Tagging of biographical submissions

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I have been a long-standing and prolific contributor to IMDB of trivia information, dates and mini bios. For years now, the same 'anonymous' individual  has been tagging/hijacking my biographical submissions (and those of numerous other contributors) by virtue of adding/deleting a comma or inserting consecutive hyphens instead of commas. Often I find newly introduced grammatical or spelling errors which necessitate rewrites. This bottom feeder likes to claim the work of others in the way a cat sprays to mark territory. I am sure that there must be other contributors who feel as annoyed as I am. Is there no way IMDB can protect genuine contributors from this individual who even lacks the intestinal fortitude to put his/her own name ?
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Hi janusminoa -

Thanks for your report, if you are continually experiencing this problem and Bio data that you submit is being changed repeatedly, please let us know the next time this occurs by providing examples, specifically the IMDb Bio links that are being affected, so our staff can take a look.
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Hello Michelle,

thank you very much for your reply. I have been experiencing this problem continously for the last four years. It is only and always the same individual ('A.Nonymous'), frequently targeting the same submissions over a period of time. Last week, he/she tagged five submissions on the same day: director Joseph H. Lewis (director, 2nd time), Mary Brian (actress, 2nd time), Jane Winton (actress), Henry King (director), Edward H. Cline (director). The week prior, it was Nancy Kelly (actress, 2nd time). I keep reediting these pieces to reclaim them. 

I shall certainly let you know when it happens again, as it inevitably will.

Much obliged.
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Hi Michelle,

Further details: 150326-024907-566000 (changed between 22/3 and 25/3), 150326-023804-723000 (same), 150326-022712-116000 (same), 150326-022031-906000 (same), 150326-021342-605000 (same), 150320-004315-847000 (changed between 15/3/ and 18/3). In each case, punctuation only was altered. Predictably, didn't have to wait long for the next attack. Latest submission changed and removed from my bios page 120802-003637-333000 (Wesley Ruggles, director).  As per usual, alterations were made to punctuation. In addition, a correction was made, though this has not been the case on any of the previous hundred odd occasions.

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Hi janusminoa, thanks for posting this information.  I will forward this along to our data editors to investigate and they will take a look as soon as they can (please note that they will be offline through the Easter Holiday, so they likely won't be able to take a look until next week).
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Hi Michelle,

latest bio submission tagged and removed from my bios page  140816-083210-308000 (Lillian Rich, actress). This is really beyond tolerance !!!!  Appreciate any help in putting an end to this interminable chicanery (as would all the others who are or have been plagued by this individual).

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Thanks janusminoa, I have forwarded this comment to our data editors as well.
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Hi Michelle,

I have enjoyed a year of peace from this person, but have today discovered that yet another of my submissions has been removed and the byline altered in the same manner as before. I believe that this individual was asked by IMDB not to steal bylines or make trivial alterations to biographies but it seems he/she doesn't want listen. The item in question is 120603-102633-763000 (submitted in 2012). Please also keep in mind that this busybody interferes with the submissions of numerous other contributors. I would greatly appreciate any help in putting a stop to this once and for all.

Regards