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Problems with the sites "Social Media"


Oct 26 2013, 10:06pm

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Problems with the sites "Social Media" Can't Post

I really hate to complain, but I have become more than a little frustrated with news and tidbits delivered through theonerings Facebook and Twitter accounts. Of course I understand that not everyone out there shares my same feelings and preferences on what is shown and not shown, but it seems to be more common place to post details and even pictures (specifically with the latest trailer and the AUJ EE) directly into the social media's "feed" without warning or spoilers.

I would understand this if the film and the EE were in wide release, or had been in the public for a few weeks or even days...but there were descriptions of the trailer moments after it's release and now descriptions and screencaps of the EE. I know the EE is availible on itunes, but surely someone responsible has to realize that most people (or at least a huge amount) have not and will not see the EE 'til its physical release. Because of these tidbits and pictures and comments I've now blocked theonerings twitter account from my feed and am very close to doing the same on Facebook. I even posted a suggestion on the Facebook page to perhaps not do this (which is just my opinion, if the site admin wants to ignore it I realize my thoughts are not the only ones to be considered), which was met with name-calling. That is completely unacceptable and something that I know wouldn't be tolerated on the main site. And i'm not referring to the articles written about the details of the EE.. of course I have zero problem with that because I have the option of not clicking on the story. But it really feels like my option of that is becoming increasingly limited.

If this is just "how it's going to be", then I guess that is understandable since not everyone has my preferences. But then I will have to leave the social media portions of tORN behind.

I have supported and visited this site for the last 13 years and been very vocal to my friends about the way the people who run this site handle themselves and the content and how respect is given to all kinds of fans and opinions. I have even given my money on several occasions, so when dissatisfied I feel like I have the right to share. I do feel like the delivery of news and information has changed in the last year or so in a way that fells alienating.

I'm not even sure if this is the right forum for it..but it was what I thought would be the best place. Thank you for taking the time to read this, the tone of it probably comes of as a bit more harsh than is intended, but I guess that is the nature of the internet!

TORn member formally known as ryan1976.

(This post was edited by Buchanicus on Oct 26 2013, 10:10pm)

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Oct 27 2013, 1:17am

Post #2 of 4 (109 views)
You might want to forward your message to spymaster [In reply to] Can't Post

at the one ring dot net. The Home Page editors don't often visit the message boards, so your comments won't be seen by the people who populate the twitter and facebook pages.

I am waiting until the DVD is released to see the extras and the EE, so I've avoided reading the articles about what's in them. But if you think we should wait until all the releases are complete, please add your voice! But this location is not likely to get to the right people. Best of luck!

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Oct 27 2013, 2:35am

Post #3 of 4 (106 views)
I already did [In reply to] Can't Post

You might want to forward your message to spymaster


So sorry, Buchanicus, to hear that people were rude to you. I fear such is the nature of sites like facebook though; they're not moderated to the extent that the boards are. Still, it's disappointing that other Tolkien/movie fans would react that way.

There aren't enough hours in the day for me to partake of TORn's twitter and fb sites, so I'm not familiar with their policies about spoilers, but I did forward your message on. There's always a balancing act between the desire and responsibility to post breaking news and being sensitive of not being too spoilery. Twitter and fb are more dynamic and right-this-second, so it doesn't surprise me that they would have more spoilers 'in your face' so to speak than TORn's other platforms. As a Sr. Staff member I can tell you that most of the staff who post stories view the various platforms as parts of a whole and that each compliments the others. In general, twitter and facebook are looked upon as places where folks are looking for split-second breaking news (spoilery or not). The Home page would be a little less so, with spoiler warnings fairly common, and the boards would be the last bastion for those who desire to remain spoiler-free (and, even then, one must tread carefully the closer it gets to a movie's release).

I'm sure the feedback about spoilers is appreciated. At the same time I'm not sure twitter and fb are the best places to be if you want to avoid them. Hopefully we'll both get a little more feedback about that once the weekend is over and people start reading their emails again.

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(This post was edited by Altaira on Oct 27 2013, 4:58am)

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Oct 27 2013, 11:58pm

Post #4 of 4 (161 views)
re: problems [In reply to] Can't Post


Altaira let me know about your post.

We're currently having a discussion about how we can try to avoid dropping spoilers on FB without giving readers the chance to avoid them.

To help, could you provide a bit more detail on the type of FB posts you (and others) have been encountering that are causing this problem. Specifics would be great.

Regarding the comments on FB, I'm afraid it can be a bit of a zoo. I really wish it weren't, but people there can be very knee-jerk and it's hard to moderate (and consequently not usually moderated afaik). Anyone telling you to "get over it" or similar is completely daft in my opinion -- your concern is valid and we want to do our best to avoid spoilering ppl.



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