Ratings: Import history and data from other sites

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Hi IMDb team. I've been using sites for cataloguing the movies I watch for some years now, but I never started using IMDb itself. At the moment, I have accounts at Listal and iCheckMovies. To start these accounts I had to check and rate all the movies I had ever watched, and it took a huge time to finish it up.After that, I started checking and rating the movies I watched and making up lists and stuff. However, now that I finally want to start rating and checking these movies in the IMDb site, I just don't want to spend a very long time checking all these films again.In the iCheckMovies site they have a feature that makes it possible to import the ratings from the IMDb site, so it is not necessary to check and rate it all again. I was wondering: is it possible to import my history from other sites to IMDb? I asked this to the iCheckMovies team and this is what they answered me:"Hi Renan,That would be neat, but that's up to IMDb to implement. You could try contacting them to make this a feature or to open up their API.Cheers,The iCheckMovies Team" What do you think about it? Other people from iCheckMovies and Listal also supported the idea, so I believe I'm not the only one who'd love that to come true.Thanks for your attention! Please answer me back here or in my e-mail, I'm not sure of how I'm going to be contacted or how I'll be contacted if you answer me here...Renan Araújo.Brazil.
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Renan Araújo

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There is currently no feature for importing lists into IMDB, even if they are ones exported from there so they should be formatted properly and everything would join up nicely. This would be useful if people exported their films as a back-up, because some people will accidentally delete their lists and want to put them back (someone has reported it on here already). This shouldn't be too difficult to do, as you can already do things, like copy someone's list into your own.

The problem with importing a list from another site is that without the IMDB film ID (it is in the link) you can't make everything match up completely. This could be rectified through importing by having a page where it offered you the ability to pick the right film. As you can imagine this'd need them to put in quite a bit of time and effort coding it.

There are a couple of options:

* Amazon/IMDB/LoveFilm set this feature up to allow exporting of lists between sites, which would need the ability to link the films together (as I don't think you get, for example, the ASINs on IMDB needed to link the entry there to the specific product on Amazon). This would be a powerful feature as it'd help boost the number of lists on all sites and would probably only need to be coded once (and either tweaked to work on all sites or hosted centrally on one of the sites). This system would then allow importing lists from other sites, which would also be a big boost to the Amazon family of sites.

* If IMDB just allowed you to import IMDB generated lists it'd be easy enough for some web savvy sort to produce a web-based system where you could import a list from anywhere and format it so it can be uploaded to IMDB (there is enough of an API to allow this kind of search from an external site).

It seems there is enough interest out there to create a system to allow the importing of IMDB-formatted lists and see how it goes from there. Fingers crossed this gets addressed at some point.
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Yeah you'd need two approaches:

* Import IMDB formatted lists - this would be easy to implement and would not only allow people to import lists they've exported from IMDB (some people export theirs and fiddle with them in spreadsheet software), but if someone had a list of IMDB films then it'd be easy for someone else to produce a little web widget that'd process this list into an IMDB-formatted lists that could be imported.

* Import other movie lists - as explained above this'd be trickier but not a big chore, just a few forms and a title search: the page could work through each list element and presented a radio buttoned list of possible films based on the title/year search (with links so someone can check them in a new window) so someone can select the right one and move on to the next film. It'd be quicker and easier than working through each film entry and searching for each one, then grabbing the link and using that to add the film to a list.

The first approach would be a good start, and you'd then have some of the underlying structure needed to make the second one work.
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Actually, to load a movie in Listal you need its Amazon url, and to load a movie in iCheckMovies you need its IMDb ID. So, I think the sites have all the same data, they're not independent. It's only up to IMDb to open up its API and implement this feature (as the iCheckMovies team said... actually I have no idea what an API is).

PS: Sorry for the long time to answer it, I only received an e-mail remembering me about this today.
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Come on IMDb, please do this?
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I'd like to see this option. Lovefilm, IMDB are both Amazon companies so can't be too much of a stretch. It would great to have all the ratings/watched lists on these 3 sites merged. I could then export this to trakt.
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Hassan Janjua

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I think we should also have ability to import movie list from excel spread sheet. 
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Дроздов О.В.

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Hi IMDb team. 
In the kinopoisk.ru site they have a feature that makes it possible to import the ratings from the IMDb site, so it is not necessary to check and rate it all again. I was wondering: is it possible to import my history from kinopoisk to IMDb?