Thursday, October 11, 2007

My Bad.

The good news is that the new release should be in your hands by monday. The bad news is, well, we just noticed that it's not all that simple to see your own profile page. There is supposed to be a little link that lets you see yourself how others see you. It's not there. So, i'm not happy to report this, but the only way to see the external view of yourself is to go to your Friends & Faves page, visit one of your Friends (or Faves), go to their Friends & Faves page, find yourself, and come back to yourself.

Sigh.

We'll get this fixed for the next release. In the meantime... sorry.

66 comments:

  1. So, i'm not happy to report this, but the only way to see the external view of yourself is to go to your Friends & Faves page, visit one of your Friends (or Faves), go to their Friends & Faves page, find yourself, and come back to yourself.

    I've been trying to find myself for years. If I had only known it was this easy... :sigh:

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  2. yikes, that's rough! but i'm sure you'll get it worked out.

    i am really looking forward to the list of most watched actors-will have a lot of fun with that category :)

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  3. One web developer to another... it happens. Don't worry about it. I'm sure the link will take you about 2 minutes to put in, but hopefully whoever has to deploy the new page doesn't get too grumpy. :D

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  4. That's the same way-too-many-steps route we already need to take if we want to see what our lists look like to other people. Hopefully you guys can create a fix for that too while you're at it.

    On that note, I would so love it if you guys would make list creating easier by making the lists drag-and-reorder like the queue. It's a real pain in the butt trying to reorder our lists, especially since in order to actually see how they display, we need to do the visit-a-friends-page-first method described above.

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  5. So, anyone's that's 'private' won't get to see this page for a while. A clever ploy to coax us party-poopers out of hiding, perhaps? ;)

    Re "....in order to actually see how [our lists] display..." a shortcut, whether with lists or reviews, is to erase whatever comes after the words 'review' or 'list' in the url.

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  6. I agree with Anon above regarding making the movies within the lists easier to arrange and we really need to be able to change the order of the lists. Unless I'm missing it there is no way to sort the lists - they just display in the order in which they have been created. Even if NF did an auto alpha sort it would be better than it is now. And I agree that having a link so we can see our lists the way others see them would be helpful. It's a pain looking at them from someone else's profile.

    another WANT
    I'd like to have the option of seeing a list of the movies reviewed on the members review page. Right now if someone has a lot of reviews we must page through and look at the whole review when we might only be interested in seeing a few (and those few may be the first written). If the reviews are long they might display only 8 to a page and someone with a lot of reviews (like your #1 reviewer with 1644) will have a lot of pages. I don't want to scroll through all of them but would be really interested to see what the titles of those 1644 are and read some of them. It would just be so helpful to click on a "collapse" button to a list of all the movies the member has reviewed then click on the movie to expand that review.

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  7. "It would just be so helpful to click on a "collapse" button to a list of all the movies the member has reviewed then click on the movie to expand that review."

    Brilliant!

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  8. To be pedantic, and very possibly wrong, I'd always thought it was :

    "(a)'m I bad!"

    And btw, we'll live! With all the new stuff you guys are churning out every week a few things are bound to slip through the cracks. And better that we can help you tease out the bugs while enjoying the benefits rather than you testing features for weeks in-house until they're 'perfect'. Which, as we all know, they never can be right off the bat, given the vast combination of platform and application versions that they'll have to mesh with out here.

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  9. I don't know if this is the right forum for this but when oh when will we be able to watch movies instantly in Firefox?

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  10. "(a)'m I bad!"

    No, its "my bad". The phrase was made popular by the movie Clueless, though it had been around in slang for years before that. It heard it a fair amount in the early 90s.

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  11. Now I'm confused, is it "your bad" or "you're bad"? :-)

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  12. Off topic alert ('Ask Mike' seems to have ground to a halt). Re the ongoing 'non review' pandemic, why not have a 'Report disc problem' right next to 'Write a review' on the 'Members reviews' page? And when a movie is 'at home', have the same link in the top right hand corner instead of 'Report shipping problems' (which suggests delays rather than scratches), and put it right above or below 'Write a review' rather than above 'Notes'; because when there's a lot of print on a page it's easy to miss instructions unless they're in your direct line of sight. I'm sure the flagging works eventually, but, as remedies go, it seems awfully 'closing the barn door after the horse has bolted'!

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  13. your is possessive
    you're = you are

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  14. chawk: You can actually rearrange the order of your lists, it's just not drag and drop like I requested above and am hoping for. On the page where you create and edit lists, you can change the number order of the movies which will change how they show up. This is a pretty clunky system though -only the one's you edit change, the rest stay in the same order unless you change each and every one on the list... annoying! It would work much better if they could be dragged and dropped in place, or if we had a visual rather than just text. As it is, trying to get a 20 movie list in the order I wanted took nearly half and hour of number changing and flipping back and forth thru my friends pages in order to see what may page looks like.

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  15. TO: Anonymous said...chawk...

    Yes, we can change the arrangement of the movie titles within each list by renumbering them but I can't find a way to actually sort the list. For example;

    If I have 3 lists. Comedy List, Suspense List, and Horror List. Within those lists I can change which comedy movie I want to be at the topby putting Airheads as #1.

    But the titles of the actual lists (Comedy List, Suspense List, and Horror List) show up in the order in which I made them so I don't have any way of putting the newest list made on top for instance.

    I have a lot of lists. With a few it isn't that important.

    I agree with you that the drag and drop would be helpful to rearrange the movie titles.

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  16. EDIT to Above Post in the first paragraph.

    Sort the Lists - not the list.

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  17. I'm excited about the upcoming release of our profile page, especially in regards to most watched directors and actors.

    A few quirks I've noticed and wondered if it's happening to others too...

    1) I added high sim% folks as faves when that was first launched. In the past week, several of my faves have dropped to low 30's sim%. I've rated about 1400 movies and so I don't think it should be that unstable...I don't want to remove these faves but wonder why we're so dissimilar now?

    2) In the past week, I've made another list (now have 2), rated an additional 100 movies, and wrote my first review...but my ranking not only didn't improve, it got worse. I guess that's the reality of competition: the higher ranked people ahead of me are working harder?

    Keep up the good work-- I have spent more time on the website in the past few months than I did in the first year I joined (2005) and I really enjoy the suggestions and comments others post on this blog.

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  18. @eleni

    1) Its not only the number of movies you have rated but the number they have rated too. Also, my impression from things Michael has said: For non-friends, its not so much how you rate each individual movie, but your over all ratings in a genre that matter. So if last week you had only rated 10 sci-fi movies, but you gave them all 4 or 5 stars, then Netflix would see you as a sci-fi fan and you would have a good sim% to other sci-fi fans. Then this week you rate 20 more sci-fi movies , but give them all 1 or 2 stars. Suddenly Netflix thinks you aren't a sci-fi fan and now you have a low sim% to sci-fi fans. Or something like that.

    2) Don't expect instant rank results from rating more movies or writing reviews. That will improve your rank over the long term, but week to week, randomness plays a large part. It all depends on how many people happen to look at your profile this week and add movies to their queue from your lists. My rank has been going up and down about 10% every week so far.

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  19. @Baff

    Thank you so much; your comments make a lot of sense. I had forgotten another recently observed quirk that really confused me-- "children and family" was recently added as a favorite genre when I'm viewing the page with my queue and my friends' queues (um, I'm 31 years old and don't have children). I suspect this is part of the same phenomena of changing sim% with faves because last week I went on a binge of rating children's movies...figuring that I could rate a ton of movies I watched 20 years ago instead of waiting to rate new DVDs. My mistake. Guess I should make sure to rate new independents and dramas or something so Netflix doesn't insist my favorite actor is Haley Mills. :)

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  20. Chawk: Ah yes, I get what you mean. Yeah, I too would like to be able to rearrange the order of the lists themselves.

    I'd also like to be able to eliminate the automatic 'favorites' list that Netflix creates for everyone and which always shows up first by default. Just because I've rated a movie 5 stars does not make it one of my favorites.

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  21. Anon : "Just because I've rated a movie 5 stars does not make it one of my favorites."

    Aha! So now we're back to the 1/2 debate. I too would love to have a 4.5 star rating for really good movies, but reserve 5 stars for my personal favorites. As it is those two categories are perforce mushed together, which makes so many 5 star lists unhelfully similar.

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  22. Anon : "Just because I've rated a movie 5 stars does not make it one of my favorites."

    So, we're in effect back to the 1/2 star debate. Because there are many of us that would really love to have a 4.5 star rating for really good movies, while reserving 5 stars for our personal favorites. As it is, those two categories are perforce mushed together, which makes so many of our faves' 5 star lists monotonously similar - through no fault of their own, since I'm sure they too would prefer to put their own personal stamp on their 'gold standard' list.

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  23. Sorry to be repetitive. Got an error message on the first one.

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  24. I apologize if I'm not posting this in the right place, but is there no longer ANY way to email customer service at Netflix?? No matter how/where I search, it looks like the ONLY option is to call them??
    Thanks!!

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  25. You can send them suggestions about how they "...can improve [their] website or service" by clicking on 'Contact Us' at the bottom of the page, but you won't get any response.

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  26. "No matter how/where I search, it looks like the ONLY option is to call them??"

    People complained about not being able to speak to a live person, so Netflix addressed it.

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  27. True. And they do a great job. It would just be good to have e-mail as well. Phone for when you're prepared and able to stay on hold for as long as necessary for complicated issues or when you need an answer right away, and e-mail for everything else. Plenty of companies give you that option.

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  28. customer service via e-mail is not really a good option. I'd much rather speak to a live person. With e-mail, you have to wait a day for it to be read, then another day for a reply. By then you've forgotten what your problem is. Phone is much better. I called them last month and the hold wait was less than 5 mins.

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  29. I'd much rather speak to a live person.

    No-one would be stopping you if they had both. That's why it's called an 'option'.

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  30. The second season of the BBC crime drama "Waking the Dead" comes out tomorrow and is available through Amazon and Blockbuster. Why does Netflix not have it in stock?

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  31. Use this link:

    http://www.netflix.com/Suggest?type=0&lnkctr=cu_tr

    for suggesting dvds to Netflix.

    Posting dvd suggestions on this blog will not get them added.

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  32. Its possible they didn't get it because nobody requested it.

    I keep track of releases of things I am very interested and request them about 3 months prior to their release. I check again every month and ifs its not in their database still, I request it again.

    Once in a while something weird happens and it takes them a long time to get a dvd in. For some reason it took them about 4 months after release to get copies of Stargate SG-1 Season 9, and that was a very popular show.

    A great resource for finding release dates:
    http://videoeta.com/

    The pop-up menu on their front page doesn't have every movie in their database. The menu on any other page has a lot of lesser dvds added to it, so I just go to a random movie page and access the menu from there.

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  33. Anon (me): "Just because I've rated a movie 5 stars does not make it one of my favorites."

    To which another Anon replied: So, we're in effect back to the 1/2 star debate.

    I agree with what you wrote, I am firmly in the camp of wanting 1/2 stars. However, my point was really that there are many movies which I will give 5 stars to because I think they really deserve it, but that doesn't make them one of my favorities. There are even movie I hate which I will give 5 stars to because I think they are well made excellent films, just not my taste. So that automatic favorites list that Netflix generates doesn't really reflect my actual favorites at all.

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  34. Wow. OK.. so now that the profile pages are up, I decided to take a peek at mine to see if my fears about the actor/director lists were true. Turns out I saw something I didn't expect at all:

    I didn't even know who some of the actors/directors listed were. And almost the entire actor AND director lists were dominated by people associated with the television series I've rated highly (Simpsons, X-Files, South Park). I understand that this is because the number of discs I can rate for each TV show is so high, but I think this is a major flaw with the system. I mean, it's great that you can rent and review TV shows on Netflix... but the site is really about movies, isn't it? All the TV names appearing are clearly pushing many of the film actors/directors that I do, in fact, watch the most off the list.

    Maybe you could consider changing the algorithm to only count a rating from a single TV show once, rather than once for each disc (every season) -- That way, I would only have 1 positive rating count for The Simpsons rather than 20+!

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  35. Interesting distinction. So all you're really asking is that the wording on our profile pages be changed from "Noname's favorites" to "Noname's 5 star movies"?

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  36. Angel,
    You know, we had this precise debate a few weeks ago, and i tended to agree with you, but was convinced that there was something sort of interesting and telling about this. Very very true: for TV heavy watchers, it skews the results in an odd way. But it also might reveal actors or directors you might want to learn more about, and it gives a quick read into the kinds of material (both movies and TV) that you watch. We still might tweak this, but i'm glad for your candid (and immediate) response. I'll be watching this carefully. Thanks.

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  37. I think you are in a very small minority when it comes to giving 5-stars to movies you hate.

    I'm with the other anon in that I give 5-stars to movies I love and to movies I like a lot and are well done.

    For me "well done" earns a movie +1 star, so a well done movie I absolutely hate will get 2 stars (Glengarry Glen Ross comes to mind).

    @Michael - Any news on 1/2 stars? I don't remember your last comment, but it seems to me it was something like "We are still considering it". It is certainly 1 of the top 5 requested features.

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  38. Michael~
    I know we talked about it a bit last week, but that was regarding the difference between actors/directors we LIKE the most, and actors/directors we WATCH the most. Once that distinction was made, I was OK with the planned feature functionality. I just hadn't even thought about how TV shows would skew the results and it took me by surprise.

    I do agree that unknown names showing up on my list could be an interesting way to make new discoveries, but that doesn't seem to work with the TV stuff. I'm not even a heavy TV rater/renter... I just rated a few series I love. For example, I'm pretty sure I do not love the Simpsons because of Jim Reardon's directorial skills (and prior to seeing him in my director list, I'd never even heard of him)... and even if he was the reason, that doesn't help me to discover new things, becauase all he's ever directed is episodes of The Simpsons. :)

    The other completely personal psychological effect this has had on me is that I'm very very tempted to kill the majority of my TV show ratings because of this effect. I know that might seem extreme, but I feel as if my method of rating long-running TV series has made it so that I can't get the same enjoyment out of this new feature... and I think I'd rather be able to see an accurate reflection of the actors/directors I watch the most than to have 30 or so ratings of TV shows in my list.

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  39. Several prolific TV directors show up in my list too.

    My actors list looks pretty reasonable to me though, nobody I hadn't known that I liked. Only one person is kinda odd, Julian Firth, who was a sorta minor character in the 16 movie Cadfael series.

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  40. Also, to look at some figures (because I think it's interesting)...

    17 out of the 21 actors listed are from TV ratings.

    3 out of the 7 directors listed are from TV ratings.

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  41. Michael:

    I'm liking the outward profile page. Two interesting things I noticed from the "most watched" lists:

    1. Before even going to the profile page I updated my personal statement, and included a list of 5 of my "favorite" directors. Then I went to the profile page and found almost all of them listed - to me, that makes a lot of sense and makes the system feel "right". I realize "favorite" isn't the same as "most watched", but it is still a good sign.

    2. I noticed the exact same thing as AngelMonkey because I am a heavy TV watcher/rater. I noticed several actors on my list from longer-running shows like ER and 24, but that didn't really bother me (like you suggested, that "tells you something about me" and my watching habits). However, I thought it was silly that Jon Cassar (a lead director on 24) showed up on my most watched directors list. I think there is a distinction between TV shows and movies - I might seek out movies by a director, but with TV shows the director is less important - in fact, within the confines of a single season usually multiple directors will cover different episodes. So maybe less "weight" should be given to TV directors in the most watched list. Or, maybe just leave it alone - honestly, it's not a huge deal either way, just something I noticed and thought was a bit odd.

    Good work though, for the most part I looked through both lists and thought "yep, I watch a lot of _____'s stuff".

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  42. I agree about TV directors. Unless it's a Gary Marshall or a James Burrows, the writers and the producer are usually the key figures on a TV production. And AngelMonkey's suggestion that the whole series be scored as a single entity makes very good sense -- just as Berlin Alexanderplatz, at 16 hrs or so, would be counted as a single entity.

    One of my friends has no genre preferences listed. Has she maybe not rented enough movies yet to make the algorithm statistically meaningful?

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  43. Should add that I can't comment on my actor/director list because I'm in 'private mode' and so can't 'find myself' Ang (!), but seeing the overlap, or lack thereof', between my and 'faves' most watched genres is fascinating.

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  44. Bug: I just checked my outward facing page and a movie I had marked as private showed up on my recent activity listing.

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  45. "So all you're really asking is that the wording on our profile pages be changed from "Noname's favorites" to "Noname's 5 star movies"?"

    Well, that would be one option which would offer a better distinction. I would prefer though the option of being able to just delete that automatically generated favorites list so that it doesn't show up at all. It's cool that's it's there for people who aren't interested in creating lists, but for those of us that are, it would be nice if we could control which lists are there. I've made my own personalized favorites list that shows movies that I actually consider to be faves. I'd like to be able to get rid of that default Netflix list all together.

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  46. I too am having the issue of shows that I watch(ed) a lot of dominating my profile. Yeah, I liked the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series and rated all the seasons 5 stars. Now though, my top actors list is taken over by the ENTIRE cast of Buffy! I enjoyed the show but these people are certainly not a good representation of actors I actually watch or enjoy the most.

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  47. Mama Was Right - Too Much TV

    I agree with AngelMonkey the TV shows I rated are messing with this new feature. Rod Serling as my favorite actor because I loved Twilight Zone makes no sense. He was the host not an actor. 8 other "actors" I've never heard of and they seem to be associated with Futurarama and the Simpsons. And directors - 3 out of 7 are from Twilight Zone and Cheers.

    These are not my favorite actors or directors. It's sort of interesting to see that some of my favorite TV shows had the same people do the character voices but I sort of knew that already and don't think of voices as actors anyway.

    I agree that counting the TV show as 1 rather than counting every DVD would prevent this over emphasis on TV. I've seen far more movies that TV shows but when a show was on for years and has a lot of DVDs and I loved every show - that still doesn't mean I want to track down the voices or the directors and hear them again. I might want to track down the writers.

    Maybe you could put the TV shows as a separate list. That way they wouldn't interfere with the movies. Movie actors and directors are what I really would like to discover. I didn't rent any of the TV DVDs and the few TV shows that actually are my favorites I own the DVDs.

    Should we just delete all the TV ratings in order to get a more accurate sense of our real favorites?

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  48. Michael said "for TV heavy watchers, it skews the results in an odd way"

    BTW, I'm actually not a heavy TV watcher. The only show I'm watching this season is Heroes and I usually had only 2 per season. It just happened that a couple of shows I did watch were on for a lot of seasons or like in the case of Twilight Zone rerun constantely. Mostly, if I'm watching TV it's a movie. But I think I'm going to unrate Twilight Zone and see what happens.

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  49. For Pete's sake, for the person who said 5-star films aren't their favorites, you're misunderstanding the Netflix rating system. You aren't rating how great a movie is. You're rating how much you like it. 5-star films should be only films that are among or close to your favorites. I've rated films that I knew were great 2-3 stars because they didn't sing to me. If you want the Netflix rating system to work for you, that's how you need to treat it. That's why Netflix is accurate 95% or so of the time it predicts my rating.

    Let's get over the 1/2 star rating thing. As stated before, it's an unnecessary complication. Frankly, I don't see much of a difference in accurately expressing oneself between 5, 10 or 100 stars.

    Michael & Co, the improvements are tremendous. Thanks.

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  50. RE what Mort said...

    This is a really good point.
    NF system isn't 5 stars = "the best movie of all time"

    5 stars = "I loved this movie".

    If you don't love the movie rate it as such. That's why I can rate a B grade horror movie a solid 5 (I loved it) and a blockbuster award winning all star mega zillion $ one a 1 star even though I recognize the quality with which it was made because (I hated it).

    In the Netflix world it isn't about how well the movie was made - it's if we:

    1 star - hated it
    2 stars - didn't like it
    3 stars - liked it
    4 starts - really like it
    5 stars - loved it

    I think it's a great system and I just don't understand why someone can't choose between whether they liked a movie or really liked a movie. How can you like it and 1/2?

    I think the 1/2 star issue comes up because Netflix rates with 1/2 stars so members look for the 1/2. When my son went to rate a movie he asked me where the 1/2 is and I said there isn't one. He said - there must be since NF has it rated 4 1/2.

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  51. "Maybe you could put the TV shows as a separate list."

    As long as it's technically feasible, this makes a lot of sense. Because if we erase all our TV ratings we'll lose all relevant recommendations as well.

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  52. Separate lists for TV actors/directors would be cool.

    A list of common/favorite writers would be awesome, but are they even in the Netflix database? They are so incredibly important, and yet get virtually no credit. (I wish them luck on their upcoming strike, if it happens).

    I do like that the favorite genres is broken down into the sub-genres. We can now really see the reasons for our Sim%'s. The person with the highest Sim% to me has only rated 224 movies, yet still managed to have 63 favorite genres!

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  53. I'm curious... what qualifies a genre to appear on your "favorites" list? I'm wondering because I've got 52 genres listed, several of which I can hardly even remember renting/rating movies from at all.

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  54. "When my son went to rate a movie he asked me where the 1/2 is and I said there isn't one."

    If fractions bother you, you can always think of it as a 10-star system like imdb has. I rate a lot of 2.5 & 3.5 star movies as 3 stars, but I see a big difference between the two. In my mind there are distinct differences for the 1/2 stars.

    For me:

    5-star = Favorite
    4.5-star = Great movie, but not a fave
    4-star = Liked it a lot
    3.5-star = Liked it a little
    3-star = meh, no opinion either way
    2.5-star = Didn't like it a little
    2-star = Didn't like it a lot
    1.5-star = Hated it
    1-star = Netflix should burn every copy

    I am perfectly fine with them making it optional though. They have already done all the work on it and tested it in some regions. Default whole star ratings and a preference of "Allow me to rate movies with 1/2 stars". Then everyone is happy. This would be of more value to me than most the changes in the last 6 months combined (excluding the new search feature, that rocks, though it could use just a bit more work).

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  55. @angel - I'm guessing more positive than negative ratings is all it takes. Most movies fall into multiple genres (upto 10? no limit?)

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  56. Baff said about 1/2 stars "This would be of more value to me than most the changes in the last 6 months combined (excluding the new search feature, that rocks, though it could use just a bit more work)."

    Wow. I'm surprised. 1/2 stars are not important to me at all but I really like the changes that have happened in the Community area. It's making the whole Netflix experience more fun.

    How do 1/2 stars add to the Netflix experience?

    I understand a 10 star rating system like IMDB but I wonder if the majority of Netflix members need or want that many options. It looks like a lot of the members don't rate many movies now so giving more options wouldn't increase the number of movies rated I don't think. One of my friends refuses to rate movies unless it's a 5 or 1 star so the majority of movies she sees go unrated. She could have the thumbs up or down system and be happy and I think a lot of others would use that too. So, while some people want 1/2 stars or 10 stars some want thumbs or 3 stars or tomatoes.

    Just personal choice but 5 stars seems perfect for me.

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  57. I understand a 10 star rating system like IMDB but I wonder if the majority of Netflix members need or want that many options.

    Thats why it should be a pref, and kept the same as default.

    I really like the changes that have happened in the Community area.

    I like the changes, they add to the quality of the site.

    How do 1/2 stars add to the Netflix experience?

    Having more control over my own opinion is important to me. I have rated a tons of movies, but I have only looked at relatively few profiles. I rent movies and rate them, those are the 2 things I do at Netflix far more than any other.

    Probably 50% of the movies I have rated I gave 3 stars. They aren't good enough for 4 stars and not bad enough for 2. The problem is that Netflix completely ignores all those ratings. I might as well have not bothered to rate them. With 1/2 stars, I would go through and re-rate them all and make them useful ratings.

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  58. You want the 10 star system as an option and the 5 star as a default. So if you rate a movie a 2.5 or a 3.5 it would show up as a 3 unless someone wanted to delve further into your rating and see the 1/2. Is that what you mean? Or you want to have the option to rate on either scale and, if so, wouldn't that take away from the value of rating if people are using different scales?

    I'm not understanding what you mean by Netflix ignores the 3 rating. If they ignore the 3 rating would they not ignore a 3.5? I think I read that the program looks at our 4 and 5 star ratings to make suggestions.

    I'd really be interest in knowing how many movies I rate in each star catagory. It seems normal to rate the most a 3 since that is - "I liked it" but I feel like I hit 4 stars and 1 star the most.

    If we had a "0" option I'd use that a great deal too.

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  59. So if you rate a movie a 2.5 or a 3.5 it would show up as a 3 unless someone wanted to delve further into your rating and see the 1/2. Is that what you mean?

    No, they would show as 2.5 or 3.5 to the few people that can actually see anything other than my 5-star ratings.

    Or you want to have the option to rate on either scale and, if so, wouldn't that take away from the value of rating if people are using different scales?

    You have a friend that rates everything 1 or 5 stars. You give out lots of 1 stars. I rarely give 1 star. Everyone is already rating on their own scale. I don't really see this changing that.

    I'm not understanding what you mean by Netflix ignores the 3 rating.

    Michael has said that Netflix treats 3 star ratings as "no opinion". So you may as well have not even rated them as far as Netflix is concerned.

    If they ignore the 3 rating would they not ignore a 3.5?

    No, they would consider that to be slightly positive. 2.5 would be slightly negative.

    I'd really be interest in knowing how many movies I rate in each star catagory.

    I recently figured out how to do that. Go to Movies You'll Heart, then click Movies You've Rated, then select Jump To 4 Stars. The number at the end of the URL is the number of 5-stars you have given. Then select Jump To 3 Stars and subtract the number in the previous URL from the number in the new URL to get your 4-star ratings. Rinse and repeat.

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  60. If you don't love the movie rate it as such.

    You're still missing the point. There are plenty of amazing movies which in my opinion deserve a full 5 stars but which I would never say are my "favorite". Citizen Kane comes to mind. It's an amazing movie, there's no way I could ever give it less than 5 stars, but at the same time I don't "love it" and I don't consider it a favorite of mine. It's a 5 star film for sure, but if I were to make my own list of favorites, it would not be on it. Similarly, I gave Schindlers List 5 stars because it's a 5 star movie. But it's not a movie I'd want to watch again and again like I do my favorites.

    So, having an automatic list made which is supposed to represent all my favorites, based on movies I've rated 5 stars is inaccurate.

    Not every movie that I've loved in my life which deserves a 5 star rating is an all time favorite. My list of favorites is few, my list of 5 stars is much larger.

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  61. I can understand what you are saying, I have given 353 movies 5 stars for a wide variety of reasons. I dealt with that by creating a list called "Baff's 6-Star Movies" and put all my actual favorites into it.

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  63. The profile page is a good start and I’m really looking forward to seeing that extra information from now on.
    I hope more reviewers notice and fill it out as more and more seem to be personalizing their username and avatar now as well and that makes it all much more fun.

    I love that people have the chance to put on a more personal face if they want to… but 200 characters doesn’t allow for much flexibility in the way of communication though. How do you tell someone something useful in just a couple of sentences? It’s extremely limiting. Most of what I’ve seen up so far amounts to signatures, whereas I was really hoping to see bios.

    I too am put-off by TV stars and directors taking over the “most watched” list. With very few exceptions I’m not much interested in keeping track of TV actors and directors. I base my decision about what tv show to try next based on the concept of the show, not the cast and crew, and none of that information has any bearing on what movies I might watch, which is what matters most to me here. Because they are usually less well known they also don’t give the same clue about my tastes as the movie stars/directors might.

    I was disappointed to see few movie stars and directors in my own most watched list. I think that would have been a lot of fun. Some way of de-emphasizing television shows might work but I’m not really sure if I want that information there at all really. I’m also not sure if TV programming warrants a second list, but then again knowing what shows Baff is watching for example (what he added to his profile text) does give a clue to his tastes that adds nicely to the other clues already available about his tastes. So, maybe a separate list for TV would be helpful, if it’s possible.

    Like Baff, I too would love to see more data, especially concerning writers, added to the movie info on Netflix. I’ve been noticing writers quite a lot since I started paying closer attention to the movies I like and it would be really great if Netflix could help me track that data too. Usually it’s the writing that really draws me into a story. And mediocre or bad writing kills even the best acted and directed films.

    Love the way things keep moving forward and getting more fun and useful.

    Becky Glass

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  64. I wonder if anyone out there is having the same issue as I am. When I write reviews, a couple of days later they show on the movie page, but my profile isn't updated. I've written dozens of reviews (all within the guidelines) and my proflie still reflects the same 17.

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