New Contribution Feature (Beta): IMDb Answers

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Hi,

Today we are launching a beta for a new contribution feature, IMDb Answers.

IMDb Answers surfaces high-value content that is missing from IMDb. These gaps are shown as an updating feed of questions with calls to action for contributions to add the missing data.

The feature is focused on ensuring we have the right content coverage for multiple countries (e.g. the release date for a movie in the US, France, Germany etc; what the correct poster is to show for a TV show in GB, Italy, Spain, India; What the certificate for a movie is in Canada, Mexico, Brazil etc)
The question feed can currently be prioritized by: 1) real-time pageviews by IMDb customers from a country; 2) movie showtimes data for a country for movies currently in theaters.
Contributors can then answer these questions, sharing their knowledge more easily, and with a bigger impact.

The underlying contribution interfaces for adding data are the same, contributions count to your end of year contribution numbers, and you can track the status of your contributions as usual.  All we are doing is providing a new way to access contribution by actively surfacing gaps.

The feature can be found here https://contribute.imdb.com/gaps?ref_=gap_gs_post

This thread has been created to allow our contributors to provide feedback, suggest improvements and record any issues found.
Cheers,
Rachel
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Hello Rachel
Thank you for this chance.

I have chosen Japan, Genre, Popular, Feature Film, but IMDb Answers showed me an Indian film, an Italian in-production film, and a South Korean film. In a second try, with the same parameters, IMDb Answers was a Hong Kong film.
I'm a little confused.

Cheers.

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Hi,

Thanks for the feedback.  What the feature does is show titles that are being looked at (in a real time window), or are in theaters from a particular country.  In the examples you have called out, users in Japan will have been looking at the titles.  We will make this clearer in the help text for the feature.

One additional feature we are considering is the addition of a filter for title production country .  This would allow you to see the most popular Japanese titles being looked at by customers in Japan (or any other country).  From your description above, I think that is what you would find useful?

Cheers,

Rachel
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Thank you for your answer.
Yes, indeed the second option would be more useful as a contributor.
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Rachel, Employee

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Thanks, I've added it to our backlog of feature requests.
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So is this sort of a "questions asked and answers given" section like what TVTropes has with its Headscratchers section? 
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Hi,

I'm not familiar with that feature myself. 

Cheers,

Rachel
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is IMDb going to add more countries to this feature in the near future ?
I was looking for the possibility to specifically contribute to TUNISIA.

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Hi,

We are looking to extend the feature for other countries.  It would be good to start collating that list (and I have added Tunisia to our backlog).

Thanks for the feedback!

Cheers,

Rachel
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Hi,

Nice feature but you might want to fix the link in contributors' "Contribution History" page.
Under "Do you want to help IMDb by adding missing data?​" the hyperlink for "IMDb Answers" leads to
https://contribute.imdb.com/updates/history/gaps?ref_=gaps_ra_history"

Also, maybe it's on purpose, but there's no gaps for video games apparently.
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Thanks for the detail.  We are looking at improving the link experience.

Regarding Video Games, the feature works on trending titles for a country of any type, then filters the list to the title type you select.  In this instance, there are no video games meeting the trending threshold (I've added this to the backlog of items to address as we have had a couple of reports of contributors running our of items in the feed).
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Hopefully Phillippines will soon be on the list.
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Thanks for the feedback.  I've added the Philippines to our backlog.

Cheers,

Rachel

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I'd like to contribute, but not only in one country, but in general.
I'd also like to contribute to Norwegian movies, which I'm an expert on.
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Hi,

Thanks for the feedback.  Are you interested in Norwegian movies that are popular in Norway?

I'll add that country to our backlog.

Cheers,

Rachel
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I'm interested in all types of films, as a film buff.
I try to see all Norwegian movies, but I see 800 films a year, so I try to see everything quality that comes my way. I've also contributed with much over the years to help imdb be better, and make imdb more interesting to Norwegian users, after almost 20 years as a member.
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Thanks for the feedback, and all of your contributions.

We are looking at ways to make the feature more flexible so that our contributors can see data missing from titles and names that they would be interested in adding.

Hearing all of the ways our contributors would like to do this is very helpful to the team.

Cheers,

Rachel
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Helllo.

It is possible to add an Explanation Box when we request the deletion of a language that is not featured at all in a poster?
Since there is no chance to explain why we are removing a certain language from a poster, it takes very long for the unaccurate languages to be deleted.

Example #191107-175542-825502 (No Latvian language at all in this poster)

I have more submissions that are not so delayed, claiming Japanese language posters have Portuguese, Indonesian, Icelandic, French, English, etc, when there is not a single word in those languages.
Also Korean language posters claiming they have languages like Tagalog, Italian, Indonesian, Portuguese, when again it's not factual.

Thanks in advance!
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I'd like to verify goofs and trivia, I don't follow celebrities and junk, but I do love goofs and trivia.
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Hi,

Just so that I can understand correctly, you would like us to surface titles that do not have goofs and trivia?

Cheers,

Rachel
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Rachel: I would like to question how the people with missing "children information" and "parent information" are determined.

Some people listed on IMDb don't have any information listed about how many children are because they don't have children (although they might in the future). If a person doesn't have children, are we supposed to enter a trivia item for them to say "Has no children"?

On the other hand, everyone has, or had, parents. And sometimes that information is already on IMDb. For example, I saw a question "Who are the parents of Tahnee Welch?" even though that information was already in the first sentence of her IMDb bio and her first biographical trivia item. Similarly for Margaret Qualley, where the info was in the second sentence of her bio and her first biographical trivia item.

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Also, the feature shouldn't ask for the running time of films that haven't been released yet. For example, I selected the list for running times of films currently in theaters, and one of the films I was asked about was Death on the Nile (2020), which isn't scheduled to be released anywhere for more than 10 months.
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Hi,

The children/parent issue is a bug we are working on addressing.  When this is fixed, there is an option to select 'No Children'

Thanks for the feedback on not making contribution an option when the data is not available.  We have an item on our backlog to do this (which is more important for certain data types like certificates (or running times, as you mention), which are usually only available in the weeks prior to release.

Cheers,

Rachel
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Hi,

Apologies for the delay, but we have just addressed the bug with the family relationship data type.

You should now have no issues.

Cheers,

Rachel
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Thanks Rachel, the new relationships form is generally looking good. Just a few points that immediately come to mind...

When the name is in IMDb, perhaps the form could use the 'quick' javascript-driven name lookup dropdown (in the same way as the forms for credit additions etc), rather than requiring a loop through 'check these updates' to get the suggestions and choose the right name?


For people who don't have their own name pages...
  • What format should be used to enter the name? "Lastname, Firstname"? Normal display order? Should it include titles (Dr/Sir/etc) or not? Should it follow some/all of the normal name guidelines?
  • I hope that date of birth entries here would require at least the same level of evidence as for adding a DoB to a name page? If so, that should be noted on the form along with a link to the guidelines.
  • If the person is famous (but without an IMDb page), is there scope here to indicate who they are beyond their name, eg "the famous author", etc (or perhaps in some cases it would be helpful to state that it's just coincidence that this person shares their name with someone famous) - obviously clear guidelines would be needed if an extra field is added for that.

And I may be in danger of opening a whole messy can of worms here, but is there a need for an 'other' option in the relationship dropdown and the chance to type in something different? Frankly, I'd expect some of the existing options like 'Cousin' and 'Aunt/Uncle' to be used fairly rarely, and I'd hope that an 'other' option would be extremely rarely used, but there's probably some high profile person out there with a really significant family relationship that doesn't fit into the choices.

Thanks
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The buttons to add children/parent info aren't working. They point to the submission form with name_relation.add.1, but results in an empty form because that field doesn't exist (yet? are you planning a new section for this?) - current data is mostly in trivia (bio_tr).

Also, when I looked yesterday, I was asked if a 12-year-old had any children (perhaps possible, but I hope unlikely!) - in that case the date of birth was known, so filtering the list should be possible.  Looking again today to try to find a specific example to offer you, the only youngsters I see on the 'got children?' list don't have birth dates listed, so perhaps it's already been fixed/filtered?


And for any category filtered to TV episodes, it would be helpful if the series title was displayed, not just the episode title (especially for 'Episode #2.3' and similar!)

And episodes cannot have alternate titles, so that combination of options shouldn't be allowed.
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Hi,

As I mentioned above, there is a bug with the current children/parent info feature, we are working on it.

With regards to your question about bio_trivia.  It is true that there are  instances of this information being included within this type without any clear formatting guidelines.  We have decided to create a new data type for family relationship data, and it will support multiple types of relationship. This enables us to store the data in a highly structured form.

Thanks for the detail on filtering out people that would not have children.

With regards to TV Episode display, I've added an item on our backlog to explore displaying the Series & Episode name.

With regards to episode alternate titles, can I get back to you on that?

Cheers,

Rachel
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Thanks Rachel.

New setup for relationships, better structure, more consistency... sounds like a good idea to me! Hopefully it will be possible to transfer at least the majority of existing data to this new structure automatically.

No worries on the episode akas, I just wanted to make sure it was noted, not in any rush to do anything about it. (Personally, I'd love to see episode akas fully supported, rather than just removing that combo from the 'answers' form, but that's probably an entirely different wishlist!)
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We have decided to create a new data type for family relationship data, and it will support multiple types of relationship.

That sounds very promising!
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I believe on this page (https://contribute.imdb.com/czone), there were some links on the right where contributors could help out in specific areas. If I'm not mistaken, there was one asking contributors to look into titles that had the genre Short attached to them while also having a running time of over 45 minutes listed. Why take these away? Wasn't it possible to keep them both around?

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According to the bio trivia guide (https://help.imdb.com/article/contribution/names-biographical-data/biographical-data-guidelines/GMT9...), ""same birthday as" someone else, unless it's particularly interesting because of some kind of very significant connection between the two people (other than being a twin, which should be explicitly noted), is no longer accepted." However, there are still quite some of these out there: https://www.imdb.com/search/name-text/?trivia=same+birthday+as

According to the same guide "Bio trivia items should add directly or indirectly to the distinctive attributes of a person and provide/give an insight to that particular person rather than common trivia that could apply to most other people (i.e. "is a vegetarian" or "likes dogs").". This means a person's star sign should NOT be listed, yet it is for quite a bit of people: https://www.imdb.com/search/name-text/?trivia=star-sign. The same goes for people's blood type: https://www.imdb.com/search/name-text/?trivia=blood+type


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As I've said over a year ago (https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/blocking-tv-shows-that-cant-be-that-old), there are no blocks on adding an impossibly early year to most title types. In said thread, I explained why I believe certain years are the earliest years for those title types. Any listings from before that time are wrong.
So would you add the following?
TV series from before 1931: https://www.imdb.com/search/title/?title_type=tv_series&release_date=,1931-01-01


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On this one specifically, it looks like a number of these are 'series' that were released theatrically.
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Yeah, the cartoons (like Betty Boop) can be seen like that. But that's not the same as a tv series. (just like a serial is a whole other animal than a tv series)
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Rachel: What Marco said. If the title isn't a TV series, it shouldn't be listed as such. Theatrical series aren't meant to be entered as TV series.

Not to mention that among the entries in Marco's search result above, we also have titles that look like they have been assigned to the wrong year, such as "US Presidential Elections" (1928), "US Midterm Elections" (1930) (both supposedly BBC television series), and "FoxyTV" (1916) (more likely a 21st century show than one from the World War I era). There's also "WSB News" (1922), which appears to be oriented toward describing the radio station of that name rather than something eligible for IMDb listing.
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Hello Rachel

As stated by gromit82 and Phil G, the "+ Add children details" doesn't work. Browsing the new feature I found River Phoenix's sister Rain, she has a son, clicked the button, and it took me to https://contribute.imdb.com/updates?update=nm0681095:name_relation.add.1&ref_=contrib_gap_trend Nowhere to add the requested information.

Cheers.




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HI,

As I mentioned above, this is a bug that we are working to address.

Thanks for the feedback.

Cheers,

Rachel
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Thank you.
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This issue has now been fixed.

Cheers,

Rachel
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Hi,

We have just make an update to the IMDb Answers experience when submitting alternate titles.  If you have any questions or feedback, please let us know.

Cheers,

Rachel
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Announcement: Dec 3 2019
 
Japanese Alternate Titles
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/japanese-alternate-titles
We're very pleased to announce that alternate titles
can now be contributed in Japanese script (Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana).
  

Mike, Employee 
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