Lists: Accessing The End Of VERY Long User Lists

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When it comes to very long user lists, I find the paging features of IMDb to be very inadequate. If you are looking at a 1000 item list, for instance, the only way to access pages very deep in the list is to flip one page at a time until you get there. With only 100 items displayed per page, it would take you "forever" to get to the very end of a 1000 item list. Even worse is the fact that the selector to go to the next page in the list is ONLY at the BOTTOM of each page, which means that you have to scroll down each page before you can go on to the next page. It would at least be an improvement if you could select going to the next page at the top AS WELL as the bottom of each page, so that you wouldn't needlessly have to scroll through the whole page just to get to the next page. Many other websites have 7 or 8 or more pages available for a user to jump to. Then, if you select the last available page, the system automatically displays the next 7 or 8 pages or whatever amount. Thus, you can at least jump through the list 7 or 8 pages at a time. Many websites even feature a "last page" & "first page" link on every page of a long list, so that you can jump to the end or beginning of a long list. If a "last page" link were available on IMDb user lists, then at least you could flip backwards from the end & get into the deeper pages that way. I just read about a "filter" option on user lists on this message board  that I wasn't aware of & that would help to get at items buried deep in a very long list, & I will definitely check that out. However, even a well defined filter system doesn't solve the basic problem because with very long lists you would might still need to flip through a heck of a lot of pages to get to the part of the filtered list that you're interested in. Also, you might not think of a possible filter that would get you to a particular item that you might be interested in. There is a display feature for user lists that displays only one line per item, thereby showing more items per page, thereby lessening the number of pages that you would need to flip through to get to the end of a list, but with a 1000 item list that's still A LOT of pages to flip through, and the one line per item display has very limited information about each item. SO-O-O-O, to make a long story short, the IMDb user list system has very PRIMITIVE paging features for very long list access that REALLY needs to be improved, unless there's something that I'm just ignorant about. 

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As an alternative (instead of using the page links), you can edit the
"start" parameter in the URL  (The "start" parameter specifies the
index of the first entry displayed on the page.)

Just for example, here is one long list
(chosen at random, this list is not mine):

http://www.imdb.com/list/ls004128506/

That list contains 3118+ titles.
Click in your browser's address box to edit the URL.
Add ?start=3019 to the URL, and then press the Enter key.
This will display entries #3019 and beyond:

http://www.imdb.com/list/ls004128506/?start=3019

When you are viewing a list URL that already contains a "start" parameter,
you can change its value to go to any other index position in the list.
(For example, to view entries starting with #1500, click in your browser's
address box, set the start parameter value to 1500, and press the Enter key.)
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Thank You Very Much !!!   Although you response seems to reinforce my opinion that the paging feature for IMDb user lists is, in fact, primitive & inadequate, you at least gave me a way to compensate for it, a way that is both practical & easy to implement.
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Hi Joe Kulik,

I agree with you, longer IMDb lists should have better page navigation, much like what is implemented for the IMDb message boards.

There are two suggestions related to your problem. I recommend that you click the "like" button for both.

Page # bar on each page for long searches
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/page_bar_on_each_page_for_long_searches

Pagination Links on Lists
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/pagination_links_on_lists

Until IMDb implements these ideas, what Nobody suggests is you best option for accessing lists from other people.

When you create a long list, you may wish to add page navigation similar to this list:
Many Degrees of Kevin Bacon - Films with Most Votes (Actors)
http://www.imdb.com/list/ls006743621/
Page:
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40
41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50
51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59
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I don't understand the part of your reply that refers to the "Many Degrees of Kevin Bacon" list. 1) I went to this list & saw the pagination matrix that you display in your response, but when I click on any of the page numbers, it just brings me back to page 01 !!!   IT DOESN"T WORK !!!   2) Are you saying that I can insert such a (working) pagination matrix into one of my lists???? If so, how would I accomplish that ???
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1)  Try this instead. I had not updated the navigation since IMDb changed naming conventions for lists.

2) Yes, you could insert such a matrix into one of your lists. The code is shown below. Simply replace the list ID with the list ID for your list. The code only works inside IMDb lists.

Page:
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40
41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50
51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59

This is the code:

Page:
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