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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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3 years ago

Why did you do this?????
You mention six things, five of them start with "we removed". Why did you do this? This doesn't make any sense to me, not at all.

Employee

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It is part of the work to modernize and simplify various IMDb software systems and interfaces as announced at https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/upcoming-changes-to-several-imdb-features-du6man1opd5q0

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.  The result is that once all of this work is complete, we can more quickly enhance the advanced title search features instead of having to duplicate the software in several different places. It is short term pain for long term gain.  You should be able to do almost all the same sorting and filtering (and more) than you could do before via http://www.imdb.com/search/title

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Unfortunate fact is that advanced title search cannot replicate a compact view of one's Vote History sorted by vote date.  IOW, the page I had bookmarked at IMDb for well over 10 years as my main entry point to the site.  Were "date rated" a sort option on advanced search, there wouldn't be an issue.  It would be a welcome future enhancement, to say the least.  

I don't see any way to view the date one voted for a movie in any part of the new interface anymore.  I guess that info is only accessible by exporting the data, now.

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Col, thanks for responding.
Obviously, I know about the advanced search. But what I really liked about the features on my Vote History were that I could see within one mouse-click how much feature films, episodes, series etc. I had seen. The same goes for genres. I've tried, but I don't see how I can do this via the advanced search, expect for one by one. (first looking at how much films I've seen, then going back and seeing how much series I've seen and so on, and so on). Also, there doesn't seem to be any way via the advanced search to see when you've voted for a certain title, which WAS possible via the old way.

You said:
You should be able to do almost all the same sorting and filtering (and more) than you could do before via http://www.imdb.com/search/title
Maybe I just missed it, so can you (or somebody else who's more computer savvy than I apparently am) explain to me how to get the things I mentioned above?
Also, I really don't see how this is easier for newly or "old" users. I personally found the old way very intuitive and super-easy to use.

Another question: If this change "means 50% less software to maintain", why wasn't this said in the announcement post? That way, users might better understand the reasoning behind it. As I've said before, communication is key (especially now the message boards have gone and you can't easily reach most users anyway).

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...and we can centralize the software on the advanced title search page, which in turns means 50% less software to maintain.
Coming up with nonsense like this is unbelievably disrespectful to the people who are using and contributing to your service.

IMDb could be a great and fun tool for sharing and comparing ratings and watch lists with friends (considering that watching movies is most often a social experience), and then you actually make it harder to find, view and compare information. I'm simply amazed by the lack of ingenuity.

What other updates (ie. downgrades) are you planning to do in the future?

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730 Points

I am a new user, joined a few months ago, and this is making using the site exponentially harder for me. I find the advanced search page difficult to understand and I don't know how to use it to get the same results as I got with one click on my Ratings page.

I just want to be able to see my ratings by release date ! That seems like a very, very basic function for a film and TV series database like IMDb !

I can't believe you have removed this function that I used regularly. This is going to make my life harder. I find it jarring to call such a downgrade an "update".

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440 Points

Yeah, I'm a pretty old user at the site and I thought "your rating" sorting option was really useful which enabled me to see the movies I voted from 10 to 1 in order, that helped seeing the movies I could recommend to others in a compact organized way. Now I have to navigate through the complete list to find the ones I highly rated. Advanced search doesn't provide an option to sort the movies according to my vote either. Why remove such a basic function from such a huge movie database site? I really don't understand why sites that we love like IMDB make such unthoughtful decisions.

If I'm missing something here that will fix my problem, please help by the way.

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@Lasse: Your first mistake is thinking that modern IMDb is intended to be anything more than Amazon Video's upselling division. I find it hard to imagine that user experience enters into corporate strategy discussions unless it interferes with the users' ability to spend money.

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504 Points

I really do not appreciate these changes. You have stripped back functions that i used all the time in the ratings section. Will they ever be changed back?

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504 Points

I really do not appreciate these changes. You have stripped back functions that i used all the time in the ratings section. Will they ever be changed back?

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3 years ago

Why would you remove the refine ratings filter? That was literally the only reason I ever went to that page. Is IMDb aware that people want MORE functionality, not less? If you plan on bringing the filter back, then please tell us that!

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544 Points

Please! Listen to this man!

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3 years ago

Are you keeping the "Advanced Tittle Search" page? That's basically the same thing as what you removed from the ratings page.

Employee

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Yes, this change enables us to improve advanced title search over the long term and provide even more search options for your ratings and other lists. 

For context please see https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/upcoming-changes-to-several-imdb-features-du6man1opd5q0

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4.3K Points

3 years ago

This is a truly bewildering decision. Removing these features is inconvenient and regressive and offers no advantage whatsoever; it just reduces the utility of the website. How can anyone think this is in any way helpful?

Employee

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Please see our other replies on this thread, also we have enhanced and standardized the "card" for each title in the detail view, now including availability information, as in (from my history):

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I don't need all this stuff in my ratings list. I already know what the show is about - I must've seen it or I couldn't rate it! And I'm not particularly likely to need to know when I can see it again. The compact view was all I ever used. However I do like to know when I rated it and I do require to be able to copy individual shows from the ratings list to my separate lists of different types of show. You refer to what you have done as "enhancing" but is precisely the opposite. Did you actually consult your customers before making these changes? From the comments in this thread it would seem not.

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12.2K Points

remove remove remove

maybe you could add something great for once if you already get rid off all these useful features

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It's the compressed info we needed, not the enhanced. That easy to find in other ways.
I'm a user for 17 years, and this function I really loved with imdb.
I also use the advanced search, which is good, but to find my own rated films this was far the best way to get an overview e.g. for a film I don't remember the title for.
Hope you'll re-introduce it!
This new is only useful if you forgot the film you saw yesterday!

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368 Points

I've been named a Top Contributor for the past 8 years, and many of these recent changes are causing me to consider quitting IMDb. Due to the recent changes of spreading information to multiple pages (TV series ratings), breaking up the credits for actors rather than a nice clean long list, and now having to work three times as hard to input soundtrack info, my efforts are no longer a hobby but are now actual hard work. I revisited site preferences, but it offered no solution.

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Dear Col!
How do find this list: All titles Feature and Tv-Movies I've rated with a 10/10 sorted by imdb-rating in compact view, and only the best caracter no 9/10. That will be about 170 films.
Can't make it with advanced search, or it's too advanced for me.
I can only get a complete list of all films I've rated and it's sorted be the film I last saw/rated, in stead of imdb-rating as I'd widh.
Please help! This sorting functioned in My Ratings.

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Hi Ole Jon Tveito,

This should accomplish what you requested for Feature Films.
Feature Films You Have Seen (Sort by Your Rating, desc)
http://www.imdb.com/search/title?title_type=feature&my_ratings=restrict&view=simple&coun...

Note to IMDb Staff: There is a problem with Advanced Search sorting by "Your rating".

Both of these produce the same results, sorting by Your rating (Low to High)
sorted by Your rating (High to Low)
sorted by Your rating (Low to High)

This can be corrected after the the search is done by clicking Your Rating to produce Your Rating.

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Thanks for quick answer!
But here it's sorted by the fuilms I've last seen. 
I don't like that. I would like it sorted by the imdb.rating, so e.g. Shawshank Redemption and The Godfather (which is on top of imdbtop250 would be on top on my list as well, if I rate them as 10/10.
It's unteresting for me to have this sorted by the last 10/10 I gave. That's what I remember best! I didn't search for this to find out what I saw last!!!
So if this search could be sorted after the contraint I wanted or chose, it would be good.
The former ratings page did that.

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Hi Ole Jon Tveito,

In Advanced Title Search under Your Ratings you can select:
  • Include All Titles
  • Exclude Titles I've Seen
  • Restrict to Titles I've Seen
"Seen" means titles that you have either rated or marked as seen.

In addition, you can also filter by:
  • Title Type
  • Release Date
  • User Rating (ratings by IMDb users)
  • Number of Votes
  • Genres
  • Title Groups (IMDb defined groups such as IMDb "Top 250")
  • Title Data
  • Companies
  • Instant Watch Options
  • US Certificates
  • Color Info
  • Countries
  • Keywords
  • Languages
  • Filming Locations
  • Popularity
  • Plot
  • Cast/Crew
  • Runtime
  • In Theaters
  • Adult Titles (Exclude or  Include)
  • Lists (whether or not the title is in one of your lists)
Finally you can control how the information is displayed.
  • Detailed or Compact
  • 50, 100 or 250 titles per page
You can also select how the titles are sorted:

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I do as you say, but there are two problems!

1) I get also films I've voted other than 10/10.
2) the list coming out still shows the last films I've seen and given 10/10 on top, and not by user rating descendig as I asked for.

Here my search:
http://www.imdb.com/search/title?my_ratings=restrict&view=simple&count=250&sort=your_rat...

I'd also like to exclude TV-series and episodes. How do I do that?

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I don't think it's currently possible to restrict the list to only the films you've rated 10/10, but it is at least possible to exclude TV-shows. You can do that from the Advanced Title Search, by selecting "Feature Film" (and/or any other title type you want to include) in the Title Type section near the top of the search page. You should get a search like this for only feature films: http://www.imdb.com/search/title?title_type=feature&my_ratings=restrict&view=simple&coun...

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@Ole Jon Tveito

When I use the link you provided:
http://www.imdb.com/search/title?my_ratings=restrict&view=simple&count=250&sort=your_rat...
I see my ratings in order by MY votes, which means you selected Your Rating (high to low). 
If by "user ratings" you mean wanted to sort by the IMDb average rating, then you should have selected User Rating Descending.

Previous replies guided you toward sorting by Your Rating because this is the only way to see your 10's together. And there is not feature to sort by Your Rating and then second criteria of User Rating. You may need to Export your ratings and use a spreadsheet to see exactly what you want.

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That is th trouble. The former User-rating site allowed my to sort that way. My 10/10 ranked by imdb-rating. Now I only get the last I've voted 10/10 on top,which isn'æt what I'm asking for. When I then try to sort again, it's also wrong.

I think advanced search is good, but it is very advanced, and there's still constraints which aren't possible!
I miss the way i saw my ratings descending and ascending from My Ratings-page, which did what I wanted.

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1.8K Points

3 years ago

This is crazy. I used the copy facility to update my other lists from the ratings list. I can't do that anymore. The usefulness of the entire website for me has been greatly diminished and I will doubtless now use it less. Internet companies are constantly "updating" just for the sake of it, it seems. Remember, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!"

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1K Points

3 years ago

What is even the point of the rating list anymore? 
I have 5220 titles rated as of now. I can't find anything there anymore. Can't filter by year, genre, type ... zilch. IMDb was my preeminent place online, in general (hence the religious zealousness of my ratings), but now I'm afraid it'll be just another forgotten bookmark. 

It is truly bewildering to me what the point of this change is? What is your philosophy regarding this website and who are your target audience?

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I don't believe they much appreciate complaints when they remove functionality.  

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You should be able to do almost all the same sorting and filtering (and more) than you could do before via http://www.imdb.com/search/title,  see our replies elsewhere on this post for additional details and examples. 

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You put words to every feeling I have towards IMDb now. I have voted religiously since 2006 and now I barely visit, might throw in a vote when I remember. It's kind of sad. They just keep removing and removing, with no news coming (although they keep telling us about upcoming approvements). What is the agenda here, I wonder...

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You need to get a life if you have really rated over 5,000 things are and pissed at the changes. 

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Was "D" the most imaginative moniker you could come up with.  Maybe "Dino" is older than the 15 year old troll which you are and has entered all his movies, tv series, video games,etc.. that he has played  or watched over a lifetime.  Maybe once you move out of your parents house you might get a better appreciation for that.

And another thing you are the reason there are no more message boards on this site troll.

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Attention, D and Chris V. Come on now. Please! We're trying to keep Get Satisfaction a polite venue. The occasional joke (or even tease) is fine, but seriously, please take it easy.

Champion

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253.7K Points

3 years ago

I find the advanced search alternative less convenient than the removed refine feature.

It also seems the ratings list now has fewer sorting settings in the desktop version than in the app.

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I find the advanced search alternative less convenient than the removed refine feature.
I totally agree.

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Its very simple.. The idea that ordinary people and film makers can actually find something out is too much for the up tops, so it seems the entire point of IM'DATA Base' has been dumped. I was about add to my own films and documentaries and teh puictures I had added, which get stolen by Google and everyone else was to have reference so they could be found on the IMDb... no longer possible. What is the Point of IMDb if the DATA if deleted and undependable if its still there!!!??

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1.9K Points

3 years ago

Well, I used "compact view" exclusively to view "My Ratings", but obviously the attitude is: "it's too difficult to maintain; if you don't like it, leave."

Does "compact view" still exist on IMDB Pro, does anyone know?

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"Date rated" does not exist as a sort option in Advanced Search, so it fails to replace the "date rated" sort of one's "compact view" vote history.

IMDb: "Oh, well.  Sucks to be you.  Why don't you just stop complaining or use Letterboxd, and leave us in peace.  TIA!"

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There is no ratings list on IMDbPro.

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Excuse me?  No ratings list at all?

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Yes, that is correct, there is no ratings list at all on IMDbPro (and we do not even display your own votes on individual titles on IMDbPro either -- it's not a feature our subscribers have requested).

IMDbPro is a subscription service aimed at people in the entertainment industry.  It is not a super set of the regular IMDb service in terms of features, and is not aimed at non-professionals. It has a simpler interface with more data and then additional professional services layered on top.  For details on IMDbPro see https://help.imdb.com/article/imdbpro/membership-benefits/what-s-included-with-an-imdbpro-membership...

If you are an IMDbPro subscriber and wish to manage lists or vote or access advanced title search then you still need to use the regular IMDb.com site and/or apps. IMDbPro is an enhancement to be used in addition to IMDb.com, not a replacement. 

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1.8K Points

How insulting is that to the regular IMDb users!

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450 Points

OMG! Really bad news ... I liked the page and its features so much - but removing compact view and other tools is truly bad. Very disappointing, this "update" - sorry, folks! :-(

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450 Points

So please ...: Is there any chance to bring back my vote diary?! :-/ I do not have any use for most of those changes ... For me it's a total loss of usability and by removing cool features like this one you make all the time, I invested in voting movies, tv-shows and games on IMDB somewhat ... senseless. It would be great benefit to the users to give us back at least some of the things you "removed"! I can't see any progress for me as a user in mostly removing features and making the ones, we still have, much more complicated and less comfortable. What kind of "upgrade" is this?! :-(

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800 Points

3 years ago

This just sucks so much!  Why on earth would you remove the sort by Title option?  Are you guys smoking crack?  I have loved using IMDB for over 14 years.  This is a useless change that just makes me mad and makes things VERY inconvenient! 

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702 Points

3 years ago

Wow you guys are making your website less useful in every update. What's the point of having a "Ratings list" if I can only sort them by "Most Recent" and "Top rated"? Advanced search is far more inconvenient to use. Also, the Ratings detail page's design is dumb, it only shows a bar for the most voted rating.

At least you didn't remove that from Watchlist.. (watch it be next)