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As of very recently, I have to press the back button in my browser twice to go back one page on imdb.com, and the second button press disables the forward button by erasing that part of the browser history.  Super duper lame.  You should go back to standard browser navigation and stop messing with users' browser history.
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We have not made any changes like this to IMDb, sorry.  It sounds like this is a local problem so please see https://help.imdb.com/article/imdb/general-information/why-is-imdb-displaying-differently-on-my-brow... and let us know what happens.
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I only see that on Firefox, and not just on IMDb pages. I submitted feedback to Firefox today. You should too.
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I am using Firefox.  But this is the only site where this behavior happens.
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I stand corrected. I swore it happened on Amazon too. 

I'm on Windows 10 version 1709 (new update 12/1)
Firefox 57.0.2

Here's a sequence of events where the double history happens:
  1. Open a personal list in a new tab; 2 copies of url go in history
  2. Open a title in the same tab; the second url of the list gets overwritten, and 2 copies of title url go in history.
  3. Open a person from the title; the second title url gets overwritten, and 2 copies of the person url go in history; clicked on internal page link; can't tell what happened
  4. Use drop-down go to advanced search page; both copies of person url stay, add 2 copies of AS url
  5. Use drop-down to go to In theatres, and 1 copy of AS replaced and 2 copies of IT url goes in history
I'm tired now. It seems to happen anywhere in the site. 
Maybe it started with the Dec 6 software change.
I'm going to send this to Firefox too.
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@bderoes, thanks for confirming in such detail.  It is definitely specific to imdb.com, though it might have occurred because of a Firefox update that somehow interacts with the imdb.com code.  Lots of sites mess with the user's history by putting multiple copies of the current page in the history.  They require you to hit "back" multiple times to actually get back to the previous page.  They might be doing it by accident via some erroneous way of loading the page, or they might be doing it on purpose to keep you on their site and increase their page view statistics.  Either way, all it accomplishes is annoying the user.

The erasing of the forward history is unique to imdb.com, and even more annoying as it actually erases part of the history.
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I'm much happier in Chrome, with none of these back or forward history problems. So I doubt that IMDb is doing it deliberately.

I open Firefox to access my second imdb account simultaneously. (Or I used Firefox when a site doesn't work properly on Chrome.)

Forgot to mention: I have no user scripts or ad blockers running. Just McAfee Site Advisor, which is grey since I tagged imdb as a trusted site.
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I just tested this in Chrome and Edge on Windows 10 and Safari on iOS11, and you are correct, it only happens in Firefox.  I happen to be a Firefox user, like millions of others.  I use Chrome, Safari, and Edge for development and testing - professional, not personal.

I am not implying that imdb.com does this intentionally.  I was simply pointing to related user experiences on other sites.  Intentional or not, it's an unpleasant UI experience.  Thanks for taking the time to explore this issue.
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Sorry to hear about the problem.  Please be assured that IMDb would never interfere with any customer's browsing history for any reason.  Unfortunately since this issue is local to Firefox there is nothing we can do on our side since there is nothing for us to change. All we can suggest is reporting this to Firefox 

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