ATS: Add the filter options to the sidebar of the search results

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Lists come with some very fancy tools for filtering the items on the list, but go through to the advanced search:http://www.imdb.com/search/titleand the ability to filter disappears, leaving a rather empty sidebar, when what someone might want to do at this point is filter for feature films as that is a hell of a lot of TV:http://www.imdb.com/search/title?keyw... via the main keywords you get a completely different set of results and options:http://www.imdb.com/keyword/zombie/You get the same when, for example clicking on from genre lists:http://www.imdb.com/genre/horror/Even with the explore options you get a limit set of options:http://www.imdb.com/search/title?genr... you could use it to create much more refined results without trying to go back to the advanced search results (as there isn't a handy link the one at the bottom of the list filters or a permalink link):http://www.imdb.com/search/title?genr...: You basically have half a dozen different sidebars offering different (or no) options and returning different results, often with no way to adjust the results or click back to the main search area.Solution: You need a relatively consistent set of sidebar filters, at least on the more dynamic search pages (as opposed perhaps to the static top level pages for genre and keyword, although an argument could also be made for linking straight to the dynamic search pages), with links on to the advanced search page, possibly with some contextual features - like the bit on the keyword's pages offering related keywords.Conclusion: This would not only simplify things for the user (who get predictable and actually useful page layouts) but it should also simplify the back end, which is running all sorts of different kinds of pages and must be a pain to update.Also: I've tagged a few other threads here which raise concerns over these kinds of problems (which have prompted me to boil it down to this one suggestion):https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/tags...
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Wow. This guy rocks! Please listen to him. Or better yet, hire him.
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Yeah, whoever he is!!
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First, sorry for the belated response.
I hear you and really appreciate the detailed explanation. We hope to revisit this and make the sidebar filtering experience for advanced title and name search results more useful and predictable.
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Thanks Brent, much appreciated - I'll put you on my Christmas card list. It is a naked Christmas card (and has been for years), so you've been warned.
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Great! I'll be checking my mailbox.
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And for "checking" you mean... "burning"?;)
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Also I was thinking about the link back to the advanced title search - would it be possible to fill in all the relevant fields consistently?

The functionality is nearly there (it seems to be all there in the ATS page already), but not working 100% on list sidebars linking into it.

So on my list here:

http://www.imdb.com/list/xbY59mdFHUs/

The "View all filters" gives this link:

http://www.imdb.com/search/title?defa...

Which when followed selects that list.

However, change to genre=action and it changes to this link:

http://www.imdb.com/search/title?defa...

Which preselects the Action genre, but we lose the lists fields. However, if I hack those URLs together to get:

http://www.imdb.com/search/title?defa...

It works as you'd hope it would, filling in the genre and list field.

So I'd love to see the AST link working as you'd expect it to on lists and then this would also work in a similar way on the search results (I am unsure how it is all coded - if they'd both draw from a single central script then it can be modified later, if not then you'd want to tweak the list sidebar coding to test it before adding it to the search results).
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Given the internet is universal - filters in addition to search and listings would be great.  At the moment - a general browse for what is hot returns too many results from listings I am not interested in - ie Indian cinema.  

Also when viewing user ratings - it would be very helpful to see the number of votes cast - to sort the family and friends from the independent based on sheer volume of votes.

Keep up the good work.
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Any progress? It's been more than a year. I think IMDb not working so hard and they're too lazy to work. Well done!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Advanced search would be greater, if you could change the filters without need to....
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Filtering, not sorting.

On lists like these http://www.imdb.com/search/title?!my_... is nice to be able to sort. What would be nicer would be functionality to filter. For example: Now if I'm sorting on user rating I still get crappy movies because I can;t filter out the ones with only a couple of votes.