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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AndyLL

If you wear a dress and have an animal sidekick, you're a Derby. | Week 49

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I'm gonna win the year, imo.

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12 hours ago, ChipMunky said:

I'm gonna win the year, imo.

 

You'd think so, but my comeback is just beginning.

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1 hour ago, Blankments said:

FUCK I MISSED THE DEADLINE :(

Me too. :(

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@AABATTERY, look at you, I hope you also bought a lottery ticket this weekend. :lol: 

Hopefully for you the numbers are true. The almighty Talisman is gunning for you!

1   AABATTERY   :wave: 93.62
2   TalismanRing 92.42
    Derby Average 92.17
3   8wombi7 92.05
4   moviecriticguy 91.49
5   a2knet 91.37
6   POTUS 91.36
7   kayumanggi 90.04
8   Simionski 89.98
9   Bates 89.92
10   Boxx93 89.62
11   Rolling Thunder 89.51
12   Jason 88.86
13   PanaMovie 88.75
14   WrathOfHan 87.94
15   CoolEric258 87.79
16   3dHene 87.73
17   cannastop 87.71
18   darkelf 87.46
19   Exxdee 87.39
20   JMorphin 87.39
21   Padre 87.31
22   Viceversa 87.12
23   Tower 85.38
24   AndyLL 84.78
25   boxofficeth 84.62
26   ChipMunky 84.52
27   Fancyarcher 83.91
28   Wildbill 83.45
29   Matrix4You 82.53
30   Lights Camera Action 82.08
31   narniadis 81.46
32   luxneji 81.08
33   RandomJC 79.26
34   harryHERTZ 78.11
35   Dbot1800 77.72

 

 

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4 minutes ago, POTUS said:

@AABATTERY, look at you, I hope you also bought a lottery ticket this weekend. :lol: 

Hopefully for you the numbers are true. The almighty Talisman is gunning for you!

1   AABATTERY   :wave: 93.62
2   TalismanRing 92.42
    Derby Average 92.17
3   8wombi7 92.05
4   moviecriticguy 91.49
5   a2knet 91.37
6   POTUS 91.36
7   kayumanggi 90.04
8   Simionski 89.98
9   Bates 89.92
10   Boxx93 89.62
11   Rolling Thunder 89.51
12   Jason 88.86
13   PanaMovie 88.75
14   WrathOfHan 87.94
15   CoolEric258 87.79
16   3dHene 87.73
17   cannastop 87.71
18   darkelf 87.46
19   Exxdee 87.39
20   JMorphin 87.39
21   Padre 87.31
22   Viceversa 87.12
23   Tower 85.38
24   AndyLL 84.78
25   boxofficeth 84.62
26   ChipMunky 84.52
27   Fancyarcher 83.91
28   Wildbill 83.45
29   Matrix4You 82.53
30   Lights Camera Action 82.08
31   narniadis 81.46
32   luxneji 81.08
33   RandomJC 79.26
34   harryHERTZ 78.11
35   Dbot1800 77.72

 

 

 

The prophesised comeback.

Spoiler

Good lord I hope the numbers hold. :ohmygod:

 

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As per BO.COM projections

@3dHene in the top ten first time out. Congrats!

@AABATTERY, ya still have a chance. rookie.boxoffice.com is a bit off.

 

1        8wombi7    93.93
2        Bates    92.09
3        AABATTERY    91.94
4        moviecriticguy    91.76
5        TalismanRing    91.65
6        a2knet    91.19
7        POTUS    91.02
8        Derby Average    91.02
9        cannastop    91.01
10        3dHene    90.63
11        Boxx93    90.3
12        Rolling Thunder    90.12
13        Padre    89.52
14        PanaMovie    89.35
15        Jason    89.21
16        kayumanggi    88.87
17        Simionski    88.77
18        CoolEric258    87.87
19        JMorphin    87.74
20        Exxdee    87.33
21        Tower    86.97
22        Wildbill    85.09
23        WrathOfHan    85.01
24        Matrix4You    84.86
25        darkelf    84.78
26        Viceversa    84.59
27        boxofficeth    84.45
28        narniadis    84.06
29        ChipMunky    83.97
30        Lights Camera Action    83.09
31        Fancyarcher    80.96
32        luxneji    80.9
33        AndyLL    80.01
34        Dbot1800    76.61
35        RandomJC    75.43
36        harryHERTZ    75.24

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@8wombi7 having won recently is back on top. @Bates and @TalismanRing are pitching a tent in the top 3.  @AABATTERY had the big Deadline tease without a happy ending. Top ten though, good job.  @Jason is the new @Bates, lookout.

Congrats to all derby players. Our prediction average takes 3rd and beats the pants off of Mojo and ProBO predictions and Deadlines Friday night projections! lol

 

1   8wombi7 97.12
2   Bates 95.49
    Derby Average 94.91
3   TalismanRing 94.37
4   POTUS 94.12
5   Jason 92.46
    ProBoxooffice 91.88
6   PanaMovie 91.78
7   Exxdee 91.47
8   moviecriticguy 91.17
9   AABATTERY 91.07
    DeadlineFriPMprojection 91.06
10   Boxx93 90.97
11   a2knet 90.90
12   JMorphin 90.37
13   Matrix4You 90.30
14   Tower 90.27
15   Simionski 89.92
16   3dHene 89.78
17   Padre 89.49
18   kayumanggi 89.20
19   Viceversa 89.06
20   Wildbill 89.01
21   CoolEric258 88.86
22   Rolling Thunder 88.81
23   cannastop 88.35
24   WrathOfHan 88.34
25   Lights Camera Action 87.75
26   boxofficeth 87.65
27   narniadis 87.11
    BoxOfficeMojjo 86.78
28   ChipMunky 85.89
29   Fancyarcher 85.57
30   luxneji 85.52
31   darkelf 84.49
32   AndyLL 83.39
33   harryHERTZ 79.99
34   Dbot1800 79.44
35   RandomJC 76.84

 

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@8wombi7 having won recently is back on top. @Bates and @TalismanRing are pitching a tent in the top 3.  @AABATTERY had the big Deadline tease without a happy ending. Top ten though, good job.  @Jason is the new @Bates, lookout.
Congrats to all derby players. Our prediction average takes 3rd and beats the pants off of Mojo and ProBO predictions and Deadlines Friday night projections! lol
 
1   8wombi7 97.12
2   Bates 95.49
    Derby Average 94.91
3   TalismanRing 94.37
4   POTUS 94.12
5   Jason 92.46
    ProBoxooffice 91.88
6   PanaMovie 91.78
7   Exxdee 91.47
8   moviecriticguy 91.17
9   AABATTERY 91.07
    DeadlineFriPMprojection 91.06
10   Boxx93 90.97
11   a2knet 90.90
12   JMorphin 90.37
13   Matrix4You 90.30
14   Tower 90.27
15   Simionski 89.92
16   3dHene 89.78
17   Padre 89.49
18   kayumanggi 89.20
19   Viceversa 89.06
20   Wildbill 89.01
21   CoolEric258 88.86
22   Rolling Thunder 88.81
23   cannastop 88.35
24   WrathOfHan 88.34
25   Lights Camera Action 87.75
26   boxofficeth 87.65
27   narniadis 87.11
    BoxOfficeMojjo 86.78
28   ChipMunky 85.89
29   Fancyarcher 85.57
30   luxneji 85.52
31   darkelf 84.49
32   AndyLL 83.39
33   harryHERTZ 79.99
34   Dbot1800 79.44
35   RandomJC 76.84
 


So close yet so far.

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It is definitely hard to win, a 90 can't even get me a top 10 this week :P

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Is that a record high score for 8wombi?  That's pretty amazing if actuals are close!

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20 hours ago, JMorphin said:

It is definitely hard to win, a 90 can't even get me a top 10 this week :P

Tough crowd. A 94 didn't even medal.

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Woot, my return has brought me bottom of the barrel.

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