TVDB has a policy that all shows on their site are listed in Aired Order which is fine, but then they modify the Episode numbers of the show to fit the aired order instead of using the original season and episode numbers! This is causing a conflict when looking up the name of shows based on Season and Episode in FileBot. Meaning shows are renamed to match an incorrect episode number that TVDB has created to match the aired order.
This was my convo with a person at TVDB regarding this issue:
This season the episodes numbers shouldn't be in order if the dates are in order because they were shown out of sequence.
This is the Airdate order and the correct Episode numbers. This is how they should appear but they don't because the wrong Episode numbers are associated to the Episodes.
NOVA - S47E01 - Polar Extremes - 2/5/2020
NOVA - S47E02 - Dog Tales - 2/12/2020
NOVA - S47E03 - Cat Tales - 2/19/2020
NOVA - S47E04 - Mysteries of Sleep - 2/26/2020
NOVA - S47E05 - Cuba's Cancer Hope - 4/1/2020
NOVA - S47E06 - The Truth About Fat - 4/8/2020
NOVA - S47E10 - Decoding COVID-19 - 5/13/2020
NOVA - S47E07 - Eagle Power - 5/20/2020
NOVA - S47E11 - Human Nature - 9/9/2020
NOVA - S47E12 - Secret Mind of Slime - 9/16/2020
NOVA - S47E13 - A to Z - The First Alphabet - 9/23/2020
NOVA - S47E14 - A to Z - How Writing Changed the World - 9/30/2020
NOVA - S47E09 - Nature's Fear Factor - 10/14/2020
NOVA - S47E15 - Touching The Asteroid - 10/21/2020
NOVA - S47E16 - Can We Cool The Planet - 10/28/2020
NOVA - S47E08 - Saving Notre Dame - 11/25/2020
I understand what you mean now.
Unfortunately we cannot rename the episode numbers in the far left column so we would either have to list the episodes out of aired order, or in aired order with the incorrect episode numbers.
As our policy is to list episodes in the order that they aired on TV, this is the correct order that they should be listed on The TVDB as per our rules.
It's an unfortunate consequence of the network airing the episodes out of order.
You can still list them in aired order and correct the errors on the episode numbers. This has repercussions for many devices that look up information based on season and episode number. They keep renaming the episodes incorrectly.
Unfortunately we physically don't have the option to correct the episode numbers. The episode number is linked to the episode itself in the database. So when the episode moves in the order, the episode number automatically moves with it.
If this is causing an issue with a third party application then that would need to be investigated by their support team.
This policy conflicts with providing accurate information.
You can't create fake episode numbers for series without causing all kinds of downstream issues. This policy needs to be revisited.
We'll certainly take your feedback on board, however this is a longstanding TVDB policy which we currently have no intention of changing.
Since they refuse to stop fabricating Episode information and are complicit in propagating it - how do we work around this when renaming files that look up series information based on Season and Episode numbers?