Lists: Add alphabetical sort order to name lists

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Is this where I can share a suggestion I have? I have two lists of favorite actors/actresses, and sometimes it's hard to remember if I have already added a name to the list. It would be so helpful if there was an option to sort the names and/or titles on the list alphabetically, and not just by number or date added. That way you could easily see if any are already on the list, and won't accidentally repeat them.Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: Updates to List Pages.
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Ashley Estes

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Posted 9 months ago

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Al Henness

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I'm with you, Ashley.  If they have an option to sort your lists alphabetically, why not the data (names) within the lists alphabetically.  Either this suggestion is falling on deaf ears or we're getting the 'big ignore'.  I've asked this question for almost over a year on another post and some of my 'ideas' have vanished.  Good luck with yours.  If the techs from IMDb follow through with this request, you'll be the savior of many an IMDb subscribers.
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Ray Gates

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The option used to exist a couple of years ago.  It is strange that they would remove it.
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Al Henness

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I’m with you, Ray.  The sort ‘by name’ option allowed you readily review your lists to see if an entry already existed if you wanted to make an addition.  Why they removed that option is beyond me.  Who remembers when the date an entry was made to the lists, I sure don’t keep track.  With the present set of sort options, you have to scan the entire file to see if an entry is there.  Whoever passed that change sure has a different perspective on things.






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MAthePA

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People, I'm also with you, but can not understand what do you mean:

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Al Henness

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MAthePA -- I sure don’t know how you got that many drop-down options for a sort in your illustration.  I only have 4 lists on my account, 3 of them are for people (actors/directors/actresses) and the last, favorite movies.   Up until a couple years ago, I added/subtracted entries after sorting my lists alphabetically.  It made life a whole lot easier maintaining my lists.  Now, when I sign in and I'm presented with my lists, after I click into a specific list and go to the ‘Sort by’ box, the only option under the ‘List Order’ is ‘Date Added’.  If I could see ‘Alphabetical’ as an option to choose from, I’d be in heaven brother.






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MAthePA

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Aha, now I see!
The lists for people show no magic:


BTW, when editing any list we also have only two options to sort. It is very uncomfortable, indeed.

May be they just can not decide how it should be sorted: first names or surnames...
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Al Henness

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The sort, a couple years ago, was based on first name.  I'd be satisfied either way as long as there were an alpha sort option available.