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This is why I always stick to just the technical details and never touch the cast and crew other than to copy it from one profile to another...I simply don't care that much. I leave cast/crew to those whom it matters more to. I would want Gerard Depardieu to show up onthe same list as Gérard Depardieu and would change local data to make that happen, which defeats the purpose IMO.
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I only use IMDB to check to see the year a movie was released, if it's not on the cover, or obviously not correct. I like to think they can at least that bit of information consistently correct. 
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In fact rules ask to recopy exactly data on covers or credits. So if there is a spelling mistake in an overview, you "must" keep it in profile you contribute. And if the overview for a space opera describes a peplum, you "must" keep the peplum description. And when credits list GERARD DEPARDIEU, you "must" enter Gerard Depardieu, even if everybody knows it is Gérard, and even if it will break the linking for this actor. So, I agree with you that contributors should correct incorrect data, but a majority here decided that contributing errors was the thing to do. That is the reason why I stopped contributing, though I was in the past considered as a good contributor by Invelos (shown by near my name).


Now, I asked recently about incorrect cover data, specifically run time and the year the movie was made, and was told to ignore the cover and use what was correct, as long as I cited the source. i.e. IMDB or by playing the physical disk. Why should that be any different for mis-punctuated names or spelling mistakes?

I just did Warlock a couple weeks ago and this was the description on the submission, and it got released, "Canadian version of the DVD release. There is a time discrepancy on the cover. NOTE: The cover says the movie is 92 minutes. It is actually 103 minutes as every source says and I confirmed it by playing the movie. Cast/Crew from: 031398684336"
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Having a bad string of luck here. Just got 5 movies in from amazon and only 2 of the UPCs exist in the database. At least they're all there in the DB, so making copies will be quick.
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Very cool, If I get some free time this weekend I'll crank some out. Thanks

Just a reminder. There is a way to check to see which profiles are in process. I don't contribute often, so I once did a bunch of wasted work by not checking the in process queue.

I've only had this happen once, but might be useful to check occasionally, if I'm going to do a blitz. Where is said tool?
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Of course yes, and I would recommand 4.0. It allows to enter more data than 3.9, and has quite no limitation, since I mainly use it as a "local only" program.


Is it that reliable? I ask because I think 3.9 works fine (except for the "credited as" who doesn't work for the crew when you create a profile) and I fear non-sense was added to 4.0 (and I can't check since the update list in the download area is out of date).


I don't know what was all added to 4.0, but I haven't had problems with it. There are a couple little things I've come across, like flag counts not resetting properly, but that will come. The big thing with 4 for me is the addition of 4K/UHD support. If you don't require this and are concerned about bloated features, then maybe stick with 3.9 until 4.0 has had a few bug fix updates.
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I've withdrawn them, I'll correct the titles and editions tonight and resubmit them. Thanks again all for the opinions.
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Out of curiosity, I downloaded the Collectorz demo and it's database appears to be even more incomplete. I checked 3 box sets I recently submitted to DVDP, one didn't exist in their database and the other two were incomplete.  It also doesn't appear to do box sets very well. Of the 6 or so box set I randomly looked at NONE of them listed the contents in any logical way, so DVDP is still, by far the superior product.
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Quoting surfeur51:
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Which means that the on-line database content depends a lot more on just a few contributors than you might imagine.

Many people who were used to contribute in the past have stopped when rules asked to recopy errors, and in certain cases, asked to add errors (especially spelling mistakes in names). People who want to have correct profiles, and also want to contribute, have to build profiles with incorrect data, then correct them for their own database.
So what did, in fact, people who want to have correct profiles ? They just stopped contributing...


I submit the correct data to the best of my ability, and will fix errors on profiles I find to have errors...if it's violation of the rules, then the rules need to be fixed, otherwise they can choose to decline the submission, but I'll not submit data I know to be incorrect, no matter what the rules say.
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That's kind of what I was thinking, whether we lost a couple of the primary contributors here in Canada. Makes me sad to think it relies on so few people. I also think we may have lost some of these hard core users just this last year with the LONG delay in getting 4K support out. It certainly felt like an abandoned product for a while and I really did find it hard to recommend it to people.

I haven't been doing it long, maybe 2 years since I started doing regular contributions, so I only have a couple hundred, but that would probably be 80% new profiles. I have looked at other tools, but they tend to be expensive and last time I did comparisons, their databases seemed no more complete, at least for what I collect. Like some others here, I've been using DVDP since version 1.0 I think, back in the Intervocative days.

I hear ya on the rules, clear direction on some things would be nice. I know Ken is basically a one man show, and he's not charging very much for the software, so we can't expect a great deal of support, but not maintaining this stuff or not making decision on contentious issues isn't doing anyone any good. Does Ken do all the document maintenance himself? What does the "Contribution Rules Committee" do? I, personally, would like to see a minimum set of required data. (I'm an Oracle DBA by profession and these empty contributions drive me up the wall.) The thing I care about most are the visual aspects, things like cover scans, features, rating, technical details, etc. should be required, otherwise the profile automatically rejected. I'll admit, I'm guilty of never doing cast/crew myself. If I can't copy another profile, I leave it blank. I do everything else, but the rules surrounding the sourcing of cast/crew information just make it too time consuming. My wife would have my head. I understand why the rules are there, but I just don't usually have that kind of time.

As you say, it is tedious and time consuming though. I think it took me 40 minutes to do that Paranormal Activity box set (So, 7 new profiles) last night and most of the technical information was already correct in the profiles I chose to copy. Would have taken much longer if I had to enter all the technical details such as audio tracks and special features. I don't know what the answer is or how to better streamline things, but there are things in the software itself that make me scratch my head, like why changing region/UPC is only in the pull-down and not on the right-click context menu. Same with copy and paste, which I only JUST discovered even existed, because I never go to the pull-downs if I can help it. That should be in the right-click context menu. In reality, the right-click on title menu and DVD pull-down should be identical.
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Excellent.  I'll withdraw it and resubmit it tonight, or I'll just submit an amendment if it's already been approved. New additions tend to get approved very quickly.
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Out of curiosity, based on the cover should the title be

"Paranormal Activity: The Ultimate Collection"

or

"The Ultimate Paranormal Activity Collection"

Following the format of other contributions, I used "Paranormal Activity: The Ultimate Collection".



That said...it's not very "ultimate" since part 3 is not the extended version...the title should read "almost ultimate". 
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For brand new movies, like those you mentioned, I usually wait a month or two for someone else to do them, after that, if they're still sitting under my desk not entered, I'll do them myself. I still have 4K versions of John Wick 2, Resident Evil: The final Chapter, Ghost in the Shell and Star Trek Beyond there and another 11 DVDs to do. Being in Canada, AND being a fan of b-movie horror, I get A LOT of movies that haven't been contributed. For what I typically buy, probably 1 out of 10 don't exist in the database at all under any UPC or region. Box sets are another thing that tend to be be notoriously bad and usually need some TLC. Sometimes it's just easier to contribute than it is to wait and have those disks segregated. I used to wait, but just started doing it. You get in a groove and it just kind of moves along. I won't pretend my contributions are perfect, but certainly better than not there at all. 
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When I have this logo on a 4K case, is that the same as the HDR10 option in DVDP? They both use the same little rainbow logo.

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Out of curiosity, has the user base shrunk? I've notice the last year or so that I've been getting a lot more content that I have to enter myself, especially for box sets and collections. Maybe I'm just unlucky.
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The only disk I've ever seen "rot" was a CD copy of Judas Priest Live. It still plays to this day but had bad lacquer around the edges so the reflective layer pealed off a few millimetres around the edge. Luckily CDs read from the inside out. I don't think it had a UPC as it it was a Columbia House CD Club version from probably the late 80s. I still listen to CDs in the car, many of them upwards of 20+ years old and have never had problems with anything other than JP: Live. I've also been collecting DVDs since 2000 and have many older than that that I bought second hand, and never had a DVD arbitrarily become unreadable. I did have one video game that was very flaky. That was Rayman: Raving Rabbids for the Wii (DVD format), but it was bought second hand and while it looked OK I always figured the disk was polished incorrectly by the store making the laser read inconsistent.

I wonder if rot is more prevalent in certain climates, say coast ocean areas where the humidity is high and there is salt in the air.
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Only problem I had 4.0, was getting it to sync with the mobile version, which I now have resolved.
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I always scan at 600dpi, then crop and resize to 700px tall. I don't have a great scanner, but it's better than submitting with no images at all since much of what I submit are Canadian versions of titles that are already fairly obscure.
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I've been working on the contributions for this one and what an odd set. The set was released by WellGo USA a couple weeks ago and all the disks are WellGo USA disks, with the cover of the box set printed on the disk, except for Phantasm II, which is the Scream Factory disk. Wonder why they released it like this rather than printing their own as they did with the other 4 movies.
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Seems to be working this time.

I cleared cache/data
I stopped the app and cleared cache/data again, just to make sure
Uninstalled the app
Shut off the phone and let it sit for a minute before turning it back on
Reinstalled
Rebooted the phone again to make sure appropriate services are started
Viola...seem to be downloading profiles.

Thanks.
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I'll give it a try. I had removed it over the summer when it stopped working, after installing the beta. Just put it back on yesterday, but I'll try clearing cache/data, remove, reboot the phone, then reinstall it.
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Takes a LONG time.  I sat on 065935820727 for many months after marking it to remove. Eventually it was removed and I just recently added the correct profile for it.
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You've probably purchased one by now, but my room is slightly larger than yours, probably 22' wide, 15' deep. I have a Klipsch Reference Series R-10SW 10-Inch 300W front-firing Subwoofer and it's plenty to rattle the shelves. I also have Klipsch Reference Series rears and center, with Heco Odeon 400 towers out front.
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For me, it's all about how I number them.

Your Batman set for instance I would have DVDP assign numbers to the movies, but not the parent.  i.e.

Batman box set (no number)
--->Movie 1 (#600)
--->Movie 2 (#601)
--->Movie 3 (#602)

This would apply to any multiple movie box set, or double feature, or anything that has multiple distinctly different movies.

For combo sets, those with multiple formats of the same movie, I don't want the movie counted more than once, so I number the parent, but not the children. i.e.

Suicide Squad (BluRay) (#603)
--->Suicide Squad (DVD) (no number)

For TV series', I only number the parent because I don't want all the season disks to skew the overall count too badly. i.e.

Smallville Season 1 (#604)
--->Smallville Season disk 1 (no number)
--->Smallville Season disk 2 (no number)
--->Smallville Season disk 3 (no number)
--->Smallville Season disk 4 (no number)
--->Smallville Season disk 5 (no number)
--->Smallville Season disk 6 (no number)
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Not the most active sub-forum here, but the biggest for me that I keep watching for is probably Split Second with Rutger Hauer. I'd also love a reissue of the director's cut of Tobe Hooper's Lifeforce as well. It was released on BluRay, but it was extremely limited and now quite expensive to get. Both are cheaper in the UK, but I'd much prefer a R1/A/0 disk than have to track down a region-free BluRay player.
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