for some time it is impossible to find the correct Metro Goldwyn Mayer. Somehow the correct just doesn't show up when adding a new release. Both Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (for copyright) and the Brand Metro Goldwyn Mayer don't show up.

This is from the duplicate companies thread:

Is there a possibility to not have the merged companies show up in search, delete them completely from the database?

Correct: https://www.filmo.gs/company/10502-Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Incorrect: https://www.filmo.gs/company/115776-Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer-MGM
Incorrect: https://www.filmo.gs/company/121307-Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Incorrect: https://www.filmo.gs/company/9035-Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Incorrect: https://www.filmo.gs/company/10632-Metro-Goldeyn-Mayer
Incorrect: https://www.filmo.gs/company/9034-MGM

Correct: https://www.filmo.gs/company/9042-Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer-Studios-Inc
Incorrect: https://www.filmo.gs/company/104054-Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer-Studios-Inc
Incorrect: https://www.filmo.gs/company/9630-Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer-Studios-Inc
Incorrect: https://www.filmo.gs/company/164445-Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer-Studios-Inc
Incorrect: https://www.filmo.gs/company/122444-Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer-Studios-In-c
Incorrect: https://www.filmo.gs/company/9793-Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer-Studios-Inc
Incorrect: https://www.filmo.gs/company/10606-Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer-Studios-Inc
Incorrect [no releases]: https://www.filmo.gs/company/161129-Metro-Goldwyn-MayerMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer-Studios-Inc

Correct: https://www.filmo.gs/company/9367-Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer-Pictures-Inc
Incorrect: https://www.filmo.gs/company/104072-Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer-Pictures-Inc
Incorrect: https://www.filmo.gs/company/125454-Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer-Pictures-Inc

Correct: https://www.filmo.gs/company/9661-Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer-Pictures
Incorrect: https://www.filmo.gs/company/10342-Metro-Goldywn-Mayer-Pictures

Also I'm not sure what to do with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment as the correct spelling is not in the database.
https://www.filmo.gs/company/9036-Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer-Home-Entertainment
https://www.filmo.gs/company/10633-Metro-Goldeyn-Mayer-Home-Entertainment
https://www.filmo.gs/company/9040-MGM-Home-Entertainment
https://www.filmo.gs/company/65520-MGM-Home-Entertainement

It’s horrible to find the correct one. none of the correct show up when typing the correct company. sometimes i’ll use the ”Add One Like This” function for a total different entry to get the correct company.

Still not sure why incorrect company listings are not deleted.

Any staff care to comment on this issue? for now i decided to wait with adding my MGM dvd’s, since it’s simply impossIble to find the correct one in the releaseform.

The invalid companies should be deleted; RELEASES using the invalid company data should be edited by original indexer or the company field data should be removed until correct data can be input.

yes and now there is a MGM and new MGM home videos which are getting added.

argh which one correct.

i've asked staff to join this discussion. this has been a problem for at least a year.

well that would be good i have seen a few say [Merged] now but they still show up in the drop down bar as normal companies.

this is the mgm i was talking about.

https://www.filmo.gs/company/193998-mgm

but thanka to the staff sorting this out maybe the other mgm home videos i was talking about got deleted.

Apologies that this has lingered. Looking into this now. There's a couple of factors at play:

  1. The functionality that shows matching companies in the submission form only shows the top 10 matches.
  2. There are a lot of variations of MGM in the db, 53 to be precise.
  3. The search doesn't correctly discriminate on the hyphen. So it sees companies with titles Metro Goldwyn Mayer and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as both matching the search term Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer equally well (the reverse is also true)
  4. People are not very consistent in whether they use the hyphen or not.

Taken together these factors mean that duplicates keep getting created, originals can't be found and people get annoyed.

I'm looking into the best way to handle this. Our thinking now is:

  1. The search should discriminate better on hyphenated words
  2. Company aliases need to be searchable
  3. Allow copy pasting of a company url or id to specify precisely which thing to link to.

We hope to have these factors addressed soon. Thanks for your patience.

I will go over the lists of duplicates and merge those in the meantime.

Still not sure why incorrect company listings are not deleted.

  • Merged submissions are kept around in case the merge is disputed, to prevent data loss. I guess this is less likely in the case of companies, but that's how the functionality works.
  • We use merging functionality to move all linked submissions (in this case releases) from the duplicate to the original
  • Merged submissions should not show up in search or anywhere else. They are only accessible by direct links.
    • If you see examples of merged submissions showing up in search or in the submission form. Do let us know.

yes please add company linking that would help out so much please please please.

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