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Wed, Jan 13, 2021 7:19 AM

how do I prevent imdb from opening as m imdb when I click on a link from google desktop browser

I can't believe I'm the only one that experiences this.  Using chrome on desktop, sometimes when I click on a link from a google search, imdb opens as m.imdb (mobile view).  Super annoying and a tremendous waste of time.  If I change the zoom sometimes it fixes this, sometimes not.  Seems to be a random bug.   I'm not using any extensions except ad blocker and turning that off doesn't fix it either.

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That's probably just Google trying to be clever. Maybe using a different search engine might help? (Unless the alternatives just cannot produce adequate results?)

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what?  It's not the search engine, or are you just trying to be cleverly funny.  The problem isn't with the link but the imdb website.  It's switching to responsive mode when it shouldn't.  But, there are different ways in which a website might be programmed to switch but it's impossible to tell from the client side.  It would be helpful if imdb explained this.  Having to view the mobile interface on the desktop is just lame.  It's the only website I visit that has this problem. 

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Yeah, although I don't believe it is impossible to tell from the client side, unless the Web server bases its actions off the user agent HTTP header supplied by the Web client.

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So, do web cookies have anything to do with it?

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2 m ago

This issue has now been fixed.  Please let us know if you are still experiencing any problems.

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When was it fixed?  I had this same problem just a few days ago on the 16th.   In fact I looked this up in my history and tried to reproduce.  I did a search in google, clicked on the link and it came up on m.imdb.  I think this is always the scenario.  I do a search in google and click on the link and sometimes I end up on m.imdb and other times on imdb.com, but if this is related to window size, or resolution, or some other setting, I haven't been able to tell.  I just tried to reproduce this and it was okay.  But, this issue has been unpredictable in the sense that it seems like I'm doing the same thing but sometimes it comes up on m.imdb and I don't know why.  And once it's on m.imdb, it's really frustrating because I can't get out of that mode.  All the links, search, etc is m.imdb. Unless I type in imdb.com, go to the home page and start all over.  

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to be clear.  This happened on the 16th but now when I try to reproduce I can't.  If it happens again in the future, I'll post it but with respect, my rule of thumb is that if I don't know what caused something, just because I can't reproduce it, I don't consider it fixed but I hope it is because it's really frustrating.   thanks for addressing this though and posting it

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The cause was a problem on our side which was fixed after the 16th :-)

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Nice work, Col Needham and Co.

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Well, it happened again today and this time I noticed something I hadn't noticed before.  If I do two searches on google, the search results look similar but they're not and you can't tell by looking at the links but one set of links will go to imdb.com and another goes to m.imdb.  I don't know if you can reproduce this because of the context but if I google something like 

imdb ben affleck -- and click on 'filmography' it jumps to imdb.com

but if I 

imdb amy ryan -- click on 'filmography' it jumps to m.imdb

the results pages are not the same but I've explained the general idea and also I inspected the page and they're actually two different links, one to imdb.com, and the other to m.imdb.com but you can't tell what the links go to without inspecting the link.

so it looks like I was wrong but I'm not convinced it's google.  I often see this where the search results seem to be massaged by a site but not sure how that works. 

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Hi, Guy. Your continued feedback is appreciated. Thank you. Now, would you be so kind as to consider using IMDb's search tool and then providing feedback about where the search results take you?

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Sorry, but I don't understand the point of that.   Once you're on imdb.com, there's no issue with the links.  afaik there's no issue with the search feature in imdb.  the problem is that when I do a search in google and I click on a link in the search results sometimes I'm directed to imdb.com and sometimes m.imdb.com.  Here's some pictures that illustrate

I should explain because obviously I don't want to share my entire screen.  In the first example, the link goes to imdb.com.  In the 2nd example the link lands on m.imdb

The format of the search results is different but it's not clear just by looking at the web page which way that they go.  And I've only seen this on imdb though I have seen some weird manipulations of search results on google before.   I could speculate on this but I'm not convinced this is just an issue with google. 

Anyway, now that I know what circumstances this occurs, it's not as frustrating. 

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Yeah, well, in theory, IMDb is not responsible for the absurd or confusing results that Google search engine may produce. On the other hand, it is well within the realm of possibility that a bug in the way IMDb's web servers work could affect the way that web crawlers experience and index the site. So, anything that was a problem for people could've also been a problem automatons, and given the way search engines work, the glitches wing up being cached. In that context, IMDb could be said to be the root cause of a problem.

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my speculation at this point is that its most likely because imdb has some sort of mirror site for mobile devices, i.e. m.imdb.com and I hadn't noticed it before but the way google shows results from such a site is different from non-mobile devices, i.e. imdb.com, and when you click on some link on a google results page that lands on m.imdb.com it (imdb server) ignores part of the html request that says this is a desktop with such and such screen size and so doesn't redirect the link back to imdb.com.   I'm sure that there are websites that have a similar architecture but I don't know of any.  I mean, two domain names, two sites, and links to the same info but formatted differently like this.   Again, I can't think of any other website that works like this.  And maybe they do it on purpose because the google results look like they may be formatted on purpose for mobile devices.