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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Water Bottle

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  1. The Classic Convo thread. Discuss anything and nothing here.
  2. call me a casual but who is Kendrick Lamar?
  3. Refugees coming into America are the most scrutinized people coming into the US. It's the most difficult, time-consuming way to get into this country.
  4. Yeah in some parts of the country, terrorist attacks ARE routine. But not in our part of the world. This is also technically the safest time to be alive in history statistically speaking.
  5. What are you talking about? It's still being treated like a really huge deal. Because it is.
  6. No. It's not an excuse. What the hell are you talking about? If terrorist attacks in Western society were routine, we wouldn't be paying attention to Manchester like we are right now.
  7. We don't have all the facts yet but even so, not enough for this to be routine. Not even close.
  8. But it's not routine? At least not in the UK/US/Canada/
  9. Cowardice is giving in to fear. Bravery is overcoming your fear.
  10. TMZ generally doesn't report on the personal lives of directors. It's only being reported now because Snyder wanted people to know why he's stepping back from Justice League.
  11. We discussed have a moratorium. Here's our take on this: we all feel bad for Snyder and his family but as far as I know none of us knows Zack Snyder or his family or knew his daughter. If you want, feel free to leave your sentiments in the thread and then come back when you are personally ready to discuss the movie's production. If you are ready, as long as you remain respectful, you are free to do so.
  12. This is a personal tragedy and I completely feel for Zack Snyder and his family. I can't imagine what they are going through: losing a daughter, losing a family member, losing a friend. It's a very sad situation.
  13. MODERATION: What happened to Zack Snyder is tragic and my heart is with him. It is a tragedy. Having said that, please discuss in the Justice League thread or create a thread in the Real Life forum.
  14. A short film I did with my friend. Done in my apartment with no budget.
  15. I am crazy for going in. No way this club will succeed. Been obvious for the last few weeks. Hype is dying.
  16. Oh boy was Nathan from Comedy Central behind this?
  17. What forum is that? Anyways the franchise really has gone downhill. We dont even have Pirate loonies anymore.
  18. Poor people date all the time.
  19. The best way to get a girlfriend is to have confidence, treat women with respect, and ask them out? I don't know, I don't really do girlfriends.
  20. I find the best way to get likes is to just not give a shit if you get likes or not.
  21. Not at all. Very Christian family.