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 mean it’s not that only ”great” outlines/synopsis are accepted. But if it ain’t broke, there’s no reason to fix 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!).