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Fri, Oct 30, 2020 3:35 PM

INTRODUCING: Contribution for Series End Years

INTRODUCING: Contribution for Series End Years

 

Hey all,

 

We've launched the capability to submit end years to episodic series pages through the contribution form. 

 

In the past, this was only possible by reaching out to the IMDb support team with the info - this should now be a lot easier and quicker!

 

To submit the end year, head over to the Parent series page and click Edit page found at the bottom - the option for end years is under the Basic data section, from here just add in the 4 digit year (e.g. "2020") and submit.

 

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There are a few things to keep in mind:

  • If you're looking to correct an end year, you'll still need to do this via our contact form - the series end year option won't be in contribution form if there's already an end year. More information on correcting it here

  • A series end year should only be submitted if the series has been confirmed as cancelled or finished.

  • Uncertainty of renewal isn't sufficient to add an end year unless the final episode was at least 3+ years ago.

  • Where possible, you should use the Provide an explanation field to provide supporting evidence with your request.

Thanks as always for all your feedback – please feel free to respond to this thread. 

 

Take care,

 

Joel 

 

 

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Champion

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6 m ago

Joel - will you ever open the Provide Explanation box _for_ the contributor? Or at least make it open when we click the checkbox, instead of when we click the Check these Updates button?

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Unfortunately, I've not got the answer for this - but it's a good question and I've forwarded it onto the required team as feedback. 

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Wow! That's great!

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Great timing! I hope it's helpful. 

Champion

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It's _very_ helpful.

Champion

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6 m ago

I may have stolen your thunder by posting this a day earlier.

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Ahh! - glad to see you beat me to it and hope it's providing useful! 

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6 m ago

Thanks a bunch for this! I'm happy to see that this is now a feature in the regular update forms. It must save you quite a bit of mails too. :)

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6 m ago

Thank you very much!

Perhaps this is the reason why my last petition through help desk wasn't processed. I have just submitted it through the new system, it is much easier.

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5 m ago

I just learnt about this today. This will make things a lot easier and less troublesome. 

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5 m ago

I have been around long enough to remember when this actually did exist before within the contribution form!

I believe it was called "TV series range" back then.

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5 m ago

@Joel , will the explanation field be published?  I think that would be where a contributor explains whether the series end year was ended by series cancellation.  (When a series ended after one season, I always wonder whether it was cancelled.)

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All series end by series cancellation. I don't think IMDb is really interested in noting what caused the cancellation.

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3 m ago

Is the series end year supposed to change automatically when later episodes are added? I thought this used to be the case.

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If the series is current, i.e. not canceled, there should not be an end title year. It should display as Series Title (2012-) 

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Of course @adrian, and many miniseries still lack an end date despite their last episodes having aired years ago.  For series that aired last episodes over three years ago though, I'd prefer their end years be tied to the year of their last episode.  Such a dependency would require accurate data on episodes, which isn't the case when episodes 2-3 say they aired two years after the first episode of a miniseries.  (Although I can't think of an example, I think @Peter_pbn's comment refers to series with an end year of over three years ago and revived in a later year.)

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Yes, I am referring to series which already have an end year, but then new episodes are added.

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Peter, by 'new episodes", are you referring to something like 

Star Trek: The Original Series (1966–1969)
Episode: The Cage (1986)

Or perhaps an older series where new documentation has been found for an episode missing from IMDb?

Or...?

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Well, any newly added episodes that are later than the series end year.

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It seems staff still hasn't answered this question. And I don't see an Acknowledged or Answered label, so I guess staff should see this??