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Plot outlines disappeared.

Bring back the IMDB plot outlines for each film and tv series.

To remove all plot outlines, in their perfect brevity, is a dire shame.

It was really helpful to have them all, and removing them is a BAD idea! 

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2 months ago

Plot outlines haven't generally disappeared, so you may have to provide more detail about what you are seeing.

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2 months ago

Is that right?

Where have the plot outlines gone then?

Is there an icon to click on to see them now?

They used to be right where the red circle I drew in the attachment is. 

They used to be directly below the theme of the film and above the director's name.

Please explain what you mean by " plot outlines haven't generally disappeared "

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Here's what I see:

I used Chrome 106 on Windows 11.

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@bderoes​ well now it appears it may just be the browser I've been using ( Microsoft Edge ) as on Google Chrome I see the plot outline as you see it. But not on Microsoft Edge.

Strange, though, as a week ago and for many many months prior the plot outlines appeared on the IMDB pages on Microsoft Edge.

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@Rob_Hasenwinkle​ You may want to clear your caches from Edge (cleaning only caches -without cookies- wouldn't affect your logins) and/or disable any extensions you have. Or can you try to simply press CTRL+F5 on that page (CTRL+F5 would force it to not load resources from caches)

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@mbmb​ thanks, I clear my cache regularly but the same page appears.

And so you all know, I emailed IMDB with the same question in my post in this group forum, and they said this: ( see attached ) 

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I do not know what they mean by " contribute bylines with Plot Outlines to create consistency between experiences " 

Do you?

Is it the case that the public can contribute plot outlines for each film, tv series, as they can with Wickipedia pages?

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@bderoes​ what exactly is " Chrome 106 "?

And how are your Windows 11 experiences so far?

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106 is the current version of Chrome. More specifically Version 106.0.5249.91 

Win 11 felt buggy when I first adopted it, but not so much now.

The response you got from the Contact Desk said they eliminated _bylines_, namely the signature of the contributor.

Google result: 

by·line
/ˈbīˌlīn/
noun
  1. a line in a newspaper naming the writer of an article.

Yes, Plot Summaries can be contributed by the public, along with all other IMDb data. 

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@bderoes​ that's a crazy number for chrome browser's current version lol

Interesting about win 11, and thanks

does byline then mean that some filmmakers post their own plot summary on IMDB? ( as compared to the public's contribution to the plot summary? ) 

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Probably some filmmakers do post their own.

But it has nothing to do with "byline", which means that the author's name is attached to the posting.

Look at this page:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt12593682/plotsummary

The first plot summary has no byline, the second one does (krmanirethnam).

(BTW, the short description of the plot is called the Plot Outline, not the Plot Summary. There's also a Plot Synopsis, which is, from this example, even longer.)

Summaries

  • Five assassins aboard a fast moving bullet train find out their missions have something in common.

  • Ladybug (Brad Pitt) is an unlucky assassin determined to do his job peacefully after one too many gigs gone off the rails. Fate, however, may have other plans, as Ladybug's latest mission puts him on a collision course with lethal adversaries from around the globe-all with connected, yet conflicting, objectives-on the world's fastest train. The end of the line is just the beginning in this non-stop thrill-ride through modern-day Japan.

  • "Ladybug is an unlucky assassin who's determined to do his job peacefully after one too many gigs has gone off the rails. Fate, however, may have other plans as his latest mission puts him on a collision course with lethal adversaries from around the globe -- all with connected yet conflicting objectives -- on the world's fastest train.

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So a ' byline ' could be anyone's contribution to the plot, and the only difference is that they post their name at the end of the plot description ( it seems that's right ) at first I thought it had to be the director or writer of the film to be labelled a byline but I guess not.

Also, I just noticed that scrolling down the page past similar movies you can find the plot summaries and the lengthy plot synopsis.

This thread has helped

Thanks 

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Sorry to report that our software team have been unable to reproduce this issue so there is nothing else we can do to help here, other than recommend using a different web browser. 

Since there are only two reports, and yet this is a relatively popular combination of software, it must be a local issue somewhere between IMDb and your machines rather than a bug in the page format itself. 

Thanks for taking the time to report and sorry we cannot offer any further help. 

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@Col_Needham​ I highly doubt that to be true sir. There are no bugs in my PC and everything else works very well, no virus no malware and all browsers display any missing data or text for each URL. I also highly doubt that you and your team have done enough exploring, and in this case, I think that you and your team will hear more about this problem in the near future.