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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Tele Came Back

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

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@Tele Came Back you're such a like whore for that post. 

But great idea, I don't go anywhere near the threads for SH movies for exactly that reason. 

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Just now, grim22 said:

 

#BothSides

 

The only person okay to attack is @CJohn because he can take it, he is the hero we deserve but not the one we need right now.

 

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Oh shit, we do deserve him.

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So the mods want to let the sun shine in. 

 

But the proletariat are all hello darkness my old friend.

 

This'll be interesting.

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5 minutes ago, 4815162342 said:

So the mods want to let the sun shine in. 

 

But the proletariat are all hello darkness my old friend.

 

This'll be interesting.

 

They were born in darkness. Molded by it. They didn't see the light until they were men.

 

But what they don't know is that the night is always darkest before the dawn.

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You're allowed to shitpost in the franchise wars thread right?

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19 minutes ago, MrPink said:

Ok I admit I was being mean to @WrathOfHan as of late. Prayer circle :cloud9:

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my (and all the funny book fanboys) reaction to this

 

 

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19 minutes ago, Ozymandias said:

You're allowed to shitpost in the franchise wars thread right?

 

:kitschjob: 

 

Yes.

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Hey if the DCU films suck this year I am not holding back :P

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I don't come here as often not because of negativity but because all anyone wants to talk about are comic book movies. Right now the tracking thread is all about WW instead of Alien, Baywatch, or Pirates. The forum's been overrun by comic geeks. 

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Just now, tonytr87 said:

I don't come here as often not because of negativity but because all anyone wants to talk about are comic book movies. Right now the tracking thread is all about WW instead of Alien, Baywatch, or Pirates. The forum's been overrun by comic geeks. 

Those three feel like underperformers to me tbh. I'm not surprised everyone's turning to a more exciting prospect.

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1 minute ago, filmlover said:

Those three feel like underperformers to me tbh. I'm not surprised everyone's turning to a more exciting prospect.

 

That's another thing. If it's not a possible uber hit nobody cares. That's not how it used to be. 

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I hope this new rule applies to the staff too

 

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Finally. That's all I can say.
And Thank you, seriously. 

We need to get out of the viral downward spiral of negativity.
Life is not shit, we just ask too much of it sometimes.

Stay positive, guys. That makes you feel better in the end. 

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i'd generally agree the comic book genre has really dominated the discourse here for the last few years in a really boring way. and it actually used to be pretty fun like 5 or 6 years ago i spent way more time in those threads. now it's just an endless cycle of the same boring nonsense trash so i mostly avoid them.

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Posted (edited)

Oh come on Tele, we all know this thread is being just so you can defend the auteur driven WB & Lionsgate, since you're such a fanboy of them. :P

 

Good thread though.

Edited by Fancyarcher
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Basically this:

 

Image result for unikitty no negativity of any kind

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6 minutes ago, Napoleon said:

I hope this new rule applies to the staff too

 

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Going to like this post right now. This comment is pure gold. 

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I haven't even gone into the Wonder Woman thread in forever. It's just not much fun for me going into the threads for those kinds of movies and more often than not end up leaving exhausted when I do.

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