Lists: Add custom templates for display of list item content

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I am using the website's list functionality to manage my own movie disc collection. I like how IMDB website keeps track of my titles, however I want to display the items in a custom format. Let's call it a template.

My current solution is to use a spreadsheet with columns for all attributes I need e.g. title, year, photo, rating, director, top 3 cast members - then use s/s macros to transform the raw data into HTML (as table cell content items) which I paste into a blank HTML document. Drawbacks: slow, error-prone, goes stale over time.

Given that all of my content data resides in IMDB, and you guys already manage well website account info (logins, lists, list content, display formatting), what I am seeking/proposing is not a huge step (as a concept).

So, for a given list item (title), I would like to be able to use board markup along the lines of:

[title]
[title.year]
[director.1.name]
[cast.1.name] [cast.1.character] [cast1.image]
[link=director.1]
[link=cast.1]

as well as simple HTML formatting, whether in HTML or board format.

For me to write a custom web server solution, I would need to learn how to write web server code, and how to use the IMDB web API. Doable, but again your website does 98% of the work already.

Your thoughts?

(Also, as a new IMDB user, a link to your web API doco would be handy.)
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Kane

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Posted 4 years ago

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Dan Dassow, Champion

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Hi Kane Muir,

Note: I am a long time user of IMDb, not a staff member. What I write below may not correspond to IMDb's position.
(Also, as a new IMDB user, a link to your web API doco would be handy.)
To my knowledge IMDb does not provide a web services API. They do, however, provide an alternate interface via FTP.
http://www.imdb.com/interfaces

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I like your idea in principle. However, I am uncertain whether I would customize the display of my lists except as a curiosity. As such, I have not clicked the vote button on this thread.

IMDb's management and technical staff need to assess the resources necessary to implement and support your idea and balance that against the utility and how frequently it would be used. I would assess your idea as follows:
  • Resources to implement: moderate
  • Resources to support: this has the potential of requiring a lot of help desk support
  • Utility: moderate
  • Frequency of use: low, probably limited to tech savvy people
IMDb is more likely to consider you idea if there is sufficient interest. I recommend that you ask your friends, colleagues and family to click the vote button. I would also recommend that you thoughtfully promote your idea in the appropriate forums.
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OK, thanks for your quick reply.

All interested readers - please ++vote !!

Hmmm, which forum is that? (Yes, I'm a newbie.)
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Kane,

Obviously I was unclear in what I wrote. If you participate in a technical discussion group regarding APIs, that would be a place to promote your idea, but do so respectfully so it does not appear that you are spamming the discussion group.