Two different people...same name....and initial or something should make them different...

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I have a page I've had for a decade or more with my name. Someone else with the same name started a page but did not add an initial to their name. I thought that and initial or something was required to avoid confusion between us. 
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Linda Boston

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  • confused and concerned...

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gromit82, Champion

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Linda: In fact, there are two people listed in IMDb with the name Linda Boston: Linda Boston (I) and Linda Boston (II). When two or more people listed in IMDb have the exact same name, IMDb uses a roman numeral in parentheses after their name to distinguish them. IMDb will only add an initial to a person's name if the person actually uses that initial in their credits in film or television. They don't force anyone to use an initial.

So my questions are ...
  1. Which Linda Boston are you?
  2. Are anybody else's credits listed on your page? If so, we can get them moved to a new page, which would probably become Linda Boston (III), but you would need to let us know which credits need to be moved.
If the only issue is that you used to be the only Linda Boston and now there is a different woman known as Linda Boston (II) as well, that is not a problem, because there are some people who have the same name and that is how IMDb tells them apart.
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Linda Boston

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I'm Linda Boston (I).  So far so good.  No mix up in film credits.  I'm just trying to nip it in the bud before it becomes a problem....
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Eboy

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IMDb obviously can’t start adding initials to the names or even request people to add those in their names. You can always add biography or trivia to differentiate yourself if you wish.
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Hi Linda -

If there is still an issue with your filmography page on the site, please review the questions posted by gromit82 above, as we will need additional information to help you.  Thanks!
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Michelle, Official Rep

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Hi Linda -

Thanks for confirming.  As gromit82 mentioned above, when two or more people listed in IMDb have the exact same name, we will use a roman numeral in parentheses after their name to distinguish them.  This system is explained in the frequently asked questions list at:FAQ list here.

If you ever find that there are incorrect credits being listed on your page for the other "Linda Boston", or vice versa, know that you can always submit data corrections through our online Update form.  Cheers!
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Bridget Martin

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Why do these roman numeral distinctions only show up once you click through to the "exact name matches" area? I actually posted a few seconds ago about a particular name having seven+ iterations which didn't have roman numerals, but then I deleted it because I realized that they indeed all have them (at least with the example I was using of Brad Anderson (II), but now the problem is:

Why don't those roman numerals show up when you are typing and the list drops down?
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Eboy

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On mobile/tablet view, you have to click the actual name to see the roman numeral. With normal ”full site” (which you can also choose from your mobile, just scroll down) you’ll see the roman numerals also on search.

It doesn’t mean much if you’re ”I” or ”VI”. It just means that ”I” got the first credit listed to IMDb. And after that rest have to be listed ”II”, ”III” etc to avoid the confusion (and often even that is not enough and credits get mixed up).