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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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Box Office Casino

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This is a little different than fmpro's bet thread. It's more like the box office derby.

Here are the rules:

Everyone starts with 750 points.

You can bet other casino players in multiples of 25 points with the maximum bet of 100 points.

You can bet an all box office events up to one month in advance. For example: 25 points whether Pacific Rim will open over 55 million.

Be careful or you'll end up broke in a matter of days.

 

No accepting opening weekend bets after 7 pm on Thursday unless the bet is offered over the weekend.

If you fall under 400 points your account will be refreshed back to 400 points every Tuesday.

Who's in? You'll be awarded 750 points and can start betting on upcoming box office events immediately.

All players will be ranked on a chart based on total points.

 

JOIN ANYTIME!

 

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I will leave this here for the first 2/3 weeks, but after that it will get moved to the Games forum, ok?

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Interesting concept for sure. Could have been bigger at the start of the Summer.

 

Also, it would be more exciting to play for actual prizes. 

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I will leave this here for the first 2/3 weeks, but after that it will get moved to the Games forum, ok?

 

Where's the game forum?

 

Does it get much traffic?

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Anyone wanna bet on Lone Ranger over/under 100m DOM total? 50 points here saying that it will :)

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Interesting concept for sure. Could have been bigger at the start of the Summer.

 

Also, it would be more exciting to play for actual prizes. 

 

I think people should have a choice on which to play. I want to take part in this but I can't bet real money... or anything that's actual real.

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Where's the game forum?

 

Does it get much traffic?

No, it doesn't, that is why this will be here for the next 2/3 weeks. To gain popularity. After that, people will follow the game on the Box office Games Forum. :)

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Anyone wanna bet on Lone Ranger over/under 100m DOM total? 50 points here saying that it will :)

It will what... End up under or over? 

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Oh heck, I'm in.

 

 

You're awarded 750 points to bet with.

 

Thanks for playing.

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Interesting concept for sure. Could have been bigger at the start of the Summer.

 

Also, it would be more exciting to play for actual prizes. 

 

People could cheat (multiple accounts) if the prizes were worthwhile.

 

But I'm not completely opposed to the idea of prizes.

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No, it doesn't, that is why this will be here for the next 2/3 weeks. To gain popularity. After that, people will follow the game on the Box office Games Forum. :)

 

I'm happy just to be allowed to continue the Casino at BOT but I'm just curious, why can't it stay here?

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It will what... End up under or over? 

I'm betting on over.

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Anyone wanna bet on Lone Ranger over/under 100m DOM total? 50 points here saying that it will :)

 

Tempting...  ;)

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I'm betting on over.

 

Doesn't take an genius to realize it's not going over...

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I think people should have a choice on which to play. I want to take part in this but I can't bet real money... or anything that's actual real.

 

I meant the host could give out prizes for obtaining a certain amount of points(ala BSG top 3).

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Doesn't take an genius to realize it's not going over...

What's the point in making only ultra safe bets? :P

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100 points that Pacific Rim will top Lone Rangers final gross. Any takers?

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I'm in for the game! And opening weekend or total? I'm guessing total lol, so I'd agree to that!

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