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So, with the IMDb boards shut down...

Otaku-sempai
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Feb 20 2017, 2:38pm

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So, with the IMDb boards shut down... Can't Post

...I wonder if we will see a significant uptick in traffic/membership here?

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squire
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Feb 20 2017, 5:14pm

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Interesting story [In reply to] Can't Post

I had missed this, as I never used IMDb for such purposes.

I couldn't make out from the reporting I found whether the boards were closing down because of the widespread trolling or the lack of volume due to migration to social media platforms. It also wasn't clear if the migration to other sites by people who wanted to talk about movies was driven by the trolling, or was just part of the more general trend online away from the message board format.

A repeated phrase I saw was that the IMDb boards were "poorly moderated" and so became notorious for unpleasant and aggressive comments. It certainly made me appreciate once again TORn's excellent moderation of these boards! Although I wonder if the volume of messaging here has also dropped off due to the rise of other media?



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dijomaja
Lorien

Feb 22 2017, 12:06pm

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RIP IMDb [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm assuming it was some sort of business decision. Actually, the tone could get rancorous over there but the three LotR boards were relatively sane over time.

At one point things had gotten unpleasant there and that's when I first came over here. After a while, though, I checked back in and found that a few of my "colleagues" (incl. the OP) had kept their heads while others were losing theirs and the IMDb became an enjoyable, if occasionally rowdy, place for conversation.

I hope to see more of my associates here.


Loresilme
Valinor


Feb 22 2017, 2:11pm

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I'm saddened by this [In reply to] Can't Post

From what I've read so far, it's being attributed to being partly a business decision and partly the deteriorating quality of some of the discussions there. I was not a contributer there, but I often read the Discussions. A number of folks from TORn used to post there and as might be expected the LOTR films had great discussion sections. Maybe there will be an uptick in movie discussions here again as a result, but I find it sad that it had to come at the expense of IMDB's boards and the loss of community the posters had there.

I used to look at other films discussions there as well, and while I unfortunately totally believe how toxic some films' discussions became, I didn't find much of that on the film discussions I looked at. On the contrary, I saw some excellent insights and conversations.

Apparently they announced it a couple of weeks ago to give users time to save what they wanted off the site and connect with users they wanted to stay in contact with. On shutdown, everything was deleted, no record kept of all the discussions, everything just gone. Yet, they kept the individual movie FAQs, despite the fact that they were written by users. And for instance, the FOTR FAQs were quite detailed and lengthy:

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FAQ for
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) More at IMDbPro » The content of this page was created directly by users and has not been screened or verified by IMDb staff.


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For anyone interested, there are others looking to fill the void and starting up new sites devoted to movie discussions. Here's one: http://www.moviepanels.com/


Otaku-sempai
Immortal


Feb 22 2017, 2:30pm

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My story is similar. [In reply to] Can't Post

I was also posting at the IMDb boards for Peter Jackson's LotR films and was encouraged to come over here. I'm glad I did, though the mood has become prickly at times over certain subjects, I do appreciate the efforts of our mods to keep a lid on things!

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(This post was edited by Ataahua on Feb 22 2017, 6:31pm)


Altaira
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Feb 23 2017, 5:09am

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As a matter of fact [In reply to] Can't Post

There *has* been a recnet uptick in new users. The stats show 40 new users in the last 30 days. I haven't been keeping track of new users by month, but I'd estimate that the number of people registering in the six months prior was more like 10-15 per month.

I was wondering about what might be causing the increase. I'm sorry for the loss of what sounds like a great place to talk about the movies, but at the same time I hope many of them find their way here and extend a warm welcome to those that do! Smile


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OldestDaughter
Rohan


Feb 24 2017, 3:47pm

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Not to sound naive, but [In reply to] Can't Post

did they close down the IMDb boards because of all the comments going around?

I have never joined the IMDb boards, but I have looked over several and there were some nasty comments being said back and forth.

Makes me happy we are all respectful of each other here.




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Otaku-sempai
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Feb 24 2017, 9:57pm

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Maaay-be? [In reply to] Can't Post


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did they close down the IMDb boards because of all the comments going around?

I have never joined the IMDb boards, but I have looked over several and there were some nasty comments being said back and forth.

Makes me happy we are all respectful of each other here.


That was probably part of it, but I'm not sure that Amazon wanted the expense of maintaining the IMDb boards any longer.

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dijomaja
Lorien

Mar 2 2017, 12:16pm

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Hello to my colleague O-s from the "other" board. I'm hoping more of us will find our way here but I haven't noticed anyone else (possibly some people wanted to start fresh and use new names). Anyway, the Road goes ever on....


Otaku-sempai
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Mar 2 2017, 2:39pm

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Hi there! [In reply to] Can't Post

Look around, see which forums interest you, and make yourself at home.

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dernwyn
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Mar 2 2017, 3:18pm

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*heh!* [In reply to] Can't Post

He's an "oldie", he posted quite a bit around here until a year and a half ago. Smile

Welcome "back", dijomaja!


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Otaku-sempai
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Mar 2 2017, 3:23pm

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Yeah... [In reply to] Can't Post

I had forgotten that until I noticed that his title had reached 'Lorien'.

"He who lies artistically, treads closer to the truth than ever he knows." -- Favorite proverb of the wizard Ningauble of the Seven Eyes

(This post was edited by Otaku-sempai on Mar 2 2017, 3:26pm)

 
 

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