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Hi MovieLens users! We recently launched our first major revision to MovieLens since 2003! Please help us grow in the right direction by giving us thoughtful feedback on the design and functioning of the new user experience.

Ideas, questions, and bug reports are all welcome here.

  1. Series recommendation besides movies

    Would be nice havnig series recommendations

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  2. Bring Back "Buddies": a unique and interesting feature of the old version

    I liked finding movies that my friends and I might have liked together. That feature seems to be missing (or at least hard for me to find) in the new beta.

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    started  ·  Max Harper responded

    We have started building this feature. We hope that it will be available by Spring.

  3. Recommendation Explanation

    For example: "Movielens thinks you'll enjoy Fight Club, given that you highly rated Donnie Darko and Pulp Fiction"

    Sometimes I have no Idea why I've gotten a certain recommendation

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  4. Use my viewing habits to sort suggestions, not just predicted ratings.

    MovieLens is great at predicting what I might rate films; I've got no problem with that. What it doesn't seem to predict all that well, however, is that I'm rarely going to be in the mood to watch foreign films from before 1970. Yeah, I will probably rate them highly, but some consideration should be made for my actual viewing habits - because those aren't the types of films I've told MovieLens that I regularly watch.

    Out of the 542 films that I've rated on MovieLens, only 19 were from before 1970, and only 26 were foreign language. With that…

    190 votes
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  5. Why don't the individual stars mean anything anymore?

    I actually really liked that in the top right it explained that 5 stars meant "must see" and 1 star meant "awful". PLEASE DO NOT GET RID OF THIS.

    160 votes
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    under review  ·  Max Harper responded

    Interesting! We thought that box was mostly useful to our users back in the early 2000s, when ratings stars were a new concept. We could definitely keep this in the interface.

    Do others find this reference info useful?

  6. An app would be nice.

    Probably would be easier than the website on a phone.

    117 votes
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  7. Don't Simplify the Search Function!

    I don't want to have to click an "advanced search" button. I liked the check boxes that were there previously. I use movielens specifically because it is a more advanced recommendation site.I don't want less options!

    98 votes
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  8. Titles according to user language (localization)

    IMDB shows the title of a film in my language (as guessed from my browser settings, I guess). Even if you keep the user interface in English, you should offer (at least in searches) my interface language (with fallbacks for same-language different-country titles), English and the original film language.

    87 votes
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    under review  ·  Max Harper responded

    Thanks for the feedback! We do have a very international user base, so this makes sense.

  9. API for creating and updating a profile

    This is the best movie recommender...I want to incorporate movie lens recommendations into an app I am working on. Just want to be able to create account on movie lens for people coming from my site, add ratings for movies to movielens, and request movie predictions for other movies.

    82 votes
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  10. "Unexpected Likes" and "Unexpected Dislikes" on "About your ratings" page.

    On the "About your ratings page", it would be great to have sections that show which of one's ratings have the largest positive/negative discrepancy with the (leave-one-out) predicted rating for that movie.

    To put it another way, it would be great to be able to see one's own eccentricities with respect to the algorithm as well as with respect to the bulk of MovieLens users.

    71 votes
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  11. Set a movie as "seen" (without rating it)

    Hi, I know you guys are working on recommandations and ratings, but for us (users), it would be great to be able to set a movie as seen, without rating it.
    This is useful if you want to keep a "log" of what you know you have seen, but without having to rate it (either because you don't remember the movie or because you want to rate it later).

    58 votes
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    under review  ·  Max Harper responded

    Thanks for the idea! We have certainly discussed this feature, and could implement it if it gathers support here.

  12. Filter by Length / Duration

    Add a Length / Duration filter. Sometimes you have just a short amount of time and want to see something that fits that window. Other times, you are in the mood to see a 3 hour behemoth . Since the informations is already there, it shouldn't be diffcult to implement.

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    under review  ·  Max Harper responded

    Thanks for the idea – yes, we do have the information to add that filter, good to know that there’s a use case!

  13. Exclude genre filter

    In the new version I can only choose which genre I want. I would also like the option to choose which genre I don't want. For example in the old version in advanced setting I could choose not to show documentaries. Sometimes you just don't know what movie you want to see but you know what you don't have a mood for.

    54 votes
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  14. Hidden stars rating

    Something that has always bothered me is that prediction rating often make my own rating biased, specially when it's a movie I saw a long time ago. It would be nice to have the ratings hidden by default and have a button or a mouse over even to reveal the predicted score.

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    under review  ·  Max Harper responded

    Very true, we’ve found in our research that this is the case. It would be nice to have a “rating mode” where you can turn the predicted stars off.

  15. Kodi (XBMC) and Plex plugins?

    Kodi (former XBMC) and Plex are the best HTPC software. The hardcode movie lovers are using them to organize and watch their movies.

    What about of plugins for those?

    49 votes
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  16. Link to films available on Netflix

    It would be useful to be able to filter films by only those available on Netflix

    Right now have to do a search for any film that has a high rating from movielens

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  17. Export results option

    I´ve like the option to export all my recomendations, my wishlist, my ratings or every list I can generate. So later I can analyze this in other software.
    If this, I discovered that watched more Spielberg than I've liked... or cross later with my imdb list and verify what is diferent, what is missing.
    Some data is never enough :)

    43 votes
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  18. Occasionally "force" me to rate movies I've already rated.

    I end up rating movies that I've recently seen much higher than similarly good movies from years ago. Giving me (users) an occasional movie to rate that I've already rated without my showing my previous rating might keep algorithms freshly accurate, or at least would provide additional data points. Complex? Yes, but perhaps quite valuable.

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  19. Allow me to create multiple lists of movies

    Allow me to search and compare several films at the same time. When I am confronting the programme of a film festival full with unknown movies, I'd like to add all the titles in the same place and then see a list sorted by the predicted score. Thus, I would be able to choose which films to watch.

    40 votes
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    under review  ·  Max Harper responded

    We’re considering a more flexible list-making feature….currently we just support a single list (a “wishlist”), but you could imagine creating a “film festival 2014” list, and adding movies to it. Would this get you what you’re looking for?

  20. "Sorry, a problem occurred while importing your ratings."

    I'm trying to import my ratings from IMDB and I'm receiving the following error:

    "Sorry, a problem occurred while importing your ratings."

    It happens within a few seconds. Any ideas?

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