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

Only at the end do you realize the power of the Derby | Tournament #4

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1st place - $25 Fandango gift card ( or account credit equivalent )

2nd place - Gold Account credit

2nd place - Premium Account credit

 

As with all tournaments... you do not have to do anything special to join... just play the Derby as normal.

 

Seedings, if I didn't screw it up, will be based on the year to date standings.

 

I'm traveling over the weekend.  I should be able to create the initial brackets but if my WiFi is bad they might be delayed.  

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Ugh, the second half of December is so hard to get right.

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Round scored

 

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Wow. Top seeds taking a rare beating in an easy round.  @Doctor RTH gone Rouge sun est included in the scores

TalismanRing 1     86.54
Padre 33                 88.42
l        
Boxx93    17           76.27
JMorphin    16        84.16
        
moviecriticguy    9   85.44
cannastop    24        79.28
l        
kswiston    40        86.76
Wildbill    8             89.81
        
Bates      5                88.03
harryHERTZ      37   65.76
l        
Blankments   21   67.41
Tower    12            75.93
        
kayumanggi   20   69.13
Wrath     13            65.58
l        
Fancyarcher   36    70.66
8wombi7     4          89.42
        
POTUS     3              87.70
Jason     30             86.68
l        
bapi   19                    82.57
boxofficeth    14      79.99
        
PanaMovie    11        83.76
Spaghetti   22                 0
l        
CoolEric258    27        76.45
Rolling Thunder    6    81.52
        
Simionski    7          89.45
Eevin    39                90.56
l        
Viceversa    23         47.14
darkelf  10                89.21
        
WrathOfHan   15      76.28
ChipMunky   18        86.29
l        
a2knet    34               85.77
Matrix4You     2        84.64

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Round 3 fixed.

 

My calcs did not like 53 weeks in a year.

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Elite 8.  @Rolling Thunderis what is a term I use when I lift one cheek and let one rip on a wooden bench. :lol:

Get your A game on!

 

 

TalismanRing   1          0.00
moviecriticguy   9        0.00
  
Bates   5                        0.00
8wombi7   4                  0.00
  
POTUS  3                       0.00
Rolling Thunder  6       0.00
  
darkelf  10                    0.00
ChipMunky  18             0.00

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I feel bad for advancing with such a meh score against a no show last week.

 

:sadben:

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Updated... The #40 seed @kswiston makes it to the final 8

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7 hours ago, AndyLL said:

Updated... The #40 seed @kswiston makes it to the final 8

 

@AndyLL, Shouldn't this be the Final 4 now?  I thought there was an issue updating the brackets the prior week. 

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3 minutes ago, Rolling Thunder said:

 

@AndyLL, Shouldn't this be the Final 4 now?  I thought there was an issue updating the brackets the prior week. 

 

Yep, we didn't have all the actuals so the tallying was put on hold. 

 

These numbers should be after the missed bracket which if done would change the pairings because of who should have advanced the week before.

 

 

 

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I'll take a look at it tonight.

 

Me being gone a week... the actuals being very late... and the crossing of the year really screwed things up.

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Yep... it's a week off.  Which likely means the results are wrong.  I'm going to clear all the results and re-run them

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Ok... the '53' weekends in 2016 really screwed it up.

 

Everything is recalculated.

 

We are down to the final 4

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One great aspect of the Derby is that anyone has the potential to pull off an upset. Tips cap at @Bates

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