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WeaselBuddha

Just curious, and I'm revealing my age here, does anyone else remember querying and submiting data to the original IMDB usenet service ( which I could of swore pre-dated the article's 1990, guess I'm remembering the rec.arts.movies pre-history )

For those who remember fondly the bone knives and bearskins of the pre-arpanet integration period, you would send a message to a bang ( a ! ) address, which machine by machine jumped closer and closer to the destination machine, where an automated unix script waited. This rudementary script with commands such as, search, add, append, etc. All to update or search a set of text files.

No browsers, just e-mail. That public domain database, that was available to everyone, in toto, became the core of the business that now is IMDb,

Anyone else remeber this? Or the initial disappointment when the ability to get at the database you personally helped build became a licensed entity?

Progress, a cruel beast. Rarely a day goes by without me hitting IMDb, and I appreciate this free service - even more so knowing some day it won't be.

So it goes...

NetflixShill

"Rarely a day goes by without me hitting IMDb, and I appreciate this free service - even more so knowing some day it won't be."

People are not willing ot pay for accessing very many websites. Most won't pay at all. I would either go without that information or seek out other sources if they tried to bill me for it. It's not like they are providing an indispensable service. Most of their data can be gleaned just by watching the movie in question or doing a Google search. And that will be just as reliable, if not moreso...

The majority of IMDB's information was added by users and also NOT VERIFIED FOR ACCURACY. Anyone who would pay for that is a fool. The Wikipedia offers more reliable information, because it can actually be corrected in real time. Bad information sits on IMDB for years and they refuse to correct it. I've seen it first hand, as I tried feebly to report the numerous errors. They couldn't be bothered to fix their dumb errors, months after they were reported.

IMDB is barely worth using for free. You can spot a dozen errors on any given page, just by checking the source material. The quotes, trivia, character names/aliases, goofs, etc. At least 10% is bogus. Their DVD information is even worse - like 90% inaccurate. What's more, they have NO mechanism to report those errors or correct them. They just stand for all time. Pathetic.

Many key details are missing from IMDB, like character nicknames/aliases. In Fight Club, the Narrator goes by many aliases - Rupert, Cornelius, Travis, "Jack", "The Clever Guy", etc. IMDB doesn't list any of them, despite the fact that he refers to himself or others refer to him by those names. When you try to update that information, you are they don't allow updates to "verified" character names. They also don't allow corrections for their VERY flakey DVD details. Pathetic.

"I am Jack's broken heart." "Uh, The Clever Guy?" "Go ahead, Cornelius, you can cry."

corey3rd

imdb has revolutionized how people view movies. People at the office say, "I saw this movie last night, but I don't know the title..." you click on the site and go through an actor's resume. There's no more picking through...well I don't know what you would pick through since the Maltin guide doesn't list that many actors under each film. And by linking it with amazon, you get a sense if the DVDs are out for the various titles.

As far "why isn't every name used by Norton in Flight Club listed next to his credit - how come every name Chevy Chase used in Fletch didn't end up on his credit?

WeaselBuddha

NetflixShill, Dising IMDb?

This is a free service, no cost to you, that list details of more movies than in other flick reference work. Pre-IMDb days I had to rely on Maltin's book, hardly comprehensive, not searchable, and hardly error-free.

Yes, IMDb is not as veted as well as I'd like, yes it has a huge backlog of submissions ( I know, some of mine are older than a year ). You see errors everyday, than submit changes. But you don't like the service, I'm sure they'll give you back your money. I see in another thread you wrote:
"I always check DVDCompare.net or IMDB before renting discs"

IMDb is indispensible to me, and if they charged for access I'd pay - I'm glad this isn't the case, in my statement I was just saying that I don't think it will always be that way.

NetflixShill

Why would you pay for a service that's prone to errors, slow to correct them, and largely based on info posted by users? They would be much better if they followed WikiPedia plan. Anyone can edit pages, there's a log of all changes (with IP address or user name), thus errors are quickly eliminated. I would never pay for their service. And I would hope that WikiPedia stepped up to offer a free service that would quickly surpass IMDB in features, and accuracy. IMDB is not worth paying for.

NetflixShill

'As far "why isn't every name used by Norton in Fight Club listed next to his credit - how come every name Chevy Chase used in Fletch didn't end up on his credit?'

Good question. Why isn't it? Many movies DO list alternate names used by the characters. Why shouldn't those? People looking up movie info might like to see all the names/aliases used by a character. There are many reasons for having it and no reasons not to.

NetflixShill

See, the problem is that IMDB tries to mimic the credits shown in the movie. If the movie has some character's FIRST name, but NOT the LAST name, that's what IMDB has. That's just stupid. They should show the FULL NAME, and also any ALIASES used. They don't even allow you to correct DVD information, which is not very reliable at all. Correcting and adding info takes 2-4 weeks at least. They still do not bother to check it, so why not let users edit pages in real time, like wikipedia???

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the LAST name, that's what IMDB has. That's just stupid. They should show the FULL NAME, and also any ALIASES used. They don't even allow you to correct DVD information, which is not very reliable at all. Correcting and adding info takes 2-4 weeks at least. They still do not bother to check it, so why not let users edit pages in real time, like wikipedia???

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