IMDb should configure the system to block any title from being simultaneously listed as a "Short" and with a running time of 45+ minutes
There are currently 339 titles listed on IMDb as Shorts with running times of 45 minutes or longer, as shown at this link: https://www.imdb.com/search/title/?title_type=short&runtime=45,&sort=runtime,desc
That should never have been allowed in the first place, since IMDb's policies prohibit any title from being designated with the Short category if the running time is 45 minutes or longer:
|Short||Any theatrical film or made-for-video title with a running time of less than 45 minutes, i.e., 44 minutes or less, or any TV series or TV movie with a running time of less than 22 minutes, i.e. 21 minutes or less. (A "half-hour" television program should not be listed as a Short.) If known, please submit the running time if we do not have one on record. Objective.|
Since IMDb's policies also tell us that "[r]unning times should be rounded to the nearest minute," what the policy on running times for Shorts is really telling us is that any film with a running time of 44:30 or more is not eligible for the Short genre.
I posted about this a year ago as a response to another post, back when there were 167 Shorts with runtimes of 45 minutes or longer. That thread was subsequently closed. Since then, the number of films in this category has doubled, to 339 (and I personally did some manual cleanup by eliminating the Short category from several ineligible titles back then).
It would seem easy enough for IMDB to configure the system to automatically block any title from being simultaneously listed as a "Short" and with a running time of 45 minutes or longer. The system could alert the contributor with a warning explaining the policy and why Shorts cannot be longer than 44 minutes.
Is IMDb willing to make this change to the submission process?
If not, the next best alternative would be for IMDb staff to do a mass cleanup by eliminating the Short genre from the titles at this link: