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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


 

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8 Messages

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1.2K Points

3 years ago

I don't always end up at my ratings page every day but today with the recent release of a new Call of Duty game I went there to see which ones I have rated and thus played in the past and what do I see.  There is no way to sort by title and look for all the Call of Duties or to be able to just filter out video games, but there is no way to do that now from the ratings page.

I would first like to dissect the initial post and some of Col's replies made on this page.

    "We have improved the design of the ratings details page to give it a cleaner, more modern look."

This is just a bold face lie and a middle finger to everyone who has been coming to this site for years.  What you have done is remove about 90 percent of the functionality of this page.  Out of the 6 changes you made to the page 5 of the them were removals of functionality and there was not one benefit added to the page at all.

    "The interface becomes more simple for new customers; we no longer embed advanced title search features into a ratings page; and we can centralize the software on the advanced title search page, which in turns means 50% less software to maintain." (from one of Col's replies)

Ah the new customer excuse.  Hmm where have we seen this one before, oh yes I remember this was an excuse made when you removed all the message boards.  I am sorry but that excuse does not work for message boards nor does it work for this.

First of all you must think new users to this site are idiots who don't know how to use filtering menus or be able to actually browse message boards and choose the subjects they are interested.  Just to let people know the real reason they got rid off message boards is because they did not want to pay people to monitor them and Amazon the owners of IMDB only care about one thing CASH.

I have been a member of IMDB for 17 years and have rated over 4500 items.  The filter menus helped me easily sort through all those rated items to find the group of movie, tv shows or video games I wanted to see that I rated.  This also means the "new user" excuse is getting very old on me.

But wait you say here comes Advanced Title Search a bloated and cumbersome search function that is way more complicated for new and existing users to figure out how to use.  What used to take mere seconds to do will now take minutes.  In order to change the search parameters on Advanced Title Search you have to constantly move back to the search page and reenter all the parameters and it does not even display the date the movie was rated any longer.  Col said in a post if you want to see that you have to extract the list to an excel spreadsheet and manipulate that way.  Nice going IMDB that is really improving customer service.

Almost everything the development team changes for IMDB is for the worse.

  • Of course most recently the terrible changes to the Ratings page.
  • The removal of message boards
  • The changes in the basic layout of movie pages which basically hides things like release dates, FAQ, etc...
  • Years ago IMDB used to have the Latest News section near the top of the main page but three quarters the way down the page they had links to external sites about anything and everything to do with movies.  They got rid of that section also.
  • I am sure there are dozens of other terrible changes made to this site that people could list here.
If IMDB development staff were to run a banking website they would remove the ability to pay bills online saying it would be way more convenient for the customer to go into the bank and pay all their bills there.

What is wrong with you people at IMDB.  Why do you keep making coming to this website a worse experience for the user.  I think it is because you think that there is nothing you can do to make this website crash and burn, you think you are untouchable.  I am sure that is what Pets.com, PanAm and Blockbuster also thought about their companies.

This is a less and less loyal user waiting to see the next catastrophic change you make to this website.

12 Messages

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1.9K Points

But new users aren't an excuse.  New users like lots of images, and the clean, new design gives highest emphasis to the Amazon click-thru link, which earns revenue.

Futzing around with complicated filtering gewgaws doesn't.   

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1.5K Points

3 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled List of the titles I rated.

Up until one or two days ago, when I clicked on "See all XXXX ratings" on my profile I would then be able to sort my ratings after different categories or filter them according to genres or Feature Film/TV Show/etc.
These features are now all gone. Yes I get to see a complete list of all my ratings but I can't do anything with it. Please don't take these functionalities away. :( They were really handy and I liked playing around with them a lot.

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160 Points

3 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Why did you remove the Gengre section in "Your Ratings"?.

Am I blind or did you really remove it? Now It's impossible for me to find a movie I've watched years ago, considering I've rated more then 700 titles. Please do something about it.

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712 Points

3 years ago

Jeez. And I thought the previous "update" to the user's ratings page was bad...

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712 Points

3 years ago

Col, I understand what you are saying about the functionality being baked into the advanced search. However, it is a far more difficult, convoluted way to do it. The great thing about the filters was that I could say Tv shows that are comedies, and then when that returned a big list I could further narrow by date > 2000 or switch to movies to compare. Now if I want to refine results I have to go back to the search, look through all of the parameters for what I want and reset everything. That is not a solution. 

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1.5K Points

3 years ago

What a horrible change! And to proudly announce it like it is some sort of improvement just goes to show how out of touch you are.
At least be honest about it and say it is an obvious downgrade in functionality. This blatant lying when both sides know the truth is just infuriating.

6.4K Messages

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157.1K Points

Some of us anticipated this way back in February. They were as dishonest back then as they are now.

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150 Points

3 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How do I add movies to my lists after the last update?.

After the recent changes in the look and functionality of  the "Your ratings" page, I'm no longer able to add movies to my custom lists (only the Watchlist).

Am I missing something, or is this function completely gone from IMDb?

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316 Points

3 years ago

Another downgrade and the consequences will be seen in time. 
What I noticed after forums removal? Seems a lot of contributors lost their interest and left. And the greediness will have opposite effects than the ones expected.You will need to hire more and more people to do what was done for free. And how do I know this? I see more and more movies without updated status. For example imdb says "filming" and the movie is already on bluray/cinema/online lol.
This "upgrade" is a nightmare. I hope the ones who did it will be fired.

6.4K Messages

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157.1K Points

I've haven't noticed that, but if it be the case, it's sad, Ami V.

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80 Points

3 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Hi. Why disappeared a lot of function from the ratings list? Thanks for the answe....

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600 Points

3 years ago

We have improved the design of the ratings details page to give it a cleaner, more modern look.
No, just like last year, you've made everything worse. Imdb has been going downhill since then, gradually you are downgrading everything. We thought the removal of the boards was the last straw, but as we see now, there was more in store. The boards were supposed to be replaced by something better, but nothing came. So what was said back then was true: to stop negative feedback you couldn't control, you stopped people from discussing movies altogether.

More modern look... What's striking about the new interface is not its modernity, it's its inefficiency. We can't navigate through the rating pages, we have to load all the ratings on the same page. This is a database, not Twitter, for Pete's sake! And whether it's Imdb or Twitter, extensive loading always ends up being too heavy for JavaScript and our computer's resources.

Pictures are also slower to load, they load after scrolling. There's no readily available refining functions. And what's the point of an "add to watchlist" button for movies we've rated, thus necessarily watched?! This makes zero sense! Ratings are now almost like a normal list.

The only positive thing I can think of is the green star when checking someone else's list, it's a little better, but the old way was legible too.

You might be optimizing Imdb's back-end processes, but on the users' ends, it's certainly no improvement.