Make short genre mandatory according to runtime

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According to IMDb rules, any movie with a runtime of 44 minutes or less is a short film. However, the only way to have a title identified as a short film is by adding the short genre in the genre film, otherwise, the title will appear as a feature despite its runtime.

Over the last months I have added the short genre to hundred of titles that were missing it and that are reported to be 44 minutes or less, even dozens of 1 minute long titles appear as feature films, because they are missing the short genre. While I have managed to reduce this list a lot, whenever I leave the work for a few days, the list grows again with new titles not correctly categorized. the current titles in this situaiton are here: http://www.imdb.com/search/title?runtime=1,44&title_type=feature

My suggestion is to improve the updating section, by adding a lock that avoids to add a new title with a runtime of 44 minutes or less without the short genre (unless it is tv of course)

This happens for example in various genres, where you get an useful reminder. For example the film-noir asks you ot to add title outside certain year range, the documentary genre reminds you to only use it in full documentaries and the adult genre reminds you to add some mandatory keywords.

In this same way, the updating for should tell you: you are adding a runtime of less than 44 minutes, if this is true then you need to add the short genre to this title ̈ or something like 

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Pencho15

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Pencho15

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And by the way, the same should be done the other way round. Not allowing to add the short genre if the title is 45 minutes or longer. There are currently over 700 titles registered as shorts even if they have feature film runtimes http://www.imdb.com/search/title?runtime=45,999999&title_type=short

It is not possible to know if they are indeed feature film mistakenly labelled as shorts, or if they are short film with typos made when adding the runtime. A warning message showing the contradiction would avoid both common mistakes. In the case of short feature films new mistaken titles have been added this week at a longer rate that I can corect them, and thus the number is increasing despite my best efforts.

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Pencho15

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Maybe this suggestion will be acknowleged someday?
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Pencho15,

I just noticed your suggestion and clicked the like button. What you suggest seems like a sensible solution to having short films incorrectly classified as featured films.