new feature request: website allow search by imdb id

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Hello,
Please allow searching by imdb id. Like if i have a movie with the id e.g. 0111161 and i run a search using the search url you send to the chrome web browser like http://www.imdb.com/find?s=all&q=0111161 then list this in the results http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111161/ too.
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This is already implemented. The "tt" is part of the ID so this already works -> http://www.imdb.com/find?s=all&q=tt0111161
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Expanding a bit on Col's response (I'd already composed most of it when I was called away from my computer for dinner).

"IMDb ID" is not really a term used by IMDb. Instead IMDb calls that number a title constant (or t-const), and it includes the 'tt' at the start. Similarly, IMDb has name constants (e.g. nm0000151) beginning with 'nm', character constants (e.g. ch0001387) beginning 'ch', company constants (e.g. co0040620) beginning 'co', and constants for events (e.g. ev0000003). Other items like trivia, quotes, goofs, and crazy credits have similar constructs beginning with two-letter strings (tr, qt, gf, and cz), but they're not individually meaningful without an attached title.

Note that the numerical part by itself is not unique. The two-letter string at the start makes it so. There's a tt0000001, a nm0000001, a ch0000001, a co0000001 and an ev0000001 all referring to unrelated data items:
Carmencita (1894)
Fred Astaire
Jesse James - from The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
Panorama Video
Ariel Awards, Mexico

You can search by these constants (as long as you include the leading two-letter string). So, instead of http://www.imdb.com/find?s=all&q=0111161, search http://www.imdb.com/find?s=all&q=<b>tt</b>0111161
and the title will be found. Same deal for the other types e.g. http://www.imdb.com/find?s=all&q=ch0000001

Hope this helps to clarify.
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Thanks for your prompt replies, guys.

How about this solution?
There is a select box beside the long search field in the header. (name="s" id="quicksearch") That box has selections like All, Titles, Names, Compaines, Characters.

So setting that select box to the option named Title http://www.imdb.com/find?s=tt&q=0111161 would search the numeric-only "id" between the movie titles specifically, and would include this http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111161 in the results. And wouldnt search for names or companies.

Setting the value to Names http://www.imdb.com/find?s=nm&q=0111161 would search between names, and include him http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0111161/ in the results only, no companies.

Setting it to Companies http://www.imdb.com/find?s=co&q=0111161 include this http://www.imdb.com/company/co0111161/ company.

And setting it to All http://www.imdb.com/find?s=all&q=0111161 would include Shawshank Redemption and Rod Brogan and Thomson Productions Inc. and Whiteboy from all sections like it currently already do, listing both titles and names and etc in sections below each other as seen here.

All these additional results would just be included in the search, as if i search for foobar, the engine makes an educated guess and returns Roobarb to me.
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