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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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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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1 hour ago, franfar said:

Ok, bc I've been super busy these past few weeks. I can try over the weekend though

As a serious piece of advice, if you're super-short on time, make sure you fill in the 3 initial lists: top 15 domestic, top 7 weekends, and top 10 worldwide along with dollar guesses for them. Those three lists are worth potentially as much as every other possible source of points in the entire game, combined. Yes, really.

 

No, you probably won't do great on the three lists if you do them fast, and answering the other lists and questions is good because it makes you research and think things through.

 

But if you're short on time, you're better off spending that time on the big points rather than the little points. Plus, you can always look at what other folks have predicted so far. Those predicts might change a bit as guesses get refined, but it gives you an idea of what others are thinking.

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5 minutes ago, Wrath said:

As a serious piece of advice, if you're super-short on time, make sure you fill in the 3 initial lists: top 15 domestic, top 7 weekends, and top 10 worldwide along with dollar guesses for them. Those three lists are worth potentially as much as every other possible source of points in the entire game, combined. Yes, really.

 

No, you probably won't do great on the three lists if you do them fast, and answering the other lists and questions is good because it makes you research and think things through.

 

But if you're short on time, you're better off spending that time on the big points rather than the little points. Plus, you can always look at what other folks have predicted so far. Those predicts might change a bit as guesses get refined, but it gives you an idea of what others are thinking.

Thank you :D

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I love that this game is still thriving after....what is this....the 10th season?

 

This is the Fast and Furious franchise of the forums. :)

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4 minutes ago, baumer said:

I love that this game is still thriving after....what is this....the 10th season?

 

This is the Fast and Furious franchise of the forums. :)

 

No no no, it's much better.

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44 minutes ago, baumer said:

I love that this game is still thriving after....what is this....the 10th season?

 

This is the Fast and Furious franchise of the forums. :)

 

It is much better and yes this is the 10th season, Baumer said summer game has lasted longer than 85% of television shows lol

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One piece of advice I would give new players - stick to your first impulse. Overthinking never helps. I would have won twice if I had not overthought at the last minute - decided that STID would do better than Fast 6, and that bumping some movie out of my top 15 in 2015 - both the result of overthinking as opposed to sticking with my original choices. Sticking with my gut helped me in the Winter Game when I decided Interstellar would somehow have better legs than BH6, ended up winning me the game.

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2 minutes ago, grim22 said:

One piece of advice I would give new players - stick to your first impulse. Overthinking never helps. I would have won twice if I had not overthought at the last minute - decided that STID would do better than Fast 6, and that bumping some movie out of my top 15 in 2015 - both the result of overthinking as opposed to sticking with my original choices. Sticking with my gut helped me in the Winter Game when I decided Interstellar would somehow have better legs than BH6, ended up winning me the game.

 

Not just advice for new players lol  

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1 hour ago, Tele Came Back said:

 

No no no, it's much better.

 

Jurassic World? :sparta:

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2 hours ago, baumer said:

I love that this game is still thriving after....what is this....the 10th season?

 

This is the Fast and Furious franchise of the forums. :)

 

As in it floundered and almost died in its first incarnation, but after a new direction and injection of new creative talent, it blossomed into something amazing and world beating? :P   

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Its coming...

 

 

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You missed me :( (just kidding its all cool.)

 

Almost done. I am fighting the second guessing bear.... *sigh*

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11 hours ago, narniadis said:

You missed me :( (just kidding its all cool.)

 

Almost done. I am fighting the second guessing bear.... *sigh*

 

I obviously missed out the people I can trust to get shit done without constant berating :)

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Should be done by tonight.

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6 hours ago, chasmmi said:

 

I obviously missed out the people I can trust to get shit done without constant berating :)

 

You berate? Nevah...

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Finally finished!!!!

 

Image result for happy dance gif

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16 hours ago, baumer said:

Finally finished!!!!

 

Image result for happy dance gif

 

Yo B - I think you made a mess of your answers... i'd go and check it mate :)

 

:kitschjob:

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How?

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I fixed it.

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I finished my predictions.

 

Image result for it's over it's done

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