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Ratings issue. Again.

Today nothing less than twenty movies from my list of classics with 7.0+ ratings dropped from 7.0 to 6.9: A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate, The Barefoot Contessa, King of Kings, Bananas, Westworld, Smokey and the Bandit, Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, North Dallas Forty, The Rose, Polyester, Real Genius, Hellraiser, The Monster Squad, Beaches, The Indian Runner, Naked Lunch, Heart and Souls, Barcelona, Matilda and That Thing You Do!. And not a single one 6.9 old movie turn to 7.0. If this thing is an adjustment that you guys do from time to time, like you've already said, why the ratings always goes down and never goes up? It doesn't make any sense. And besides, this kind of thing creates some difficulty to the users who keep must-see/must-buy lists based on the ratings. Please stop with this nonsense. Thanks. 

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My guess is that ratings only go up when there's a sudden surge in new viewers, perhaps due to a video release, etc. If someone waits longer to see a title, perhaps they're more predisposed to like it less. Most of IMDb's top rated titles are from 1990 or later, so younger viewers giving low ratings to older titles is unfortunately not surprising.

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@angelopilla47  Thanks for the feedback, as explained on https://help.imdb.com/article/imdb/track-movies-tv/ratings-faq/G67Y87TFYYP6TWAV in the question “The rating on a title changed even though the total number of votes did not”:

“Finally, please remember that our voting system is always being improved and the formulas used to calculate ratings (and defeat ballot stuffing) are tweaked regularly -- weighted ratings are frequently recalculated, so when the formula is changed the ratings will also change even without new votes.”

In the latest change, as is usually the case, the ratings of some titles have moved up and others have moved down. 

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@Col_Needham​ Thanks. But if you look closely you will see that the number of ratings that move down is always vastly superior than that of the ratings that move up. 

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@Col_Needham​ And, of course, users sometimes revise their own ratings after a repeat viewing, which helps explain why a rating might change when the number of votes doesn't. Sometimes viewers appreciate something more after a second viewing; often they look back and wonder why they liked something that much originally.

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@gary_krause_dsb3tl1xamjcb​  Thanks, but specifically here, the changes are the result of some new counter-measures to protect against ballot stuffing. 

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Dear friends, I refer to the recent surprising and dramatic downing of the rating for some films on IMDb. For example, the film "Strong in Spirit" (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5482558/ratings), a landmark film about events preceding the war in Ukraine which was well received by both critics and viewers, is now rated at 5. Meanwhile, the Arithmetic mean = 8.3 and Median = 10. I understand that IMDb uses its own system of counting but how in the hell (excuse my French) it can become from 8.3 to 5 by what kind of an unjust counting system? But again this situation repeats itself for some other rating of important and well-known films (usually these film have over 100 votes). For example, the same situation is with another landmark film which in one moment downgraded from 9.5 to 7.5 (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3746274) with Arithmetic mean = 9.2 and Median = 10. Again, this is not about the IMDb regular weighting of the score, this is about a sudden drop. I hope this is a mistake. Please explain or clarify, to remedy this injustice. Otherwise, thank you for your outstanding job in keeping this great site and source of inspiration up and running. Bless you. War greetings from Ukraine. 

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Why IMDb degraded ratings of some films so drastically and without ground

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Hi @slavik_bihun​ -

Thanks for sharing your feedback.  As mentioned in the thread comments above, we recently implemented some changes to help prevent ballot stuffing; due to these changes the ratings on some titles have changed.

For more information I encourage you to review "The rating on a title changed even though the total number of votes did not" section on our Ratings FAQ Help Article.

Cheers!