Sunshine, Light, and Joy


This is a post that I've been thinking about for awhile. Recently, I opened up the discussion to other members of the staff to get their feelings on the matter, and their opinions generally matched mine, which is this:

Within the last year or so, there's been a steady increase of negative posts in movie threads. We've always had some heated discussions for some movies, but recently things have not only gotten more histrionic in those threads (generally speaking, the CBM ones), but they've started to spread to other franchises and other movies as well. I'm not talking about out-and-out trolling, I'm talking about members feeling they have to consistently shit on a movie (or studio, or star) simply because they aren't interested in the current project or projects. With every piece of news about a movie, it's now a virtual guarantee that there's a flood of people rushing to say they think it sucks, they don't like the current trailer/tv spot/actor/actress/director/concept. And I get it -- we all have movies we don't like, movies which we think are bad ideas, industry people that just don't appeal to us. But there's a fine line between expressing your opinion about this and doing it so often, with such consistency, that the collective emphasis of all of it basically brings down the entire thread and thus the entire forum.

There's no easy answer to this. We don't want to crush freedom of expression here. But at the same time, the spirit of this forum is for people to have fun talking about the movies they love and the box-office runs they love.

To have fun.

And while it may be fun -- in a sense -- to personally vent about a movie, or to vent at people who dare to enjoy something you don't, it doesn't bring fun to our community. In fact, it generally drags down the overall fun for everyone else. We've had people repeatedly mention to us over the last several months or so that in some cases they don't even bother going into some threads -- even for movies they're curious about! -- because they just don't want to deal with the overall mess those threads contain. And frankly, that matches the personal opinion of most of the staff as well.

So this post is both a request and a warning. 

The request: Next time you feel like taking a dump on a movie (or a topic) for the dozenth time, take a moment to consider whether it's really worth it. People probably already have a good idea of what your attitude about the project is. Maybe just put your posting energy into a movie that you enjoy and love or are excited about.

The warning: The staff is going to be taking a closer look at some of these threads and we'll be more active with temp thread-bans if we think it'll help the overall vibe of the forum. I'd rather we don't have to, but it's not going to constrain any of you too much if you aren't allowed to post about a movie you supposedly don't care about anyway.

Remember the words of Bill and Ted: "Be Excellent to Each Other".

They're just movies, guys. It's about having fun.

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  1. One of the rare occasions where the actuals helped me go up! Thats the only reason I could beat Bye in the Tournament this week (poor guy, he has the worst track record at this game)! Next week is a whole other story though... @Bates almost never misses, so I'm doomed... Congrats @Rolling Thunder for ending your 'not winning streak'!
  2. I don't know what I was thinking with that Smurfs prediction but somehow the rest was still good enough for 12th! congrats @Wildbill!
  3. congrats @M37! only played 6 games so far but was in the top 4 in 4 of them!
  4. another tough week! congrats @ChipMunky for winning!
  5. tough week, only 5 people over 80%! congrats @TalismanRing for winning!
  6. almost perfectly balanced 8wombi7 90.863% 90.859% 90.863% congrats @Matrix4You on yet another victory!
  7. wow, last week my score would've been good for 6th, this time around its only good enough to be 16th... great competition, as always! congrats @boxofficeth, amazing result!
  8. finally a result over 90% this year (even if barely ), but still a long way to go if i want to compete again in the yearly rankings... congrats @Matrix4You and @Simionski for their respective wins!
  9. nice i think even if there will be actuals for SJ its safe to say, that @Fancyarcher should remain no. 1, so congrats for winning this week!
  10. 25th, I knew it... congrats @boxofficeth for winning!
  11. damn, i forgot to recheck my early entries so Before I Fall and John Wick will probably kill me this week
  12. it's not that over 88% is a bad score, but with competition like this its only good enough for 15th congrats @Simionski!
  13. congrats from me too!
  14. not worth mentioning my efforts this week, but congrats@Spaghetti by the Seafor winning and for a fantastic score! you left behind the competition by over 5%!
  15. did a bad job on the openers, but since most people did i could still catch a place in the top ten! congrats @POTUS!