there is an urgent need to honor quality reviews in order to protect IMDB from declining

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For me personally the climate in social networks and also IMDB got so aggressive over the last years that I will quit all social networking by the end of this year and therewith also my IMDB and this account.
But beforehand I want to make one last attempt to help IMDB by sharing one way to ensure quality content instead of dumb opinions.

The problem is that it is not clear whether reviewers actually did watch an entire movie - even more so a series, but the level of engagement could be monitored by simply adding up all upvotes someone got for reviews of one series and then sorting the general reviews about a series by the "engagment points".

Since this is abstract I make an example:

Let's take one of those modern series with a long story arc which gets solved many episodes later.
Reviewer "Patience" will write a review for each, and at the end write a 7-star review.
Reviewer "ADHD" will watch 10 minutes and then decide to slag it of as boring with a general 1-star-review.

So far, in IMDB both reviews are equally treated, which simply is not fair.
But if imdb would count all upvotes reviewer Patience and ADHD got, then the picture looks like:
Patience: got 12 upvotes for reviews of episodes within that series,
reviewer ADHD: got 0, because s/he watched no entire episode

And then IMDB only has to sort and display reviews for series in order of most series-specific upvotes.Concrete: Reviews are sorted first by:"episodes reviewed"
and then only offer the other sorting options as they are choosable now, like:"helpfulness" "review date"
...
It's the same as the category "prolific reviewer", but that one is never explained to users, nor used as an initial sorting criteria,
so it will very likely be overlooked by most people.

This way it is guaranteed that reviewer Patience gets seen first and therewith will likely be voted upon more than viewers ADHD.

I hope I could convey my point, because in my opinion imdb is on the verge of not to be taken serious anymore:
1. it already is not used as a reference in Wikipedia whilst Rottentomatoes is.
2. people who do apprecciate intelligent discussions like myself are leaving imdb to the dumb reviewers who do stay here.
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eye M.D.B

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  • things need to change and not be ignored as usual.

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eye M.D.B

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One last word, Act_I, I hope you do let sink in what I wrote for you personally below and don't retreat into your shell whenever others do critiicise you or it turns out not having been regognised what you wanted to say.For you personally, communication is the key and you are well allowed to practice that throughout decades, because it takes a while until it is finetuned.
I did it so much that I now will quit social networking alltogether - I learned a lot whilst doing so - and now it is time for me to focus more on myself - "my self" so I will cancel my account here.
Thanks for being here - you were a kind of alter-ego for me, which did show me how much energy I did spend focussing on other people's concerns rather than mine.

All the best to you, ACT_!
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Sorry, Act_1, it took me now quite a while to follow your many links you throw first at me and in the linked post at other people,
 but I often fail to see the connection to the actual topic.
So I would apprecciate you to tell me what the point is that you want to make. Thanks.
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No he's not a teenager, been around a long time. Been constantly picked on by Ed Jones ever since Ed Jones arrived on IMDb/Getsatisfaction.
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But there is something I don't understand, @tweetynine,If he is picked on by him, why then did Act recommend to us to ask Ed above?
And how do you know that Act did tell Ed already who he is?

Well as for you, @Ed, I know how frustrating it is when people don't change the way you want or hope them to do, but I think your solution is simple:
You simply don't have to click on Act's links
- this way the both of you will be cool, calm and collected ;-p

Ah, and @Act: If you have a question then I think it is better you verbalise it instead of posting just to questonmarks.
"??" looks as if you look down upon someone for having written something ridiculous.
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"why then did Act recommend to us to ask Ed above?" Because Ed Jones always replies to ACT_1 with comments such as SPAM and ordering him to stop replying to posts. Ed Jones is very good at trying to order people around.
He got banned several times.
ACT_1 posted his details not so long ago, maybe Ed Jones missed it.


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Wow you are fast having found all that out within just two days of being here, tweetynine ! I am just here as short as you but feel like a newbie.

Anyway, my plan was only to come here to post my last thoughts on IMDB before I do cancel my account,
and only this tiny thread does confirm that already, because I always let myself being sucked into stuff deeply and over that not only loose  time but also myself.
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Good luck with your new life.
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Ok, I feel compelled to explain my issue once more in simpler words:
1. The quality of reviews is declining, as I saw within the last years - hence "the urgency" to do something about it.
2. The entire rest of my comment was merely a suggestion of how to check whether a user has really seen the series by counting the reviews s/he made WITHIN that series ONLY.
So Act_1, this has nothing to do with "the top 1000 reviewers", and how they are compiled.

Frankly I am not even concerned about how exactly this would be implemented;
all I am saying is: Something really should be done about those low-level degrading reviews of simpletons who merely push their bias onto others in a dismissive and sarcastic way.
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You might want to vote for this idea: https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/idea-make-sure-reviews-are-reviews-again-minimum-of-50-words...
I think a lot of the trouble with reviews would be easily fixed if this idea were to be implemented.

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This is a great idea, Marco and I will contemplate more about that.I don't know how threads are merged, but whoever can do that should merge all those kinds of threads which have ideas on how to elevate user comments to a more intelligent level again.

I think platforms like IMDB too happily hide behind the dogmata of democracy and free speech in order to collect as many users as possible;but in my eyes that doesn't justify to allow for any idiot to be allowed to vomit out crap, because it lowers the standard of intelligence to the lowest common denominator and therewith destroys the more subtle levels of communication.
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Thanks for voting for this idea eye!
Staff members can merge threads. If asked, they might merge threads if they deal with the exact same topic. An example: https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/request-to-combine-several-idea-threads