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"Potential duplicate: Your title appears to be a duplicate of a title that is already listed on IMDb." - but it's not...

I've received the error status "Potential duplicate: Your title appears to be a duplicate of a title that is already listed on IMDb." for an episode (23.33) of Holby City that I submitted on 16 November 211116-224356-072000.

I can imagine this situation existing if two people independently submit the same episode, and one submission is being processed (but is not yet visible) when the other is submitted.

But this is not the case. Episode 23.33 is not visible on either the normal IMDB site or on the Pro site. If I try to add it again now (after receiving the error status on my original submission) I am not blocked from doing so, which tends to suggest that IMDB does not have the episode already in its database.

I can easily submit the episode again and see if it goes through this time, but I thought I'd alert the admins first in case there is a problem that is being rejected for a reason that doesn't match the error message that I'm given.

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I notice that I messed up the credit orders of some of the actors because I made the elementary mistake of copying the series-level cast and forgetting to correct the numbers so they matched the order of this episode; consequently there were a few duplicate credit order numbers. I can't imagine that would have caused the problem. However I have re-submitted the episode as 211119-094003-857000, so use this and do not resurrect 211116-224356-072000.

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Interesting. I submitted the new copy of the episode at 0940. Within a few minutes it had appeared as an empty episode (no cast and crew), and by 0954 when I checked again, my full submission was visible. That's the quickest submission-to-published time I've ever seen. It does make me wonder if some vestigial part of my previous submission was in the system, and was "woken up" by my resubmission.

So the problem is now resolved, though I'm puzzled about the original error report. I wonder if part of the confusion is that wording "title that is already listed on IMDb" because "listed" tends to imply "visible to normal users". If this is the case, maybe the wording should refer to the title existing internally but that it's not necessarily visible yet.

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Hi martin_695862 -

Yes, I can confirm that the episode title for #23.33 is now live on the site.  I'm unable to easily detect why the original title submission was declined as a duplicate, however, the system was running very slow earlier this week so it's possible that there was another submission or the same episode triggered.

If you encounter this happening again let us know!