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Please see the text below from http://www.imdb.com/board/announcement

In addition, we have created a new Get Satisfaction categories for "I Need to Know" to replace the "I Need to Know" message board and "IMDb Poll" to replace the "IMDb Poll" message board. A post on the Contributors Help board explains the migration path from there to the newly renamed Get Satisfaction category "Data Issues & Policy Discussions"  (which is an already active community here). 

An FAQ on the closure is now available at http://www.imdb.com/help/show_leaf?boardsclosurefaq

IMDb Message Boards Announcement

IMDb is the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content. As part of our ongoing effort to continually evaluate and enhance the customer experience on IMDb, we have decided to disable IMDb’s message boards on February 20, 2017. This includes the Private Message system. After in-depth discussion and examination, we have concluded that IMDb’s message boards are no longer providing a positive, useful experience for the vast majority of our more than 250 million monthly users worldwide. The decision to retire a long-standing feature was made only after careful consideration and was based on data and traffic.

Increasingly, IMDb customers have migrated to IMDb’s social media accounts as the primary place they choose to post comments and communicate with IMDb’s editors and one another. IMDb’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/imdb) and official Twitter account (https://twitter.com/imdb) have an audience of more than 10 million engaged fans. IMDb also maintains official accounts on Snapchat (https://www.snapchat.com/add/imdblive), Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/imdbofficial/), YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/imdb), and Tumblr (http://imdb.tumblr.com/).

Because IMDb’s message boards continue to be utilized by a small but passionate community of IMDb users, we announced our decision to disable our message boards on February 3, 2017 but will leave them open for two additional weeks so that users will have ample time to archive any message board content they’d like to keep for personal use. During this two-week transition period, which concludes on February 19, 2017, IMDb message board users can exchange contact information with any other board users they would like to remain in communication with (since once we shut down the IMDb message boards, users will no longer be able to send personal messages to one another). We regret any disappointment or frustration IMDb message board users may experience as a result of this decision.

IMDb is passionately committed to providing innovative ways for our hundreds of millions of users to engage and communicate with one another. We will continue to enhance our current offerings and launch new features in 2017 and beyond that will help our customers communicate and express themselves in meaningful ways while leveraging emerging technologies and opportunities.


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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Deleting the message boards is a horrible idea.

The message boards are the only reason i regularly use IMDb. I use them to read about theories and interpretations about movies, as this is probably the easiest way to find them on the internet. I know that the boards, especially TV show boards, are overridden with trolls and such, but that can be fixed. Other sites don't delete the messaging, why should IMDb?
This is stupid. :/

A compromise is IMDb archiving all the previous threads, just not letting people post any new ones. Which still would be horrible, but at least all the info wouldn't be lost.
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Sandy Valinis

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Killing the Message Boards was a really stupid move. You've just negated a huge part of what IMDb did well -- connect movie lovers.

I suspect that your stated reasoning is horse manure. I suspect it was simple expediency, and an economic decision --- *not* a decision based on what your customers wanted and liked from your site.

Someone else is gonna toddle along, and eat your lunch on this one. Y'all screwed up, and you'll discover it soon.
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nld3

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As far as I'm concerned you ruined IMDB by removing the Message Boards. There was so much useful info posted about actors & movies. Now gone. I had 20 years worth of messages thrown away.
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Absolutely tragic. I really believe Hollywood was fed up reading how horrible and untalented the writers, actors were, definitely are. It was so much fun taking the good with the bad, the serious movie buffs and even the trolls. Perfect blend of reading pleasure. This site is now nothing more than another "safe space" for the leftie millennial staff to update and post more witless worthless Hollywood remake dribble.
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Thomas Buckworth

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rogerscorpion

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You're an idiot, Hornbuckle. Just because one is paid well, doesn't make them insensitive to inequality. 
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CB

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Message boards going away!!!!.

I'm losing my favorite way to discuss movies!!!!
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Karen Staten

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Without movie fan discussion your website has become worthless for a majority of members.
The obviously rigged and bogus ratings and reviews of films on IMDB are useless.
I may have not posted very frequently but I found the message boards to be an invaluable source of information and quite entertaining at times.
They provided what I consider a invaluable method to discuss classic movies and older cinema.
This was a terrible idea to eliminate them. I just as easily can use other sites (ie rotten Tomatoes, Reddit etc) for my movie information now.
Please reconsider and bring the message boards back!
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Soozie

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Hate to have to go over to Reddit, but you left me no choice IMDB...here I go...
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Larry George

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Karen Staten: Regarding your comment "The obviously rigged and bogus ratings and reviews of films on IMDB are useless", I've often wondered about them because it seems odd (or "incorrect") that so many recent films are rated so highly, while many older films that I (and certain film critics and film fans) consider much better are rated lower. I wonder if anyone can provide any hard evidence that this rigging has been occurring. If so, this might be a good time and venue to post it.
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Karen Staten: Regarding your comment "The obviously rigged and bogus ratings and reviews of films on IMDB are useless", I've often wondered about them because it seems odd (or "incorrect") that so many recent films are rated so highly, while many older films that I (and certain film critics and film fans) consider much better are rated lower. I wonder if anyone can provide any hard evidence that this rigging has been occurring. If so, this might be a good time and venue to post it.
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Me, too. It is the ONLY reason I used IMDB. If someone couldn't recall the name of a show, they could start a thread &, likely as not, someone else could tell them---because this WAS a centrallized gathering spot. 
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Pete LaTorre

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bad bad bad idea. please let the powers to be know that. I really hope they reconsider...
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TheFrankSinatra

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The petition has over ,5000 signatures already...convince them to reconsider...I agree it is a terrible idea and they will lose much of my support if they proceed.   I will not be discussing movies on a "facebook" page as I do not post on facebook that often, nor do I "follow" many pages on there where there is 0 near interaction, I like to anonymously discuss films with other film lovers and people passionate about film on IMDB.
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Rafael Rivas

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Hear, hear! Perfectly said!
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Barbara Anne West

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How do I access the petition?
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rogerscorpion

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The announcement stated that the boards were used by a 'small but passionate number' of their members.
I call BS, on it being a SMALL #. We just weren't paying members. Have the balls to just say it. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Don't do it please! (Message board shutdown).

This is a unique service.  Social media is no substitute.  I come here on a daily basis, I might come here once in a blue moon after this.  Please reconsider.
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I agree with landon, Amy and Sinatra. I actually thought of the same thing as mentioned in my post above. If Wikipedia, with its significantly more complex site, can run like a fine tuned machine with the help of volunteer staff, I don't see any reason IMDB could not.
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Astro Chologist

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New forum @ theimdbforum.com When we get enough folks Moderators will be selected
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Rafael Rivas

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You would think that after all this time they would have some kind of understanding about this! They are really unbelievable!
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Bastette W

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Does @theimdbforum.com categorize the comments by film, and then by discussion thread, so you can find the discussions you want to read (and contribute to)? I am not interested in browsing through a stream of random commentary about whatever, in the hope that something I'm interested in happens to be in there somewhere. When I see a movie I want to discuss, I want to be able to go to the site, find the movie, and then join discussions about it. If @theimdbforum.com offers that, then sure, I'd use it. But I did check it out earlier today, and it sure doesn't look like it works that way.
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Loretta Compher

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I HATE the removal of the message board. Facebook page does not help at all. How am I supposed to discuss and find info on a specific title? I want to discuss certain movies and Facebook just has everything lumped together with no system BRING THEM BACK! I feel so lost!
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MightyThorsHair

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Crap idea. Why do you think people come here?
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Paul Jones

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Facebook imdb just has posts about latest tv and films. If i want to discuss some obscurity how am I supposed to do that. The message boards are the only reason i visit imdb. This is such a stupid idea
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Dan Lehnberg

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Bruce Birky

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I know it won't make a difference but I'll be unsubbing from their Facebook and Twitter pages and I urge others to do so if this shit flies.
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clore

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If they wanted to get rid of trolls, all they had to do was charge a moderate fee per year. Let's say 25 dollars to be charged on a credit card. Trolls can at present easily come up with new email addresses and even cell phone numbers to register there. Some have as many as 40 concurrent accounts. I'm sure they don't have 40 credit cards and they're not about to spend 25 dollars for each new account at IMDb.

Note - they could always refund the yearly fee through Amazon purchase credits to be redeemed after a six month period. The point is to nail users to a credit card to minimize trolling and also have legitimate addresses on file should a legal need arise. One person per credit card - that raises the number of potential customers to be led to Amazon for purchases.

 

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That is completely short-sighted in a business sense, maybe they can't monetize it, but who's going to see the ads on IMDB if many of us have no reason to spend time there anymore?

Also you can't "monetize" good will. This creates a lot of good will and what they are doing is destroying that. It's such a hamhanded move.
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Well if enough people complain and make their voices heard they may be forced to implement some newer version in the future, or even better, just leave it as it is.   Already 7,000+ signatures on 1 petition so clearly people want this and the bad PR...might not be worth it for them if people keep letting their voices be known...corporations will do whatever they want to make money.  The only time they won't...is as Bernie Sanders would say...people speak up and let their voices be known.  IMDB will lose a huge amount of support if they do it....so...lets make sure they realize the mistake this would be.  Are you listening IMDB ?  Make the right decision...
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What a silly idea indeed. Granted, not every thread contains the most useful of information, threads are often duplicates of each other, and sometimes they derail into users bashing themselves needlessly; but on the whole it's still a hell of a lot better to discuss a movie on IMDb than on, say, Twitter. It's just not possible to have an actual conversation with someone there. Plus, the way Twitter and Snapchat and Facebook are structured, it's not possible to even find a proper hub for any movie or person to begin with.

Also, what metrics are you basing this decision on? It can't be active users. I mean, have you seen the board for, let's say, Arrival? On the front page there is no thread older than a day! Looks pretty active to me...
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2543164/board/

tl;dr, please reconsider!
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David Bradford Butler

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Absolutely right! DO NOT KILL THE MESSAGE BOARDS!
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Sebastien Delpech

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Exactly. I just come from the arrival board after having seen the movie. The discussions on time paradoxes are really interesting.
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gromit82, Champion

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Col: I have to say that this is a big disappointment. It's not clear to me how the existence of an IMDb Facebook or Twitter page provides an effective substitute for the message board system as we know it today.
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Astro Chologist

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theimdbforum.com is up guys. A Message Board that will not be going anywhere.
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Omar Roessler

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The point of IMDb is that it is a film and television resource library. It's also a resume site for talent and technicians, whereas the Pro site is more for corporate production listings, yeah individuals list their CV's there too, but the general idea is that IMDb is a professional site which has value to film crew members.

Corporate film production companies are not going to go to Facebook or other social media sites looking for crew members' resumes or reels. (Yeah, Facebook has this little thing called copyright issues about posting reels). So yeah, IMDb is very important to crew members and has great value as it's recognized in the industry.

As for message boards, this sister site is already set up for it. And yeah I get that people are upset that they lost their messages and it is unfortunate, but like it or not, everyone has to start from scratch and create new topics and messages.

Now this would be the perfect opportunity for critics, fans and scholars to start afresh and anew and start creating topics and yet no one has taken the lead so far and done so.
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IMDB is a site for all types of movie fans. Industry AND users. You have left out a KEY element of IMDB's audience. Fans may not pay money to IMDB directly but that does not mean they don't add to the bottom line. Movies are nothing without an audience. This website was key because it contained all levels of information. All the other sites are bits of information. Not the whole. Now IMDB is a bit of information website. I'm not going to click away from IMDB to scroll through facebook feeds or twitter to maybe find a discussion that relates to my search. Too much uncertainty and time wastage. We need to reinstate the message boards. Otherwise the trolls have won. That totally sucks.
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@ Astro Chologist

Would love to see links on IMDB title pages to corresponding threads on theimdbforum.com.  It would require the use of an agreed-upon naming convention and coordination between the two sites.  It would not be too difficult to make it work and it would make the loss of the message boards on IMDB easier to bear.

Perhaps, if they haven't already destroyed the content of the message boards, IMDB would allow theimdbforum.com to host the message board archives.  It seems to me that it would be a win-win.

What I loved about the IMDB message boards was that each title had a link to a discussion about that particular title.  There was no time wasted in searching the internet for a relevant discussion.  
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Bastette W

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Really great idea! Also, there's a reason why the technology used for the discussions is old: it works! I shudder to think what kind of structure for discussion would be put in its place. A bunch of streaming comments about unrelated subjects? No thanks.
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MightyThorsHair

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How exactly are we supposed to use facebook or Twitter to talk about films? Those formatsjust aren't designed for it. Disappointing.
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TheFrankSinatra

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over 5,000 signatures already...wake up IMDB...
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Eric Lord

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Don't those who made this crass decision realize that the profits coming from the parts of IMDB that can be "monetized" will be drastically reduced, once  those who are interested in discussing movies, not just passively watching them (for whom the message boards have been invaluable) stop visiting the site??
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Astro Chologist

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New forum for IMDBers will be @ theimdbforum.com
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TheFrankSinatra

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Over 11,000+ signatures in 10 days or so, another petition with 5,000+, close to 20,000 total signatures in less than 2 weeks, with more coming every single day.  They will not be coming back to your garbage site if there are no message boards.  It is the lifeblood of the site.  An open and free FORUM to discuss films, which is a basis of HUMAN LEARNING in THE HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION.  If there are no open and free forums your site will die...
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Without the message boards how can I find discussions on FB about specific shows....
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Candace

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This is such a ridiculous idea!  I can't believe they're doing this to us.  :(
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Hi Col, 

I have a question. 

I am a regular member on the IMDb Poll Board. After Feb. 20, will all the threads be deleted? And what about the lists that we create to suggest a poll, will those be deleted too? 

Please tell us. 

Thank you. 
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dgranger

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D.C. , as I understand it (and I hope I have it right), the lists will be kept. After all, how can they run their daily poll with out creating a list of entries or selections first?
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Dibyayan Chakravorty, Champion

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DG,

Thanks! At the time of IMDb's announcement, I was little nervous.
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dgranger

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You are welcome. I just hope I got it right.
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Cornelia Shields

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If they go through with this butchery, take your lists, your reviews, and anything else you have contributed, copy them for use elsewhere, delete everything you did here, delete your account here, and run like hell to one or more of the alternative sites!
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Where is this petition,.? Located
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DoctorBuster

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Not to doubt the decisions over at IMDb, but I truly think this is the worst idea you've people have come up with. The IMDb message boards is probably the main reason why the site is so probably in the first place. Shutting down the boards will only decrease it's popularity.
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Gabriella True

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I'm seriously bummed out that they are going away.
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Me too... trying to cope with it.
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Astro Chologist

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It's the only reason I would go there. Theimdbforum.com will be my replacement.
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Sergey Woropaew

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i bet this fuckers was paid for close boards
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The message board allowed users to possibly enlighten other users on scene from a movie they may be questioning. Or just to give a FYI. Here is my FYI. I will be uninstalling IMDb for it no longer serves me. For what IMDb now gives I can Google the same info
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David S. Issel

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<-- AKA BoltBait

So, the solution to all the spammers and trolls is to nuke the community? Seems a tad extreme.
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I am volunteering to be a mod right here.  I am sure others can give a small amount of time as well.   The petition has over 5,000 signatures in just a few days...probably 100's of those people or more would be willing to do some mod duties.  Even just an up/down voting system usually sorts itself out with no mods needed.  They can come up with a way to do it ...without removing it completely.   It will be massively stupid if they do not reconsider. I will NEVER discuss films on a generic facebook page, its not even the proper...forum.
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Masakazu Tanaka

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The cure for a headache is not removal of the heart.
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Wendy L. Temple

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It's a homicide. Not just a homicide, but erasing all of the memories as well.
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Some guy

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It's destroying history. Might as well just burn all movies while they're at it.
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Bastette W

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"The cure for a headache is not removal of the heart."

Or the head! That's more like what they're doing. "This head hurts, let's just get rid of it."
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I have been member of IMDb since 1999. The boards are my main reason for visiting the IMDb website. The boards are a good source of information. By taking away the boards, you'd be taking away my incentive to visit IMDb. This is terrible!
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Me, too, member since 1999.  I can still find things I posted years back.  We're losing history.
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I have also been an IMDb member since 1999. There were IMDb message boards only on main topics going back that far.
- If IMDb can't handle message boards for every film / TV series, then why not keep the main topic boards which can be more easily moderated using newer software?
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An absolutely horrible idea. If the idiots who came up with this brainstorm think they're being smart....think again.
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Gabriella True

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Main or only reason. I'm seriously bummed out that they are going away.
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Robert Ramirez

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I have been a member since 1882 and I am steaming mad at all these new-fangled changes goshdarnit
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David

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I gotta agree with the other users, terrible idea. Instead of improving the message boards (by introducing moderators, up/downvote system, ...) you are going to delete a beloved feature and remove even more from the community feel. IMDB should be a social site, but after this, it really won't be anymore. The alternatives you listed (other social networks) can't be used for discussions about a specific movie.
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I'd recomment the up/downvote thing, I can see how daunting it may be with many thousands of particular boards, to moderate trolls--although I'd bet if the site deputized some of the serious posters who inhabit the more popular boards at least to moderate those boards (after vetting their own comment histories of course), many of them would gladly take or share the task if it meant keeping the boards. I'd be willing to serve in that too. 
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https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/petition-to-keep-the-imdb-messageboards-going Made a petition, I'm just a simple man so might need help to spread the word... 2000 strong as of now
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TheFrankSinatra

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Wow....2,000 yesterday, its up to 5,000+ already....wake up IMDB...
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Some guy

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Signed. Thanks, Dan!
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David, I agree with you wholeheartedly. Wasn't a part of the orginnal idea of the origin of the IMDb was to provide a place for movie fans to discuss movies? In fact, the very nature of fans coming together of a message board to discuss anything is the very essence of social media. Therefore, the IMDb has always has been social media. I always saw it like that. Social media for movie lovers. Cinephiles, if you want to call it that (but I prefer to use movie lovers). The closing of the message boards is a betrayal of the vary founding idea, soul and heart of the IMDb. Clearly someone lost sight of what the IMDb was meant to stand for.
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MightyThorsHair

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250,000,000 users. Of which 10,000,000 use the social media sites. So thats 4%
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TheFrankSinatra

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The petition went from 2,000 to 5,000+ signatures in one day (more than doubled in the last 24 hours...)
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Goodbye I guess then. When the boards are gone, so am I. I can look up info and trivia about shows and movies on multiple sites. This was the only one I could come to and be able to talk and read about discussions for all my favorite shows and movies easily and all on one site. When I can't do that anymore, I have no more use for your site. So goodbye.
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Some guy

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Kills me to say it after 15 years, but same here.
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Cornelia Shields

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17 years and also dismissing this site after February 20 and the people who run it as useless.
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Crazy Sven

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Me too, as a very early member. I will be leaving what will be a howling wasteland, devoid of the humanity that created it. The mindless corporate drones have done it again. Every year, we lose more and more of our crucial ability to be social and to communicate and share our interests. Chalk another one up for soulless consumerism. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Boo to eliminating message boards!.

Why r u doing away with the Message Boards??????   Can't stand our conversation?
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Sergey Woropaew

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they was just paid by creators of shitty film.
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Jimmy Zeilinger

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Hugely disappointed.  I've been coming to imdb for years after every movie I see to learn about and discuss the movie I've seen.  There must be an easy to ban trolls.  Someone will enter the space and put up movie and tv discussion boards, if not, I will!   Please reconsider your decision.  There is so much great insight and discussion these boards provide about the art of film and television.
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MightyThorsHair

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IMDB has almost 3,000,000 followers on Twitter.

The most replies I can see to any tweet are 16, most likes 400 and retweets 300. 

Nobody cares about your twitter account.
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"IMDb is the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content. "'

Soon to be was.  Sad. :( Oh well, somebody will fill the gap.  Maybe I will.  Forum software is abundant, it's the categorization by title and actor that will be hard.
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Brian Reilly

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Somehow, and unbelievably, this has managed to be the dumbest decision I've see anyone make in recent memory.
Seriously, how is social media supposed to be a substitute for the platform of discussion that takes place in these message boards?  I'm incredulous at the suggestion that the boards are not heavily used; I frequent many different boards that are regularly engaged in user traffic and discussion.  One of them is for a show that hasn't produced a new episode since about 2004, but is still visited by fans on a daily basis, who are steeped in conversation about their favorite content.

I've been active on these boards for over 10 years; it's how I discovered IMDB; and I often read comments elsewhere online that relate back to those boards of specific shows.

It's been an open secret for years that IMDB has never cared much about their message boards; they're poorly moderated, the means to contact people involved with the site directly are cloaked through layer after layer of sub-pages you have to wade through, before getting to a page you can actually send a message from; and even then, the response you're likely to receive is a rote, catch-all response, that amounts to, "the message boards are not the primary purpose of this site, so we don't care what happens on them; you're on your own."

It may not have been the intention for the message boards to become an online community - one that, from my own personal experience revivals Facebook for my attention, as I probably spend about as much time, if not more, here as I do on other social media.  I have a button linked to my IMDB board profile set on my browser toolbar, right next to the Facebook button; and the same destination is the third web address that pops up in my mobile browser after my email and Facebook.  That may not have been what you wanted your site to achieve, but that's what you've got, and forsaking that and turning your back on the people who have helped build that community, is a profoundly stupid decision.  Who in their right mind decides they don't like a segment of traffic to their website??  Sure, not all of it is constructive or positive, but that's the area to address, rather than turning everyone away wholesale!
I echo the sentiments of some of the others; once the boards are gone, I won't be returning to IMDB for anything else.  There won't be anything else on this site that I can't find elsewhere online.  I sure as hell won't be continuing to follow IMDB on social media, let alone utilize that somehow to fulfill the purpose of the message boards.
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TheFrankSinatra

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Make them reconsider...the petition more than doubled in 24 hours, up to 5,000 signatures...
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ginnyweasl

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Seriously. I urge everyone to forward the petition to their friends and family, and explain to them why it is so important that they add their names even if they aren't regular board users. 
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TheFrankSinatra

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Yep, another day and its gotten another 2,000 signatures up to 7,000+.  and Col wrote out some points or something already reacting to the sentiment, but hasn't yet officially changed course.   If enough people continue to complain, they will change their mind.   No one wants bad PR, at some point it doesn't even become worth it to do, because the headache it creates is worse than the minor upkeep involved in the first place.  It will be up to 10,000+ within 2 or 3 days.   Figure it out IMDB and make the right decision....
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Gabriella True

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I'm seriously bummed out that they are going away. Zero point to use IMDb now.
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CapDeac

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Nothing much else to add. This is a terrible idea. I browse IMDB daily because of the message boards. If that disappears, then there's not much left for me.
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I want to echo all the comments above.  The message boards have long been my favorite part of IMDb.  Getting to find real fans all over the world of odd little movies that I thought I was the only one to like, that has been wonderful.  I am on a FB page for another site, and communicating about other films is very hit or miss.  It's almost impossible to find old posts.  The great thing about IMDb is the ability to have conversation on the pages of each individual film.  No other site provides this in the same way.  If all I want is a cast list I can go to Wikipedia, for heavens sake. bam particularly saddened by the comments about "Small but passionate following".  I thought that was what IMDb was all about. Count me as one disappointed about to be former user. If all I want is a cast list I can use Wikipedia.  Please do not get rid of our message boards.
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Exactly, we the IMDB users who are active and make posts and share fan theories ARE IMDB and this is really inconsiderate of them... I wonder how many millions and millions won't bother going to the site if they go ahead with it.... Made a petition to keep it going https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/petition-to-keep-the-imdb-messageboards-going
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Agreed,Meg, you can count me in as well.
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Cornelia Shields

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If they disrespect us by removing the boards, remove reviews and anything else you ever contributed to the site!  They don't deserve them.
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pine

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Biggest movie database, where are we supposed to discuss movies and films now?
I learned about huge amount of good films and shows on imdb message boards, moreover, on message boards, I always found answers to confusing parts about the films, etc. What good are you now if we can't find information we need on imdb anymore. Screw you. 
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I'm sorry Mr. Needham, but the reasons you state above as to why the boards were
removed is just a bunch of smoke and mirrors.  The real motivation behind disabling them has to do with that pending lawsuit regarding displaying actors' birth information.  The timing of it and the removal of the boards line up perfectly.  You're probably afraid that somebody is going to post something personal and get you in an even more world of hurt.  Well, I may agree with you on that, but getting rid of every board wasn't a solution.  At the very least, you could have kept them for movies and TV shows.  If trolls were a problem on the main boards, then fine, I can live without them, but don't you think the whole purpose of an Internet Movie Database would be to discuss such?  Sure, you can do that on here, but why bother?  Social media doesn't have to dominate the way we post comments.  BBS has been around for several years and will never go anywhere.  You had no qualms about implementing the system back in 2001, but suddenly, in 2017, it's a problem?  Yeah, right.  I can sit here all day and speculate as to why you felt the need to shut the boards down, and possibly refute every single lie in your original message.  I really wish you would reconsider, but I don't see that happening.  Obviously, the petition and responses weren't enough to stop you.  I'll just keep posting on http://imdb2.freeforums.net/
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The reality is much more mundane. Boards ran on obsolete technology which could not be supported any longer. Options were to shut down boards or divert scarce software developer time to rework and migrate to new technology. Usage and value of boards was too low to be worth the effort, especially given the continuing cost of dealing with the anti-social posters.

That was clear from the discussion on the boards before they shut down. The information may be in this thread too but I am not going to read through all of it to check.
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Utpe

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Owen:  Nothing against you personally, but I don't buy it.  Mr. Needham didn't object to updating it back in 2013.  As to why he never bothered doing anything about it thereafter, I'll never know.

When the announcement came along in February of 2017, people were actually volunteering for free to help improve and moderate the boards.  This is evident due to the other site created above with the posted link, even among others such as The Movie Database (TMDb) and MovieChat.  There's absolutely no excuse as to why they shut the boards down on IMDb, other than that pending lawsuit.  That's really the only excuse I believe.

You don't terminate a functioning board system after 16 years and try to blame it on obsolete technology.   They obviously had some other motivation behind it.

Even MSN is guilty of the same thing.  They used the Facebook commenting as a way to state opinions on certain articles.  After removing it, their excuse was to find a better system themselves.  They could have easily stated the trolling and negative comments had nothing to do pertaining to what was written.  Granted, they're not an editorial site, but some of what they claim to be relevant information was obviously a few opinions of one-sided journalists.

BTW, If Amazon has forums for politics and such, then why remove it from another site owned by them?  I'm guessing Mr. Needham is trying to push the IMDb app as much as possible.
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Owen Rees

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If you have not read https://www.beatworm.co.uk/blog/inter... then you should. It goes into some detail about the design and implementation of the boards and how dependent they were on the platform that used to support the main site pages.
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I am starting to wonder what imdb is even good for anymore.
The organization of the site and particularly of the app is generally worse than what I can find from other information sites like wikipedia or rotten tomatoes.
The whole point of going to that sight was to visit the message boards and get others peoples' takes on a film, learn something new, see it with different eyes.
Now that's gone, I don't know where to go for that community feedback.
I really miss it.

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