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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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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.