Film General : So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?

So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?

Given that's the excuse they've landed on in order to shut these down, I figured I'd ask...

I'm not proud of this, but I had an account on TMZ that I used for a while Obviously that's a comments section and not a message board, but I still think that was worse overall. Nearly everybody was beyond catty and never had anything good to say.

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Re: So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?

Yep. Not that I've used many forums, but this one had the highest degree of toxicity. A poison would be introduced and before long you'd see a bunch of folk infected. I keep expecting to see a news story about the Cobra Kai Cult, or a news story about protesters in the street burning effigies of José Mourinho while yelling "Die, Benman, Die".



Re: So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?


Not that I've used many forums


well there you go, go take a look at the comments section of youtube or reddit and see how many trolls are making jokes.

Re: So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?

Not even close.


Even imdb at its worst, is nowhere near as bad as YouTube, where people are bullying others constantly, me included. When I posted a video on feminism, I got so many people flaming in the comments I started crying. Imdb has never caused that kind of concern for me.

Sure there are the usual idiots, but YouTube is by far the most toxic website I've ever used.

Re: So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?

you started crying?

Re: So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?

This way worse than youtube in some ways. Have you seen the avatars the troll uses? Totally f**cked.

https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/petition-to-keep-the-imdb-messageboards-going#

Re: So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?

I agree. Yes there's an awful lot of bickering here but generally the level of debate is higher than somewhere like Youtube. I don't mean there isn't swearing and name calling, because there is, but people generally put effort into arguing their point. I'll often read a post which will change my perspective on a topic. The threads that are on topic usually stay (somewhat) on topic, which is more than can be said for elsewhere. Yeah, there are trolls about but this is the internet after all.

If I'm watching a film or TV show and either spot something I want to talk about, or wonder what the overall reception has been, this is always the first place I visit. I wouldn't be surprised if everyone reading this does that too. I can't think of anywhere else where a message board for all film and TV exists. You could look on Reddit I suppose but you're unlikely to find the film you want in the general movies board if it's not a recent release, and smaller films aren't likely to have their own boards. IMDb contains an awful lot of crap but it is still the best at what it does. In my opinion IMDb is dead without the forum aspect, if you just want encyclopedia info then you go to Wikipedia, IMDb's advantage is that it's interactive.

Re: So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?

At this point, yes. This board went to *beep* the minute they announced its shut down. Even if the boards weren't closing I don't know if I'd feel like putting every troll on ignore just to clean up the place and find meaningful threads to click on.

What are you gonna do with those pies, boys?

Re: So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?

Yes, with the regular Amazon forums a close second. Is there a pattern here...?

And yes, unmoderated comments sections are often much worse - YouTube being the one that probably everybody is familiar with.

Here's to the fools who dream

Re: So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?

The worst and most toxic aspect of the Amazon forums is the voting on posts thingy. It creates a hostile environment and allows rampant passive-aggressive behaviour. I made genuine friends there, but ended up jumping ship because the downvoting of posts was doing my head in.

Re: So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?

Not by a long shot. 4chan is far worse.

The worst you get here is casual racism, the odd scat porn avatar and feuding. This place is an absolute haven.

Re: So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?

Agreed Facebook and youtube I consider to be most toxic. Like certain Facebook page they thrives from feeding clickbait controversial news to get people to subscribe. Once in a while they slip in product placement video. Not sure how many pay per click they will earn though. But I'm sure youtube they get paid per 1000 views. Afaik a youtube prankster earn like $2000 per day. Making him worth $2millions. But some religious or political vids I usually abstain from those by just clicking not interested button. It's a choice. Those places are zoos compare to imdb.

Re: So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?

Yes, it is the most toxic website I've used.

and it has been not only the "proud to be trolls" type sociopaths that have produced the atmosphere.

It's also the behind the back spreading of lies and innuendo via PM's that has made the area poisonous.

It's the years and years of vendettas and bad feelings that are re-hashed to the point of near hysteria.

It's the self appointed troll hunters who assume that everyone they don't know is a troll and attack accordingly while still embracing true trolls and toxic posters.....

and then they wonder why their community is so inbred.

AOL and Prodigy were never as bad as this.


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Re: So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?

no, reddit has a lot of people that make random jokes and there will be 400 weird off topic jokes and everyone replying to everyone and then the conversation is lost.
reddit is nothing but everyone trying to be a comedian for upvotes (4chan is nothing but memes)
Rotten Tomatoes has a lot of really rude people. youtube is the biggest trash on the internet.
there is NO way you can discuss movies on twitter with only 140 characters. no way


this board was actually not that bad. people love to cry of the trolls in here but thats nothing compared with how random and off topic reddit always becomes. and rotten tomatoes has huge jerks

Re: So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?

No.

And the toxicity of IMDb is not peculiar to IMDb nor even to messageboards. It's an Internet-wide issue. It's on Twitter; it's on YouTube; it's under news articles; it's any site too ungainly to have proper moderation. It's grown into an epidemic over the last decade or so. And it has real world consequences.

But just shutting stuff down is the nuclear option. There has been research on how to design communication platforms that would discourage antisocial behaviour. But I don't think anyone has stumbled upon a workable solution yet. When they do, we might be able to have nice things again.

Meantime, expect a wave of big companies over the next few years wondering if open communication and their brand and 'core competencies' really are compatible after all. And if the answer is 'There's no money in it', then the answer is also no.













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Re: So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?

Well, it's been TV all over again; television was promised as a great advance in communication, education and culture, and in the late 40s and 50s it quite often was; at least the attempt was being made a good part of the time. Now we have Duck Dynasty, Jersey Shore, and shows so terrible I blot them out of my mind instantly.

We weren't ready for the internet, just like we haven't been ready for a lot of so-called advancements.


Here's to the fools who dream

Re: So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?

It's the state of current television that brought me to using the computer in the evening ... no cable and no dish ... PBS is pretty much "it"... especially the British mysteries.

Re: So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?

Well, to be fair, I think there's a LOT of good TV now, and there has been for a while; but that's because we have a billion channels now, and just going by the law of averages there has to be something good - TV is one area where they can gear programs to any taste at all, unlike (major release) films. But if you're looking at the batting average it's a different story...

And I don't have any of the premium channels which have a lot of the most interesting stuff, so I mostly stick to movies anyway.

Here's to the fools who dream

Re: So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?

All I have is over the air and when conditions are wrong not even nbc so tapes, dvds, books and .... well ... here.

Mostly only watch the PBS shows on any sort of regular basis and even those I tend to forget they are on. When they are on late and I know I will nod off ... they get disked for future watching. Huge stockpile of those await.

In a couple of weeks there will be Time Enough At Last and I shall probably drop and break my glasses. 😎

Re: So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?

Not at all. Much to my surprise, Amazon is terrible for trolls and nasty comments. Likewise YouTube.



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Re: So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?

nah 4chan for sure

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Re: So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?

Far from it. Few sites have an 1-click ignore function.

Re: So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?

No, Yahoo Chat was. I had a guy follow me around on there, threatening to rape a friend who lived close to him.

Re: So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?

TMZ comments seem to be a lot more toxic ... and yet I can't help but read them, at least until I inevitably get bored with the vitriol. I could never think of posting there though.

Re: So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?

You have never been to 4chan, have you? And its hilarious kind of toxic.

Re: So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?

Most toxic would easily be 4chan and 8chan.

Re: So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?

This is the worst place I've seen.

Re: So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?

Amazon is pretty bad. The posters were so obnoxious I only spent a short time there before I had enough. But imdb is not just a single board. There are many, and some are actually very OK.

Re: So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?

That I personally have ever used? Yes. But I'm sure there are much worse, especially in the US.

I think trolls are literally trying to take over the US. It no longer matters how stupid and counter-productive some action that the so-called president takes may in fact be--just as long as it really upsets his political enemies and hurts some vulnerable group of people. If that isn't troll behavior, I don't know what is.


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Re: So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?

I read somewhere that IMDb became really toxic after several people from 4chan migrated here. I can believe that.

As far as message boards are concerned, there is an obvious need for them, and where there's a need, there's a chance that someone will use this foolish IMDb decision in his advantage, create something similar and get rich in the process. And we'll all be happy.

Think positively, people.

Re: So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?

Honestly, I've just always thought it was fun. Not sure what the big deal is/was.

Re: So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?

I've never really used them but 4chan and Misc are much, much, much worse. You need to have nerves of steel to surf through them. AwardsWatch, Celebitchy, Gawker, Pajiba are very unpleasant too. Twitter is one giant cesspole and of course, how could you forget wonderful YouTube comment section?

So no, IMDb is far from being the most toxic place I've ever been.

Re: So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?

Trolls are juveniles who are mostly on the boards of recent blockbuster movies. If you go to boards of people like Hitchcock, Kurosawa, Bergman, Truffaut, Wilder, Lumet, or living Americans like Scorsese, PTA, Jarmusch etc., they are basically completely troll-free. IMDB does nothing good to anyone by dismantling these boards, it'll only make older and smaller films less known.

IMDb is definitely not the most toxic site out there and trolls are not the reason the boards are closing.

Re: So, is IMDb the most toxic website you've used?

No, I posted on yahoo chat back in the day. Now that's a toxic website if I ever saw one.


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