Keyword exists, but is inaccesible.

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Stumbled upon a weird case while adding Cassius: Feeling for You (1999). I wondered whether ther is a keyword for "The End?" as such a sequel hook is not uncommon and there is indeed a keyword for that. Albeit, when you are choosing it from the field of similar ones to what you typed and proceed, this happens: 

So, keyword exists, but there is no actual way to add it to a title. If you search for it, it appears that this keyword has 18 titles, but you can't see which ones, because trying to access it leads to usual "the-end" keyword.

Perhaps to eliminate the glitch it should be renamed to "the-end-question-mark"?.. 
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Hi Nikolay,

Thank you for bringing this to our attention, I have filed a ticket with our data editors who will look into the keyword.

Thanks
Meredith
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Hi, Nikolay:

(Since much-missed .list files are no longer updated, the following info was valid as of 22 Dec 2017)

Nice catch! These 21 keywords contain question marks (?) and are affected by the glitch:


I've noticed that this problem also happens with other punctuation characters:
  • 105 keywords (involving 1,008 titles*) with an ampersand (&):
    * I'll list them here if required.
    s&m (512 titles)
    black-&-white-to-color (79 titles)
    q-&-a (67 titles)
    game-&-watch (47 titles)
    j&b-scotch (40 titles)
    r&b (34 titles)
    m&m's (23 titles)
    gay-&-lesbian (20 titles)
    t&a (20 titles)
    reference-to-j&b-scotch-whiskey (17 titles)
    s&m-club (14 titles)
    reference-to-adam-&-eve (9 titles)
    d&d (7 titles)
    love-&-sex (7 titles)
    parents-families-&-friends-of-lesbians-and-gays (7 titles)
    r&b-music (6 titles)
    38-smith-&-wesson (4 titles)
    black-&-white-sequence (4 titles)
    drummer-&-percussionist (4 titles)
    reference-to-adam-&-steve (4 titles)
    at&t (3 titles)
    mix-of-black-&-white-and-colour (3 titles)
    reference-to-at&t (3 titles)
    s&h-green-stamps (3 titles)
    s&m-fetish (3 titles)
    smith-&-wesson-scofield (3 titles)
    a-&-m-records (2 titles)
    a&m-records (2 titles)
    black-&-white-character (2 titles)
    hill-&-knowlton (2 titles)
    johnson-&-wales-university (2 titles)
    reference-to-a&e (2 titles)
    reference-to-barnum-&-bailey (2 titles)
    reference-to-bed-bath-&-beyond (2 titles)
    reference-to-cagney-&-lacey (2 titles)
    reference-to-h&m (2 titles)
    reference-to-light-&-love (2 titles)
    reference-to-ringling-bros.-barnum-&-bailey-circus (2 titles)
    reference-to-thelma-&-louise (2 titles)
    s&m-gear (2 titles)
    smith-&-wesson-model-10-revolver (2 titles)
    smith-&-wesson-model-686-revolver (2 titles)
    swords-&-sorcery (2 titles)
    a&r (1 title)
    abercrombie-&-fitch-new-york-city (1 title)
    baltimore-&-ohio-railroad (1 title)
    bed-bath-&-beyond (1 title)
    ben-&-jerry (1 title)
    black-&-white-to-sepia-to-color (1 title)
    brca-1&2 (1 title)
    cabot-oil-&-gas (1 title)
    dave-&-busters (1 title)
    fire-&-desire (1 title)
    fonteverde-tuscan-resort-&-spa-san-casciano-dei-bagni (1 title)
    frankie-&-johnnie (1 title)
    h&h-bagels (1 title)
    h&k-mp5-a3 (1 title)
    h&k-mp5k (1 title)
    heckler-&-koch (1 title)
    heckler-&-koch-hk41 (1 title)
    heckler-&-koch-hk93-rifle (1 title)
    heckler-&-koch-mk-23 (1 title)
    heckler-&-koch-mp5 (1 title)
    heckler-&-koch-usp-tactical-pistol (1 title)
    houston-&-6th (1 title)
    inspired-by-true-events-&-people (1 title)
    johnson-&-johnson (1 title)
    kim's-fruit-&-vegetables-manhattan-new-york-city (1 title)
    motor-city-boogie-woogie-&-blues-festival (1 title)
    national-industrial-parks-development-&-management-company (1 title)
    p&l-deli-westerlo-new-york (1 title)
    paris-school-of-physics-&-chemistry (1 title)
    pratt-&-whitney-r-2800-double-wasp (1 title)
    r&b-singer (1 title)
    reference-to-a-b&q-home-improvement-store (1 title)
    reference-to-a&m-records (1 title)
    reference-to-abercrombie-&-fitch (1 title)
    reference-to-alvin-&-the-chipmunks (1 title)
    reference-to-big-chuck-&-little-john (1 title)
    reference-to-black-&-decker (1 title)
    reference-to-crabtree-&-evelyn (1 title)
    reference-to-dolce-&-gabbana (1 title)
    reference-to-don-ivdr-the-wioves-acts-i-&2-the-music-video (1 title)
    reference-to-england-dan-&-john-ford-coley (1 title)
    reference-to-g&d-vermouth (1 title)
    reference-to-mead-school-&-office-supplies (1 title)
    reference-to-mumford-&-sons-the-band (1 title)
    reference-to-procter-&-gamble (1 title)
    reference-to-s&m (1 title)
    reference-to-siebe-gorman-&-company (1 title)
    reference-to-simon-&-garfunkel (1 title)
    reference-to-sly-&-the-family-stone (1 title)
    reference-to-smith-&-wesson (1 title)
    reference-to-texas-a&m (1 title)
    reference-to-the-pig-&-whistle (1 title)
    reference-to-the-rock-&-roll-hall-of-fame (1 title)
    s&m-session (1 title)
    smith-&-wesson-460-magnum-revolver (1 title)
    smith-&-wesson-m&p-40-pistol (1 title)
    smith-&-wesson-m&p-pistol (1 title)
    smith-&-wesson-model-36 (1 title)
    smith-&-wesson-model-500-revolver (1 title)
    smith-&-wesson-revolving-rifle (1 title)
    the-puli-hotel-&-spa-shanghai (1 title)
    woman-in-s&m-gear (1 title)

  • 3 keywords with a semicolon (;):
    reference-to-daniel-in-the-lions;-den (12 titles)
       • "Bad Girls" (1999) {Tangled Web (#1.5)}
       • "Creation Boot Camp" (2005) {Dinosaurs in the Bible (#1.8)}
       • "Creation Science 102" (2000) {Class 4 (#1.4)}
       • "Creation Science 201" (2005) {Class 1 (#1.1)}
       • "Creation Seminar" (2005) {Dinosaurs and the Bible (#1.3)}
       • "Creation Seminar" (2005) {The Age of the Earth (#1.1)}
       • "Pastor Mike Online" (2011) {Casting Down Imaginations (#1.217)}
       • "Steeling the Mind" (1993) {What Happened to the Dinosaurs?}
       • "The Daniel Factor Conference" (2012) {(#1.2)}
       • "The Watchman Video Broadcast with Pastor Michael Hoggard" (2009) {The Secret of the Seal: Part 1 (#1.233)}
       • 100 Reasons Evolution Is So Stupid! (2001) (V)
       • Fast and Loose (1939)
    political;-expose (1 title)
       • Cei care platesc cu viata (1989)
    reference-to-panasonic;technics (1 title)
       • Casting By (2012)

  • 2 keywords with a hashtag (#):
    chanel-#5-perfume (2 titles)
       • An Education (2009)
       • Calendar Girl (1993)
    leather-pushers-series-#21 (1 title)
       • Girls Will Be Girls (1924)

  • 2 keywords with a percent sign (%):
    90% (1 title)
       • OSS 117 se déchaîne (1963)
    99% (1 title)
       • A Day in the Life of Occupy Wall Street: A (R)Evolution in Democracy (2011)

  • 2 keywords with a plus sign (+):
    google+-marketing (1 title)
       • "Midweek Zap" (2014)
    google+-presence (1 title)
       • "Midweek Zap" (2014)

  • 2 keywords with a quotation mark ("):
    character-asks-"who-is-john-galt"? (1 title)
       • Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike (2012)
    the-power-of-"ordinary"-citizens (1 title)
       • En quête de sens (2015)

  • 1 keyword with a slash (/):
    mtv/-bet-special (1 title)
       • Inside the Industry (2003) (V)


Finally, the following keywords can be accessed from their respective titles and (in some cases) are searchable via ATS (which generates urls like http://www.imdb.com/search/title?keywords=aracuan_bird), but not by the keywords search bar at IMDb main page (which generates urls like http://www.imdb.com/find?q=aracuan_bird&s=kw) [the latter leads to aracuan-bird with hyphen instead of underscore]

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If I could have done this, I'd tried my best, but it's something IMDb staff should look into. Also, I think that gudielines should be updated if symbols are not eligible for keywords. 
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This is the rejection message you get in the update form if you try to add a new keyword with a question mark:

Keywords only support the following characters: a-z, 0-9 and the - $ . & ' characters. Please remove any other characters from your submission.
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Peter, I know, it's just that there are somehow quite a few existing keywords with question mark. 
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And I'd like to keep them. The-end?-title-card is better than the-end-question-mark-title-card.
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Sure, I'm just adding the information. Question marks and other special characters were clearly handled better in the past.
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I'd like to see the staff reinstate our ability to use the question mark in keywords.

I'd also like to see them allow parentheses/brackets. Below are two sets of keywords. The ones in the first set exist, but the second set would be preferable.

turkey-the-food
turkey-the-country
orange-the-fruit
color-orange
reference-to-jim-jordan-the-comedian
reference-to-jim-jordan-the-politician
reference-to-gone-with-the-wind-the-movie
reference-to-gone-with-the-wind-the-book
rad-as-slang
pipe-dream-as-idiom

turkey-(food)
turkey-(country)
orange-(fruit)
orange-(color)
reference-to-jim-jordan-(comedian)

reference-to-jim-jordan-(politician)
reference-to-gone-with-the-wind-(movie)
reference-to-gone-with-the-wind-(book)
rad-(slang)
pipe-dream-(idiom)
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Parentheses/brackets would just add to confusion, and would "open up" their submission to thousands of other keywords where they are not necessary.  This could be the beginning of an avalanche.
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Some of these problems are also apparently just typos.
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And sometimes a ? is literally part of a title, i.e. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
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The & should be retained if it is literally part of the thing that is being referred to, i.e. A&M Records is NOT A and M Records.
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