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. In my university even the teachers make copies of books, it is a normal practice in Brazil. I really don't think we should keep this kind of knowledge away from people who don't have money. The average Brazilian university student don't have money to buy these books and this is the only way of making scientific knowledge readily available for them. Enviado de meu LG-K430 usando Tapatalk
  2. In my university only 2 weeks, but you can renew that how many times you want if no one needs the book. The academic books business need to die anyway. Enviado de meu LG-K430 usando Tapatalk
  3. Can't you get those books in a library? Enviado de meu LG-K430 usando Tapatalk
  4. Double post
  5. Btw, even though services like Spotify and Kindle unlimited are not illegal, artists don't usually get a lot of money from it. I'm really not sure what's the solution. I've never paid for Spotify, I would just use the browser version and block ads with an add on. Spotify in my country imposed a time limit for free streaming so recently I just started listening to stuff on YouTube while still blocking ads with ad blocker. What I'm doing is completely legal, but that raises the question... Is it fair to block ads? Enviado de meu LG-K430 usando Tapatalk
  6. I pirate a lot of stuff because of money issues, but I try to stick to cheap options when it's possible (Spotify, Netflix, YouTube, steam) Not sure how much money I 'steal' from the industry. I haven't downloaded a movie in the last 4 months and i saw literally zero movies since August. I try to support stuff that I enjoy, like buying band's self pressed vinyls and indie games on steam, but I don't have the money to support everyone. And I usually don't buy new stuff, most of the time I get my music, comics and books from second hand stores or public libraries. What freaking annoys me is when book stores charge a lot of money for old philosophy books. Why on earth should I pay for something written by a guy who died 500 years ago? And I say that as a philosophy student who is trying to get into the translation business. Enviado de meu LG-K430 usando Tapatalk
  7. Congratulations, guys! And thanks for running the game, Andy. I'm planning on returning to the game this year, but I've already missed the first week lol Enviado de meu LG-K430 usando Tapatalk
  8. Oh wow, Inside Outt? This is insane. But I'm pretty sure the movie will go down a few positions if we do a Top 100 again in a few years. It doesn't really surprise me that so many people like it, I also love it. It's just unexpected to see this grabbing the 1st place. Enviado de meu XT1069 usando Tapatalk
  9. Has inside out already been mentioned? Which rank? Enviado de meu LG-K430 usando Tapatalk
  10. The first one is OK, but I don't really care about it Enviado de meu LG-K430 usando Tapatalk
  11. What is Kfp2 doing in this list, what a horrible movie Enviado de meu LG-K430 usando Tapatalk
  12. I need to watch Song of the Sea and The Book of Life...
  13. i'm loving the list, but to see KFP3 and MU above Nausicaa makes me want to gouge my eyes out. By the way, could someone make a list of the movies that were already mentioned? I'ill be a bit surprised if Summer Wars didn't make the list, did it make the list, @chasmmi? What about Arrietty and Anomalisa?
  14. i think we should also consider wall-e for 1st place
  15. eeehh... I liked Power Rangers because it was kind of a childish fantasy series. It was not supposed to be realistic, it was about interplanetary villains creating cheesy monsters. Just like Dragon Ball Evolution and The Last Airbender were not able to emulate their original series, this doesn't look like Power Rangers.