Remove, or increase & improve communication on, the limit of 10 edits per user comment.

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Hi,
I noticed in another thread that someone complaining about the limit of 10 edits on user comments was told to progress this by starting an "ideas" thread....which they never did...preferring to be annoyed by this advice instead of following it.

As a result I am following it.

Personally this does not affect me as I have only ever edited any specific user comment maybe 3 or 4 times (mostly seeing typos or errors I missed while writing them), but it is clear it is a problem for some....and one that doesn't seem to have a reason.

Can IMDb please consider to:
a) Remove this limit totally, or
b) Increase the limit, and communicate the limit as part of the text on the "review your comment before submitting" page (this because few are aware of the limit until they hit it), or
c) Make no change but just do the communication clearly as per (b).

Would be interested to understand why the limit was set - does it benefit IMDb in some way to have this in place?

bob
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If nothing else, at least the communication part of it...seems a no-brainer. Great ideas!
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bob,

Thanks for posting this idea. I seen this complaint periodically on Get Satisfaction.

I suspect that IMDb set a limit on edits I've seen people play games with reviews. They would say something negative about someone in the production, but would change it when fans complained about the negative comment. Then a few days later they include the negative comment again.

I personally like option b, with a slight modification:

b) Increase the limit, and communicate the limit as part of the text on the "review your comment before submitting" page (this because few are aware of the limit until they hit it),

b2) Provide a count down of the number of edits available.

b3) Require people to provide a short reason why they changed the review. This may slow down people who think editing a review is the same as making a change in a word processing program.

I had thought of also including text to recommend that the reviewer create the review in Microsoft Word or similar program. Unfortunately, this could introduce Unicode characters that IMDb does not handle well.

You are also probably aware that reviewers get frustrated when IMDb does not allow them to post their review because it contains one of more prohibited words. It would be useful that prohibited words are highlighted when a reviewer attempts to post a review with one or more prohibited words.
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Great suggestions!
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Dan,
Off-topic a little, but this comment:
I had thought of also including text to recommend that the reviewer create the review in Microsoft Word or similar program. Unfortunately, this could introduce Unicode characters that IMDb does not handle well.
I don't think so......do we have threads on GetSat relating to this problem on User Comments?

I ask because I have had this problem several times, but always on bio's or plot summaries....I struggle to think of me having ever had this warning on an user comment....and I write and keep all of mine in Word.

I even written accented characters when writing the film or cast names (because I am pretentious - I like to use the proper characters, so things like ø, ü, and ę).

For example:
Péter Vácz
Gråbøl

^ I won't say I do it daily, but I do it infrequently, and always pasting from Word and successfully posting it without a warning or it being changed.

By contrast, using the quotation marks from Word in a biography is going to get the unicode block.....

bob
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Bob,

I was probably thinking of an issue with User Comments, not reviews.

Even if there were a problem pasting directly from Word, there is a work-around. Copy the text from Word to Textpad and save as ANSI text. This will remove non-ANSI characters.
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My OP was trying to do justice to those who posted their complaints and were advised to simply start this thread.....although that none of them did this perhaps suggested they are not so bothered by it.....

Since I wrote for them, probably i should be clear about my personal opinion.

I would go for (c), which is to say that 10 edits is more than enough, and that all that is needed is communication to ensure that the very few users this affects, are at least informed about it - even if it is only text shown when they make their edits to existing reviews...I particularly like Dan's suggestion on a countdown on the confirmation page.

bob
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