Wikipedia talk:Citing IMDb

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Nutshell needs an overall[edit]


The above nutshell from the essay does not jibe with the content of the essay.

Nowhere in the essay does the essay state that portions of an IMDb can only be used as a tertiary source (a source that collates primary and secondary sources).

Furthermore, hard data is defined as data in the form of numbers or graphs, as opposed to qualitative information. Neither of the two "appropriate uses" listed for IMDb are numbers or graphs, so per the definition, they are not hard data. Another more factual phrase needs to be substituted for hard data.

The IMDb vets the Db portion of their site, so it should be acceptable as a secondary source.

Only reviews, comments, and forum posts are user submitted and unvetted. Cheers! {{u|Checkingfax}} {Talk} 17:49, 8 June 2016 (UTC)

An "overall"? Why so specific? Wouldn't any garment that covers the private parts be sufficient? Jeh (talk) 14:53, 11 March 2018 (UTC)

IMDb and copyright[edit]

IMDb states on their Conditions of Use] page in a section entitled "Copyright" that "All content included on this site ... is the property of IMDb or its content suppliers and protected by United States and international copyright laws."

If we're going to have an essay about Citing IMDb then we really need to call this out in the essay, and say something about how much stuff from IMDb it's appropriate to include in an article. From the nature of the data IMDb contains, "paraphrase" isn't usually an option for much except the bio. For example: if an actor has 25 films they've worked on and the WP page lists all or most of them, I think that is going way beyond fair use and is probably in violation of copyright. Imho, instead of listing them all, an article should probably list a few major hits, perhaps, and just link to the site for the rest.

Similarly for an article about a movie; it should probably list just the major stars, and not a long list of cast and crew. Mathglot (talk) 01:10, 19 February 2017 (UTC)

Cast lists[edit]

The essay currently specifies that citing cast lists of pending productions is inappropriate. I would change that to all cast lists, which are available, after all, from official sources. This is particularly important with cast members listed as "uncredited," which I often think means that editor A is sure he/she saw actor B in a cameo as a bus driver (or something like that).--Jim in Georgia Contribs Talk 19:56, 17 April 2017 (UTC)

Twitter account[edit]

Can casting announcements made on IMDb's Twitter account be used as reliable sources? For example, IMDb tweeted that Letitia Wright was cast in Avengers: Infinity War, and she later confirmed it herself. Richiekim (talk) 14:58, 21 October 2017 (UTC)

Note the tweet is based on an article written by IMDb-Editors. I think if we do cite IMDb it should be the article and not the tweet. Emir of Wikipedia (talk) 15:23, 21 October 2017 (UTC)
So does this mean this article can be used as a reliable source on Wikipedia? Richiekim (talk) 18:37, 21 October 2017 (UTC)
I think that question is better asked at WP:RSN, but if they source is deemed reliable the article should be cited and not the tweet. Emir of Wikipedia (talk) 21:53, 21 October 2017 (UTC)

IMDB photos on set?[edit]

IMDb is housing photos of the actors on various sets. Does anyone from IMDB know how photos are added there? Are they user-submitted or submitted by production companies? Can they be used as references to show the actor is in a film? AngusWOOF (barksniff) 21:18, 27 October 2017 (UTC)

No, they can't, because regardless of who submitted them to IMDb they don't represent coverage about the people depicted in them. Bearcat (talk) 18:24, 30 October 2017 (UTC)