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Saturday, February 25th, 2023 12:32 AM

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Dead Celebrity Profile Images Are Dying To Be Updated

These eight IMDb profile images of high traffic, popular dead celebrities that still remain influential today I feel should be updated on IMDb. Their existing IMDb profile images are substandard (low-res, grainy, out-of-frame, off-centered, rounded edges, b&w, wearing sunglasess, etc.) and do not do them justice in a 4K age, IMHO. There are multiple images in their respective media indexes that are far better for a number of reasons, including being in color, higher resolution, more centered, more viewable, and better captures the essence of what their life was about. I would recommend updating them to the likely option I have featured, as an example of the better options already available on IMDb, or another IMDb feels is better. I have included the hyperlinks to their respective media indexes to make it easier to view and update the choices. Also, I have contrasted the "what is" versus the "what could be" options below. I suspect their IMDb homepages are not being actively managed due to death.  Thanks, in advance.

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1 year ago

Hi @urbanemovies -

As @jeorj_euler mentioned above, we typically will not change the primary image selection for an individual unless there is a specific reason to, such as, the selected primary image features other individuals, cuts the face off, etc.

In this case, I have modified the primary image of Yves Saint-Laurent, Jimi Hendrix, and James Brown as per the primary image change suggestions, however, the others should remain as-is.

Cheers!

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@Michelle​ Thanks, I can understand that take.

I guess my only other two comment is that I disagree with using sunglass wearing images as profile pictures (unless that is what they are known for), as in the case of the Andy Warhol profile image below. Especially, when he had a signature pair of eyeglasses that he wore during the period he was most famous for (and that most people associate with him). I would think the purpose of a primary profile image to show what person looks like, the existing used image doesn't serve that purpose, if that is a goal.

My second issue is using a profile image where the person is located in the bottom third of the frame does not render well, when actually using the site on some features. This would seem to fall into the etc. category as a valid reason. As it stands now, it looks he is playing a game of peek-a-boo on IMDb.

unless there is a specific reason to, such as, the selected primary image features other individuals, cuts the face off, etc.

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Hi @urbanemovies​ -

Thanks for these follow-up proposals.  After another review, I have made the primary image change for Andy Warhol, however, regarding the primary image for Dr. Seuss, the image does render well on his page: 

So we will leave this one as-is for the time being.
Cheers!

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@Michelle​ Sounds good. Thanks for the help. I marked it acceptable and complete.

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The only proposed reassignment that I really agree with would be the one for Yves Saint-Laurent, since he is out of frame in the thumbnail image anyway. I do somewhat also agree about changes in regards to the photographs of Jimi Hendrix and James Brown, since I consider closeup shots to be more suitable than wide-angle shots. I see that Andy Warhol and Dr. Seuss are not center of frame in their respective less-desired photographs, but that's not really a big deal. The IMDb Help Center used to display a very specific policy point concerning matters like this, but at some point, it went missing. In general, the IMDb staff usually cannot be bothered to be reassign the image occupying as a placeholder for a bonafide featured image the primary image slot of an IMDb name page, for frivolous or roughly frivolous reasons, not even for deceased people, especially when the selection could be subject to dispute anyway as to which image among several is the "best". Maybe the IMDb developers ought to come up with a program that automatically annually cycles through images considered by fans or IMDb contributors to be tied in suitability.

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Hi @jeorj_euler​ -

Thanks for your suggestion to our developers.  I have passed along the suggestion to the appropriate team to review and consider for future primary selection improvements.