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Post by GruesomeTwosome » February 20th, 2018, 5:00 pm

Armoreska on Feb 20 2018, 09:25:08 AM wrote:What deteriorated? They restored some important functionality.
Has the ease of putting together a list been restored? (drag-and-drop to shift the order around, etc.?) And it used to be very user-friendly to click "See all (X number) ratings" to get to the Your Ratings page, and then on the right side of the page you could filter by all the useful criteria (year, film/TV series/shorts etc, genre). It isn't set up like that now, I guess you have to go through the Advanced Search feature. I don't like some of the changes they've made. If they've restored some of this stuff, it doesn't seem to be as user-friendly to me now than it was before. :shrug:
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Post by Good_Will_Harding » February 20th, 2018, 5:10 pm

Armoreska on Feb 20 2018, 09:25:08 AM wrote:What deteriorated? They restored some important functionality.
The biggest deterioration since the boards went belly up is with their list making and rating history features, which they keep stripping away some of the most basic and helpful functions - like dragging and placing films when editing lists, or removing the ability to view the films you rated by the genre, release date, running time, etc. Making it worse is the extremely lame and unsatisfying justification they try to give us each time they remove an otherwise helpful way of viewing their site, which is always some excuse about making the site seem more modern or user feedback demanding the elimination of these tools or whatever.

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Post by metaller » February 20th, 2018, 6:03 pm

Every once in a while I watch a film, and think: "hm, I'm not sure about this and that element of the film, let's see its IMDB board if someone else has written something about it". But nope. It's gone.

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Post by matthewscott8 » February 20th, 2018, 6:46 pm

No more lamenting from me to be frank. Much of the IMDb forum space was just functioning as some sort of existential sewer for the mentally ill. There were definitely some hardcore creeps and fantasists on it that needed institutionalising. What is there miss about people encouraging their fellow humans to kill themselves, controlling 10s or even 100s of accounts and having conversations with themselves, posting hardcore porn photos etc. How do you have a conversation with a fool who does not know they are a fool, with hundreds of people who haven't even started to learn how to think and feel? Any sane person on IMDb just ended up being a target.

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Post by flaiky » February 20th, 2018, 7:07 pm

I really like it here and it definitely has perks over imdb (especially no trolls or nutcases!), but I can't deny that I miss the activity of those boards. They were a guaranteed way to kill time. The individual boards were also great to browse after watching a film; I know some clever person duplicated them all (and that reminds me, I should reinstall the add-on to my new laptop) but you can't reply so it's not quite the same.

Edit: Oh and I still remember where I was when I first read the news, I was sitting in a McDonald's with my boyfriend, heh (I rarely go to McDs, I promise :ph43r: ) ..It was so shocking!
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Post by RedHawk10 » February 20th, 2018, 7:45 pm

matthewscott8 on Feb 20 2018, 11:46:11 AM wrote:No more lamenting from me to be frank. Much of the IMDb forum space was just functioning as some sort of existential sewer for the mentally ill. There were definitely some hardcore creeps and fantasists on it that needed institutionalising. What is there miss about people encouraging their fellow humans to kill themselves, controlling 10s or even 100s of accounts and having conversations with themselves, posting hardcore porn photos etc. How do you have a conversation with a fool who does not know they are a fool, with hundreds of people who haven't even started to learn how to think and feel? Any sane person on IMDb just ended up being a target.
While everything you said is true I still feel that if the idiots who ran IMDB made the slightest effort to actually moderate the forums 95% of this problem would've vanished in no time. Having 25-30 active moderators on such a huge, decently "busy" site really wouldn't have been that unfathomable. Of course this wouldn't lead to some perfect fix but I have zero doubt that it would've made an enormous difference.

IMDB was really the only website I posted on prior to the boards deactivation, there was a lot of crap to sift through but there were tons and tons of great people there with all sorts of thoughts/views on films. The Horror Board especially had a great sense of community. IMDB's ultimate "solution" was total bullshit and just another clear middle finger towards the users.
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Post by monk-time » February 20th, 2018, 7:46 pm

metaller on Feb 20 2018, 11:03:34 AM wrote:Every once in a while I watch a film, and think: "hm, I'm not sure about this and that element of the film, let's see its IMDB board if someone else has written something about it". But nope. It's gone.

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Post by xianjiro » February 21st, 2018, 6:29 am

metaller on Feb 20 2018, 11:03:34 AM wrote:Every once in a while I watch a film, and think: "hm, I'm not sure about this and that element of the film, let's see its IMDB board if someone else has written something about it". But nope. It's gone.

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Post by xianjiro » February 21st, 2018, 6:31 am

matthewscott8 on Feb 20 2018, 11:46:11 AM wrote:No more lamenting from me to be frank. Much of the IMDb forum space was just functioning as some sort of existential sewer for the mentally ill. There were definitely some hardcore creeps and fantasists on it that needed institutionalising. What is there miss about people encouraging their fellow humans to kill themselves, controlling 10s or even 100s of accounts and having conversations with themselves, posting hardcore porn photos etc. How do you have a conversation with a fool who does not know they are a fool, with hundreds of people who haven't even started to learn how to think and feel? Any sane person on IMDb just ended up being a target.
I ask myself this question quite regularly on another thread in this forum. :satstunned:

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Post by matthewscott8 » February 21st, 2018, 11:51 am

xianjiro on Feb 20 2018, 11:31:56 PM wrote:
matthewscott8 on Feb 20 2018, 11:46:11 AM wrote:No more lamenting from me to be frank. Much of the IMDb forum space was just functioning as some sort of existential sewer for the mentally ill. There were definitely some hardcore creeps and fantasists on it that needed institutionalising. What is there miss about people encouraging their fellow humans to kill themselves, controlling 10s or even 100s of accounts and having conversations with themselves, posting hardcore porn photos etc. How do you have a conversation with a fool who does not know they are a fool, with hundreds of people who haven't even started to learn how to think and feel? Any sane person on IMDb just ended up being a target.
I ask myself this question quite regularly on another thread in this forum. :satstunned:
I feel I'm getting used to this forum in that I know exactly what you're talking about

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Post by Knaldskalle » February 21st, 2018, 8:19 pm

Stop picking on me, guys...
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Please don't hurt yourself, talk to someone.

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Post by xianjiro » February 21st, 2018, 8:55 pm

Knaldskalle on Feb 21 2018, 01:19:01 PM wrote:Stop picking on me, guys...
I know. I know. "It isn't easy being green." :(

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Post by timmy_501 » February 22nd, 2018, 2:50 am

Yeah, I really miss the old boards. It was nice to read threads on the individual boards and I don't know of any convenient replacement for that.

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Post by OldAle1 » February 22nd, 2018, 3:00 am

matthewscott8 on Feb 20 2018, 11:46:11 AM wrote:No more lamenting from me to be frank. Much of the IMDb forum space was just functioning as some sort of existential sewer for the mentally ill. There were definitely some hardcore creeps and fantasists on it that needed institutionalising. What is there miss about people encouraging their fellow humans to kill themselves, controlling 10s or even 100s of accounts and having conversations with themselves, posting hardcore porn photos etc. How do you have a conversation with a fool who does not know they are a fool, with hundreds of people who haven't even started to learn how to think and feel? Any sane person on IMDb just ended up being a target.
I don't disagree too much, although what you're talking about did not apply to every board equally; certainly in the last few years it was really terrible on Film General but it never got *quite* so bad on the Classics Board - really up until 2014-15 that place was still quite sane and in the last couple of years it was still better than FG for sure. The Western forum never got too awful either though I got rather bored of it eventually, and some individual film/personality boards were pretty good and never attracted trolling.

What seems irreplaceable though is the sheer numbers of people; even when you factor out not just the trolls but the large numbers of idiots and narrowly focused people you still had a huge place and it was relatively easy to generate lengthy and sometimes pretty intelligent discussions among several people. I'm sorry to say but that doesn't seem to happen nearly so much here unless you're talking about Official Lists, because that's the focus here. IMDb was focused on every aspect of film and had thousands - tens of thousands? hundreds of thousands? - of daily forum users and so you could always find a place where even the most obscure blip in film history would generate a response. I miss that, and the knowledge that anything of general interest that I posted would get noticed within minutes or hours, whereas here it can take days or not happen at all.

But yeah, the trolls, racists and general assholes ruined it, or were allowed to by disinterested corporate heads, and so we have to have something else. And this place is as good as any I've seen, and maybe with double or triple the traffic I'd have no complaints at all.
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Post by OldAle1 » February 20th, 2019, 10:29 pm

Forgot about it until just now, but yesterday was the 2-year anniversary of the demise of the IMDb forums. I still miss 'em but nothing lasts forever.

EDIT - or maybe today's the date. Guess it might depend on where in the world you are.

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Post by prodigalgodson » February 21st, 2019, 1:39 am

RIP, doubly for FG3

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Post by St. Gloede » February 23rd, 2019, 9:06 pm

RIP FG1, FG2, FG3 & fg4, 5 and various Facebook groups.

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Post by fear of 13 » February 25th, 2019, 10:12 am

Isn't IMDB 2.0 still around somewhere?

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Post by OldAle1 » February 21st, 2020, 2:13 pm

Third anniversary of the great self-immolation was yesterday, for those like me still living too much in the past. Was reminded on a another forum of my discussion re: my least-favorite film ever yesterday. Good times.

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Post by xianjiro » February 21st, 2020, 5:04 pm

really ... trying ... hard ... to force ... a tear

nada

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and please don't take that as making fun of your loss - but for the most part, I gave up reading comments. There was some value to IMDb's commenting when it stayed on topic, but there was way too much dross the wade through to find the answer to the question about what the protagonist said in Act III

btw, did you ever give https://filmboards.com/ a shot? My understanding is that some of the IMDb community ported much of the MB comments and have kept it going since.

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » February 21st, 2020, 7:48 pm

Phew, three years ago! So long ago and yet only yesterday...

Here's IMDB v2.1, which can be funny to look through:

https://imdb2.freeforums.net/
That's all, folks!

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Post by St. Gloede » February 21st, 2020, 7:55 pm

OldAle1 wrote:
February 21st, 2020, 2:13 pm
Third anniversary of the great self-immolation was yesterday, for those like me still living too much in the past. Was reminded on a another forum of my discussion re: my least-favorite film ever yesterday. Good times.
Daria checked in on FG3, we said hi to each other. Oh the nosthalgia (l) (l) (l)

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