Today, I accidentally discovered that a member had replaced the byline of my plot summary for [link=tt3470600] with his own.
Sadly, other than my word and the creation date of the original plot (7/13/2017 – 10:38 AM), I seem unable to prove that this flawed plot is truly mine.
Honestly, is it so easy to replace one’s byline with his own?
I believe ”Sing” now has 4 different Plot Summaries:
I mean it’s not that only ”great” outlines/synopsis are accepted. But if it ain’t broke, there’s no reason to fix it.
After seeing the film tonight, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044328/plotsummary needs some cosmeting editing, which would amount to this (in bold)
André Noblet, a 23-year-old French artist falls madly in love with Christiane, the mother of two children. He tells Chistiane he will tell all to her husband and demand her freedom. Christiane learns that her husband has been carrying on a romance of his own and they have a meeting. By the time André shows up, they have reconciled. He next moves on to Minouche, a divorcée, and takes her to a ski resort, where he breaks his leg on the very first day and this hampers his love making. They meet another couple, Evelyne and her aged escort, Gaston Lebridel, and the couples end up exchanging partners. Time passes and André has now cultivated an attachment with Denise Aubusson, a widow and patron of the arts and artists, and André soon replaces a musician in her life. Denise has in her employ, Alice, a reformed thief, who reveals to Andre that Denise is a whole lot more than slightly older than he is. André is now an unattached man and when he learns that 17-year-old Catherine Michaud, a neighbor's daughter whom he has always consider a child, has decided to elope, he goes after her, determined to save her from an unwise marriage, and ends up marrying her.What do you think should be the fairest byline: keep it as it is, or add mine to it ?
I personally will only make changes to another contributor's plot summary or outline:
- to correct spelling errors, especially of given names
- to delete any item within the summary that is a major spoiler or that is totally inaccurate
And only if someone else's plot summary has too many spoilers to render it uneditable without maintaining the integrity of the original author's intention, or if the summary is completely inaccurate will I ask IMDb to delete it altogether. In the latter category, I remember coming across a plot summary for a documentary of a person that while accurate to that person the subject of the movie, had nothing to do with the documentary itself.
Generally I won't even read another contributor's plot summary if I am intending on submitting my own so as not even to unintentionally steal ideas from that other summary.
Again I'd like to hear from someone at IMDb if measures are taken to protect the original work of contributors, and why it seems so easy for someone to make changes to another contributor's work.
And finally, thank you Vincent for your above post about Wayback Machine (I had heard of it but didn't know how to access old webpages). Just like Nick seems to do, I have kept the reference numbers to many of my plot summary submissions dating back to 2010, but couldn't seem to find the original summary I submitted for the movie with "egregious" edit mentioned above (it however being a movie that I have watched often enough to be able to reconstruct a reasonable facsimile!).