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Contributor tips: Magic URLs

Contributor tips: Magic URLs

Hi all!

This is just a quick post to let you know about a handy contributor tip that you may not otherwise have been aware of which helps navigate our submission systems when submitting from Desktop.

Have you heard about magic URLs? They are a really useful way to make submissions quicker and easier for custom sections of a title or name page. All you need to do is get the tt number of the specific title page from the URL and switch it out in the links, e.g. The Shawshank Redemption is tt0111161:

 

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Here is an example of a magic URL that I use for titles which allows you to modify all existing cast credits on a title with an additional 100 new cast credits pre-selected:

https://contribute.imdb.com/updates?update=ttNNNNNNN:cast.correct.1/cast.add.100

And here is another one for titles which lets you modify all of the existing primary crew roles on a title along with adding a new number of credits for those sections:

https://contribute.imdb.com/updates?update=ttNNNNNNN:producers.correct.1/producers.add.20/writers.correct.1/directors.correct.1/directors.add.5/writers.add.20/composers.correct.1/composers.add.5/editors.correct.1/editors.add.10/cinematographers.correct.1/cinematographers.add.5

If you bookmark those links you can re-use them, switching out the tt number whenever you need to update a particular title. There are some more great examples in the top-tips help page from MayorDefacto and gromit82 including how to update specific sections for a name page (Robert Rodriguez is nm0001675).

If you have any other helpful magic URLs that you regularly use when contributing, please post them below so that other contributors can use them as well, or if this is the first time you’ve heard of magic URLs let me know below if you find this tip useful and whether you’d like us to post other contributor tips in the future.

Thanks,
Will

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4 d ago

These I've barely used in the year or so since I bookmarked them yet (my bookmarks are now in a random order, and there's no way to reverse it back into date order on Microsoft Edge), but after noticing the way that search or advanced search links are written, I realised that you could add or replace almost anything in the link to get even more specific results.

Here's a link for HBO Max shows, in the TV Movie/TV Series/TV Special/TV Mini-Series/Documentary/TV Short types, which were produced in the UK

https://www.imdb.com/search/title/?companies=co0754095&countries=GB&title_type=tv_movie,tv_series,tv_special,tv_miniseries,documentary,tv_short

Here's a link for ITV shows, in the Drama genre, which were release between the 1st of January 2000 and the 31st of December 2010 

https://www.imdb.com/search/title/?release_date=2000-01-01,2010-12-31&genres=drama&companies=co0015194&sort=year,asc

Here's a link for Short Films/TV Shorts which were produced in the UK, and filmed in the City of Bradford

https://www.imdb.com/search/title/?title_type=short,tv_short&countries=gb&locations=bradford&ref_=adv_prv

I mainly wanted these type of filters to change companies as only 20th Century Fox, Sony, DreamWorks, MGM, Paramount, Universal,

There's a possible 120+ companies whose productions I want to look through eventually, as they are all current names, former names or abbreviations of the 14+ ITV franchises (not to mention the countless more production companies they own today) where roughly 99% of them should have ITV listed as a distributor.

ITV is the network, which has a channel of the same name (among many more modern channels), where practically all of those ITV franchise shows and films were broadcast on, but as I've noticed a lot over the years, before I even joined IMDB and started editing properly, most of them seem to have ITV missing as a distributor.

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That top-tips page has been very helpful to me.

I tend to contribute opera dvds to IMDb, and don't record every credit. So I use this when I create the title, since it opens all the boxes I need for the Add.

https://contribute.imdb.com/updates?update=title:music_department.add.3/miscellaneous.add.1/business_sd.add.1/writers.add.2/running_times.add.1/keywords.add.1/technical_rat.add.1/locations.add.1/

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4 d ago

Thanks both, these are great!

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There are some current data sections which are not included in the list on the help page. These seem to work:

script_department

sales_agents

series_end_year

synopsis

location_management is listed in the first list for titles, but not in the second list for names.

There may be additional codes for contact details and family details.

These listed codes don't seem to work since the sections are no longer available:

title_attr Title Attributes

naka Alternative Names

bio_wn Where Are They Now?

And though you say it works with a company code, this option isn't mentioned in the help page.

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Thanks Peter I've made those changes now, including additional contact detail options and family details. Although the company codes do work for some data types, I think they've purposefully been left off of the guide for precautionary reasons. I'll amend my post above.

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Via magic URLs, there have been a few times I accessed comprehensive filmographies of companies, but as these may be so large as to case the submission form to load very slowly, I'm reluctant to publicly hyperlink to such URLs, let alone visit them on my own.

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For IMDb title pages bereft of a lot of basic information, I've been known to visit script-generated queries of the form /updates?update=tt*:cast.correct.all/cast.add.10/production_companies.correct/production_companies.add5/running_times.correct/running_times.add.1/sound_mix.correct/sound_mix.add.1/outlines.correct/outlines.add.1/plot.correct/keywords.correct.all/keywords.add.20/soundtracks.correct/soundtracks.add.10/title_urls_msc.correct/title_urls_msc.add.2/title_urls_off.correct/title_urls_off.add.2/title_urls_mov.correct/title_urls_mov.add.2/title_urls_tra.correct/title_urls_tra.add.2/business_cp.correct/business_cp.add.3/technical_rat.correct/technical_rat.add.1/technical_cam.correct/technical_cam.add.1 along with several dozen others that might not be infeasible to list here. The combinations number in the billions, I guess. I achieve this via RegEx-involved DOM-manipulating bookmarklets mainly. IMDb name pages, and likewise brand pages, have some sections that can only be viewed or edited when an IMDbPro subscription is active. On this forum, sometimes I post magic URLs (i.e. hyperlinks to specific submission forms) when explaining to prospective contributors where and how to submit corrections on data types of interest to them.

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@jeorj_euler I don't understand any of these bookmarklet things I seen you mention multiple times before, and I've even Googled them before too. Although if I remember correctly they're mainly for Firefox and/or Chrome which I don't use anyway.

All I understand is that I've figured out I can change things in links for a lot of websites to make them do what I want them to do ie.

1 - My IMDB company example above, where I simply replace the standard company number with a different company number, to find specific productions from a specific company.

2 - My other examples of adding/changing different things in the IMDB search links, as they might not have been options in the advanced search form, to narrow down the results, like years, countries, types, genres etc.

3 - Removing things from links I've copied directly from Google itself, rather than having to visit a website where you can only read a certain amount of stories a month to get the link. One example is my local newspaper who a few years ago decided to limit the amount of stories you can read a month, so I copy the links for the mainly film related stories I'm looking for directly from Google, paste them on Archive Today, correct the things which Google changes like %2F which I worked out in the last year is computer talk for /, remove any extra stuff added by Google from the link like &amp instead of &, and then archive the link which I can then read as many times as I want.

4 - Increase image sizes in links, by simply changing the numbers, to sizes which I know they use. I've done this a few times before to get larger images for shows/videos from websites like Youtube and the BBC, as they don't always appear on Google Images, and sometimes they're blocked on the websites themselves.

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Well, bookmarklets are basically just browser bookmarks of JavaScript code URIs. When clicked, they execute in the environment of the most-recently-viewed active tab. I've only ever regularly surfed the Web via Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Microsoft Internet Explorer, and all three of them support bookmarklets. (I don't remember whether or not an ancient browser by the name of Netscape supported them, but I did use that browser along with AOL's, many times, once upon a time.) It hadn't really thought about the fact that some browsers only accommodate HTTP URLs for bookmarks. I do know that the Web browsers on the smart television sets to which I have access don't support bookmarklets, and now I'm wondering if any of them support FTP or Gopher protocol, as it would make some sense for them to do that. I shall look into it. The issue with the browser for the smart TV is that the bookmarks manager is its own tab, hence a pseduo web page, unlike a tool bar.

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3 d ago

Thanks jeorj_euler, that one looks pretty comprehensive! Thanks for sharing.