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Thanks, just sent you a PM with the answer to your question.
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Yay, got a customer!!! For privacy, I will not reveal the user, but thank you! As the first official customer, you will get priority on a suggested improvement or added feature, if I can do it for reasonable effort. You can PM me if you don't want to be public.
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Interesting. No comments from the wider community. no downloads. Is it the plugin, is it me, or what? I seem to remember quite a few requests for a "server" of some sorts to the DVD Profiler database. Of course if it could have been made a true server, it obviously already would have been. But a simple way to get "instant" results from a browser, or a program, without needing to write your own plugin, anywhere in the network - don't get why that is not interesting. 

I mean, if nobody wants it, even as free, then what am I doing?

Anybody care to share a view? (Gunnar, thanks for already sharing via PM).
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Oops, sorry I thought I was posting a reply to a PM. Just woke up, still foggy.
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Still testing ...
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In V.11, the picture for actress rika ishikawa (ishikawa rika) is actually that of Kamei Eri
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Regarding my web site:

Just a note to folks about accessing my plugins. As I have posted before, I have no need for any personal information, and there is no need for you to give it. You can login as "Mickey Mouse" for all I care. But if you want to get update notices, and the ability to download new versions forever, then it makes sense to at least use a valid email address.

As a developer, who spends hundreds of hours and hundreds of dollars supporting my hobby of providing "free" plugins, I think I have the right to at least have an idea of the value I am providing. One way is to know how many downloads. I get very little forum feedback. And "free" should not mean "worthless."

If I can't convince myself that people value what I am doing (and it doesn't have to be a lot - I've been known to spend weeks solving a problem for a single user), then I need to re-evaluate my priorities in life. My hope is that my work is providing value. Otherwise, why would I be doing it ...

Also, as I have posted before, I do have a dummy account that anybody can use to login and download. Just PM me.

One more thing: If any web guru out there wants to donate some code that works on my site as a "download counter," I would be happy to take a look at it, as a possible alternative to the login process. Just PM me.
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Actually I didn't release my version yet. Maybe not needed now, I'll have to study the video more. Yeah, looks like what would be the point.

The other functions relating to scanning a flagged set of profiles and validating the discIDs are ready for release, so I will quit work on the Add functionality. I got carried away attempting to automate based on intercepting the "not recognized" message, and it is nearly ready. I might release that part someday, as a challenge.
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Ok, I finally bit the bullet and released HTTPJolie. Please see the first post in this thread for information on how to download it, and documentation.

Disclaimers:

(1) DVD Profiler must be run "As adminstrator" for this plugin to work. I am not entirely sure why at the moment, and trust me, the moment that I figure out how to remove this restriction, I will do it.

(2) The plugin is probably still a bit rough around the edges. I welcome bug reports and will fix them with great urgency. That being said, requests for new or changed functionality will clearly have to be addressed sometime later. I already have my own list of things. That is one of the reasons I decided to go ahead and publish - to put a cap on the release, otherwise I was never going to get done.

(3) Documentation is still not complete. I have several additional tutorial videos planned to give more details on how to use key functions. But I already invested quite a bit of time on what is needed to understand the plugin's basic functions, how to use it, and the complete list of available functions. It would be a waste of my time and yours if you did not take advantage of the User Guide and Overview Tutorial, whose links are provided in the lead post. This documentation includes a Command Reference, and a video tutorial on how to read the command reference.

I hope you find this plugin useful. I have plans for many more powerful features.
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By the way, the first step in solving a problem, is understanding the problem, and having a mutual agreement of all parties affected. That is all I am trying to do here. No soapbox, no religion, no agenda. Open to any / all ideas that lead constructively to understanding the problem and defining the parameters of a solution - which may or may not be obtainable - but at least we get to know that, and exactly why.
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Quoting primetime21:
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In a perfect world yes, but maybe I'm missing understanding what you're saying but if you enter say "Jonathan Smith," how would Invelos know if it's actually someone whose common name is "John Smith" or a new entirely new actor who goes by Jonathan Smith?

I don't see a way that it can be fully automated without some sort of human research involved.

Yes! Exactly! I am so glad that you made this post because it summarizes the crux of the issue: we have multiple understandings and confusion about the definition of "common name."

You might have missed the distinction I made in my comments. I made a distinction between "the name a person most commonly uses for their credits = stage name = CreditedAs" vs. "the most commonly found credited name in the database". Then there is the little matter of the person's real name, which can be, and often is, different from either of the other two. In our community, we go back and forth between these definitions without distinction, and that confusion plus inadequate support in the database, leads to inconsistent contributions and endless disputes and flip flops in the profile contents. People spend more time complaining about the problem, than trying to craft solutions.

So, I am actually in total agreement with you, because we are both correct about two different aspects of a person's name.

Here is my view:

F/M/L - which is in the database - the person's actual name, or the name they use in public

CreditedAs - the credited name, as it appears in the movie / film credits

Common Name - the most commonly used  CreditedAs in the DVD Profiler Online Database

Now, there is no database field for Common Name. That's what motivates the legitimate Common Names discussions. Ken has given us a way to add fields to a profile. And if we all agreed, we could do that. But, as I said before, we tend to prefer to complain about problems rather than solve them.

The other two sets of fields are there, but due to confusion about terminology, there is inconsistent practice in filling these fields. So, the online is a mess. No way to fix it, as a set of individual users, except over a long period of time. It would have to be an Invelos driven, backend process, that would need our help to provide the data for the first pass.

From then on,

F/M/L should be filled in as completely and correctly as possible by the contributor. In many cases, the concatenated F/M/L will be identical to CreditedAs

CreditedAs should be taken exactly from the film credits

Common Name would be automatically and continuously updated by the backend. That would lead to more profile updates than some of us want, so there would have to be an option to suppress common name updates at the profile level, and / or a new tool called "The Common Name Tool: enter in a name variant, and you get back the current common name".
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I don't understand where this is coming from. When I gave you massive props recently, you complained that I made you unhappy and uncomfortable. Or perhaps compliments from me aren't good enough for you ...

Then maybe the fact that, using your help and advice, I have hundreds of hours of plugin work that hopefully will be helpful to the community, will be something you can enjoy?

Edit: In fact I have some other things I wanted to do, based on your work, if I can get your permission.
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Quoting GSyren:
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OK, fair enough. Then can we expect a release of HTTPJulie soon? I'm really looking forward to it!

Also fair enough on your side. I keep adding to the list of features and trying to reconcile code that is common with BulkEdit and CLTBoss. When I find a bug or make a good change, I have to test it everywhere. Also, there are a couple of commands that really bear explanation, and I didn't finish the documentation / video. But I hear you, at some point I need to "put up or shut up"  . I am aiming for this week. We have had two big snowstorms in the last few days - the first being over 16" in my town. So, I have been giving my venerable snow blower a real workout. Remember, any Developer can get a pre-release any time. Just say the word. 
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Quoting GSyren:
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Quoting mediadogg:
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Based on overwhelming demand, I have decided to

... to be more secretive? 

No, I have nothing to fill in on the other side, because I got no feedback on my question. I have no need for the feature personally.
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Based on overwhelming demand, I have decided to
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Ok no answer yet to that. Sort of doesn't matter, cause I'll probably do it anyway. 

But this whole thing keeps bugging me. Suppose, everybody dutifully did bulk updates every time they had good evidence that it was needed, and then they submitted the changed profiles, and they got approved, then the updated profiles caused CLT results to change, then other users need to update their profiles, then ...

What kind of crazy system is that? I wonder if Invelos just didn't think it through, or maybe got stopped before finishing the support for "common name" and the associated CLT?

I mean, users should have to do NOTHING more than enter the data correctly. Then the "common name," whatever it is should be automatically and continuously computed by the server and the the common name field in the profile updated, but:

- there is no common name field  (but we could add one)
- there is no automated process (still thinking about this)
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I seem to be getting the cast and crew now, and the headshots. But still no DVDs show up. For now, I don't care - I have enough for my testing. And I tried a few of my favorites, and they are available in nice full color. I'll figure out whatever mistake some other day. I have the test database I need now.
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I do this stuff all the time of course, but this is not working for me. I must be downloading the wrong file. Nothing that I am trying is 1.2GB with a recent date. You have links in the first post and also in your signature, and several other places, that do not work for me.


Cummulative Post v11 Update 20201230 HeadshotsWithProfiles.dpb
https://download1507.mediafire.com/dexgswjz58gg/g9mg67lb9xo0o6d/Cummulative+Post+v11+Update+20201230+HeadshotsWithProfiles.dpb
Show in folder
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Thank you. Of course I started by creating a new database. I should have said "empty." I'll try again with your updated files. And I always have many backups to protect me while I am testing and debugging plugins, but thank you for reminding me.
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Quoting AiAustria:
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Yes, this is the workflow.

Addendum:
- The profile, on which you are executing the replace, should list the name only once, since other appearances in the same profile are not replaced (therefore TV shows are bad starting points)
- immediatly after the replace the profile should be saved (there are some minor bugs in this feature).

Sorry for being so abruptly with my first answer; and thanks to all for the explanations 

Stuff like this is so easy for plugins to do, and all occurrences would be handled and saved correctly. Shall I put it on my list? BulkEdit? CLTBoss? Rather do it manually?

Edit: Maybe HTTPJolie is the best place.
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Late to this party, so please excuse dumb questions:

(1) Is there a relationship between the Common Name Thread and the Headshots DB?

(2) How do I make sure I have a database with all of the available headshots? I tried using headshots with profiles, but I got only 1 hidden profile. So I had to create a dummy profile, just to be able to see the Cast / Crew. Then a lot of my favorite people I would expected, were not in there. What am I doing wrong:

- first I created a clean database
- utilities delete unused images
- then I ran a repair, deleting unused cast and crew
- restored the headshots with profiles
- restored the V11.1 file
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Finally!!!!! Some light.

I have been asking and now I know the answer. Common name = the names you see in the Cast / Crew edit dialogue. Simple. I wonder if there is somewhere on the plugin API that you can see this.

Also, the global replace ... is it locally Global, or the changes automatically collected and sent to the online?

Can it be true? Am I finally going to understand this? Wow!
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Quoting AiAustria:
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... and when the common name flips, there is a bulk rename function accessible by pressing Ctrl, which fills changes the person in all profiles and maintains the creditedAs field if checked...

Just when I think I am getting it, another curve ball. Am I the only one who has no clue what you are talking about? Bulk rename of what, where? Ctrl-what? In what program? What are you talking about? Or did I fall for a joke ...
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Quoting yeshee:
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I thought of this too as I first heard of it. But I think there is nothing to fix here. Not until he has starred in more movies under this name, more than under the former one.

Here is an part of an quote T!M posted on page 3 of this thread.
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The common name is not intended to always reflect the "real name", but the most commonly credited name.

Good points!
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Here is am interesting one I stumbled across while testing my latest updates to CLTBoss. I discovered that one of my favorite actresses, Ellen Page, is now Elliot Page. I didn't know. So, the CLT reports masses of stuff for Ellen Page of course, but zero / nada for Elliot Page.

What on earth would / could be a process to cover that one? Is that on Invelos, on each individual user, "no way to fix it", ????

As this world continues to turn. I suspect there are more and will be more situations like this.

Of course these are rhetorical questions. We have no hope of solving this one at this stage.
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