This IMDB site is very archaic and poorly designed.

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I've used IMDB for years, but just joined to be able to post reviews. Whoa! This site is archaic. A few examples: (a) The site automatically lists my email prefix -- which happens to be my full name -- as my profile name. Really?! What about privacy considerations. (2) It took me 5-10 minutes to find info in the Help pages on how to change my profile name. (3) I wanted to leave a review. Getting authorization to do this was not at all intuitive or easy. Fortunately I *stumbled* upon the form one needs to fill out in order to be able to leave reviews. (4) Many (most?) pages are among the most content-dense Ive seen on the web. Not at all easy to make it through the visual clutter. (5) Finally, I tried to post this feedback to this forum. I went to submit, and got redirected to a sign-in page on GetSatisfaction.com, which apparently is IMDB's customer community vendor/manager. Still, I had to do another round of registration -- my third in signing up for an IMDB account. What century is this?

Hard to believe amazon.com now owns IMDB and allows such a challenged site.
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 This site is archaic.

This site has millions of pages, far more than an average site. Updating them without risking information loss can take a very long time.

The only sites on the web which come close to this size and volume are dictionaries and encyclopedia sites and those are typically far more sparse.


 A few examples: (a) The site automatically lists my email prefix -- which happens to be my full name -- as my profile name. Really?! What about privacy considerations.
This depends on how you signed up, it's also not displayed to other users until you start making posts. Considering how easy it is to change, theres not much of a privacy issue. Besides, if you really cared about privacy, your email would not be your real name.


 (2) It took me 5-10 minutes to find info in the Help pages on how to change my profile name.
Took me about 5 seconds to find with a google search. Its also not that hard to find just by looking through profile settings.

This website has a thousand different things that need to be explained in help pages, its really on you to know how to word your searches.

(3) I wanted to leave a review. Getting authorization to do this was not at all intuitive or easy. Fortunately I *stumbled* upon the form one needs to fill out in order to be able to leave reviews.
It's deliberately not easy. 1) if it were easy there would be spam bots doing it. 2) it keeps at least a few of the stupid people from doing it. If someone cant figure out how to post a review, they probably arent the kind of person you want leaving one. This isnt amazon where theres a billion and one retarded reviews for every film, most of them repeating themselves. Its starting to get that way and quite frankly i wish they would make it even more difficult to do.

(4) Many (most?) pages are among the most content-dense Ive seen on the web. Not at all easy to make it through the visual clutter.

The site is an information database; its packed full of information for a reason.


(5) Finally, I tried to post this feedback to this forum. I went to submit, and got redirected to a sign-in page on GetSatisfaction.com, which apparently is IMDB's customer community vendor/manager. Still, I had to do another round of registration -- my third in signing up for an IMDB account.
The help and feedback forums were removed from IMDB and made into a separate service here. It serves its function better by not being part of the IMDB setup directly. For one thing, if someone is having trouble with a log in issue they wont even be able to get into IMDB. By being a standalone forum this service can answer and respond to all issues, including ones related to not being able to get onto IMDB at all. There's 100 other reasons its separate but you can try figuring those out for yourself.

What century is this?
Pretty sure it's the 21st century.


Hard to believe amazon.com now owns IMDB and allows such a challenged site.
You say this as if Amazon has not always owned IMDB. Considering Amazon has owned IMDB for more than 16 years (1998) your statement is a bit narrow minded. It's been owned by Amazon for more years than it wasn't and it's been owned by Amazon for nearly the entire time that its been widely publicly available. Unless you were one of the original usenet followers back in 1990, it's probably been owned by Amazon for as long as you've ever known it existed.

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Feel free to design your own movie database if you believe you can do better. Let me know how long it takes you to reach 4 million movies listed and 6 million actors along with credits historys, individual forums for each and all the other "clutter" you seem to disdain.

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PS. I dont work for IMDB so if I came off as rude don't blame them. Its just a reflection of how you sound with your rant.

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