INTRODUCING: Updated IMDb.com homepage experience

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The new homepage is designed to help IMDb customers find what to watch right now, tonight, or this weekend — and where to find the best movies and TV shows for them, whether in theaters, on TV, or across a variety of streaming services (including IMDb TV, Prime Video, HBO, Starz, Showtime, Acorn TV, and PBS). Customers will benefit from a new recommendation engine that leverages implicit and explicit behavior to offer relevant and timely suggestions.
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Steve, Official Rep

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plur62

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"Customers".
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Scott Z

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Hahahaha Good catch! Yes, they are now thinking of its members and visitors as customers, which is the whole point of the update: to get the "customers" to watch something and view some ads.
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Dima Taras

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I visited homepage today.

WTF! This is imdb not netflix. Where is text???
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Scott Z

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Didn't you know? People don't read anything anymore. They only look at pictures and watch videos...
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Dan Smocot

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Whoever did this crap should be fired. Do you think this will happen? No, because "we know better what our users need..."
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Paok-Kilkis

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It seems that the carnival has come early in IMDb and it decided to dress like Netflix.
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Patricia Kramer

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled What happened to the home page!.

This new homepage is garbage...at least give us the option of using the old home page which was more functional and user-friendly.
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Thomas Baldwin

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In my opinion, this is now a terrible home page. I want simple links & graphics. Period! Less is more. I like to see a few featured new trailers (with a link to all trailers), Movie and TV News, and a couple feature stories. Everything else can be under a menu link. 

Go back two generations because, frankly, this is like "New Coke!"
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Appraiser1

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YESSSSSSSSSS! I AM AVENGED!!!! Consider this the curse of the rejected Jerry Lewis comment courtesy of my Voodoo doll. Dear IMDb mods: I told you to go F yourself before and now everyone tells you to go F yourself albeit with a video saying "DAMNNNNNNNN YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU".

Who's your daddy now?! 8-) 
You have officially entered Revenge of the Appraiser Zone.
Put that in your pipe and make a movie out of it!
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Ed Jones(XLIX)

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WHOA.....Seat belts and Pimple Popping gone Wild!
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Appraiser1

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Nah: just the appraiser gone rogue! ;-) 
PS: Your previous Snoopy was easier to see, Boss. 
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Kevin S

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I've been an avid user of imdb since roughly 1998. For the first time in the history of using this site I feel as though I need to search out a new source for my news, latest flicks and upcoming/recently announced shows/movies. 

Please give us an option to use imdb as it was prior to this God awful design that was forced upon us. Don't be like so many other services (Plex for example) that decided they knew what we wanted even when there was numerous users booing the change. I guess though I can do to this site as I did with Plex. I found a better service with Emby and haven't looked back. Time to do the same with imdb I suppose. 
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James Smith

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Wow...that is *not* an improvement...
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Paok-Kilkis

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This is the most disrespectful decision IMDb editors have ever made. For me it's an abomination for two reasons. I want to read the news and I can't because all I see is blackness, huge photos and videos. It's like Netfix. Yikes. Also it's a huge disaster for pollmakers such as me. As a fellow pollmaker said it's the biggest honor for us to see our polls in the homepage because they gather many votes. Now, with this so called 'new design' the polls gather 150 votes per day. It's meaningless. No one sees the polls because most of the users are disappointed. This thing has no benefit for the public. ZERRO CLICKS! That should be our answer. We should buck the system. I am a member of IMDb for 7 years and it's the first time I feel so empty for the site. I am really frustrated. You should have left the site the way it was. Every one of your decisions was disgrace. If the site isn't good enough for you you could ban the polls and erase them all. You could also delete IMDb Top 250 movies it's not Netfix like. One more thing you could do is prevent people from rating. You could make a rule that says 'only IMDb editors and staff have the privilege to vote. Make the site a small circle for you guys. I am being as sarcastic as I can because you don't seem to care about our complains. Also I have one question to make: why did you close the other thread about homepage? You didn't actually answer to one question and now you close it? Because you don't like the questions? Because they are judgemental? Well get used to it. You seem to be unfamiliar with the word 'democracy'. I hope your clicks go down to zero. Everyone should get what they deserve and that's what you deserve. If your goal was 'let's make it as unprofessional as we can so that people will hate it' you nailed it.
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I was so angry with them closing the other thread to comments. It's because if there aren't any new comments, then it doesn't stay on top of the thread list and it will die. It feels like I'm being oppressed, having my mouth stuffed with a sock, and then shot in the chest.
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Paok-Kilkis

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You have taken Internet's greatest website and turned it into a complete joke.
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Fred Adelman

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This it the third damn thread I was pointed to since "discussing" the abominable side-scrolling nightmare IMDb calls a homepage. They think I'll get tired of posting, but they don't know me too well because i don't give up on things I am passionate about.

This "improved" homepage is an eyesore to anyone who has taste. IMDb use to be a reader's site and now they are turning it into a viewer's site. If I want to watch video, I'll go to YouTube, because that is a viewer's site. IMDb is a database of written information, mixed with a few visuals, such as poster art and photos, but now IMDb seems to be going the way of YouTube, covering the top third of the page with huge ads (many of them belonging to parent company Amazon, who doesn't want you to forget that they own IMDb) and hoping we will click on an image to view a video. That's is not IMDb's mission and it never should be. It is a database with a wealth of "written" data, that literate people can read, enjoy and maybe learn a thing or two. Anyone with sense knows that if IMDb is going to change their homepage to the side-scrolling piece-of-crap it is today, that it is only a matter of time before the rest of the site follows the same pattern. Anyone who knows web design (such as myself) will realize you don't do a major overhaul of your homepage without changing the rest of the website eventually.

This makes me extremely sad, because I was a member of IMDb since the mid-'90s. I say "was" because I can no longer look at the homepage without feeling disgust and extreme sadness. If this is "progress", please count me out!

Regards,
Fred Adelman
Former IMDb Member
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Scott Z

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We are being silenced with them combining multiple threads, directing us to this one, and closing the rest. With fewer threads being complaints about the new homepage, they can get away telling their shareholders or Amazon that, "No, we didn't receive much flak about the new homepage. There were only two threads about it."
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Well, truth be told, their actions are completely reasonable.
For many years now I'm moderating a major website with active users who post stuff, not film related website though, but still a website, so I guess I can be a small voice of reason here.
I would do the same with multiple threads explaining one problem, combine them, so all further communication on one subject could be found and read through in one place.
It's not that much out of line really.
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Fred Adelman

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It would be nice if someone at IMDb would address the problem. By keeping archiving the threads, it shows me that they are aware of our hate for the new homepage, which is why they keep archiving the threads quicker than normal. To me, that is out of line.
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The logical step would be to merge them so that all those comments could be seen here. It's been days and still I haven't found a single happy person.
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Ufuk Sarp Selçok

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What a disaster... And not even a light skin. I hate dark UI's.
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Angelo Pilla

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And of course that they had archived this topic: https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/what-happened-to-the-home-page
Every reply was putting this over the official one about the matter. IMDb are trying to hide criticism about the worst thing they ever did. It shows a lack of character, besides lack of taste. 
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Angelo Pilla

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I've put the wrong link. The topic I was talking about is this: https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/imdb-com-home-page
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Fred Adelman

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It's apparent parent company Amazon is running the show, trying to turn IMDb into a movie store. IMDb employees are scared of disagreeing with Amazon, fearing for their jobs. Hey, I'm a loyal Amazon customer (have been for many years), but even I can see what they are trying to do here. It won't work and the only thing that can happen is IMDb will fail and Amazon won't care, because they are the Disney of the Internet. They won't care about the million of users who use (or use to use) IMDb every day. It will be a tax write-off to them. That's my fear. We all lose and Amazon won't care.
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"The Disney of the Internet" ...LOL!
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Scott Z

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled IMDB Staff Not Taking Responsibility.

I am thoroughly disappointed in the lack of responses from IMDb staff to the criticism over the new homepage and how they're handling our responses, especially merging our threads into one and then locking it. Most of the criticism has been well-mannered and doesn't attack them. Why haven't we received any response from the staff explaining their reasoning of the redesign? Being uncommunicative in this matter expresses the how little care the IMDb staff shows for its members, and especially its long-time members. We are the ones who regularly view your website, click around, and view the ads, generating your revenue. Show us some respect, respond to our outcries, and tell us what's going on.

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Fred Adelman

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Amazon is probably telling IMDb staff to ignore us, hoping we will go away. It doesn't help that they keep archiving our threads, making it harder for anyone with a gripe to post. It's likely this horrible homepage is here to stay, but that is not going to stop me from telling people about how non-functional it is (I put a paragraph about it on my own website's homepage, but since the URL address to these threads keeps changing, I had to delete that part). I'll keep posting here until we get a proper response from IMDb, telling us that they are looking into the matter, just like they do with most other problems. Their silence is deafening!
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Are you serious with the new homepage? April Fools is not for another 3 months! Was the new homepage designed by 90 year olds with cataracts? Why is everything so friggin' huge, yet so low resolution and with so much empty wasted space? Again... who thought this was a good idea? It looks bad enough and lacks any information on the phone already... but it's even worse on the desktop (you know people still use computers for work and other stuff, not just their phones, right?)

Let me show you this screenshot and ask you yet again: are... you... serious?!




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Jeorj Euler

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Well, I suppose I'm glad that I rarely visit the homepage anyway.
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Fred Adelman

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But many of us do (or did), to read the latest news, polls or other written information. The fact that it has turned into a side-scrolling Netflix wannabe is the reason all of us are on here!
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Whoever came up with the new design is an idiot. They made it almost impossible for me to use the site now. Why does IMBD always make the site worse and never better? As it is I use the site about 1/10th I did since they got rid of the message board, the best part of the site. Now it is so hard to navigate it is not worth even visiting.
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Angelo Pilla

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The new IMDb homepage is the worst thing in the long history of things. 
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MKH

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New homepage appalling. It's ugly, I don't want to use it. How is this an improvement? They f*cked up Box Office Mojo the same way. Meddling fools!


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Considering that you guys will probably stay with the new design(wrote about it in other thread...not liking it, like most of the people here), can we at least get fixed top-bar ?

That shouldn't be so hard and doesn't affect responsiveness with different kind of resolutions.
In that way at least I don't need to scroll up every time I need to search for something or open the dropdown menu.

Thanks!



 
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The design needs a lot of retooling. But I just don't know how it can be improved on.  
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Marco

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I'm afraid a lot of kids will probably like this ugly and rather meaningless new homepage...
As other people have said, I'll just try and stay away from it.
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Scott Z

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For the past few days, I've been wondering if they reverted to the old design or if they made any changes for the better, but I stop myself before checking it out because I don't want that horrid homepage to get any of my clicks and views.
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How is this considered acceptable? The zoom is set to 100% on my browser and nothing is even visible on the home page without scrolling down. If you want a netflix page then have one but give the option to go back to a classic home page that actually functions.


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The top banner is not visible because you're using an ad blocker.
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Scott Z

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I use an ad blocker too, and thank god. The ad/banner they put there is blinding.
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Brandon

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Even with ad block off all I would see over the entire screen would be an ad. Great.
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IMDB has just announced to the world, with it's videocentric, mobile-oriented redesign, that it is aggressively pursuing its new role in the realm of entertainment: Amazon Prime's B**ch.




























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Paok-Kilkis

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I have made a poll suggetion about this issue. If anyone wants to share his feelings he should visit it.
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/poll-suggestion-whats-your-take-on-the-new-homepage
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How do I go back to the "old" IMDb layout from a couple weeks ago? I do NOT like....

How do I go back to the "old" IMDb layout from a couple weeks ago?  I do NOT like this new screen layout!
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You can't.