No more spoilers on IMDB pages, please

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Please do a better job of policing spoilers. This is applicable to the main movie title pages on IMDB.com. Last summer, a few days after Dark Knight Rises opened I clicked on the movie to see what the users rated it our of 10. I had not seen the movie yet (not unreasonable, because it was only open a few days). I scrolled down a bit, my eye was caught by Marion Cotillard's name. And it said next to the name that she was "Miranda Tate/Talia al Ghul. That is a major spoiler, because it revealed that she was the bad guy. Very disappointing considering it's supposed to be a twist.

Now, a few minutes ago. I clicked on the Star Trek Into Darkness page, once again to see what it was rated out of 10. My eye was drawn to the first name on the list--Benedict Cumberbatch and the character name was Kahn. This movie has been shrouded with secrecy. The trailers never said that he was Kahn. That is a spoiler. I don't know to what extent it's a spoiler. I do know that JJ Abrams and all of the actors and writers have kept this a secret. I am very disappointed that I know for a fact that he's Kahn. Even if they probably reveal it towards the beginning of the movie. Now I know how Kirk felt in Wrath of Kahn when he was left on Genesis by Kahn. KAAAAHHHHNNNN!!!!! Also, spoiler alert--Spock dies at the end of Wrath of Kahn (how did that feel?).

It was not unreasonable for me to click on the movie page and not expect to see spoilers. The movie hasn't even opened yet in the U.S. And it is crazy that Benedict Cumberbatch is first billed when the heroes are the Crew (Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, etc.) If his name had just been further down the list I wouldn't have noticed it. And I'd be spoiler free right now.

To remedy this problem, why not have something that says --spoiler alert-- over the character name when it's supposed to be a secret or a twist. Then if the user scrolls over --spoiler alert-- it reveals the name of the character. This simple thing would have saved me from being spoiled on two major summer blockbusters. I am very disappointed in the website for not doing a better job policing spoilers. If this isn't remedied, I am going to have to rely less on IMDB.com for movie news (currently I check it at least once a day and usually more).
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Dan A.

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Sorry you're sad. I can understand because now you've spoiled it for others.

That said, see https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topi...

I think it's unrealistic to think staff should leave data off on the rare occasion it might lead to a spoiler, but it doesn't hurt to suggest it.
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Alex

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Thanks for posting about this.

I am sorry that The Dark Knight film was spoiled for you because of our cast credit. The credit has since changed, so it looks like we did make a mistake there, apologies. Our policy is not to include spoilers in cast credits, even if that means breaking our golden rule of listing the credit exactly as it appeared onscreen; if the onscreen credit spoils the movie, then as a rare exception to the "as credited on screen" rule we'll list the credit slightly differently.

However, regarding the Star Trek credit - I have checked with our data team and they say that several of them have seen the movie, and that credit is definitely not a spoiler, so will continue to be listed as it currently is. I did pass your feedback on to their team for you.

I hope that the above explanation has helped. Sorry again for the Dark Knight spoiler.

Cheers
Alex
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Alex, you are wrong by considering that the character name is not a spoiler. It is the worst spoiler for any Star Trek fan, that has been kept in secrecy since the first trailers of the movie. Just do a kick search on Google about "star trek secret villain" and you will see:
https://www.google.com/search?q=star+...

You have ruined most of the fun for me also, and I say you will be ruining it for A LOT of people during this start weekend....

Please recheck the information you have and correct that in the cast list. It is just not fair to the fans....
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Rafael Levy

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Alex, you are wrong by considering that the character name is not a spoiler. It is the worst spoiler for any Star Trek fan, that has been kept in secrecy since the first trailers of the movie. Just do a kick search on Google about "star trek secret villain" and you will see:
https://www.google.com/search?q=star+...

You have ruined most of the fun for me also, and I say you will be ruining it for A LOT of people during this start weekend....

Please recheck the information you have and correct that in the cast list. It is just not fair to the fans....
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Rafael Levy

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Alex, you are wrong by considering that the character name is not a spoiler. It is the worst spoiler for any Star Trek fan, that has been kept in secrecy since the first trailers of the movie. Just do a quick search on Google about "star trek secret villain" and you will see:
https://www.google.com/search?q=star+...

You have ruined most of the fun for me also, and I say you will be ruining it for A LOT of people during this start weekend....

Please recheck the information you have and correct that in the cast list. It is just not fair to the fans....
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Alex

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Thanks for your post Rafael.

Our data team have assessed that the credit is not a spoiler (and several of them have seen the movie) so we will be listing it as it is, since the data editors have the final word.

I appreciate your feedback.

Cheers
Alex
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The IMDB policy clearly states "Character names that constitute spoilers, even if factually correct, must be avoided at all cost." In all the press, J.J. Abrams and Benedict Cumberbatch are saying he is John Harrison, because crediting him as the other name is a huge spoiler. They wouldn't be doing that if we were supposed to know before going to see the film. The credits roll AFTER the movie, not before and it is the middle of the film before you know who it is.
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Rafael Levy

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I totally agree!
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Leonardo Sívori

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"several of them have seen the movie" but none of them have seen star trek before 2009.
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Leonardo Sívori

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Please change "Star Wars" movies to credit David Prowse as Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker... or would it be a spoiler too???
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Rafael Levy

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Too bad that your data team are not Star Trek fans and have not understood the spoiler in the movie..

PS: Even the official movie website doesn't credit him as Khan, but as John Harrison.
http://www.startrekmovie.com/#cast

Show that to your data team. Only you guys are insisting that this is not a spoiler...
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OK, I just saw the movie. It's not as bad of a spoiler as Talia al Ghul, but I still probably would have preferred not to know. I still think that IMDB has to be more careful with the spoilers in the future. At the very least, I appreciate that you moved his name down in the credits.

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