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IMDb
Website name IMDb
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Online movie, TV, and video game database
Registration Optional
Owner Amazon.com
Created by Col Needham

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about actors, films, television shows, television stars, video games and production crew personnel. This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1011x2197, 406 KB)A screenshot of the IMDb site. ... Online means being connected to the Internet or another similar electronic network, like a bulletin board system. ... A database is an organized collection of data. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed. ... This article or section is missing needed references or citation of sources. ... Computer and video games A screenshot of Tetris for the Nintendo Game Boy A console game (better known as a video game) is a form of interactive multimedia used for entertainment, which consists of a moveable image displayed on a screen that is usually controlled and manipulated using a handheld...


Owned by Amazon.com since 1998, the IMDb celebrated its fifteenth anniversary on October 17, 2005. Amazon. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... October 17 is the 290th (in leap years the 291st) day of the year according to the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Contents


Overview

The IMDb website consists of the largest known single accumulation of data on individual films (including complete cast and crew listings), television programs (including complete cast and crew listings), direct-to-video product and videogames reaching back to their respective beginnings, and worldwide in scope. Wherever possible, the information goes beyond simple screen or press credits to include uncredited personnel and companies involved, either artistically or technically, in the production and distribution, thus aiming at completeness of detail (even including filming locations of productions). Furthermore, IMDb tracks projects in production, and even major, announced projects still in the developmental stage. Simultaneously, a collateral database of all persons identified in the product database exists, including biographical details and information about other aspects of their professional lives not covered by individual entries in the database (theatrical appearances, commercial advertising appearances, etc.). Information is largely provided by a cadre of volunteers and by the users but the information is subjected to approval by staff (70% of the staff is dedicated to this task)[1] with expertise in various areas of film history, with the actual staff largely used to screen and edit the voluminous amount of material submitted daily, and to track information from industry resources on current and planned projects and contemporary personalities only.


The IMDb also offers ancillary material such as daily movie and TV news, and running special features about various movie events such as the Academy Awards. IMDb also has an active message board system: there are message boards for each database entry, which can be found at the bottom of the relevant page, as well as general discussion boards on various topics. Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent film awards in the United States and most watched awards ceremony in the world. ...


IMDb is a free site, which requires only registration to access its complete range of data and activities. Any person with an e-mail account and a web browser that accepts cookies can set up an account with IMDb, then research covered product, submit information and engage in other site activities. (Site visitors not wishing to provide registration information can, however, search and view the database.) For automated queries, most of the database can be downloaded as (compressed) plain text files and the information can be extracted using the tools provided (typically using a command line interface). See: IMDb interfaces Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Icons for Web browser shortcuts on an Apple computer (Safari, Internet Explorer, and Firefox). ... An HTTP cookie, or a Web cookie, is a parcel of text sent by a server to a web browser and then sent back unchanged by the browser each time it accesses that server. ... In computer science and information theory, data compression or source coding is the process of encoding information using fewer bits (or other information-bearing units) than an unencoded representation would use through use of specific encoding schemes. ... Computer files can be divided into two broad categories: binary and text. ... Screenshot of a sample Bash session, taken on Gentoo Linux. ...


It has also in 2003 spun off a private, subscription-funded site, IMDbPro, offering the entire IMDb contents plus additional information for business professionals, such as personnel contact details, movie event calendars, and a greater range of industry news.


History

In rec.arts.movies

The database originated from two lists started as independent projects in early 1989 by participants in the Usenet newsgroup rec.arts.movies. In each case, a single maintainer recorded items emailed by newsgroup readers, and posted updated versions of his list from time to time.[1]. 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Usenet is a distributed Internet discussion system that evolved from a general purpose UUCP network of the same name. ... A newsgroup is a repository usually within the Usenet system, for messages posted from many users at different locations. ... E-mail, or email, is short for electronic mail and is a method of composing, sending, and receiving messages over electronic communication systems. ...



It began with a posting titled "Those Eyes", on the subject of actresses with beautiful eyes. Hank Driskill began to collect a list of sexy actresses and what movies they had appeared in, and as the size of the repeated posting grew far beyond a normal newsgroup article, it soon became known simply as "THE LIST". [2]. Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ...


The other project, started by Chuck Musciano, was briefly called the "Movie Ratings List" and soon became the "Movie Ratings Report". Musciano simply asked readers to rate movies on a scale of 1 to 10, and reported on the votes [3]. He soon began posting "ballots" with lists of movies for people to rate, so his list also grew quickly.


In 1990 Col Needham collated the two lists and produced a "Combined LIST & Movie Ratings Report" [4], and at this point the ball really started rolling. Needham soon found himself starting a (male) "Actors List", while Dave Knight began a "Directors List", and Andy Krieg took over THE LIST, which would later be renamed as the "Actress List". Both this and the Actors List had been restricted to people who were still alive and working, but retired people began to be added, and Needham also started what was then (but did not remain) a separate "Dead Actors/Actresses List". The goal now was to make the lists as inclusive as the maintainers could manage. This article is about the year. ... Colin Needham (born c. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ...


In late 1990, the lists included almost 10,000 movies and television series. On October 17, 1990, Needham posted a collection of Unix shell scripts which could be used to search the four lists, and the database that would become the IMDb was born. At the time, it was known as the "rec.arts.movies movie database". This article is about the year. ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as part of... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... October 17 is the 290th (in leap years the 291st) day of the year according to the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1990. ... Unix or UNIX is a computer operating system originally developed in the 1960s and 1970s by a group of AT&T Bell Labs employees including Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie, and Douglas McIlroy. ... A shell script is a script written for the shell, or command interpreter, of an operating system. ...


On the Web

By 1993, the database had been expanded to include additional categories of filmmakers and other demographic material, as well as trivia, biographies, and plot summaries; the movie ratings had been properly integrated with the list data; and a centralised email interface for querying the database had been created. Later in the year, it moved onto to the World Wide Web (a network in its infancy back then) under the name of Cardiff Internet Movie Database. The database resided on the servers of the computer science department of Cardiff University in Wales. Rob Hartill was the original web interface author. In 1994, the email interface was revised to accept the submission of all information, meaning that people no longer had to email the specific list maintainer with their updates. However, the structure remained that information received on a single film was divided among multiple section managers, the sections being defined and determined by categories of film personnel and the individual filmographies contained therein. Its management also continued to be in the hands of a small contingent of underpaid or volunteer "section managers" who were receiving ever-growing quantities of information on films from around the world and across time from contributors of widely varying level of expertise and informational resources. Despite the annual claims of Needham, in a year-end report newsletter to the Top 50 contributors, that "fewer holes" must now remain for the coming year, the amount of information still missing from the database was vastly underestimated. Over the next few years, the database was run on a network of mirrors across the world with donated bandwidth. This is a list of film-related events in 1993. ... Trivia can be either unimportant information, or basic, elementary knowledge. ... Sir Thomas Malory wrote the most famous fictional biography of the Middle Ages with Le Morte dArthur about the life of King Arthur. ... It has been suggested that Elements of plot be merged into this article or section. ... The World Wide Web (WWW or simply the Web) is a global information space which people can read-from and write-to via a large number of different Internet-connected devices (e. ... In information technology, a server is a computer system that provides services to other computing systems—called clients—over a network. ... Cardiff University (Welsh: Prifysgol Caerdydd) is a university in Cardiff. ... For an explanation of often confusing terms such as Great Britain, Britain, United Kingdom, England and Wales and England, see British Isles (terminology). ... Robert Hartill (Born January 30, 1969), in Pontypridd, Wales. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1994. ... Mirror (computing) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...


As an independent company

In 1995, it became obvious to the principal site managers that the project had become too large to maintain merely through donations and in their spare time. The decision was made to become a commercial venture and in 1996, IMDb was incorporated in the United Kingdom, becoming the Internet Movie Database Ltd, with Col Needham the primary owner as well as identifed figurehead. The remaining shareholders were the people maintaining the database. Revenue was generated through advertising, licensing and partnerships. 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Colin Needham (born c. ...


This state of affairs continued until 1998. The database was growing every day, and it was again reaching a critical point. Most revenues were being spent on equipment, and there was not enough money left over to pay full time salaries. The system was also suffering noticeable slowdowns both in accessing the site and in having new data posted. Offers were solicited and received from major businesses to purchase the database; however, the shareholders were unwilling to sell if it could not be guaranteed that the information would be accessible to the internet community for free. 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ...


As a subsidiary company

In 1998[5], Jeff Bezos, founder, owner and CEO of Amazon.com struck a deal with Col Needham and other principal shareholders, to buy IMDb outright and attach it to his corporate empire as a subsidiary, private company. This gave IMDb the ability to pay the shareholders salaries for their work, while Amazon.com would be able to use the IMDb as an advertising resource for selling DVDs and videotapes. Volunteer contributors were not advised in advance of even the possibility of IMDb - and their contributions along with it - being sold to a private business, which created some initial discord and defection of regulars. Jeff Bezos on the cover of TIME as Person of the Year 1999 Jeffrey Preston Bezos (born January 12, 1964) is the president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board of Amazon. ... Amazon. ... DVD-R writing/reading side DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc, Digital Viewing Device, or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... Bottom view of VHS videotape cassette with magnetic tape exposed Videotape is a means of recording television pictures and accompanying sound onto magnetic tape as opposed to movie film. ...


IMDb continues to expand its functionality. In 2002, it added a subscription service known as IMDbPro aimed at entertainment professionals. It provides a variety of services including production and box office details, as well as a company directory. Most information contained in the IMDb database proper continues to come from volunteer researchers, whose only incentive, since 2003, is that if they are identified as being one of "the top 100 contributors" in terms of amounts of hard data submitted, they receive complimentary free access to IMDbPro for the following calendar year. For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... The term box office can refer to either: A place where tickets are sold to the public for admission to a venue The amount of business a particular production, such as a movie or theatre show, does. ...


TV episodes

On 26 January 2006, the long-awaited "Full Episode Support" came online, meaning the database now supports separate cast and crew listings for every episode of every TV series. This was described by Col Needham as "the largest change we've ever made to our data model", and increased the number of titles in the database from 485,000 to nearly 750,000. January 26 is the 26th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


At present, the database entries for TV series are in a state of flux, as listings are migrated from series titles to individual episodes. The maintainers anticipate that it will take a couple of months for data to settle down and bugs to be ironed out.


Ancillary features

User Ratings of films

IMDb top 250 films, plotted by year and the sum of the ratings for movies from that year.
IMDb top 250 films, plotted by year and the sum of the ratings for movies from that year.

As one adjunct to data, the IMDb offers a rating scale which allows users to rate films by choosing one of ten categories in the range 1-10, with each user able to submit one rating. The points of reference given to users of these categories are the descriptions "1 (awful)" and "10 (excellent)"; and these are the only descriptions of categories. Due the minimum category being scored 1, the mid-point of the range of scores is 5.5, rather than 5.0 as might intuitively be expected given a maximum score of 10. Current plans in development will also allow this rating to occur for television programming on an episode-by-episode basis. Image File history File links IMDB_top_250. ... Image File history File links IMDB_top_250. ... A rating scale is a set of categories designed to elicit information about a quantitative attribute in social science. ...


In adopting this method, IMDb is following its widespread usage; the method is the same as rating in the range of a half star to five stars. When used in reviews by a single reviewer, the method has some basic utility given a rating is usually given in the context of a qualitative appraisal of the film. The simplicity of this method makes it popular, but in terms of psychometric, statistical, and other criteria, the method suffers shortcomings (see online rating scales). Psychometrics is the science of measuring psychological aspects of a person such as knowledge, skills, abilities, or personality. ... A rating scale is a set of categories designed to elicit information about a quantitative attribute in social science. ...


The use of filters and weights for individual films

IMDb indicates that submitted ratings are filtered and weighted in various ways in order to produce a weighted mean that is displayed for each film, series, and so on. It states that filters are used to avoid 'vote stuffing', the method not being reported to avoid attempts to circumvent it. In statistics, given a set of data, X = { x1, x2, ..., xn} and corresponding weights, W = { w1, w2, ..., wn} the weighted mean is calculated as Note that if all the weights are equal, the weighted mean is the same as the arithmetic mean. ...


Lists in which films are ranked

The IMDb Top 250 is intended to be a listing the top 'rated' 250 films, based on ratings by the registered users of the website using the methods described. Only theatrical releases running longer than 60 minutes with over 1300 ratings are considered; all other product are ineligible. Also, the 'top 250' rating is based on only the ratings of "regular voters" (IMDb does not define this term). In addition to other weightings, the top 250 films are also based on a weighted rating formula referred to in actuarial science as a credibility formula [6]. This label arises because a statistic is taken to be more credible the greater the number of individual pieces of information; in this case from eligible users who submit ratings.


The IMDb also has a Bottom 100 feature which is assembled in the same way. A disproportionate number of "Bottom 100" films were featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000, as a result of an MST3K website encouraging all its users to register with IMDb and vote "1" on films featured on the show, during IMDb's early years. Movie theater view, featuring the short film Hired!. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999), usually abbreviated MST3K, is an American cult television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson featuring a man and his robot sidekicks who are trapped on a satellite in space and forced to watch particularly bad movies. ...


The top 250 list comprises a wide strata of films, including major releases, cult films, independent films, critically acclaimed films, silent films and foreign films. Nevertheless, there are issues associated with compiling such lists of rankings which arise from the shortcomings of the approach to ratings.


Message boards

One of the most used features of the Internet Movie Database is the Message Boards that coincide with every database entry, along with 47 Main Boards. These boards allow registered users to share, discuss and debate information about the movie/actor/writer. They were not originally part of the IMDb, but were added only after its purchase by Amazon.com, some time in the year 2000.


The Main Boards are wide discussion forums that pertain to certain aspects of film discussion. They divide into the categories Trivia! Trivia! (various aspects of detailed film minutia), Awards Season (various movie awards winners and nominees), FilmTalk (talk about film in general and specific films), TV Talk (television shows, new and old), Shop Talk (film professions), Genre Zone (a number of established movie genres), Around the World (global cinema), Star Talk (celebrities and film professionals), General Boards (miscellaneous and non-film-related topics), Video Games (talk about games consoles and video games in general), and IMDb Help (anything pertaining directly to the site itself). As the IMDb expires older posts from all message boards variably, it is difficult to precisely measure traffic according to individual board, but The Sandbox and The Soapbox are amongst the highest traffic boards on IMDb. The Soapbox is a general purpose discussion board, where users can go for "their more heated discussions". The Sandbox is a general purpose, anything-goes board designated for test messages and off-topic posts.


Over the last 5 years the George W. Bush, Michael Jackson and Soapbox message boards (and, to a lesser extent, the Fahrenheit 9/11 and The Passion of the Christ message boards and other message boards for political and religious personas) have been major targets for heated debate, ranting and trolling. George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States and a former governor of Texas. ... For other people with the same name, see Michael Jackson (disambiguation) Michael Joseph Jackson (born August 29, 1958) is an American musician and entertainer whose successful music career and controversial personal life have been at the forefront of pop culture for the last quarter-century. ... Fahrenheit 9/11 is an award-winning documentary film by American filmmaker and liberal activist Michael Moore, which had a general release in the United States and Canada on June 25, 2004 in the run up to that years presidential election. ... The Passion of the Christ (2004) is a film about the last twelve hours of the life of Jesus Christ, known to Christians as the Passion. It was directed by Mel Gibson. ... Trolling is a concept usually involving attempting to get some entity to do something that is not in its own best interest. ...


Registered Users:
8,630,000 - 1 January 2006
10,000,000 - Friday 31 March 2006
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IMDb Home page - "Visited by over 35 million movie lovers each month!"


My Movies

Registered users also have access to "my movies," which is a database that can be created by any registered user[2]. The user can sort the content of that database according to several criteria, such as vote history [3].


Criticisms

Despite its popularity, IMDb still has its share of critics. Some of the more common complaints leveled against the site include:

  • The ability of software to filter content is limited so all content has to be manually approved. This leads to backlogs.
  • Staff members gauge the validity of contributed data based on the past reliability of the contributor, as none are themselves experts in all of the significantly varied areas of film history to know what is valid themselves[citation needed]. The volume of submissions and the number of volunteers who submit information are therefore likely to result in frequent errors. Nevertheless, there is an enormous quantity of information on the site.
  • Submissions of product data are processed by categories of personnel contained in the submission, meaning the data for any one film is broken up into several components and examined independently of the other components, then reassembled without checking the continuity of the whole, which may be further disrupted if one manager's section(s) is/are backlogged, an unfortunately regular occurrence at IMDb. [citation needed]
  • IMDb follows stringent rules on displaying cast lists only according to "the order shown on the screen in the most complete cast list shown". This was one of Col Needham's earliest rules [4] Such complete screen cast lists are frequently based on order of appearance or, occasionally, alphabetical listings of players. In either case, the rules for listing may result in the names of a film's stars appearing well into the cast list even though a list of main actors may have appeared at the beginning of the film or shortly after the end, as well as in advertising for the film. Consequently, vistitors to the site may first encounter an abbreviated entry on a film which displays a list of cast and crew members who are not major actors in the film.
  • Conversely, a fixed display by categories is used instead of screen order of credits. Only the writers category allows multiple names to be listed in the order of screen appearance within its confines.
  • Submission policies have become more stringent over the years, and approval of new titles to be added has become more cautious, but errors still occur while the added restrictions have made it more difficult to add information to the database or correct mistakes.
  • Furthermore, IMDb also retains the right to publish and what not to publish in such categories as a film's trivia, goofs, celebrity information, etc., regardless of how true it is. It is not uncommon for an item to be published one day, only to be removed the next; the criteria are secretive[5]. In other cases, it can be difficult to get a demonstrably untrue piece of information removed.
  • There are recurrent complaints on general boards by certain users of a lack of moderation for its message boards. Thus, certain users complain that irrelevant, attacking or obscene messages, and general trolling is a problem on the boards of films and personalities, as well as the board set up by IMDb for the explicit purpose of being an outlet for screed (The Soapbox). Although offensive messages can be reported with the "Report abuse form"[6], their removal takes some time (up to 2-3 days) and only one report per offending poster can be filed by each user under a revised system introduced in late 2005, replacing a system which allowed multiple abuse reports against an offender. However, users have an "ignore this poster" option as a sop: the function blocks the message from the view of the user who has placed someone on his/her ignore list; the offending poster's contributions remain live and visible to anyone who does not have them in "ignore" status.
  • Regular complaints can be seen on general boards that posts and accounts are being deleted without any reason, which has raised the question of whether trolls or other users have found a way to delete users' posts or even accounts. (If a post or thread is deleted by an administrator, it appears in the message board as "post or thread deleted by administrador"[7]). In response to this complaint, the board administrators comment that "the problem they describe simply does not exist. The only people who can disable accounts are IMDb staff members on the boards administration team[8]. For instance, the possibility has been posited that specific kinds of abuse report would result in automatic post deletion, such as posts which encourage illegal acts such as downloading. The quantity of reports has also be questioned. Another recurrent issue raised on the IMDb general boards is whether the administrators thoroughly investigate reports of abuse or instead simply delete posts or accounts without verifying that the IMDb's terms and conditions for the message board have been violated.
  • The "Mini biography" section on each actor's entry has information which is often very out-of-date and in many cases non-verified [citation needed]. The information regarding the most popular and established performers is often (but not always) correct, while the quality and veracity of data for less well-known players is correspondingly less reliable.
  • To read the forum posts you have to be registered. To register you have to fill out a registration form with some personal information including your ZIP code, year of birth, and sex, but the information is not verified.
  • Some people complain about advertisement being intrusive, but the IMDb says that it is working with advertising enterprises to reduce the impact that ads may have on the usability of the service [9]
  • There are a number of problems with the way ratings are used. IMDb staff comment that "We are confident that our system provides a reasonably faithful representation of our users' opinions" [7]. With each user rating a film only once in a category from 1 to 10, it is not possible to ascertain the reliability or validity of ratings (see online rating scales). The ratings therefore have no scientific basis or validity; neither do they represent a single standard of determination or the views of the international community.

Internet Troll In Internet terminology, a troll is someone who comes into an established community such as an online discussion forum, and posts inflammatory, rude or offensive messages designed intentionally to annoy and antagonize the existing members or disrupt the flow of discussion (see Anonymous Internet posting). ... Mr. ... A rating scale is a set of categories designed to elicit information about a quantitative attribute in social science. ...

Copyright issues

All volunteers who contribute content to the database retain copyright to their contributions but grant full rights to copy, modify, and sublicense the content to IMDb. IMDb in turn does not allow others to use movie summaries or actor biographies without written permission. Copyright symbol. ...


See also

Movie Tome is the sister site for TV Tome, now the CNET website TV.com. ... All Movie Guide is a free-access, commercial database for information about films and television programs and their actors. ... The TV IV (tviv. ... The Internet Broadway Database (IBDB) is an online database of Broadway theatre productions and their personnel. ... The Internet Book Database (iBookDB) is an effort to be the IMDB equivalent for books. ... The Internet Book List (IBList) is an online database with information about books, authors, short stories, etc. ... Fictional film or narrative film uses chronological reality to tell a fictional story. ... While it is impossible to objectively determine the greatest film of all time, it is possible to discuss the films that have been regarded as the greatest ever. ... Plan 9 From Outer Space, considered so bad its good by some; widely regarded as the first contender for Worst Movie Ever Made. Although taste and judgment are subjective, the movies listed have achieved a notable level of infamy, through critical and popular consensus. ... The logo of Rotten Tomatoes. ... The Internet Movie Cars Database (IMCDb) is similar to IMDb but instead of showing the list of actors and the crew it show various cars in films and television series, with various screenshots. ... The Internet Adult Film Database (IAFD) is an online database of information pertaining to the adult industry, covering actors, actresses, directors and movies. ...

External links

  • The Internet Movie Database—including a copyright statement, license terms, and database statistics
  • IMDb's UK mirror
  • IMDb's history of itself
  • IMDb general message boards
  • IMDb's French site with French alternate titles
  • IMDb's German site with German alternate titles
  • IMDb's Italian site with Italian alternate titles
  • IMDb's Spanish site with Spanish alternate titles
  • IMDb's Portuguese site with Portuguese alternate titles
  • IMDb's AKA site listing all AKA (i.e. also known as) titles submitted or corrected through 31 January 2005. IMDb is completely backlogged from that date forward due to software issues. Solving these issues has been given low priority so far, and as of 1 January 2006, the backlog extended to July, 2004, but some catchup was allowed in Spring 06.
  • The Complete IMBD in TomeRaider 3 Format
  • "Do You IMDb?" August 2004 article from L.A. Weekly
  • Most linked to IMDb entries
  • Movie Blue Book database of films available for license and distribution
  • An interesting article about how Imdb operates internally

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The IMDb's newsgroup origins

  •   Unfortunately, Google Groups coverage of rec.arts.movies is incomplete during the relevant time period, with a 6-month gap in late 1988 and early 1989 and a number of missing articles after that. This posting, with almost 1000 entries, is the earliest version of THE LIST that is preserved. This response to an item in the newsgroup's FAQ list tells the then-recent story of the list's origin.
  •   Chuck Musciano's first posting proposing the movie ratings report is also missing, but here are his first call for votes and his first ratings report.
  •   Needham's first combined LIST and ratings report. His first posting of the database scripts is not available.
  • A 1994 FAQ list for the database. Section 8 tells its early history in a less sanitized manner than the IMDb link above.

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Notes

  1. ^ http://www.imdb.com/help/show_leaf?infosource
  2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/help/search?domain=helpdesk_faq&index=1&file=mymoviesguide
  3. ^ http://www.imdb.com/help/search?domain=helpdesk_faq&index=1&file=mymoviescreatelist
  4. ^ Getting it right the first time
  5. ^ Do You IMDB?by Nikki Finke
  6. ^ What should I do if I see an offensive post on the message boards?
  7. ^ What's the meaning of all those "Post deleted" messages?
  8. ^ http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000041/thread/40329606?d=40794395#40794395 (registration required)
  9. ^ The ads on your site are really annoying. Can't you get rid of them?

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The Internet Movie Database - TvWiki, the free encyclopedia (2340 words)
By 1993, the database had been expanded to include additional jobs as well as trivia, biographies, and plot summaries; the movie ratings had been properly integrated with the list data; and a centralised email interface for querying the database had been created.
The database was growing every day, and it was again reaching a critical point; revenues were being spent on equipment, and shareholders were finding it difficult to reconcile the fact that for all their hard work they themselves were getting very little income.
For instance, newly released movies commonly find their initial ratings artificially inflated by fans who are more likely to see a movie first and develop a love-at-first-sight impression of it, which is contrary to the commonly held belief that a truly great movie should hold up to repeat viewings.
Internet Movie Database - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3516 words)
By 1993, the database had been expanded to include additional categories of filmmakers and other demographic material, as well as trivia, biographies, and plot summaries; the movie ratings had been properly integrated with the list data; and a centralised email interface for querying the database had been created.
Over the next few years, the database was run on a network of mirrors across the world with donated bandwidth.
The decision was made to become a commercial venture and in 1996, IMDb was incorporated in the United Kingdom, becoming the Internet Movie Database Ltd, with Col Needham the primary owner as well as identified figurehead.
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