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Updates to Advanced Search

As Col referenced in his earlier post (https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/upcoming-changes-to-several-imdb-features-du6man1opd5q0),we're pleased to announce that today we've launched some updates to the Advanced Search pages. As the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content, IMDb is continuously making improvements to our website and apps based on our customers’ feedback and the usage of our many features. The changes to the search pages are as follows.

The Advanced Search page has a new layout with links to Advanced Title Search, Advanced Name Search, and the Collaborations & Overlaps search. The Title Text Search and Name Text Searches have been temporarily removed, but will return. The list of Browse By links has been reduced to eliminate duplication on the page.

The Advanced Name Search is built using a new search system that lays the groundwork for searching across more of the IMDb content in the future. The ability to get results that include or exclude list of celebs is not included on the Advanced Name Search page, this is a temporary limitation and will be returned to the page in the future.

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We are pleased to announce the addition of birthday searches to advanced name search. Although we had a separate birthday search before, the new one is integrated with advanced name search on http://www.imdb.com/search/name so you can combine the birthday search with many other variables:



Birthdays today -> http://www.imdb.com/search/name?birth_monthday=01-12

Birthdays today for people born in England -> http://www.imdb.com/search/name?birth_monthday=01-12&birth_place=England,+UK 

Birthdays today for people born in England who have been nominated for an Oscar -> http://www.imdb.com/search/name?birth_monthday=01-12&groups=oscar_nominee&birth_place=Englan...

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Awesome! A welcome addition! :)

Could you add something similar for movies too? I remember, many, many years ago, the "on this date" pages, which today only contains lists of actors born on that date, used to have lists of movies released on that day. I've been missing that feature ever since. As such, it would be a welcome addition to the Advanced Title Search if you could search for movies released in a MM-DD format as well, listing for instance all movies released on 01-12 (today) any year, not just a specific year, which is all you get today. For extra usefulness it would probably be a good idea to have a dropdown box next to it, allowing you to choose if you want to search global or just a specific country.

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Thanks, but it feels like you're tackling all the easy stuff first. That makes sense, but we expect more, quicker.

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Could you add something similar for movies too?
This would be best posted as a separate idea, thanks.

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Thanks, but it feels like you're tackling all the easy stuff first. That makes sense, but we expect more, quicker.
We have plenty in-progress, but the bigger items take more time. It does not mean they are not being worked upon.

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Thank
you for the on-going feedback on Advanced Search (and a reminder to see https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/upcoming-changes-to-several-imdb-features-du6man1opd5q0 for the wider
context).  This is an update for 30 March outlining the progress in Q1: 

Already implemented:

  • Fix for returning results for Video Games when that option is selected as the title type in Advanced Title Search [DONE]
  • Fix filtering for Golden Globe Winning and Nominated not having an effect on Advanced Title Search results [DONE]
  • Fix when searching for TV cast return results for people not included at the series level [DONE]
  • Month/Day searching on the Advanced Name Search page for birthday browsing [DONE]
  • Fixed the broken Display Options on the Advanced Name Search and Advanced Title Search query pages. [DONE]
  • Fixed the bug on Advanced Name Search results that caused a 500 error page to be displayed when hitting next to see more than the 10,000th result [DONE]
  • Removed the non-functional Instant Watch Options from the Advanced Title Search query form [DONE]
  • Added options in the Instant Watch Options to fix the missing functionality of filtering by titles available in the UK and DE to the Advanced Title Search query form [DONE]
  • Removed the non-functional Title Data options from the Advanced Title Search query form [DONE]
  • Added a view for all episodes for a TV series. Announced here https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/epdate-epvote-eprate?topic-reply-list%5Bsettings%5D%5Bfilter... [DONE]
  • Fixed the bug on the Advanced Title Search where an added cast member persisted and could not be easily deleted. As Col announced here https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/advanced-title-search-bugs [DONE]
  • Reinstate sorting Advanced Title Search results by US Box Office [DONE]
  • Fix lists not being selected when hitting back from the results page [DONE]
  • Reinstate the function to use lists in Advanced Name Search [DONE]
  • Reinstate Title Text searching across Plot, Trivia, Quotes, Goofs, Crazy Credits, Filming Locations, Soundtracks, and Versions [DONE]
  • Reinstate Name Text searching across Biographies, Trivia and Quotes [DONE]

Things that we are continuing to work on:
  • Reinstate suggestions when entering keywords on the Advanced Title Search query page
  • Reinstate searching across characters

Ideas for the longer term:


  • Improved searching by companies
  • Improved UI for Advanced Name Search and Advanced Title Search
Please bear with us while we work through the above list (and equivalent lists for other impacted features).  Our aim remains to make IMDb the best place to read, write and discover reviews of movies, shows (and other title types)

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Hello,

    Thank you again for your continued feedback. I do not have an Advanced Search update this week other than to confirm that we are actively working on bringing back the text searching across titles and names and I expect to be able to make another announcement before too long.

Thank you for your patience,
Chris.

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3 y ago

The Title Text Search and Name Text Searches have been temporarily removed, but will return.
When?  Next week, next month, next quarter, next year, some day in the future beyond 2018? Thanks.  I've been missing it since well before you posted.

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Hello Ron, while I can't give you an exact date, this is a feature we look to return to the site in the next quarter.

Best regards,
Chris.

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Advanced Search Updates
As Col referenced in his earlier post
(https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/upcoming-changes-to-several-imdb-features-du6man1opd5q0),
we're pleased to announce that today we've launched some updates to the Advanced Search pages....
Posted December 28 2017
by Leonard, Official Rep
Joined on May 8, 2017
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/people/leonard_david
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You posted this yesterday and it was deleted ??


You should add the date to your post (Put the Subject 1st ?)

We're pleased to announce that today, December 28, 2017, we've launched some updates to the Advanced Search pages
As Col referenced in his earlier post
(https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/upcoming-changes-to-several-imdb-features-du6man1opd5q0)

For the Yellow box top right of main page


Add a link to your Post here
for those that do not visit getsatisfaction

http://www.imdb.com/search/
Advanced Search
Welcome to Advanced Search,
which gives you instant access to our complete catalog of titles and names
http://www.imdb.com/search/title
http://www.imdb.com/search/name
http://www.imdb.com/search/common


Copy your post to
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/upcoming-changes-to-several-imdb-features-du6man1opd5q0
to keep Updates in one place
Any replies can be moved here



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Thanks for the update Chris.  With the stoppage of updates to the FTP files, and the removal of the text search (even though it only sort-of worked), there is no longer any way to easily find data on the site in the section(s) I like to update. I will anxiously await its return (hopefully with way better search results).

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I agree with Ron. The new limited search capabilities are extremely frustrating. I used to be a able to search for popular songs in the Soundtracks sections, but now there is now way to do that. Will that functionality return, Chris?

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It really sucks that you can't search within the "quotes" category anymore. I used that all the time. Why remove that function?

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Thank you for your continued patience. Today we re-instated the ability to find titles by looking for text in Plots, Quotes, Trivia, Goofs, Crazy Credits, Filming Locations, Soundtracks and Versions. We also reinstated name search by looking for text within Biographies, Quotes and Trivia. You can perform these searches from the http://www.imdb.com/search page.

Best regards,
Chris. 

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Awesome!  I look forward to taking it for a spin.  Thanks Chris.

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 Chris H., Official Rep

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Add to
http://www.imdb.com/search

Updated: March 30 2018
Today we re-instated the ability to find titles by looking for text
in Plots, Quotes, Trivia, Goofs, Crazy Credits, Filming Locations, Soundtracks and Versions.
We also reinstated name search by looking for text within Biographies, Quotes and Trivia


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@ACT_1
Are you saying that the text about the re-instated search features should be added to the search page itself? Because the features are there now, and why should IMDb put that paragraph there?

Or that the date of the update should be included in the post announcing it? If so, why include the link to the search page in your post?

You often provide useful information, but a lot of your posts could use more words to make your intentions/contributions clear.

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@ bderoes, Champion

Link is to find the page to add the text - not part of the text message


Users: "Hey! This was not here Last week ?"

Just sayin IMDb could add what is New to the Search page and when it was added
Not all of the 86,929,000 IMDb Users Visit GS


IMDb could also add "Page Updated ___" to Titles and Names pages



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Happy Easter ACT =D

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Thanks for returning the "Advanced Search: Soundtracks" option.

However, really disappointed that it does not appear to work the same way as the old version.

If I search for terms of two or more words, the search returns every instance of each word and not just just the whole expression.

e.g. Bob Dylan - returned 1,497 results, most of which were just for instances where  'Bob' alone appeared in Soundtracks.

Including the expression in quotes (single or double) did not change the results.

A search for Joy to the World returned 93,319 results.

How can I limit the search to the whole expression, and not each individual word?

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I would also like to know how any operators work.  Like a way to subtract words, search for brackets or braces, or other characters, etc...  Are boolean searchs allowed, how about regex matching?  Thanks.

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@Graham
I'm happy to report that searching the Plot Summary is better than your Soundtracks experience. When I search for "atomic bomb" I get fewer results than when I search for "bomb". And it's supported on the Advanced Title Search page, so I can refine it with all those other criteria. 

@Ron
I'd love to have Boolean operators.
You might want to vote/comment on this Idea:
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/advanced-title-search-enhancement-requests

@IMDb staff:
Will we be able to Refine these searches in future? I tried adding some ATS parameters to a Soundtracks search, and nothing changed. In other words, 
https://www.imdb.com/search/title-text?soundtracks=bob%20dylan&title_type=feature&release_da...
got the same number of results as 
https://www.imdb.com/search/title-text?soundtracks=bob%20dylan

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Thank you for the feedback and we will take it into account as we continue to plan and evolve search on IMDb. The parameters you tried are specific to the Advanced Title Search page and won't affect results on the text search pages, as you found.

Best regards,
Chris. 

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I'd also like to add (to the list) the ability to do a case-sensitive search.  Thanks.

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IMDb is continuously making improvements to our website and apps based on our customers’ feedback and the usage of our many features
Anyone else find quotes such as these insulting and funny in a gallows humor kind of way? Every time you do an "improvement" these days, it is in actual fact a nerf; the removal of something useful, without a proper replacement, and completely and utterly disregarding the customers' feedback about the usefulness of those features, as well as a reskin (most of the time looking worse than before) of the remaining features...

Talking of the remaining features; you do a massive "update" to the advanced search, but you don't first fix the bugs in the advanced search, like the keywords search in the advanced title search? You can be glad you're running a pretty much unique service on the web, because if you were selling something, you wouldn't survive long running your site like that...

this is a temporary limitation and will be returned to the page in the future
Tip for the future; fix temporary limitations in an internal beta program before running them out to your customers! In a world with useful tools like VMware and Hyper-V available, as well as the decades-old ability to duplicate a database for testing purposes, doing testing on live servers if beyond belief!

Change is fine, as long as it is change that doesn't impose limits upon what was possible before, as such you should never change anything before you've actually tested it, and finished implementing the things that worked before, and that you intend to have available in the future.

The number of complaints coming along on this site (which isn't exactly easy to find for the average IMDb user, since it is run on a completely different site than IMDb and a such not intuitive to understand has anything to do with IMDb) every time you do an update, crying out for useful features that has suddenly disappeared, should speak books to you that the way you're doing these things now is the WRONG way to do it! Simplifying the administration on your part is a noble cause, but getting there shouldn't be something your customers have to suffer through. Do it, but do it in the background; get all the bits and pieces ready in the new system, test it internally, make a closed beta for contributors and super users, etc. - get all of it working, THEN roll it out full and complete to your customers, and fix the few remaining bugs, which of course cannot always be anticipated, quickly afterwards.

Currently you're just pushing out limitation upon limitation, and new designs worse than the previous, saying; "this is necessary, but we will fix it 'soon'(tm)" without even giving even the simplest clue as to WHEN we can expect the site to be working as intended again.

Please, for the love of movies and your precious customers (we should be priority #1, after all!), roll back everything you've done in the last couple of months, continue working on your vision internally, and give it to us complete and working when it is actually working!

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Tip for the future; fix temporary limitations in an internal beta program before running them out to your customers!
You know the context from https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/upcoming-changes-to-several-imdb-features-du6man1opd5q0 ... these are very unusual circumstances, sorry.  My reply yesterday on that thread highlights some of the enhanced features which have launched as part of this work ... it is not all slash-and-burn.

The clock is ticking on the closure of all the old systems on Sunday and we have had to make many difficult decisions across over 210 systems and site features during this year.  The alternative in each case (and frankly the path many companies may have been tempted to take) would have been to simply close down everything on the old systems -- personally I have been on the receiving end of exactly this kind of decision on many sites and apps over the years.  Instead, the team have worked super-hard to do the best we can in each of the 210+ cases.  Yes, there are some permanent simplifications, but we feel they are still for the best. Yes, there are many temporary inconveniences, as evidenced even on this very thread, however, when you are temporarily inconvenienced by the removal of a filter or sort option or need to jump to another page to achieve something, please remember the alternative was not having the entire feature at all.  

Thanks for your understanding, and as always, we refer you to https://contribute.imdb.com/charter and http://www.imdb.com/pressroom/ for the bigger context on IMDb. 

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No one but you would suffer by you not making the end-of-2017 deadline you had set, obviously prematurely, for yourself as to the discontinuation of the old systems. We, the users, would have preferred it very much if you had continued to run the old systems further until you were actually finished perfecting the new system in the fashion I mentioned above. Nothing you mentioned in the original thread makes the absolute need to turn off the old systems on December 31st apparent or clear to us.

I have also not seen a list of which of the current simplifications, as you call them, are going to be permanent, and which you intend to bring back. And I do not understand the choice of a system that is incapable of doing everything you've been able to do in the past, instead of modernizing and fixing the systems that already worked. Of course, we don't see the back-ends that you see, but what I do see, or at least saw, is a not really that advanced database site that I fail to understand can be difficult to continue to deliver to previous standards, and even improve upon, without removing features.

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Advanced name search.

Why did we just lose the function to use lists in name searches? Seems like a very random, unnecessary and for me personally extremely inconvenient change...

Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: Upcoming changes to several IMDb features.

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Sorry about this -- it is only a temporary situation.  From the announcement above:
The ability to get results that include or exclude list of celebs is not included on the Advanced Name Search page, this is a temporary limitation and will be returned to the page in the future.

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Any ETA on the feature being reinstated?

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Hello Anders,

    The ability to include and exclude lists from the Advanced Name Search page has returned.

Best regards,
Chris.

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In what order are the lists being displayed? It's neither Alpha nor Recent. Doesn't even appear to be Created.

This change also hits the Advanced Title Search, and I have 70+ lists there. Fortunately ctrl-F looks within the boxes for Include/Exclude Lists, but doesn't let me search JUST within a box.

Any plans to put the lists in some usable order?

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Thanks, but it's not working the way it should quite yet. Right now it only scans the first 250 people in the list, not the full list.

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Thank you for reporting this bug. I have filed a ticket with the relevant tech team.

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Both the alphabetical ordering of lists and using the full list, not just he first 250, have now been fixed.

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Well, getting closer atleast. Searches where you exclude people based on a list works like a charm, but "inclusion searches" just gives me a 500 error right now.

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@Anders Hammar
You might want to include a url of the search you did.

I just used a list (not mine) that has 841 names with no trouble:
https://www.imdb.com/search/name?groups=oscar_nominee&lists=ls079353778

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@Anders Hammar
I suspect your list is private, since I get this for the inclusion url you posted:
Credited in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) unknown list ls062001714 (Sorted by Name Ascending)
with 1,666 results

and error 404 when accessing the list directly:
https://www.imdb.com/list/ls062001714/

But I found plenty of public lists that fail, and posted them in the comment above.

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Yes, it is private but I would suspect that IMdb staff can check it still so it would be ok. At the same time, you've quite handily already demonstrated the problem with other lists so I guess my list isn't needed anyway. :)

Also looking at your tests, I have a feeling that the problem lies right around the number 1024. Below it everything is probably ok, above it and houston has a problem.

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Thank you for reporting this, and for supplying great repro lists. A ticket has been filed with the tech team to get this fixed.

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Hello,

    This bug has now been fixed.

Best regards,
Chris

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Yup, everything looks good over here! Thanks! :D

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Well, it looks like the Advanced Name Search no longer includes results for people not credited at the series level, when the filmography parameter is that of a television series. Take The Sparticle Mystery, for instance, as it only shows one credit when previously it show multiple pages' worth. I'm disappointed.

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Hello, a fix for this bug is being worked on by the tech team.

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Okay. Good.

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Come to think of it, fixing the omissions associated with series-level keywords would be good too. In the past, search results would not include episodes, and it is still the same way. This is problematic when refining searches.

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@Jeorj
Can you provide an example of omission of series-level keywords, search results not including episodes?

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I'd expect http://www.imdb.com/search/title?title_type=tv_episode&keywords=police&role=nm0005221 to show a lot more than two episodes of Law & Order: SVU, for example. The only reason that two do show up is because of a violation of the IMDb guidelines, whereby a series-level keyword has been "redundantly" applied to an individual episode. Either the policy needs to be revised or the Advanced Title Search should automatically extend keywords of series to the individual episodes belonging to that series, as far as the presentation of search results are concerned.

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Hello Jeorj,

    The fix for the Advanced Name Search no longer includes results for people not credited at the series level has just been made to the site.

The reason your title search is not returning more than two episodes is the filter for the 'police' keyword. Removing or changing that keyword returns more results. It would appear that the police keyword is not applied to the majority of episodes that Christopher Meloni as starred in.

Best regards,
Chris.

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled What happened to the ability to sort by height?.

I've always made use of the sort by height feature when looking up people by their birthdate etc.  Why did this disappear?

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How to search trivia?.

Hullo,
Back in the good old days, you could go to advanced search and search for certain words or phrases in title trivia. For instance, I could type in 'Philippe Noiret' and find every mention of the actor across all trivia pages on IMDb. Sadly, I can't seem to find the function in the new redesigned advanced search page. Could you help me find it?

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Strange glitch in collab search.

I tried to search in collab searching for people that worked on both GTA 5 and Law & Order 1999/1990. Searching is giving me no results but actually it should be plenty of them.
Here are some links
First attempt (no results)
http://www.imdb.com/search/name?roles=tt0203259,tt2103188
and an actual collab that happend
http://www.imdb.com/search/title?roles=nm0902623,nm0577329

somehow it seems to work with gta...
http://www.imdb.com/search/name?roles=tt2103188,tt0383385
...but with those two titles it seems broken
http://www.imdb.com/search/name?roles=tt0203259,tt0098844
I cannot prove that but i think searches on other titles from law & order universe may be broken too.
So, help me if you can... i'm trying to make a research and its a bit important for me.

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I don't know. It looks like the glitch is gone now.