Can we get multiple watchlists?

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I think it's great that IMDb let's you make as many lists as you want and share with the world which actors you think have the best facial hair.

But I find lists really inferior to the watchlist. Lists are great for rankings and silly stuff but not so much for keeping track o things. The formatting and features that go with the watchlist (especially recommendations) are so superior and it's so much easier to use. I'd love multiple watchlists. I'd like to be able to keep a list of tv/film that I'm planning to check out separate from shows I'm currently watching and into. I'd like to get recommendations based on both of those things, but not mixed together. I'd like to be able to create a list that keeps track of movies and shows I have watched, but that I'm not into right now. And if IMDb added additional features it would be awesome to go to my list of things I've watched and get breakdowns. Am I watching more cable or internet? Do I strongly favour media created in a particular country? Do I favor projects that involve so-and-so? Do I watch more sci-fi or drama? How do those numbers compare to the numbers that I get from my list of things I'm currently watching? Or compare to the numbers off of my to-do list?

I'm someone who's generally loathe to give companies lots of information so a recommendation like this is kinda odd coming from me, but that should give you an idea of just how much I'd love a feature like this.
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Thanks for all that. As there a few things in there I'll break it down:

* You can break down your watchlist using the sidebar, so films in your wishlist is:

http://www.imdb.com/user/urXXXXXXX/wa...

* The recommendations isn't that great anyway, it'd be nice if they improved it and if they did it'd be good if they drew on the filtering you'd applied. I'm really thinking of one central recommendations engine that could draw on the context (tv series in your Watchlist, the film you are currently looking at, your rated films, etc.).

* Watched lists have been suggested before, however, as mentioned there, you can create a list for things you've watched and that can be filtered using the sidebar and staff consider the Chekins to be a de facto Watched list already (and your ratings also cover this territory):
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topi...
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topi...

* I do like the idea of having more analytics, presumably drawing on your ratings - you can already get some of this on your profile, under the "more" link in the sidebar. This gives you your ratings broken down by year and genre.
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I've noticed that recommendations vary wildly. Sometimes they're fairly excellent and sometimes . . . well, sometimes they're not. In fact, this is one of the reasons I want the ability to create custom watchlists. There are some shows and movies where I go and jump to IMDb to see if the rec lists were helpful. And too often, they're not. It's not that the recs make no sense (though that does happen sometimes). I get why someone who liked (genre, actor, etc) would also like these other things, but that's not the thing about the show that I really loved so the recs don't show me what I'm looking for. I was hoping to be able to create small lists, groupings of shows that share a quality that I love that I don't see reflected in the recs for the individual items. The theory I had was that by identifying what it was that I liked, and identifying other shows with the same qualities, I'd be able to get recs that worked for me.

Even if IMDb creates the best analytics system in the world recs aren'ts always going to be helpful. The more information I can give IMDb about what I liked and what I didn't the better the recs will be. And being able to look for recs based on commonalities in various shows would be insanely helpful. Maybe, a favorites list, that would get extra weight. Especially if it was possible to watch a show but favorite an episode or a season. Or hey, even a character! I know that you can rate individual episodes, but that's pretty time intensive.

That said, IMDb analytics are often mediocre at best and I'm not sure why. They collect a tonne of data and I don't know what they're doing with it. Recommendations should take into account ratings, check-ins, watchlist as well as reviews (linguistic and context analysis would be awesome) and other things. If I could create watchlists and set-up the details of how they function I'd use IMDb a lot more. It would be awesome if I could go to watchlist and be told when new episodes were coming out of when a film was going to be available on TV. Or when an actor I liked was guesting on a TV show or starting a new project. IMDb has a great opportunity to integrate social media. It would be awesome if I could get film recs from actors, directors or critics. IMDb does an okay job on connectivity but they could do so much better. How awesome would it be to go to a page for a film and see that it won an award for costume or actor and be able to go and see who they were nominated against, who else has won the award, other work by award winner, other highly rated/critically acclaimed films featuring (actor, director)? Some of this stuff you can do now, but it's not that easy and it would be awesome to be able to do more. To go to an actor's page and see their works not just by year, but alphabetically, by IMDb rating, by awards, by length of film time, by length of actor screen time, by type of film, by period in history the film takes place. Some of these would be insanely useful and some would just be fun. Can you imagine going to an actor's IMDb page and looking through their works starting in the 200 B.C.E. and ending in 4500 C.E.? That would be so much fun! Or going to a page for a miniseries and clicking to the FAQ because I want to see what music was featured and being able to go to a page that shows me other shows that have used the same song or the same artist. There's a reason that 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon is based on the film industry. The level of connectivity is kinda insane, and it's despite the fact that we now have the levels of necessary computing power and the internet, no one's really taken advantage of this.

I get that IMDb thinks that check-ins are awesome, but the check-in system sucks. It's insanely difficult to use, it's missing on a lot of pages (it's missing on more pages then I can find it on) and I don't know why (things released ages ago, not recently), and it's completely public. It also means that I have to go to a page, add it to my check-list, then remove it from my watchlist. IMDb makes large portions of the site very easy to use and intuitive but not check-ins.

Besides, even if check-ins worked perfectly there's not the customisation that I'm looking for. Maybe I've seen every episode of a show and it's off the air, so I've seen it entirely but I'm still currently watching it. Maybe it's in syndication so I catch it a lot or maybe I just love it and watch it all the time. I'd like to keep track of things I've seen, things I want to see, things I'm currently watching, and smaller groupings and subsections and be able to receive recs based on one of these subgroups or more than one or all, and the system doesn't really lend itself to that now. There's so, so much that IMDb could do, features it could offer that are desperately wanted, features it really needs to fix because it works terribly and ways it could branch out that would be so good for it. IMDb could take advantage of what it already does and the user base it already has and diversify and do new things that would not only make IMDb on a level of their own without any real competition, but could create new revenue streams.

It's kinda sad that I can come up with a vision for IMDb that far surpasses what they're doing in a small amount of my spare time. This is only part of it. They want the rest they have to hire me :). IMDb is really frustrating me right now. They refuse to implement some pretty easy and very desired features, the features they do have are not to easy to use (looking at you check-in) and I could do a much better job if this was my company. I have great ideas for the review system, the editing process, the boards and so much more but they aren't even implementing common sense things that have been requested over and over again.
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Again quite a lot of stuff there, enough for a few dedicated suggestion threads, rather than getting them lost in this one.

Can you imagine going to an actor's IMDb page and looking through their works starting in the 200 B.C.E. and ending in 4500 C.E.? That would be so much fun!


IMDB doesn't even store that data beyond the keywords section, so I can't see this happening.

Or going to a page for a miniseries and clicking to the FAQ because I want to see what music was featured and being able to go to a page that shows me other shows that have used the same song or the same artist.


I'm sure we've discussed this before on here somewhere - I could see Amazon being interested in IMDB drawing together the soundtrack area information so there is a page for each song and/or it links through to a music database that Amazon owns (they have owned one but recently closed it down) which would help drive MP3 sales. People could watch a film, think "I like that song", look up the soundtrack and get a link on to Amazon where they can download it (now I think about it I wonder if the Kindle Fire's X-ray system, which partly draws on IMDB data already does this - it'd be mad not to, one click song buying while actually watching the film? They'd love that):

https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topi...

I get that IMDb thinks that check-ins are awesome, but the check-in system sucks. It's insanely difficult to use, it's missing on a lot of pages (it's missing on more pages then I can find it on)


I use it quite a bit (it is handy for spotting films I've watched but not rated too) and can't think I've run across a page where it didn't exist.Feel free to flag them up when you see them (in a separate "problem" thread) as this would need looking into.

I'd like to keep track of things I've seen, things I want to see, things I'm currently watching, and smaller groupings and subsections and be able to receive recs based on one of these subgroups or more than one or all, and the system doesn't really lend itself to that now.


That is what the lists system is for - they can't really hardcode a lot of increasingly fine-grained "special" lists like that.

There's so, so much that IMDb could do, features it could offer that are desperately wanted, features it really needs to fix because it works terribly and ways it could branch out that would be so good for it.


Indeed - I have quite a few suggestions under my belt:
https://getsatisfaction.com/people/mi...

And have given a big thumbs up to others. The problem is that they only have limited resources for improving the coding of the site, so have to target their resources. That is partly what this place is for, as it gives them a way to see what people want - which is why it is important to +1 ideas you like.

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