Why is it that ANYONE can add info to a movie. I am a casting Director and very upset

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Tara Thomas

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Posted 7 years ago

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Ms Thomas, IMDb grew out of a list of films and actors maintained by a dedicated group of fans. Col Needham (Founder and CEO of IMDb) was a member of that group. As such, there is a strong history of users contributing content to IMDb.

Although registered users can submit cast information, they need to provide evidence to the IMDb editors such as links to reviews or news articles as evidence. See IMDb FAQs: Adding + Correcting Data [http://www.imdb.com/updates/guide/faq] for more details.

Registered users can directly edit the Parents Guide and FAQs.

Because users can submit information to IMDb, Wikipedia does not consider it a reliable source of information.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedi...

For more information on IMDb's history see:
http://www.imdb.com/features/15thanni...
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As well as everything Dan said, what is the actual problem? It might be there is an explanation for this.
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Wikipedia says IMDb is unrealiable? This is weird coming from an even more unreliable source!
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But Wikipedia acknowledge that too and you get laughed out by most people if their argument goes "but that's what it says on Wikipedia."

When you crowdsource information then you also have to accept that any specific piece of data needs to be treated with caution and you can never describe yourself as a reliable source. However, it means you can generate huge amounts of content if you get enough users to build momentum and this as a whole can help self-correct for errors. That means it can be very useful to general users, as long as they use a bit of critical thinking and don't accept everything as gospel.
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Of course, IMDb doesn't consider Wikipedia a valid source of documentation either.
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I have limited experience updating IMDb info and always include a link if I can. Nevertheless, my success at demonstrating goofs or goofs incorrectly considered to be goofs is only about 50%. Sometimes I'll report something that is widely known to be untrue (e.g. that Dale Robertson died in Oklahoma instead of San Diego) and dozens of people are with me. I don't count those because of the crowd that catches the error at the same time.

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