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Today (Dec 6) we are announcing an update to the List pages on the IMDb desktop experience. This update is part of the broader site changes announced recently (https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/upcoming-changes-to-several-imdb-features-du6man1opd5q0). After in-depth discussion and examination, we have decided to simplify the features and functionality for lists. We have merged “compact view” and list editing into a single Edit experience. In that one view, you can now modify your text and add, copy, delete and move items. We have also pulled List actions (edit, export, settings) together into a 1-click menu (the 3 vertical dots on the top right of the page). You will now also find two new options in the Refine menu: ‘In Theaters’ and ‘Keywords.’  Tech constraints on the new system prohibit us from continuing to support drag-and-drop from the Edit view; we appreciate your understanding. For more information about Lists, see the IMDb Help Center.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Accents displayed as HTML code in links..

I've encountered a strange issue with accents in a title link, in a list i created.
On my IMdB user page, the title link is OK:


But in the full page list, the accent in the title are displayed in HTML code.
Morover, the year of the movie is not shown in the link:



I'm using the latest version of Firefox on Windows 8.1.
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Hi, Pascal Guillen. A number of subscribers have repeatedly pointed out the exact same display bug, and not once has it be acknowledged by the IMDb staff in the slightest, in regards to IMDb user reviews. The problem is also present in a number of Plot Synopses and Parents Guides. Somebody in the company did, however, finally fix this in regards to title FAQ pages. The items you have circled/highlighted are known as markup character entity references.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled IMDb lists.

Mr. Needham: PLEASE go back to the old format(s)! I can't find anything/can't organize my lists b/c the click-and-drag feature is gone! Who's idea was this?! If it ain't broke DON'T fix it!

Name/title linking is now IMPOSSIBLE! It took me much-longer to link names to make sure I didn't repeat a name! Do YOU know who is nm=0000129 is off the top of your head? Give up? It's Tom Cruise! PLEASE return to (qv) format!

Judging by the responses, if you DO NOT return to the old format(s), you'll lose TONS of contributors -- including me!

Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: Update to User Reviews.
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We definitely need a preview mode to see if we got the right link.
And it's not nm=stuff.
It's [link=nm0000129].
Until a preview mode is provided, I open a list of mine in a second tab, and paste what I'm contributing into a comment field to see how it displays.

It's miserable, but I wasn't a fan of the old system.  To disambiguate in the (qv) system meant opening the name page of my intended credit and noting which Roman numeral was by their name.

But now I need to see if my paragraph was composed correctly. Preview Please?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Unable to remove films from my list???.

Since today or yesterday, I'm unable to remove a film from my 2019 - Most Anticipated list (since one titled was moved to 2020). How come this simple function is not available anymore??? Surely this IT Supporter must have overlooked something? Or I can't believe my own eyes.


Best regards.
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Hi Thomas,

I'm assuming that you are doing this from the IMDb web page. This functionality is slightly different for mobile devices.

Please follow these steps to remove a title from a title list.

1. Make certain you are logged into your account.
2. Go to the list page you wish to edit.
3. Click the three vertical dots. Three options should appear:
  • Edit
  • Export
  • Settings
4. Click Edit. You should see the list with check boxes in front of the titles.
5. Click the boxes of the titles you wish to delete. You should see a blue check in those boxes. The links for MOVE TO COPY TO and DELETE should become active.
6. Click DELETE.You should see a dialogue box asking:
Are you sure you want to delete?
7. Click DELETE in the dialogue box. The titles should be deleted from the page.
8. Click the blue DONE button.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lists from imdb.

Wy imdb put down the rss feed form lists? For my surprise I verify that this is put down from imdb...
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Probably due to excessive bandwidth consumption. I don't know.
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I suspect that the IMDb Technical Staff completely rewrote the list functionality and did not consider including the RSS feed for lists in the rewrite specifications.
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For the love of God! Bad strategy! The rss lists is very a very good macnism for fhe popularization of the site! Bad idea!
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And... The rss feeds lists was broken. No expose more in my web site cause the Imdb put down.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled List RSS No Longer Working.

The RSS feed for my list is gone. Using the RSS URL now returns the desktop version of the list versus the valid XML. Have you decided to stop supporting RSS for lists?

Here is the URL I have been using: http://rss.imdb.com/list/ls004040167/
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled why drag feature is gone?.

I see you guys updated website theme and feature, it's look great but we cant drag items while we editing our list anymore. please bring back drag! it was really Effective.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled reodering created lists.

Hi! I wanted to ask how can I reorder the lists that I have created on
the website? Since the update few months ago, I can't drag and reorder
lists, and if I reorder by switching the numbers of 2 titles and save,
it says "an error occured while saving". What should I do?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled The options for viewing and editing my movie lists now pales in comparison to the....

New list options
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I used to reorder titles and other added stuff in lists by drag-dropping them to the position I want, but now after the newly designed page I can only reorder the items by typing the numbers of the positions I want which is really frustrating and takes a lot of time. Please bring draging and dropping back, it's way easier and more practical to use.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Why there is no more YOU HAVE SEEN films on any users films lists??.
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The Dec 6 Update eliminated the You Have Seen bar. But you can determine that info by using the Refine feature (just above 1st title), selecting You and This List > Titles I Rated.

I know, not nearly as convenient, but at least the option is still there.
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We need thr rss option for the lists! ia a bad actualization! Many problems! Rss feed!!!!
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It's a shame the drag-drop hasn't come back, it was the nicest feature of the lists; overall this update seems rather a step back than forward to me
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That makes sense, Dr-Faustus.
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Great. Guess we will just have to wait and see how things progress in the following months.
Thanks for your help Jeorj.
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Hey Jeorj, nothing to do with these comments: I just wanted to thank you for liking so many of my posts, if for no other reason than it's the only way I get a copy of them!

I'm still using your compact-a-list bookmarklet. I thought I saw another one days later, but lost it. What did that one do?
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I did post an earlier bookmarklet pertaining to how messages' posting dates show up on Get Satisfaction, since ACT_1 keeps asking IMDb staff members to include the date of posting in their announcements. Please see reply no. 19,100,256 and the replies to it.
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Jeorj Euler :

since ACT_1 keeps asking IMDb staff members to include the date of posting in their announcements.

1 month ago (November 16 2017 3:58 AM)


ACT_1 - 2 days ago (December 28 2017 1:10 AM)

Advanced Search Updates
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/advanced-search-updates-9rehrj3uf8rdx?topic-reply-list[setti...


You should add the date to your post (Put the Subject 1st ?)

We're pleased to announce that today, December 28, 2017,
we've launched some updates to the Advanced Search pages
As Col referenced in his earlier post
(https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/upcoming-changes-to-several-imdb-features-du6man1opd5q0)

For the Yellow box top right of main page ...



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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled My Lists.

Over the past 7 or 8 years, I have created close to a hundred lists to which I refer very often.  These lists are still available to me, but I am no longer able to sort them by IMDb rating, my personal rating, alphabetically, by release date, etc.  Also, I had each of my lists defaulted to a list view without visuals and this feature is no longer available.  My understanding is that there are fundamental changes in process.  Will these features return at some point or are they gone forever?  If the latter, I am extremely disappointed.  Thanks for any feedback you can give me.
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Although this is significantly less convenient, you can use an Advanced Title Search to sort any title list in rating order. If you are logged in, you will see under Lists Include: a list of your title lists.

1. Select one of your lists under Lists Include.
2. Select User Rating Descending (or other sorting options) under Display Options.
3. Click the yellow Search button.

For example, this is one of my lists sorting in descending order of user ratings:
Highest Rated Titles In Your "All 151 Oscar-Qualifying Documentaries for 2013" List
http://www.imdb.com/search/title?lists=ls052183003&sort=user_rating,desc

... and, yes, this is much less convenient than being able to do this on the page of the list.
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Thank you very much, Dan!  Once I posted this, IMDb alerted me that my post had been merged with this lengthy, substantial conversation.  It has been helpful to read so many other comments with frustrations similar to my own.  I'm all for healthy change, but hopefully things will continue to "improve" for those of us who liked things the way they were!  ;-) 
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I totally agree.  Nobody here is saying there shouldn't be any changes.  We all understand that for the most part.  Its the nature of the internet.  What's annoying is taking away useful features like what you mentioned above.  I have a list of 1,000 movies and to view and edit them now is unbearably tedious now that compact mode is gone.  I have to search through ten pages (instead of 4) every time I want to review my list but what's worse is I can only see 2 titles on my computer screen at a time instead of 25.  Editing mode isn't much better at all especially if you have reviews or notes that just take up more space.  I don't care to even look at other lists anymore because I can only see tiny bits and pieces at a time.  Its like looking at a painting 1/4 inch in front of my face.

I'm just curious why IMDB viewed compact mode as a useless feature?  What is the reasoning behind getting rid of it?  What would have been the harm in keeping that feature available?  Is it because people won't see a link to Amazon's video?  IMDB would still be able to do that in compact mode by adding a hyperlink.  Also of course that wouldn't apply to people, video game lists, etc.  Was it too much work for them to include that feature when they updated the site?  I don't want to export my list and adjust/edit the excel file just so I can see my lists from a reasonable distance.  Please someone help me understand.  This was a fun daily hobby of mine and now its totally ruined.  Please someone reconsider bringing back compact mode (250 titles per page)!  IMDB has their top 250 on one page why can't their users have that preference as well?  Thank you and Merry Christmas to all IMDB staff members.
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Wow, Bravo, Chris!  Excellent stated.
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Can U bring back starmeter on people list, I really need that.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled User Lists: Then & Now.

2017 is coming to a close. In retrospect, here is a list of changes to user-lists that have been implemented over the years:

The Comments Section
Then: An exclusive IMDb feature that proved to be a great mode of communication for members.
Now: Scrapped in favor of Facebook.
Result: If you like it or not, if you want to answer comments and communicate with others, you have no choice but to create a Facebook account. In my case, Facebook has not improved or promoted communication in comparison to the original system.

The Related Lists Feature
Then: Regardless of the length of a particular list. It would appear on the User Lists feature, visible on that title page.
Now: Where many lists are created in respect to a particular title - only lists in the low two-digit numbers appear on a particular page. This also applies to all other Related Lists where longer lists are excluded. Number of votes are taken into account in relation to entries on a particular list and if that list exceeds a particular total, it does not appear listed there.
Lists without subject, description, or relevance to anything, but a set of random titles takes precedence over well-researched, relevant lists. For example: 'To Download', 'Movies', 2017', 'Wish', 'To Watch' etc. etc. add little to nothing to the IMDb experience. Those IMDb members that truly contribute and bring legitimacy to this site, in regards to the content of their lists, (and there are a number of them) are however discouraged by the limitations imposed on them.
The new changes also exclude list descriptions that were previously available. A handy feature that informs of the content of a list without having to play roulette for the desired outcome of what you are looking for in a list of another.

DVD & Blu-ray and Genres
Then: Both the DVD & Blu-ray and Genres sections of the site had a feature where IMDb members could create their own lists with the option to "tag" and have their lists openly displayed in that section.
Now: Scapped.

Drag & Drop
Then: A necessary component of the user-list. Especially for longer lists and listees who are very specific in regards to placement of titles, and who update their lists on a constant basis, accordingly.
Now: Scrapped for a time-consuming, laborious, and impractical, number system editing feature.

Compact View
Then: A fast and effective means of reviewing a list. Especially handy for the list creator.
Now: Scrapped.

Scrolling Speed
Then: Freeflowing
Now: Jerky, occasionally freezes, slow. The same applies to editing, with the addition of the disappearance of the entire page which then manifests itself after a couple of seconds.

https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/people/col_needham : "...lists are a core feature of IMDb and are from where IMDb originates..." 

https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topi...
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Description Markup - Only some of my "colors" are working..

Description Markup - Only some of my "colors" are working.
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honestly, just bring back the compact mode. i haven't been on IMDB for a few months and this happens... just makes me want to use this website even less
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I agree. What users were complaining about having compact mode? Who is actually saying now, "Thank God they took away compact mode. It's so much better to have less features and less ways to view my lists." ??? It's absolute nonsense. I'm preparing to update my favorites list but I have so many titles on it it's impossibly tedious to review it to see where I want to place my new entries.

My solution is to add an Amazon video hyperlink to the compact mode. It's obviously the reason why they got rid of compact mode because God forbid you can't see an Amazon link on everything nowadays. Or at least give a compact mode for the author at they very least! We dont need to read a whole synopsis and see a huge poster of every movie we have on our lists. We know already! Lol

Anybody with more than 100 titles per list should be disguised at this change. What on Earth is IMDB doing with their site? I'm finding myself clicking on this thread almost every time over viewing actual lists now. Just to see if they can actually say they may be considering to reconsider bringing back compact mode. At least give us some lip service.
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I miss Compact mode too, and I hope they'll bring it back. I love the new Edit mode for some purposes, but for rearranging position, or moving/copying a part of a list, not so much. Here's what I would do while we're waiting for CM to be restored if I were really itching to update my list.

I'd open a few tabs worth of my destination pages, and compact them with Jeorj's bookmarklet for Viewing a list. Every time you refresh the page to see the moves and new position numbers, you have to re-compact the page, but it's instantaneous. It's one of the reasons I'm displaying the Bookmarks Bar again.

If you need to have multiple tabs of Edit mode open, know that you can append &page= to the Edit URL (or the View list URL for that matter), and you can right-click the NEXT page link to open in new tab. Both should be helpful.

I'm not arguing that my suggestions are reasonable. Frankly, I'd like to see an ATS sort option of List Order so we can see the position number in a compact list of 250 again.

But I'd prefer the old Compact mode, where we could Refine and Move titles elsewhere. I have a custom-ordered list of 580+ titles with ~180 short films that I'd really like to move to another list. But they're interspersed throughout, and although I can see which ones are shorts while in Edit mode, and can use ctrl-F to find "short" everywhere. Still, if I miss one, then I have to re-position it after moving. I'm choosing to procrastinate that project until I know whether Compact will be resurrected orreplaced properly. 
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Thanks appreciate it. But seems like too much effort and like you said about refining, etc. Just won't work for what I want to do. Really hope to hear back from IMDB about this and the reasoning for eliminating compact mode. Perhaps hopefully through understanding we can come to some sort of a compromise. I'm sure there's a lot more users upset about it but probably don't post here. In any case hope they can bring it back. Happy New Year too you and all the users and IMDB staff for working hard to improve and considering user suggestions for improving the site. Hope to hear from them.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled User Description Markup: Changes have been made to my ability to edit the "Descri....

Changes have been made to my ability to edit the "Description box" on my lists and am wondering if or when they will return. Besides creating [b]BOLD[/b] or [i]italic[/i] I was able to colorize my text. Currently purple is the only color that works. Will [blue]BLUE[/blue], [red]RED[/red] or any of the other colors be returning? Please see: https://www.imdb.com/activity/help/descriptionmarkup
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled List editing has become a complete nightmare.

No compact list view, no alphabetical sorting in "EDIT" mode, no way to narrow listing e.g with actor name, director or IMDb code. Working with long lists, trying to find duplicates to delete, is impossible now. This is not an upgrade of features, this is a user non friendly downgrade.
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No alphabetical sorting in "EDIT" mode has made IMDb lists virtually uneditable.

If alphabetical sorting is available in VIEW mode, it should not be that big a deal for IMDb programmers to add that function to EDIT mode.
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Don't wish so small. All of the Refine (perhaps not by Keyword) and Sort functions from View mode could/should be available in Edit mode.

Don't forget, though: in Edit mode you probably want to see the actual Position number within the list, not the position after sorting/selecting, which is what View does. So it's not just a matter of tacking on some Sorts and Refines.
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bderoes -- I started thinking small because I'm willing to settle. I'd be happy to get alphabetical sorting back, because having only two options (List Order and Date Added) in EDIT mode has made my life miserable.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled My Lists.

Why can't we print our lists without the pictures anymore. They took away that option. Is there still anyway to do it?
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Not within IMDb-provided features, but...

Another user created a bookmarklet to view title lists without any thumbnails or details:
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/update-to-list-pages?utm_source=notification&utm_medium=...

It works very well. (Thanks again Jeorj!)
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Thanks IMDb Technical Staff.

Though 'drag-and-drop' was the ideal means of editing/updating user-lists, it is great to see the number-editing system is now working across the board. It is more labor intensive but at least it gives the user the ability to position titles complimentary to the layout of a particular list.
As far as that fix is concerned, I am grateful.

P.S: In context, here is an example of a list that is applicable to title-placement: "2018: A Movie Odyssey" - http://www.imdb.com/list/ls000643238/ 

Thanks for all your effort, and a Happy New Year.
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  • "GS" or "Get Sat" for Get Satisfaction
  • "ATS" for Advanced Title Search
  • "ANS" for Advanced Name Search
  • "WAB" for Without a Box
There are probably some other uncommon acronyms that might be common around the IMDb community's discussion venues.
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Hi Jeorj Euler

Acronyms, for the most part, are easy to decipher in context of the subject discussed in a thread or post, especially when directly associated with IMDb itself. Besides my post above, I think difficulties can arise when acronyms are used from an external source that not everyone is familiar with. I think an easy way to solve this, if an acronym is used multiple times, is to state what it's meaning is when it first appears, followed by the abbreviated version.
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@Jeorj Euler
Thanks for the acronym list. It is very useful for those less familiar with this ongoing discussion on Get Satisfaction (GS).

@Dr-Faustus
It is good practice to spell out an acronym on first use and include the acronym in parenthesis, much as I did in responding to @Jeorj Euler above.
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Good suggestion: it is good practice to spell out an acronym on first use in an email or document then use the acronym later on.
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What would be really nice: a bookmarklet that would insert the text
Advanced Title Search (ATS)
And maybe it could be an active link to 
http://www.imdb.com/search/title

I'd also like the moon, and world peace.
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From the lists FAQ:
"How can I move list items without drag and drop?
On the list you want to reorder, click the 3 vertical dots and select "Edit" from the menu. Once the page loads, replace the position numbers of those items in the desired order and select "Done" and then select "Save" when the pop up window is displayed.
For example, to move an item that is currently at #5 in the list order to #1, replace the number 5 with the number 1. Click "Done" at the top of the screen, then "Save".  The page will refresh with the new order."
You... you gotta be kidding me. This extract reads like an April Fool's Day joke.

Going from a fairly modern solution to something I have last seen in the 1990s? If you indeed employ a UX/UI designer he is either very busy with other projects, very ashamed or very overpaid.
Now get his (or a new one's) attention and fix this before this goes viral and everyone will need to explain it to their bosses.

When you do I will came back to curating my lists, since as it is the day is too short for me to accomplish this.
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@IMDb staff:
The Lists FAQ that Dawid Wnuk cites is horrible advice. Here's what's wrong:
On the list you want to reorder, click the 3 vertical dots and select "Edit" from the menu. Once the page loads, replace the position numbers of those items in the desired order and select "Done" and then select "Save" when the pop up window is displayed.
For example, to move an item that is currently at #5 in the list order to #1, replace the number 5 with the number 1. Click "Done" at the top of the screen, then "Save".  The page will refresh with the new order
While the directions are "accurate", they send you OUT of list Edit mode. For people who want to change multiple titles, but want to do them one (or a few) at a time, this is a lot of extra time wasted.

Instead, after entering the new position number, I would advise:
'Click "SAVE LIST ORDER" and the page will refresh with the new order.'

If the user wants to exit, they can find the Done button on their own (or just leave the Edit mode).
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Hi, Dawid Wnuk and bderoes. You two might want to repeat those same messages of yours over at the "New IMDb Help hub" topic. I'm not sure, but please consider it.
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You two might want to repeat those same messages of yours over at the "New IMDb Help hub"topic. I'm not sure, but please consider it.
No need to report separately as the team directly responsible for this feature are already reading (and acting upon) this thread, thanks. 
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@bderoes, you are right of course, there are discrepancies. My point however was mostly that the new "method" of rearranging lists is absurdly non-user-friendly. Fixing the description will help people realise this faster and easier, but this is pretty much all it solves :(
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Let us hope that things are synchronized, Col Needham.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled List Extracter Changes - Title in Original Language.

Recently IMDB changed their list extraction via MS Excel. In the new extract / download three major changes occurred.

1. Title Language - is now always in original language but not as per preferred title language settings. Can this be changed back to the title in preferred language

2. Your Ratings - the own ratings are no longer part of the extract / download. Can this be added back

3. Title Type - Title Types are no longer displayed as "Feature Film", "Documentary", ... but rather "Movie" and other.

Point 1 and 2 are rather significant and I wanted to ask if it can be fixed please?
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Bahr

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I see that "Your Ratings" is already addressed and will be fixed. I did not see any comments regarding how the title is being displayed in the download. Non-english movies are now showing with the original title in the extract only independent of your personal settings regarding title language. I would appreciate if the personal settings could be considered in the extract too please.
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I just posted an Idea saying this:
I have a list with 590 titles. It's in no particular order because the Refine and Sort options are sufficient for my purposes...UNTIL...                                                                                                              
I needed to edit the comment on one film. Now I don't know where the title IS to get to it in the Editor. If I had the Refine and Sort features IN the Editor, it would be easy.                                                   
I don't want to go to the Title page and unhook it from the list and re-add it. Then I'd lose my Comments, which might have markup codes not copyable from outside the Editor.                                       
So now, either in View mode or in Edit mode, I have to page through the list and ctrl-F to find the title. Fortunately the list has only 6 such pages. Pity the fan who put comments on a 6000 title list and didn't PUT it in order!                                                                                                                                
If you are NOT going to add Refine/Sort inside the Editor sometime SOON, please provide a way to see the true POSITION number within the list (other than Export) after Refine/Sorting in View Mode, or perhaps after searching in ATS (Advanced Title Search).
If you'd like to vote for it, or add comments like "Bring back Compact View!", you can find it here:
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/need-position-numbers-of-titles-in-a-list
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ROTHMANMAX

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled "Check in" list missing..

My "check in" list has been missing recently (past 2- weeks approx). Anyone know what might be the issue. I am from Sydney, Australia.

When I click on "Lists" under my user name no lists are visible.

I have attached a screen shot.
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bderoes, Champion

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@ROTHMANMAX

Look at your Activity Page (dropdown menu, upper right corner of almost every IMDb page). You can find a link there.
Don't know if they'll be adding it back in to the List of Lists page.
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ROTHMANMAX

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Thanks bderoes!