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Sat, Nov 22, 2014 6:31 PM

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Lists: Offer better selection / control for "Related Lists" feature

The related user lists for a specific movie has become useless to find similar movies to watch. Even if the movie is very special (for exemple, campy superhero movies from the 60's), the related lists are mostly massive lists such as "movies I watched" with 3000 titles in it. 95% of users lists are not interesting because they are just useful for teh person who created them. There's no common theme, genre or ideas. The problem with the user lists is that they are public by default, so the list section is populated with useless list like "movies I have on my iPhone". And it deosn't help that there's no option to search lists by keyword.

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2 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled user list under movie page rank problem.

I think user list is a great way to look up movies. But the feature changed its way recently that no longer meets my need. For example, if I go to the page of "The Dark Knight" and look up user list. There are some pretty cool user list such as"ultimate 2000-2010", . Obviously, IMDB used to rank those list by view number and user comment. Till last year, I found the user list found through movie page to be very random. There are just random user list appear on the movie page, and since there are so many user list, it is hard to find those highly ranked list by looking the whole user list page. I don't know why IMDB did this.

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400 Points

2 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Can you add a user rating system to "User Lists".

I love the idea of "User Lists" but they are becoming unusable.  They are great for finding titles that you didn't know about that are similar to titles you are viewing.  Unfortunately, there are far too many people who add everything they watch to a "User List", don't make any comments about it.  When I check out these list, it is no better than a list of random titles and has no meaning to me.  The worst part, is that the more titles on the list, they higher ranking they seem to get and the more likely they will appear attached to the title I'm viewing. Most common lists are in the hundreds of titles and some are in the thousands.  The interesting and useful lists are way down and never get seen.

Can you add a system for users of the lists to be able to rank the lists for interest and usefulness.  Hopefully, this will reduce the popularity of massive lists of titles and increase the popularity of more interesting lists.

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2 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Was This List Helpful?.

To promote user-list functionality a feature identical to that which is found accompanying user reviews could be implemented. Where other users can cast their vote if a particular list is helpful or not. For example: '27 out of 58 found this helpful. Was this list helpful Yes / No (clickable).'
Most helpful can then be featured in order from top to bottom on the "Related lists from IMDb users" feature that appears visible on any given title-page.

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2 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Select User-lists on the IMDb Main Page.

Dear IMDb:

Over time, title-pages as well as name-pages have included additional features displayed in the right-hand column. One of those features, the "Around The Web" feature, also appears on the IMDb main-page. My question is; could IMDb staff maybe consider also including a "User List" feature on the IMDb main-page? One that appears underneath the "Around The Web" feature, featuring User-lists selected by IMDb-Editors, based solely on criteria established by those editors.

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102 Points

2 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Is it possible to filter out useless user lists using certain keywords in prefere....

When I review some actor/actress' name page, I'm not interested in lists about pretty/ugly or favourites. I'd like to filter those lists out; I do like to see lists like "played in foreign films" or "retired actors" as this gives more useful information (to me). However, these kind of lists are rarely featured on the name page.

I'd like to have a permanent keyword filter that I can set in my user preferences to blot the useless lists out.

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2 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Sort related lists by outgoing clicks.

There are an awful lot of lists along the lines of "Film what I watched", "Stuff to download" (which must be rather galling for film-makers), "My DVD collection", etc. (I have similar lists but keep them private because no one is going to be interested) which are nice to for the person and their nosy friends but of very limited interest to the vast majority of visitors. The ones that could be of general use (like "Best Christmas films" on say "It's a Wonderful Life" - made up example but I'm sure some digging could find some prime examples of this), tend to get buried.

It feels like the related lists need better sorting to separate the signal from the noise and tracking who clicked on from the related lists seems the best measure of a lists relevance to a particular film, rather than trying to concoct some complex algorithm for relevance. However, I'd be even happier if there were a few options that you could use to sort the page (I suppose you could also sort by popularity - either by total visits or by the last 3 days worth, this might favour the larger lists but would also tend to push the personal lists down the page).

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408 Points

2 years ago

what the problem is, is not that people create lists called "movies I've seen". There will always be such lists. The point is to organize, compare, give value to, tag and share the lists people like the most. For example: I have a list of "Best Sci-Fi movies I've seen" If there is an option to tag it with Sci-Fi lists and receive likes or stars and be put together and compared to other Sci-Fi tagged lists, users are going to be much more active. It was crippling enough that forums were removed. Now movie loving people use IMDB for checking some actors and facts, but they cannot share oppinions, discuss endings, etc. Now they do it on other sites. Promoting lists can compensate for that, partially atleast.

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400 Points

2 years ago

Thanks to whomever merged all the related posts.  Hopefully, this will get the attention of somebody on the IMDb staff and something will be implemented to allow ranking of User Lists.  If we keep posting on this topic, we can keep it active on the forum list.

Employee

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(thanks, this was us organising the ideas better on Get Satisfaction for easier future review)

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8 months ago

Re-activating thread.

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Hi Ed Jones

There is always a solution to a problem. First one acknowledges the problem. Then one puts forward suggestions. Then one implements solutions that work. That is what this thread is all about. Why not put forward ideas that are constructive?

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Hi Ed Jones

Chill. He! he! What in heaven's name are you on about? As mentioned earlier the purpose of re-activating this thread is to try and promote positive input in regards to constructive changes to user-lists. I have no desire to get into a ridiculous sparring match with you. 

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You said you were done commenting. So why do you continue doing so? 

Thoughtful rebuttals? You mean the ones which have no relevance to the topic of this conversation? 

Please try to keep your inflated ego in check.

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8 months ago

Why not put forward ideas that are constructive?

I did suggest that a rating system for lists would be useful to direct viewers to relevant lists.


Who's gonna decide what's relevant or not?
The people who view the list will decide.  If the list was interesting to them, they can give it a high rating.  If not, they can give it a low rating.  Just like the movies, it will be averaged out by multiple ratings.


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There is a strong chance that lists would be evaluated more so by what list authors present in the description fields than by the manner in which items are organized within the lists.

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Hi Jeorj Euler

True, that is a valid observation.