Is there a way to quickly make the same contribution to a lot of titles

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I need to add the keyword 'opera' to a slew of titles.

I remember someone saying they knew how to use the contribution form to make the same change to different titles with just a substitution somewhere.

The only shortening of the process I've found is substituting the title id in the very first URL in the process.
https://contribute.imdb.com/updates?edit=tt0325074/storyline&ref_=tt_stry
That beats finding the Edit link on the title page each time, but then I still have to select the category, enter the word, check the update and submit the update. 

I wish there were a URL hack to do it all at once. But the URL has no specifics after the first step:
https://contribute.imdb.com/updates

Thanks in advance.
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You can get a little closer using a url like this: https://contribute.imdb.com/updates?update=tt0325074:keywords.correct/keywords.add.1

Change the number at the end if you want to add more items. Technically, the keywords.correct/ part isn't necessary, but I'd recommend including it to double check you're not trying to re-add something that's already there. (or you could replace it with keywords.correct.all to set all existing data in the section ready for editing).

The submission tips guide has some info about this sort of url trick (including a list of the department names that can be used in urls).

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awesome and awesome-r: your specific advice, and the top-tips page.
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You do not need to add the keywords.correct. If you add opera and the keyword is already there, it will get rejected. This is probably quicker than scanning all the keywords present.
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I remember using an HTML/DOM manipulation to access multiple titles in the same submission form and inquiring about accordingly on the old IMDb·Com message boards by referencing the saved submission form. If I recall correctly, Joel was the IMDb staff member who answered and told me that the IMDb company would prefer that I not use such an approach to submit corrections. Apart from that (which is not even necessarily "quickly"), a way to do it is not actually provided in the submission interface, with the exception of making certain kinds of corrections to a series type title page that should affect a multitude of episodes belonging to it.
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Hi, bderoes:

If you already know the titles in need of the keyword opera, there's actually a (not-very-orthodox) way of speeding things up a bit. Look:

  1. Go to a title page on that currently doesn't have the keyword opera (any page, e.g. this one, featuring the very underrated Sanaa Khan ).

  2. Click on , go to the line Keywords, select and click on .

  3. In the next page, go to the bottom part, where the Add line is, and select the number of keywords you want to send (e.g. 50 items). And, very important, check the box before clicking on .


  4. In the next page, go to the column Title and substitute all the instances of the original title with the titles you want to add the keyword to (or their tconsts). Fill the column Keyword with the keyword opera (easy copy/paste).


  5. Once you've entered all the titles, click on .

  6. On the next page, you can verify that the keyword opera will be added to the correct titles.


  7. And you can finally .

Despite you're working from a random title page (which has nothing to do with the keyword in question), doing things this way (carefully removing the random title from the newly added entries) you will end up with the 50 opera keywords correctly assigned to 50 different titles. Don't worry, the original  random title won't "be harmed". For instance, to test this method, this afternoon I've added the keyword one-word-title to the film Yogen from the update form of the film Naboer (I wanted to use a title where the keyword was also correct just in case something went wrong) and everything worked ok.

However, there's still a big issue. As Adrian has mentioned, the update form of a title doesn't allow you to add duplicate keywords (red warning) to that same title. This won't happen when you're using the update form of a title to add keywords to a different title (you'll always get a "green background" unless the keyword is also an existing keyword in the original title). Hence, you need to be sure that the keyword opera isn't currently listed in the title you're submitting it to, or you might be sending a duplicate. I guess the system would prevent it from being accepted in the end, but this is a conjecture and should be confirmed by the technical team. As I said, this is a non-orthodox procedure (like Jeorj's) and probably won't be recommended by the bosses .
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Just tried ljdoncel's method after having done 60+ the way Phil G outlined it.  I'm doing it off an ATS that ensured the keyword was not present (hooray for !, aka %21, the Not operator):
https://www.imdb.com/search/title?keywords=%21opera&lists=ls021178440&sort=release_date,asc

When I moved to my next list (which I verified had no overlap of titles with the first list), I put those results into an empty Watchlist and exported that to .csv, then was able to Cut the title id to paste it into the contrib form, and track my progress simultaneously.

It'll be interesting to see how long it takes for the 50-item contrib takes to be approved. Keywords are usually pretty fast, but a whole batch presented like that...? 

Any speculation what the "orthodox" application was for allowing us to display and alter titles within the Edit form of a title? Or perhaps it's a side effect from building that for Name edits?

Edited to add: the approval was just as quick as a single-title keyword contrib. I did 4 singles after the 50-in-1, and one of them got approved ahead of the bulk-add, but now it's approved and the last of the 4 is still pending. Excellent.
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That involves a feature referenced at https://help.imdb.com/article/contribution/filmography-credits/how-can-i-move-credits-to-another-page/GYZQEK7ACM9KCUNA#. I didn't notice that it was available for other data sections, so I apologize for incorrectly stating that it a way is not provided in the submission interface.
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Any speculation what the "orthodox" application was for allowing us to display and alter titles within the Edit form of a title?

If data has been added to the wrong title (or would be more suitable on another title), it can be helpful to be able to move it. I once found a page of keywords that were on the wrong episode. However, correcting the title like this doesn't actually work for keywords because of the (flawed) duplication check mentioned above.

It's also possible that it was always intended to be possible to make submissions to several titles like you have done.
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I just ran across 6 opera titles (on another list; already cleaned up 9 such on the lists where I added keyword) that had no composer listed. So I started to do a batch update ala ljdoncel's suggestion above, and started at the first title on my list instead of A Test Movie (????). I had all 6 ready to go, and thought, well, maybe using the false Test title was a wink to the data editors that I have inside info? So I switched over to that title again. All 6 were approved and embedded in their titles in the time it took me to write the sentences above. (I must admit, the 9 composer adds that I did the traditional way were approved quickly too.) And it does feel cleaner to work via Test, rather than possibly err on a real title. 

Thanks again!

(And, yes, the composers were added in the Music Dept, occupation "music by". That's another (active) thread.)