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Sunday, November 24th, 2019 5:55 PM

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Plural vs singular keywords

In this thread (https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/keyword-parents-vs-parent) I asked a staffer to merge the keyword 'parents' (https://www.imdb.com/search/keyword/?keywords=parents) into the keyword 'parent' (https://www.imdb.com/search/keyword/?keywords=parent) based on the guide (https://help.imdb.com/article/contribution/titles/keywords/GXQ22G5Y72TH8MJ5?ref_=helpms_helpart_inli...#).

A staffer asked me to send an e-mail about it. I did. (I also asked for the keyword 'students' to be merged into 'student' and to merge 'flesh-eating-zombies' into 'flesh-eating-zombie'.) The response stated that IMDb wouldn't do this and that I had to it myself. There are over 450 titles with the keyword 'parents' attached to it. To me, this response suggests my mail hasn't been read properly. Something that seems to happen with regular intervals I'm afraid. I think it's because of your workload/IMDb being undermanned.

Also, in this thread (https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/keywords-scenes-scene-and-one-scene) about the keywords 'scene', 'scenes' and 'one-scene', a staffer liked a post stating "As for "one-scene" and "scenes" these should probably be merged and deleted."

So, once again I'd like to ask to merge 'scenes' and 'one-scene' into 'scene', to merge 'parents' into 'parent', to merge 'students' into 'student' and to merge 'flesh-eating-zombies' into 'flesh-eating-zombie'? And if they won't be merged, I'd like to know why IMDb won't do this.

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4 years ago

Hi Marco,
I can see you have been in contact with our staff via the Help Site.
If you can send a full email of all keywords you are concerned about merging and the quantity of them we will have a better idea of whether we have capacity to help.
Thank you in advance.


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2 years ago

My thoughts on a couple of these topics:

I believe that the keywords "parents" and "parent" should be kept separate. Although of course the general rule is that plural keywords should not be used, there are occasionally exceptions where a pair (or multiples) of things has a different meaning than the singular of that thing. Some examples are "shoes" vs. "shoe," "gloves" vs. "glove," "hands" vs. "hand," "eyes" vs. "eye," "lovers" vs. "lover," "siblings" vs. "sibling," "twins" vs. "twin," "children" vs. "child," and "parents" vs. "parent." I tend to leave keywords like that alone.  

I also believe that "scene" and "one-scene" are not duplicates. With that said, "scene" is a terrible keyword because it is so vague and generic as to be completely un-useful. I will ask in a future post for the keywords "scene" and "scenes" to be permanently deleted and blocked.

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