Nerfs in the film recommendations system

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My favorite and most used feature on IMDB has been the film recommendations as it usually works really well in suggesting film that i actually enjoy. But now in a short timespan i have noticed several changes to it.

First thing i noticed was that on some films there are no recommendations at all, for an example The Entity http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082334/?ref_=nv_sr_1.

Second thing was on the front page in the recommended for you section under the film recommendation it used to read from what film that recommendation is given, but now its missing.

Third thing i noticed was that on the same section you can only browse 4 pages of 6 films instead of the unlimited that it used to be. Especially this last change is a huge loss to me as it was one of my main source of finding new films to watch.In its current state its pretty much useless as it has only 24 film in it, yes you can refresh the page and it gives some different films but most of them are the same films as previous time making it useless as it keeps showing the same film over and over, instead of the way it was before that if you didnt refresh the page and kept pressing next it never showed the same recommendation and i used to browse it quite long some times ticking film to the watchlist that seemed interesting, especially when riding in a bus or bored somewhere i liked to browse it and then when i needed something to watch i could look up the watchlist and find some nice film to watch.

From some searching i read that IMDB is making updates to their systems so hopefully these changes are only temporary and what would be the best if they actually improved the way to browse the recommendations from that clunky system on the front page to having its own page and having some options like genre selection or orders which the recommendations are like release date/rating/based on your latest ratings. Of course this system should also be on to mobile site and app versions.
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Thanks for the feedback.  On the first point, this is a known problem, thanks. We have a thread (and ticket) open at https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/i-cant-see-people-who-liked-this-also-liked-some but it is more of a long term fix, sorry. 

The other issues are side effects of https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/upcoming-changes-to-several-imdb-features-du6man1opd5q0 as you suspected.  The longer list of recommendations will be restored in 2018 as we work through the list of bugs. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Recommendations doesn't have 'no' option, and only lasts 4 pages.

On the movie recommendations on the homepage, there isn't an option to click 'no' anymore to remove them, and I can only click "next 6" 3 more times before it is greyed out and no more recommendations are displayed. Please fix this.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled My "Recommended for You" is now limited. Very limited..

As the title suggests, I now get a small number of recommendations now. I used to receive infinite recommendations, but now I get just 24 at a time, and they're usually the same, even with a refresh of the page. I loved the old infinite choices because I could just skip the ones that didn't interest me. Now, I get recommendations that just don't interest me 95% of the time, and I have to keep refreshing until something does come up. I hope this isn't another one of the countless counter-intuitive changes I've seen on the site over the past few months.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Recommendations.

Are there any news on the issue? Any hint about how much time this kind of problems usually take to be solved? From what I understand the issue has been solved sometimes since when it presented itself but the problem is actually to make it work for everyone at the same time right?

I'm always available for any kind of feedback

Much love and regards for the IMDB staff, keep it up guys

Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: Where are my personalized movies and series recommendations??????????????????.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Recommendations.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled The recommended list is too short!.The recommended list is too short. It used to be much better when there was a longer list. Please fix this to normal or add a button to extend to a new window to see all the movies recommended. Thank you.

Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: Where are my personalized movies and series recommendations??????????????????.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How Can I reject/decline a movie title from my Recommendation List?.

I would like to know if there is a possibility of declining a movie-title from my recommendation section....
With the previous IMDB type, we could do that....
Now?
I do not want some specific movies
appear again to my recommendation list.
Any idea?
Thank you!
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Yay, now there are the recommendations on the app which is sweet, but when will it be possible to browse it without the 24 film limit? Or is the limit permanent?
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Hi everyone,

As mentioned in the separate thread here, the "Not Interested" option has now returned on both the iOS app latest release and on the website; the option will be returning to Android in the near future as well.

Regarding the limited number of recommendations, please know that our system is currently limited to displaying only 24 titles on the website at this time; however, more recommended titles can be viewed in the "Recommended for You" section of the IMDb apps. We appreciate this feedback regarding the limitation on the website version of the "Recommended for You" section, and have forwarded this feedback to the appropriate team for further consideration for future updates.

Thanks again!
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Hello,
Thank you very much for having solved the limited entries issue, I just wanted to leave a quick feedback with a minor leftover problem and a more important one.
The lesser issue is that the suggested movies do not report the list of movies that I rated or added to watchlist that caused a specific title to be shown on the suggestions, it was a useful feature to know what style or mood the movie was right for (this is only for the desktop version website, the mobile app still has this feature.
The bigger problem is that now, among the suggestions, both on website and app, appear many titles that I've already rated, at first I rated them again because I thought maybe I forgot to do it just after I finished watching them or the system didn't register the ratings properly, but they keep showing in the suggestions even after I re-rate them and on the desktop website when I hoover over a title it even shows the rating I gave it. It does it mostly for the titles I rated the last couple of weeks.
Regards and thank you again
PS. If it's unfixable I'd prefer keeping the infinite suggestions as it is now and living with those minor problems
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Sorry for the inconvenience.  We are investigating. 

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