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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The Summer Game 2017 | First Scoring is up! 24Lost leads after 2 week (week 0 and 1)... After 1 week at the top, Baumer has slipped back to earth! :P

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36 minutes ago, Wrath said:

 

It can be really competitive, so take advice with a grain of salt.

 

The one thing I can definitely tell you is to always shoot for the fences, its where all the points are. Abstaining is for wimps.

 

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And what exactly have you ever achieved in this game? 

 

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The posts are edited, the game is live.

 

Let 4 weeks of ridculous nitpicking and triple questioning every question commence :D 

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4 minutes ago, chasmmi said:

The posts are edited, the game is live.

 

Let 4 weeks of ridculous nitpicking and triple questioning every question commence :D 

The Bad Dads question needs to be fixed; it got pulled the other day.

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Just now, WrathOfHan said:

The Bad Dads question needs to be fixed; it got pulled the other day.

 

It begins... 

 

But yeah, stupid film is stupid.

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Obvs gonna do this :)

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I have never won my own damn game. I finished second once and third in the first season. Now that it is run much better by these two guys and structured better I plan on winning it this year. So look out everyone here I come LOL

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Just now, baumer said:

I have never won my own damn game. I finished second once and third in the first season. Now that it is run much better by these two guys and structured better I plan on winning it this year. So look out everyone here I come LOL

 

I will gut you like a fish.

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4 minutes ago, TelemAAchos said:

 

I will gut you like a fish.

 

Ignore this man. He is just a bitter, twisted, old, never-been hoping to be noticed in a sea of superiority :) 

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Fine, I'll try to play this stupid game.

 

Looks at all template.

 

Motherfucking damn it.

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10 minutes ago, Water Bottle said:

Fine, I'll try to play this stupid game.

 

Looks at all template.

 

Motherfucking damn it.

 

Do a little bit a day. You'll be done before you know it. 

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13 minutes ago, Water Bottle said:

Fine, I'll try to play this stupid game.

 

Looks at all template.

 

Motherfucking damn it.

 

That's a binding contract right?

 

If WB pulls out now, the forum goes to @TelemAAchos correct?

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Ha, losers.  Already finished my preseason questions :).

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I've lurked in these forums for years and watched these games unfold ... like hell if I'm going to let that happen again. I'm in. 

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:bourne:

 

Jesus....

 

This is gonna take some time

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1 hour ago, TelemAAchos said:

 

I will gut you like a fish.

 

Ill flip ya

Flip ya for real.

Can u hear me in the back?

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1 hour ago, Water Bottle said:

Fine, I'll try to play this stupid game.

 

Looks at all template.

 

Motherfucking damn it.

 

Weak sauce, I'm already done.

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My body says yes but I looked at the template and nope nope nope.

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1 minute ago, CJohn said:

My body says yes but I looked at the template and nope nope nope.

 

Cowboy up, son. 

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Welcome all the first timers....

 

@baumer you have had very valid reasons for not winning in those crazy years of divorce and life-reset - obviously you had better priorities... this year though.....

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