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Mon, Oct 12, 2020 9:27 PM

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Weird problem adding "assistant writer" credit

DuckTales has a credit for "assistant writer" which I believe is different from "writers' assistant" and belongs in the Writing section and not the Additional Crew section. But, an odd thing happens if you try and add it while also editing the Additional Crew Section. The credit disappears! I believe the credit is there, but not visible, in the Additional Crew section. If I had another valid credit, it would get submitted to the additional crew because she is in that section for other episodes that I added her to the writing section.

Also, why can't I add "assistant writer" credits to the Writers secont?

 

 
 

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14 days ago

Hi, Adrian. Your reporting here of this problematic anomaly in the submission interface is much appreciated. Thank you. I'm experiencing the same problem when recreating the conditions as closely as I can, but afterward the item stays when added back, for me.

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Wait. No. Never mind. I forgot to include the "(assistant writer)" as an attribute, the second time. Something about including that causes the item to not survive to the next stage of the submission form.

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11 days ago

Hi Adrian -

 

I was unable to replicate the disappearing credit issue you experienced, has this occurred with any other credit submissions you tried to make recently?

 

Regarding the placement of "Assistant Writer" credits, these are currently categorized under "Additional Crew", which is why the Warning/Error displays.

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@Michelle I have not noticed it anywhere else. Part of the problem is that "Assistant Writer" (which this is the first show that I've seen use that title) should be differentiate from "Writer's Assistant". The latter, I agree is an "additional crew" credit; however, assistant writer seems to imply that the person took part in the writing process and is just a junior member. I strongly believe these credits belong in the writing department, not the "additional crew" section.

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We among them IMDb non-staff do not see a warning message at all. In lieu, when the words "(assistant writer)" are placed into the attribute field for an item in the writers listing, the whole item winds up missing after the "Check these updates »" button is clicked.

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jeorj_euler,

 

In most cases, you do get the warning messages. It's only in the case where the additional crew section is being actively edited that you don't get the warning.

 

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11 days ago

Similar errors were reported before:

https://community-imdb.sprinklr.com/conversations/data-issues-policy-discussions/problems-editing-other-crew/5f4a7a108815453dba96a9a1

 

where Will also says at the end, 'any "assistant" writer role should be listed in the "other crew" bucket, not in the writer section.'

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But, that makes no sense if they are actual writers.

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10 days ago

I've found another "assistant" that appears to be wrongly moved to additional crew. The series, Devils, which is airing on the CW but is an Italian production lists an "assistant story editor". This does not appear to be an assistant job but a junior version of "story editor" and should be listed with other story editors in the wring section.

 

It also displays the same error with the disappearing credit if you try and add this to the writers section while simultaneously editing the additional crew.

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Hey, I'm looking into this with our crew expert. I'll get back to you when I have more.

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4 days ago

Hey all - thanks for flagging this and for sharing your concerns with us.

 

After consideration and in line with our existing credits in the minor crew department, all assistant writer roles should be listed in the additional crew section.

 

Thanks for your understanding.