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Old May 21 2015, 01:11 AM   #1
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The IMDB and bans

As people may know, the latest Mad Max movie has come out in the last few weeks and gained some praise for its handling of its female characters.

As expected of any movie that receives critical/commercial success, this has turned its IMDB board into a pit of vipers. Beyond the typical differences of opinion that get out of hand, Rape and beating threats have been thrown about, out and out verbal abuse against other posters, stalking and harassing posters when they move on to other boards, the works.

My question is: based on people's experience or impressions of the site as a whole (not just that example in particular), what do you think of how it is regulated? Do people think the modding should be more severe and repeat offenders quickly get the boot, or that the current system of 'put them on ignore' should be left as it is? Just what do people think of its board system in general?
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Old May 21 2015, 01:46 AM   #2
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Re: The IMDB and bans

Unreadable format, youtube level commentary.

And no reason to change that, IMDB doesn't exist as a forum. That's just an extra.
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Old May 21 2015, 01:51 AM   #3
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Exactly. And some of the forums are just insane. The X Files one I don't visit that often due to crazies.

@ Hela: Not as bad as what you mentioned, but it's still insane what some people do on their boards.
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Old May 21 2015, 02:47 AM   #4
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I have never touched the imdb forums and am happy to leave it that way.
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Old May 21 2015, 02:53 AM   #5
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The Comments and User Reviews for films, series, episodes, and personalities have always had their share of nutbags.
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Old May 21 2015, 03:44 AM   #6
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teacake wrote: View Post
Unreadable format, youtube level commentary.
Well, not quite. I think the average level of comments on YouTube is actually getting dumber every year.

As for IMDb: If you don't like it, don't read it.
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Old May 21 2015, 05:11 AM   #7
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I've never understood that reasoning, and I don't mean just for board posts. How are you meant to know whether you like something, unless you read it?

Although maybe I've just seen it used too many times to try and deflect any personal responsibility for whatever is being criticised (and usually accompanied by 'lots of other people like it, so STOP BEING A BIG FLAMING BULLY!') That may have made me a bit cynical of its use.

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Old May 21 2015, 05:20 AM   #8
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The IMDB boards are as bad as the Aint It Cool News Talkbacks or the youtube comments section...they're a bunch of mouth breathing foul mouthed morons. A wretched hive of scum and villainy.
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Old May 21 2015, 12:20 PM   #9
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New or current shows/films are monumentally trolled and banning people does nothing as they can create a new username in five seconds. I've never understood the point of an ignore function though since my own innate ability to ignore things works just fine.

Trolling can be funny though so i'm content to wade through a slew of ripe anal discharge if it means getting some top quality lulz

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Old May 21 2015, 07:54 PM   #10
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IMDb boards are ridiculous. Anyone who can find their way to the internet shouldn't be allowed to post.
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Old May 21 2015, 08:23 PM   #11
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Anyone who can find their way to the internet shouldn't be allowed to post.
Especially on Twitter, since what passes for news these days is sometimes some stupid post by someone who's considered a celebrity because they were once a contestant on a "reality" show.
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Old May 21 2015, 09:08 PM   #12
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The IMDB boards make 4chan look inviting. I was once browsing it and ended up on the page for the Tim Burton version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. There was some poster who was obsessed with Mike TeeVee, the kid who loved TV and got shrunk. Every thread was about how great the character was, how the character deserved to win the price, how the movie should have been rewritten so he was the main character and how the poster was a guy in his 40s.

It may have been a troll, but I decided that IMDB was full of nuts, creeps and morons.
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Old May 22 2015, 01:25 AM   #13
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I decided that IMDB was full of nuts, creeps and morons.
Then I'm glad I stopped using my log-in ID over there.
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Old May 22 2015, 10:31 AM   #14
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The message boards are like a car wreck to me, I can't look away. It's interesting that every actress' board has a thread on how "hot" they are and a thread on who they look like (usually multiple of the latter). So much so that when I looked recently at an actress who was on Modern Family, her board had a post entitlted, "No hottie post?," as if it were a requirement for her being on IMDB.

Sometimes, though, the posts can be entertaining. My favorite are the ones that talk directly to the celebrity, as if they set up this page themselves. These range from the benign "Happy Birthday" posts to stalker level creepy. Other favorites are the people who post that they saw the celebrity in real life, usually at a restaurant where they were acting spoiled.

The boards for TV and movies are a crap shoot. Sometimes you do find some decent discussions, especially for movies that leave a lot to the imagination. While not quite college-level theses on the movies, you can find some good insights. More often, however, you do get the "How is this rated so high, people who like this movie are idiots" posts, as well as their twins, the "How is this movie rated so low, people who don't like this movie are morons."

All of which makes me either feel like a reporter who was sent to investigate and is returning to report to you guys what he's found. I have to feel that way, because the alternative is to think...

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Old May 22 2015, 12:20 PM   #15
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I have never touched the imdb forums and am happy to leave it that way.
Same here. I use IMDB for informational purposes only, whenever I see something on TV and I think "who is that?"
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