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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.
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.
You seem determined to ruin this site.
The "modern" view is nowhere near as good.
How for example do you show all job sections by default. Or do you really have to press the "Show All" button every time you look at an actor's name? I can't see anything in the site preferences to control this.
Now, I have to click on about 7 screens to see all the relevant data.
The average Joe who is uninterested in sections such as soundtrack and archive may not care..
However for the concerning viewer, (some of which saw a need to create this website), it certainly appears a backward step.
And something which technology surely could overcome.the bugs.
These are the types of things which make this website superior to other wannabes.
Another extremely disappointed user and contributor.
This morning, name pages are showing what is probably the current, nonreference view. I say 'probably', because I have had my general site preferences set to reference view since the changeover started, and I never see the current view. How can I get the reference view back?
If I upgrade to IMDb Pro will I then have access to reference view again?
Please don't remove the combined view from movies or that would be catastrophic for a lot of people I work with. Thank you.
I’m not wasting time arguing about it. Because I can see that there’s no discussion to be had.
It's apparent – by the extremely limited amount of people (8 at this point) showing concern about this – that Imdb will consider the “problem” irrelevant. Hence, their minds are not going to change over any argument, no matter how reasonable.
Been a regular, everyday user for 17 years. I guess loyalty counts for nothing?
I'm out. Bye.
I used to be able to view my - and other - IMDb pages the old way. The way the filmography - and page - used to appear. But today - 12/14/17 - I noticed I can't do that anymore. Even after I click reference view, it doesn't change the way my - other - pages appear. Is this some sort of permanent change IMDb made? And, we can no longer view the page the way it appeared years ago, which I always preferred. Can someone help me?
The lack of
AKA titles in filmography pages is a major problem for me. About 50% of the
time I know a film by its original title (e.g. Japanese, English) ,
and about 50% of the time by the English title only (e.g. Chinese, Korean
movies). No matter whether I choose "original" or "English"
as the title display language, half of the time I won't recognize the titles on
the filmography pages, and I need to check each film page to learn what film it
is... Which takes so much time. Couldn't we please have the AKAs back? At least an option to view titles in both "original" and "user selected" languages at the same time?
This is a ridiculous decision.
"You [could have] count[ed] [...] Active Members with [x] Show reference view ([classic] title/name page layout) ...""we DO represent the majority; we're just the only ones who bother to seek out this forum and comment"
"just a waste of space"
"[classic] display was easy, clear"
"the loss of something good-looking and sharp in favor of something ugly and uncomfortable to watch and use"
"Yet more deterioration of service"
"You seem determined to ruin this site"
"The 'modern' view is nowhere near as good"
"have to click on about 7 screens to see all the relevant data"
"for the concerning viewer [...] it certainly appears a backward step"
"The reason we use reference view isn't because it looks like the old site, it's because it's significantly more useful"
"IMDb has decided to force the 'new' page layout on us despite the fact that nearly everyone prefers the old reference view"
"they've pretty much just given us the middle finger by going ahead and removing the reference view entirely"
"IMDb [has] done nothing to improve the site over the years"
"only made it worse by removing useful features and making the site more grotesque and harder to navigate"
"watched in vexation and disappointment as the site's quality and accessibility drastically diminished the pleas and suggestions of users and contributors are ignored"
"completely disregard input from their users and contributors"
"instead just implement every unnecessary, unwanted and unsightly alteration they can think of"
"sick and tired of it"
"extremely disappointed user and contributor"
"cannot use this site if I have to look at that god-awful layout"
"You are only making things worse for us and for the site. Please stop."
"Is there no way to build the site in the reference view with the new technology?"
"a deplorable decision"
"I can see that there’s no discussion to be had"
"their minds are not going to change over any argument, no matter how reasonable"
"whether users and visitors are happy or not is irrelevant"
"[Having] been a regular, everyday user for 17 years, I guess loyalty counts for nothing?"
"I've been a frequent visitor for over 20 years and a registered user for 16" <-- over 20/17 years in my case! Hi, brother :)
"It used to be my favorite site, but now it's just a mess"
What the hack is going on Imdb? Why can't we see all the infos about movies as for example "alternate version" etc. anymore!!! I hardly needed all this stuff! Wasn't this new outfit supposed to be better and help us!
I can only hope they don't do the same to /combined, that would be an even bigger failure.
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