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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  2. Blah!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     

  3. Seems like CAYOM is dead so I'm just going to talk about myself. Imma have sex with Danielle Panabaker. Been using her in CAYOM for 11 years now. 8)
  4. F*ck me Charlize Theron. That is all. for now.
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  6. "Tustin, We Have a Problem" This is sort of a sequel but only Impact would remember the original since it was his favorite of my CAYOM movies. It's based off "Penny Press" which was about a boy born in the 20s that starts writing novels in the 30s to help his family through the Great Depression. It will start as Penny Press. The young boy becomes a journalist and reports during World War II but since he was born in 1925 he doesn't get drafted. He is a Republican that supports Eisenhower and ends up working for the Nixon Campaign in 1960. He convinces Richard Nixon to wear makeup on TV and thus Nixon wins the 1960 election. Since Nixon is from California, Tustin, CA is the city that gets the contract for the moon landing. In 1968, Robert Kennedy is elected after 8 years of Nixon. The movie ends in 1975 with the moon landing taking place 6 years later than in our world.
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  8. I'm back! http://www.amazon.com/Jesse-Radin/e/B00AV4Z0VO Here's my author page, I have about 10 novels for sale and I often make them free. Some of them have been CAYOM products in the past.
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  10. I will be holding out for a bit, starting a new job Monday so no time for movie-make.
  11. I'm back! It's been a long time... more than a year. So I am re-introducing myself... I've been a part of CAYOM since 2006, Year 9, though I would post films after the deadline starting in Year 6. I'm 30, a self-published author, and a serial status updater. I have a few ideas and I hope to join in Year 11: Part 1. Year 10 I'll be staying out.
  12. Electric (Energized Entertainment) will be returning for Year 11! Yeah! Oh Yeah! Expect greatness. Millz mills.
  13. If I were to foolhardily/bravely jump back into this venture, when will the next part of Year 10 be there for new films?