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The Character Biography page is part of the new Character Page feature on IMDb. We've created the ability for contributors to directly add/update/edit/delete the details of a characters cinematic and television history.

The Character Biography feature is the place to add a detailed description of the entire history of a character, including spoilers of the film plots in which they have appeared, so users who haven't seen one of the characters movies or missed an episode of a TV series in which the character appeared, can read everything about the character's activities.

A biography must include details of the story of the films, TV series and/or videogames in which the character has appeared. Biography details for a character must be factual and based only upon information in the movie, TV show, video game or other related sources (such as a novelization, interviews with the filmmakers, etc.)

Any analysis or opinion of the films, shows, or characters performance should be left out of the biography page. e.g., "This film is one of Dracula's finest." It is up to the viewer to decide if he/she likes the performance.

Pages for actual people should be kept separate from pages for characters. For example, biography information for the actual President John F. Kennedy must not be included on the Character Biography page for the character John F. Kennedy (as portrayed by Bruce Greenwood in Thirteen Days or Steven Weber in "The Kennedys of Massachusetts"). Please note that we (and our contributors) are still adamant and passionate about ensuring that our data remains as structured as possible and properly categorized, so if you add

Here are a few examples of the Character biographies that have already been created:

Check out the Character Biography for the character Jesse James here.

Check out the Character Biography for the character Austin Powers here.

Please do not copy character biographies from other sources. We ask that you write up your own original biography for a character for addition to our site.

The Character Biography page consists of one section into which you can add a detailed history of the character, or edit the information already added by another user.

It's very easy to add to or edit the biography - just click on the "Edit" tab near the top of the page. While you edit the content you can always press "Preview" to see how your edits will look live on site. Press "Save" when you are satisfied with your changes. Press "Cancel" if you want to cancel your changes.

Keep the Character Page policies in mind when editing.

Do not add content that obviously fits other sections of IMDb. We do not want to replicate information that can easily fit in one of our pre-existing categories. "Hard" data like cast/crew information, release dates or box office numbers are still going to be edited and managed via the regular submission process (click here if you want to learn how to contribute to non-Character page categories).

While your additions and edits to the Character Biography will be visible immediately on the biography page itself, it will take about 6 hours for your changes to appear in the Biography overview section on the characters Main Details page.

You must be a registered IMDb user and authenticate your account to start editing a Character Biography page.

You must authenticate your account to start editing a Character Biography page. Please click here to do so now.

This extra authentication is voluntary for most site features, but is required for gaining the ability to add/update/edit a Character Biography page.

Authenticated accounts help us produce features to reduce the amount of spam, trolling and other malicious or disruptive activity on our site over time.

Here's a list of formatting features that we allow:

We support formatting using [Square Brackets].

Basic font modifications:

i - italics [i]italic[/i]

b - bold [b]bold[/b]

Color coding:

Red - red [red]red[/red]

Green - green [green]green[/green]

Blue - blue [blue]blue[/blue]

purple - purple [purple]purple[/purple]

Orange - orange [orange]orange[/orange]

Yellow - yellow [yellow]yellow[/yellow]

Links to names: Cynthia Lea by using [link=nm2106835] (get the name number (also known as nconst) from the URL of the person's page)

Links to titles: Red's Dream by using [link=tt0093832](get the title number (also known as tconst) from the URL of the title's page)

Links to urls: http://www.imdb.com [url]Full URL[/url]

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Spoilers: here's a big secret! [spoiler]Spoiler text[/spoiler] Note: Since we are encouraging contributors to include every detail of a character's cinematic existence, the top of each Character Biography page will have a spoiler warning prominently featured. Thus, the use of this spoiler code is strictly optional, and should be used only when it is absolutely necessary to do so, such as when spoiling the plot point of a movie unrelated to the character at hand.

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When you click "History" button, or the "view full history" link at the bottom of the page, you see a pull down menu that has a list of the times and contributors that have edited this category. You can select one of these and view how the biography has changed over time. If there is a serious error in a current version of the biography, or it was damaged while saving, you can revert back to a previous version by making that the current selected version, then clicking revert.

Please note that "Reverting" a section of text simply because you don't like the content or disagree with a judgment call in that content is frowned upon. Our tools allow us to monitor topics that undergo reversion too often, and we may take action if we feel reversions are made inappropriately.

Every Character Biography page has a "Watch" button on it. By clicking the "Watch" button, you are adding the page to your "Watchlist". Your "Watchlist" will list all the pages that you want to keep an eye on and revisit.

We suggest you bookmark your Watchlist and then check it periodically to see at a glance which Character Biography pages have been updated.

You can also access your "Watchlist" by going to your account page and clicking on "View your Watchlist" (under the History bar).

Before editing a Character Biography, please stop and think about why and how you want to edit it. Simply not agreeing with someone is not a good reason to edit. Inappropriate use of editing is considered a violation of our terms and conditions by our administrators.

Use the "Discuss" page (click on the "discuss" tab at the top right-hand corner of the page) to discuss with fellow IMDb users ways to improve the current postings.

One good reason to edit a category is if it violates our link=http://www.imdb.com/help/show_leaf?swikitc]Terms and Conditions[/link]; then you can delete the question by pressing the "Edit" button and editing/deleting the relevant content.

Character Biography is a way for the community to work together on a topic. If you have started to edit a topic and someone else edited and saved the topic before you had the chance to save your edits, then you will receive a conflict message. In this case, please "Cancel" your changes and then edit the new version of the topic by clicking "Edit".

Please remember: avoid using Revert unless you're reverting to correct/remove obvious vandalism. Simply not agreeing with someone is not a good reason to revert a section of text. Use the "Discuss" page to discuss with fellow IMDb users ways to improve the topic posted.

If you do notice obvious vandalism, revert the changes by pressing the "History" button or "View full history" link, and choosing the version you want to revert to from the drop down menu. If, after carefully reviewing the version you select, you still think that there is still a reason to revert the page to this version, click on the "Revert" button.

To help you compare between versions, check the box next to the "show changes" option, which lets you compare between two versions of the topic. Text that was deleted between the two versions is marked with red and a strike line over it. Text that was added between the two versions is marked with green.

Admins have the ability to lock a Character Biography page from editing. It is usually done (a) permanently for policy pages, such as this one, (b) temporarily, in the case of an edit war, and (c) temporarily, in the case of frequent vandalism.

The discussion page of the locked page will remain open for editing and is the best place to discuss ways to end an editing war.

Locking a page on any particular version is not meant to express support for that version and therefore requests should not be made that the protected version be reverted to a different one. As a general rule (unless in a case of obvious vandalism) the page will be locked in its last version.

Requests for unlocking a page should only be made when the risk of vandalism to a page has dissipated or the sides in an editing war have reached an agreement on the discussion page. Visit the Lock/Unlock Request page to request a page unlock. File a request, and one of the Admins will handle the request. You will know that your request was answered by an Admin when the status changes to "Close".

The Character Biography page itself is not a place for opinions or arguments. The purpose of the Discussion page is to give Biography editors a place to discuss issues and reach a consensus and by doing so, to avoid editing wars on the content page itself. The discussion page is also a place for suggestions for improvements for the Character Biography page.

Please keep in mind the Discussion page policies when posting in the discussion page.

First, read the entire discussion page. (Find it by clicking on the "Discuss" tab at the right-hand corner of the webpage.) If other users are discussing the same issue you want to add, join their discussion instead of creating a new one. If, after reading the entire discussion page, you find that you do have a new issue to discuss, press the "add" tab at the top of the page. Type the issue to discuss in the "subject" line and a short description or your point of view on the matter in the text box. To keep track of replies to your newly-posted issue, visit the page frequently and consider adding the page to your "Watchlist".

Click on the "+" button at the end of the comment you want to respond to and type in your answer/comment. Press the "Save" button to save your comment, or "Cancel" to discard it. Your answer/comment will automatically be placed in the correct place on the page.

Once you have pressed "Save" you cannot edit your posting.

Once you press "Save", you cannot edit your posting in the Discussion page.

Group responsibility is the key here; the entire IMDb community, including ourselves and users like you, will work together to prevent people from adding bad information.

If you notice bad data on the site, help us by editing the data and correcting it. But please remember, different people have different views: Respect other contributors and interact in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Treating others with respect is key to collaborating effectively. The best way to reach a consensus is discussing the issue with other contributors by using the "discuss" page.

We also choose to require Character Page users to authenticate their account before being able to edit Character Biographies. Users who violate the Character Page policies will have their authentication removed and will no longer be able to edit a Character Biography page.

Please report this at the "Notify the Admin" page.

The "Notify the Admin" page is intended to get an Admin's attention for problems with user behavior requiring intervention, such as in the case of vandals.

Please remember that Admins are IMDb users, and not IMDb staff, who have volunteered to help monitor the Character Biography pages. So do not use "Notify the Admin" page for:

1. Requesting content addition help - consult this page instead.

2. Requesting that a page be locked - use lock a page instead.

3. Trying to settle a content dispute - instead peacefully discuss the issue on the relevant discussion page.

Remember: It might take time for Admins to respond to requests, so please be patient and respectful.

We understand that some titles are more prone to editing wars. If you notice such a case, please post a request to lock a page.

Please remember that locking a page is a process managed by Admins, who are IMDb users, and not IMDb staff, that volunteered to help monitor the Character Biography pages, so do not request a lock if:

1. You notice a single event of vandalism - instead simply revert the change.

2. There is a content dispute - instead peacefully discuss the issue in the relevant discussion page.

Remember: It might take time for Admins to respond to requests, so please be patient and respectful.

We're eager to hear what you think and how we can improve this feature. We'd also like to know where we can extend collaborative editing beyond Character Biography. We have some good ideas, but more suggestions from you would be even better!

Please let us know at this this message board.

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