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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About misafeco

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  1. Would you mind to extend this bet? Maybe O/U 150M?
  2. I'll take one for 100 points.
  3. Beauty was a Beast, dammit.
  4. You got me. Not sure if it was available here though.
  5. I haven't seen a good Aronofsky movie yet. Even though I love JLaw and watched every movie of hers in theaters since Catching Fire, I'll probably pass this.
  6. American Hustle? I'm not a big fan. SLP is the perfect O.Russel movie, Hustle was too unfocused and chaotic for me.
  7. I really don't get the Hunger Games hate here. Wait until we do 2013, and Catching Fire is top 3 again.
  8. Glad to see THG in the top 10. It was my #2. Now let's hope neither TDKR or Avengers win this thing.
  9. By the way, Cristopher Nolan is an overrated hack.
  10. I didn't put it on my list, but it has a lot of fans.
  11. Those are all critically acclaimed, it's not like we vote trash movies to the top 10.
  12. I'll take the last two.
  13. The article says they announced the German release date (March 1), and lists the cast.
  14. 200M budget? What the hell costs that much? They even filmed the movie in Budapest to cut the budget, I can't imagine how they spent 200M on it.
  15. If you have 2 bets an under 900 and an over 873, you can't lose points. True, you only gain if it's between the two numbers, but the risk is also zero.