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

 

There must be at least 15 active players for these prizes to be available (active means each player must make at least 5 bets total).

 

The first casino player to hit 2,500 points gets a $35 Visa gift card.

 

The second player to hit 2,500 points gets a $25 Visa gift card.

 

I reserve the right to cancel all terms if less than 10 casino players remain active (less than 2 bets per week from each player) after 15 players become officially active (5 bets each) but before the first person reaches 2,500 points.

 

Sorry if the prizes are kind of weak. It's a recession.  :P

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its an interesting concept but just a question whos gonna keep track of all bets?

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

 

 

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

 

 

Total I say it will be pass Lone Ranger total (Domestic).

 

Is this a bet?

 

mahnamahna, do you agree to these terms for 100 points?

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its an interesting concept but just a question whos gonna keep track of all bets?

 

 

I'm going to do my best.

 

It's my first time running a game so please be patient with me.  :)

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

 

 

I'm betting on over.

 

 

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

 

 

Chd, do you agree to these terms for 100 points?

 

Is this a bet?

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I'm going to do my best.

 

It's my first time running a game so please be patient with me.  :)

 

well the only problem I have with the game is Human Error because with a casino game like this doing the old fashion way of keeping track can be kind of hectic. I know I run the Boxoffice.com Pick-em League.

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By the way i'm totally in and would like to place 250 points on Kevin Hart over 10 million at the box office this weekend

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Sure, I'm in, why not?

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Cool idea. Ill sticky this for u for the 2-3 weeks that cjohn said. As long as shawn has no problem with it.

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By the way i'm totally in and would like to place 250 points on Kevin Hart over 10 million at the box office this weekend

 

 

100 points is the maximum bet, sorry.

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Cool idea. Ill sticky this for u for the 2-3 weeks that cjohn said. As long as shawn has no problem with it.

I already talked to Shawn. He said it was fine.

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Cool...thanks cjohn.

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100 points is the maximum bet, sorry.

 

ok then make it 100 points on Kevin Hart's movie making over then 10 million 3 Day weekend 

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Chd, do you agree to these terms for 100 points?

 

Is this a bet?

It was sarcasm, bro.

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Anyone want to take a bet from me that WWZ will top 600 WW?

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Anyone want to take a bet from me that WWZ will top 600 WW?

Sure what the heck, got to get started at some point. I will take whatever side you don't and you can pick the amount.

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100 pts says it gets past 600.

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