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Sat, Dec 7, 2013 8:35 PM

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Sorting actors/directors/etc titles by votes or ratings is no longer useful

It seems that today IMDb decided to destroy its extremely useful Filmographies function, where I can't even estimate how often I use it a day.

Until now, each page for persons on IMDb had a handy link on the left where you could sort the person's page by certain parameters such as votes, ratings, year, genre etc., all shown for their departments respectively (being their activity as a director, writer, actor, stunt or soundtrack department or even as themselves). This made it easy to determine which work was most popular, relevant or acclaimed for these persons. Here are two examples for the work of Kenneth Brannagh as a Director, sorted by rating and by votes:



Note that Kenneth Brannagh's work as a producer for the Wallander series also is listed in the category below, but can easily be ignored if I'm just interested in his efforts as a director (for example). Even the fact that he appears in the absurdly superfluous "Thanks" section of The Avengers is reflected, but I never come to scroll that far.


Now see what they have replaced those handy links with: A general search for titles with the person, all categories mixed together, without any possibility to restrict it to certain acting or directing departments. In the case of Kenneth Brannagh, it looks like this:




Good luck trying to find out what he has to do with these 332 (!!) titles whatsoever.

I am beyond mad how IMDb manages to kill every function that has been simple and useful about it, while there still is no possibility to get the most basic simple statistics as calculated on IVHA back in the day (R.I.P.).

Note that even filtering by title type doesn't help because the search still makes no distinction for different production roles.

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7 years ago

I am at a loss for words ... or at least words I would say in public. As stated by the original poster, the sorting ratings by filmography is extremely useful.

I believe it is was a major mistake to remove ratings by filmography.

I will miss the old functionality.

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220 Points

7 years ago

Simply stunning they've done this.  I'm on IMDB just about every day.  Near as i can tell it happened sometime on Friday 12/6.  I was checking rankings for C B. DeMille and tops was "Sunset Blvd".  Could have sworn that was a Billy Wilder movie.  Learn something new every day, I guess.

No way this stands.  People are going to go apesh*t.

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182 Points

7 years ago

I agree completely. I used "sort by vote" A LOT and now it's completely useless. Why remove a good thing that works? Change it back, PLEASE.

--14 year IMDb user.

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80 Points

7 years ago

This is terrible. Please allow the choice to change it back or make it more compact.

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880 Points

7 years ago

As a huge movie geek and IMDb lover I was indeed devastated by this terrible choice. PLEASE bring it back! I used the "by votes" and "by ratings" links several times a day, and now they are COMPLETELY USELESS!

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7 years ago

Also flagged up here:

http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/223084048

No official word yet.

This is where having an option to filter/sort by role would come in very handy - I've thought it before but now it is vital. Worth a suggestion?

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7 years ago

What I will miss the most is the summary table at the bottom.

Champion

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What I will miss the most is the summary table at the bottom.
I see no reason why this couldn't be added into sidebar for these kinds of searches - it might be handy to have a context-specific summary in the sidebar. This could be part of the updating of the search sidebar which I'm quietly hopeful will eventually be introduced:

https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/add_the_filter_options_to_the_sidebar_of_the_search_results

We'll have to see what happens down the line (this needs more urgent tweaks to be workable) but I'd store that away and perhaps throw in as a suggestion once things start improving with this feature.

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What I will miss the most is the summary table at the bottom.
I see no reason why this couldn't be added into sidebar for these kinds of searches - it might be handy to have a context-specific summary in the sidebar. This could be part of the updating of the search sidebar which I'm quietly hopeful will eventually be introduced:

https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/add_the_filter_options_to_the_sidebar_of_the_search_results

We'll have to see what happens down the line (this needs more urgent tweaks to be workable) but I'd store that away and perhaps throw in as a suggestion once things start improving with this feature.

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108 Points

7 years ago

Adult titles are now completely omitted from the vote/rating search results (nothing to do with IMDb's adult filter), which makes it impossible to find the most important films of, say, John Holmes.

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This is a wider problem, flagged up here:

https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/the_porn_filter_cant_be_enabled_on_advanced_search

Staff have been aware of this for a while, but there have been no updates in a long time.

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Thanks, Emperor.

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I've bumped that thread to see if there has been any progress - if this change is going to work there are a few extra pieces of the jigsaw to slot into place and that is one of them.

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I've bumped that thread to see if there has been any progress - if this change is going to work there are a few extra pieces of the jigsaw to slot into place and that is one of them.

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This problem appears to have been solved now, with all titles including adult films showing up!

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I checked the examples I gave at the start of this thread and it still doesn't seem to be working there:

https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/the_porn_filter_cant_be_enabled_on_advanced_search

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I checked the examples I gave at the start of this thread and it still doesn't seem to be working there:

https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/the_porn_filter_cant_be_enabled_on_advanced_search

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7 years ago

I just noticed this now. Let's just say I was not pleased by this change. I suppose it can be made to work if sorting fields are introduced that lets you sort one sort of credits from another, although it would still be a huge step back from how it was before. There you could see all credits on one page. In this new view it's paginated with 100 credits per page, and will be a complete pain going through for people with several hundred or even thousands of credits; after all - each episode of a TV-series they've been in is listed separately on this list, meaning that many people who've done mainly TV work will get lists spanning more than 10 pages of credits in this view.

In short; stop this senescence! You've done many bad changes before, some of which I didn't even think possible to top, but this one has proved me wrong...

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7 years ago

I just noticed that all hope isn't completely lost (yet anyway); you can still get the old view by manually changing the URL of a person, by adding "/filmorate" or "/filmovote" behind the "nm???????" part of the URL (removing "/reference" from the URL if you use the reference view). For example: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000489/filmovote

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Thank you cartman_1337!