Problem with user submission on movie connections

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IMDb seriously needs to fix its user submission platform for connections. I try to add a connection to a movie from a TV series. When I submit it it automatically tells me that I cannot connect a movie with a whole TV series (which is reasonable) but it doesn't provide me with any way of specifying the episode of the series. I tried putting it with several ways (s**e**, #*.*, series and name of episode, only name of episode etc.) but it couldn't find the entry that I was talking about, even though it exists in the database. When a site asks for user contribution it has to make it as easy for that users as possible to make their contribution.
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John Yiazlas

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Giancarlo Cairella, Official Rep

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The syntax for episode titles is not the most intuitive or forgiving unfortunately, but if you enter the episode correctly it will be accepted. The format is

"Series Title" (year) {Episode Title (#season.episode)}

For example, to add a connection to/for episode 4.3 of the show "Lost", which is titled "The Economist", you'd need to enter the title exactly as follows:

"Lost" (2004) {The Economist (#4.3)}

A trick for figuring out the exact title of an episode is to go to the episode's page and click on the 'Edit Page' button, and the next page will display the correctly formatted title at the top.

In other words, if you go to http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0994363/
and click on 'Edit page', the next page will show this message:

Updating Information for "Lost" (2004) {The Economist (#4.3)}

and you can simply cut/paste the episode title string wherever exact episode titles need to be entered.

Also, since movie connections usually go both ways, in some cases it might be easier to add the connection from the episode's page rather than from the page of the film that is connected to it, which means that you'll be prompted to enter the title of the movie (whose format is usually simpler).
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John Yiazlas

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Thank you for your answer. That indeed works, but you must agree that it is not the most intuitive or the best way to refer to an episode. Maybe you should add a drop menu or at least expand the ways the system understands what episode you're talking about.
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Actually, there are times when it makes sense to tag to a whole series. Things that are a running theme, joke, or character mannerism throughout a series. A good example would be the many times Movie and TV shows have made some sort of reference to Horatio Caine putting on his sunglasses while Who music plays in the background. How on earth would you reference that to a single episode. There probably isn't a single one where he DOESN'T do it.
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A reference to a TV series is allowed. But the form won't accept a reference made by a series unless you specify an episode. This comes up sometimes because of things like title sequences, where this kind of link may be relevant.