How to view and edit AKAs for tv episodes (take 2)

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How do you view AKAs for episodes of a series? AKAs are always on the same subpage as Release Dates, but tv episodes don't show them.

On the main title page for an episode you might see an AKA in the Details section and if it's got its attribute set to "imdb display title", it'll show up as the page top header title for your country if your preferences have that set. After the entry in the Details section there is always a "see more" link that goes to the subpage, but that AKA is not listed there, none are; there's not even an "AKA" section on that subpage.

When editing, I clicked the box to show all categories, but AKA doesn't show up as a choice! I tried hardcoding the URL like this: https:// contribute.imdb.com/updates?update=tt0123456:AKA but still nothing showed up.

There are AKAs I see for tv episodes and they need to be deleted or changed. I would need to see the details, including country and attributes. How do I do this? How does one view the list of AKAs for tv episodes anyway?
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Please provide specific examples (URLs) where you see AKAs for TV episodes.
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As was explained in a previous thread, AKAs for episodes are not supported.

Some parts of the system may well be able to handle them and they may arise from merges or other changes but there is no support for adding, deleting or changing them.

If you see one and report it here, staff will be able to delete it - probably.

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I see lots, not just one. Here's a bunch to start with:

tt0687990
tt0688024
tt0688020
tt0291751
tt9426808
tt7635808
tt0072093

I've seen AKAs on episodes for years. Those above are just a few I've seen on titles I've recently worked with. I notice some of the AKAs are foreign languages. One of those has 4 release dates listed for 4 countries (on the subpage). There must be 4 AKAs matched to the 4 countries then (that are hidden on the subpage). They shouldn't be deleted since the AKAs go with the release dates, and the viewer needs to see that information, right? Those AKAs show up as imdb display titles also.

Another one is the pilot, and the AKA showing on the main episode page is in a foreign language. I suspect the pilot was originally a standalone tv movie, and that's why it has AKAs still. But what happens if the title is a standalone tv movie in other countries, but you list it as a tv episode in English? It SHOULD have AKAs.

At least another one of these titles WAS listed as a standalone, but as a duplicate of an already-existing episode. They were merged and the AKA is the merged-from title.

Some of these are double-length episodes mistakenly listed as 2-parters, 2 separate episodes. When it was discovered the 2-parts were merely split for syndication, the 2 episodes were merged, leaving a gap in episode numbers because the subsequent episodes didn't move down one. 4 of the above titles are a result of this and at least 3 of them have AKAs that are the merged-from title (usually called "part 2"). I'm still trying to figure out a fast way to get the subsequent episodes to renumber and move down one consecutively all at once, but that's a subject for another thread (see A quick way to renumber episodes all at once if you've any solutions for that).

I believe title changes of tv episodes will result in the old title being listed as an AKA. One of the above may be from that. That's what happens on movie title changes, which seems normal to me. However, those resultant AKAs (on the movies) have no country set, and you can't set a country, and you can't delete it either. Another problem in another thread.
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Will some staff member (an editor) respond to this problem please? @Owen Rees: How does one get a response from a staff member? Pure chance? Luck? Is it a rarity, is that what you meant by "probably"?
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Grayson, a staff member, replied in your previous thread.

https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/how-to-view-and-edit-akas-for-tv-episodes
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No he did not. I was asked to post problem AKAs here in THIS thread and I did. 7 of them. Waiting for those to be fixed now, as Owen Rees stated. Read all previous messages before you post.
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GFG
Peter is correct.
Grayson's second reply asked for the titles.
He did close that other thread but realized he was wrong and reopened it.
You should go back to that original post.
I see what you are referring to.
Pictures like these screen shots help a lot.
You should always include them
It helps tremendously.
tt0687990

But this I consider a grey area. This is the results of the merging of a two part episode that, yes, was telecast on the same night but is still a two parter. If IMDb is to be accurate, it should keep the AKA in my opinion.
IMDb may see it differently.
Let's see what they say.

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I also think tv episodes should have AKAs, and I don't know why IMDb put the nix on them. Especially if it's a different language. But there appears to be an artifact problem due to when a title gets changed, the old title gets added as an AKA. This happens with movies too, and even though you can view those, you can't edit or delete them. In some cases they happen with merges too.

I believe it's all a technical error; not a normal procedure. The system does it automatically. It requires staff to delete it manually. I've read there are like 56 thousand titles with these artifact AKAs. I don't know how many of those are tv episodes, but I see those all the time.
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Peter and Ed are not correct. The original thread was closed and merged into this one, so the original thread cannot be posted to. I've posted some examples of AKAs on tv episodes here. Staff should fix.
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Still waiting for a response from staff... or just fix the titles I pointed out. I emailed them (the help desk) directly with some titles just now.
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The 7 episode titles I indicated are now fixed, no more AKAs. Staff doesn't monitor GetSatisfaction all that well, apparently; two weeks go by and nothing. But HelpDesk notification got an email response in less than 2 days saying they'd be fixed in 24 hours, and by the time I read that they were fixed.

Of course, the AKA problem will occur again (as artifacts of different kinds of title changes), and there are plenty more tv episodes that have them. I guess if anyone sees any AKAs on only tv episodes (in the "Details" section) from now on, email staff via the Help page.
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Hi there,
As your issue is now resolved I am closing this thread. Please feel free to contact our customer support directly should you have any further queries regarding this.
Regards,