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I think, that would be great if there be a search alert function, then we can receive any new changes in our favorite search criteria by email.
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In general I like your idea. I suspect you are thinking of a functionality similar to Google alerts.
https://www.google.com/alerts

However, in practice this could have the effect swamping user's email and causing a severe load on IMDb's.

For instance, this search is likely to change on a daily basis and probably more frequently:
Most Popular Feature Films
http://www.imdb.com/search/title?title_type=feature 

I currently cannot think of a subset of this functionality that would still be useful and not cause problems.

I recommend that you and other users discuss possible viable alternatives.
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Hi Dan, Thank you for your reply. I was wondering if there is any possibility for you to edit your responses and delete my real first and last name at your message:). sorry if this is a bit of an odd request. thanks.
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I updated my posts to remove your first and last names, and replace that with bani2.
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thanks
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Hi, for example, im interested in any movies, at least with 4000 votes and ranked over 7 by users after 2012. Instead of doing this search every month to find any new ones, i can save this search as my favourite and recive new alerts for any changes in this list in my inbox immediately.
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I can see a lot of problems implementing that. It might be possible to flag any change that adds a Title to that result, but they would need to store a before and after image to find out if it crosses a boundary. For example if a film had 3998 votes and 5 more were added, then the film would match. But they would need to have kept the fact that the film previously had fewer than 4000 votes or a change from 4005 to 4010 would also trigger a message. I don't know what their history is like, but most databases I have worked on do not store the actual previous values, just a journal of the changes.

Alternatively, they would need to check every list after each item; e.g. after a vote was accepted check all lists to see if it has hit a boundary (4000 in this case) before accepting another. This would slow the system to a crawl.
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I wonder, would IMDb allow the use of a page tracking service to monitor search results?

For example, here is a search for feature films released since 2012,
with at least 4000 votes and ratings of at least 8.0:
http://www.imdb.com/search/title?view=simple&count=100&num_votes=4000,&release_date=2012...

I chose the compact results format, and I chose to sort by title, with up to 100 results per page. Currently, that search gives a total of 65 results, so they all fit on one page. Hopefully, those results should remain "stable" on repeated searches, until titles are changed or added or removed.

If IMDb would allow, perhaps I could use a tracking service to execute that search periodically (e.g. daily or weekly or monthly) and to check for changes.

I use a free tracking service called TrackEngine to check for changes on some other sites, although (up to now) I have not tried this with IMDb. (I am not affiliated with TrackEngine.)

Some sites' policies or terms of service may prohibit the use of page tracking services, or may prohibit automated access and might include tracking services in that category. I don't know if IMDb allows us to use tracking services?
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In my previous reply, I forgot to mention that a good page tracking service has options to disregard small or minor changes on a page (e.g. TrackEngine's "fuzzy" option), and to disregard specific kinds of changes (such as changes to numbers, images, etc.), and other customizable tracking filters.

So, if I were using a page tracker to monitor IMDb search results, I would configure the tracker to disregard changes to numbers, because I don't want to be alerted when the rating numbers change. I would primarily just want to be alerted when titles are added to the results or removed from the results.

I mentioned that I haven't actually tried using a page tracker with IMDb. I also noted that I don't know if IMDb policies allow us to use page trackers.
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Nobody,

A tracking service with the caveats you mentioned seems like a reasonable solution to this user's request.

At the very least, I've been looking for a good tracking service. I've just signed up for TrackEngine after reading their Terms of Service.

A major side benefit to helping others is to find out information I would probably not have found on my own.
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DavidAH_Ca has shown some major database issues that would make your suggestion impractical at best. In addition, the effort involved in making such a feature would be hard to justify for a feature that  would be of limited interest.

Here is the title search you specified. It took me only 2 minutes to create this search. You can either bookmark the link for the search or this thread.

Highest Rated Feature Films Released 2012 Or Later With User Rating Between 7.0 And 10
and At Least 4,000 Votes

http://www.imdb.com/search/title?count=250&num_votes=4000,&release_date=2012,&sort=user_...
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