions there might be?!

2) At the bottom of the pages, where the Re-Check, Save, and Submit buttons are, I'd like to see more vertical white space between those buttons and the "go back to ..." link right below them.  Too easy to hit the wrong thing.

3) The security problems should be fixed.  Chrome and Firefox (I don't use any other browsers) both complain that "contribute.imdb.com" is not secure, despite using an https address/protocol.

4) I'd like to be able to paste fully qualified URLs into the form boxes.  Most know that you can paste a n-const, or t-const into the appropriate boxes in the submission interface and get the proper result.  It would be a time-saver if we could paste the full URL in and have the system extract what it needs (const-wise).

Thanks.
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I fully agree with Ron's comment "I'd like to see a much faster server (or servers) allocated to this service.  The amount of time waiting around for "contribute.imdb.com" to respond is significantly greater than the old system."

The response time is APPALLING. It is painful having to wait for each screen to complete, especially if I save part-completed screens frequently (as I do) to guard against loss of data, or if I have a lot of ambiguous entries to resolve (ie is it Fred Bloggs (I) or Fred Bloggs (II) that I want).

The server speed needs to be improved dramatically before the new submission interface can be considered to be fit for purpose.
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Contribute pages include the text "IMDbPro.com features representation listings for over 140,000 individuals, including actors, writers, and directors, as well as contact details for 62,600 companies in the entertainment industry. (free trial link)" at the bottom of a successful submission, even though you are already an IMDbPro subscriber.  This text/ad should only be present for non subscribers.
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I'm not sure what to make of this old thread.

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