Suggested Names no longer have alternate names

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It used to be when you would input a name and it didn't match exactly, the suggested names would should all of that persons alternate. This doesn't happen any. 


So, in the picture above, Obed Baloi is a correct match. It used to be that under his name it would show something similar to "aka Baloyi, Obed". This would have let me know immediately he was the right person instead of having to open his page to search for an alternate name.

I don't think I'm misremembering this from before the site change but I could be. If so, it's a good suggestion for a new feature.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Search suggestions.

I absolutely agree. Not only suggestions no longer display the NAKAs that match the search term (which in many cases forces us to check many more results than before to find the correct name) but the search engine isn't even capable of including NAKAs on its algorithm.

These are the three most recent examples I've come across (in increasing order of OMG! Mosqueo):
  • Super Dark Times (2017):

    When trying to add "Beru" (stage name of Jessica Collins (IX))...


    ..."Jessica Collins (IX)" isn't one of the options (despite "Beru" being a verbatim aka):


    Well, "Beru" is a short word and perhaps that may influence/confuse the search tool. Let's try a full name...


  • Amityville: The Awakening (2017):

    When trying to add "Nicholas Giassullo"...


    ...the correct Nick Sullo isn't suggested (despite "Nicholas Giassullo" being an aka he's used in several films before)


    Well, at least this time some suggestions are names with credits in the Visual Effects department... None of them has "Nicholas Giassullo" as an aka but, to verify this, we have to check the name pages of many of them because an eventual exact match isn't displayed... Fortunately, I took the precaution of performing another search before resigning to mark "This is a different person not currently listed", and found Mr. Sullo, but this shouldn't be necessary.

    The last example, which I've encountered this afternoon, frankly borders on the ridiculous (so I decided to expose it)...


  • One Missed Call (2008):

    When trying to add Gus Williams as 'stunt player'...


    ...these are the suggestions...


    None of them has Stunts as their primary job and, besides the three exact "IMDb name" matches (first three results), all the others seem to appear there just because of their name similarity (Gus/Guy, ok...), without considering other factors (only 2 of the 20 name suggestions have at least one stunt credit)... How is it possible that Gerard G. Williams (the correct person), with over 80 stunt credits and a NAKA that exactly mirrors the search term, doesn't show up among the results?


If the suggestions system is not revised, I'm anticipating a huge number of inappropriate "This is a different person" requests...

Lloro

Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: Search: Add name aka search function.