Name Correction: that name is listed as an alternate

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In preparing a Name Correction for 
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5601201/
it shows me this:

where the first name on the list is the Name I'm trying to correct (really, same URL).
(I chose the very last option, to correct the name instead of choosing one of those.)

That's confusing, and seems wrong to list there. The software should be able to screen out the url of the name being corrected.


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This is the much-beloved "fuzzy logic" search engine from the old IMDb. It simply finds everything even remotely similar, including, as you've noticed, the name you're trying to correct. This is not a bug, it's a feature. You'll learn to really appreciate it when there are multiple occurrences of the same name that you need to sort out.
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motley_moth
Please explain how the exact page that you're trying to correct is welcome on the list of "similar" names?

All I did was open that page to confirm it was the page I was correcting. It was a nuisance and confusing.

I welcome actual SIMILAR names (or exact matches with other Roman numerals), but fail to see how it's helpful to get the page I'm correcting. 

I believe that URL should be eliminated from those results.
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bderoes,

I already explained that. It's apparent that you don't correct names very often. For those of us who do, it's not a nuisance and not confusing. It's helpful to see all the Roman numerals in order and all the similar names ranked.

This is not worth worrying about. There is nothing wrong.
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I am saying (for the 3rd time in this thread), that the ONE match, the one which has the URL of the name I am changing, should be eliminated from the list of "similar" names.

Of course truly "similar" entries on IMDb are useful. The name correction I worked on prior to this bore extra fruit because of that list.

"Identical" is not a useful subset of "similar" in this case, and I feel this can be improved, eliminating extra confusion for those who don't perform name corrections on a regular basis, and eliminating an extra step for everyone.

I don't see why it's useful to have that one extra match of the name being corrected; and you did not explain that. All you did was to explain that it happens intentionally (or as a byproduct of the process used to find the matches), not why you find it useful.
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Hi motley_moth,

Thanks for your response, would you be able to explain in more detail how you find this helpful as a contributor?
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Will, 

Could you please react to my original post: that it is distracting/confusing to see the name being modified included on the list of "similar" names, and requesting that one "match" be eliminated by the software based on the URL matching the name being modified?
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Slightly odd things started happening with the built-in name suggestions some time ago, see also
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topi...
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Peter,

That has nothing to do with this issue, which is the raw results of the powerful "fuzzy logic" search engine that appear during a name correction or merge. The name suggestions that appear when adding credits are highly filtered and tightly narrowed by a different algorithm, specifically written and optimized to lower errors in credit additions by inexperienced contributors.
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I don't think the name was always displayed like that, but I could be wrong.