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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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Posted 1 year ago

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Jeorj Euler

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I had already discussed this extensively on the old message boards throughout the weeks before their underlying software was taken offline. What sticks out in my mind is how the discontinuation was the start of a trend of discontinuations.
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Not the start, I think. Technical upgrades have been ongoing, and that sometimes means old pages and features are lost.
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Sdk ElMaruecan

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Yep, I'll never get over the loss of the Daily Poll history page, something that existed from 1999 to 2012 and then vanished, poof. I know there's a page where you can at least have a look at the questions, but only 1 polls out of 10 has the results available.
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So, it was not technically the start, Peter, sure, but it looks like this year will see record-breaking numbers of discontinuations. I cannot believe what Amazon/IMDb has decided to drop from its bulk data publication suite. It is almost like none of the most useful information/data is left over. Not long after that was announced, the parents guide module was upgraded to lack a number of important qualities. I was an apologist regarding the boards module being brought offline, but this other stuff, I'm going to be ever so slightly unforgiving of the aspects in which replacements are lacking, especially since the staff is acting like they do not care. With the boards discontinuation, the IMDb CEO gave all sorts of thoughtful responses, but in these later cases, there is nothing.

I'm sorry to hear about the discontinuation of the Daily Poll history page, Sdk ElMaruecan. My activity on the site was not as immersive at the time that it went offline. I don't even remember the Daily Poll, but certainly it was there when I first signed up. Back then (over a decade ago), I was much younger and slightly overwhelmed by all the features on the site.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled OMG! I found you lovely, lovely people!.

I have been away from IMDB well, the net, for a few years now.  When I came back I couldn't believe the boards were gone.  I even did a web search to find out why and found a few remarks but nothing that showed me this connection.  I had been slowly making some contributions again, but what a dimwit I am, I didn't find the link to this until just now.   

I won't even mind if no one responds to this because I feel like the newbie I was 15 or so years ago when I first joined IMDB.   I welcome any pointers regarding the new system and categores, and discussions. 

Well, I'm procrastinating on some work but look forward to reuniting with you.  Oh, btw, my user names were ToniHunterOne, Ten-Inch-Toni, PhaedraBlueEyes. I think I'm missing something here.  

Take care.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled [ imdbarchive.com ].

"We're Filmboards.com exclusively now" IMDb is making us change our name.



This is not a Question - Idea  - Problem - Praise

can not use Announcements

Have to call it something ...

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From:

https://www.imdbarchive.com/

https://www.imdbarchive.com/board/

https://www.imdbarchive.com/board/p/3141960/

 IMDb is making us change our name.
by nimda
https://www.imdbarchive.com/user/13/
Aug. 12, 2017, 4:52 a.m.

starting in a couple weeks, no more imdbarchive.com.
from that point on, we're Filmboards.com.

i purchased the Filmboards.com domain first anyway, so it's all good.
we still got that super-sweet,
first to be registered "IMDb alternative" domain registration date. feb 4th peeps.
only hours after the closing announcement. OG.
some background if you care:
for the past couple months i've been in contact with lawyers representing IMDb
and they're not happy about a couple things here.
the name being the biggest one.
i knew it could be a problem at some point.
it was too good a name to pass up though.
so now it's being decommissioned. they actually wanted to seize it,
but i looked jeff bezos right in the eyes and told him no fucking deal.
i'll maintain ownership of it and just not use it for movie stuff.
i'm not a lawyer, but their claim to the name seemed convincing.
it's been a rumor that IMDb only owned trademarks to that specific formatting (IMDb),
but that's apparently not true.
they own all generic versions of the lettering, including all lowercase, or all capital versions.
here's the proof they sent me:

• IMDb.com owns registrations for IMDB which cover use regardless of capitalization
   - i.e. with or without a lower case “b”. See e.g. RN 2609882.
• Additional registrations can be found here (use the Basic Word Mark Search).

another issue IMDb brought up is they don't like the look of this place.
they think it's too close to their old boards.
from what i understand, i'll just have to change a color or two.
the traditional IMDb gold is the main one. anyone have any cool color suggestions?
let me know here!
now, i know a lot of us are hostile to IMDb for removing the boards,
but in this case, they are only acting within their rights to protect their intellectual property.
hopefully we can remain calm. they are not making me say this, btw.
i'm doing this on my own.
a positive relationship is best for all of us and is part of my larger plan.
an ugly e-battle could be harmful. for now.

final note: if you are a lawyer or just in the know,
and you believe any of IMDb's claims are not valid, please let me know.
i do not have any legal representation so i'm mostly just taking IMDb at their word.

some questions you may want to consider.

-since this website, Filmboards.com and IMDb do not share any actual content,
could that enable us to continue using the imdbArchive.com domain,
 without infringing on their brand name and trademarks?

-since IMDb no longer even has message boards up,
is their claim of ownership to the design of their disabled message boards still valid?
even if they said they never had any plans to use them again?

i'll probably have more questions if you wish to help. thanks.



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September 2017

We have moved to Filmboards.com
https://filmboards.com/

This domain name has been discontinued at the request of IMDb.
Filmboards.com is completely independent of IMDb.com.
These two websites are not affiliated in any way and share no content.

nimda
https://www.filmboards.com/user/13/

https://www.filmboards.com/board/

https://www.filmboards.com/board/p/3141960/

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ACT_1 is not  affiliated with the above

https://filmboards.com/user/legacy/ACT_l/
is archived from IMDb


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Fetzer Zinfandel

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Are folks *we* know posting there?
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ACT_1

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Are folks *we* know posting there?
by Fetzer Zinfandel
Joined on February 26, 2017
https://getsatisfaction.com/people/the_gryphon
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/people/the_gryphon
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Are you
The Gryphon
IMDb member since November 2000
http://www.imdb.com/user/ur0810576/


Read above message by me from about
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IMDb is making us change our name.
by nimda
https://www.imdbarchive.com/user/13/
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/imdb-message-boards?topic-reply-list%5Bsettings%5D%5Bfilter_...
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nimda may have deleted some boards and many messages
changing
https://www.imdbarchive.com/
to
https://www.filmboards.com/

'Old' User Names there may have linked to IMDb accounts
http://www.imdb.com/user/ur0706096/
now it goes to a 'legacy' link
https://filmboards.com/user/legacy/ACT_l/

New accounts there are like
https://www.filmboards.com/user/13/

Pulp Fiction
https://www.filmboards.com/board/10110912/

If you sign up you can ask nimda


I am not registered there
I am now over at Gooey Boards with a few other IMDb Users
http://s15.zetaboards.com/IMDb_tribute_Gooey/index/
No Titles or People boards

ACT_1
http://s15.zetaboards.com/IMDb_tribute_Gooey/profile/5053453/
Other Members
http://s15.zetaboards.com/IMDb_tribute_Gooey/members/


IMDb's message boards  closed on February 20, 2017.
This includes the Private Message system

So... If you find an IMDb User name you can not chat with them

Thanks IMDb




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Conditions of use


Additional IMDb Software Terms


Use of the IMDb Software. You may use the IMDb Software only in connection with the IMDb Services. You may not separate any individual component of the IMDb Software for use other than in connection with the IMDb Services, incorporate any portion of it into your own programs or compile any portion of it in combination with your own programs, transfer it for use with another service, use it, or any portion of it, over a network, or sell, rent, lease, lend, loan, distribute or sub-license the IMDb Software or otherwise assign any rights to the IMDb Software in whole or in part. You may not use the IMDb Software for any illegal purpose. We may discontinue some or all of any IMDb Software we provide, and we may terminate your right to use any IMDb Software at any time and in such event may modify it to make it inoperable. Your rights to use the IMDb Software will automatically terminate without notice from us if you fail to comply with any of these terms. Additional third party terms contained within or distributed with certain IMDb Software that are specifically identified in related documentation may apply to that IMDb Software and will govern the use of that IMDb Software in the event of a conflict with these Conditions of Use.


So if the site is claiming to 've an offshore of Imdb, stole it's property even though they have the right to make changes doesn't that count as a violation. I know if any site stole my posts did I consent like I did when I signed up here? No, it was stolen without being loaned, sold and within imdb's services.
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Fetzer Zinfandel

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Where ARE old IMDB posters? Where CAN I discuss movies, and politics with like minded and different minded folks these days? I've signed up with a few sites mentioned, but gosh. It's just not like the HUGELY POPULAR IMDB forums.  Am I missing a super secret location?- Fetzer.
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They've scattered into the wind, so to speak. There is a long list of websites that IMDb boards users presented to each other and the world at large via the messages boards before the messaging software was taken offline.

For the most part, any IMDb user who desires to be contacted will leave contact information on his or her user profile page. Users who have not yet done this, either do not want to be contacted or are completely unaware of the discontinuation of the message boards.
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ACT_1

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... For the most part, any IMDb user who desires to be contacted
will leave contact information on his or her user profile page.
Users who have not yet done this, either do not want to be contacted
or are completely unaware of the discontinuation of the message boards.
by Jeorj Euler
Joined on July 25, 2017
https://getsatisfaction.com/people/jeorj_euler
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/people/jeorj_euler
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IF WE can find the IMDb Users Profile Pages

?

Jeorj Euler 
IMDb member since November 2000
http://www.imdb.com/user/ur0932020/

IMDb's message boards closed Mon Feb 20 2017
http://www.imdb.com/user/ur0932020/boards/?uc=134#history Page 135 @ 25 page: 3,375 posts

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GS needs to add a place on GS Profile page  to add a link to IMDB Profile page



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Good point, ACT_1. I suppose I should furnish a list of sites of refuge here, but I believe those might not be too hard to find, especially if the old IMDb boards posts that mentioned them were archived. I bookmarked the IMDb user profile pages of people of interest to me, along with various title lists and remnants of the IMDb constructs that reflect in any way the very existence of IMDb user accounts.
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Good point, ACT_1.
I suppose I should furnish a list of sites of refuge here,
but I believe those might not be too hard to find,
especially if the old IMDb boards posts that mentioned them were archived.
by Jeorj Euler
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I have a small list of the 80,580,580 Users
http://www.imdb.com/user/ur80580580/

Need to get the IMDb Private Message system back
Need to get a GS  Private Message system
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https://filmboards.com/board/p/204/
imdb2.freeforums.net
by mgtbltp
Feb. 4, 2017, 2:37 a.m.


IMDB clone check it out
http://imdb2.freeforums.net/

See my replies to mgtblt on filmboards
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mgtbltp
IMDb member since January 2004
http://www.imdb.com/user/ur2994191/

IMDb_v2
IMDb member since Sat Feb 4 2017
User does not exist
http://www.imdb.com/user/ur72344103/
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except for GS and
imdb2.freeforums.net
s15.zetaboards.com
I have not looked at these...

Private-Twat
IMDb member since April 2016
http://www.imdb.com/user/ur66707272/
59 Alternatives to IMDB forum
 http://imdb2.freeforums.net/
 http://namethatmovie.org/
 http://film.chat/
 http://www.movieforums.com/community/
 https://www.imdforums.com/
 http://www.killermovies.com/forums/
 http://area51.boardhost.com/
 http://imdbreplacement.forumotion.com/
 http://nytramsplace.activeboard.com/
 http://s15.zetaboards.com/Colliding_Worlds/index/
 http://thegotboard.com/
 http://www.imdbmessageboard.com/all/
 http://www.famefora.com/
 https://8ch.net/film/catalog.html
 http://s15.zetaboards.com/IMDb_tribute_Gooey/index/
 http://www.sitcomsonline.com/boards/forumdisplay.php?f=419
 http://www.scifimoviezone.com/sfmzforum.shtml
 https://www.reddit.com/r/tipofmytongue/
 http://www.cinematicworld.freeforums.net/
 http://forums.previously.tv/ - Specifically for T.V. shows.
 http://www.politicalforum.com/ - Has 32k+ members.
 http://www.croovies.com/
 https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/categories/imdb_i_need_to_know
 http://www.criterionforum.org/forum/
 http://forums.stevehoffman.tv/forums/visual-arts.36/
 http://tvtropes.org/
 http://movie-awards-redux.freeforums.net/
 http://forums.tcm.com/?ecid=subnavmessageboards
 http://www.hometheaterlounge.com/
 http://jmsnews.com/forums/index.php
 http://forums.xkcd.com/
 http://forums.tcm.com/?ecid=subnavmessageboards
 http://boards.theforce.net/
 https://thecantina.starwarsnewsnet.com/index.php
 http://movies.stackexchange.com/
 http://masturbation.net
 http://chataboutfilms.com
 http://moviechat.org
 https://www.themoviedb.org/discuss
 http://www.collectorz.com/phpbb2/ - collector
 https://www.reddit.com/r/dvdcollection/ - collector
 http://forum.videohelp.com/
 http://www.cordcutterforum.com/
 https://forums.roku.com/
 http://www.joblo.com/forums/
 http://www.icmforum.com/index/
 http://forum.rottentomatoes.com/
 http://forum.blu-ray.com/forumdisplay.php?f=63
 http://forum.dvdtalk.com/movie-talk-17/
 https://www.criticker.com/forum/index.php
 http://www.cultmovieforums.com/forum/
 http://filmnet.yuku.com/
 http://www.britmovie.co.uk/forums/
 http://www.neo-forum.com/film-tv-forum_forum66.html
 http://www.productionbase.co.uk/members/forum/
 http://www.avpgalaxy.net/forum/?board=10.0
 http://forums.connectedly.com/
 http://www.dreamtheaterforums.org/boards/
 http://blahtherapy.com/user-groups/film-lovers-and-film-critics/forum/



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Jeorj Euler

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That is an even longer list than I'd compiled. Thanks for sharing.

In regards to private messaging, depending upon your notification settings, you will receive an e-mail message containing replies to GS topics that you follow. Such is somewhat of a way to communicate privately, but IMDb staff can still observe deleted messages. A more solid way would be to use public key encryption software (as in PGP, as in GnuPG, for which trusted executables are available at no charge), but alas most users of the Internet are either unaware of it or too lazy to learn how to use it.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Are there any plans to bring back the message boards? Or even speculations toward....

After the mid-season break, I found myself at least a week or two behind on all the shows I watched, so I'm just now finding out it was removed :(
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Jeorj Euler

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Hi, Geoff Trotter. No. There are no plans, at least no publicly-revealed plans, to "bring back" the message boards. As a matter of fact, the software for the old message boards will never be brought back. While this does not rule out the possibility of a message board system with an improved software foundation being introduced, it is still very unlikely that even that will be entertained, not for the next ten years if ever. The main reason for this is that Internet Movie Database is simply not about visitors being able to discuss cinematic works or the person (and companies) associated with such works. Its origins based in Usenet, "alt" and e-mail ways are no longer honored in much of any way.
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***

In other words, to h*ll with the people that helped this website become what it is today? That is what Needham did, turned his back on the people who helped imdb become known around the world.


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Jeorj Euler

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I've heard that it used to be called the International Movie Database, but that was over one and half decades ago. I don't even remember. So, perhaps, we have also moved away from cosmopolitan respects.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I miss the Rosemary's Baby message board.
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Cameron R Thomas

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I have probably reduced my use of IMDB by 90% or so since you took away comments.....
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Posted Sun Oct 29 2017


IMDb message boards
Please see the text below from http://www.imdb.com/board/announcement   <- Broken link
by  Col Needham, Official Rep
Posted 9 months ago
View all 383 replies and continue this conversation.

Someone should count the actuall number of replies...
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Back on the Old Boards (IMDb!!)

Posts had the actual Time & Date in the post
not ... "Posted 1 week ago"
If some one reads My message here next month referring to sample below "TV Listings"
the "Posted 1 week ago" will be confusing

The reply count on SG in not correct
See sample : There are 108 replies ? not 38
Only white background replies are counted
not the ones with grey/gray backgound ??

Clicking on a IMDb User account link
would go directly to the Profile page
http://www.imdb.com/user/ur1000000/
not some ____ popup box have to close to get to the SG Members Profile page
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/people/col_needham

and WE could see a list of messages posted by that IMDb User
SG displays the Original Posts
started by the GS Member or some other GS Member
and then we have to search thru all the messages in that thread
to find the ones by the Profile page Member

We could edit posted messages for corecksons or updated info
Can not do that here after it gets a reply

IMDb Threads were displayed in Nested view (?)
as
Original Post
... Reply 1
....... Reply 1A
... Reply 2
....... Reply 2A
....... Reply 2B
.......... Reply 2B1
.......... Reply 2B2
....... Reply 2C


GS only has
Original Post
Reply
... Reply
... Reply to ?
... Reply to ? 
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Sample:

Why did you take away the TV listings?
by Nathan
Posted 1 week ago
All 38 Replies
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/why-did-you-take-away-the-tv-listings
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IMDb used to have the actual registration date on Profile page
this was changed to "IMDb member since April 2000

ACT_l
IMDb member since Sun Apr 30 2000
http://www.imdb.com/user/ur0706096/

IMDb Member 17 years



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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Bring back the message boards!.

Bring back the message the boards
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I miss the message boards..

Please bring them back.
You don't understand what you took away.
It was a great resource for sharing ideas, theories, impressions, emotions.
Now that it's gone, I have no one to talk to after I've seen a movie.
Please re-consider other options, besides just removing them.
There are many who would be happy to work as mods.
Thank you.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Private Messages.

Hello.

I have two complaints to make about your website. First, doing away with the private message system and message board I think was a bad move and secondly I do not like the new layout of the website. The website is rapidly going downhill as far I am concerned and I feel a return to the original layout and system is in order.

Thank you

Danny
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George Monahan

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Danny I totally agree IMBD doesn’t listen to their regular customer base at all and the site in my opinion has lost gone downhill. Bring back the Message forums and boards.
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Absolutely. I have staged my own protest by removing most of the content that I have ever contributed to the website such as trivia, goofs, plots, etc (and I will remove the rest as soon as I get round to it - there was too much to do all in one go!).

I also have stopped contributing anything new, of course, including giving ratings to anything. Because why should Amazon (who owns imdb) benefit from my knowledge and contributions, after they have treated us, their users, with utter and complete contempt and disdain?
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I agree. I rarely go to this web site anymore. I want the message boards back! It was my only access to movie reviews from the fans = not the critics. 
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Mare Ianniello

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I want the TV Guide section back!  I don't even use this site anymore, except to occasionally see what movies are playing in my area. 
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Ralph

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Might I suggest taking a look at https://moviechat.org/ if you haven't already done so - they've backed up most of the content of the old imdb message boards there, and it works the same way - you can chat and discuss all movies and TV there :-)
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Yeah, moviechat.org is my go-to now, but it's just not the same.  I keep hoping by some miracle that they'll bring back the message boards here and everything will be as it was.  It was such an important resource for discussing movies and getting opinions and insights.  What a travesty that they took it down.  If it was becoming burdensome for them, they could have, instead, asked people for contributions to provide the support they needed to keep it up (the way Wikipedia does).  I'm sure enough people would have voluntarily contributed to keep it up.  I know I would have (as I do with Wikipedia) as I treasure both as a valuable resource.
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Didn't Bezos say he took the message boards down because he wanted to keep things positive or some lame excuse like that?  BUT WHY TAKE OFF THE TV GUIDE MENU???
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Hi John. Totally agree with you but I think the reason for them to take down the board is much more sinister. They don’t want us to discuss and communicate because they couldn’t control the comments. Our thoughts are free and by writing them down, we sometimes provided negative thoughts on their movies or shows which could damage their pocketbooks. So the board was part of the machinery and greed took it down.
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They said one reason was because there was a lot of discussions saying bad things about actors. Well, dont the professional critics do the same thing - and how about the Fashion Police. As fans, I think we have a right to voice our opinions and movies that we pay to see!!
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Saying bad things about actors? I guess they never heard of Rex Reed or John Simon. They could be vitriolic. What next - cut off the links to external reviews that aren't gushing? Is this why they removed the boxoffice info - so it could not be determined by a film's gross if it attracted an audience?
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Oh my god!  Seriously?  If that's the case, fᴜck this site!!  I had no idea it was done for those reasons.
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Message boards were one of the first things to go in the elimination or replacement of features that ran on the ancient technology that used to support most features of IMDb but has not done so for many years.

Message boards were used by relatively few people and it would have been a big task to replace them with something built on the more modern technology so it is not surprising that they did not make the cut for where resources should be spent.

The need to do something about trolls was probably a factor contributing to how costly a replacement would have been but there has never been an agenda to suppress criticism of actors or filmmakers as far as I can see.
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Well, what could possibly be the reason for getting rid of the TV guide menu?  Too much work?
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John Evicci

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As far as I can tell moviechat.org is our best alternative to the old IMDB message boards.  Unfortunately, it's like a ghost town over there.  I'm going to post there anyway in the hopes that things manage to pick up.
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Try TMDB, it's not as busy but might pick up if more people used the site. They have 3 discussion sections (People/celebrities, movies, & TV) plus info on movies, TV, etc. All registered users can contribute information.


 https://www.themoviedb.org/



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After that 2017 fiasco, I don't think I would feel hot for any movie-related website or any website for that matter, you invest years and years of your time for what you believe are permanent features in your favorite website (because that's what encouraged you to register in the first place) and then they're being removed one by one... the poll board... the message boards... the reviewing system...
What a time to be alive!
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Good point. Amazon/imdb has proved to us that we cannot trust anyone who runs their own website to protect our valuable/valued contributions into the future. Once bitten, eh?

I am a member at moviechat.org, and it's very good, but I have to say that after the whole fiasco with imdb I've lost a lot of enthusiasm for contributing to something that could be destroyed at the whim of a CEO. I would hope though that moviechat, because it serves no profit motive, might be more trusted in that regard.
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I frequent moviechat.org daily. I don't always post but where I've had discussions it has been just fine. It seems like almost all of imdb message boards are over there, including the general discussion boards. Only thing I've found missing are posts about old-time actors (I'm a fan of old movies), but it might just be that they didn't have any posts to begin with. There's a LOT less arguing over there, that's for sure, and so far I haven't run into any trolling morons. I do wish there were more participation, though. I just haven't had anything to say as late. I do still go to imdb (horrors!) to check out casts, specific TV episode casts especially (great for old Gunsmoke eps). But I get out of there lickety split. I refuse to watch suggested trailers for instance!

I feel bad that contributors have pulled their contributions from trivia, etc., bc it's really fun. I hope someone else picks up imdb at some point who "gets it" in the way it was originally meant to be. Great source. I also go to wikipedia far mor often than I used to for specific movies, TV shows, and actors. It's just not all organized the same across the board like imdb is, so if I go to imdb, it's bc it's handier.
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It's Amazon's fault that they have alienated us long-time contributors in such a thoroughly disrespectful way, so I have no bad feelings about asking them to delete all of my contributions [this needs to be done on a contribution-by-contribution basis, from within your account, so it's a long process! Do NOT delete your imdb account until you have completed this, otherwise you will have no way to request deletion afterwards].

It's us long-term members who have built up imdb into the valuable asset that Amazon owns (and makes a pretty profit from) today, and after the way they completely and utterly snubbed us - even after the thousands of pleas right here - you have no need to feel bad about pulling your contributions! Amazon is a behemoth and it won't hurt their bottom line by much - but you may just find it a little cathartic...

Before you do, you might like to make copies of them, so that you can then re-contribute them to other forums like moviechat or tmdb, to help build those up instead :-)
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IMDb are not required to remove trivia, plots etc. just because you want to leave the site, so you may be wasting your time.
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Did anyone succeed in this?  My own material which I removed was of a nature able to be edited by the contributor, such as reviews.
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IMDb "expats" who claim to have pulled certain kinds of contributions are quite possibly not telling the truth. Every subscriber is allowed to delete reviews, lists and resumes (and resume photographs) submitted through the accounts under his or her control, but in no way has any subscriber been extended the right to remove contributions to trivia sections, plot sections, biography sections, title image gallery direct uploads or the like, on account of the subscriber's supposed authorship. All of that stuff belongs to IMDb upon being submitted/uploaded as a gift from the corresponding contributor, as explained in the Terms of Service. If the IMDb staff approves such removals, they either are doing so in error or are simply being diplomatic, unless the information was inaccurate or plagiarized (or copyright-infringing) to begin with, gifts that were never a contributor's to give.
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Jeorj Euler, Do you work for Amazon/IMDb?


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Jeorj Euler

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Hi, bratface23. That's classified :P
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Jeorj Euler and Peter, while there may not be a federal law as such, requiring imdb to remove your contributions, as long as you request removal in the required manner (via this page https://contribute.imdb.com/updates/history) then I have found that they will accede to your request. All of my removal requests for trivia, goofs, alternate titles, quotes and plots have so far been removed as requested. In every case, I have cited as my reason for requesting removal that it's as a protest at the message boards having been closed, and I therefore deny imdb permission to use my contributions anymore.
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That's actually pretty cool, Ralph.
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It's good to see Internet Movie Database continuing to die off on its road from irrelevance to nonexistence.  What we really need to work on is preserving and upgrading the message boards at MovieChat.org and building a site around those which will blow IMDb's sorry ass out of the water!  I have long since removed every piece of material I ever contributed to IMDb and deleted my account.  I will be glad to upload these contributions onto a replacement site when a suitable one is fully established.
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That's not a good thing, but we all kind of like to see "just deserts" being the outcome of famous/infamous behaviors.
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You can try The Movie Database (https://www.themoviedb.org/?language=en) It's better than IMDb in many respects but lacks the community.
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An apologist? In regards to the decommissioning of the message boards? I've already touched on that, somewhere in this GS topic, at a time several months ago. It's complicated. You're free to read my posting history and the provide feedback on it, if you want to do that.
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Cornelia, sadly (and I say 'sadly', only because of the reprehensible way in which they have treated us) imbd is not ever likely to die off. This is because Amazon derives a vast income from imdb - but not from the public-facing website itself, per se. It's from the actual database, the data from which which is on-sold to whoever can use it and can afford to pay the fees to do so. The message boards did not form a part of this, and therefore were irrelevant to Amazon's business model. Despite the fact that we had all put in so much effort to contribute and discuss over the years, the message boards could not be monetized and were therefore irrelevant to Amazon's shareholders. 
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Amazon has owned IMDb since April 1998. Do you have a date for when message boards were launched? History suggests that Amazon ownership is not a significant factor in recent changes.

Idle speculation about motives is useless.
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The monetization argument is perfectly valid, but I do think this industry trend:  to remove the voice of website participants - has more reasons than investigated or revealed.  My point is this - companies don't want feedback from customers to improve their services or products.  They want to tell us how to interact with them.  They want to tell us how to interact with them by telling us how to spend our money.  This relationship is insulting, absurd, frustrating and completely unacceptable.  This is wide spread, across the board - all companies and power structures.  They NEED our participation.  Our voice.  Our critique.  Our principals.  We don't need them!  They need us!  All we have to do is stop participating to remove our monetized data, and gravitate to places that actually provide a social outlet.  I'm not a big fan of Reddit because it seems to me everyone is just singing to their individual choirs - but at least it's a venue you can share thoughts and ideas!  One recommendation I would make is to put energy into places that do things right, and just stop the hate toward places like IMDB who have clearly failed large parts of their own community.  Indifference, ignoring and stopping use of something both hurts that entity, and helps personal sanity, while one can redirect energy in a positive way.  I'm chiming in because I am so disappointed with how big business has shunned all constructive communication with their own lifeblood: customers.  And have done so intentionally, tactically...
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The motivation, whatever it may have been, is a moot point. I get my movie advice and discussion from other sources now. IMDb is dead to me. It makes me mad just to think about how great it was.
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drtalos I was crafting a reply, but I could not have said it half as well as you just did! Totally agree. As well as being beholden to shareholders, there is also a social responsibility, and that's what Amazon has abrogated.
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Amazon has owned IMDb since April 1998.

Do you have a date for when message boards were launched?

History suggests that Amazon ownership is not a significant factor in recent changes.

Owen Rees

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Message Boards started May 7 1999
New Message Boards started Aug 6 2002
http://www.imdb.com/user/ur01879104/ - Aug 6 2002
http://www.imdb.com/user/ur68250000/ - Aug 6 2016
http://www.imdb.com/user/ur73070000/ - Feb 20 2017
about 266,164,000 messages were posted Aug 6 2002 ... Feb 20 2017

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IMDb



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For the record, the day they cancelled the message boards was the last day I darkened their door. What they did was inexcusable and the day they become irrelevant I will dance upon their grave.
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Jeorj Euler: What do you mean by 'just deserts'? Do you mean in the sense of deserting this site? And I couldn't find your complicated reply on this topic, either from your post history or via searching this topic itself. Perhaps you can help :)
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Phillip DeWalt: You mentioned 'dance' and 'grave', and that reminded me of a very funny, weird and unique abuse, often given by my mother to the officials in the Electricity Department during long/frequent power cuts, and that was: "O you Electricity people, your corpses shall dance" (It might not sound that way, but believe me, in my native language, it certainly did) :)
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People have talked about how there was no way to "monetize" the message boards. I think that's crazy! What business in their right minds would turn away thousands of passionate users?? IMDB didn't try hard enough and they weren't creative enough when it came to capitalizing on what they had to offer. They missed out on a huge opportunity. And - money making aside - I think one could argue, as someone else did recently on this thread - that they have a social responsibility to finish what they started. I don't know how they can feel good about leaving so many people high and dry.
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Yes that was me, and I do believe they had a social responsibility. Imagine if the Council made a community garden and people came and tended their vege patch there for years and years and then suddenly the Council said:

"To hell with the lot of you! We're going to concrete over your vegetables and we don't give a f^#k what any of you think! Ha ha! We own the land the vege patch is on and we can snatch it back from you after you've worked so hard to tend it and build it up over the last 17 years, and why? Simply because we can!! And you can't do anything about it - in fact, the more you protest about it, the less we'll care, because guess what - we hate you!!"

Well, that's pretty much what IMdB did to all of us.
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Ralph - this is becoming one of my life missions, social responsibility.  i would love to live in a country where everyone loved to pay taxes, because they knew the personal, community, national benefits their money was serving.  instead, some of the most unethical people alive control vast amounts of capitol and have twisted government and business to only cater to them.  it is no wonder vast numbers of people do not trust government and power structures, when so few get recognized or truly participate.  But every American must remember this: everything you are, everything you've gained, all that you own (including the matter that makes up your body) is as a result of living in this country, on this soil, in this democracy.  And so many don't want to reinvest in that which gave them their EXISTENCE?!?  on an individual basis this is tragic, but with corporations and the wealthy, it's criminal.  What the hell does any of this have to do with message boards at IMDB?  honest, transparent, real interaction between corporate entities and human beings is important.  so when IMDB, Amazon, Whatever pulls these lego's out of the wall, humanity is being lost in this brave new technological world.  I'm all for change, life improvement, technology and evolving, but my frustration is aimed at powerful forces that seem to be tactically trying to make people more robotic, less individualistic consumers.  who in the FF wants that type of world?  anyone who wants this type of world is my enemy.

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Well, it is the contrast between opposites that even makes existence realizable. Perhaps it is like yin and yang. Perhaps a thing cannot exist without its opposite. It's like, how do you become resistant to something of which you have no familiarity? We should consider this a learning experience, in other words.
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Preach it, guys, preach it!
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Ralph, true, and any Council which would do such a thing is anti-green and so is IMDb!  If they would do this to people who have not only not harmed them but actively helped them, what else are they up to?  I have a bad feeling about this whole situation!

In your post to me, are you referring to Internet Movie Database Pro?  That the database itself is only set up to lure people into paying for additional information found on the Pro model and the message boards did not contribute to the for-profit setup?
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Exactly right, drtalos!  I've said from the instant they showed their determination to go through with this wretched decision that a good alternative site with all the bells and whistles suggested by users (including, of course, moderation) needs to be launched.  It's understandable that this can't be done overnight, but the need still exists.
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As far as the monetization issue, how about a competing startup company?  Observe how eBay, Facebook, and other great ideas started small!  Think if you had KNOWN to invest in such enterprises at ground level!  Someone needs to start a company to replace Internet Movie Database AND Amazon.com, and sell shares which we can all buy to support it, and eventually become better off (not maybe than Col Needham or Jeff Bezos but than we are now) while STICKING IT TO THE EVIL SWINE!

(And this addresses corporations only.  Don't even get me started on the United States, which was meant to provide a haven and new start for people disenfranchised elsewhere, being turned into a for-profit business while "trimming all the deadwood."  Just finished writing both my state senators about the attempts to end Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid to "eliminate all the useless people."  I hope all Americans protest to their state senators, and anyone who is not American, protest anyway to let them know you realize what they are up to!  It's called genocide!  First those pursuing this agenda restrict all platforms for freedom of speech, and next thing you know they "euthanize" all the "undesirables"!  Sure, anyone with the skills and resources to hide out in the woods till it's over may survive, but millions will be exterminated!  Don't let them get away with it!)  #Resist
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Just desserts is Karma, and Karma is a bitch!
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Cornelia Shields you know what the really sad thing is? You mentioned a couple of things - a brave new company starting small; and that name: Col Needham.

I was reading about how Col Needham came up with the idea for imdb as a young teenager, about how he programmed the code all by himself, completely from scratch, lovingly adding his own movie reviews, and how eventually, when he was able to, he started up the website - just like you dream of starting something new, he also dreamed - and boy, he did good! 

Eventually it was so successful that Amazon bought it, but Col - the original 'ideas man' - came with the deal, and he has been there all along, that young idealist, now the successful entrepreneur!

And hey - good on him - because if it weren't for him, imdb and our beloved message boards may never have existed in the first place! And after all, who can blame him for selling to Amazon? It's not like he "sold out" because he came with the territory and he's the one who's been responsible for keeping it going as a fantastically successful concern for Amazon's shareholders. The must absolutely worship him!

But now we get to those other words you used: "Evil Swine" - and yes, something evil certainly cometh, because despite all the good that young Col dreamed of doing - and DID - it was also he who tore the whole castle down, crashing, burning, without so much as a thank you, without so much as - at the VERY least - acquiescing to so many entreaties of "please, please, even if you do go through with this, even if you are intent to destroy all of the good you have done in your life, why don't you at least ARCHIVE our beloved message boards? It would take practically no disk space at all, since it's just text, right? No audio or video, just all the text that we have lovingly and dedicatedly crafted contributed for SEVENTEEN YEARS - please, let us look back on it, even if we cannot contribute to it any longer!"

And do you know what Col Needham went and did next? Well first, let me tell you what he did NOT do. He did not even so much as acknowledge our comments, let alone thank us for them. In fact, I doubt he even bothered to read them.

And then? He nuked the whole lot. Col Needham, what the hell happened to that young idealist, eh? As it all turned out in the end - they may as well have had Kim Jong Un in charge.
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Cornelia Shields re. "In your post to me, are you referring to Internet Movie Database Pro?" No - Amazon sells access to the database itself - not the website, but the underlying data, eg. statistics on ratings, plots, etc. Large media concerns pay to access this data so that they can quote up to date stats in their articles, reviews, news bulletins etc, which they then have permission to do, which would otherwise be copyright and Amazon would sue anyone who used it without paying. That's it in a nutshell as I understand it, though it's no doubt more complex than I understand! But the upshot of it all is, the actual imdb website as such is just the bit that the public sees, and that's actually the least profitable bit.
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I'm concerned about when the founder of IMDb will retire. Ordinarily it would be 25 years from now, but it could possibly be sooner. I should hope that he would arrange for an uplifting state of affairs before handing over the keys in the sendoff.
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I think it's rather telling that Col Needham's official response to this thread (10 months ago) currently has a total of just 5 likes ;-)
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Ralph, you make many good points.  A couple of things, on selling out, who really disappointed me was Sylvester Stallone!  Forty years ago he succeeded with a fine and inspiring film based entirely on the concept of being true to one's ideals and not selling out.  He could have invested at least some of his considerable profits in producing the really great films in which he expressed interest at the time.  What did he do?  Totally sell out!  Very soon it got so not only was I unable to watch his later films, I was unable even to enjoy the original Rocky anymore!

Speaking of Kim Jong Un, you know what?  Hitler!  Marge Schott was absolutely flayed alive years ago for this.  http://www.nytimes.com/1996/05/06/sports/sports-people-baseball-schott-on-hitler.html  Ask any German who actually remained in Germany at the time, and did not happen to be on, or have loved ones on, one of the many groups targeted for elimination!  (They didn't start hauling people off bodily for four or five years anyway.)  Hitler DID gain approval by bringing a lot of order and good works to an extremely chaotic situation!  Do you think if he came in the first day and said, "Hi, my name is Adolf.  I am going to exterminate millions, cause the country to be divided, and basically force everyone here into being bombed, starved, demoralized, and broke, if not killed," he would have gotten anywhere?  Granted, he didn't know all that at the time himself, but still!  Even with history's lessons, it's disheartening to say the least to see a president doing this and so many Americans allowing and supporting it!  (And although he's done a lot less harm than Hitler, he's done a lot less good as well--where are all the great jobs which were supposed to be preserved or created?)

Although Col Needham and Jeff Bezos may not be in politics, they are part of the global conspiracy to make fat rich white dudes the lords and masters and everyone else the serfs, and the dummies don't WAKE UP AND SEE it!  Anyone opposing the oppression is viewed as some sort of wet blanket commie snowflake!
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Well, I'm not sure that it's ever a good idea to draw comparisons with Hitler, whether negative or otherwise; but it was interesting for me to follow a few links and read a bit about Marge Schott nonetheless - she certainly sounds like she was rather eccentric in some of the things she said and did!

And to be fair and clear, I should probably point out that my mention of Kim Jong Un wasn't meant to suggest that Col Needham is in any way a danger to America or the rest of the world; but merely drawing a slightly flippant comparison between the awful fact that Kim Jong Un has his finger on the actual literal button that could nuke the Earth, and the fact that Col Needham figuratively nuked our message boards.
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The Hitler thing is so cliche that it has actually been given a name (Godwin's law, in regards to Internet forums) and has led to a few essays being written about the phenomenon, while the historical significance of Stalin or other infamous, democidal, conquestious, dictatorial heads of state slips people's minds on a regular basis.
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Yes, and I've heard it said many times that the first person in an argument to mention Hitler automatically loses the argument, irrespective of which angle they were arguing.

Anyway this is rather a digression from the topic at hand. Unfortunately it matters not a penny what any of us say here - the message boards will never be resurrected.

All we can do is keep the rage alive by boycotting Amazon and all of its business units, and telling anyone who will listen to do the same.

Never contribute anything of value to any Amazon site, eg. do not give star ratings to anything on imdb, as it's precisely this sort of data that Amazon on-sells and profits from; but if you feel that it may be beneficial to the cause in any way, do contribute in such a way that may negatively impact Amazon (always remaining within the law, of course), eg. - you could give 1-star reviews to any movie that was produced by Amazon or one of its related companies.

Will this hurt Amazon's bottom line? No, but at least it won't help it. And you may just find it cathartic.
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11 months later and this is still an indefensibly stupid decision. I use IMDB less and less as time goes on. And every few months there is a new problem to push me away even faster. 
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I've ceased using IMDB from the day they pulled this stunt. They don't deserve to exist after this as far as I'm concerned.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Why did you get rid of the message boards???.

A big mistake to get rid of the message boards. Me thinks it had more to do with paying moderators and loss of revenue somewhere. This is the most useful feature of the site, besides spotting goofs, and you're taking it away. Brilliant. Wow. Biggest fail I've seen in the last 20 years. Huge disappointment.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled IMDb boards.

The boards were a mess to be fair. But yeah, a site of imdb's financial proportions could have managed it without a doubt with paid moderators for example. Instead they shut everybody up.

Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: Why did you get rid of the message boards???.
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Found a new place, after being a member of IMDB for 12    years, closing my account, and moved all my data to https://www.themoviedb.org

Very easy to do this.Exporting and importing your imdb data.

There is no use for imdb for me anymore, and apparently not the only one leaving imdb.
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Karadoc Cadaver Thanks, I've created an account there.

I found this on how to export your data from imdb: https://letterboxd.com/about/migrating-from-imdb/
Although that refers to importing your data into Letterboxd, it's a good guide on the export process.

Then follow this https://github.com/Radarr/Radarr/wiki/Importing-IMDb-lists-into-TMDb for how to import it into tmdb instead of Letterboxd.
I haven't tried doing any of that yet, so not sure how easy/successful it is likely to be.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled "forum" links.

what happened to the "forum" links at the bottom of the main pages for the shows where people could discuss the shows?
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Rob, That's what this whole thread is about. The fact that the 'inmates who run the asylum' decided to dump the forums/message boards. They ceased to exist back in February 2017.



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IMDb boards were migrated to some alternatives. Not all boards made it, but a whole lot did. I use https://moviechat.org/
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Julia Arsenault

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Yeah but you will have to sign in and my e-mail won't let on .org sites
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personally think its a we aren't directly to .IMDB.COM. So who is going to assist us contributors and are going. To review and approve submissions? Since the boards went down I've noticed quite a bit corrupted info. Really sad. Sad you. Couldn't come up with a better option. Like a fee for participation.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I'd like to see the comments section returned.

I realize it was probably a pain to moderate and an a-hole magnet, but it was also a quick way to give and get quick little impressions of the vids.
There's so many bogus reviews and ratings on IMDB that the comment section often gave me a quick heads up on the situation.
There's lots of times I'd like to leave a quick comment on a show or a warning to others about its bogus ratings and reviews on IMDB w/out having to take the time to write or read a complete bunch of long winded reviews.
 
Just be merciless with the trolls and 12 y.o.jerky boys/girls who ruined it the 1st time around and ban them for 3 months or more after a single warning.
Also, lose the requirement for a cell phone # to register there--I don't have, need or want one.

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