Title Display Preferences Don't Work

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Hello,

I want all movie titles to be displayed in english, although I live in Croatia, Europe. No matter how much I fiddle with Title Display preferences on my Site Preferences page, I cannot get english titles in some cases. I log in, set Title Display Country to United States and Title Display Language to English, yet for some movies I'm still getting croatian titles.

Examples:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0947810/

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1402488/


By the way, titles in the example above display their english title when I use Original Titles, but I don't want to use Original Titles, because in those cases foreign movies will not be displayed in english, obviously.

PS. I tried akas.imdb.com. The behaviour is the same. Also, I tried several browsers.

PPS. When I check the "Show reference view (old title/name page layout)" in Site Preferences, then it works as intended, so it must be something about the new (not so new anymore) web layout!


Thank you

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I want the titles to be displayed in English, goddammit !!!.

Why the movie titles are displayed according to the local language and not according to the damn settings, what's the point of having settings if the site don't use them ?!!

Everything used to work just fine, but a few months back you decided to change the rules :(

The problem has already been reported and discussed for months, but apparently the IMDB staff thinks that it is not a problem, BUT IT IS !!!
Or maybe a really clever guy among the managerial staff thought it would be great to screw the people who are accessing IMDB.com from abroad !!!

The solution is very simple though: just don't override our personnal settings to display the titles according to the local IP, it's useless and really frustrating.
The site is entire in English, what's point of having the titles displayed in the local language anyway ???
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Did everything required. Why are titles in French ? I have clicked on original fo....

I have asked this question before and got response. Did everything that was mentioned in response. Still not working. Why are titles - especially American English language films - titled in French ? I have clicked on original for titles and English. Seems to be okay. Then I log out and go to search my profile - and once again in French. PLEASE HELP !!!!!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled title language.

i have english as title display language but the titles are in italian (where i live)
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled site prefferences.

i live in usa but i travel, now in mexico and movie titles are in spanish... yes i have set preferences to usa and english. still spanish...
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Titles shown in wrong languag.

In my profile settings I have set my "Title display country" to UK and language to English. However titles are still shown in Polish. Then I changed to USA and English - I still saw only Polish titles. 

The movies don't have titles set for UK or USA, in most cases I've seen it's for example "World-wide (English title)". Why can't I set this as default? I do NOT want to see Polish titles for for example French movies, and I do NOT want to see original titles as default.

And please, don't answer like "it's the way it is, deal with it". This is a problem which has been already raised by many members here. But all answers from IMDB staff were more or less "we don't care about your needs".
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Title display country & language problem.

Hi, I've set Title display country & language to USA and English, and
yet I get foreign language titles for US movies.The titles that've been
translated into the language of the country I'm currently in show up in
local translation. Fix this please?
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I believe the problem is that  the (primary) Production Country is not USA and there is no USA AKA title for the film, so the system picks up the local title.
 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled change in language.

I live in israel, and I'm fine with English, and for some unknown reason it started writing the movie\TV series's names in hebrew, but with English letters, and I have no idea how to change it. I'd like some help with that please :)
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Stop displaying movie titles with users' local language title...

Hello, I know that this problem has been mentioned repeatedly but still your programmers do nothing to overcome it...

Thousands of users want a movie to be displayed first with the World-wide (English title)
and then if exists, with the original title.....

Seriously, I am wondering, what does anybody gain anything by displaying movie titles with anybody's stupid local language translation title from geolocation?

But you somehow are forcing my local language title on me, from geolocation or something, even though nowhere was I asked to declare my nationality..
I even changed my Country of Residence to US, hoping to overcome this malfunction but still nothing....

It makes no sense that this keeps happening, especially since I have selected as a user,
Title display country: US
Title display language: English

A guy said that the way the site is programmed is only to consider the Title display country and not follow the Title display language in the user settings.
For example,
if United States is chosen in your settings, the system doesn't recognize it as a title that should be displayed to you, since it is Canadian....

I mean does this even make sense?
Is it so hard to change some lines of code???

Since everything is displayed based on the AKAs section,
why don't you just replace all this fuss with the Title display language:English and the
Title display countries:US, Canada, UK,
with the neat "World-wide (English title)" option?
And from now on, (apart from other languages) only offer this option for the English section..
This may solve everything and stop this problem from perpetuating....

OR
if this is so hard, make the "Title display language" to actually work......
What does "this how it is programmed" means?
Change it!

And afterwards,
Is it so difficult to make 2 changes in your code?

Since I suspect that
Title display language: English (in the user's settings) == World-wide (English title) (in the AKAs )

Instead of having something like
If Chosen Title display language is non existent ==> Display Title of user's country (geolocation)

to this
-----------DISPLAY World-wide (English title) when there is one available (and not local language title)

If Chosen Title display language is non existent ==> Display World-wide (English title)

-----------DISPLAY Original title when there's no World-wide (English title) available

If World-wide (English title) is non existent ==> Display Original title

Someone has to do something about it already..
Just think of the thousands of users that will be pleased,
especially the hundred ones that posted this problem here and were "ignored"..

P.S.
Also, does this make sense to anyone?

Title displayed: Furious Seven (2015)
when in the AKA section
USA (working title) (English title) Fast & Furious 7
USA (working title) Fast and Furious 7
USA (poster title) Furious 7

Title displayed: The Dark Knight (2008)
when in the AKA section
USA (working title) Batman Begins 2
USA (informal title) Batman: The Dark Knight
USA (IMAX version) The Dark Knight: The IMAX Experience
USA (working title) Untitled Batman Begins Sequel
USA (fake working title) Winter Green
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Language.

i have set my language as Albanian, so why are titles in greek? it really bothers me, please fix this
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Regional settings not working.

Hi,
I live in Spain but am a native English speaker - this is a radical concept that most internet sites seem to have great difficulty with - including imdb.

Under site settings I have 

Title pages

title display country - United States
title display language - English


titles are still displayed in Spanish.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled AKA titles.

I was just about to raise the same issue,
I'm from Sweden and it's really frustrating when I search for a movie with it's original title and I can't find it since it's listed as a poorly translated title in Swedish.

For example. Citizen Kane is called "A sensation" in Swedish, North by Northwest is called "I sista minuten" which would be directly translated to "In the last minute".. 

Well you get my issue. I'd like to get the original title when I search and not some cheesy translated bs.

Ps. Sorry for kind of High-jacking your thread, but it does prove your point even tho I'm looking for the opposite.

Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: U.S title showing instead of UK.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Fixed language is bad.

Hello

I wanted to lighten an issue which is bothering me a lot. I would like to see imdb content in English or at least German, but the titles will be displayed in the language of my IP. This may sound like a nice feature, but it's quite annoying, as there are no options to alter it. Anyways I do not only have to bother with a messed up language, but also with the fact that title translations are not taken over 1:1, but rather newly created in each language. It is impossible for me to browse imdb titles this way.

However, I see this as a major issue with the site, and it requires a language choice menu severely. It is a pain for everybody who lives outside his country or uses some sort of proxy. Every site needs to have own language settings each user may choose, if it is not at least English or some sort of native language (which would not be visited by any others).
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Titles displayed in the wrong language.

I was recently on vacation in Italy, which caused all titles on IMDb to appear in Italian. When I returned, they were still being displayed in Italian. I changed the options ‘Title display country’ and ‘Title display language’ to English ones, but that only partly solved the issues, as many titles are still displayed in Italian.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Why are the movies' titles in portuguese?.

Portuguese movies titles
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Mixed up languages.

Hello,

I'm a German being temporarily in Russian Federation (Moscow).

I see generally an English content with some parts in German (my Win 7 language) and some in Russian (country I'm in now).

EXAMPLE:

Johnny Depp's page:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000136/?ref_=tt_ov_st

(1) "Known For" area shows titles in German for me (my Win 7 OS language), for example:

"
Known For:

Edward mit den Scherenhänden (1990)

Sweeney Todd: Der teuflische Barbier aus der Fleet Street (2007)

Alice im Wunderland (2010)

Fluch der Karibik (2003)
"

(2) When rollover on Johnny Depp's images, it shows film titles in Russian (the country I'm in is Russia - by IP); sample:

http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1071050240/nm0000136?ref_=nm_phs_md_3

"Photos from Чeрная месса"

(3) I was unable to find how to switch language anywhere on the website.

I have created a PDF with detailed explanations on screenshots, but see no chance to upload it here.

I hope that you would be able to reproduce this kind of a glitch and would be able to fix it (or to allow to change the country/language somehow).

Thank you for your time.

With best regards,
Alex S.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Title Language.

My preferences are set to Title display country US, Title Display Language English. Regardless of this, titles are displayed in Norwegian (which is my native language), for any non-english movies such as e.g. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090257/
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled IMDB makes me sick - Stop translating those damn titles !!!.

It's been years now that people have been asking to stop translating the titles and just display them in English as we set them in our preferences.

It shouldn't be that hard, IMDB is an American site and everything is in English except the titles when you are accessing the site from abroad.

The Android app is just a useless piece of crap as all the titles are translated and the site is a mix bag with translated titles poping up regulary.

And instead of merging the post to minimize the problem, could the IMDB staff clearly explains us what's the reason behind this stubborness, cause I can't see any reasons :O
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Bad location.

Hi, I don't know why, but lately IMDB is acting like i am in Hungary, even if i'm not. All the movie titles are in hungarian and still now there are shown the premiere dates in Hungary. I don't know where can i set my country, other than in my personal settings (my account/information), where i put Romania from the beginning. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Off-line language.

I just cant believe that IMDB cant detect the right user language if the user is not logged in. Do you just guess it ? I live in Slovenia (Ljubljana - capital) and I'm getting Serbian language if I'm not logged in which is a dissaster of course and it kind of offend me.
Why don't you just detect browser language or geolocation and STOP with this non working language garbage that you do now ...
Also AKAS is not working any more ...
This is just the dumbest way to guess user language ... If you would detect it in any way it would not be a guess ... I guess ...
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You are lucky, even if I am logged in I STILL get some movie titles in Spanish - even though I have set it to display in ENGLISH in my settings, seems INCREDIBLY easy to fix, yet ImDB let it go on... this is what red tape and bureaucracy does.

Basic work not getting done.

Amazon probably have their IT employees on bullsh*t trainings irrelevant to their jobs, so go easy on the IT lads.
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Well, I'm also an IT guy, also building web pages. But I imagine, way levels beyond guys, who code imd stuff ... That's probably why they complicate so much at little things.
But why are they doing this on issue that is the most public expirience that one random visitor would get and it would be a shitty one if the detected language was beyond close ? One simple public visitor language selector (also for not logged in useers) for quick access for a few basic languages is probably for another thread ..

If they so much rely on their imdb account settings, they could also get there one simple setting for subscriber; (since there are also reports that in some cases even when logged in the user is getting wrong titles or/and other stuff..)


#Setting question:#
1. What method would you like IMD to use for language detection ?
a) based on my browser language
b) based on my geolocation IP
c) based on high security IMDB random language detection

I know a few simple htmp / php / javascript for the first 2 options. The third one is a enigma with zillions of code probably (not working just well at this moment of few years)

IMDB, need any grounded "lower" tech IT's for basic html / php in your crew ?


Regards from Slovenia,
Gregor

p.s. I'm a daily user of this incredible site. Still thumbs up for all the hard work !
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We believe this has been fixed now (it is difficult to test from here though).  

Please can you let us know if things are better now. 
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Hello Col, thanks for the anwser.

I'm really sorry (for both for us, but especially for me) but it isn't fixed yet.
I tried on Firefox and Chrome (Windows 10), and there are still many titles that aren't displayed in English.

Here are a few examples (as well as my site preferences):









As you can see these movies (and many others) have their titles display in French (for me) and it is really annoying.

Apparently it's a problem when the country of production is not 100% in the USA.


Why don't you just add a global site preference where everything would be displayed in English as most companies do. I believe that Spanish is not the main language in the USA yet, so it shouldn't be a problem to have a site where everything is displayed in English.


And it's even worse with the Android app wich is completly useless as almost all the titles are translated. I don't know and REALLY don't care about the French titles, so you can imagine that there is no point for me to use your app.

Why don't just add a simple option to displayed everything in English. I know that the data are there because if I turn my OS to English, everything will be displayed in English (but this is not a solution).
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Thanks (and sorry). We will follow-up with the team.
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It's unbelievable that this problem exists for 3 years now, and no one at IMDb managed to fix it.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3170832/ will show "Quarto (2015)"
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3170832/reference will show "Room (2015/I)"

How hard can it be to make the behaviour of the new layout the same as the old one? It just doesn't make sense... Just stop using the code that checks the user's IP instead of the user's "Title display country/language" settings.

Fix this, please.
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It's not like this is some small detail. It's literally the biggest element of the page - the title of the movie being displayed in the wrong language...

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