One of IMDb’s top focus areas for 2017 has been to replace the remaining parts of our old software systems with more modern maintainable versions, enabling us to accelerate product development and therefore deliver new features / searches / content to you. In the process, we are continuing to make customer experience improvements, feature simplifications to improve usability, and identifying opportunities to bring consistency across our desktop / mobile platforms. The ultimate aim is to serve all our customers better and to continue to grow the IMDb content and services in 2018 and beyond. Once complete, the new system will enable us to more easily address any remaining longstanding bugs as well as faster fix any new ones which may emerge. An example of visible change as part of this process is the new Parents Guide (for example Blade Runner 2049 (2017)) which moved off the problematic swiki system where only a small number of people could make edits and over to a managed data type.
Some of the features on IMDb are more than a decade old and as part of upgrading the backend technology, we are making a combination of interface refreshes, feature simplification, consolidations and deprecations. These decisions are not made lightly and are driven by a myriad of data metrics; however, we’ve built a very passionate customer base over our 27 years and we have seen some deprecations cause customer confusion/frustration. This is not our goal, but we know we cannot continue to deliver the site and features our users deserve and we aspire without making these changes.
As a heads up, there will be more changes in the upcoming weeks. We will announce the most impactful changes in the Announcements section of Get Satisfaction. For changes with lesser impact, our team will monitor Get Satisfaction immediately following the change to provide helpful guidance to users.
Founder & CEO, IMDb.com
-the new genres, obviously,
-a proper place for dubbers, obviously,
-being able to view one's photo additions/corrections/deletions in one's Update History,
-the return of the Location Tree,
-shorter/"prettier" links for the new Help Center,
-users not being referred to as customers by IMDb. I don't mind advertisers seeing us as customers, but I'd like you guys to think of us as users of this incredible database.
This also includes an update to the title/ratings page, for example: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052357/ratings
The images below compare the old and new designs of the Your Ratings page. I like that the new design is more detailed, showing the number of votes, age rating, runtime, and genre. I also like that the IMDb score is now alongside your own score. My only criticism over the design is the availability information at the bottom, which is really just a promotion for Amazon.
IMDb is here to provide information about Movies and TV shows and the people involved
Titles: 4,633,621 | People: 8,248,515 (Credits: 92,130,317)
with features Users can Use to keep track of their favs
and add comments, trivia, ratings, etc
about 266,164,000 messages were posted on the IMDb Boards Aug 6 2002 ... Feb 20 2017 - (GONE)
Oh, and how many Users add information about these Movies and TV shows ?? (for free!)
How many of the 82,340,000 IMDb Users requested these changes ??
There are a lot of complaints here about these changes
Most of the Users do not know about GS to write more complaints
How many Users need to sign a petition to undo these unwanted changes ??
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IMDb Traffic Statistics
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I have been a registered User looking up information here almost everyday for 17 years
Thank you IMDb !!!
It's pretty much a unanimous feeling from the community, it seems to me, that the site is becoming increasingly frustrating to use.
Just an idea.
These recent changes to IMDb's interface are truly puzzling. When viewing user reviews now, I can only sort them by "helpfulness" -- but what will become of newly written reviews? If I were to write a review of a film that came out, say, one month ago, it would surely never been seen by anyone, let alone read, because it would be buried beneath hundreds of other reviews! I also wonder why I can no longer view all episodes of a television series on the same page, in compact view. It was tremendously helpful to see them listed that way, as it made comparing ratings across seasons much more feasible. For a show like The Simpsons, which is nearing 30 seasons, I'd have to scroll through 30 independent lists now.
It's bewildering that a website like IMDb, one of the most-visited sites in the United States, could dare not only to stall, but to REGRESS in functionality, in a digital age like the one we currently inhabit. Even little things, like the removal of the availability of the filming dates of a movie, gnaw at me.......I mean if I can't find that information on IMDb, where else am I supposed to go for it? IMDb Pro is aimed at professionals -- I'm merely a cinephile. I really wonder how many more "updates" I can stand. It'd be one thing if I were simply being difficult about adjusting to a new layout. But this is an actual LOSS of faculties, making the website HARDER to use.
As we have seen, there have been a number of changes to IMDb features and functions, and presumably more are coming.
Would the staff be willing to post a page that will list the features and functions that have been removed, and explain the future status of those items -- that is, whether they are (a) going to be brought back, (b) going to be brought back but with some significant changes, (c) under consideration to be brought back, or (d) not going to be brought back at all?
This page could be posted in the Contributor Zone and would be helpful in enabling IMDb users and contributors to know what is going on.
Would the staff be willing to post a page that will list the features and functions that have been removed, and explain the future status of those items -- that is, whether they are (a) going to be brought back, (b) going to be brought back but with some significant changes, (c) under consideration to be brought back, or (d) not going to be brought back at all?Thanks for the suggestion. We are just about finished with the retirement of the old software. We have less than ten items to go from the starting set of over 210, and the remainder are mostly on the small side -- some are simply HTML pages still served off the old system; the largest is advanced name search for which there is a drop-in replacement with a whole set of bugs and limitations removed (including the dreaded 10,000 result limit; the same limit will be removed from advanced title search in Q1 2018).
Given we are talking about over 200 systems / features and many of the changes only added functionality and/or fixed bugs, producing a comprehensive list is not going to be practical, sorry. Everything with an announcement thread can be located by https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb?topic-list[settings][type]=update and we are encouraging the teams to keep either the main announcement up-to-date or to add an official reply as appropriate (although sometimes things are moving so quickly that it is simply best to get on with building the software).
The items which were not announced (sometimes deliberate, sometimes accidental) which have active threads are:
- https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/reference-view-not-working-properly (now superseded by https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/changes-to-title-reference-view)
Founder & CEO, IMDb.com
Yesterday, on Friday 29 December 2017 at 3:41pm PST (11:41pm GMT) the final piece of old software in this multi-year migration moved to the new platform.
Thank you for your patience so far. We appreciate change is always hard -- please be assured we are doing this to build a much better IMDb for the long term. As noted elsewhere across other announcement threads (see https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb?topic-list[settings][type]=update), the final timing here left us no alternatives other than making some (mostly temporary) painful cuts in functionality of some features. On the plus side, it also made us examine some underused or outdated features and determine to simplify or remove them. Sometimes the best thing to do to improve the usability of an interface is to remove the least used features. Sorry if a personally beloved feature was in this latter set -- you can always gauge shared interest from other customers and lobby for its return by posting in the relevant "Ideas" section here on Get Satisfaction (for the web site, see https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/categories/imdb_imdbcom?topic-list[settings][type]=idea).
For those interested, the final change was the advanced title search (ATS) form at http://www.imdb.com/search/title. It was a relatively small change so the page is pretty much as before, except the (broken) keyword suggestion search field is now a (working) manual field, and the entries in the include / exclude menus in "Lists" are now in most recently modified order for consistency with the rest of the site. The suggestion search powered keyword field will return early in 2018. This now clears the way for an upgrade to the back-end ATS software which will remove the 10,000 result limit. This same limit has already been removed from advanced name search at http://www.imdb.com/search/name via a similar upgrade as part of the migration work.
We are already working on adding / returning features on the new platform. The pace of this work will increase when more of the team are back in the office after the New Year holiday next week. Please see the individual announcement threads at https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb?topic-list[settings][type]=update to keep up with specific progress as things launch.
You should already see a more consistent interface across the main IMDb site, and in 2018 you will see more consistency across all parts of IMDb (web site, mobile web, iOS app and Android app). If a feature is missing or limited in one or more interfaces then there's a good chance it is at least in planning.
Repeating some text which I wrote in another thread earlier this week ...
The numbers we are watching here are all
showing improved customer engagement, with even more potential as things like
review sort orders and ratings filtering are added back in the New Year.
We now have: a consistent design across all core pages on the web site; list
editing on the Android app; all user reviews readable everywhere; consistent
(and automatic) character pages; news available everywhere; all data published
everywhere as it is processed and available for instant editing (not random
sections running 24-36 hours out-of-sync); an easier data cross-linking format;
a better help system; a faster suggestion search powered contribution system;
more visible core box office information; more modern list editing (okay yes,
drag-and-drop on web is an unfortunate casualty, but the rest is better IMHO);
the end of the unmanaged wiki systems (open for all contributors, with FAQ
coming soon). This had led to new registrations at an all-time high across
2017; data contributors and data contributions similarly on all-time highs, yet
(ignoring temporary holiday backlogs this week) the fastest ever overall
processing times plus with the smallest ever backlogs. Behind-the-scenes
almost everything is now on the same modern software platform with simpler,
faster paths for future changes; hundreds of (sometimes) years old bugs have
been resolved; scores of longstanding requests / suggestions have been
implemented; consistency has improved hugely between the nine "on
platform" sites and apps which our team directly supports (with more work
to do here in 2018).
Of course, not everything today is perfect nor in its desired end state. As mentioned, we had to make some awful short-term trade-off decisions to ensure we completed the technology migration in 2017, but we are confident the short term pain is worth the long term gain.
Sonny: "Everything will be all right in the end... if it's
not all right then it's not yet the end." from http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1412386/quotes/qt1645298 :-)
Founder & CEO, IMDb.com
I do not say I support all the changes, but do you offer any slightest evidence that these changes are universally despised?
Come on, it is only a website! And 95% of the former information is still/already available, and the rest will come soon, as promised by Col Needham.
Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: All the recent changes to the site.
There are numerous problems with the new changes that have taken place to IMDb over the past month or so. The biggest issue is that the pages won't load at all, I constant either have to reload the page numerous times or I have to press the back arrow then forward arrow in order to actually see the page I want, be it a movie or a TV show or a person's page.
Other issues I have with the site:
Sometimes when clicking on a person's Awards section, I can't click on the year of their award to see the details of that award. For example, if I click on James Cameron's Awards page, it will show "Oscars, 1998 Titanic" I used to be able to click on the 1998 year listed in order to see the info of those Oscars, but now I can't anymore.
I hate that a User Review Comment doesn't appear at the bottom of a Movie/TV show anymore.
A lot of browsing options have been removed from the TV show section (such as Episode Cast, or including the number of seasons on the main page)
I hate that a person's filmography doesn't include the number of their listings anymore. For example, someone like Christopher Lee had #280 credits, but rather than listing them in order by number where it's easier to search through, now the numbers don't appear anymore.
Overall, pretty much all the updates to the website have not improved the site, it has made it worse. And believe me, I'm not the only one who hates these changes, numerous people I have talked with who are also frequent users of the site hate the changes. I know my complaining won't make any difference, but I just needed to vent and let you know that I am not pleased at all.
you are really dedicated to completely destroy IMDb!!! whay are you putting the site in the hands of incompetent developers? the site was perfect a few months ago, and since the end of the movie discussions that you have been slowly destroying the site day after day. what's the idea? are you planing to close IMDb?
Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: Updates to List Pages.
There are still some small functionality/sorting issues which disappeared by past updates, at least not being able to sort by decades & genres on "Your ratings"-page... I guess that's possible using "advanced search" but that's a bit time consuming/hard to find for average user.
I'm closing in on 5000 (film) ratings soon and I think most important feature of IMDB for me is being able to sort my ratings according to several categories. I use "Export" (to Excel file) function a lot.
IMDB offers me ability to keep track on films I've seen (rated), sort those films and read reviews (which I do mostly AFTER I have seen a film). Oh and of course checking film ratings to help me with my watchlist...