Keywords

Keywords - Overview

A keyword is a word (or group of connected words) attached to a title (movie / TV series / TV episode) to describe any notable object, concept, style or action that takes place during a title. The main purpose of keywords is to allow visitors to easily search and discover titles.

  • A keyword can be a single word (waterfall) or a phrase with words separated by a dash (world-war-two; running-away-from-home)
  • Keywords should be lower-case
  • Before submitting a new keyword, search the keyword database to see what already exists. A list of the keywords currently being used can be displayed by clicking on the gray list icon ( ) next to the keyword field.

    Unacceptable keywords

  • Plurals Use singular words. For example, trains should be train
  • Episode-specific keywords submitted to the TV series page Keywords submitted to the TV series page should be relevant to and describe the entire series. Keywords that are specific to a particular episode should be added to that episode only.
  • Accented words For example, cafĂ© should be cafe
  • Foreign words Keywords should be in the English language
  • Repeating the title For example adding shawshank-redemption as a keyword to the title Shawshank Redemption. If the movie Shawshank Redemption is mentioned or referred to during a title, you can use the keyword reference-to-shawshank-redemption
  • Repeating genres For example, we have the genres Romance and Drama so you can submit these as genres to the title rather than submitting the keyword romantic-drama
  • Production Company The production company for a title will not be accepted as a keyword (i.e. silverline-productions)
  • Standalone names This includes actors/actresses/crew members/real life people. For example:
  •     marilyn-monroe
        tony-blair
        john-williams
        tom-cruise
        albert-einstein

    Exception: We accept name keywords with a relevant descriptive signifier. Examples:

        reference-to
        parody
        satire
        sketch
        interview

    Examples of these in practice:

        reference-to-marilyn-monroe
        tony-blair-parody
        john-williams-satire
        tom-cruise-sketch
        albert-einstein-interview

    Special keywords

    There are some keywords that trigger specific display functions on the site:

  • reenactment Used for a Documentary so that actors portraying people are not listed as 'Self'
  • non-fiction Used for a non-Documentary title, like a Talk-Show, to indicate that the people are portraying themselves
  • tv-special Affects the display of a title; it will say 'TV special' instead of 'TV movie' at the top of the page. Also acts like the non-fiction keyword
  • tv-mini-series Affects the display of a title; it will say 'TV miniseries' instead of 'TV series' at the top of the page
  • hardcore | sex These two keywords, combined with the Adult genre, will restrict the display of a title to those people who have chosen to see adult titles
  • -character Used to denote a character's appearance in a title. The formatting should be presented as the name of the character first, followed by "-character". So, for Star Wars, we'd list Han Solo as "Han-Solo-character". This can be used for both fictional characters, and fictional portrayals of real life people (including when someone is playing a fictionalized, scripted portrayal of themselves). Please note that if the character is recurring in a series the character keyword should only be added to the parent and not individual episodes.
  • There are some keywords that have a specific meaning:

  • f-rated Used for any title which is either directed by a woman, written by a woman, or features significant women on screen in their own right
  • triple-f-rated Used for any title which meets all three of the f-rated criteria: directed by a woman, written by a woman and features significant women on screen in their own right
  • Duplicate Keywords

    To report a duplicate keyword please go to our public online support community at the IMDb Get Satisfaction community user board (if you don't already have an account you will be asked to register). Start a new thread and include the details of the keywords you think should be combined.

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