Get rid of video links in the search bar pulldown list.

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The video links that have started popping up in the pulldown menu when you type in the first few letters of a movie are completely unnecessary. If I wanted to view your videos, I'd go to the page in question. The sole purpose of this list is to make it quicker to find what you're looking for, and this purpose is completely thwarted when you have to scroll down past these pointless video links to find the right movie.

Case in point: I'm trying to look up Blade Runner and get Blade Runner 2049 as the first entry. Normally, I'd be able to move my mouse up and select the next item on the list, which is the original Blade Runner. But, no, I now have to scroll past these annoying video links to get to what I'm looking for. 

Yeah, it's not a great hardship, and I can live with it. But it's a completely unnecessary annoyance. If I wanted to watch videos, I can go to the page. The search bar list is a time-saving device, and you've ruined its primary function with this ridiculous new "feature".
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It is weird how IMDb developers give us features that we did not ask for yet struggle to give us one that we desperately want.
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David Frost

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I used to like reading the user comments on movies and TV shows. But I guess, like so much else in social media, the platform just got too toxic to support any longer. This is why we can't have nice things, I guess.
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They are like Mr Strickland handing out detention slips in the hallway.
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I agree with David. If people want to watch trailers, they can go to the page for the film and see if there is a trailer there.
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Hi all,
Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback. We do appreciate hearing your opinion on our newest features as it helps us to identify where we can make improvements and updates to better your experience.

Could you write us back with a bit more information on having to scroll past video links? Are you saying you have to scroll the page down due to the size/number of video links, or are you referring to moving your mouse cursor past the videos that appear in the search bar to arrive at your intended result?

It would also be greatly helpful if you could provide a screenshot with your explanation that can be used as an example when I reach out to the proper team.
Thanks in advance for helping us improve IMDb!

- Steve
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Yes referring to moving your mouse cursor past the videos that appear in the search bar to arrive at your intended result?

Trailers when I search are Ignored. So if someone thought it is a good idea marketing wise, they are mistaken. They are background video noise you automatically ignore while looking for you intended target. When I have gone racing, the 20,000 people in the stands are not there. Most people are focused. When I arrive at the title page however I do notice the recommended for you, or you might like these similar titles. But never in the search bar. They are annoying
Thanks.
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Actually, it's useless to scroll. Because the moment you click on the scroll bar at the right, in an attempt to scroll - the search input based dynamically generated list 'disappears'! So, you are ultimately left with just two options to view on the list, instead of 5 or 6, earlier! It's a debilitating feature(instead of adding any value) unless you have a 50 inch computer screen on which you are using IMDb!
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Steve: Here's an example of what you get when you try to search for Bao, the Pixar short that accompanies Incredibles 2 in theaters.



I wouldn't say that this satisfies the principle of least astonishment.
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Thanks for providing the screenshot, I have forwarded this along with your specific feedback to the team in charge of search.

In this case, the title is appearing in the search results due to the original title '3D Rou pu tuan: Ji le bao jian'.
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Steve: I can understand the title showing up in the search results, but that doesn't mean that the video link needs to be included, too.

Besides, the third title in the search bar is "Revenge" (2011), which is an American, English-language television series. Apparently it wound up as a top search choice for "bao" just because its title in Vietnam is "Bao Thu". So it looks like the search function is just using any title to populate the results, not only the original title and the title in the user's own language (which for me is English).
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Thanks for the additional feedback, gromit82. We've forwarded this to the appropriate team.
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Here's another screen shot, it's kind of unbelievably obnoxious, and filling the results with barely related content kind of totally defeats the benefits auto-complete searching:

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And here's another one I just saw where it's even worse because you have multiple rows of videos for different things:



And another:



That's 6 videos with only 2 actual results... that's total chaos.
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Yes, please just get rid of it. It is totally unnecessary, just more "change for change" sake. Nobody asked for this, nobody wants it.
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I posted this months ago and never check my g-mail, so I didn't know I got replies. Thanks for the feedback. I also notice that it's marked "Solved" at the top of the page, but I still get the same results for Blade Runner, Star Wars, etc. Videos are still in the pulldown menu, ruining the ease with which we used to be able to use the pulldown menu. I don't know how that qualifies as being "solved".
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Can you unmark it as Solved?  Because it's still not solved, and it's a unmitigated disaster.  I have no idea what they were thinking with this, it breaks like basic website 101 functionality. 
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Keep in mind that I love watching trailers and clips sometimes. I'm glad IMDB has these videos. I just want, as RW said above, more "basic website 101 functionality" with the search bar.
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Yeah, just to be clear, I am in no way against video content on the site.

The problem is the search box is for searching.
  I know this seems obvious, but somehow in their haste to push more video content it's been completely overlooked.

Now, maybe they thought what we were searching for would be videos, but let's be honest, if we wanted to watch a trailer for Titanic we would just go to the Titanic page.  I would maybe get it if people searched for "Titanic Trailer" or "Titanic Videos", but the term "Titanic" should only pull up results with Titanic in the title or person's name.

And even if we pretend for a moment that this is something people wanted or didn't know they needed, the fact of the matter is that almost none of the of the results are relevant

Sure, if you're searching for a movie that's coming out soon there might be a trailer for that movie which is maybe relevant.  However, and this is a big however, the vast majority of the video results are for things that nobody would ever watch.  Nobody is searching for the name of a movie that came out 3 years ago is going to click on  a 30 second behind the scenes featurette for an entirely different movie from 20 years ago.  Nobody is searching for a TV show and then clicking on a video for an interview about what's coming up in Season 3 when the show is already on Season 7.

The use case for these videos is such a small fraction of actual searches, and even if that is indeed the content people are looking for, they can still just go to the title page and watch them there.  Literally nothing of value is lost.

The most interesting thing about this whole debacle, is that I guarantee the people that work for IMDb hate this change, because every single day they're probably searching the site to fix and update things, and they have to slog through all of the same crap we are.  It reeks of one of those weird clueless management decisions that shifts some paradigm or integrates something vertically.  I have to imagine the editors are just shaking their heads and clenching their jaws every time they search and start scrolling down trying to find the result they're actually looking for.
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I wonder why OP has mentioned about 'scrolling'?!! Because the moment you click on the scroll bar(or anywhere else for that matter) on the right, in an attempt to scroll - the list disappears! So, it's not only useless, but a counterproductive feature - because unless one is using IMDb on 50 inches computer screen(which I assume IMDb staff assumes about the general world population), this feature limits the viewable/clickable items on that 'search input based dynamically generated' list to just 2 or 3!
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You're right, that is dumb.  For what it's worth, you can still scroll with the mouse wheel, which is what I do.

Amazing that this "feature" hasn't been removed yet.
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Yep, that's why I mentioned "scrolling". I use the mouse wheel exclusively for scrolling. I never use the scroll bar, so I wasn't aware the pulldown list disappears when you click on it. Geez, that does make it more of a headache for some people.
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Thank you for the feedback! I've forwarded this information to our engineering team for further review.

Since the remainder of this post was regarding feedback about the videos in the search suggestion, I'm going to separate this conversation regarding the scroll bar issue into a separate thread.
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Separate issue.

Please reference the new conversation here: Search Suggestions - Unable to Click Scroll Bar
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FULL DISCLAIMER: I am in no way a coder, I just brute forced this, and I offer zero support in helping you with it :)

I made a little userstyle/userscript that hides the stupid Suggested Videos from the search results.  I say "hide" because it doesn't "remove" them, you just can't see them.  The reason I mention that is because if you down-arrow through the results it will still highlight them in the background, you just can't see it, so to go to result number 3 you might have to press down 5 times.  Hope that makes sense.

Anyway, here's the code:

https://pastebin.com/vkTfiTnr

That script above is for Firefox using Stylus.  You literally just choose Write a New Script, hit Import, paste, click Overwrite, then name it and save it.

It probably works in Chrome with Stylus, and I'm sure there's a way to convert it to a userscript that can be used with Tampermonkey or Greasemonkey, but I don't know what it is.

Before:

https://images2.imgbox.com/64/14/tzJ8hox4_o.jpg

After:

https://images2.imgbox.com/89/11/cvaOceFa_o.jpg

Hope this helps!

If you know what I'm talking about, then you're free to use that above code.  If this sounds like gibberish to you, then you should probably skip it and just continue suffering through the useless Suggested Videos :D

Edit: Thanks to Jeorj Euler I was able to edit the post and clean it up.  Appreciate it!
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