Classic Film : IMDb's message boards are no longer providing a positive experience

Re: Have you looked at their Facebook page?

Are you sure you aren't me? I'm not only A (the horrible realisation sinks in that it's at least three Christmases now and possibly four) but B just had a 'modest' price rise.


"Security - release the badgers."

Re: Have you looked at their Facebook page?

Re: Have you looked at their Facebook page?

Please, gentlemen, decide yourselves: who are you? Mr.Webb or Mr. Macnee?




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Please, gentlemen, decide yourselves: who are you? Mr.Webb or Mr. Macnee?


The jury is out.

Re: Have you looked at their Facebook page?

Since we're in the final throes of posting on the IMDb message boards, I've broken down and substituted a photo of the real me in lieu of Clifton Webb.

Re: Have you looked at their Facebook page?

Well, I believe you. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Have you looked at their Facebook page?

If I were going to post a bogus photo, I would have chosen one of a much hotter (and younger) guy. Those trees are in the heart of Manhattan, on the southern edge of Rockefeller Centre; Sixth Avenue and 46th Street.

Re: Have you looked at their Facebook page?

My "I believe you" wasn't ironical at all: I did and I do, of course.

Thank you for giving me the exact location, because I am very curious about geography and have atlases and maps from all over the World. I took a look at my street map of NYC (the same one I used with 'Three Days of the Condor', 'Where the Sidewalk Ends' and a few other films). 46th Street, fine, but where's the Sixth Avenue? Is it called now 'Avenue of the Americas'?


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Re: Have you looked at their Facebook page?

When I first came on here all those years ago I was saying about how hard it was going to be to move my massive collections.. It took nearly a decade but at long last it's done.. I had to have a nice little building built to store them, but that's what we do for our treasures.

I don't envy you at all. Shudders..And I only have three sets of china.

Edit: I spent $$$ on a 20 x 40 storage/cabin barn (it was pretty fancy too), but I would have spent all that on storage fees. And it helped sell the property, so it was a win/win. As soon as you can put it into something you own. (Easier said than done, I know.)

Re: Have you looked at their Facebook page?

Here's Alex Jones' mentor/doppelgänger, from the golden age of wrestling. ;)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=vUjAkpC3KvE




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Re: Have you looked at their Facebook page?

Whew - too much of a resemblance.

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Re: Have you looked at their Facebook page?

And I thought that I was the last kid on the block! I bought my first iPhone in December of 2013, at the ripe age of 63.

Re: IMDb's message boards are no longer providing a positive experience

Someone on FG has re-writen a more accurate version of this sacking notice:


"IMPORTANT, BITCHES: IMDb is the world's most popular source for trying to make a buck off of movie, TV and celebrity content. As part of our ongoing effort to evaluate our bottom line, we have decided to demolish IMDb's message boards on February 20, 2017 and put all of you out to pasture. This includes the Private Message system – duh!. After we pretended to have in-depth discussion and examination, we have concluded that we can blame this on all of you for whining and being nasty and using the “report post” option too often. The decision to retire a long-standing feature was made only after carefully crafting this full of crap message to post.

Because we don't want to be seen as complete dicks who have the security guard walk you out to your car, IMDb will give the standard two weeks notice given when people are laid off, so that we have ample time to point you to anything that makes us money. We pretend to regret any disappointment or frustration IMDb message board users may experience as a result of this decision, but, you know. You can eat it.

We will continue to enhance our money-producing “offerings” and launch new features in 2017 and be as patronizing as we can in the meantime."

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Sums it up nicely. Too kind, really.


Here's to the fools who dream

Re: IMDb's message boards are no longer providing a positive experience

Thank you for sharing that.

Very sublime.

And I did pay them $99 a year for six years for a IMDb PRO account. They sent me an email the other day wanting me to join up again.

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If the boards are disbanded I will delete this web page from my favorites. I am one of the first contributors to this site. 18 years in all.

For the member of this particular board: Thank you very much for your contributions. I will miss this board the most. :O)







Thats a clown question , BRO.......



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Re: IMDb's message boards are no longer providing a positive experience

You can have a good discussion on FaceBook, but Twitter is hopeless.
In fact, the main purpose of Twitter is to allow people to make total idiots out of themselves.
I give you the now infamous "SO Called Judge" tweet from the Orange Menace as an example.

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I haven't visited the CFB lately so I was shocked when I came here the other day and saw their message.

Someone started up a forum that seems to have all the same boards as here. It's pretty close to how this site is. And better than the Facebook page.

I've seen a few names from here already, maybe some of the regulars from here should give it a try. http://imdb2.freeforums.net/

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My goodness, where have you been?



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Well lately watching CNN and MSNBC. Hoping our country doesn't go down the drain with the new President.SMH

Every now and then I've stopped by but I have to say the trolls have really increased here. So sad. They need to get a life.

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They may have ruined things for everyone, but that "everyone" includes them also. They can say they'll move on to other places, but then if that's so, why have so many of them spent the last 3,4,5 years here? People with two-dozen user names, responding to themselves, so intent on disrupting things. This was seemingly the whole purpose of their lives and now this open, unmoderated forum is gone for them as well as us.

I've had to shirk other things in the last decade, this is going to be a piece of cake. Especially since I had been tapering off anyway.

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clore, I too have drastically cut back my activity here over the last several years. It's been so nice to reconnect with you here on the boards recently, particularly in our conversations about Robert Osborne and TCM. I was frankly shocked and pleased that you were able to recognize who I was, from my past two IMDb handles. Not only do I like what you have to say, but I feel connected to you, since we shared a common place-and-time in various stages of our lives.

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Syntax, style - some things ring true, ring consistently. That's how I was able to determine our previous association and we will no doubt be running into each other elsewhere.

I do have to remember to save the Osborne thread before we close. I haven't been watching much as TCM is in greatest hits month but I could not turn away from Citizen Kane the other night as I just happened to switch from a recording to the cable box just as he dropped the globe and said "Rosebud."

And of course, Rosebud is the middle name of Rob and Laura Petrie's
son, the subject of which made for a whole episode.


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Now this is why I'll miss the boards. I've never heard that about Rosebud being their son's middle name. And I watched that show all the time. Did they explain why? I guess Rob must have been a big fan of the movie??

How far back is the Robert Osborne thread? And does it explain why he's no longer on TCM. I miss his backstories about the movies he's showing. He was so good at this. I did try googling him but all I found was that he was on a leave of absence for health reasons.

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I was also a regular viewer of the Van Dyke show, in my teens, and have no recollection of Richie's middle name being Rosebud, either. Of course, that was a half-century ago, and I've never seen any episodes in reruns. What tickles me about it, and they couldn't touch it on '60s television, is the actual origin of "Rosebud," in reference to Hearst and Davies. It's the real reason why Hearst was in such a fury over the movie.

The thread about Robert Osborne can be found on his IMDb profile page. I can't tolerate him, and don't miss him one lick.

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Yes, I've heard the story about the nickname Hearst had for a certain anatomy of Davies and how much he hated the movie.

Thanks for the info about Osborne. Wow, you really didn't like him, huh? LOL.

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Come to Canada.

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Adios, Clore. Many thanks for welcoming me to the CFB.

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Re: IMDb's message boards are no longer providing a positive experience

Hi everyone,

A lot of people here seem to be particularly upset about the loss of the film-specific boards. There is a website called TMDB (https://www.themoviedb.org/talk) that I haven't seen mentioned here, but they recently added message boards for every specific movie and person (example: https://www.themoviedb.org/movie/149871-kaguyahime-no-monogatari You have to click on the little word bubble icon on the top left of the movie's page). Unfortunately, they are not very active, but a bunch of people from IMDb have already gathered at their general boards and and are discussing ways to increase activity and serve as an alternative to IMDb.

I encourage everyone to take a look at this site. I think it looks very promising. It's the only other site I know of with message boards for every movie, actor, director, etc.

I also encourage everyone to spread the word about this site, as it seems most people don't know about it.

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@Wayne, https://www.themoviedb.org looked promising on an initial glance.

I really don't care for the layout, although in theory it could be reworked.

But unfortunately, as you pointed out, there isn't much discussion yet on individual entries. For example, no discussion yet for

Lost Horizon (1937)
https://www.themoviedb.org/movie/3598-lost-horizon

Some Like It Hot
https://www.themoviedb.org/movie/239-some-like-it-hot

hardly anything on even
Birdman
https://www.themoviedb.org/movie/194662-birdman

Gravity
https://www.themoviedb.org/movie/49047-gravity/discuss


edit: Ok, looks like they have a grand total of 166 "discussions" on movies so far, many of which have been about problems with the data in the database entries rather than discussions about the content of the actual works themselves.


and there's no way that I have found yet to access any discussion on individual artists-- say, Meryl Streep or Harrison Ford or George Lucas.

Re: IMDb's message boards are no longer providing a positive experience

WGN in Chicago seems to agree that the absence of administrative moderation was the primary cause of the ultimate demise of the boards:

https://www.google.com/amp/wgntv.com/2017/02/08/imdbs-message-boards-shut-down-and-the-lost-potential-of-the-web-tmwsp/amp/



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Re: IMDb's message boards are no longer providing a positive experience

Needham admitted that while board traffic is a small percentage or overall site traffic, a small percentage of that small percentage was responsible for driving away customers: "We have lost a non-trivial number of customers due to bad experiences on the boards. This is wrong on so many levels".

That would imply Amazon was affected, otherwise we're just users, not customers. Hey, I warned them back in September 2014, I detailed my displeasure and spoke of my own Amazon boycott.

But as I said earlier, the good news is that most of us can always go somewhere else to exchange thoughts but most of those places are moderated or selective. Troll activity is not tolerated.

Aww, now they're going to get all butthurt because I referred negatively to them. Winter is almost over snowflakes, come Feb 20 we get an early Spring.



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But as I said earlier, the good news is that most of us can always go somewhere else to exchange thoughts but most of those places are moderated or selective.



"Selective" is just another word for "snotty and elitist". No way would I want to be part of a forum where some stuck-up mods get to decide if I stay or if I go.

I don't have a problem with forums where I can register and post immediately, but I do have a problem with places where my posts have to be approved first. Who are they to "approve" what I write? And what makes their posts so superior to anyone else's, anyway?

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by MsELLERYqueen2 » 3 hours ago (Wed Feb 8 2017 11:19:44) Flag ▼ | Reply |
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But as I said earlier, the good news is that most of us can always go somewhere else to exchange thoughts but most of those places are moderated or selective.


"Selective" is just another word for "snotty and elitist". No way would I want to be part of a forum where some stuck-up mods get to decide if I stay or if I go.

I don't have a problem with forums where I can register and post immediately, but I do have a problem with places where my posts have to be approved first. Who are they to "approve" what I write? And what makes their posts so superior to anyone else's, anyway?


Good god, do you always have to make your inner demons so obvious?!


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Re: IMDb's message boards are no longer providing a positive experience

Speak of the devil.

I remember well the September 2014 experience. It was worth the trouble.





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Awww......



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Re: So what is...

So what is this part of the thread going to turn into now? A "smirk and sneer at MrsEQ" disucssion? Go right ahead. See if I care. I didn't care all those other times, so why would I care now?

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Re: IMDb's message boards are no longer providing a positive experience

Some people can't imagine that some sites don't want the types that post things such as http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000010/thread/265863054?d=265863054#265863054

So yes, they're selective.

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Re: IMDb's message boards are no longer providing a positive experience

Q. How do you identify the most popular and respected members of a message board?

A. They become the prime target of trolls (who cannot stand to see the spotlight shine on anyone else).



I've watched this phenomenon repeat itself over and over since these boards opened.

Don't forget, no matter how much they hate you, they hate themselves even more.



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Re: IMDb's message boards are no longer providing a positive experience

Yes, I can't count how many times I have seen that happen here and on other forums. Not just movie boards, I do have other interests and post about them on other sites. But those sites tend to be moderated and while disputes may flare, there's usually a warning.

One site on which I posted a thread about the IMDb boards saw it descend into a political free-for-all with some blaming the Obama administration for the increase in troll traffic while others were insisting that it reached its zenith with the emergence of Trump.

Hell, it was years before Obama when we lost the use of pic sigs owing to a New Year's weekend deluge of scat porn that caused the admins to eliminate that feature. Even at that time people were complaining about trolls and stalkers and that was what led to the ignore feature being hatched 14 years ago.



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Hell, it was years before Obama when we lost the use of pic sigs owing to a New Year's weekend deluge of scat porn that caused the admins to eliminate that feature.

I remember that weekend well. On top of the seemingly endless threads posting pictures of Jennifer Love Hewitt, and the scat porn, the straw that finally broke the camel's back was a wave of particularly offensive anti semitic political cartoons in The Soapbox. This inspired the admin to remove direct linking of pictures, for good.



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Q. How do you identify the most popular and respected members of a message board?

A. They become the prime target of trolls (who cannot stand to see the spotlight shine on anyone else).
And being ignored drives them crazy! That's why I was disheartened to see there were actually people who responded to that heinous thread. Even if you're responding negatively, you're giving the troll what he wants.

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I've been getting such threads for 2 1/2 years now and have ignored them far better than someone ignored a post in which I used the word selective and they regurgitated the same ol' same ol'.



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Although there appears to be dozens of trolls I've been getting the impression there could be as few as 2 or 3 with many accounts and replying constantly to themselves. Any idea how many of these morons actually exist?


"He was a poet, a scholar and a mighty warrior."

Re: IMDb's message boards are no longer providing a positive experience

A handful at best. It doesn't take many, they just need to have many accounts and lots of time. These types want to dominate so they won't tend to go where there's many like-minded ones. It defeats the purpose. It's no fun if there's as many trolls as users.

Mind you, I'm talking the dedicated abusive type, not the ones who can be relative benign but have their periods of manic activity. Some even have socks who are gracious or seemingly so, they use those IDs to rationalize the behavior of the alter ego.



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Re: "selective"
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by MsELLERYqueen2 » 54 minutes ago (Wed Feb 8 2017 21:58:47) Flag ▼ | Reply |
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"selective": some loser rotting in his parents' basement has a bit of power on some not-very-busy forum and he amuses himself by banning people from the forum for no reason at all. Maybe the loser should get out of his parents' basement and go on his first date.

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??? What are you on about??

Re: IMDb's message boards are no longer providing a positive experience

Exactly. The silent treatment is the last thing they want.



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Re: Some of us know how to...

Some of us know how to ignore threads like that.

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Re: IMDb's message boards are no longer providing a positive experience

You know, I saw the subject heading of that thread and just hung my head. Sometimes you just feel ashamed of your own species.

But then I thought, you know, we're not the same species, any more than a human and a slug, or a worm.

Or a snake.



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Crikey. I clicked on his profile and he is posting on the Beyonce Knowles board.

That is one of the biggest troll magnets on this website.

But that is not the hangout of MEQ's buddy.

So I am stumped as to who this cretin may be. Not that it matters, of course.

But if it is who we think it is he has sunk to an even lower low.

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