Name reference view

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I have my IMDb account set to "Show reference view (old title/name page layout)."

Starting today, the site doesn't appear to be consistently following this setting. Some pages do view in the correct reference-view layout, but clicking a link to another page tends to undo this and present the unwanted new-style layout.

I can still manually access pages by appending "/reference" to the URL, so the feature is clearly still active - the site just seems to be ignoring my account preference for this view.
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The name reference view is no longer available, sorry.  For background please see https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/upcoming-changes-to-several-imdb-features-du6man1opd5q0

The name reference view is basically the old view of IMDb name pages which was last updated in 2010. It is unsupported, full of bugs, runs 24-36 hours behind the rest of the site, and lacks any of the features launched in the last 7+ years.  It is not recommended for general use. Our agreement back in 2010 was that we would allow reference view to continue as long as the software powering it was still running (and we would make no updates to the view itself).  We expected this agreement to last a year at most, the fact it has lasted over 7 years is a happy or unhappy accident, depending upon your point of view.  Unhappy in our case. 

A heads-up on title reference view whose days are similarly and severely numbered.  We will, however, continue to support an updated version of the "combined" title view (selected via the "Always display full cast and crew credits" option) which will be re-implemented on the new technology platform with a comparable design and features (but without the old bugs and delayed updates).  This should launch before the end of the year which marks the deadline for the full and final switch-off of the old (early 2000s era) IMDb software. 
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The title reference view has now launched on the new platform, please see https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/changes-to-title-reference-view