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Thu, Aug 1, 2019 8:30 PM

Indian Movies Top 250

Well ... in 2 days we've seen 6 new entries from Indian Movies and every movie of the top 250 gained at least one spot. In 3 months we will have a whole Indian Top 250 in the Top 250 ? I don't know if you changed something in the weighted average system but this thing is getting out of control. A lot of strange movements from other Russian movies as well. . I mean "Come and See" no movements in six months +7 in a single day.. Gans of Wasseypur +7 Munna Bhai +5 in a single day!!!! What's happening?
I hope the problem will be fixed and that there aren't bot out there that are ruining our top 250. I've that 3 days ago the chart didn't get updated for a 36 hours. After that, all of a sudden all these strange changes.
You think you will do something to stop this invasion and these strange movements?

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a year ago

https://250.took.nl/compare/full
This is the link where you can see the movements. Some examples of the strange movements of the last days:
Maltese Falcon (-9 in a day - 5 in the previous 3 months)
Wizard Of Oz (-6 in a day 0 in the previous 3 months)
Sunrise (-6 in a day -5 in the previous 3 months)
It Happened One Night (-6 in a day - 2 in the previous 3 months)
Pirates of The Carribbean (-7 in a day +2 in the previous 3 months)
Andrei Rublev (+4 in a day - 10 in the previous 6 months) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Life of Brian (+3 in a day - 16 in the previous year) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Eskyia (+7 in a day - 27 in the previous year) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Something has changed for the worse. Hope you will fix it to get a more stable chart.

6 new entries from Indian movies in 2 days !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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a year ago

no answers from the staff?

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a year ago

Thanks for the heads-up! I've reached out to the team in charge for more info.

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a year ago

New day same issues:
+5Eskiya 201 → 196
+4Drishyam248 → 244
+4Ikiru125 → 121
+3La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc217 → 214
+3Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta245 → 242

−6The Wizard of Oz244 → 250
−3Jaws243 → 246
−2The Third Man138 → 140
−2Logan207 → 209
−2It Happened One Night199 → 201

Turkish, Japanes, and Indian Movies(7 new entries for India in 3 days !!!!!) are gaining 5 place each days and are getting too much attention! Instead classic are leaving the chart dropping 20 places in 2 days like Maltese Falcon or Wizard of Oz that kept place 232 for a year and lost 18 places in 2 days...)

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a year ago

Our voting system is constantly being improved and the formulas used to calculate the ratings and charts are tweaked regularly in order to improve our ability to detect and defeat ballot stuffing and other attempts to influence the results.

Weighted ratings are frequently recalculated, so when the formula is changed, the ratings may also change even without the addition of many votes. The changes you are seeing are normal and result from this periodic fine tuning of the weighing mechanism.

I've updated this post to an Idea so other users can weigh in. The team in charge of this feature are following and will consider all feedback as we continue to improve the site.

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I understand that weightd ratings are recalculated..but I think this time you changed "too much" on your algorithm. In 3 months Shawshank and the Godfather will be replaced with 3 Idiots and Gangs Of Wasseypur.

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If you would like to exclude Indian titles, you can always use the English Top 250:

https://www.imdb.com/chart/top-english-movies

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No. some Indian movies are good. Dangal is beautiful. The problem is the abnormal flooding of the list with titles from turkey Russia or India, that is useless.

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"If you would like to exclude Indian titles, you can always use the English Top 250"

This way we would exclude ALL non-English movies, not just the Indian ones...

But, actually, this is a good idea. It would be nice if we could exclude/choose movies from a certain country, or language, genre, release date etc from the Top 250 list. Just like the options we have now in the Advanced Title Search, but specifically for the Top 250 list.

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a year ago

the answer about changing algorithm could be right BUT there are some issues:
- if you change algorithm movies can go up in 2 or 3 days of 20 or 30 places then if they get downvoted or upvoted can have some smaller movements in the chart.
-here even if indian movies get downvoted and their arithmetichal average vote goes down like in the list below of the last 4 days, they goes magically up:
Gangs of Wasseypur -0,0002 (+7 places)
Lagan -0,0006 (+7 places)
Munna Bhai -0,0021 (+4 places)
Guardians of The Galaxy +0,000 (-2 places)

Here's the list of the top movements of the last 2 weeks:
+20 Eskya
+20 Gangs of Wasseypur
+20 Lagaan
+16 Come And See
+14 Munna Bhai

-24 Sunrise
-22 The Maltese Falcon
-15 The Wizard Of Oz
-15 It Happened One Night
-13 Les Diaboliques

You are pushing without reason no famous non-us movies and pushing out of the chart classic like the one above.
I think something is not working in your algorithm. If you want a hand I can help you out with some weighted formulas.

ps: don't use the excuse the the top 250 is about votes from regular users, because i don't think that occasionally user ONLY downvote Indian movies and UPVOTE more commercial features. And i think in the same way that regular users not only upvoted Indian or Russian movies.

Please fix it soon, the chart is becoming a joke!

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a year ago

The Real problem a part all these Indian moviesis is that usually we had 7 or 8 changes per day in the last year. It's been two weeks that in a list of 250 movies we have 150 or 160 changes every day. That's the reason I say something is wrong and has to be changed. Too many changes. It feels like a rush all these changes all of a sudden.

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a year ago

the funniest thing about this is that, since all these new entries, in a couple months we have a top 250 Indian film and a top 250 (that is meant to be a worldwide chart, but it will be filled with 250 indian films). Indian IMDBers will be happy. What about the rest of the world? I think we'll move to another site and keep IMDB an Indian site if this is what IMDB wants...

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a year ago

I really hope a staffer will give a non-generic response. Either IMDb has been compromised or they've changed something significantly. See this post as well: https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/glitch-on-the-ratings-system

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I've reported my ideas to that other thread as well. Hope somebody from the staff will give us soon some answers..

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Hi, as you could see, the problem isn't affecting only the Top 250, but the whole site. Thousands of movies had suffered a suddenly and abrupt drop on its ratings. It looks like it has stopped now, but the ratings were not restored to the way they were a week ago. I hope they can fix this. 

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I hope they can fix this.

Or explain it.

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a year ago

Up to 28 July 2019, the Top 250 list was functioning the way we knew (and most of us accepted and enjoyed).

Since 28 July 2019 (the last 15 days), these changes took place:

Out:

Da hong deng long gao gao gua
The Exorcist
Dog Day Afternoon
Beauty and the Beast
The Maltese Falcon
Jaws
The Wizard of Oz
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 
Les Diaboliques
The Grapes of Wrath
Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta
Donnie Darko
La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano

In:
Drishyam
Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood
Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.
Gangs of Wasseypur
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India
PK
Swades: We, the People
A Wednesday
Zerkalo 
El ángel exterminador
Sholay
Dil Chahta Hai
Chak De! India

I think it's pretty obvious what's happening here: A MASSIVE rise of Indian movies into the Top 250 list!

10 out of 13 new entries are Indian movies. And if we take into consideration that 2 movies ("Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood" and  "El ángel exterminador") entered the list because they reached the 25000 votes' limit, this means that 10 out of the 11 movies that were favoured by the new... "recalculation" and the "formula change" are Indian movies!

Also, they didn't just enter the list and get a ranking somewhere between 240-250 (which would be the normal ranking for new entries) and then slowly continue to change places. No, this happens with the rest 240 movies, but the Indian new entries seem to have different "treatment" and some jump up to 20 places, just in a few days!

Some people say it's a glitch or a foul play from outside, i really hope it's something like this, because it would mean that eventually it will be fixed. But i'm afraid neither is happening, i'm guessing (and i hope i'm wrong...) that there is a significant change in the company policy, to further promote in the HUGE Indian market and... well, these are the results.

The Top 250 list is determined, as indicated by Imdb, by the votes of "regular voters". My guess, again, of what is happening, is that Imdb decided for the wrong reasons to give the "regular voter" status to many guys from India and since these guys rate 9/10 and 10/10 their domestic films, well, we are witnessing the effects of these decisions. I just hope that Imdb changes quickly this path...