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. Why do you even care then? Why post it here and get post after post of people complaining about a inconsequential twitter conversation.
  2. It's you getting offended by other people's twitter conversations and getting other thin skinned posters to collectively whine with you.
  3. Superhero fans are the worst. Beings fans of superheroes, you'd think they'd try to be better people.
  4. Snyder is doubling down on the Jesus metaphor with Superman and taking a shortcut to develop the character. Snyder's take on Superman in Man of Steel and Batman V Superman is that he's SuperMAN, there's an emphasis on how flawed he is as a person, how he's not the Superman that he should be. Superman returning from the dead in Justice League will parallel Jesus's resurrection, his accession. When Superman returns, he will be the Superman he should be, the one he must be to the greatest hero of the world. A better filmmaker would develop the character instead of taking a shortcut, but this is Zack Snyder.
  5. This is on point. The costumes are embarrassingly bad, and suggest that Wonder Woman will be another faux female empowerment piece, which is really not at all that surprising.
  6. I Am Going Tomorrow With My DC Fanboy Friend. Maybe I See Some Of You There.
  7. That Make Superman Sound Like A Terrorist WTF
  8. Thank You Kayumanggi People Must Not Do Things They Is Trolling.
  9. You Think BKB Is Trolling And Now You Are Going To Do The Same For CW? That Mean You Are Trying To Troll CW Cochofles Because You Doing What You Think Is Trolling. BKB Just Says What He Think Of BVS Because That What He Think But You Are Saying Things About CW To Poke BKB.
  10. I Am Changing Again After The Epic New CW Trailer 1. CW (680 DM) 2. DS (368 DM) 3. BVS (365 DM) 4. DP (340 DM) 5. XA (210 DM) 6. SS (130 DM)
  11. SpiderMan Looks Out Of Place Because Of The Story Bro. He Is Teenager Working With Iron Man And Everyone Is Surprised By Teenager Is Working With Avengers Heroes But It All Part Of The Story That Will Be Epic.