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Fri, Mar 27, 2015 3:30 AM

Number the Paragraphs in the Updates Guide

markfilipak
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Idea:  How about numbering the paragraphs in the Guide and providing #x
links in the Guide. That would make it a lot easier for your overworked
folks to point the way to well intentioned but misguided people like me.  :-)
Legal and technical documents frequently have numbered paragraph and/or lines. For that matter, The Bible numbers chapters and verses. This makes is easier to reference a specific paragraph.

IMDb's updates guide encodes IMDb's policies for updating information on IMDb. It functions as a quasi legal document.

Since this suggestion affects multiple staff members and contributors, it would be very useful to have a discussion in this thread about the pros and cons of implementing this idea, and the most productive method for implementing this idea.

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5 years ago

I would be willing to give 'http://www.imdb.com/updates/guide/characters' a rewrite with a TOC section (like Wikipedia articles) and with links to the referenced paragraphs. I could post it on my server so everyone can see it. Do you want me to do that, Dan?

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Mark,

I don't want you to go to a lot of work, but this would be helpful in refining your excellent idea and to determine its feasibility. Since you contribute more information to IMDb than I do by a couple orders of magnitude, you have a better sense of what is useful.

I find it much easier to discuss a concrete example rather than discuss how many angels can dance onto of the period at the end of this sentence.

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Dan,
I apologize for lack of response for 3 months. I've been away.

Rewriting 'http://www.imdb.com/updates/guide/characters' and adding sub-links will take me only a few minutes, but what do I do with it when I'm done? Do you have a sandbox system?