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Thu, Dec 9, 2021 2:09 PM

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Reporting an individual stealing by-line credits by vandalising submissions

I would like to bring to the attention of IMDB editors a problem which has plagued me and other contributors on and off since late 2019. A certain individual has been targeting my biographical entries by inserting deliberate spelling and grammatical errors in order to put his name on the by-line. I have just had to correct and re-enter my biographical entry for the actor Richard Haydn (nm0370821) after discovering that all my links had been deleted and numerous mistakes had been deliberately inserted in order to effect a change, allowing this person to lay claim to the work. The tag he uses is "updated by R.M. Sieger". There are NO UPDATES, just inserted errors, spurious word changes and bad formatting. There have been more than a dozen similar instances by which this individual has tried to vandalise and steal credit for my bios over the past couple of years. Please note, that he would be doing this to many of your other legitimate contributors also.

There has been a person with the same modus operandi prior to 2014 -- I suspect, that this could possibly be the same individual under another alias.

Could IMDB please step in and put an end to this nefarious practice ?

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Hace 5 m

Hi janusminoa -

Thanks for reporting these occurrences.  I have now taken internal measures to help prevent any further hijacking of the mini-Bio "By" line by this contributor. 

Cheers!

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Hace 5 m

Excellent news. Much obliged. As always, thank you, Michelle !