Photo and "known for" credits for long deceased Hollywood pioneer

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My grandfather has had an IMDb page since day 1.  He was a Hollywood pioneer who died in the 50s.  It makes no sense to have an IMDb PRO membership for him.   But we would like to see his photo posted and change his "known for" credits.  However the algorithm works, it missed films like Gone With The Wind and Rebecca and inserted minor Westerns that were small pictures on which he worked.  Would IMDb post a 1 time photo as a courtesy that does not expire, and allow rearranging of the "known for" credits?  This is both a question and an idea.  It would be only for inactive or longtime deceased people.
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Hi B Barett,

Unfortunately as you say this is only possible if you have an active IMDbPro membership. Sorry that I can't be of more assistance this time.

Regards,
Will
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Is it on the roadmap to be able to be of more assistance in cases like these in the future?
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Unfortunately there are no current plans, apologies. I suggest up-voting the idea post to show your support.

Regards,
Will
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I was afraid this would be the answer. Well, at least thanks for answering so swiftly. But I have to say that when it comes to maintaining a database, there are some issues I think are not quite prioritized the way they should be (apart from this issue, the location tree, the new genres and a proper place for dubbers spring to mind).
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up vote? IMDb this really needs a solve. Out of respect for those in the business who helped build the data base way back when  - please allow family members to post one profile photo. My father is honored in the Oscars memoriam - seems unbalanced. Thank you for your consideration towards a solve.
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Kristin, maybe you know other people who feel the same way and could also vote for this idea? (and perhaps leave a comment on this thread)
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Will,

If IMDB claims to be the most extensive and accurate database, it must have a specific process for deceased people.
IMDb Pro proves to be only but a promotion tool for the California entertainment industry (living)  members, that it somewhat different from the actual purpose of IMDb.
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In my opinion IMDb has a hard time balancing these two sides. It is just my opinion, though and I believe it does a considerably adequate job. Unfortunately, achieveing perfect balance is really hard. 
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I just converted this to an Idea.

I'm a strong believer that we should be able to contribute photos of deceased (perhaps after a certain time period, say a decade?) Names on IMDb. Especially if the person/group has no photos, or only photos from part of a lengthy career where they didn't look similar to a later/earlier age.

Perhaps IMDb could simply gather all the photos tagged with the person's name from elsewhere on the site, and link them into the deceased Name page. And add more as they are posted.

IMDb is an important site for the history of film/TV, and photos are an important aspect of the history of a visual medium.
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Agree.

Idea.
Allow 'one' profile photo upload in perpetuity for members deceased.

My Dads in the Oscars memoriam. 
These are the many talents who helped build the IMDb data base to begin with. Lengthy careers in the industry. In reverence we should be able to upload 'one' profile photo as living family members. It would be the right thing to do.
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Vincent Fournols

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Kristin,

So why don't you vote for this idea?
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Kristin Moore-Gantz

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I think I did! (Hope I did!)
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Vincent Fournols

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Yes you did: if you click on the number in front of the (now) Unvote button, you will see yourself listed.
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As the original poster I appreciate the support and logic spelled out by those who wrote here.  But we appear to be up against a system and fairly powerless to change it.  Will (of IMDb?) says "There are no plans (to do this)..." I suggest you vote it up."   He seems to hint that some outpouring from current members might make this happen.  But everything is stacked against such an outpouring. In fact, as a casual user, I don't even understand how "upvotes" are tallied, who monitors them, where this is all done.  Is there really a formal process for member inspired changes, or is it just if enough people gripe MAYBE someone will take notice.   Is there some way to put this in front of members instead of waiting for a few people to stumble on my post?    This is not a radical proposal. In my case (as an example) my grandfather already has a page.   Adding a pic or a slight altering of credits would not be burdensome.  BUT I suppose it would also not be particularly revenue generating.  Still, the overall site would be that much better and that much more complete, so in that sense it helps the coffers some.  So what can really happen?  Anybody?  Perhaps I'm outside because I'm an informal members, sorry for my ignorance of the process.
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You called it! I tried a couple of years ago to get this changed, and got basically a no, but each time I see Jack in one of his 135 movies, my heart breaks that he is not profile picture worthy unless I become an IMBD Promember for life.
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Tina Brigham Myles Ige

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YES, Please! Thank you B Barrett and voters!
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You would think that a simple rule like any actors page in excess of 65 years after that persons passing should be allowed a fixed number of photos to be added on a one time basis.
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You would think that a simple rule like any actors page in excess of 65 years after that persons passing should be allowed a fixed number of photos to be added on a one time basis.

Something to that effect would already be much better than the current situation. Well, let us just hope lots of people will see this thread and vote for it. I think for now, that's the best shot we've got.