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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Sunshine, Light, and Joy -- Bring Fun to the Forums

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2 minutes ago, 4815162342 said:

Too much sunshine could be a problem. :ph34r:

 

 

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Not if it's set to Adagio in D Minor. 

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1 minute ago, 4815162342 said:

Too much sunshine could be a problem. :ph34r:

 

 

Image result for sunshine movie gif

 

OTOH, if we made Underworld's To Heal the soundtrack for this forum that might help calm people down

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I need to rewatch Sunshine. Still one of my most favorite favorite sci-fi 

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7 hours ago, GiantCALBears said:

So how many times do I have to wait from you saying TFA is the GOAT before I call a mod? :P

Dude we discussed it earlier.

 

 

7 billion times!!!!!

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Posted (edited)

This is really fantastic and great thinking on your guys' part. I think this is a huge problem on the Internet. If you look at the commentary threads on FB about almost any movie no matter how acclaimed, at least half of the commentary is negative. You would think everyone hated TFA or everyone thought Get Out was overrated or whatever else. It becomes the voice of negativity and for me as a huge movie buff I don't understand it. If I don't like something I'd rather just not talk about it and leave it alone. Unless it's pushed in my face or something but to seek out threads or forums for things I don't like just to bash them seems like it's just negative for myself and also negative for everyone else who enjoys those movies. I don't get what purpose it really serves. Of course healthy discussion is one thing but as you note here there's a difference between healthy discussion and just incessant bashing / negativity.

 

PS: The banks used to be far more generous with crazy limits. One of my first cards (Chase Visa) was also $20,000 and I was 20 years old. All based on a fake business, I mean I ran Websites but I didn't have an actual LLC or legitimate business at that point. Now most of my cards are $10,000 to $15,000 but I have like 7-8 cards including business. I've come close to maxing a few out sometimes, equipment purchases or whatnot, but yeah I never carry a balance. Anything below $5,000 is insulting though and I just would tell them to cancel it. I mean even one larger purchase is going to put that thing near its limit. 

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On 15.5.2017 at 8:36 PM, CoolioD1 said:

also you're only allowed to rank the marvel movies ONCE. But a yearly update of your woody allen ranking is mandatory.

 

Agreed. Being in my 50s, I think it is very mandatory that my allen gets woody at least once a year.

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On 15.5.2017 at 8:42 PM, WrathOfHan said:

What about Roman Polanski? Nate Parker? Casey Affleck?

 

mel_gibson_102216_hacksaw_ridge_3c.jpg?i?

 

This is what I call injustice. Me, unsexy 50something, bald as a bowling ball, still not sporting a seeable mustache (left alone a beard).... comes along this Mofo here.

 

I am sick of making lemonade from the lemons life gives me. :P

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Very good post Tele/mods.

 

That said, if you wanna bring back sunshine, light, and joy, I highly recommend removing the like limit for gold accounts. :ph34r:

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22 hours ago, Blankments said:

Very good post Tele/mods.

 

That said, if you wanna bring back sunshine, light, and joy, I highly recommend removing the like limit for gold accounts. :ph34r:

 

Just how many do you need?

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19 minutes ago, DAR said:

 

Just how many do you need?

Over 9000

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9 minutes ago, franfar said:

Over 9000

Yes please.

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3 hours ago, DAR said:

 

Just how many do you need?

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If we're making an Awesome Mix for this thread, how about "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" by Annie Lennox & Al Green?

 

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I was surprised to see the notice as soon as I logged in. I took a few weeks' break from this forum precisely because the omnipresent nastiness became depressing. Once it started detracting from the fun of following box office and movie news I bailed. It's better to get pure numbers from the trades and BOM than to wade through endless snark. 

 

it will be interesting to see how this experiment in positivity/less negativity works. 

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It's definitely helpful to have the group support this thread will hopefully provide

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I don't know if this is the right way to deal with this, but I feel like I need to start automatically putting anyone on ignore who implies critics were either bribed or mentally compromised when they reviewed a new blockbuster

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2 minutes ago, tribefan695 said:

I don't know if this is the right way to deal with this, but I feel like I need to start automatically putting anyone on ignore who implies critics were either bribed or mentally compromised when they reviewed a new blockbuster

 

well it's either putting them on ignore or finding a way to just laugh it off. Although the former is 100% effective where the latter depends on your mood and 60% of the time, it works every time ;) 

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2 hours ago, tribefan695 said:

I don't know if this is the right way to deal with this, but I feel like I need to start automatically putting anyone on ignore who implies critics were either bribed or mentally compromised when they reviewed a new blockbuster

 

The bribery is such a funny joke though. Why would you want to get rid of such a wonderful gift?

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2 minutes ago, Walt Disney said:

 

The bribery is such a funny joke though. Why would you want to get rid of such a wonderful gift?

 

Responding to it with humor and sarcasm was fun for awhile, but now it's just aggravating. The collective IQ of this forum seems to get sliced in half every time bad reviews come out for an upcoming blockbuster.

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