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 have no father. I was brought to life by Derby. | Week 22

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Congrats @Bates

 

1 Bates 88.138% 97.081% 85.903% 10.500% 48 10
2 Matrix4You 86.655% 88.677% 86.149% 0.000% 47 10
3 8wombi7 86.228% 94.254% 84.221% 8.589% 46 10
4 M37 84.871% 99.468% 81.222% 0.000% 45 10
5 T-700 84.675% 94.238% 82.284% 7.036% 44 10
6 boxofficeth 84.624% 91.961% 82.790% 6.985% 43 10
7 TalismanRing 83.950% 89.965% 82.447% 6.311% 42 10
8 Simionski 83.885% 81.919% 84.376% 6.245% 41 10
9 moviecriticguy 83.419% 82.046% 83.762% 5.780% 40 10
10 JMorphin 83.399% 85.533% 82.865% 0.000% 39 10
11 nomyth 83.204% 91.899% 81.030% 5.565% 38 10
12 Padre 82.865% 96.015% 79.577% 5.226% 37 10
13 Exxdee 82.722% 77.543% 84.017% 0.000% 36 10
14 POTUS 82.695% 82.462% 82.753% 0.000% 35 10
15 Keanu 82.113% 82.684% 81.971% 4.474% 34 10
16 flyingace98 82.016% 83.112% 81.742% 0.000% 33 10
17 Tower 81.082% 84.172% 80.309% 3.443% 32 10
18 m3racer123 80.939% 82.691% 80.501% 3.300% 31 10
19 ZeeSoh 80.452% 88.356% 78.476% 0.000% 30 10
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And @8wombi7 closest Wonder Women prediction wins a $15 account credit

 

             
Player Title Prediction Actual Your Score Average Score Difference from Avg. Score
             
8wombi7 Wonder Woman 103.16 103.25 99.913 87.781 12.132
a2knet Wonder Woman 103.50 103.25 99.758 87.781 11.977
M37 Wonder Woman 103.70 103.25 99.564 87.781 0.000
luxneji Wonder Woman 104.30 103.25 98.983 87.781 11.202
Bates Wonder Woman 104.30 103.25 98.983 87.781 11.202
ZeeSoh Wonder Woman 105.00 103.25 98.305 87.781 0.000
dougo Wonder Woman 105.50 103.25 97.821 87.781 10.040
boxofficeth Wonder Woman 100.72 103.25 97.550 87.781 9.769
WrathOfHan Wonder Woman 106.00 103.25 97.337 87.781 9.556
lilmac Wonder Woman 100.00 103.25 96.852 87.781 0.000
JMorphin Wonder Woman 100.00 103.25 96.852 87.781 0.000
Padre Wonder Woman 100.00 103.25 96.852 87.781 9.071
Lights Camera Action Wonder Woman 108.00 103.25 95.400 87.781 7.619
Keanu Wonder Woman 109.18 103.25 94.257 87.781 6.476
Biggestgeekever Wonder Woman 97.30 103.25 94.237 87.781 0.000
Cybil Wonder Woman 110.00 103.25 93.462 87.781 0.000
Matrix4You Wonder Woman 110.96 103.25 92.533 87.781 0.000
AndyLL Wonder Woman 95.00 103.25 92.010 87.781 4.229
flyingace98 Wonder Woman 95.00 103.25 92.010 87.781 0.000
The Fast and the Furiosa Wonder Woman 111.80 103.25 91.719 87.781 0.000
Wrath Wonder Woman 112.00 103.25 91.525 87.781 3.744
Rolling Thunder Wonder Woman 112.17 103.25 91.361 87.781 3.580
TalismanRing Wonder Woman 94.00 103.25 91.041 87.781 3.260
Tower Wonder Woman 113.64 103.25 89.937 87.781 2.156
T-700 Wonder Woman 92.00 103.25 89.104 87.781 1.323
moviecriticguy Wonder Woman 115.00 103.25 88.620 87.781 0.839
nomyth Wonder Woman 115.00 103.25 88.620 87.781 0.839
damnitgeorge08 Wonder Woman 115.00 103.25 88.620 87.781 0.000
Wildbill Wonder Woman 116.00 103.25 87.651 87.781 -0.130
m3racer123 Wonder Woman 118.30 103.25 85.424 87.781 -2.357
Daxtreme Wonder Woman 118.50 103.25 85.230 87.781 -2.551
darkelf Wonder Woman 119.40 103.25 84.358 87.781 0.000
Fancyarcher Wonder Woman 119.40 103.25 84.358 87.781 0.000
martymcfly Wonder Woman 121.00 103.25 82.809 87.781 -4.972
POTUS Wonder Woman 85.00 103.25 82.324 87.781 0.000
ChipMunky Wonder Woman 121.50 103.25 82.324 87.781 0.000
Exxdee Wonder Woman 123.00 103.25 80.872 87.781 0.000
Simionski Wonder Woman 123.01 103.25 80.862 87.781 -6.919
BoxOfficeZ Wonder Woman 124.20 103.25 79.709 87.781 -8.072
FantasticBeasts Wonder Woman 126.83 103.25 77.162 87.781 -10.619
DAR Wonder Woman 126.87 103.25 77.123 87.781 -10.658
PanaMovie Wonder Woman 127.54 103.25 76.475 87.781 0.000
kayumanggi Wonder Woman 128.88 103.25 75.177 87.781 -12.604
aabattery Wonder Woman 129.60 103.25 74.479 87.781 -13.302
raegr Wonder Woman 129.80 103.25 74.286 87.781 -13.495
Boxx93 Wonder Woman 130.50 103.25 73.608 87.781 0.000
Blankments Wonder Woman 137.89 103.25 66.450 87.781 0.000
franfar Wonder Woman 145.00 103.25 59.564 87.781 -28.217
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Wow, looks like I nailed WW ;)

 

Congrats @Bates for winning!

 

 

@AndyLL: There seems to be a problem with the last two weeks, they are not included in the Standings-section yet and when clicking on Weekly Scores it still shows scores from 3 weeks ago. Also there seem to be some random 0.000% Difference from Average Score in last two weeks standings.

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