I agree with the first part, not sure I agree with the second part.Onderhond wrote: ↑July 14th, 2020, 12:53 pmThe main reason would be that we'd be running in circles. But considering the current adoption criteria, that's pretty much the case already.
I know most people here won't fall into that category (or will at least deny that they do), but there's a sizable bias in which movies people check, with official checks far more likely to happen than unofficial checks. That means that the movies people are exposed to are more likely to be official checks, which in turn means that people's favorites are more likely to be official (faves being a subset of the total) and that in turn means that any 'favorite' list of ours is more likely to contain a lot of official checks. It's not just running in circles, it's almost incestuous at that point. Blech!
As for the second part, I think it's reasonable that mods set some criteria for the lists they want to consider for "officialdom." As to exactly what those criteria are (or should be) can always be debated, but I think that the mods in general have a pretty good handle on that part. The problem is, of course, that the habit(?) of making lists of movies seems to be particular to Western critics or Western film audiences (there's also a language barrier, and other factors), which means that most movie lists I've seen are Western focused (not the genre, the geo-political entity). Even most of the lists of other Continents are by Westerners who have developed an interest in that area's films (the African Movies list and Asian Film Guide for instance). So yes, if you want to stick to your criteria you may have a hard time finding good "qualifiying" lists from these areas, but I'm not sure whether that's an implicit Western bias towards other areas (because list-making seems to be a Western cultural activity that's not readily seen elsewhere) or it's because the critera set are poor. I think you can reasonably argue either way. I think that if you keep looking you'll eventually find good lists that will cover the lacking areas, but we do have to have patience for that approach to work.
Full disclosure: I used to be a mod on iCM, so take my opinion with the appropriate amount of salt.