IMDb Staff: When adding keywords, the system should auto-convert two hyphens (--) and one hyphen plus a space (- ) to one hyphen (-)
Dear IMDb staff:
I have a suggestion that should cut down on excess and duplicate keywords.
Currently, when we try to add a keyword that has two spaces in a row, the system will automatically convert the two spaces to a single hyphen.
For instance, if we enter "tree stump" (two spaces) or "tree stump" (one space) the system will automatically convert that to "tree-stump."
However, if we try to enter "tree--stump" or "tree- stump" or "tree -stump" the system accepts both of those as a new keyword "tree--stump."
This results in a lot of poorly formatted keywords, all of which will eventually need to be corrected. Keywords like this:
older--woman (3 titles)
c--bar (1 title)
reference-to-president-william-f--mckinley (4 titles)
reference-to-charles-g--dawes (1 title)
publilius-syrus--quotation (1 title)
actor--turned-preacher (1 title)
airplane-ferrying--service (2 titles)
almost--true (2 titles)
female--flautist (2 titles)
hitchiking-teenage--girl (2 titles)
helen-adams-keller--quotation (2 titles)
human--pulverized (1 title)
Although these keywords are relatively rare, I do come across them regularly.
I have some questions about this:
1. Can the system be set up to auto-convert two hyphens to one hyphen when contributors try to add a new keyword? And the same with one hyphen plus one space, and one space plus one hyphen?
2. Can the database of existing keywords be searched for all keywords that currently contain two hyphens, and mass-convert the two hyphens to one hyphen?