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Short biography information on celebrity main page blank…is this a new change?

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I like to watch old TV shows, and when I do, I recognize many of the faces, but sometimes can’t put a name to a face. When I can’t put the name to the face to satisfy my curiosity about the person, and what’s become of them? I have been using IMDb. I look up, the episode of the show and find the celebrity in the list of the cast and go to that celebrities page. Suddenly over the past day or two, when I go to the main page for the celebrity the area below their picture is now blank and missing the short biographical paragraph and there is nothing to click on  as a link to take me to their full blown detailed biographical page.

My question is this is this a change that IMDB is doing and rolling them out slowly across their website?   If this is going to be a permanent change, does anybody know if this is their way to force people to purchase a subscription to their IMDb pro product? If it is, let me add my voice and say that is 100% disgusting and unacceptable. The professional version of their site Should remain just that something professionals in the industry should have to subscribe to if they want the very specialized information available. Simple biographical information on a celebrity or general information should remain free. That type of information is available through a more detailed Google search or using Wikipedia, what has been on this site has been wonderful information for the casual user and taking it away when it is free information available elsewhere is beyond disgusting .

I am looking forward to everyone’s reply to find out whether it is just a glitch as I hope it is or if the website people are going in the realm of being greedy and disgusting. 

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@diana_prince_5566268 😀

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Short biography information on celebrity main page blank…

Post some sample names with links ??

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I've got this on the browser of my iPhone. 


This is what I've seen for every Name:

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1 year ago

Here are a few…… I have looked at many of these at other times before now, and they’ve always had the short bios below the photographs at the top.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0011366/?ref_=tt_cl_t_5


https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0689488/?ref_=tt_cl_t_7

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0341431/?ref_=tt_cl_t_1

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0461455/?ref_=tt_cl_t_3

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001822/?ref_=fn_nm_nm_1

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000507/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

I gave a variety of ages of actors. I like to watch a lot of retro TV, especially the ones from when the world was decent and had good moral values as opposed to today. And if you look below the initial picture area of the actor on their main page right below it there was a black area that used to be populated with a short, usually one paragraph bio that included, their date of birth, and where they were born and on occasion their birth location. Now there’s nothing for so many of them and you cannot even click on the black area to get taken to their full length biography page because the black area is not a link it’s just a plain black area, which is the black background behind everything that sits on top of it. 

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@diana_prince_5566268​ I'm not sure what the problem is. For me, all of the actors you mentioned do have biographies being shown (human-written biographies, not computer-generated ones). For example, you mentioned Andy Griffith:

His bio is right under his main photo as one would expect. ("Andy Griffith is best known for his starring roles in two very popular television series,  The Andy Griffith Show (1960) and  Matlock (1986). ...")
The situation is the same for the other five actors you mentioned, at least on my computer.
Could you please post a screen capture showing how one of these pages looks for you with the biography missing?

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From the browser on my iPhone. 

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@diana_prince_5566268 😀

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Bethanny, Employee
Thursday, October 20th, 2022
IMDb Name Page Redesign
​We are excited to announce the launch of IMDb’s redesigned Name pages!...

https://community-imdb.sprinklr.com/conversations/imdbcom/imdb-name-page-redesign/6351563ae7100d725d54c0bb

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@ACT_1​ I looked at the link you provided me which is about the announcement of the redesign but the picture in the redesign still shows a short biography below the picture, so I’m a little confused as to exactly where the redesign is?

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Hello, 

Thank you for the reply. I am attaching a few pictures of what I see on my iPad. I apologize for neglecting to state that. I am viewing the pages on my iPad Pro, using my safari browser rather than the app which I have never been able to get comfortable with because I feel the view is using that app and the navigation is just very clumsy. Here are some pictures showing the blank area below the pictures as I described, and as I see them on the celebrities, I used as examples and provided you the links to.

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1 year ago

I think I just answered my own question. Above the picture areas and below the banner for the site, there is a very small link that says biography. I clicked on that link, expecting it to take me to the biography channel but instead it actually took me to the individuals, biography, page the way the short biographies below the pictures used to do. I just wish they would make the text larger and more obvious. That takes care of my question. Thank you to everybody who replied. 

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You may want to follow the suggestions in the Help article here:

Why is IMDb displaying differently on my browser?

IMDb is compatible with most common operating systems and modern web browsers, such as: Chrome Firefox Safari Opera Edge However, please note that Internet Explorer (IE) is no longer supported. Pages are designed to display the same on ... Read more.

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@diana_prince_5566268  Nothing has been removed on our side so this is a local issue on your system, sorry.  

As @bderoes points out, please follow the advice in https://help.imdb.com/article/imdb/common-issues/why-is-imdb-displaying-differently-on-my-browser/GF2ZAR69V859XLHF# — the most likely explanation is that you have a misconfigured ad blocker (or other plugin promising to somehow “enhance” your browsing experience), in which case you should complain to the authors of that software. 

Hope this helps. 

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@Col_Needham​ I provided the pictures showing the missing content, and replied somewhere in this thread that Imam on an iPad Pro / IOS using the Safari browser, just to point that out.  Regardless of that I have found the link on the top right area for the biography page so I am satisfied with the assistance I have obtained here.  Is there a way to close off this thread marking it as being resolved?

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@diana_prince_5566268​ This (below) is how the pages look on an iPad Pro using Safari so there’s definitely an issue on your iPad which may affect other parts of your IMDb experience and presumably other web sites which you visit.  We would recommend you try and another browser on the same device and also disabling any VPN or proxy settings, especially any installed which claim to be providing an ad free experience.  

We will mark the thread as solved. 

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Where the thumbnail was, there's only the birthday now.

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Why have all the bios disappeared?

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IMDb didn't remove anything, but someone else did report a similar experience. Perhaps you can add details of your device/browser, and try the suggestions given here:

https://community-imdb.sprinklr.com/conversations/imdbcom/short-biography-information-on-celebrity-main-page-blankis-this-a-new-change/642615eccab3782a6e0c1bf7

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I've gone through that thread and am closer to figuring out the problem. Thanks for the assist. 👍🏽

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@Bookwyrm​ Please can you let us know the solution?  We assume you have installed some kind of ad blocking or browser accelerator app which is malfunctioning and blocking actual page content? 

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@Col_Needham​, if I figure it out, I'll come back and let y'all know. I'm still chewing on it. 👍🏽