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Tuesday, January 24th, 2023 7:10 AM

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Keyword Title Search with Keywords including the "&" char is not working.

@keyword_expert @bradley_kent @Michelle 

Example:

Keyword "black & white"

https://www.imdb.com/find/?s=kw&q=black%20%26%20white

If "exact matches" is used, the keyword does not show up.

The bigger problem is, if you click on the "black & white" Keyword  in the List,

no matching titles are shown:

https://www.imdb.com/search/keyword/?keywords=black-&-white

In the description the problem becomes visible:

"Shows tagged with keyword "black-""

Everything after the "&" character is cut off.

Possible Solutions:

1. Fixing the problem with the "&" Char.

2. Converting all "&" Chars to the word "and"

In my opinion the 2nd solution would be good enough and keywords would be consistent.

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9 days ago

"black-&-white," "black-and-white," "black-&-white-film," "black-and-white film," etc. SHOULD NOT EVEN BE keywords since that information is already located elsewhere in the database.  This has been previously discussed, and the staff said that this keyword (and its variations) should be blocked.  However, like so many other things, that has apparently not happened.  (P.S. When I come across them, I have been deleting them based this previous ruling.)

Oh, and "&" should be spelled out as "and."

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9 days ago

Hi @DataOrganizer -

I have to agree with @bradley_kent , this "keyword" should not be listed. We still have a process that is pending to be finished so we can start blocking and cleaning up some keywords.

Is there any other user of "&" other thank black & white that is being affected by this?

Thanks!

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Bethanny

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@Peter_pbn​ This helps a lot thanks.
I have now reported it to the team in charge and will keep you all posted.

Cheers!

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@Bethanny​ 

We still have a process that is pending to be finished so we can start blocking and cleaning up some keywords.

Any estimates on when IMDb staff will regain the ability to delete, block, mass merge, and enable auto-conversion of keywords?  It has been a couple months now that staff have not had these abilities. 

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8 days ago

I endorse solution #2 suggested by @DataOrganizer

That would be a similar fix to this other pending request -- I recommend addressing both of these issues together:

IMDb Staff: When adding keywords, the system should auto-convert two hyphens (--) and one hyphen plus a space (- ) to one hyphen (-)

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If & is converted to and, hyphens should also be added if they aren't already there (-and-)

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@Peter_pbn​ Yes, I think that would have to be done.