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. He spoiled the movie (unknowingly) and fell afoul of the new stricter spoiler policy. We gave him a 1 week threadban which is literally the lowest possible punishment. @aabattery imitated him and got an official warning.
  2. Are you forgetting this? http://www.pajiba.com/think_pieces/an-open-letter-to-warner-bros-ceo-kevin-tsujihara-about-layoffs-zack-snyder-and-donuts.php the smears began early with this one.
  3. No rubbernecking to be done anymore. People return to their daily lives.
  4. I'm very happy the Associated Press review is positive. The AP review is the most read one in the USA because newspapers without their own reviewers just syndicate APs review which magnifies its reach tremendously. Since that is the review most people who only see one or two movies a year will see, it is great to see it be positive.
  5. Catching up on the past 5 pages (not stupid enough to read 40 pages). But it appears there were 80+ people in this thread just 20 minutes ago, only 15 people here now. Looks like a lot of rubbernecking was planned
  6. Well, Tenzing Norgay was right there with him. Technically NZ is tied with India in this achievement.
  7. And show me where the character's actor is named. Were you banned for saying Ares was the villain or was it for spoiling who was playing Ares?
  8. We updated the entire spoiler policy for this reason. Specifically even mentioned what a spoiler entails. I have literally no grudge against anyone. You spoiled a third act twist which WB has not mentioned or released footage for, regardless of how many sites carry it. That is why we updated the policy a month or so ago.
  9. Everyone is on holiday right now. We probably will get things tomorrow.