I'm aware that this is idiosyncratic, and USA-centric, of me, but I'm tossing it out there anyway. And this really pertains to only the movie section of Doghouse, I suppose.
I use dvdpedia to (research and) catalog films, not DVDs or Blu-rays or ...
So I don't understand the utility of, for example, these seven entries in Doghouse for the Zhang Yimou film "Hero":http://doghouse.bruji.com/movie/12565
(Writer: Paul Whittington) ?http://doghouse.bruji.com/movie/270
(Dustin Hoffman as Bernard 'Bernie' Laplante) ??http://doghouse.bruji.com/movie/97369http://doghouse.bruji.com/movie/67185
(pretty empty entry)http://doghouse.bruji.com/movie/903http://doghouse.bruji.com/movie/41471http://doghouse.bruji.com/movie/79329
There is no "Features" section that distinguishes these releases from one another. There are runtimes of 95, 96, and 99 minutes, and release years of 2001, 2002, and 2004, but who knows where that information came from? A Bar scan from the physical media? If I were to want to buy the uncut version of this film, I would like to know which one to get but I can't confidently glean that information by comparing all these entries.
I understand that Doghouse is crowd-sourced and moderated by volunteers, but wonder if quality control might be eased and improved by restricting entries to one per FILM if it isn't able to make that kind of information available.
I presume our friends in Italy would like to know if a title is available in their language, but does this entry http://doghouse.bruji.com/movie/41471
add much to the database? I don't even know what this one is: http://doghouse.bruji.com/movie/67185
Again, I'm aware that I have a peculiar, niche area of interest here, and for example, only want to know what language a film was originally shot in.
I was going to suggest restricting entries to one per film with some kind of portal that might allow for users to add physical media release information but ... I'm aware, for example, IMDb used to track DVD releases but has eliminated that section from their website. Probably for a good reason.
True lovers of certain films do want to know about differences in various releases of the films they love. "Does this one have Director's commentary"? "Is it subbed, or dubbed"? "Are there any special features like a 'Making of' Documentary"? I'm just not sure that the Doghouse open policy is providing this information, and isn't in fact creating more chaos than control.
Sorry that I keep forgetting that for 99% of your users these programs ARE about physical media. I just can't seem to get my head around that.
I'll bet that a large percentage of your users, if not the vast majority, don't care about IMDb, so restricting entries to one per IMDb ID would be silly. Doghouse was inspired to get around Amazon's new policies so that's a no-go. I don't know what to suggest. I've been trying for years to find, and/or help create, an authoritative, reliable source of information on film. I think it's impossible.