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.
IMDb is owned by Amazon & I suggest you look at the problems Goodreads had with Amazon, eventually having to split from it due to restrictions imposed by the company, which created huge amounts of work for staff and volunteers in having to update the database.
Letterboxd is a much smaller site which doesn't have thousands of volunteers who are happy to make hundreds of database updates from their own goodwill / OCD so it would seem wise to be cautious about this.
The main data annoyance on LB I find now is that duplicates are not removed, including a couple I reported last year and noticed recently were still there.
This would not be legal in some jurisdictions if the posts HAD to remain.
Any reasonably intelligent reader who is used to using online forums or even Facebook (where users are free to remove comments) would be able to see that comments have been removed when a discussion does not follow.
I am all for providing a CHOICE for the comments to remain or not but it is overriding the rights of a user simply for trivial entertainment purposes or the tidiness preferences of others to force the comments to remain.
Phase one of notifications support is done (push support in our apps). Next step is to improve the web experience to show an equivalent list and indicator.
What I would really like to get in a notifications box are replies to discussions on other people's reviews or lists I've commented on.
The Incoming tab only covers comments on my own posts.
Great ideas, should be easy to add (aside from compatibility which is likely to be slightly more complex :).