Updates to the Ratings pages and functionality

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Today we have made several updates to our Ratings pages and functionality. We have improved the design of the ratings details page to give it a cleaner, more modern look.


We have also made several changes, listed below. These changes only impact the Your Ratings page on the IMDb desktop Website. You may find much of this information by creating and running custom searches on the AdvancedTitle Search page. For example, to see comedy titles you have rated, sorted by your rating, see this advancedsearch. Or, to see titles you have rated that are in the IMDb Top250 list, see this advancedsearch.





What did we change?

1.     We removed the Compact list view. This was accessible from the far right icon (see A in the screen capture below). The grid view and detailed list view are still available.

2.     We updated the “Sort by” dropdown box. It now provides the two most popular choices: Most Recent (previously called Recently Rated) and Top Rated (previously Your Rating). Sort by: Your rating, Title A-Z, Release date (US),Number of votes, IMDb rating, and Popularity were removed. See B in the screen capture below.

3.     We removed the Refine ratings filters options from the Your Ratings page on the desktop site. See C in the screen capture below.

4.     We removed the Find More Titles tab. See D in the screen capture below.









5.     We removed the Recommended for You section on the User/Ratings page.

6.     We changed the format of data in the Ratings Export. You can export your ratings to Excel by clicking the new overflow menu (the 3 vertical dots) above your list in the updated experience, and choosing Export.

There are many ways to find new titles to watch. IMDb users can use Advanced Search, look through the recommendations for new titles to watch under People who liked this also liked... on any title page, or see Top Rated Movies.

Thank you for your continued support.


Karen


 
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"We removed the Refine ratings filters options from the Your Ratings page on the desktop site."

Wonderful. Just wonderful.

Oh, BTW, I was being sarcastic.
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Why did you do this?????
You mention six things, five of them start with "we removed". Why did you do this? This doesn't make any sense to me, not at all.
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I am a new user, joined a few months ago, and this is making using the site exponentially harder for me. I find the advanced search page difficult to understand and I don't know how to use it to get the same results as I got with one click on my Ratings page.

I just want to be able to see my ratings by release date ! That seems like a very, very basic function for a film and TV series database like IMDb !

I can't believe you have removed this function that I used regularly. This is going to make my life harder. I find it jarring to call such a downgrade an "update".
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Yeah, I'm a pretty old user at the site and I thought "your rating" sorting option was really useful which enabled me to see the movies I voted from 10 to 1 in order, that helped seeing the movies I could recommend to others in a compact organized way. Now I have to navigate through the complete list to find the ones I highly rated. Advanced search doesn't provide an option to sort the movies according to my vote either. Why remove such a basic function from such a huge movie database site? I really don't understand why sites that we love like IMDB make such unthoughtful decisions.

If I'm missing something here that will fix my problem, please help by the way.
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@Lasse: Your first mistake is thinking that modern IMDb is intended to be anything more than Amazon Video's upselling division. I find it hard to imagine that user experience enters into corporate strategy discussions unless it interferes with the users' ability to spend money.
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I really do not appreciate these changes. You have stripped back functions that i used all the time in the ratings section. Will they ever be changed back?
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I really do not appreciate these changes. You have stripped back functions that i used all the time in the ratings section. Will they ever be changed back?
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Ben Grieve

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Why would you remove the refine ratings filter? That was literally the only reason I ever went to that page. Is IMDb aware that people want MORE functionality, not less? If you plan on bringing the filter back, then please tell us that!
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Please! Listen to this man!
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Are you keeping the "Advanced Tittle Search" page? That's basically the same thing as what you removed from the ratings page.
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Yes, this change enables us to improve advanced title search over the long term and provide even more search options for your ratings and other lists. 

For context please see https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/upcoming-changes-to-several-imdb-features-du6man1opd5q0
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This is a truly bewildering decision. Removing these features is inconvenient and regressive and offers no advantage whatsoever; it just reduces the utility of the website. How can anyone think this is in any way helpful?
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Hi Ole Jon Tveito,

In Advanced Title Search under Your Ratings you can select:
  • Include All Titles
  • Exclude Titles I've Seen
  • Restrict to Titles I've Seen
"Seen" means titles that you have either rated or marked as seen.

In addition, you can also filter by:
  • Title Type
  • Release Date
  • User Rating (ratings by IMDb users)
  • Number of Votes
  • Genres
  • Title Groups (IMDb defined groups such as IMDb "Top 250")
  • Title Data
  • Companies
  • Instant Watch Options
  • US Certificates
  • Color Info
  • Countries
  • Keywords
  • Languages
  • Filming Locations
  • Popularity
  • Plot
  • Cast/Crew
  • Runtime
  • In Theaters
  • Adult Titles (Exclude or  Include)
  • Lists (whether or not the title is in one of your lists)
Finally you can control how the information is displayed.
  • Detailed or Compact
  • 50, 100 or 250 titles per page
You can also select how the titles are sorted:
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I do as you say, but there are two problems!

1) I get also films I've voted other than 10/10.
2) the list coming out still shows the last films I've seen and given 10/10 on top, and not by user rating descendig as I asked for.

Here my search:
http://www.imdb.com/search/title?my_ratings=restrict&view=simple&count=250&sort=your_rat...

I'd also like to exclude TV-series and episodes. How do I do that?
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I don't think it's currently possible to restrict the list to only the films you've rated 10/10, but it is at least possible to exclude TV-shows. You can do that from the Advanced Title Search, by selecting "Feature Film" (and/or any other title type you want to include) in the Title Type section near the top of the search page. You should get a search like this for only feature films: http://www.imdb.com/search/title?title_type=feature&my_ratings=restrict&view=simple&coun...
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@Ole Jon Tveito

When I use the link you provided:
http://www.imdb.com/search/title?my_ratings=restrict&view=simple&count=250&sort=your_rat...
I see my ratings in order by MY votes, which means you selected Your Rating (high to low). 
If by "user ratings" you mean wanted to sort by the IMDb average rating, then you should have selected User Rating Descending.

Previous replies guided you toward sorting by Your Rating because this is the only way to see your 10's together. And there is not feature to sort by Your Rating and then second criteria of User Rating. You may need to Export your ratings and use a spreadsheet to see exactly what you want.
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That is th trouble. The former User-rating site allowed my to sort that way. My 10/10 ranked by imdb-rating. Now I only get the last I've voted 10/10 on top,which isn'æt what I'm asking for. When I then try to sort again, it's also wrong.

I think advanced search is good, but it is very advanced, and there's still constraints which aren't possible!
I miss the way i saw my ratings descending and ascending from My Ratings-page, which did what I wanted.
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This is crazy. I used the copy facility to update my other lists from the ratings list. I can't do that anymore. The usefulness of the entire website for me has been greatly diminished and I will doubtless now use it less. Internet companies are constantly "updating" just for the sake of it, it seems. Remember, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!"
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What is even the point of the rating list anymore? 
I have 5220 titles rated as of now. I can't find anything there anymore. Can't filter by year, genre, type ... zilch. IMDb was my preeminent place online, in general (hence the religious zealousness of my ratings), but now I'm afraid it'll be just another forgotten bookmark. 

It is truly bewildering to me what the point of this change is? What is your philosophy regarding this website and who are your target audience?
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You should be able to do almost all the same sorting and filtering (and more) than you could do before via http://www.imdb.com/search/title,  see our replies elsewhere on this post for additional details and examples. 
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You put words to every feeling I have towards IMDb now. I have voted religiously since 2006 and now I barely visit, might throw in a vote when I remember. It's kind of sad. They just keep removing and removing, with no news coming (although they keep telling us about upcoming approvements). What is the agenda here, I wonder...
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You need to get a life if you have really rated over 5,000 things are and pissed at the changes. 
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Was "D" the most imaginative moniker you could come up with.  Maybe "Dino" is older than the 15 year old troll which you are and has entered all his movies, tv series, video games,etc.. that he has played  or watched over a lifetime.  Maybe once you move out of your parents house you might get a better appreciation for that.

And another thing you are the reason there are no more message boards on this site troll.
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Attention, D and Chris V. Come on now. Please! We're trying to keep Get Satisfaction a polite venue. The occasional joke (or even tease) is fine, but seriously, please take it easy.
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I find the advanced search alternative less convenient than the removed refine feature.

It also seems the ratings list now has fewer sorting settings in the desktop version than in the app.
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I find the advanced search alternative less convenient than the removed refine feature.
I totally agree.
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Its very simple.. The idea that ordinary people and film makers can actually find something out is too much for the up tops, so it seems the entire point of IM'DATA Base' has been dumped. I was about add to my own films and documentaries and teh puictures I had added, which get stolen by Google and everyone else was to have reference so they could be found on the IMDb... no longer possible. What is the Point of IMDb if the DATA if deleted and undependable if its still there!!!??
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Not to mention the fact that you can't even see WHEN you rated a specific title
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While not as convenient as before, the date of your rating is still available if you export your ratings list by clicking the symbol with three dots in the upper right of the page (expanded version shown below):

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Col Needham It would be more helpful if the date when I rated the title first time, is also made available, as it gives me the time when I watched the title.
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That would be too convenient. Why have to export? Why all the extra inconveniences, should they strive to make it simpler and easier to use?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Stylesheet bug in a title's new "User Ratings" page.

CSS for percentage bars' widths in a title's new "User Ratings" page uses commas instead of points in decimal marks and that makes them not to show up. 
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Thanks for catching this Mise. We're working on a fix and will get it out as soon as we can.
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We've released a fix for this issue.
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Nicely done!
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Well, I used "compact view" exclusively to view "My Ratings", but obviously the attitude is: "it's too difficult to maintain; if you don't like it, leave."

Does "compact view" still exist on IMDB Pro, does anyone know?
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Excuse me?  No ratings list at all?
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Yes, that is correct, there is no ratings list at all on IMDbPro (and we do not even display your own votes on individual titles on IMDbPro either -- it's not a feature our subscribers have requested).

IMDbPro is a subscription service aimed at people in the entertainment industry.  It is not a super set of the regular IMDb service in terms of features, and is not aimed at non-professionals. It has a simpler interface with more data and then additional professional services layered on top.  For details on IMDbPro see https://help.imdb.com/article/imdbpro/membership-benefits/what-s-included-with-an-imdbpro-membership...

If you are an IMDbPro subscriber and wish to manage lists or vote or access advanced title search then you still need to use the regular IMDb.com site and/or apps. IMDbPro is an enhancement to be used in addition to IMDb.com, not a replacement. 
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How insulting is that to the regular IMDb users!
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OMG! Really bad news ... I liked the page and its features so much - but removing compact view and other tools is truly bad. Very disappointing, this "update" - sorry, folks! :-(
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So please ...: Is there any chance to bring back my vote diary?! :-/ I do not have any use for most of those changes ... For me it's a total loss of usability and by removing cool features like this one you make all the time, I invested in voting movies, tv-shows and games on IMDB somewhat ... senseless. It would be great benefit to the users to give us back at least some of the things you "removed"! I can't see any progress for me as a user in mostly removing features and making the ones, we still have, much more complicated and less comfortable. What kind of "upgrade" is this?! :-(
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This just sucks so much!  Why on earth would you remove the sort by Title option?  Are you guys smoking crack?  I have loved using IMDB for over 14 years.  This is a useless change that just makes me mad and makes things VERY inconvenient! 
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Wow you guys are making your website less useful in every update. What's the point of having a "Ratings list" if I can only sort them by "Most Recent" and "Top rated"? Advanced search is far more inconvenient to use. Also, the Ratings detail page's design is dumb, it only shows a bar for the most voted rating.

At least you didn't remove that from Watchlist.. (watch it be next)
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Hi, I'm a film studies MA and programmer who was going to search through the IMDb, the only archive I used to track the films that I watch, to plan a screening series of titles that don't receive a lot of votes from this website (since many of them stem from Canada, and rarely receive more than a few thousand public ratings). However, it is very hard for me to search for the films I want now due to the removal of "B," where I could track films by the number of votes it had. Why on earth would a film database make it more difficult to find films?
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Sorry I don't get it, how the Advanced Search should be able to give me the same kind of information.

For example. How can I filter my ratings now to see all movies I rated 9 or 10? In advanced search I only can filter user ratings but not my ratings. Also in the result view I can't sort by my ratings, only user ratings. This is completely useless.

After you remove the boards I thought it could not get worse, but I was wrong again, you guys keep messing up IMDB.
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You can sort by your rating in the Display Options box on the search page as shown above. Adding that sorting option to the results page would be a good idea.
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Thanks Col Needham for the response to Jordan Adler, it's a couple of steps more than I was used to doing to get my movie ratings separated from TV ratings, but I get the same result as I used to.  
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Imdb, do you serious mean I should go next and next and next here, instead of 12 pages with compressed views??? Picture is showing page 2 of 74 of my ratings.
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I generated this url in Advanced Title Search (it should work on your ratings):
http://www.imdb.com/search/title?count=250&my_ratings=restrict&sort=your_rating_date&vie...

This list may not have enough info for your needs, but notice that mouseover the title also shows director and first-credited actors. 

A lot of us miss the Compact Mode of viewing our Lists for a variety of reasons, including our Ratings list.
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The changes do NOT only impact the "Your Ratings" page.  Please don't lie.

The new "Rating by demographic" section on each film's ratings page is truly unreadable.  Why did you change this?  The way it was previously was easy to read at-a-glance as it was nicely formatted one thing per line, with a graph I do believe.  Now, it looks like a webpage with broken CSS - just a plain white table.  It's ugly.
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I don't see how a table crowded with numbers is easier to read than graphs.
Having to open a new page for each sub-division is not good UI.
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I like the new stats page actually. -_-
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Absolutely hate the new ratings display for the Demographics. What was wrong with the "bar graph" display? It was much easier to read.
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I agree with Frank and Fas2 - it's not easier to read.

That was far easier to see at-a-glance what each demographic thought of it, and get an idea of the variation.

If I am honest, though, most of the information is unnecessary.  US and non-US users has no bearing on me, or anyone in a country other than the US, as you group us together... and IMDb was originally a British company.  And the amount of times I actually care what the average 20-something female thinks of a film, I can count on one hand.

Perhaps a simplification, with a "more" option to show the rest of the options, would be more readable?  I personally only look at Top 1,000, IMDb staff and the overall rating.  That leaves 16 ratings that I don't care about.
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They are missing the right/left brain distinctions with the star ratings as well.
7/10 is different than *******---
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Functionality? Sorting by release date was the only thing that made it usable.  The compact view was certainly easier to use.
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Please bring back the compact list view and refine ratings filter!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Missing Information on "Your Ratings" Page.

I constantly post my ratings of films on the IMDb to keep track of all the titles I have seen, and to refer back to in case I need help finding a film or unearthing something I have forgotten.

Currently, my "Your Ratings" page can only sort films in the orders of Top Rated and Most Recent. However, I recall being able to track films based on the number of votes they have. I am now trying to plan a screening series of under-seen Canadian films, and it will be very time-consuming for me to go through every page to track down the films I need.

I want to know why there are fewer options to sort through ratings. I also recall being able to look at a film by genre, year of release, the star-rating (out of 10) I gave it. Today, I looked on both Safari and Firefox browsers, and nothing. Any idea where these options went?
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Please see our answer above on http://www.imdb.com/search/title
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How do I refine my ratings ? I want to check how many movies I've rated but they ....
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You can filter by title type via advanced search on http://www.imdb.com/search/title

For example, for feature films by popularity -> http://www.imdb.com/search/title?my_ratings=restrict&title_type=feature

Feature films sorted by your rating -> http://www.imdb.com/search/title?my_ratings=restrict&sort=my_ratings&title_type=feature
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This is really dumb move. What on earth you are make your website harder to use?
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I have noticed a problem with the ratings totals. In my case it tells me I have 7,285 ratings. I keep a separate excel spreadsheet and know that my total ratings are 7,240. When I export and go to the last line in the excel spreadsheet it tells me there are 7,285...however, the export inserts 45 blank lines which is not good.  I wanted to bring this to your attention in case you were unaware. It is frustrating to not know how many total titles you have voted for unless you export, open in excel, sort by title, and go to the bottom to see your true count.

Also, I am disappointed that you have eliminated the ratings filtering options. I used to have over 20,000 ratings because I rated TV episodes, but I could not export a file that large because it would time out. The filter option was the only way I could get my records exported in batches. After 5+ years and being told my problem only affected the few and would not be fixed I simply removed all my TV episode votes and just voted for the TV series. (This is why I'm now just over 7,000 votes) However, if/when I reach that "file to  large" timeout, I will be unable to export my ratings.

Now I want to appeal to you as a long time user (18+ years) and a Top 250 contributor, if/when this happens I hope you will provide an alternative export option or I will probably no longer use this site. I have found many other websites that provide functionality that you have removed...like message boards. Please don't force me away.

Thank you,

David

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Thanks for the feedback. 

Your correct count is 7,240 -- the 45 blanks in the export should correspond to titles which were on IMDb at some point and have since been deleted or merged.  Since you have voted for them it is more likely these are all merged duplicates.  We do need to fix the export though so thanks for the reminder. 

You can still filter via advanced search at http://www.imdb.com/search/title and this change is part of an on-going software improvement process which should eventually eliminate the old timeouts. 
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Thank you for the helpful and quick response. I was speaking with a fellow software engineer and we speculated that this was probably the reason for the blanks. Personally, I have no problem with using the advanced search instead. I am very concerned with export timeouts. Right now that's the only way to get my ratings history data.
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... titles which were on IMDb at some point
and have since been deleted or merged. 
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Thank you for the helpful and quick response.
I was speaking with a fellow software engineer
and we speculated that this was probably the reason
for the blanks.
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http://www.imdb.com/stats
Titles: 4,615,802
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4615802/
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Many have been deleted or merged
Titles: 7,600,000
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt7600000/


IMDb should add the Date Title and Name page was created and updated

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Thank you for the helpful and quick response. I was speaking with a fellow software engineer and we speculated that this was probably the reason for the blanks.
We have removed any merged titles from the export now.  The number exported should match the number on the site.
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Col,

Thank you again for the quick response. The ratings export file does show my correct number of ratings which is now 7,271. However, on the "My Profile" and "My Ratings" pages it is still displaying the incorrect total of 7,316.  Currently, the only way to know how many films I've voted on is to export my ratings, open the file in excel, and scroll to the bottom to see the correct total votes number.

Any estimate on when the orphaned records will be cleaned up on titles that were removed for me and others this affects?

Thanks,

David

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Thank you Charlie Fulton, i will go to Letterboxd, maybe it will suit me more now. With no disrespect to Mr. Col Needham - you can defend the changes all you want starting every sentence with politically correct 'you can do this..., you are still able...' Yes, we know. The thing is we do not want to. I say at least give us compact view instead of grind view.  We are the users after all, we are what makes this site what it is.  Of course, by the end of the day we will see how much you care for our opinions, or you will do as you like, cause let's face it - 200 members will leave, the rest will stay anyway and you know it. This is just the opportunity for someone to create a better site than IMDB for all disappointed members to join.
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I used the "My Ratings" page essentially as a viewing diary. A bookmark to the compact view took me directly to a nice, simple overview of what I'd seen--easy to scan when looking for recommendations for others--and I enjoyed that same compactness when looking at it in viewing order. As far as I can tell, that functionality is lost on IMDb now. The viewing dates are hidden. The "card" view is absurdly painful to scan. The more compact results of the advanced search screen don't seem to sort by my rating. The sort I prefer on the My Ratings page cannot be bookmarked.

The /[username]/films/diary/by/entry-rating/ view on Letterboxd shows basically the view that I wish IMDb still offered. I did find exporting my data to be very easy--thank you for that. The importer on Letterboxd is currently free, so all I had to do for now was change some headings ("Const" -> "imdbID"; "Your Rating" -> "Rating10"; and "Date Added" -> "WatchedDate") and write a little script to convert the WatchedDate to "YYYY-MM-DD" format.

However, I appreciate that IMDb has much more data overall (e.g. TV shows!), so I really wish I didn't have to use another service.
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stefano stefano

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IMDb basically made a big gift to its competitors. The masterminds of this "upgrade" (actually a downgrading) should be as well immediately "upgraded" (downgraded or fired).
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Alexander Praeger

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Normally I never write in forums, but these changes are very anoying! The "advance title search" is great, don't get me wrong, but all this update gives us is less statistics, I would have loved to have more after an update. I used imdb every day for more than 5 years, this will definitly change, if "refine ratings" isn't coming back.
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stefano stefano

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Folks, please bring back the compact view! I cannot think you are saving significant resources from removing it! I loved to have all the informations I cared in one line! If you want to remove something, remove that pointless detailed view (when I want details, I use to click a title link).

Also, as suggested above I tried the "export" function in the "my ratings" page and it is a total disaster: all the movies are listed in their original titles instead of being in my native Italian language (i.e. an obscure "Omoide no Mânî" instead of a familiar "Quando c'era Marnie"), and ordering per voting date is basically impossible (if I select it the result is odd, a film rated on "Tue Oct 10 20:32:19 UTC 2017" is followed by one rated on "Tue Oct 11 01:01:01 UTC 2011" and then by one rated on "Tue Oct 14 21:10:53 UTC 2014").
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Frazer Caird

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Can I ask that you at least allow us to either (a) sort our ratings by 'date rated' order as an option in advanced search or (b) reformat the date in the export spreadsheet - you are aware that, as stefano (above) mentions, that the current way you have did it means it is impossible to sort the spreadsheet by date which defeats the purpose of a spreadsheet. My strong preference would be option (a) as option (b) means having to continually download a new spreadsheet every time you rate a new movie which is pretty regressive stuff you must surely realise, although unfortunately it is actually a better option than what we currently have. At least with one of these workarounds we can continue to view our ratings in date order with the facility to filter by specific criteria. I use this simple feature literally every day, which is what is making this so frustrating.