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

I want your Derby, man, I want those things you see through. | Week 14

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8 minutes ago, Rolling Thunder said:

Wonder why the Derby average is so high with 3 openers? 

 

Cause we SMART

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@POTUS, Andy got me in the system if you're able to re-download me.  Not that I have a score to brag much about :P

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1 hour ago, JMorphin said:

@POTUS, Andy got me in the system if you're able to re-download me.  Not that I have a score to brag much about :P

 

You're in the top ten

1 Bates 93.42
2 boxofficeth 93.22
3 M37 93.16
4 Wrath 93.10
5 TalismanRing 92.52
6 Derby Avreage 92.06
7 POTUS 91.85
8 Matrix4You 91.72
9 kayumanggi 91.70
10 JMorphin 91.43
11 flyingace98 91.27
12 Padre 91.22
13 Exxdee 90.92
14 Boxx93 90.73
15 darkelf 90.51
16 Tower 90.43
17 aabattery 89.98
18 moviecriticguy 89.91
19 Xillix 89.47
20 8wombi7 89.40
21 ChipMunky 89.18
22 Rolling Thunder 87.96
23 WrathOfHan 87.86
24 Simionski 86.80
25 cannastop 86.39
26 PanaMovie 86.38
27 Wildbill 85.17
28 Fancyarcher 84.97
29 Lights Camera Action 83.50
30 keroque 81.07
31 RiffRanger 80.83
32 luxneji 72.25
33 Momo 67.30

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@aabattery good news 91%. Bad news not top ten. One of these days.

 

    Studio weekend est    
1    boxofficeth    94.59
2    Bates    93.66
3    JMorphin    93.50
4    TalismanRing    93.13
5    Padre    92.75
6    Wrath    92.71
7    kayumanggi    92.59
8    Derby Avreage    92.49
9    flyingace98    92.34
10    Boxx93    91.96
11    POTUS    91.95
12    M37    91.92
13    darkelf    91.54
14    Matrix4You    91.24
15    aabattery    91.15
16    Tower    90.55
17    moviecriticguy    90.54
18    Exxdee    90.20
19    8wombi7    89.91
20    Xillix    89.66
21    ChipMunky    88.97
22    WrathOfHan    87.98
23    Rolling Thunder    87.54
24    Simionski    87.28
25    PanaMovie    86.97
26    cannastop    86.22
27    Fancyarcher    85.53
28    Wildbill    85.18
29    Lights Camera Action    81.75
30    keroque    81.06
31    RiffRanger    78.84
32    luxneji    71.64
33    Momo    63.93

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woohoo, thank you @AndyLL, now if Christ could just drop even lower :D

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Congrats to all those who defeated me this week. 

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way to go boxofficeth.  Boxofficeth has been quietly playing every week since this started (I think)

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I wish more people would play.  How come it is so hard to get people to play this and stick to it?  We have lost so many former loyal players...  @Bozly @Wonka @24Lost @Fanboy @Horror Wizard@JohnnY in some of the box office forums, posters SWEAR by their predictions. 

 

I was thinking maybe for the standings, we could have the 'all time' tab be the last one and the 'monthly' tab be the first one showing.  Just small ways to make it more inviting

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@AndyLL

 

 

1 1 The Boss Baby Fox $26,363,488 -47.5% 3,829 +56 $6,885 $89,436,806 - 2
2 2 Beauty and the Beast (2017) BV $23,652,605 -47.9% 3,969 -241 $5,959 $430,946,639 $160 4
3 N Smurfs: The Lost Village Sony $13,210,449 - 3,610 - $3,659 $13,210,449 $60 1
4 N Going in Style (2017) WB (NL) $11,932,330 - 3,061 - $3,898 $11,932,330 $25 1
5 3 Ghost in the Shell (2017) Par. $7,306,413 -60.9% 3,440 - $2,124 $31,529,863 $110 2
6 4 Power Rangers (2017) LGF $6,199,403 -56.3% 2,978 -715 $2,082 $75,095,645 $100 3
7 5 Kong: Skull Island WB $5,576,182 -35.1% 2,753 -388 $2,025 $156,305,906 $185 5
8 7 Get Out Uni. $4,057,330 -28.3% 1,574 -270 $2,578 $162,889,980 $4.5 7
9 6 Logan Fox $4,021,829 -34.2% 1,949 -374 $2,064 $218,029,237 $97 6
10 N The Case for Christ PFR $3,967,885 - 1,174 - $3,380 $3,967,885 - 1
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56 minutes ago, JMorphin said:

congrats to @boxofficeth!  95%+ on any week is amazing ;)

 

Much too easy...

 

1 boxofficeth 95.139% 89.764% 97.442% 6.914% 31 10
2 TalismanRing 93.522% 87.888% 95.937% 5.297% 30 10
3 Bates 93.318% 87.268% 95.910% 5.093% 29 10
4 Padre 93.315% 88.727% 95.282% 5.090% 28 10
5 POTUS 92.684% 90.464% 93.636% 4.459% 27 10
6 Wrath 92.406% 84.365% 95.853% 4.181% 26 10
7 flyingace98 92.167% 85.648% 94.961% 3.942% 25 10
8 kayumanggi 91.933% 83.777% 95.429% 3.708% 24 10
9 Boxx93 91.294% 86.815% 93.213% 3.069% 23 10
10 JMorphin 91.192% 85.753% 93.522% 2.966% 22 10
11 Tower 91.117% 88.099% 92.411% 2.892% 21 10
12 darkelf 90.840% 84.477% 93.567% 2.615% 20 10
13 Matrix4You 90.837% 81.167% 94.981% 2.612% 19 10
14 M37 90.532% 77.789% 95.993% 2.307% 18 10
15 aabattery 90.388% 90.167% 90.483% 2.163% 17 10
16 8wombi7 90.072% 80.874% 94.014% 1.847% 16 10
17 moviecriticguy 89.779% 84.010% 92.252% 1.554% 15 10
18 Exxdee 89.660% 76.508% 95.296% 1.435% 14 10
19 Xillix 89.582% 79.577% 93.870% 1.357% 13 10
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Excellent scores in a decidedly anomalous weekend.

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wow, last week my score would've been good for 6th, this time around its only good enough to be 16th... great competition, as always!

 

congrats @boxofficeth, amazing result!

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