Oct 9, 2010

IMDB

I'm probably on The Internet Movie Database as much as any other website out there, and I have been ever since it was created way back in the early days of the Internet. Comes with being a huge movie geek. The amount of information gleaned from it's web pages has been invaluable to me when boring dinner guests with my extreme movie trivia knowledge.

Over the years, they've expanded their databases to include television shows, video games and reality programming. They've added features like trivia, memorable quotes, awards, and a host of other things. But  for years, it's been basically the same with just some small changes.

Then they had to go ahead and change the format of it recently. And I hate it! With a capital fucking HATE! They moved all the links from the left side of the page to...wherever on the home page. Extremely random. A lot of hunting and searching for stuff that used to be right there. I don't get it.

And once you get to a title or actor or whatever, the same thing. The links used to be right there in the left sidebar. Now most of them are down at the bottom of the page. Like this:

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Which would be fine if that was the way the entire site was formatted. But it's not. Like I said, the links on the homepage are strewn about all over the place. A lot of them in a new right sidebar, just to be difficult. Left is right, up is down...madness!

They've also concatenated gafluddled the credits page for actors, directors, writers and such.  So you have to expand the credits for them as a writer or producer if they are mostly known for acting.  It's a small thing, but it bothers me.  Like hunting and pecking for links that used to be right there.

And when you do find the link you are looking for, it brings you to a page that is still formatted the old way. With the links on the left-hand side.

Look! Trivia for Halloween!

Just stupid and lazy. I guess it's a work-in-progress, but I neither like the work nor the progress.

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Note: Remember to play the Badgerdaddy Trivia Challenge every day. Fuck change.

10 comments:

Water Logged Canine said...

There is no way you are using 'concatenated' correctly. Not that my doltish mind would know the difference, but isn't it just a binary infix operator?

B.E. Earl said...

Doggie - Douche.

sybil law said...

I hate when most websites change things around- if it was okay before, then why mess with it?

Avitable said...

I know exactly what you're talking about - it used to be much easier to find some of the cool little details on IMDB and they've made it harder to use the site now.

Water Logged Canine said...

Sticks and stones, love.

Oh yeah! IMDB stands for "I aM a Douche Bag!" Yeah!

Sans blowout.

B.E. Earl said...

Doggie - Oh yeah, gonna start leaving comments like Pauly D, yeah!

Kevin Spencer said...

I think I read somewhere that they'd had so many complaints that there's now a "go back to the old version" option in the preferences or something.

B.E. Earl said...

Kevin - Awesome! Thanks so much. The home page is still the crappy new version, but all the titles and other pages can now be viewed the old way. Sweet!

Ian said...

Oh, the imdb landing pages are just godawful. Worse still, the site actually makes you feel old for wanting to just see everything back the way it bleeding-well used to be! Solidarity - made me smile to see your post :-)

B.E. Earl said...

Ian - Heya! As per Kevin above, you can go into your site preference pages and change it so that the landing pages are from the old version. Soooo much better than the new version.