Sorting actors/directors/etc titles by votes or ratings is no longer useful

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It seems that today IMDb decided to destroy its extremely useful Filmographies function, where I can't even estimate how often I use it a day.

Until now, each page for persons on IMDb had a handy link on the left where you could sort the person's page by certain parameters such as votes, ratings, year, genre etc., all shown for their departments respectively (being their activity as a director, writer, actor, stunt or soundtrack department or even as themselves). This made it easy to determine which work was most popular, relevant or acclaimed for these persons. Here are two examples for the work of Kenneth Brannagh as a Director, sorted by rating and by votes:

Note that Kenneth Brannagh's work as a producer for the Wallander series also is listed in the category below, but can easily be ignored if I'm just interested in his efforts as a director (for example). Even the fact that he appears in the absurdly superfluous "Thanks" section of The Avengers is reflected, but I never come to scroll that far.

Now see what they have replaced those handy links with: A general search for titles with the person, all categories mixed together, without any possibility to restrict it to certain acting or directing departments. In the case of Kenneth Brannagh, it looks like this:

Good luck trying to find out what he has to do with these 332 (!!) titles whatsoever.

I am beyond mad how IMDb manages to kill every function that has been simple and useful about it, while there still is no possibility to get the most basic simple statistics as calculated on IVHA back in the day (R.I.P.).

Note that even filtering by title type doesn't help because the search still makes no distinction for different production roles.

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Richard Hanks

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imdb are fast becoming a joke.
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Tim Smith

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This was one of the most useful features of the site.  It has been gone for 4 months now.  Please bring it back!
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Sorry for the delay, there's a recent update on this at (the same thread also has instructions on how to use Advanced Search to generate the same results in the meantime)
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Esben Ba

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It's now been 6 months, please bring back the original search feature.
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right now we can refine by:

Movies or TV

I still wonder why it seems to be totally impossible to add "job type" as a forth category?

this would almost exactly give the original results, that many people are still looking for.
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Agreed--the only features still missing are the "job type" and an easy display of the number of votes. 

Thank you for restoring the rest!  Also, the column showing the user's vote is a big improvement--I now have a great at-a-glance checklist of top things I've yet to see!
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"Job Type" as a refinement is definitely coming, and hopefully quite soon. Rest assured, we hear you. I apologize for the delay.
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Brent, thank you for the update. It would be great to post on IMDb Get Satisfaction Announcements and IMDb Information when "Job Type" as a refinement becomes available.

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The job type refinement is now live, along with all the other refinements for an even more powerful search than before. You can access from any /name/ page via the Filmography by ratings, votes, genre & keyword links in the "Quick Links" menu on the right hand side of the page, after clicking "Explore More" 

For example, here are George Clooney's feature films as an actor sorted by highest ratings ->,desc&explore=genr es&role=nm0000123&ref_=filmo_ref_typ&mode=advanced&pag e=1&job_type=actor&title_type=movie 

or Alfred Hitchcock's feature films as a director sorted by number of votes ->,desc&explore=genres &role=nm0000033&ref_=filmo_ref_job_typ&mode=advanced&p age=1&job_type=director&title_type=movie 

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It looks good so far ... Thanks!

Finally the best film site on the web have a decent search feature once more ;-)

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