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    Max Harper commented  · 

    Thanks for the feedback! We are definitely considering adding points or badges. We have not yet thought about t-shirts or other physical incentives, though we probably would if we were more marketing-minded :)

    We will never display ads, etc., don't worry.

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    under review  ·  Max Harper responded

    Thanks for the feedback. Other users like this feature because viewing movies in the movielens interface offers different information (e.g., predicted ratings). Let’s see if others chime in.

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    Max Harper commented  · 

    @Emma - thanks, that is a good idea.

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    Max Harper commented  · 

    @Brian two possible solutions:

    * configurable number of results per page in your user settings
    * some text indication like "showing movies 25-48 of 2,489"

    Thoughts?

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    under review  ·  Max Harper responded

    I’m interested in hearing ideas from movielens users on how we might operationalize these features.

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    Max Harper commented  · 

    The current interface has a very simple version of this: using item rating correlations, show the 10 most similar movies, ranked by correlation score.

    So, separating out the computation piece and the visualization piece:

    * There are lots of ways of computing "generic" similarity scores. We have two that we've used in the past that often work - rating correlations and tag similarity. I thought you were getting at "specific" similarity measures, where we look at particular dimensions of a movie to find different sorts of relationships, which is an idea I like.

    * The easiest way to visualize similar movies is, starting from an anchor movie (e.g., on a movie page), show a list of related movies. I am open to a more complicated navigation interface (e.g., a scatterplot with controls) if I can understand the types of browsing and exploration that it will enable. That is not clear to me yet, though I'm happy to brainstorm.

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    Max Harper commented  · 

    Thinking more about how we could get this feature. As a user, I can offer to say which movies are similar to the movie I'm currently looking at. The system could prompt me for movies that are similar in particular ways (setting, remakes, and series come to mind), and display these relationships separately in the interface. Interesting possibilities here.

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    Max Harper commented  · 

    Our tagging interface is flexible enough to support some of these ways of organizing movies (e.g., setting), but we do not have any current mechanism for organizing users into "tagging campaigns" that would lead to concerted tagging effort. And, without concerted effort, maybe 1% of the database gets tags related to setting.

    Do you have other ideas for how to collect this data about movies?

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    planned  ·  Max Harper responded

    We are planning to add the capability of filtering by language, which I think gets you what you’re looking for.

    I suppose the other option would be to have a filter to “hide a genre” – e.g., all genres except x. We’re not planning that one, but happy to hear feedback.

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    Max Harper commented  · 

    Fair enough, Juan. However, we do not have "country" in our database, while we do have languages.

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    started  ·  Max Harper responded

    We’ve taken the easy first step by adding links to IMDB and TMDB.

    The harder second step is coming: add arbitrary links (e.g., amazon). We will probably need our members to add/maintain those links, so that will require more development.

    Happy to hear suggestions for more sites to link to.

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    Max Harper commented  · 

    Amazon and Hulu would be fantastic. We're currently thinking through exactly how we collect links for sites like those (and more, as they pop up). Possibly though user-contributions, but maybe there are easier solutions.

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    planned  ·  Max Harper responded

    Great feedback, thanks for sharing. I’ll add this to our to-do list.

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    Max Harper commented  · 

    Currently the movie pages are restricted to signed-in users. Part of making it easier to share movielens pages involves creating a version of the site that not-logged-in users can see. Thus, fixing facebook sharing is actually part of a larger issue that we'd like to address sometime soon.

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