A good approach in theory, but the investment in time to implement it might not be the best use of our time. As more sites and people use TMDb, the quliaty of its data will improve. (I have a ticket in to add writers to our film listings.)
Thanks for the swift response. Of course you are the best judge of what's worth your time.
I think that as long as changes can be made to TMDb data with no review, there's always going to be an issue with data quality unless like Wikipedia, there's an aggressive rate of data review.
I also know that this kind of solution is not simple to implement - I work in a team that build such solutions for various sources of financial data that despite charging a lot more than IMDb still need a lot of scrubbing.
Thanks Rob, really value this feedback. The key reason for choosing TMDb over IMDb was cost. The former is free, the latter charges a five-figure sum annually for use of its data by other apps. We haven’t ruled out switching, but as a bootstrapped project it wasn’t something we could take on from the outset.
As an aside, in the short term we plan to add a mechanism to allow instant import from TMDb by entering the ID of a new film. Until that happens feel free to drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org with any TMDb IDs you’d like imported and we’ll do them straight away. Not a perfect solution but hopefully might remove a little of the pain for you.
I completely understand where this is coming from. The biggest issue I have with letterboxd is the quality of the data. Duplicate films, and films with the wrong titles and dates are a reasonably common occurrence.
Also, the main reason stated for not treating writers as first class citizens alongside actors and directors is that the TMDb data isn't good enough.
The solution is not to drop TMDb for something else. The solution is to augment and compare the data from TMDb with data from additional sources such as Freebase.
I have posted a suggestion to this effect.
Yes, we’d like to do this, but it’s not a quick development job so we’ve not been able to prioritize it to date.
Please. Also, on my 'network' page, show me recommendations of who to follow based on compatibility so I don't have to go searching for them.
We’re considering options around this at present. Thanks for your input, which is invaluable.Charles Talibard supported this idea ·
Rather than recommending films, which I agree isn't a 'social feature', perhaps letterboxed could recommend people to follow. This would be based on how closely they agree with you on film ratings.
The RSS feed needs some further work, as we’ve changed our architecture in a couple of places, causing it to break.