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Thu, Apr 15, 2021 7:45 PM

Here's a proper name keyword curiosity

Try to submit "johann-wolfgang-von-goethe-character" as a keyword, and it is rejected and automatically changed to "johann-wolfgang-von-goecharacter."  What is happening, and how does one get around this?

Try with the title Goethe! (2010).

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1 m ago

It is accompanied by the message

The following fixes have been applied automatically.

  • 'the-character' has been replaced with 'character' in accordance with IMDb rules.

Perhaps this replacement could be adjusted to only replace the phrase when preceded by a dash.

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This glitch has nothing to do (apparently) with "-the-character" being replaced with "-character."  Again, try correcting "johann-wolfgang-goethe" to "johann-wolfgang-von-goethe-character" and see what happens.

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johann-wolfgang-von-goethe-character

johann-wolfgang-von-goecharacter

See?

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So, names ending with "the" are the problem, with a false assumption that it is an incorrect intro to the word "character."  Dashes are apparently ignored.  How does one solve this example, which may be a rare exception?

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It looks that way. The software is doing an invalid match, probably seeing if the keyword ends in "the-character" while it should compare to see if it ends in "-the-character". Adding the extra dash would keep it from matching names that end in "the".

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Lo and behold!  I added that extra dash after "goethe" and before "character," as "johann-wolfgang-von-goethe--character," and, even though that is incorrect formatting, it has been accepted!  This may well be a "once I'm a lifetime" situation, but the guideline could say: "If the proper name ends in the letters "t," "h" and "e," two dashes must appear before the word "character"-- or, the software could be changed so it acknowledges the correct placement of dashes.  Neither is probably going to happen.

Thanks for the help, Peter_pbn and adrian.

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@bradley_kent 

While your work around will get the keyword added, IMDb really needs to check the software. I'm pretty sure what I posted above is true. If they did better pattern matching at the end of the line, this would not be an issue.

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21 d ago

Hi bradley_kent -

Thanks for reporting this specific Keyword issue for adding keywords where "the-character" is present and the form rejects an addition.  I have made note of this use-case to pass along to our technical staff to review.

In the meantime, I have manually corrected the Keyword by removing the extra hyphen, this change should be live on the site shortly.

Cheers!