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Wed, Sep 21, 2016 8:57 PM

Contribution: Name Suggestion Search

We are pleased to announce, starting today we have added Name Suggestion Search to IMDb’s Filmography contribution form.   As you begin entering a name, we will now provide suggestions based on what you’ve typed and the context of the submission (for example, for the TV Show “Game of Thrones”, as you type “Emilia” as a cast member, “Emilia Clarke” will show up first).   Knowing the context of the submission helps provide suggestions beyond just popularity.

We are excited to announce this new feature, but it won’t be available to everyone immediately.  In the coming weeks we will gradually release this new functionality, but we wanted to let you know, since it will soon begin appearing for many of you.  This initial release is limited to Cast and Crew, but over time we plan to improve and extend this functionality.

Also, while we believe this new functionality simplifies the process of adding Cast and Crew, if you choose to ignore the suggested search value, the submission form will continue to functions as it has in the past.  After pressing “Check these updates” you will receive the old search results.

We hope this new feature will both simplify and reduce the number of steps needed to contribute to IMDb. You all make IMDb great and we hope you like this new feature.


 

Thanks,
Nic

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11.2K Points

5 y ago

This is where having images (good headshot images) for celebrities becomes that more important as knowing what a person looks like can be useful when adding a cast member who shares a name with a few other actors...

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876 Points

5 y ago

It would be better of supporting unique IMDb name no. with suggestion.

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5 y ago

Nic: There is a way that I think this feature ought to be improved.

If you are in the Cast section and you select a woman from the suggestion list, the radio button below doesn't automatically change from "actor" to "actress". I think it should change automatically in that case.

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5 y ago

Hi gromit82,
The suggestion you list above (automatically switching actor/actress based on who you picked), is how its supposed to work.  When I try, it works as expected (Brad Pitt, Betty White etc).  Can you provide more detail?  Also, please include the browser you are using.  I just tested on Firefox, Chrome and IE.

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5 y ago

I'm bumping this thread in hopes of getting a response to the problem above.

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183.8K Points

4 y ago

This is a wonderful feature, but it is important for a user to not forget that the dropdown menu will open after a name is entered and often before his/her cursor reaches an item below the one just altered. If ever there is a delay in the menu mechanism, the user can wind up accidentally clicking a name in the menu that he/she did not intend to select.

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4 y ago

I'm bumping this thread because I was once again noting the problem with the radio button not automatically selecting "actress" for women who are in the database and appear in the cast of a title, but whose primary occupation is something other than Actress. The software doesn't auto-select their gender even though it is known to the database.

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4 y ago

Since Gromit bumped this thread, can I suggest an improvement I would really like to see? When suggesting an actor/actress for TV shows, can the actor/actress that has previously appeared in the show be the first suggestion? I'm not sure how it is currently sorted but I assume it is Starmeter or something similar but it makes much more sense that if an actor appeared in a previous episode to suggest that name as it would be extremely rare to have 2 actors/actresses with the same name appear in the same TV show. (Yes, I'm sure it happens.)

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4 y ago

This has stopped working for me in the last week or so.  Now when I start typing a cast or crew member, it makes suggestions from the ENTIRE site, rather than just relevant or previously used names.  That renders the suggestions useless, as it is very unlikely to pick the right one from searching the whole database.
This means I now either have to type the full name for every cast and crew member, or go back to the copy existing credits from the series or other episodes drop-down (which admittedly seems to load faster lately).

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4 y ago

When entering Eva Jinek (www.imdb.com/name/nm3189286/) to a new episode of her talk show Jinek (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3175372/reference), the suggestion says Eva Jinek is known for Toon (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5698140/reference). She was in over 300 episodes of Jinek ánd I try to add her to a new episode of Jinek, shouldn't the title after her name be Jinek?

Another example is Alexander Pechtold (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2179698/). When I add him to an episode of Jinek, the title after his name isn't Jinek (although he was a guest in 27 episodes).

Can you fix the titles after people's names so that the system takes into account the title you're currently adding names to?

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4 y ago

Another issue: Can you take alternate names into account in the suggestion list as well? If I enter the name Menno de Bruyne to a title, there are 20 suggestions, none of which is Menno de Bruijne (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4222320/), even though Menno de Bruijne has Menno de Bruyne as an alternative name!

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2 y ago

I'm bumping this thread, because it has been over 3 years since I raised a problem and it has not been fixed yet.

Specifically, the problem is that when adding a person to the Cast of a title ...
  • The radio button will default to "actor" if the person is male.
  • The radio button will default to "actress" if the person is female and has her primary occupation as Actress.
  • But if the person is female and her primary occupation is anything other than actress, the radio button will default to "actor" for her, even if her gender is already correctly entered in the database as female and even if she already also has credits as an actress.