Talk:Internet Movie Database

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Accessing IMDb content from Wikipedia[edit]

Further information: Wikipedia:IMDb

A link to a page on IMDb about a title (a movie or a tv series), a person (actor, actress, etc.), a company, a character, or tv episode, can be made by means of five templates: {{imdb title}}, {{imdb name}}, {{imdb company}}, {{imdb character}}, and {{imdb episode}}. Instructions about the use of these templates can be found on their respective document pages. Note that these templates should be used in the "External links" section.

There is also another mean: using InterWiki by adding [[IMDbName:ID]] or [[IMDbTitle:ID]]. Just replace "ID" with the IMDb code (at the end of the URL) for a given title/person (eg. Frank Sinatra's is "0000069", and Ocean's Eleven is "0054135"). Example:

You can also make a piped link to use a text for the link:
  • [[IMDbName:0000069|Frank Sinatra]] is rendered as Frank Sinatra
  • [[IMDbTitle:0054135|''Ocean's Eleven'']] is rendered as Ocean's Eleven

This method should only be used where in-article links are needed. For the external links, the use of the imdb name, title, or company templates is preferred.

"Criticism"[edit]

The current criticism section is actually just a specific court case, which IMDb won, from some trolling B movie actor (who lost a similar lawsuit against Amazon). Rename it or remove? 78.146.206.190 (talk) 21:42, 15 September 2013 (UTC)

It is a common criticism of the IMDb that they won't remove dates of birth and many people then blame them for not getting jobs saying it's because casting agents look at the date of birth listed and think the actor is the wrong age. Of course this is really a problem between actors and casting agents but the actors daren't attack the casting agents (even via their union) in case they get blacklisted and so they blame the IMDb. Of course it might also be that the actor simply wasn't good enough or wasn't right for the role, but they attack the IMDb anyway, even though their dates of birth are matters of public record. The IMDb warns people before adding a date of birth and this court case reminds people how pointless it is taking the IMDb to court over an issue like this. It only makes the lawyers richer -- SteveCrook (talk) 00:51, 16 September 2013 (UTC)
I'd be okay with either renaming or removal, although I think renaming is the better approach. The section used to have other material in it, see [1], but largely insufficiently sourced, and looks like it was subsequently deleted. I believe I added the lawsuit information, and this preexisting section seemed like the best place for it. But with the other material now gone, there's not a good reason to keep the section name "Criticism". I think renaming is better ("Litigation"?), but if the entire section is removed, Hoang v. Amazon.com should be added as a "See also". TJRC (talk) 18:02, 17 September 2013 (UTC)

"Naming"[edit]

Does anyone have info about why imdb choose western naming name for chinese/korean actor/actress? like ng man tat to man tat ng, Song ji-hyo to ji-hyo Song. thx 125.160.241.178 (talk) 20:23, 25 December 2013 (UTC)

You'll have to ask them as to why they chose that method, but they did. Their submission guide says that Asian names can be submitted as Family-Name, Given-Name(s) like "Chow, Yun-Fat" but that will then be displayed as "Yun-Fat Chow". They don't record if it's an Asian name or a Western name, and it isn't always obvious -- SteveCrook (talk) 00:28, 26 December 2013 (UTC)

Is IMDB a reliable source for birth dates and death dates and appearances[edit]

  • Wikipedia:Identifying reliable sources says: "Questionable and self-published sources ... This includes any website whose content is largely user-generated, including the Internet Movie Database (IMDB),"

In various places in Wikipedia it says you cannot use IMDB because it is crowdsourced and not reliable. There is no evidence that dates of birth and death are crowdsourced, or not under editorial control of IMDB or that appearances are not reliable. On the contrary, IMDB was sued for displaying the real age of an actress and not what she submitted to the editors. "Hoang also made an issue of how IMDb had allegedly used credit information when she signed up to IMDb's Pro account and how IMDb's employees used a third party verification website to gain information to use in her profile." see this article The submission rules on the webpage for adding yourself as an actor say that "[biographical information] will be sent to the IMDb Data Editors for checking." You can submit a plot summary, you can rate a movie, you can leave comments, you can report an error for review. You can not go in an change Denzel Washington's birthday like you can in Wikipedia. Does that wording at Wikipedia:Identifying reliable sources need to be changed? --Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) (talk) 18:37, 1 October 2014 (UTC)