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Mon, Nov 6, 2017 6:26 PM

Updates to the Ratings pages and functionality

Today we have made several updates to our Ratings pages and functionality. We have improved the design of the ratings details page to give it a cleaner, more modern look.


We have also made several changes, listed below. These changes only impact the Your Ratings page on the IMDb desktop Website. You may find much of this information by creating and running custom searches on the AdvancedTitle Search page. For example, to see comedy titles you have rated, sorted by your rating, see this advancedsearch. Or, to see titles you have rated that are in the IMDb Top250 list, see this advancedsearch.





What did we change?

1.     We removed the Compact list view. This was accessible from the far right icon (see A in the screen capture below). The grid view and detailed list view are still available.

2.     We updated the “Sort by” dropdown box. It now provides the two most popular choices: Most Recent (previously called Recently Rated) and Top Rated (previously Your Rating). Sort by: Your rating, Title A-Z, Release date (US),Number of votes, IMDb rating, and Popularity were removed. See B in the screen capture below.

3.     We removed the Refine ratings filters options from the Your Ratings page on the desktop site. See C in the screen capture below.

4.     We removed the Find More Titles tab. See D in the screen capture below.









5.     We removed the Recommended for You section on the User/Ratings page.

6.     We changed the format of data in the Ratings Export. You can export your ratings to Excel by clicking the new overflow menu (the 3 vertical dots) above your list in the updated experience, and choosing Export.

There are many ways to find new titles to watch. IMDb users can use Advanced Search, look through the recommendations for new titles to watch under People who liked this also liked... on any title page, or see Top Rated Movies.

Thank you for your continued support.


Karen


 

Responses

3 Messages

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530 Points

3 years ago

Hi, I'm a film studies MA and programmer who was going to search through the IMDb, the only archive I used to track the films that I watch, to plan a screening series of titles that don't receive a lot of votes from this website (since many of them stem from Canada, and rarely receive more than a few thousand public ratings). However, it is very hard for me to search for the films I want now due to the removal of "B," where I could track films by the number of votes it had. Why on earth would a film database make it more difficult to find films?

Employee

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4.1K Messages

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140.1K Points

We are centralizing advanced search features for simplicity and maintainability such that we can better enhance them in future. 

You should be able to perform all of these searches (and more) via advanced title search @ http://www.imdb.com/search/title

To restrict the results to titles from your ratings history, see the section towards the end:



and note there's a wider range of sort options at the end of the form:

4 Messages

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952 Points

Sorry I don't get it, how the Advanced Search should be able to give me the same kind of information.

For example. How can I filter my ratings now to see all movies I rated 9 or 10? In advanced search I only can filter user ratings but not my ratings. Also in the result view I can't sort by my ratings, only user ratings. This is completely useless.

After you remove the boards I thought it could not get worse, but I was wrong again, you guys keep messing up IMDB.

Champion

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255.6K Points

You can sort by your rating in the Display Options box on the search page as shown above. Adding that sorting option to the results page would be a good idea.

3 Messages

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144 Points

Thanks Col Needham for the response to Jordan Adler, it's a couple of steps more than I was used to doing to get my movie ratings separated from TV ratings, but I get the same result as I used to.  

26 Messages

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1.3K Points

Imdb, do you serious mean I should go next and next and next here, instead of 12 pages with compressed views??? Picture is showing page 2 of 74 of my ratings.

Champion

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I generated this url in Advanced Title Search (it should work on your ratings):
http://www.imdb.com/search/title?count=250&my_ratings=restrict&sort=your_rating_date&vie...

This list may not have enough info for your needs, but notice that mouseover the title also shows director and first-credited actors. 

A lot of us miss the Compact Mode of viewing our Lists for a variety of reasons, including our Ratings list.

3 Messages

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670 Points

3 years ago

The changes do NOT only impact the "Your Ratings" page.  Please don't lie.

The new "Rating by demographic" section on each film's ratings page is truly unreadable.  Why did you change this?  The way it was previously was easy to read at-a-glance as it was nicely formatted one thing per line, with a graph I do believe.  Now, it looks like a webpage with broken CSS - just a plain white table.  It's ugly.

Employee

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We found the new layout easier to read and compare the different ratings.  From http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052357/ratings



If you click on the number of votes, you can still see a graph limited to the selected demographic. 

9 Messages

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712 Points

I don't see how a table crowded with numbers is easier to read than graphs.
Having to open a new page for each sub-division is not good UI.

2 Messages

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1K Points

I like the new stats page actually. -_-

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140 Points

Absolutely hate the new ratings display for the Demographics. What was wrong with the "bar graph" display? It was much easier to read.

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670 Points

I agree with Frank and Fas2 - it's not easier to read.

That was far easier to see at-a-glance what each demographic thought of it, and get an idea of the variation.

If I am honest, though, most of the information is unnecessary.  US and non-US users has no bearing on me, or anyone in a country other than the US, as you group us together... and IMDb was originally a British company.  And the amount of times I actually care what the average 20-something female thinks of a film, I can count on one hand.

Perhaps a simplification, with a "more" option to show the rest of the options, would be more readable?  I personally only look at Top 1,000, IMDb staff and the overall rating.  That leaves 16 ratings that I don't care about.

5 Messages

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1.1K Points

They are missing the right/left brain distinctions with the star ratings as well.
7/10 is different than *******---

4 Messages

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700 Points

3 years ago

Functionality? Sorting by release date was the only thing that made it usable.  The compact view was certainly easier to use.

1 Message

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660 Points

3 years ago

Please bring back the compact list view and refine ratings filter!

3 Messages

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530 Points

3 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Missing Information on "Your Ratings" Page.

I constantly post my ratings of films on the IMDb to keep track of all the titles I have seen, and to refer back to in case I need help finding a film or unearthing something I have forgotten.

Currently, my "Your Ratings" page can only sort films in the orders of Top Rated and Most Recent. However, I recall being able to track films based on the number of votes they have. I am now trying to plan a screening series of under-seen Canadian films, and it will be very time-consuming for me to go through every page to track down the films I need.

I want to know why there are fewer options to sort through ratings. I also recall being able to look at a film by genre, year of release, the star-rating (out of 10) I gave it. Today, I looked on both Safari and Firefox browsers, and nothing. Any idea where these options went?

Employee

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Please see our answer above on http://www.imdb.com/search/title

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110 Points

3 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How do I refine my ratings ? I want to check how many movies I've rated but they ....

Employee

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You can filter by title type via advanced search on http://www.imdb.com/search/title

For example, for feature films by popularity -> http://www.imdb.com/search/title?my_ratings=restrict&title_type=feature

Feature films sorted by your rating -> http://www.imdb.com/search/title?my_ratings=restrict&sort=my_ratings&title_type=feature

2 Messages

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544 Points

This is really dumb move. What on earth you are make your website harder to use?

80 Messages

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3.5K Points

3 years ago

I have noticed a problem with the ratings totals. In my case it tells me I have 7,285 ratings. I keep a separate excel spreadsheet and know that my total ratings are 7,240. When I export and go to the last line in the excel spreadsheet it tells me there are 7,285...however, the export inserts 45 blank lines which is not good.  I wanted to bring this to your attention in case you were unaware. It is frustrating to not know how many total titles you have voted for unless you export, open in excel, sort by title, and go to the bottom to see your true count.

Also, I am disappointed that you have eliminated the ratings filtering options. I used to have over 20,000 ratings because I rated TV episodes, but I could not export a file that large because it would time out. The filter option was the only way I could get my records exported in batches. After 5+ years and being told my problem only affected the few and would not be fixed I simply removed all my TV episode votes and just voted for the TV series. (This is why I'm now just over 7,000 votes) However, if/when I reach that "file to  large" timeout, I will be unable to export my ratings.

Now I want to appeal to you as a long time user (18+ years) and a Top 250 contributor, if/when this happens I hope you will provide an alternative export option or I will probably no longer use this site. I have found many other websites that provide functionality that you have removed...like message boards. Please don't force me away.

Thank you,

David

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Thanks for the feedback. 

Your correct count is 7,240 -- the 45 blanks in the export should correspond to titles which were on IMDb at some point and have since been deleted or merged.  Since you have voted for them it is more likely these are all merged duplicates.  We do need to fix the export though so thanks for the reminder. 

You can still filter via advanced search at http://www.imdb.com/search/title and this change is part of an on-going software improvement process which should eventually eliminate the old timeouts. 

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Thank you for the helpful and quick response. I was speaking with a fellow software engineer and we speculated that this was probably the reason for the blanks. Personally, I have no problem with using the advanced search instead. I am very concerned with export timeouts. Right now that's the only way to get my ratings history data.

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... titles which were on IMDb at some point
and have since been deleted or merged. 
by Col Needham, Official Rep
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Thank you for the helpful and quick response.
I was speaking with a fellow software engineer
and we speculated that this was probably the reason
for the blanks.
by Simba63
Joined on July 17, 2013
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/people/simba63
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http://www.imdb.com/stats
Titles: 4,615,802
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4615802/
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Many have been deleted or merged
Titles: 7,600,000
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt7600000/


IMDb should add the Date Title and Name page was created and updated

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Thank you for the helpful and quick response. I was speaking with a fellow software engineer and we speculated that this was probably the reason for the blanks.
We have removed any merged titles from the export now.  The number exported should match the number on the site.

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Col,

Thank you again for the quick response. The ratings export file does show my correct number of ratings which is now 7,271. However, on the "My Profile" and "My Ratings" pages it is still displaying the incorrect total of 7,316.  Currently, the only way to know how many films I've voted on is to export my ratings, open the file in excel, and scroll to the bottom to see the correct total votes number.

Any estimate on when the orphaned records will be cleaned up on titles that were removed for me and others this affects?

Thanks,

David

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420 Points

3 years ago

Thank you Charlie Fulton, i will go to Letterboxd, maybe it will suit me more now. With no disrespect to Mr. Col Needham - you can defend the changes all you want starting every sentence with politically correct 'you can do this..., you are still able...' Yes, we know. The thing is we do not want to. I say at least give us compact view instead of grind view.  We are the users after all, we are what makes this site what it is.  Of course, by the end of the day we will see how much you care for our opinions, or you will do as you like, cause let's face it - 200 members will leave, the rest will stay anyway and you know it. This is just the opportunity for someone to create a better site than IMDB for all disappointed members to join.

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344 Points

3 years ago

I used the "My Ratings" page essentially as a viewing diary. A bookmark to the compact view took me directly to a nice, simple overview of what I'd seen--easy to scan when looking for recommendations for others--and I enjoyed that same compactness when looking at it in viewing order. As far as I can tell, that functionality is lost on IMDb now. The viewing dates are hidden. The "card" view is absurdly painful to scan. The more compact results of the advanced search screen don't seem to sort by my rating. The sort I prefer on the My Ratings page cannot be bookmarked.

The /[username]/films/diary/by/entry-rating/ view on Letterboxd shows basically the view that I wish IMDb still offered. I did find exporting my data to be very easy--thank you for that. The importer on Letterboxd is currently free, so all I had to do for now was change some headings ("Const" -> "imdbID"; "Your Rating" -> "Rating10"; and "Date Added" -> "WatchedDate") and write a little script to convert the WatchedDate to "YYYY-MM-DD" format.

However, I appreciate that IMDb has much more data overall (e.g. TV shows!), so I really wish I didn't have to use another service.

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2.7K Points

IMDb basically made a big gift to its competitors. The masterminds of this "upgrade" (actually a downgrading) should be as well immediately "upgraded" (downgraded or fired).

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386 Points

3 years ago

Normally I never write in forums, but these changes are very anoying! The "advance title search" is great, don't get me wrong, but all this update gives us is less statistics, I would have loved to have more after an update. I used imdb every day for more than 5 years, this will definitly change, if "refine ratings" isn't coming back.