Still driving me crazy--IMDb's sensing my IP address and then displaying titles in unwanted language

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I use a VPN, often a server in Italy. Despite my choosing "English' or even 'Original' in my settings for 'Title display > country/region' as well as in 'Title display language', the site is showing titles in Italian, WHICH I DON'T WANT!

PLEASE IMDb, it is such an annoying feature of your site!!! Why can't your web design team switch off this automatic determining of language based on my IP location, and let MY DECISION in my settings determine which language titles are displayed in???
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Hi, Peter.

If you experience this problem in the IMDb app, there is no other solution existing for this moment, except this one: 
Visit your "Site Preferences" and for "Title display country/region" choose "Original" please.

If this problem occurs when using a browser, please try to change the language preferences in your browser in such way that the preferable language is at the top in the list.
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I have chosen 'Original' and still Italian is shown.
Using a browser, I always have my preferred language set to English (UK) and no other, even though I live in France.

I repeat my question:  why can't IMDb's web engineer(s) be asked to DISABLE the software's automatic setting of language to the sensing of a visitor's IP? It's simple to do and CAN be done if only IMDb would choose to make life easier for its users instead of forcing this annoyance upon us. Why does IMDb override our personal preference in letting the website choose the language--it's simply counter-intuitive and perverse, as well as being an affront to our ability on how we want to use the site!

This will solve the headaches of not only myself but I believe a significant number of IMDb members...
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Peter, we all do want this problem disappear. But it is current and constant, unfortunately. Their engineers acknowledged and seem to be working on this.

If you need to solve the problem, and the problem occurs in a browser, please tell which browser you are using. You may be mistaken of its settings. When the preferred language is set as English, it still needs to be moved at the top of the languages list. It is how modern browsers (not IMDb) inform about their language settings.
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Peter,

Before proposing or asking for solutions, let us make sure the the diagnosis is correct...
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Ed Jones (XLIX)

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Peter, are you saving the changes?
The SUBMIT button?

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Peter mentions that he is aware of the IMDb setting.

My guess, following similar topics here, is that it is a web browser matter. On top of MA's advice, I remember Jeorj mentioning another language related attribute. Maybe he can provide some further help soon.
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Sorry for the inconvenience.  This is a known issue and it is tricky to provide the best experience due to the way we store some of the information about original titles and local titles. 

Until we have a full solution, our recommendation is to go to your site settings at https://www.imdb.com/preferences/general and on the menu "Title display country" please choose "Original" which is the first item on the menu.  This will block the localization of titles which should improve things, even though there will still be some issues.

You indicate you have tried this already, so it's possible either a browser plug-in or your browser's language settings are overriding your choice. The best things to try are (a) disable all browser plug-ins, especially any ad-blockers as these can interfere with the display of our pages (b) see if the preference works on another browser on the same system (c) see if the preference works on another system if you have access to one.  If you are still experiencing problems please let us know the details of the systems and browsers which you have tried and provide specific examples of title pages which demonstrate the problem. 
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Thank you Col for your response. I don't understand how this issue is to do with the way you store some of the information about original and local titles. Surely it is straightfoward an issue outside or beyond this--it is to do with your website reading the originating country of my ISP. Hence, when I don't use a VPN, my IP shows as French because I live in France, and title options automatically chosen are in French. When I use an Italian VPN server, titles convert in some instances to Italian EVEN THOUGH as I've already said, my settings all specify English as primary language.

Choice of 'Original' creates a mixed blessing, the pluses are that as many titles are UK or American films titles are displayed in English. But minuses abound because I also download Iranian, French, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, etc, films and their titles display in the corresponding national languages albeit in Latin characters, so that I have no idea of their meaning. Occasionally a subtitle will be present in English; or French for some Iranian films where the director favours French.

Anyway, I take your point about potentially other factors influencing. But to have to turn off a number of adblockers I use in both Chrome (on my iMac) and Safari (on my iPad), as I'm sure you'll acknowledge, would be a pain in the posterior, as after exiting IMDb I would have to every time go and enable them again.

I will try other browsers to see if there's a difference. Also I should try using the app on my iPad, and see if there's any difference.

But to revisit my original thought--can you not disable IMDb's sensing of visitor's IP country and give precedence to choice of language users select in their preferences? This to me seems the sensible and most effective option.

Thank for your time. Best wishes

Peter
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Col
Here is the answer which points the finger at the problem with IMDb.com and offers a clear resolution--a website which offers the OPTION of writing code in order to detect visitors' location

https://medium.com/@adeyinkaadegbenro...

In short, this site offers two choices of inserting coding into a website (in this case, IMDb.com) which will return a location and which will, as is obvious with this enduring problem with your site, allow web developers to use this information in order to trigger further actions (ie set the language for film titles AGAINST the wishes of users who have set their preferences for title language).

My point here is that this procedure is VOLUNTARY, ie a website developer has to purposely include the code. My contention, as already reiterated, is that IMDb's developers CAN CHOOSE to NOT include this code! Nothing to do with your assertion of the way you "store information about original and local titles". Simply remove this location-sensing code and voilà, problem solved, no?


Quote from the website above:
"Detecting the location of your website’s users is useful for a variety of reasons. You might for instance want to display different content, perhaps in different languages for people from different countries, or display targeted information to visitors from different locations. Whatever your reasons might be, you have two options
1/ The Geolocation API;
2/ IP Address Lookup.

If IMDb.comdid not have either of the two options listed (or indeed any other routine or code which does the same job), then issue resolved...
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Well Col, five days after posting my message above, a resounding silence from you, and indeed anyone else involved with the management of IMDb's website!

Dare I say that I've touched on a plausible solution but, for some reason known only to yourself, you appear not to be willing to consider it?

Best wishes


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