Moving all my Blu-Ray titles to another folder and then back in, did not directly solve the issue. After the re scanning of the Media folders had completed, my original movie count was back, but the people count remained around ~1,800 even after a refresh of those.
However, I was now able to go in and refresh individual Blu-Ray titles and have the people show up (without images), and then a people refresh would bring in the images.
So I next went into the Metadata manager, selected the Blu-Ray media folder, and kicked off a refresh. Low and behold, tailing my server log, I'm now seeing activity.
While leaving the browser session running that's chewing through my Blu-Ray media folder (and doing other updates as well), I fired up a 2nd browser session and checked the people count, and it currently at ~8,600 and climbing.
So once it's done, I'll do the same trick of moving the contents of all my other media folders out of their original folders, re-scan, then bring them back in, and do a Metadata refresh.
Not sure why, in my case, I'm having to do this additional step, but at least it seems to finally allow me to restore my people data.
From the little spot checking I have been doing, it doesn't appear that I have lost my Watched status trackers. My wife would kill me if I had, so that's a good thing, especially when I go to apply this trick to my TV Show media folder!
Edited by pclausen, 30 August 2015 - 08:18 AM.