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    thwaller commented  · 

    I wanted to address this part separate. Do I like Trakt? Well, yes. Is it important, not really. I use it only to keep track of what I have watched. It is a bit easier to update it on Trakt, then pull from Trakt to update my local database. I have no need for the advanced features, I just do not have a need for it, not that they are bad. As a free service and what I use it for, do I find it helpful? Yes. Is it something I would pay for? No. As a free user am I willing to spend my time "working for free" to add content, update contact that has not properly updated and help to resolve duplicates, etc? Yes. Do I expect to be paid? No. If Trakt went paid only, would I still use it? No. If Trakt offered special access to things like data corrections, removals, refreshes, etc to a group of approved "moderators", would I spend my time on that? Yes. No different than I do for TMDB, Wikipedia, Discogs, MusicBrainz, GitHub projects, etc. If I use a product offered to people for free, as one of those users, I contribute back how I can.

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    I think are misunderstanding. There is no entitled mindset. I spend time to update Trakt as a service to all users. I have my own local data, so whether or not Trakt is updated is of no real concern to me. As someone who deals in data, I always try to keep things as clean and correct as possible, whether it is my data or the data of someone else that I am using. There is no selfishness there, thus, no entitlement.

    Regarding the working for free statement, that is a business model issue. The data is provided to Trakt free of charge by other services, and it is my opinion that Trakt repays that by offering the service free to users without some advanced features. a large part of the system is done by others for Trakt, at no charge. If a new movie needs to be added, does Trakt play any part in that? No, it is users that maintain that database. So as a user, one f the maintainers of the Trakt database, am I expected to "be working for free and bear all the associated costs?" My answer is yes, and the reason is because that is part of what the FOSS community is all about.

    If you look at the points I made and have an understanding of business you can see how this is a logical direction. It makes no sense to have a policy that free users need the help of service staff and paid users do not, that is opposite of logical. Free users should be as self sustaining as possible, so not to utilize additional company resources.

    Just my 2 cents.

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    thwaller commented  · 

    I understand the rate limits, and alone, that is a valid reason for VIP only. However, thinking in terms of a better product, you could simply restrict how often a user can do this. Maybe you limit to 2 refreshes per user per day. Or maybe 5 per user per day until the rate limit is to 75%, then switches to VIP only.

    Some things to also consider,

    1. I personally submitted a good amount of refresh requests that the system has failed to update for some reason or another. This is work on the user to report, and then work on the staff to correct, all while it could be a simple click of a button.

    2. TMBD currently does NOT impose rate limits on the API, free free IMDB API does however at 1000... and with a limit like that I doubt it is used hardly at all anyway.

    3. While TMDB does not impose rate limits, there have been major performance issues with trakt.tv in the recent months. We have been told this i ue to the use of the Trakt API, but this is still a factor that needs to be considered.

    All in all, there is no reason that something like this cannot be done. There are numerous online services that count the number of times you do something, count the amount of processing power or bandwidth you have used, etc. I think this would be a great benefit to the product s a whole, especially since this concept has a feasible solution and could easily be done in a coming batch of enhancements.

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    thwaller commented  · 

    This might be a merge into:
    http://support.trakt.tv/forums/188762-general/suggestions/16220890-most-watched-tv-show
    It is generally the same topic of discussion.

    My guess on this is that it is the show with the most *watched* episodes, not the duration of the episodes.

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    thwaller commented  · 

    Removing my vote. This is to help solidify data accuracy and encourage uses to use the product and try products from others that use Trakt. If that is for VIP only, I do not support. Others can support if they want, so I am not deleting.

    This is my hesitation on using any products that rely on Trakt to use. The reason I am here as a user is because another product used this product, and for lack of better words, forced this use in order to fully use it. Correct data should be for all users, not just VIP in my opinion.

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    A bit of user interaction would be great. I speak from experience with MusicBrainz, Discogs, etc that user contribution is a major benefit. Looking at the data they provide compared to others like TMDB and TVDB that are more restrictive, the quality is clearly better. Sure, there is a down side too, but the current method also has a down side. There are many series' and movies that have incorrect data and refreshing does not always work as it is supposed to. Additionally, the changes are driven by difficult and controlling sources which does not help. I think there would be a huge advantage to be gained by a true user contributed movie database. Just a matter of who does it first.

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    Your points make sense, but as before this is still not something we plan on supporting. I’ll move this to researching, but I don’t anticipate changing this in the near term.

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    thwaller commented  · 

    @manoconnor I am not disagreeing on making improvements, sorry if it was taken that way. All I was stating is that I do not believe that the date issue "has to be fixed", but rather a feature request. My point in commenting was my change in opinion on that. It is my opinion, after personal review and experience with how I use trakt, that an unknown date is less useful to me as a data user then using the released date as a value for unknowns. I won't bore all with the exact reasons, but it is data integrity and compatibility reasons. Use of "unknown" added or not, I won't use it in favor of released date .... just my opinion, and a changed one.

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    Although I see this as an issue as well, I agree with the stand of Justin. All I do is use the released date if I am unsure of the date. Although I felt a bit differently prior, after using for a reasonable while, I no longer see this as a real issue, meaning a problem. Just my opinion. When I compare all of the other software, web sites and plugins used in combination for my media center, trakt.tv is currently one of least issues and is a welcome addition.

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    The VIP option does not address this post then, but you have stated that it is not possible at this time. Keep for future consideration I guess. Support being that the image does not serve purpose to the content and purpose of the web site and actually interferes with said content.

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    It does if the image used can be smaller in height, or removed all together. On my displays, the image is large to the point that scrolling down about 1 screen is needed to get to real content, the image thus serves no purpose, only gets in the way. If this is VIP, I cannot see, so it is up to your discretion.

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