Please reinstate easy deletion of keywords that contain main-genre suffixes (e.g. vietnam-war, environmental-crime, interspecies-romance)
I decided to create a new post on this issue, to make sure IMDb will see it.
Fairly recently, and simultaneous with IMDb's decision to allow specific subgenres as keywords, IMDb also set up "flags"* within its system that makes it extremely difficult to delete any keyword that happens to contain a main genre as a suffix. Some examples are "hollywood-entertainment-news," "teenage-romance," "framed-for-crime," "exiled-royal-family," "avengers-infinity-war," "environmental-crime," "space-western," "culture-war," "tug-of-war," "vietnam-war," "interracial-romance," "danish-royal-family," etc. Any keyword that ends in a hyphen and a main genre (e.g., "-war," "-crime," "-romance," "-drama," "-western," "-family," etc.) is covered, even if the keyword is not on the list of "accepted" subgenre keywords.
As a result of this recent policy change, keyword approvals of such deletions are no longer automatic, but instead are routed to a human and/or rejected by an algorithm or bot. Most of these deletions are not approved. This makes it very difficult to delete irrelevant keywords, which is discouraging and counterproductive.
As just one example of the effects of this policy change, the recently released title Aylan Baby (2022), which was spammed (probably by the film's creators) with hundreds of irrelevant keywords, cannot be edited any further to remove dozens of irrelevant keywords that remain. These include irrelevant keywords like "police-procedural-crime," "interspecies-romance," "vietnam-war," "space-war," "galactic-war," and a bunch of other keywords that were part of the massive wave of spam keywords that was applied to this title.
IMDb staff should remove this overly broad flag, which obstructs deletion of any keyword that happens to include a main-genre suffix.
I could understand if IMDb wanted to have a more narrowly tailored flag, for example a flag limited to the exact list of "accepted" subgenre keywords. Even that narrower solution would be unnecessary--particularly in the long run--but it would be far preferable to the current arrangement.
* I'm not sure if "flag" is the correct word, but that's what I'm calling it.