Vandalization???

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Hello,

Today I was going over my IMDB credits and my IMDBPro page... and a dozen credits (or more?!) that have been there for 16 to 25 YEARS are suddenly gone!

Among the missing credits are my credits for BEAKMAN'S WORLD (TV) for which I received two Emmy® Awards. The Emmys are still listed on my page... BUT NOT THE CREDITS IN MY FILMOGRAPHY!!!!  

Along with two other sound designers, Dave Burk and Alan Porzio, ALSO now gone?!?! And each sound designer, myself included, had on screen credit (once or twice they were incorrect, but nevertheless every episode we had on screen credit. Our assistants did not have a screen credit, but some of them ARE listed, and for episodes they were not even involved in.

This whole thing is messed up. Can we PUT IT BACK THE WAY IT WAS PLEASE?

Also missing from mine is the film "HEAT" and about 5 other TV shows (that I don't care that much about) and a half dozen feature films also missing. Also, an entire show record (it was a single-show episode/pilot "The A & K Show") Poof, completely gone, though it was distributed on home video and certainly qualified.

And these missing shows/credits I am very familiar with, many submitted before IMDB started insisting on episode listings. But it is completely unreasonable to delete credits from 25 years ago just because they are not attached to episodes, as there is no practical way to get that information now — and the other credits you still list as attached to episodes, many episodes are wrong.

I have reason to believe that another party submitted a batch of delete requests. But I never received ANY notice that my filmography was being affected. NONE.

I am paying for IMDBPro, because I use these credits for professional purposes — I'd hope to be notified if there are sudden changes to my claimed page of credits!!!!

I see other threads where people are defacing pages with spurious requests. As a matter of future policy, you seriously need to allow active members of the film industry to "FREEZE" deletions, be notified and be more involved.

As it happens I am also an author of political commentary. It's pretty easy for me to piss someone off, and I suppose an angry reader might deface a page here... Considering the other reports of page defacement, it would seem IMDB needs to get more proactive about security.

Or perhaps something else is afoot??


Please advise on how to proceed.

Andy


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Looks like this is you:
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0813820/

Here's the full cast/crew of Beakman's World, where you are absent:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106367/fullcredits
And here is the same page from November 2016, where your credit is present:
https://web.archive.org/web/20161129100011/https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106367/fullcredits

Here's your page from Feb 2017:
https://web.archive.org/web/20170218010954/http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0813820/
Nothing about the film Heat there.

You'll need a reply from IMDb staff (I'm just a user), but I wanted to see what I would find. 
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Andy Somers

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Thank you for the archive links...  yea weird on that... the thing that caused me to start auditing my filmography was when I saw BEAKMAN'S WORLD was suddenly gone, as that is literally one of my "known for" projects ?!?!?!?!?!
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Hi Andy -

Specifically regarding "Beakmans World", I can see that you were previously credited to the series page, verses to the actual episode title pages that you worked on.

You will need to re-submit your missing credits for this series by submitting your credit to the episodes you worked on.  For details on how to add episode credits to multiple episodes, please see the following Help guide: https://help.imdb.com/article/contribution/filmography-credits/how-do-i-add-an-episodic-credit/GRRHU...
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Hi Michelle, thank you for your response.

This is a COMPLETELY UNFAIR POLICY. 

Do you really expect me to be able to identify specific episode(s) I worked on for shows from THIRTY YEARS AGO?????? 

Sure, if we knew that was the policy at the time we had that information, so NOW for new series, okay great. But for legacy credits THERE IS NO WAY TO DETERMINE THAT INFORMATION ACCURATELY. How could we? Those episodes are aired and done and gone.

This should be obvious. 

Back then there WERE NO EPISODES for IMDB listing, so your editors deleting credits for series before you changed this policy IS WRONG.

IMDB is now selling these listings back to US in the industry and profiting off of US with these listings, and by enacting policies like this, you are harming US in the industry.

Because you have created IMDBpro and taking OUR MONEY, and you are now responsible for holding our resumes, you have a responsibility to prevent this kind ov vandalism, and it is vandalism even if done "officially."

That you damage our resumes like this is a potential class action lawsuit.

Have a nice day.

Andy
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Andy
Hi
A follow up to all that have replied.
In the past credits for TV shows had been allowed on the series level even though you were only in one or a small collection of episodes.
Current rules do not allow for this. Editors and contributors that look at pages for past series will randomly delete credits that are on the series level that do not reference an episode. While it would be better that the editor and/or contributor assign the credit to the specific episode, it is not always known. So it ends up as a deleted credit.

As a note...........

If you are aware of any other f your credits that are listed on a series that are not assigned to a  specific episode, I would make those correction submissions too along with the resubmission that Michelle has just suggested!

Good luck..........