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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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POTUS

Yearly Prediction Accuracy Prize

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Andy and I discussed creating a prize for accuracy for the year. There are many derby players that are predicting well but missed a few games and may have hard time catching up in points.

 

In baseball both highest total hits in a year and highest batting average are acknowledged. Starting players can average 650 plate appearances. Leadoff hitters can have as many as 700 and often have the most hits, catchers that need a day of rest per week or an injured player may have only 500-550. MLB requires 500 minimum to win the batting average title.  

 

I am offering a prize for the best accuracy. Like baseball, a large majority of the year must be played.  We've decided on 40 weeks. So if you started late or spaced out a few weeks you still have a chance at an annual prize and bragging rights. 

A $50 gift certificate(TBD) will be awarded.

 

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Thank you No Prisoners for contributing the prize.

 

Although the prize is provided by a forum member the Derby is run by the forum.  That means the terms & conditions that exist for all Derby prizes are in force for this prize.

 

http://derby.boxofficetheory.com/ClaimPrizes.aspx

 

I am not eligible for Derby Prizes.  Therefore I will be determining the winner and awarding the prize.

 

As No Prisoners stated you must play 40 or more weekly games in the 2016 season to be eligible.

 

The highest % as calculated on the Standings page (2016) will win.

 

No Prisoners is eligible to win this prize.

 

Good luck all.

 

Andy

 

 

 

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Yall are awesome - thank you for doing this No Prisoners. 

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This is an excellent idea!  I was looking at my schedule for the year and there's at least 3 weekends where making predictions might be challenging for various reasons.  This gives frequent players who miss a week here and there something to play for, as well.  Unlike professional sports, there are no off-days or bye weeks in the Derby so I extend a sincere 'thank-you' for making this opportunity available to us.  :)

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Looks like that Matrix guy may win...

 

Of more interest to me is whether there will be an annual Razzie award for the worst predictor?? :) 

Edited by lilmac

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uh.... we do have 8 months to go....

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On Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 9:18 PM, Rolling Thunder said:

This is an excellent idea!  I was looking at my schedule for the year and there's at least 3 weekends where making predictions might be challenging for various reasons.  This gives frequent players who miss a week here and there something to play for, as well.  Unlike professional sports, there are no off-days or bye weeks in the Derby so I extend a sincere 'thank-you' for making this opportunity available to us.  :)

YW. Likes sports an injury can happen.

Carpal tunnel is bitch!

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@Bates is the accuracy leader for 75%+ of games played. But like baseball, it's a long long season. 

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Bates

671 84.861% 17 78.990% 86.803% 5.695%
Matrix4You 775 84.150% 20 71.414% 87.342% 5.009%
No Prisoners 750 83.915% 20 71.367% 86.763% 4.774%
TalismanRing 744 83.727% 20 73.932% 86.208% 4.586%
8wombi7 738 83.678% 20 74.000% 85.710% 4.537%
Rolling Thunder 728 83.313% 20 71.923% 85.940% 4.172%
moviecriticguy 649 83.250% 18 70.437% 85.864% 3.920%
Simionski 684 82.789% 20 68.625% 86.945% 3.647%
Tower 625 82.611% 19 67.642% 86.604% 3.081%
Bozly 699 82.542% 20 71.731% 85.262% 3.400%

Top ten in accuracy after 20 weeks. 16 games minimum played

@Bates under 85% for the first time, @Matrix4You back over 84% and closing the gap

 

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On ‎5‎/‎3‎/‎2016 at 1:07 AM, lilmac said:

Looks like that Matrix guy may win...

 

Of more interest to me is whether there will be an annual Razzie award for the worst predictor?? :) 

 

and the battle for the Razzie. also 16 games minimum

Water Bottle 221 74.403% 18 53.746% 80.482% -5.327%
24Lost 276 74.130% 20 55.234% 79.656% -5.012%
Wonka 215 73.343% 19 65.018% 77.783% -5.669%

 

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Bates 1637 85.855% 49 77.195% 88.284% 4.780%
JCHAMMER 25 85.819% 1 87.223% 85.217% 1.544%
TalismanRing 1828 85.538% 53 75.872% 88.005% 4.524%
POTUS 1790 85.484% 53 74.469% 88.331% 4.470%
Msd272 50 85.455% 1 0.000% 85.455% 3.844%
Matrix4You 1785 85.318% 53 73.286% 88.392% 4.304%
8wombi7 1679 85.058% 53 74.643% 87.716% 4.044%
Rolling Thunder 1609 84.441% 53 73.178% 87.317% 3.427%
Simionski 1592 84.382% 53 70.991% 88.363% 3.368%
moviecriticguy 1517 84.378% 51 71.392% 87.636% 3.224%

 

 

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On 18/05/2016 at 8:11 PM, POTUS said:

 

and the battle for the Razzie. also 16 games minimum

Water Bottle 221 74.403% 18 53.746% 80.482% -5.327%
24Lost 276 74.130% 20 55.234% 79.656% -5.012%
Wonka 215 73.343% 19 65.018% 77.783% -5.669%

 

 

I'm surprised I'm not on this list lmao.

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congrats from me too @Bates!

 

i was really lucky with my latest form so i managed to join the 85+ % club last minute!

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