Subjective biography

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I found out, that some biography are really subjective. 
Here i gave an example:
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8529286/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1

According to IMDB: https://help.imdb.com/article/contribution/names-biographical-data/biographical-data-guidelines/GMT9T242VQADZUQM?ref_=helpms_helpart_inline#

The biography should provide a broad objective overview of the person; not just their latest credits or SUBJECTIVE OPINION.
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Hi cinephile -

While our preference is for mini-Bio's to include a broad objective overview of the person (as mentioned in our guide with examples), we are flexible in accepting content that is subjective and mentions the work of the individual.

Know that we are currently reviewing the quality of our mini-Bios on the site, and any changes to our acceptance criteria will be updated in our guidelines.
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O...
I am a biographical writer and i love writing about Christopher lee/Peter Cushing, i never use hurtful words or judge them.
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Jeorj Euler

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Nice.
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Ed Jones(XLIX)

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In France?
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cinephile

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You wrote a book for Michael Schumacher in 2008. ( I can't find it). Is it publish??
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Ed Jones (XLIX)
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8529286/

Ed Jones (XLIX)
Joined on August 19, 2018
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/people/ed_cliffj_jones_d_weaver

Ed_Jones_XLIX
IMDb member since September 2011
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I don't see what is so subjective about the particular mini-bio.
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Ed Jones(XLIX)

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I saw this and never realized it was my bio.
Very funny.

I'm flattered to be the subject of this objection!
Signed
Al Sleet.
Your Humble Hippy Dippy Weatherman.
I was careful not to use "I am". I used, "He is"
Also there is NO Opinion in the bio what so ever. Just the Fact's Ma'am! Or Sir!
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Nikolay Yeriomin (Mykola Yeromin), Champion

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It is not prohibited to write your own biography on IMDb if it's written following the guidelines and in third person. One example that comes to mind immediately is late character actor James Mathers, who wrote his IMDb bio himself, back when he was alive. 
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What I meant by subjective is, for example: "He is an EXCELLENT voice and a coach and a singer"
or ''He is a HIGHLY SKILLED road course race car driver". The mini-bio could have been written without these words. But i didn't post this for this specific Bio, a lot of mini-biography are very subjective.
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"One of the GREATEST actors in all of film history". I'm a fan of Al Pacino, but everyone has his opinion on who is one of the greatest and who is not. So it is a bit subjective to say that he is one of the greatest actors in all of film history.
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I agree that to write for example: "One of the Worst actors of all of film history" is subjective too. So if you want to demonstrate that he is a great actor, you can write about his awards, his nominations, or just talk about facts. You could write 
"OFTEN CONSIDERED one of the greatest actors in all film history". Which would make the sentence less subjective. 
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TY. I stumbled on one that could be arguably dated "Bruce Lee remains the greatest icon of martial arts cinema". Perhaps better as "Bruce Lee was the first icon of martial arts cinema" although I'd guess that could be argued, but how many people under 30 know Bruce Lee unless they watch the Green Hornet?

I think it would be difficult to write a bio without some adjectives and adverbs which by definition slant the view one way or the other. So maybe it's the degree of superlative?

To help with that, I found
http://myenglishgrammar.com/exercise-12-modifiers/1221-comparatives-and-superlatives.html

Having read the bio help link, there are few bios that I think adhere to the guide. There are some that just give a re-hash of their credits. Guess this is why I don't contribute to bios.
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I agree that the Bio of Bruce Lee is very subjective. Especially in the first sentence: "Bruce Lee remains the greatest icon of martial arts cinema and a key figure of modern popular media."
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I do not think that it would be a problem to update Ed's bio whereby the adjective "excellent" is omitted, but of course it is possible that somebody would edit it in reverse. Similar could be done for Al Pacino and Bruce Lee. However, I would be curious to know if words like "famous" and "infamous" are considered subjective. Wikipedia avoids using those, right? Maybe we should too.
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The excellent does not come from my opinion of myself. It is from compliments received from my audiences. To repeat fact is not an opinion. I get enthusiastic applause when singing. My autograph has been sought out for at racing venues. Both Drag and Circle Track. Also have received praise numerous times for my impersonations. And just recently a filmmaker complimented me on my still photography. And the other items in my bio are my regular Day Job Professions. I am certified with the ASE.
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Let's see some of your impersonations, Ed Jones. And what kind of singer are you? Can we see some of your singing videos, as well?