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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.

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  1. Why this project doesn't have a Github?

    It would be great if exists any open repository with commiters and contributors and people could implement more interesting features together?

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    under review  ·  Max Harper responded

    It’s a cool idea, and worth further consideration. However, it is currently unlikely to happen given MovieLens’s utility as a research platform for our graduate students.

  2. Stop recommending very old movies when I clearly do not watch/rate them.

    Every time I try to come back and use the site I'm always driven away by the need to hide pages and pages of old movie recommendations.

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  3. Discussion Forum

    Will there be a forum for discussion? Preferably not the same format as the movielens q&a, maybe just a comments section at the bottom of each movie.

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    under review  ·  Max Harper responded

    Nothing planned yet, but we are certainly open to this idea!

    For context, we had a discussion forum in the mid-2000s that was pretty successful. We see the shift to the Q&A interface (maybe 2009?) as a failure, since that really dropped discussion activity.

  4. Separate playlists?

    I have different expectations for an action movie than I do for a drama. Sometimes I am in the mood for something different than I am normally looking for.

    Is it possible to create separate playlists? I want at least three playlists, one for movies that will make me think, one for movies that will make me feel, and one for mindless fun.

    I think that Pandora handles this well. I generally like singer/songwriter mellow stuff (Sarah McLachlan, Dar Williams, The Hush Sound, Leonard Cohen), but I also like a little bit of metal (Sabaton, Nightwish). Putting them on a…

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    under review  ·  Max Harper responded

    Great idea. We’ve been pondering “mood-based recommendations” for a while.

  5. Use IMDb plot keywords instead of tags (was: Tags)

    Curently the tag system is very chaotic and if you don't change it will become worse (see listal.com -> "women i would not even look at" tags)

    Why not using the official IMDB plot keywords as tags?

    Users should be only able to select the pre-defined ones.

    E.g. "bad" is just disturbing. Or "hot" or "boobs"...

    See http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0429493/keywords?ref_=tt_stry_kw for example.

    And http://www.imdb.com/Sections/Keywords/

    Also all tags should be written lowercase.

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    under review  ·  Max Harper responded

    Thanks for the feedback. It is extremely unlikely that we will replace our tagging feature with IMDb plot keywords, but there are some other interesting ideas in here.

  6. Filter by outside ratings

    Everytime I see a recommendation of a movie I don't know, I check rotten tomstoes for its rating and, most of the time, I only watch it if it has a high enough rating. So, I would love to see some kind of filter that allowed me to filter my recommendations by movies with a rotten tomatoes or imdb rating above a certain threshold.

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  7. Improving Buddies - Opt-In Match-Making Service?

    Your softwares predicts how someone will like certain movies by examining how others with similar tastes enjoy those movies. Why not offer a means of allowing interested users with similar tastes to get to know each other?

    [Maybe that's what forums are for? I am not someone who uses forums yet.]

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  8. The Star colors have changed!

    In the old movie lens, predictions were in red and what you've rated is in blue but that has switched, I find it a little confusing. It will probably be ok down the line when the new site is launched and only seeing the new way, but just wondering if there was a specific reason this was done

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    under review  ·  Max Harper responded

    Interesting! Hadn’t thought users would care. Let’s see if this issue gets more support.

    The two reasons for the current choice:

    1. part of our new site’s color palette
    2. we wanted the “rated” color to be more vibrant than the “predicted” color (unlike the current site).

  9. Easier way to compare and re-rate rated films

    I'd really like a sort of "drag and drop" method of re-shuffling and reorganizing my various film ratings.

    It would be really helpful if one could clearly contrast and compare, for instance, their 5-star films vs. their 4-star films vs. their 4.5-star films. Maybe there could be panels side by side which you could scroll through (a 5 star panel, 4.5 star panel, 4 star panel, etc.) where you could drag a film from one to another to change its rating.

    The more films I rate, the more my rating-criteria change. For instance, a film I gave 5 stars a…

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  10. Would be MUCH BETTER If i could rate "actors"

    Wish i could rate actors.. There're some movies I'll never watch if there's some actor I dislike in it. I hate poor acting =\

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  11. Share lists

    I would like to be able to share my lists. Especially the movies I have rated so that friends of mine could see my ratings on some movies and get ideas.

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  12. New DVD and/or streaming releases

    Need a filter to differentiate new DVD and/or stream releases from new theater releases

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    under review  ·  Max Harper responded

    We would love to do this, too. We are still considering our options, since it’s not totally clear how to get this data.

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  14. Add the ability to sort "My Ratings" alphabetically.

    I'm surprised this isn't in your list of sorting options for My Ratings already.

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  15. need a filter to sort by recent dvd release

    I would like to be able to see whether anything at redbox is worth renting

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  16. Add a link to add to my Netflix Queue or Amazon Wish List

    I would love to be able to add a movie to my Netflix queue or Amazon wish list with one click. Also would love it if ratings were synchronized. Synchronization with other systems is the future - you guys should be investigating!

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  17. Dark theme

    I tried to use Firefox's dark color switcher, but it overlays over the stars (so I can't se recommendations). Since your focus is movies, a dark theme seems logical. Many of your users browse this site with an HTPC. Many HTPCs (like mine) use dark themes,,, specifically because it's more amenable to night viewing. Please give us a dark theme option.

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  18. Allow users to pick favorite genres (was: The selection of obvious genres is questionable)

    When I press the "Explore" button I found a list of genres half of which are irrelevent for me. Either make the list of obvious genres dynamically chosen for my account, or let me configure it, or give me more of them in the menu, or whatever.

    It gives me

    animation
    comedy
    documentary
    foreign (this is no a genre dammit!) Foreign to whom????

    I'd rather see

    adventure
    file noir
    eastern
    western

    so most of the times I will have to click twice.

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  19. Cannot find the RSS feature from the old version (to see which were the last 20 movies I rated)

    I really liked the RSS feat feature of the old version. It often helped me remember the name of the movie I wanted to recommend to a friend. I also found it interesting to see which were the last 20 movies or so I had watched and entered on the side...

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  20. User Appreciation

    I think there should be some sort of rewards system for people who continue to use movielens. For example after rating say, 500 titles, could there at least be a thank you? It may seem trivial but in my opinion every one wants to feel that their input is valued and appreciated.

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    under review  ·  Max Harper responded

    I think this is a really great idea.

    Others: would a “thank you” email message make you feel good? Would you rather see thank you messages in the interface, or with badges/points?

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