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I no longer get all of the features that are suppose to appear on the home page.
My homer page only shows these three features:
1.The 3 trailer selections
2.TV Tuesday: Amison Pilot season
3.News Desk
I no longer get "Born Today" "Editor's Pick" "Quote of the Day" or anything else below the "News Desk" selection.
I have tried three different browsers (IE, Chrone & Mozilla Firefox) and they all show just the three features above.

How can I get my home page back to where it shows everything?
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Unfortunately, IMDb has streamlined the home page and these features along with the IMDb daily poll are no longer available.
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Thanks for taking the time to read my post and comment. I don't know where you get your info but I do not believe you. The two others who posted in this thread prove that what you say is not correct and so do others I have spoken to at Film General who still get the home page with all features.
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Dan is still suffering from the removal of the daily poll, which happened the last time IMDB streamlined the home page. His explanation would work depending on the time frame for when you last got those features).
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Guilty as charged, your honor. I beg for mercy from the court.
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Granted. Your penalty for this is to get the daily poll up and running, one way or another ;)
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Dan Dassow thank you for taking my comment about not agreeing with your statement in such a sane and light-hearted manner. Some people really get bent out of shape when you don't agree with them 100% of the time. You were trying to help, which I appreciate.
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Born Today section is still available on home page !!!

http://i81.servimg.com/u/f81/15/87/47...
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I'm getting more than that:

My homer page only shows these three features:
1.The 3 trailer selections
2.TV Tuesday: Amison Pilot season
3.News Desk


1. Featured trailers
2. IMDb and LoveFilm Present: New This Week - a regional setting I assume
3. News Desk - seems very focused on Angelina Jolie's breasts (and not for the first time, I'll warrant)
4. IMDb Snapshot - Latest Photos and Galleries
5. Born Today
6. Editor's Spotlight
7. Did You Know?
8. Try the IMDb Quiz!

One of them is clearly a regional feature (as I'm in the UK) but everything else seems quite standard and I'd have thought most people should be seeing it. It sounds like the page has choked or stopped loading - do you get the standard IMDB footer, like Recently Viewed, some links, copyright and Amazon affiliate links?

Having picked over the home page (which I rarely used), it strikes me it'd be interesting to allow people to customise the home page - add remove panels and drag them around to the places you want them. It'd make the page more flexible and might give IMDB some ideas about what people want on the front page, which could lead to some tweaking of the default layout.
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Thank you Emperor 9. I used to get all of those but not any more and i don't know why.
I don't buy [b]Dan Dassow's[/b] explaination. Obviously you and [b]Tupac Amaru[/b] get more than i do and so to quite a few people that I spoke with at Film General.
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Do you get the footer information and links or does the page just seem to suddenly end?

If there is no copyright information or Amazon affiliate links at the bottom of the page, then it is likely the page is stopping loading for some reason. Try:

* A hard refresh - CTRL+F5

* Updating plugins like the Flash player
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Emperor 9 I get the copyright info & Amazon affiliate links at the bottom of the home page just like they show up on all of IMDB's pages.
The problem with just the 3 features I mentioned has been going on for over 2 months. At first I though IMDB had simply reformated the page just like Dan Dassow said and although I missed the remaining features I figured i would just have to get used to it since there was really nothing i could do. Then one day this week someone mentioned one of the birthdays on the home page in a thread at Film General and that is when i realized that others were still getting all of the home page features and I was not. I asked at FG if anyone knew how to get the normal home page back but I did not get a satisfactory answer so that is when i posted here since IMDB has disabled new posts at the "Help" board.
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Just to clarify: some of those sections (e.g. the Daily Poll) have been discontinued, but others are still feature. This is a screen grab of a portion of today's homepage with the Born Today and Editor's Spotlight sections:



I don't recall hearing a similar problem being reported before so this looks like a local issue (i.e. something to do with your browser or setup).

Can you please confirm what is your geographical location (e.g. are you in the US or somewhere else?) and whether you are logged into your account or are browsing the page without being logged in? Also: do you have Javascript enabled in your browser?
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I don't get any of those screen-grab features but I used to.

I live in the state of Georgia in the USA.
I always browse IMDB logged into my account.
Yes I have Javascript enabled in my browser.

I have tried Mozilla Firefox, Chrome and IE and all are running javascript and all give me the limited features I spoke of in my OP.

I don't know what happened but one day my home page was normal and I got all of the features and then the next day I got the limited home page with just the 3 features and that is all I have gotten since then (for over 2 months).
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Have you viewed the page logged in and logged out?
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Yes. I have viewd the page logged in and logged out. I still only get the three features either logged in or out, it doesn't matter which.
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All very odd, the problem seems to be at your end but quite where seems difficult to nail down. I do wonder if your ISP is, for example, caching pages or some such.

Have you tried from the house of a friend or family member?
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Sorry it took so long to respond to you.

I tried on my roommate's computer and he gets the entire home page, not the limited one like i get.

This is really strange since we share the same cable connection.
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Now that is strange.

Looking through the code of the main page I see that while a lot of it is hardcoded into the page, the elements that you are missing are loaded in by JavaScript. So the problem seems to be coming from that direction.

Unless you've specifically gone into your settings on each browser and disabled JavaScript (worth checking just in case - in Firefox it is under Tools >> Content) then something else is interfering with it. In Firefox try this:

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/que...
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Emperor I am very sorry that I have taken so long to respond to your last post. An electrical storm killed my motherboard on Sunday the 19th of this month. I had to buy a new computer and have just gotten it up and running. The good news is that now I am getting all of the home page features. Don't know what the problem was with the old computer but the new one has fixed the problem.

I want to thank everybody that tried to help me with this problem.

Things are not as rosy as I thought. Now the home page is right back to displaying only the 3 features I mentioned in my OP. I don't know why it stopped displaying all the features and reverted back to just the three.
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Well damn. So it was working OK for you and then, mysteriously, just stopped working again? Did you do anything in between? Add in browser plugins? Change your settings? Perhaps added a backup of your files?

Also get a gangway for your plugs with surge protection - that should stop the weather from nuking your computer ;)
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Yes between the time I looked and all the features were there and the next time I looked and all but the 3 features were gone I had been getting my settings the way I wanted them, installed programs, etc. but I could not tell you if my life depended on it exactly what I changed so I have no idea what it was that messed up the home page. I honestly don't see why all of that would mess up the page. What good is a page if it changes every time changes have to be made and why only the home page and why only IMDB? It makes no sense.

Since you will be reading this I would like to ask you something that does not pertain to IMDB. How do I make hyper-links open in a new window, not a new tab, but a new window without having to right click and select "open in a new window"? I want to lock opening in a new window so I don't have to keep choosing it with the right click. I get a lot of links in my e-mails that I access and it becomes a pain to have to choose via right click. I had done this with my last computer but I can't remember where to go to do this. I am running Windows 7.
I rarely open new tabs. I like new windows. It is what I am used to.
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What good is a page if it changes every time changes have to be made and why only the home page and why only IMDB? It makes no sense.


The problem is that those panels use JavaScript to load in content, presumably different content depending on where you are. There is some combination of settings or plugins that is stopping this JavaScript from working on your computer. As there aren't any other reports of this issue, it seems to be either rare or unique to you (although as there isn't an obvious problem it is possible that a lot of people don't know they are having issues), which makes troubleshooting it tricky. Now I don't think it is a good idea to have your main page relying on JavaScript to load content, as there may be browser-based issues and some people disable it (more a throwback to the early days of the Web than any great need these days, even if it is a small security hole), but it doesn't itself seem to be broken.

I've run the JavaScript debugger in FF and it seems to all be working OK.

How do I make hyper-links open in a new window, not a new tab,


In Firefox go to Options >> Tabs and deselect the first option (which is what makes new windows open in new tabs instead).
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You are not going to believe this but I just went to IMDB a moment ago and everything is back to full home page. I have made no changes since I wrote my last post except disable my AdMuncher program. The AdMuncher sometimes prevents me from opening hyperlinks on the site I was using so I disabled it instead of going into the program and listing the page as OK to open. I think maybe this program is the problem. When I just went to IMDB the home page flashed and a large banner at the top appeared that has not been there before and the complete page loaded. Normally I use this program all the time but this time it was not on so I think we have the culprit. I will have to go into the program and allow the full home page and hopefully it will still block the ads but give me the full page.

Would you tell me how to allow new windows instead of new tabs using Internet Explorer? The options are different than Firefox and I am not sure which one to select/deselect. I should have told you in the beginning what browser I was using.
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I have turned AdMuncher back on and have experimented with what AdMuncher blocks on the front page and I think I have solved the problem. I have gone to other sites and back to IMDB 5 times and each time the full home page displays so I think I have chosen the correct blocking option. I am going to keep my fingers crossed and hope that things stay as they are over the next few days and if they do then I will know for sure I have chosen the correct AdMuncher option for allowing the full page to display.

It is funny but it seems that whenever I have a problem something triggers an association in my brain so I can correct things or I correct things by sheer luck and really don't even know how I fixed the problem. This of course causes problem in the future if it the same thing ever happens again because since it was solved by accident I have no idea what I did to correct the problem.

Computers are fun but when things don't go the way you want them to it can drive you up the wall.
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Glad to hear it is fixed. What I suspect was happening was that JavaScript can be used to dynamically load in content (it can change ads after a set time, for example) and your ad plugin seems to be detecting this and, wrongly, thinks it is an ad - presumably they block certain well-known ads but also use other ways to detect ads.

Would you tell me how to allow new windows instead of new tabs using Internet Explorer?


I'd recommend using any other browser but IE as it is a big hole in your web security. I'm unpaid tech support for family and friends and one of the first things I do is install FF and Chrome, then give them a talk about never using IE.
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I am aware that everyone thinks FF and Chrome are better browsers and I understand their points but I have used IE for 14 years. I am used to it, it is the browser I want to use as crazy as that may seem. I am tired of having to learn new systems all the time. I don't use the internet like most people do. I have a few choice sites I visit on a daily basis and to hell with the rest of it all. I am not interested in it. I am an old geezer who is set in his ways and I don't like change. Just having to deal with this new computer has just about put me in a strait-jacket. I am not suited for all of this technology and I am happy with what little I do with a computer. I don't feel as though I am missing a whole lot.

Thank you for your advise but please answer my question about the tab/window situation in IE.

I want to thank you again for hanging in here with me when you did not have to offer your help.
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Fair enough, and fear not, I've taught introductory computer skills to older geezers than you ;)

As to your question. I am not 100% sure, but my best guess would be:

* Options (cog top right)

* General tab - should be the default one

* Tabs >> Change how webpages are displayed in tabs >> Settings

* Untick Enable Tabbed Browsing (which should grey out all the other options)

* Restart IE.

That should work, but, if that doesn't, tick Enable Tabbed Browsing and where it says "When a new tab is opened, open:" change the option to "A blank page".
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Thank you for understanding about my browser.

I honestly think AdMuncher was the problem with the home page. I have gone to/left/returned to IMDB several times today and the full page loads each time. Thank goodness that trauma has been resolved. LOL

I believe "Untick Enable Tabbed Browsing (which should grey out all the other options) has resolved my tab/window problem. It worked while I was in my e-mail reading your post but there are several other places I need to check before I can truly say for sure. Either way I will let you know.
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Your suggestion truly resolved my tab/window problem. Hallelujah!!

Now if I can resolve my "Save Picture" problems I think most of my irritants will be over. Every time I save a photo I have to designate where I want it saved. From what I understand when you save something it is suppose to open in the location where you last saved something but it won't. I have to keep telling it where to save it. This gets very tiresome.

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