In regards to "provide an explanation to assist in processing this change", what is the point?

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Hello, IMDb company.
  • Is the content of the explanation field even visible to the IMDB data-editing staff?
  • How often does the data-editing staff even bother to read the contents of the explanation field?
  • How often do they visit any of the URLs presented in the explanation field?
  • How often do they observe the contents of URLs presented in the explanation field?
  • What is the best way to format the contents of the explanation field?
    • Should each explanation identify the tconst (with title) and nconst (with name) to which it pertains?
    • Should each explanation reiterate the nature of the change to the corresponding item?
    • Should each explanation indicate how each item is affected by the total body of items belonging to the same tconst (with title) and nconst (with name)?
  • Does the company respond diligently during those awkward times in which there are over a thousand unprocessed items popping up per day?
  • Is it better that the submission reviewers take their time and get it right, or better that they just decline valid submissions when the clock runs out?
  • What is really going on?
  • Could please you help us help you?

The community would appreciate extraordinary insight and candor on the subject.

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Jeorj Euler

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  • a similar angst as many other contributors.

Posted 10 months ago

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Hi Jeorj -

To answer your question, Yes, the content provided within the Explanation field is visible to IMDb editors and the content is reviewed when our editors are processing submissions.

Ideally, this field allows contributors to include additional context or evidence to accompany their submissions.  We require verifying links in this field for certain data types (i.e. birth/death dates, birthname, etc.), while for other data types this field is optional but available if the contributor wishes to include additional evidence or comments.

Please note that while our staff do review the explanations provided, we will only reach out to the contributor if further context is required.  So the Explanation field is not meant to be a support outlet, it should only support the submission at hand.

I hope this helps clarify the function of this field in the submission form!
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Jeorj Euler

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Hi, Michelle. For credit updates, are you able to tell whether a submission was made through a title page or a name page? Since they involve a change to the same data type, the link between a title and a name, I figure your staff may not necessarily be able to derive a coherent picture of the material received through the submission interface.