need better Help text for Adding alternate title

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The error message and/or blue (?) access to help doesn't provide enough help for formatting an alternate title.

I wanted to add a complete title to a video featurette, and after checking what I'd done got this message:
This item has been rejected. You need to correct this item before it will be accepted.
The year of release is missing from the title.
Please include the year of first public screening in ( )'s as per IMDb's title guidelines. If the year is unknown please use (????) instead.
The year or title type tag is incorrectly formatted. 
Please format this title according to the IMDb title guidelines.
OK, but WHERE am I supposed to put in the (year)? On the title, or the attribute? At the beginning or at the end?

So I tapped the blue (?) to get more assistance, and I didn't see an answer. Just 1 example would have been a big help.

I put the year at the end of the title, rechecked, and got another message:
This item has been rejected. You need to correct this item before it will be accepted.
There is a mismatch between the title type of the primary and AKA titles.
Please correct the mismatch according to IMDb's title formatting rules such that, for example, if the primary title includes a made-for-video tag of (V) then the AKA must also include such a tag. Similarly for TV-series where the title must be enclosed in double quotation marks as in "Friends" (1994).
Again, no help as to where the (V) should go, but I figured it out. Again, a complete example would have been nice.
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Posted 1 year ago

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Jeorj Euler

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HI, bderoes. Thanks for pointing this out. The policy paradigm also doesn't seem to be necessarily up to snuff. The concept of "made for video" doesn't even really make a great deal of sense. The "(V)" indicator is basically used to indicate that a movie's original release was for home video or VOD, rather than to indicate that the particular movie was indeed specifically made for such a mode of release. What if a movie's original release is "video" but later on it is screened at many common cinema outlets?
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Hi bderoes and Jeorj -

Thanks for your feedback concerning submitting Alternate titles and the lack of clarity, I have forwarded your comments to the appropriate team for review.
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Hi all -

I'm just following up here to confirm that the requested text/example updates to the Help sections of the submission form have now been made.  Cheers!