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INTRODUCING: Updated IMDb.com homepage experience



The new homepage is designed to help IMDb customers find what to watch right now, tonight, or this weekend — and where to find the best movies and TV shows for them, whether in theaters, on TV, or across a variety of streaming services (including IMDb TV, Prime Video, HBO, Starz, Showtime, Acorn TV, and PBS). Customers will benefit from a new recommendation engine that leverages implicit and explicit behavior to offer relevant and timely suggestions.

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Just speaking as someone listed on the IMDb site in the credits of films and tv shows, the new layout is going to have a negative impact to many of us in finding work.
It's fairly common for many of us to list our IMDb entry in C.V.'s, Resume's, and job application letters.
Now, when potential employers sit down at their desktops and go to look up someone by name, they have to deal with the awful new home page layout, which thanks to it's colour scheme, doesn't even make the search box obvious.
All of the data that used to be present on a 16:9 (Landscape, like Cinemascope, the format ALL film related websites should understand and respect) screen in easy access, is now hidden under layers of garbage aimed at mobile phone users (Y'know, the people who don't know cameras are are meant to be held horizontally, like the layout of human vision,...), rather then respecting those of us who make the products being sold.
Frankly, aiming the worlds premiere reference database at mobile phone users, is nearly as bad as the Academy wanting to award Cinematography and Editing during the Ad-breaks.

IMDb needs to swap the interface back to the correct one, before the users get sick enough to copy the data and present it on an new platform.

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I've been a member of IMDb for almost a decade now and have made my fair share of contributions to it. You could say I'm emotionally invested. I don't hate everything about the changes that've been happening over the last couple of years but I disagree with the overall direction. Did the site need a graphical refresh? Probably, I actually prefer the flat design over the old one that looked a little too much 1999. But apart from that, so much usability has been lost in the process. I still bemoan the loss of the forums. Being able to drag & drop titles in your lists. Having a counter of many titles of a particular list you've seen. Text color options. Man you absolutely shafted lists. I also had a library of useful links, how-to's and help articles. Almost none of them work anymore because things have either been deleted or moved somewhere else. Why?

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The poster section is also missing, a feature I used often and one of the reasons I commented in this thread (well, in the one that they archived rather quickly!). It seems there is no permanent link to view them anywhere on their "improved" homepage. Which stinks on ice, btw. Give me a homepage I can READ, not look at with an exasperated expression!

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There was an ability to drag and drop items in lists ... ?!

Sometimes, you can only marvel in disbelief at the stupidity of some web design choices ...

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2 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Bring back the 'photos we love' section.

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merged in error

Please reference the new conversation here: Photos we love

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merged in error

Please reference the new conversation here: Photos we love

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Hey, Steve: it is obvious you are reading our posts. Why don't you comment on them? Are you being told to ignore our posts when it pertains to our dislike of the homepage?

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Fred Adelman & Ed Jones(XLIX),

I feel like you both should know that official representatives speaks for their entity rather than themselves. That and... Reading through all of the posts and comments on GetSatisfaction is hard. That is at least 100 e-mail notifications daily, more than 1000 a month. I know, because I do that and I like it. Having that much in my inbox actually disciplines me to do more in all areas and activities. 

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Nikolay: I get at least 100 emails a day thanks to my website and I read them all. I don't consider it hard and I like it, too. I also answer the majority of them and always give each email a personal touch or two. It is rather obvious that Steve is reading this thread on a regular basis and I would actually like to know what his official stance is, whether it be pro or con. Otherwise, I feel like he is purposely ignoring us, waiting for us to just go away. That's just not going to happen!

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Fred Adelman, once you get used to that workflow it is, indeed an easy task, especially since you've been doing it from early 2000's, I imagine. 

Reading this particular thread is hard, by the way. So far one of the hardest I've seen in 2 years here, being there pretty much constantly since 2018. It is a combination of emotional impact, sheer quantity and something I can't quite formulate. Perhaps the fact that there is no easy solution that will please everyone. 

I am just glad IMDb is there after 30 years, alive and kicking. Because comickboodb.com just (December 2019) crumbled and it's a hard thing for me, since it was my primary resource for identifying and researching comic books as a collector, researcher, fansite owner. They're planning on re-opening soon-ish, but God knows how many years it would take and whether result will be of any use, or at least of as much use as it was. I'm glad I have mht pages of some of the character appearances lists saved. And that seemed like a really strong and steady website I've never expected to see just vanish one day, even if archive extensively on Wayback Machine. When compared to that, homepage issue just seems so minor in comparison... And yet I read about that daily.

I guess my problem with comprehending the situation fully is that I barely use homepage, to be honest. My bookmarks on IMDb are update history, my own page and addition form for new titles. It's been like that for years. I'll probably won't be able to tell how homeapage looked five years ago, apart from mobile version.  

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Nikolay: Unlike you, many of us used the homepage every day to keep up on the latest film news. deaths and the like. When I turned on the computer every day, the first site I would log into was IMDb. But not any more. The homepage has changed so drastically, it has become unreadable. That's our major problem with the new homepage; there is nothing to READ, only video links and other crappy items to VIEW. The difference between reading and viewing is what is wrong with it. This new homepage caters to the ADD Generation, not for people like me who like to read!

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Fred Adelman, I am partial about the ADD point. Most people with barely existing attention I've met were much older than you would assume and that has nothing to do with either age group or design sensibilities. In fact, people of ages 30-40 who use social networks routinely are surprisingly less concentrating on the Internet than people my age and younger. At least that's what my empyrical experience says, because prevailing stereotype is that Internet is dominated by young people who would like to read and watch less... Which is not at all what I see when I converse to younger people or watch them interacting with media. 

That said, neither me nor most of my friends are typical for our demographic. Simply put weird people tend to stick together for maximum effectivenes... 

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Ed: I'm also what many people consider a "senior citizen" (in my early-'60s) and I am also weird, but I don't have ADHD. I am set in my ways, though, and I don't like change. Well, at least not this much change!

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I'm only 30, but I like to read things please.

Follow the IMDb Polls in Facebook and Twitter

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I agree, Pencho15. I'm 28 and miss reading things on the homepage.

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2 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Where are you going with IMDB?.

IMDB.com used to be the second most useful site after Wikipedia. The new design is so repulsing that it takes away the pleasure of visiting the site again.

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2 y ago

I thought it was a joke. I thought it was something like April Fools' Day. But for some reason they are serious about this. They are planning to keep this. 

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Spending time in  IMDb is my hobby and now you are doing everything you can to take my hobby away from me.

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Paok-Kilkis, I thought something very similar about the last design change, which occurred in... I don't know, 2013? I got over it quickly once I actually shifted to that design, because I was using 90's outdated style until it became physically impossible. 

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That may not be saying much. I've had Internet-based hobbies taken from me dozens of times over the decades. I've witnessed it happen to countless other people as well. We could look at it another way, though. The concept of "antique" would not exist if no product would ever be discontinued.

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Strange that the homepage has a different (and less readable) icon than other IMDb pages:

The one on the left is one of my lists; the one on the right is the homepage.
When I click through to something on the homepage, I get the left icon for it.
This is Chrome 80 on Windows 10, with lots of tabs open.

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#CaptionThis

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Amazon is only burning its half of IMDb

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The least you can do is take the Home Page Poll out of the Editors Picks. No one sees the polls there, it gather very few votes. In the old Home Page a poll use to gather 10.000 votes in 5-6 days. Now in 5-6 days it gathers 1.000 votes. That's awful for us, the pollmakers. The poll in the Home Page needs to have a place for it's own. Now it's hiding in Editors Picks and no one sees it. BRING BACK THE POLL SECTION AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE.

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It was really a stab in the back for some of its most faithful and engaged users to throw away the hard work we did for years to give the polls their featured space, and then see it gone without warning in an instant.

Lately when I vote in the new polls some are under the 100 votes. How is something going to work if you hide it where no one can see it? Why would you hurt a section of your page so much?

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Warnings are rarely given. For the termination of the message boards software, there was an advance notice of two weeks, maybe more. For the termination of the character biography pages, there was an advance notice of two weeks, maybe more. For just about every other upgrade, downgrade or acrossgrade, the implementation is unveiled as a surprise, or depending upon perspective, an ambush. Certain software changes that have been made within the last since mid-2017 likely would not have had any advance notice at all if I had not publicly inquired about them.

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Jeorj Euler termination of the message boards ...  termination of the character biography pages
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https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/changes-to-imdb-characters
Updates to Characters
Today we are modifying the display of Characters across IMDb.
Nic Bachhuber, Employee
Posted Nov 14 2017
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https://help.imdb.com/article/imdb/general-information/boards-closure-faq/G5HU888HZYE8LF79#
Boards Closure FAQ
IMDb.com's message board system closed on February 20th, 2017.
 
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/imdb-message-boards
IMDb message boards
IMDb.com's message boards will close on February 20th, 2017.
Col Needham, Official Rep
Posted Feb 3 2017

http://web.archive.org/web/20170219202927/http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000001/thread/265872671
I Need To Know : Boards Closure FAQ
by Col Needham
Wed Feb 8 2017 
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2 y ago

Oh, good... They updated the Tickets & Showtimes page to this new, ugly redesign, which means that they will in fact be updating every page of IMDb to this terrible format... Just a matter of time before I stop using IMDb altogether.

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If you're talking about this page
https://www.imdb.com/showtimes/
I'm still seeing the familiar format, but I understand that the Homepage revision rolled out regionally. Care to share a screenshot?

I would be very unhappy if the only way to view a title page were the m.imdb.com version. When on a mobile device, I suffer through zooming and sliding around the Full Site version in my browser rather than using the mobile version or the app; I dislike the dominance of thumbnails and lack of information that much. (Then again, I don't like the Reference view either.)

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It reverted back to the old way. But I'm sure it will eventually go to the redesign again soon. The homepage initially went back to the old version after first rolling out the redesign and then went permanently back to the redesign a week later.

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I've just took a look at the new homepage after some weeks and it is even worse. The more they add the more it gets uglier and horrible.

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I came again to check if this continues, and sadly it does. One month withput visiting the homepage and bouncing rapidly the few times I forget how ugly and useless it is before I access the site through other pages.

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2 y ago

I think it's made pretty clear that nobody likes this new style. It's impractical, useless, takes away a lot and brings nothing worthwhile. Now it's time to see whether they'll do anything about it.

Will they wait for a while to save face and finally change things back to the way they were (highly doubt it) or will they continue the "they'll moan for a while but then get used to it, anyway it's my site and I run things around here, not the little people" attitude? I'm betting on the latter, but we can always hope.

Why should they change it back, anyway? In their minds this new look is trendy and modern, to change it would be a step backwards. And the only reason to do it would be to please regular / old members like us. So what? Even if they lost all of us who wrote here, or even thousand times the number, it would still be a spoonful out of the sea. They'd still have a whole army following their "cool" look, millions of zombies with their eyes attached to their phones, looking for the latest Marvel movie or this month's Fast and Furious episode.