my credits are mixed up with many others with the same name

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I am a DP/director/producer with a large number of credits.  Unfortunately, I also have a common name, and dozens of my credits are mixed up with others.  Is there an efficient way to sort this out without dealing with it one credit at a time?
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How to fix it, and though it's mostly easy, depends on what those pages look like. As is, your question is nearly impossible to answer.

Can you post links to the pages involved, indicate which is your main page, and describe which data on each of the others actually refers to you? It would make it a lot easier to give a more detailed and specific answer and eliminate the need to make guesses and add instructions that do not pertain to your specific issue.

Can you delete the duplicate post you made?https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/my-credits-are-mixed-up-with-many-others-with-the-same-name

Or else staff or administrator can merge the two.
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It seems that "Ben Wolf (I)" -- http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0937677/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1 -- is my main page.  All of the videos posted here are mine.  Unfortunately, the bio is completely incorrect -- among other things, it says that I am dead.

All the Producer, Director and Writer credits are correct.

The Misc. Crew & Thanks credits, however, are not mine.

In the camera & electrical department, all credits are mine EXCEPT:
Selling New York
Mother Eve's Secret Garden of Sensual Sisterhood
The Blood in this Town
Wainy Days
The Speed of Life
The Believer
Szczesliwego Nowego Jorku
O Pecado da Mamã
Red Sky at NightLiving in Oblivion (third electrician)  1983
Mama's Family (TV Series) (camera operator - 1 episode) 
Vint and the Kids Move In (1983) ... (camera operator)
CBS: On the Air (TV Mini-Series documentary) (camera operator - 1978) 
Maude (TV Series) (camera operator - 69 episodes) 
Maude's Mother (1975) ... (camera operator)
The Cabin (1975) ... (camera operator)
Walter Gets Religion (1975) ... (camera operator)
Walter's Pride (1975) ... (camera operator)
Mrs. Naugatuck in Love (1975) ... (camera operator)
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (TV Series) (camera operator - 66 episodes) 
Episode #4.23 (1974) ... (camera operator)
Episode #4.22 (1974) ... (camera operator)
Episode #4.21 (1974) ... (camera operator)
Episode #4.20 (1974) ... (camera operator)
Episode #4.19 (1974) ... (camera operator)
The Price Is Right (TV Series) (camera operator - 247 episodes) 
Episode #1.247 (1973) ... (camera operator)
Episode #1.246 (1973) ... (camera operator)
Episode #1.245 (1973) ... (camera operator)
Episode #1.244 (1973) ... (camera operator)
Episode #1.243 (1973) ... (camera operator)
All in the Family (TV Series) (camera operator - 1 episode) 
Meet the Bunkers (1971) ... (camera operator)
The Carol Burnett Show (TV Series) (camera operator - 84 episodes) 
Episode #3.27 (1970) ... (camera operator)
Episode #3.26 (1970) ... (camera operator)
Episode #3.25 (1970) ... (camera operator)
Episode #3.24 (1970) ... (camera operator)
Episode #3.23 (1970) ... (camera operator)
CBS Playhouse (TV Series) (camera operator - 12 episodes) 
The Day Before Sunday (1970) ... (camera operator)
Sadbird (1969) ... (camera operator)
Appalachian Autumn (1969) ... (camera operator)
Shadow Game (1969) ... (camera operator)
The Experiment (1969) ... (camera operator)
A Storm in Summer (TV Movie) (camera operator) 
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (TV Series) (camera operator - 71 episodes) 
Episode #3.26 (1969) ... (camera operator)
Episode #3.25 (1969) ... (camera operator)
Episode #3.23 (1969) ... (camera operator)
Episode #3.22 (1969) ... (camera operator)
Episode #3.20 (1969) ... (camera operator)
Brigadoon (TV Movie) (camera operator) 
The Merv Griffin Show (TV Series) (camera operator - 183 episodes) 
Episode #2.63 (1965) ... (camera operator)
Episode #2.57 (1965) ... (camera operator)
Episode #2.56 (1965) ... (camera operator)
Episode #2.55 (1965) ... (camera operator)
Episode #2.54 (1965) ... (camera operator)
The Judy Garland Show (TV Special) (camera operator) 
Climax! (TV Series) (camera operator - 166 episodes) 
Cabin B-13 (1958) ... (camera operator)
House of Doubt (1958) ... (camera operator)
Volcano Seat, the #2 (1958) ... (camera operator)
Spider Web (1958) ... (camera operator)
The Push-Button Giant (1958) ... (camera operator)
Person to Person (TV Series documentary) (camera operator - 127 episodes) 
Episode #3.44 (1956) ... (camera operator)
Episode #3.43 (1956) ... (camera operator)
Episode #3.42 (1956) ... (camera operator)
Episode #3.41 (1956) ... (camera operator)
Episode #3.40 (1956) ... (camera operator)
The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series) (camera operator - 59 episodes) 
County Fair or Minister of Agriculture (1956) ... (camera operator)
The Picnic (1956) ... (camera operator)
Pirate Show (1956) ... (camera operator)
Public Pigeon (1956) ... (camera operator)
Stock Wizard (1956) ... (camera operator)
My Favorite Husband (TV Series) (camera operator - 14 episodes) 
The Parking Ticket (1955) ... (camera operator)
The Great Waldo (1955) ... (camera operator)
The Child (1955) ... (camera operator)
The Statue (1955) ... (camera operator)
The Painting (1955) ... (camera operator)
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (TV Series) (camera operator - 25 episodes) 
The Burnses and Mortons Going to Hawaii (1955) ... (camera operator)
Lucille Vanderlip Gives a Barbeque Party (1955) ... (camera operator)
Gracie Tries to Cure Roger of Amnesia (1955) ... (camera operator)
Gracie Gets an Extension Visa for Jeanette Duval (1955) ... (camera operator)
Gracie Believes George Has a Criminal Record (1955) ... (camera operator)
The Jack Benny Program (TV Series) (camera operator - 6 episodes) 
Jackie Gleason Show (1955) ... (camera operator)
Leaving for New York City (1955) ... (camera operator)
Jack Is a Contestant (1955) ... (camera operator)
Gary Crosby Show (1955) ... (camera operator)
Jack Takes the Beavers to the Fair (1955) ... (camera operator)
My Friend Irma (TV Series) (camera operator - 3 episodes) 
Episode dated 2 October 1953 (1953) ... (camera operator)
Overtime (1952) ... (camera operator)
Episode dated 3 October 1952 (1952) ... (camera operator)
The Al Jarvis Show (TV Series) (camera operator - 1 episode) 
Episode #1.24 (1949) ... (camera operator)

The Cinematographer credits are a bit of a mess, about half correct & half not.  The following credits ARE NOT mine:
Forbidden Cuba (post-production)  2015
Good Friday (post-production)  2014
Without the Ancestors (Short) (completed) 2015
American Masters (TV Series documentary) (1 episode) 
Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice (2015)
Mi Hijo (Short) 2014
What to Expect... (Short) 2014
Invitation to Dance (Documentary) 2014
Life of an Actress the Musical 2013
Found in Time 2012
One Last Time (Short) 2012/III
She Wolf Rising 2011
The One 2010
Mother Eve's Secret Garden of Sensual Sisterhood (Short) 2010
Our Hawaii (Video documentary) 2010/II
Reflection (Short) 2010
Under the Radar: Aglow (Documentary short) 2010
Requiem for Kosova (Short) 2010
Wonder... 2009
Gone with the Wieners (Video) 
Caleb's Door 
The Singer and the Poet (Short) 
Favorite Son 2008/I
Henry May Long (director of photography) 2008/I 2008
Wainy Days (TV Series) (1 episode) 
Jonah and the Manilow (2008)
The Black Shield (Short) 2007
Windows 2006
Bullets Over Hollywood (TV Movie documentary) 2005/II
Soulmates 2005
Lustre 2005
The Troupe (Documentary) 2003
The Last Word (Short) 2003
Virgin 2003
Pull Out (Documentary) 2003
Maria De Los Angeles (Video) (director of photography) 2002
Pop Life 2002
K 2002/II
Dead Air (Short) 2002
3 Weeks After Paradise 2000
The Road from Erebus (TV Movie) 1999
The Young Girl and the Monsoon 1999
Little Man (Short) 1998
The First Seven Years (TV Short) 1994
Great Girl (Short) 1970
The Super Fight 

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Further complicating things, I also appear to be Ben Wolf (V) -- http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3781598/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

All the credits here are mine except the two cinematographer credits.



I think that does it!


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I think that does it!
Ouch...yeah, i hope so!

I'll have to take some looks at all this. Yes, that certainly that was originally your page as the wayback machine  shows it was originally your credits there https://web.archive.org/web/20040331020223/http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0937677/

It will be tough with 20+ Ben's to find out where this stuff goes.

Let me take a look around...

For starters:

The Misc. Crew & Thanks credits, however, are not mine.
These might be easily spun off in bulk with a "split."
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I've made the small step you suggested, splitting off Ben Wolf (V) producer credits to Ben Wolf (i).  

Now the hard work begins where I need help -- eliminating all the stuff from Ben Wolf (I) that isn't me, fixing my bio, etc.


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It seems a "merge" may have occurred with this man http://emmytvlegends.org/news/remembe... for whom I can't yet find another page, so many of those might need to be shifted to a new page for the deceased Ben.
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Yes, it is pretty clear that has happened, and pretty clear which credits are his (the old ones).  Would you be able to set up a page for him?  That would make for some major progress...
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Death date is removed from your page.

Yes...creating a new page happens automatically when a person is credited. So, I am figuring out which Roman numeral (there were some on the list with no credits so I am trying to clean those up, too, to make mistakes less likely to happen again and to try to figure out what the next  Roman numeral would be for the deceased Ben, so his credits can be made to that name, creating his page.
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I asked to establish Ben Wolf (VII), if it happens we'll move his there. Otherwise, it might be XXIII or IV
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Much appreciated!


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Hi Ben and bluesmanSF -

Thanks bluesmanSF for all your assistance sorting through these credits, I have also brought this issue to the attention of our data editors who will internally help sorting this out.  If I hear any updates from them I will post the information here.
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Any forward movement?

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Hi Ben, I checked with our data editors and they are still reviewing the split request, so hold tight, this should be resolved in the next few days.
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Ben Wolf

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It's been another couple weeks, any progress?

Thanks in advance for your continuing help!


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Hi Ben, I am truly sorry for the delay in dealing with this issue! Please accept my apologies.

Thanks to bluesmanSF for the assistance he has provided.

Splitting the pages was not easy. I have gone through the credits that you outlined above and split the 1149 cameraman credits to a newly created page Ben Wolf (XXX)
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm7202715/

I noticed that before I took any action, another contributor had already moved the cinematographer credits to an existing page for Benjamin Wolf (V).
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2725456/

I was unable to identify if the cinematographer and camera credits belonged the the same person so I have left them on separate pages. Hopefully, if they do belong together, someone with more information will tidy these up.

The issue was created when another (well meaning) contributor merged a number of Ben Wolf pages into yours, believing that you were all the same person. I have contacted the contributor in question and highlighted the error.

Due to the sheer amounts for data involved with this split it is hard to see if everything has been moved. Could you please confirm that everything on your page is now complete and correct.

Regards
Niall
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Niall,

Yeah, it created a mess...thanks for taking it on! I was holding my breath and hoping it could be undone rather than moving all those credits one by one!
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Thanks Niall & BluesmanSF --

We're 90% of the way towards accuracy.  Still a few mistakes, but I think it's now in the range where I can sort it out.

Much appreciated!


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Glad we are almost there. Is there anything else I can do now so that we can resolve this ASAP? Im aware that you have been trying to fix this error for a number of weeks now, which is far too long and I am very sorry for that.

Also note that we data editors in the UK will be finishing soon for the Easter holidays and will not be able to get back to you until Tuesday at the earliest.So if there is anything I can do to help right away I will try my best.
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One thing I don't seem to be able to correct myself are the videos in the gallery.  Three of them -- Dead Air, Lustre, and The One -- are not projects I'm associated with.

Thanks again for your help!


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I have requested that these videos be unlinked from your page and linked to
Benjamin Wolf (V), where they belong.

It usually takes a little while for this to update. If they have not moved after the weekend, please let me know.