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Re: Letterboxd


Post by mightysparks » February 20th, 2020, 3:01 pm

I don’t care about etiquette, I follow people from the forum if I recognize them, and the occasional person whose reviews seem interesting. I only like reviews if I genuinely like them. Not interested in this ‘liking for the sake of a like and getting a pointless like back’ kind of culture.
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Post by GruesomeTwosome » February 20th, 2020, 3:03 pm

sol wrote:
February 20th, 2020, 2:25 pm
GruesomeTwosome wrote:
February 20th, 2020, 1:38 pm
Oh, and about your statement that on ICM you can only see a maximum of 6 friends that have seen a given film: you know that you can click the "See more friends" link right below that Friends list to see the total number (if it's more than 6) of your friends that have seen the film in question, right?
Yes, I know that, but if I'm looking up the iCM page of something niche like an older horror movie, I like to be able to see at first glance whether mighty or peeps have seen it, rather than having to click on the "see more friends" link and scroll through dozens of names that I don't recognise. I don't know. Maybe I'm just weird like that.
Ah, gotcha. But Letterboxd doesn't seem to be much different in that regard, though it does have more "room" than ICM in the "friends who have seen" section - it looks like the maximum number of friends that have seen a given film on that film's page is 13 people; if you have more friends that have seen it, you have to click a link to get to the full list. But anyways, on Letterboxd just follow the people you actually know, yeah, so you don't have the clutter of strangers' names.
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Post by sol » February 20th, 2020, 3:45 pm

Thanks for the replies, guys; not enough time to respond to you all. I'm a bit surprised by how popular this topic is, but I guess some out there want a break from the discussions of French cinema's merits on the directors poll thread. ;)
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Post by Mothravka » February 20th, 2020, 4:38 pm

Come to think of it, I have no idea who most followers to me are. A lot of them also seem to have a completely different film taste than me. And they just pop up now and then. It's a tiny bit odd, especially because I don't write reviews or anything. I only follow 13 people too.

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Post by jal90 » February 21st, 2020, 7:14 pm

sol wrote:
February 20th, 2020, 12:51 pm
Some questions about Letterboxd etiquette / basic courtesy:

If somebody follows me on Letterboxd, is it polite to follow them back?

I'm currently following some forum regulars (mighty, Knalds, filmbantha) but also a couple of other folks who suddenly started following me. It seemed polite to follow them back, but I don't know what I am really getting out of it since neither of them are big on reviews and since I don't know them from the forum I have less interest in what they think of the films that I am looking up. I'm just asking this because I just got another follower today who I don't recognise from the forum.

On iCM, I have only accepted Friend requests from forum members (or IMDb message board alumni). That's a different kettle of fish though since iCM only shows a maximum of six friends who have seen any given film and I therefore I want to limit this to people who I know. Letterboxd looks like it has room to display a lot more "friends who have seen" so I guess it's not so much of an issue to have random strangers in there?

If somebody "likes" one of my reviews, it is polite for me to like one of theirs?

Common sense would say no, but one of my non-forum followers immediately liked five or six of my reviews after I liked one of hers. Is there some sort of unwritten rule with exchanging likes or something?

These questions seem silly to ask, but I don't want to be the Letterboxd pariah who refuses to interact with anybody who he doesn't know. :shrug:
I usually follow people back if they seem legit, that is: everyone except if they haven't rated, faved or listed anything; or in the contrary if they follow like 50,000 accounts at once and it's very clear that they just want to increase their numbers.

The reason is not really a matter of a social or personal need. I just feel fine doing it, it doesn't take effort and there are not negatives to it. It's not like Letterboxd is forcing me to interact with people, most of these "interactions" are passive and don't take much of each other's time or socializing effort. With reviews it's another thing because I have to at least read them, and I don't tend to use the like button very often for lists and reviews of other people anyway. I feel like if I started to do so regularly I would be rapidly exhausted and I wouldn't know how to modulate my use of the tool. Same reason why I am not used to the rt function on Twitter after 5 years there.

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Post by allisoncm » February 21st, 2020, 7:58 pm

Feel free to follow me on LB if you desire:

I will follow back, of course. I'm very active there.

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Post by St. Gloede » February 21st, 2020, 8:34 pm

Somehow I wasn't already, fixed.

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Post by Ivan0716 » February 22nd, 2020, 2:49 pm

This is a nice touch.

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Post by Harco » February 22nd, 2020, 6:53 pm

Yeah, saw it in the release notes for the new iOS app. Did I miss something? Feeling like this right now:


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Post by TraverseTown » February 22nd, 2020, 8:26 pm

Star ratings have been replaced by fireballs on that page only.

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Post by shugs » February 28th, 2020, 10:01 am

Just got followed by a random dude that follows 26000 people. :blink:

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Post by DareDaniel » February 28th, 2020, 1:53 pm

shugs wrote:
February 28th, 2020, 10:01 am
Just got followed by a random dude that follows 26000 people. :blink:
I get that a lot. They don't even check your profile before following and just want to increase their followers. In the end, it's just pointless. :shrug:

I always follow back users with similar tastes to me, I like to read content that I care about on my activity feed. I'm following 102 people atm and I think it's more than enough. Following thousands of people would be too much for me, I wouldn't care about anyone's content at all.

I never follow anyone with thousands of subscribers. I guess some of these users used to make good reviews at some point, but now they will just shit anything on everything they watch to get those likes. Just look at the most maintream movies and you see that the same users always have the most liked reviews. Many of these are so generic you could copy-paste to any movie you loved or hated. I've found an user who even created a patron to get paid for reviewing selected movies from his patrons. Shameful stuff. Obscure stuff always have better reviews.

There are also the cases in which I follow people that don't follow me back. :folded: :folded: :folded: I keep following these as long as I don't lose interest in their content or if we don't have any interaction at all (isn't that the point of a social media?).

This pretty much sums up my Letterboxd etiquette. Here's my account https://letterboxd.com/daredaniel/

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