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Sharon D. Clarke

What's happened to Sharon D. Clarke's page?

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0164995

At some point in the last 3-ish weeks, dozens of her pre-existing credits have suddenly gained the incorrect attribute "as Sharon Clarke". I added some of the credits myself just after Christmas (including the Self credits for Chatsworth House and CBeebies Bedtime Stories) and that attributer certainly wasn't there when I added it. Nor was the page titled "Sharon Clarke" when I submitted them, so it shouldn't have happened as a result of any kind of merge or name correction either.

God only knows how many more of these attributes are incorrect - presumably there must be a couple of correct ones, but how can we tell which ones to keep and which ones to delete?

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I agree; last year she was listed as Sharon D. Clarke with some credits marked "as Sharon D Clarke" and only one marked "as Sharon Clarke". Now that the primary name has been changed to Sharon D Clarke, I would expect most of the credits to be marked "as Sharon D. Clarke".

I watched "Showtrial", where she was credited as Sharon D. Clarke in the opening credits and Sharon D Clarke in the end credits, so "as Sharon Clarke" is wrong.

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Maybe someone first changed the name to "Sharon Clarke", then someone else or same user immediately changed it to "Sharon D Clarke".

That might explain this mess.. actually no, that does not explain either. Pretty weird.

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@bderoes​ Not really helps to explain how it's messed up, last snapshot there is from Feb 2021, but like stated by @tom_wake, all the unexplainable changes were made in last few weeks.

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Hi All -

I can confirm that the name on the page was recently changed from "Sharon D. Clarke" to "Sharon D Clarke", however, I'm not certain why the credits were changed to include the name attribute "as Sharon Clarke".  I have filed a ticket to investigate why this occurred and review options to replace with the appropriate name attribute.

Cheers!

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@Michelle​ Thanks Michelle, but why was the page name changed in the first place? Judging by the Internet Archive page, as well as the current state of the attributes, it looks like there are far more credits attributed to "Sharon D. Clarke" than "Sharon D Clarke". Shouldn't this be changed back?

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How would you judge the current state of the attributes when they are inaccurate?

IMDb guidelines say, among other things, "We make an exception to the "most-often-credited-as" rule if we have reason to believe someone will be using a different name for all future credits."

Clarke certainly seems to wish to use "D" – this is her agency profile:

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My judgement was based on the fact that (presumably) all the credits with no attribute are the ones that are "as Sharon D Clarke", and earlier in the thread you said that only one was "as Sharon Clarke". My inference from this is that, of all the credits currently listed "as Sharon Clarke", all bar one must have been "as Sharon D. Clarke" beforehand.

I do take the point that she may wish to start dropping the period in future, but is there any reason to think that this is the case? Has her agency profile recently changed the name, and if not, why hasn't it affected most of her on-screen credits up until now?

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@Michelle​ Hi Michelle,

Is there any expectation on roughly how long this might take? I want to add more credits but am hesitant in case it affects the undoing of this error. Thanks

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Hi @tom_wake​ -

Unfortunately I cannot provide a timeframe on when the ticket will be handled/resolved.  In the meantime, if you have credits to add, I would suggest that you go ahead and submit them, making sure to include any relevant details in the Explanation field for context when our editors do investigate.

Thanks for your continued patience!