Flag deleted TVDB shows
Trakt relies a lot on TVDB for shows. Sometimes TVDB has duplicates which eventually get fixed. But when that happens, these dupes are still available on Trakt.
I suggest coming up with a notification system that warns when a show has a TVDB entry disappear. Who would get notified? Well, mostly you guys, since you're the ones with the ability to remove dupes. Maybe you could also add a warning on the show page that the TVDB entry is gone and that Trakt admins are investigating.
This might cut down on dupes and the constant reports about them.
Note: this implies that shows on Trakt auto-refresh periodically, otherwise the disappearance of a TVDB entry will never be noticed. I assume that is the case.
"tvdb need to fix so we can fix it" - the major problem with this justification/answer is that TVDB is terrible/very slow at correcting things. It doesn't feel like many people man the site.
At least on TMDb the mods/admins are usually pretty quick to delete/correct things you flag, plus it's also easier to correct things as a regular user.
I also think that their "tvdb need to fix so we can fix it" when there is a dupe is not a valid anwer.
they could easy add a hide flag for series/movies if they found tvdb is wrong and there is no need to wait for tvdb to fix a dupe. just hide for the site, but in the backgound still exist.
Any update on this suggestion?
There really needs to be a way to more easily report duplicates, like a link on each movie/show's page.
I'd also like to see a "combine duplicates" button on the Search page. (Clicking it could show a checkbox on each item in the search results, and then a Submit button when you have two or more items listed.
Check out the system that Goodreads uses. It's pretty good.
I've recently requested removal of duplicate shows 5 different times on Trakt. I know it's not your fault: TVDB has dupes, and you end up getting those. I also try to report them to TVDB when I find them, then to you when TVDB takes care of them.
However, this is becoming repetitive. I really do think you need to create a system that automatically flags those shows on your end when they disappear from TVDB.
I don't know if you just want to notify yourselves/users when that happen, or simply purge the data, but this automation is needed at this point.