New Genre browser

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We have a new and improved Genres browse page, which new highlights subgenres. Check it out at http://www.imdb.com/genre/ It’s also linked from the Movies menu under Charts & Trends.



Old design (for comparison):

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Is the selection of subgenre options automatic? Under Documentary it has Comedy, Crime and Thriller. Wouldn't it make more sense with, say, Biography, Sport and History?
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It is also odd that some only have 2 options. I assume there is some kind of cut-off, looking at Film Noir it seems to be 100:

http://www.imdb.com/search/title?genr...

Even though Thriller or Mystery could be a good fit for the genre - perhaps nudge the cut-off down to,say 90.

But that doesn't explain Westerns:

http://www.imdb.com/search/title?genr...

Or Music:

http://www.imdb.com/search/title?genr...

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Would it also be possible to provide a link back up to the genre page, perhaps from the header? Like:

Genre: History

You could even link back to the main page from there (which might be handy for getting back to the first page):

http://www.imdb.com/genre/history

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And while I'm here - I see there is an Amazon Prime Instants panel at the bottom, but it is no use to me as I'm in the UK, so could you use the location spotting code to do the same trick with you use for Amazon and Instants/LoveFilm to serve up the relevant information (if any). Actually, can we have the Amazon links too?
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Greetings and salutations! Thanks for the feedback on the revised Genres page (and keep it coming). I will be fine-tuning the sub-genres (or more accurately "combo-genres") over the next few days.

On a broader level, how do you you typically like to browse for movies? What would make this page more useful?

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Hi Brent,

On a broader level, how do you you typically like to browse for movies? What would make this page more useful?


I tend to use bespoke searches, through Advanced Title Search, in fact I link to the one I use in this list:

http://www.imdb.com/list/xbY59mdFHUs/

This one:

http://www.imdb.com/search/title?coun...

So I don't tend to use the top level genre lists as they are too broad. Of course, if you wanted to make finding movies easier then this is my #1 suggestion:

https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topi...

It would also help those using the genre pages, as at the moment the filtering options that are there are rather crude and unhelpful and there is no link back to advanced title search, so people don't know about it and/or have no way to finetune the results without hacking the URL (which experience on here suggests is not something most people know to do - just directing people to the advanced search to fix there problems is a pretty common answer on here).
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While the lists of popular movies (based on MOVIEmeter) can be useful, I'm often more interested in rankings based on user ratings.

I notice that most of the links go to advanced search pages, which include the top bar to change the sorting method. The single genre pages are different; they have the "Refine By" box, where the options for "Number of Votes" and "User Rating" don't seem very useful. (I now know that 53 documentaries have exactly 100 votes, but I'm not sure what do with that information.)

The boxes with other relevant rankings on the genre pages are good, but I wonder why Documentary has a ranking of TV series and not one for documentary features:

http://www.imdb.com/genre/documentary
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The single genre pages are different; they have the "Refine By" box, where the options for "Number of Votes" and "User Rating" don't seem very useful. (I now know that 53 documentaries have exactly 100 votes, but I'm not sure what do with that information.)


I agree - this is a real problem, which is what my suggestion is aimed at addressing:

https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topi...

IMHO this is where efforts should be focused when improving the UI.
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I noticed that without the final "/", the URL leads to the old design of the page:
http://www.imdb.com/genre
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