Restoring the Locations Tree

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A few years ago, IMDb used to keep track of all locations listed in movies and television shows in the database with a "Locations Tree", that is, a hierarchical list of all the locations known to the database. Unfortunately, I can't find any archived examples of it, but maybe other people can.

The Locations Tree was useful for helping identify locations which had been misspelled or entered into the database under more than one name for the same place.

Col Needham, CEO of IMDb, wrote in a discussion thread about the Locations Tree:
As a fan of the location tree myself, I would love to see it return too.
And he later wrote:
The best way to vote in support of this is to post it as an idea on Get Satisfaction. 
So if you would like to see an organized list of locations return to IMDb, please support this idea. For more information, see the thread at http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/175370852.
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Hey, gromit:
Unfortunately, I can't find any archived examples of it, but maybe other people can.
What about these two screenshots?

Root elements


Small excerpt from how the tree's hierarchy looks like


Hola (+1 vote, of course OK)
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LJ: Thanks for tracking down these screen shots which illustrate what the Location Tree was like, and thanks for your support on this idea.

Also thanks to Col, Dan, Peter, and the Mayor for their support as well.
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I'm reposting this thread at the request of Gary Krause:

ANSWERED: Locations Treeimage for user Steve Crookby Steve Crook
 » Thu Dec 16 2010 10:54:41Flag ▼ | Reply |  

IMDb member since January 2000
Post Edited: Tue Apr 19 2016 17:42:42


The Locations Tree was removed without any discussion or warning. Can we please get it back? 

Now, when there are mis-spelled or just badly defined locations, we can't correct them because we can't see most of them. We'll only see them if we happen to stumble upon them. The locations tree made it obvious when someone had missed out a county (or a state) or had made some other mistake. 

Some of us contributors regularly monitored the tree, keeping an eye on countries that we knew well (I used to monitor the UK) and often corrected the more obvious mistakes. 

BTW It's not just a matter of page views on the tree itself. The tree let us repair mistakes in locations that are now being allowed to slip through into the system. 

Steve 


Re: Locations Treeimage for user dbassler1304by dbassler1304
 » Tue Jan 18 2011 17:01:38Flag ▼ | Reply |  

IMDb member since May 2001

Steve, 

As someone who worked extensively on American locations, I agree with you wholeheartedly. The locations tree was a great tool and needs to be reactivated. 

David

Re: Locations Treeimage for user scgary66by scgary66
 » Mon Jan 24 2011 13:26:14Flag ▼ | Reply |  

IMDb member since April 2002

Here's the relevant thread from last summer on the topic: us.imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/166830309?d=167307454#167307454 

Gary Krause 

Re: Locations Treeimage for user k_luifjeby k_luifje
 » Sun Feb 20 2011 04:59:44Flag ▼ | Reply |  

IMDb member since September 2000

Just wanted to bump this because I feel the location tree is very important for contributors and, of course, for correct data. 

Marco.

Re: Locations Treeimage for user k_luifjeby k_luifje
 » Mon Oct 22 2012 11:04:04Flag ▼ | Reply |  

IMDb member since September 2000

Are there plans to one day (not one from 2012 obviously) return the Location Tree? You do know it'll help the accuracy of the database along don't you? 

Marco. 

Please, just let us rate alien sex movies in peace: http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000122/nest/203323991

Re: Locations Treeimage for user Marhleet_DRby Marhleet_DR
 » Mon Oct 22 2012 12:54:55Flag ▼ | Reply |  

IMDb member since February 2008

Maybe we could get staff to read and respond to threads first ?

Re: Locations Treeimage for user k_luifjeby k_luifje
 » Sun May 5 2013 04:22:27Flag ▼ | Reply |  

IMDb member since September 2000

Are there plans to one day (not one from 2012 obviously) return the Location Tree? You do know it'll help the accuracy of the database along don't you?
Bump. 

Marco.

Re: Locations Treeimage for user Col Needhamby Col Needham
 » Tue May 7 2013 01:49:01Flag ▼ | Reply |  

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Post Edited: Tue May 7 2013 01:49:16


Are there plans to one day (not one from 2012 obviously) return the Location Tree?
As a fan of the location tree myself, I would love to see it return too. We need complete all technical migration work and upgrades before we can get to this (please see the section The Future: 2013 and beyond section on http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000042/thread/208876639

Col

Re: Locations Treeimage for user k_luifjeby k_luifje
 » Tue Oct 27 2015 16:00:25Flag ▼ | Reply |  

IMDb member since September 2000

As a fan of the location tree myself, I would love to see it return too.
Any word on this? 

Marco.

Re: Locations Treeimage for user k_luifjeby k_luifje
 » Wed Feb 24 2016 07:31:18Flag ▼ | Reply |  

IMDb member since September 2000

Half a word then perhaps? 

Marco.

Re: Locations Treeimage for user Col Needhamby Col Needham
 » Tue Apr 19 2016 17:42:24Flag ▼ | Reply |  

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It is still on the list but we are still focused more on improvements to the contribution interface and reducing processing times so no specific time-frame in mind yet. 

The best way to vote in support of this is to post it as an idea on Get Satisfaction. 

Col

Re: Locations Treeimage for user gromit82by gromit82
 » Tue Apr 19 2016 21:26:11Flag ▼ | Edit ▼ | Reply |  

IMDb member since August 2002

The best way to vote in support of this is to post it as an idea on Get Satisfaction.


People can vote in favor of this idea at https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/restoring-the-locations-tree. I encourage the contributors who have more to say about the Locations Tree to post in that thread as well.

Re: ANSWERED: Locations Treeimage for user soma-2by soma-2
 » Sun Jan 15 2017 17:47:36Flag ▼ | Reply |  

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I would like to see the Locations Tree come back as well. It used to be my favorite part of IMDB. When it was deleted, I started spending a lot less time on IMDB. I've only recently gotten back into IMDB and the memory of the Locations Tree still stays with me.

Re: ANSWERED: Locations Treeimage for user gromit82by gromit82
 » Sun Jan 15 2017 18:24:36Flag ▼ | Edit ▼ | Reply |  

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Soma: I don't know how much it will help, but based on Col Needham's previous comment, I would recommend that supporters of the Locations Tree vote in favor of it at https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/restoring-the-locations-tree.
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This would be a good idea. Hopefully other customers (or users, or contributors) also feel this is a good idea and give their vote to this idea.
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I'm adding my vote to restore the Location Tree.