New version of IMDb advanced title search launched

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We are pleased to launch a new version of the IMDb advanced title search today.  At the moment we have the same interface available at http://www.imdb.com/search/title with new software powering the results. In the long term we will be providing new, more powerful search options. 

The new software is more up-to-date and more flexible than the old software.  Our aim is to make the search results backwards compatible, so in theory, the only differences between the old and new search results should be an improved layout and more timely results. However, with millions of bookmarks and entry points to the new search, it was not possible to cover every combination in testing ahead of the launch, sorry. 

We have already seen reports of some issues and we are working on these now.  This thread will be used to gather all feedback and bug reports. 

Please let us know here if you see anything unusual with the advance search results, thanks. 
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Chris Hill

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I hate it. The votes do not show up in the Advanced Search screen anymore and the superfluous cover images are simply redundant in a compact search. Please can't we have the data presented as it was in the old version.
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Angelo Pilla

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I didn't like either. Now, we have thousands of bugs and the way the results are displayed are not clean and simple anymore. 
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George P

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The votes not showing up is really a big issue.
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George P

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I used to add exlamation mark to search for anything BUT that parameter but now that's not working. For example when adding !countries=in it showed up titles in every country but India. This was extremelly useful especially for countries and languages cause it's really impossible to add every country or language in the search except the one you don't want.

Any chance this can be fixed?
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George P

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BTW this post here by ljdoncel explains it better in terms of how it worked. https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/add-option-to-exclude-country-from-advanced-title-search
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This is useful for genre searches too.  E.g. Comedy not drama..  Please fix this as a number of my bookmarks used this feature.
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rootsmusic

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George, IMDb has confirmed that exclusions don't work in the new Advanced Title Search at https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/-option-doesnt-work-in-advanced-title-search-new-version?top...
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Would you PLEASE add an option to exclude genres from search.

EDIT: I must add, before you launched this new system, in the old system it was possible to exclude genres from the address bar, but even that isn't working anymore.

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The date filter is not working with YEAR and MONTH only, I have to put YEAR, MONTH and DAY.
And please add a filter for exclude genres!
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Moa'taz Aboul Gheit

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this search is for Most Voted English-Language Feature Films
http://www.imdb.com/search/title?languages=en&sort=num_votes,desc&title_type=feature
i used to put ! languages to get Most Voted Non-English Language Feature Films
http://www.imdb.com/search/title?!languages=en&sort=num_votes,desc&title_type=feature
but it doesn't work now 
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Exactly! I really liked the ! option to exclude certain factors, not only language. It does not work with anything anymore now and I really want that option back!
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From what I can tell, the IMDb technical staff wrote the query code for the new Advanced Title Search to only allows searches that can be directly created via the form. As such many of the tricks (or link hacks) that many of us have used over the years no longer work.

The exclamation point (also known as bang) "!" is the not operator for database searches in SQL (Structured Query Language). In effect our link hacks passed on that operator to the underlying query with the older version of the Advanced Search. The new version of the Advanced Search ignores these link hacks.

The bang still exists for the Exclude option under lists.

For example:

Most Popular Titles Not In Your "ls071894610" List
http://www.imdb.com/search/title?lists=!ls071894610

As an aside, the list (http://www.imdb.com/list/ls071894610/) is an empty title list. The above search returns all of the current titles in IMDb. In the older version of Advanced Search, the title of the search would have been:
Most Popular Titles Not In Your "Empty Title List" List

Since I am not an IMDb staff member, what I've written above is an educated guess. A member of the IMDb technical staff or Col Needham would have to confirm or clarify what I have written. It would be very helpful if the IMDb technical staff would state whether they intend to update the Advanced Title Search form to support these kind of not queries and/or allow for some of the link hacks in the future.
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They absolutely should. Not having the NOT operator is a mssive massive downgrade.
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steb

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"It would be very helpful if the IMDb technical staff would state whether they intend to update the Advanced Title Search form to support these kind of not queries and/or allow for some of the link hacks in the future."

I agree. Sadly, they either don't read or don't care.
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steb

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In the past, it was possible to exclude certain genres from searches by putting a ! in front of the category, for example. "!title_type=tv_series,tv_episode,game" This is not working anymore

Can you reinclude this feature please?
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Anna

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New version of advanced title search is very frustrating to look. There is too much information about title, ratings and number of votes fonts are very small, i have trouble reading them. Why make things complicated if they can be simple?

Previous version was million times better and i'm hoping you will keep it or give us the option too choose between old and new version, just like reference view format.

Thanks.
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Chris Hill

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I agree totally.  This new version has wrecked a little movie tracking hobby I've been running every week for the last few years. Please give us access to the old interface that didn't show images in the compact view and enabled us to see the number of votes as well without having to drive into the rating.

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