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. My point still stands, sure there are guys that want to see hot chicks but there are plenty who even subconsciously will not go see it because of a female lead. Is that right? No but also arguing gender bias doesn't play a role is misguided as well.
  2. Hannity turned out to be a big PR stunt again. Guy is so pathetic, not a coincidence all those stories about FOX lagging in the ratings have been coming out last few days.
  3. You are seriously a waste of time, back to keeping your posts ignored. Obviously anyone can have a fucking podcast, they are no longer relevant though for the purpose of having a message that can resonate beyond their narrow minded supporters.
  4. So what? They will be removed from the cable cycle and national conversation. It's already happened with Beck and is happening with O'Reilly. You clearly don't understand.
  5. Yeah well he's the new face of the network supposedly lol.
  6. So what? He'd be off the most powerful platform there is for a guy like him. He'd become irrelevant.
  7. Please let him meltdown and quit on air tonight. “@seanhannity: Huge announcement tonight about Seth Rich, Trump/Russian Collusion corrupt media, the liberal effort to silence me. And my future at Fox!”
  8. I want to be in given there is no buzz for this really and reviews confirm that. On the fence but I'll say just out.
  9. How many guys have WW as their favorite superhero just to play a little devils advocate? I think there is some gender bias that plays a factor even at a subconscious level.
  10. I'm out, not sure why this should do substantially better than both Mos and or BvS Or SS.
  11. Going through Georgina Callander's Twitter feed is a sobering experience. Something about this is bothering me even more than the other mass shootings even though they all deserve their share of remembrance. She was a fan that loved pop culture, just like all of us.
  12. On cue, I love how predictable this is. “@RealSkipBayless: As a longtime Spurs fan, that was as sad a game as I've ever watched them play. They would've been in the Finals with a healthy Kawhi.”
  13. Dubs undefeated heading into the Finals. Don't really care how boring it was and the injuries along the way, that's impressive. Spurs fans cheering Manu at the end was really cool.
  14. It's pretty awful especially since Eva Mendes and WILL Ferrell is the worst combination intended to be funny I've ever seen.
  15. Do it, the 7s and 8s are two of the best phones ever made.