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Friday, January 1st, 2021 7:59 AM

IMDb Top 300 Data Contributors for 2020

IMDb Top 300 Data Contributors for 2020

Included below is our end-of-year message to IMDb's top 300 data contributors for 2020. 

Thanks again to everyone who contributed to IMDb -- every data contribution helps. If anyone outside of the top 300 would like to know their 2020 (only) live item total and position in the complete list, please post a reply here and, for a limited time, we will try to let you know.

Happy New Year 2021 from IMDb! 

[sorry for any errors in the format due to cut-and-paste into Sprinklr; a clean copy will also be available at https://contribute.imdb.com/czone/top_msg in early January]

 

Introduction and Thanks

 

Welcome to the 26th edition of our annual letter to recognise and celebrate IMDb’s top data contributors. This message is initially being sent to everyone who contributed data in 2020 and will then be shared more widely. If you are a first time recipient of this year-end tradition, I am IMDb’s Founder & CEO and you can catch up on old editions of the annual letter here, and follow IMDb’s future progress in our press room. If you have not yet contributed any data to IMDb, you can learn more via our Contributor Zone.   

 

When we wrote the last edition of this letter, we were about to enter IMDb’s 30th anniversary year with rather different plans than what ultimately turned out in reality. No words can adequately convey the impact the events of 2020 have had on all of our lives. However, we hope you have all been able to stay safe and well during what has been a tough year across the world.  While the rest of this letter will take a positive tone, we felt it important to acknowledge the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic and also to highlight just how much work remains to be done in building a more diverse, equitable and inclusive society; IMDb is committed to using our influence, data and tools to help improve the entertainment industry.  

 

IMDb is built by you, our data contributors, so we first want to thank you all for helping us to grow by record amounts during our 30th anniversary year - whether you made a single update or whether you were the top contributor in the list below.

 

We have a simple statement to capture the vision we are trying to achieve: “IMDb powers the creation, discovery and enjoyment of entertainment everywhere” and we think about our customers across several categories: entertainment fans who visit our free site and mobile apps; entertainment professionals who we help to navigate their industry; advertisers whose support helps us invest in & grow IMDb; and it all starts with our contributors who help make IMDb the most complete, accurate & timely source of global information.  These factors motivate us to take IMDb to more countries, to offer IMDb in more languages, and to make everything available on more devices. Even after 30 years there is still so much more we can deliver with your help and therefore so many more places we can make the data you contribute available.

 

The Numbers

 

The table at the end of this message shows the number of approved, non-duplicate data items which the Top 300 contributors have submitted in 2020, including corrections and deletions. New records have once again been set in terms of the total number of contributors (800,000+), the overall volume of data contributed, and improvements in the speed of publishing.

 

IMDb now includes:

  • Over 7.5 million titles with more than 1 million added in 2020
  • Over 11 million names with more than 800,000 added in 2020
  • Over 135 million filmography credits with more than 14 million added in 2020
  • Nearly 5.5 million user reviews with over 800,000 added in 2020

The total size of the database recently crossed 400 million data items.

 

To put some of the above growth into context, it took IMDb 17 years to reach our first one million titles and you have contributed over one million titles in 2020 alone! Additional statistics are available in the press room.

 

This year nearly 17,000 items were required to make it onto the Top Contributors list.

 

Progress

 

... From a contributor perspective by Jennifer Reiley ...

 

Although 2020 has been an incredibly difficult time, now more than ever, the value of entertainment is apparent. From the global phenomenon of the Tiger King, enjoying Hamilton from our living rooms, and finally seeing Tenet -- the  first Hollywood blockbuster to open in theatres after the pandemic shutdown -- we have been adapting along with the industry in order to provide you with the best possible contributor experience.

 

This year, we saw a record number of contributions, including more unique contributors, which we were able to process quicker than ever! We have been working hard behind the scenes to make sure your contributions and contacts remain our top priority.  

 

In 2020, we were particularly excited to launch a mobile friendly version of our primary contribution interface from our apps, which has full parity in contributable data types from title, name and company pages.  As fans across the world shift to consume entertainment on various devices, we    understand the need to provide the ability to contribute beyond desktop.

 

Additionally, based on your feedback, we added the ability to add Series End Years via the contribution interface. This has been a long-standing request for contributors to be able to self-serve. In the past, this was only possible by reaching out to the IMDb support team with the info - this is now a lot easier and quicker! Since launching, updates to Series End Years have markedly increased so we thank you for taking advantage of this change.

 

We also continue to invest in IMDb Answers in order to surface high-value content that has not yet been added to IMDb and will provide additional benefits to IMDb customers. We strive to make IMDb Answers a fun way to share your knowledge and increase content coverage across fourteen countries. The question feed can be customized to your area of interest and knowledge as well. For example, if you are interested in adding movie posters for Germany, simply choose the country you want to contribute to and the type of data and click “Go”!  IMDb Answers uses real-time pageviews by IMDb customers from specific countries and populates movie showtimes data for movies currently in theatres. These contributions also count toward your end of year contribution numbers, and you can track the status of your contributions as usual. 

 

You may have also noticed that our community page underwent a refresh this year. The IMDb Community Forums migrated from GetSatisfaction to Sprinklr. The new Sprinklr community offers additional features and functionality, so stay tuned for updates and continue to share your feedback! As with GetSatisfaction, Sprinklr is the destination to keep up-to-date on new feature announcements, and to share your own ideas and requests via the Ideas section.

 

As you know, this year IMDb celebrated its 30th birthday. Along with recognizing the Top 300 contributors this year, to mark the occasion, we have also added the Top 300 contributors over the last 30 years which required over 100,000 items! Thank you for your dedication!

 

We are grateful to all of you that share our passion for providing entertainment information across the globe.

 

Here’s to a happy and healthy New Year!

 

... From a customer perspective by Col Needham ...

 

We are continuing to update the website with the launch of our new home page, placing more emphasis on what to watch, along with a dedicated Watch page to assist you in your viewing decisions. We now have over 50 streaming providers to help you find where to watch your chosen shows and movies. We also updated our photo gallery and video pages.  The new design is also available for opt-in beta testing on title pages and you can take a look here.  All of these pages use a responsive design which works across large screens through to smaller mobile browsers, making it easier for us to more quickly launch new features consistently across IMDb.

 

Although we were able to produce our Sundance Studio and Oscars coverage as usual in the early months of the year, the pandemic soon impacted events for the rest of 2020, and we switched to a virtual event coverage model.  This provided opportunities to diversify our coverage including working with: the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge; the American Black Film Festival; the Curbside Shorts 2-Minute Film Challenge; and the UNHCR Films for Hope.  We continue to work with ReFrame on their ReFrame Stamp initiative to highlight gender balanced TV and film productions.  

 

We expanded IMDb Originals to include two new podcasts: Movies That Changed My Life which is available wherever you normally obtain your podcasts; and That Scene with Dan Patrick which is an exclusive with Amazon Music.  Find out more in our Podcasts section.

 

For US customers, we continued to add movies and shows to our free advertising supported streaming service, IMDb TV which is available directly on IMDb and on most of the devices which have access to Amazon Prime Video.

 

This was a great year for our mobile apps which also added many what-to-watch and where-to-watch features as described in the release notes in the iOS and Android stores.  Our iOS app includes more local language content beyond English, helping to bring IMDb more easily to a global audience. 

 

While there were fewer theatrical releases in 2020, many people had more time to watch movies and shows at home, and IMDb’s traffic and engagement likewise increased.  We expanded our email program to include a new Streaming Guide and a newsletter-style Watch Guide – control your free email subscriptions via our email preferences page. You can also follow us on our various social media channels: Facebook, Instagram, Twitch, Twitter, and YouTube. Across social we experimented with Instagram AR filters, interactive voting brackets, animated character posters, and data-driven infographics.

 

Our customer poll community continues to grow, now with more than 19 million votes.  Thanks to everyone who contributes or manages polls (and to the voters, too).

 

For our entertainment industry professional customers, we made many improvements to IMDbPro and Box Office Mojo. We launched a new home page on IMDbPro, including: an updated news experience with categorizations; personalised Track updates; and a Latest Attachments module. We redesigned the Jobs feature.  We enhanced the IMDbPro lists service and launched a beta Add-On product, Discover, to aid decision-makers in staffing their projects.

 

Our year always ends with our Best Of section where you can catch-up on all of the entertainment trends from the year and add top shows and movies you may have missed to your IMDb watchlist. The section includies Anya Chalotra accepting her IMDb “Breakout” STARmeter award – joining past recipients in our new section for the award.

 

If you would like to join our team and help IMDb deliver on our 2021 plans, please see our jobs page.

 

 

Feedback

 

Thanks again for all of your support during the year. As always, ideas and constructive feedback are welcome via Sprinklr, where you can also propose and vote upon ideas, including those pertaining to the following topics:  IMDb, data,  iOS, Android and IMDbPro. This letter will be posted to Sprinklr. If you are not in the Top 300 contributors this year and would like to know how much data you contributed along with your position outside of the Top 300, please post a reply to the announcement on Sprinklr.

 

We wish you a Happy New Year!

 

Col Needham
IMDb Founder & CEO
on behalf of the whole IMDb Team

 

[The list of contributors will be available in early January at https://contribute.imdb.com/czone/hall_of_fame#top2020 as Sprinklr does not display long tables very well] 

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3 years ago

Dear Col Needham, you say this in your message: As always, ideas and constructive feedback are welcome via Sprinklr, where you can also propose and vote upon ideas...

 

But you have banned me for expressing my opinion and proposing an idea. I opened an idea thread, I did not disrespect anyone or said any bad thing, I just expressed my opinion. And then some meaningless spam text appeared under my posts and I reported the spam and you have banned me for reporting the spam or expressing my opinion and proposing an idea.

This was my idea thread, and this was the report of spam.

Can you tell me what have I done to be banned? I don't feel like "ideas and feedback are welcome" statement is really true under these circumstances.

Happy new year.

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Suspicious. How do we among the IMDb non-staff know that the author of those threads didn't delete his or her own account?

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With all due respect, jeorj_euler, this post and question is not directed to the IMDb non-staff. Why would I come here to ask this if that was the case? Obviously the person I'm asking the question will be able to know that's not the case.

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Which is why https://help.imdb.com/contact ought to be used instead, where IMDb non-staff cannot see it and thereby cannot feel freaked out that innocent people are being banned from here.

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Dear jeorj_euler, my post also contains criticism (a feedback) about the statement that was repeated numerous times in the first message of this thread that says feedback is welcome. So I think it's pretty appropriate to post my criticism about it here after I have been banned for opening an idea thread.

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Well, if a ban did in fact take place, then hopefully it was by accident, not simply because the IMDb site authorities weren't strong enough the handle the criticism.

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Dear jeorj_euler, yes a ban did in fact take place and I would appreciate it if you suspend your accusations or suspicions on a matter that could easily be falsified by admins if I was lying.

Back to the topic looks like I committed the most serious crime by providing feedback to deserve to be treated like I don't exist. I apologize to everyone for expressing my opinion and proposing an idea that upsetted you so much you had to ban me without a second thought and then act like I don't exist. Sorry.

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And yet no admin has commented on the matter. I wonder why not.

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They threw me a bone like I'm a dog and unbanned the account though. Since I'm not worthy of any comment or explanation I had to notice that myself. Looks like that's all I deserve to get. I guess now I need to close that second account to not get banned again for having two accounts. Dunno.

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The fact everybody is able to deactivate and reactive his/her account obfuscates the matter. Deactivation has the effect of hiding all the undeleted posts authored through the account. Reactivation has the effect of unhiding all the undeleted hidden posts authored through the account.

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3 years ago

Happy New Year! What's my live item total and position? My user ID is 5345592.

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@jeffrey_5409152 You were close at #342 with 14,966 items, thanks!

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Darn! Close, but no cigar. OK, you're welcome. :)

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3 years ago

How do we find out how many contributions we made in a year? Would be nice to be able to see a running total in the contributor zone or on our activity pages. Would be nice to be able to keep track of it. 

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@matrix11001 This is something we would like to do, however, there are hidden complexities which come into play here.  Since all contribution types are covered and we need to ensure we only include live, approved items, it takes a considerable time and effort to generate the report each year.  We have talked about perhaps a monthly update vs. an annual one, but it has not made it high enough on the priority list yet, sorry. 

At the moment you can only find out by asking on the annual thread, so I will take your post as a request -- you were #834 with 4,520 items, thanks!

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3 years ago

If you know the number of your contributions, you can estimate your rank with this formula:

Rank = 58,162,486.24949*(C^-1.23976)

Where

C is the number of your contributions during 2020

Rank is your rank

This is a plot of the table that Col provided above. The plot include a curve fit that derives the formula above.

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3 years ago

Hi Col, can you please tell me my position and the number of items for 2020?

My profile: https://www.imdb.com/user/ur0301684/

Happy New Year!

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@vinc17 You were #722 with 5,426 items, thanks! 

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3 years ago

Thanks for the wonderful year-end e-mail!  I was wondering if I could please learn my data collection and position numbers for the year at your convenience.  My nickname is BymagaJones.

Thanks so much, and Happy New Year!

Katreniah Washington

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled 2020 Data Collection and Position Number

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@bymagajones  You were #2,392 with 1,220 items, thank you and Happy New Year. 

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Can you please tell me how I did last year? Thanks!

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@den_budanov  You were #427 with 10,736 items, thanks! 

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Considering you probably have millions of users it might be worth giving credit to at least top 1000 users rather than 300. 300 seems quite a tiny number considering how many users you have. 

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@matrix11001

- - -

Now 127,870,000 Users

shopomane
IMDb member since January 2th 2021
New user!
https://www.imdb.com/user/ur127870000

  

markopinjuh-97858
1st User registered January 1st 2020
https://www.imdb.com/user/ur111821900

Not all are active
Some are people with several accounts

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3 years ago

+1 for knowing my own personal 2020 stats please, both my number of Contributions and ALSO- of those how's many were actually accepted please? Peace!

"If you are not in the Top 300 contributors this year and would like to know how much data you contributed along with your position outside of the Top 300, please post a reply to the announcement on Sprinklr."

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@swtpete We only count accepted items -- you had 107 items in 2020, thanks! 

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+1 for you to please notify me of my personal account stats for 2020; both my Number of Contributions total please but also of those the Number of Accepted contributions please! By the way, MAJOR FREAKING BUG REPORT / SPRINKLR SOFTWARE ISSUE. Your email link redirected only to the top level community, not to this post, I had to go find this post by your mgmt; once there I wrote a lengthy reply, clicked the [Post] button which does a Submit, ugh!... was prompted to Sign In [after typing a Reply!], finally recalled my password which signed me in but that wiped out all I'd typed for a reply so I lost all my text!! Frustrating. Cheerio.

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Oh I see your Sprinklr DID post once I signed in, but didn't clearly show for example a large green banner saying, Your Reply has been submitted! Or, didn't show a flat copy inline of my reply text, sequentially in the thread. Weird. I'd fix that!

Also, any way to not Follow this entire post, and only receive an email if my two replies receive any updates to themselves ONLY?? Thanks

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3 years ago

How is physically possible to add more than 7.000 items in one day?

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One than one person contributing through the same IMDb user account is a way.

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I average around 350 contributions a day and I cannot fathom them, though I'm sure their are bots that may fix things up and get to that level.

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3 years ago

Well, as I've expressed earlier (https://community-imdb.sprinklr.com/conversations/data-issues-policy-discussions/elliot-page/5fe1c217213e1d6428fb5e1b?commentId=5feb6b54bc88cb4903797429), I'm surprised to be in this year's Top Contributor list (even though it was close at #289).

Thanks for making a new list of all time Top Contributors. I especially like the fact that you've kept the old one!

And I'm also very happy with the fact that series end years can now be submitted via the proper channel.

Now, if only the five new genres would be added in 2021....

Happy New Year and (try to) stay healthy!

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Thanks @marco (and Happy New Year)

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How much did I do? I put in a lot of alternative titles and certificates for Brazil.

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@VittSpark  You were #2,164 with 1,371 items, thanks!

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3 years ago

Delighted to see I made my way back onto the top contributor list for the first time in a decade. And thoroughly amused to find that I absolutely crushed Col's 30-year contributions. 

Happy new year all!

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@sienel Thanks and welcome back to the 2020 list. 

On the all-time list, yes, I am deeply regretting not adding an extra 355 items there, although the little secret here is that the all-time list only counts submissions made after we launched the centralised contribution system in April 1994. Through to March 1994 I had added tens of thousands more filmography credits from the export of my original credits database which I hand-typed from 1981 onwards via pausing the end credits of everything I saw on VHS :-)

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Yeah I figured your count didn't exactly tell the whole story. I will, however, leave that part out when I boast about my achievements. ;-)

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Welcome back Sienel! And thanks for the interesting background Col. I didn't know what the "start date" was for the all time counts.

(and thanks to the both of you for the banter :) )

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3 years ago

Hi and Happy New Year!

I was pretty busy in 2020, correcting spelling and punctuation mistakes and deleting duplicate posts in almost everything I watched (because I am a Grammar Nazi and a Virgo). I also decided to tackle the Star Wars movie universe and, boy, is *that* a ton of work -- the Fun Stuff pages of those movies are like a mile long each!

Could you please tell me how I did?

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@HristinaB You were #1,017 with 3,542 items, thanks (and thanks for your focus on those areas).  Happy New Year! 

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3 years ago

Hi all,

Just to let you know that the hall of fame and top contributor message pages have been updated to include the 2020 results. The badges are also on the way as well!

Thanks,

Will