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We would like your feedback on something we're trying out on IMDb. On a few title pages, you'll find a section called “Join the Conversation” that links to Quora and Reddit discussions we think you'll find interesting. For now, these links are only viewable when you go to IMDb.com from a desktop computer (not from mobile or mobile app). Check it out and let us know what you think. Here are a few examples: Stranger Things, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The
Walking Dead
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Do you go to Quora and Reddit? Are there any sites you visit to discuss movies and TV shows besides IMDb?

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This interesting experiment is not the
beginning-of-the-end for the IMDb boards, is it?

Since the IMDb boards are another way to "Join the Conversation",
consider adding an IMDb Message Board link directly below the Reddit link
(or "move" the sidebar's existing Message Board link up to that position)?
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RbDeraj

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If they do use this as a way to get rid of the message boards (i hope not) it might be to avoid all of the problems that come with monitoring the boards, which is understandable. But still both of these options to me just seem worse than what we have, and its almost like promoting sites other than your own.
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MiaZ

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So I think you may have been right.
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bratface

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Never heard of Quora and do not use Reddit!
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Khaled Kalache

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seems like a nice idea!! I will test it out ..
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Stephen Atwood

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I'll pass on the potential of bringing IMDb down to the level of 4Chan and infamously racist and misogynist YouTube commenters. Bringing in Reddit doesn't immediately inspire confidence.
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NDbportmanfan 1

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I like Quora's format better but I still don't think it is necessary addition to the already useful message board. I really dislike Reddit (seems way more hate filled and all around not useful) and would hate to see IMDb being associated with it. 
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Jediknight

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The boards are already like them already so what difference would it make?
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Ritesh Shreenidhi

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The imdb message boards served the purpose well enough. Constantly being re-directed to quora and reddit(which are forums for many other topics, not just movies, which in turn seems to remove the "exclusiveness" of imdb being the one stop destination for all things "movie") in order to read/discuss with other users, is in my opinion, quite cumbersome and unnecessary. Instead of integrating the boards with other sites, I think it would be more beneficial if the boards interface itself is improved a little bit to be more interactive/user friendly. 
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I don't use Reddit. Don't like the webpage UI and never found it appealing. 

I love Quora though. I see myself navigating to the Quora link from a movie page every now and then. It's interesting to know what Quora users have to say about a certain movie, since the IMDb message boards are exclusively about movies while Quora is just about everything. It attracts a more diverse group of users.
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I don't use either site, and these links probably won't make me start using them.
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artemusjones

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No, these links are not helpful. They are generic and detract from what makes this site great. And please don't mess with the message boards. They ain't broke and don't need 'fixing'.
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Paul Venema

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Not really my thing. I like the old way 'cause I don't use Reddit and the other thing I never heard of :p
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rootsmusic

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Karen, please re-categorize this conversation as an Announcement.  Thanks.
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I don't use Quora, and while I read some Reddit boards (or whatever they call them) sometimes, I don't participate there.

Personally, I would prefer to avoid a trend of outsourcing the various functions of IMDb. For example, commenting on news items requires one to be logged in to Facebook. Using this help board requires participation in Get Satisfaction, which requires a registration with either Facebook, Google, or GS. How many sites should a person have to log into to use all the functions of IMDb? I'd prefer not to increase that number.
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Elaine Hunt

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What happened to the message board for Deepwater Horizon???  It was there a few hours ago.
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Please bring back the "latest IMDb Message Boards threads" links to the movie's page. There's a ton of silly/interesting stuff to find there, and the conversation just goes over the years, people chiming in whenever they have something to say. You won't get that on Reddit or Quora, or anywhere.

You want to add links to external resources - fine, but don't remove what we already have! 

EDIT: I mean a separate link for every thread directly accessible from movie's page below the user review portion, like it's always been.
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Clemenza Sanger

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Hate the links.

Bring back the discussion boards.
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bratface

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n3n5n1 & Clemenza Sanger,

I still have the message/discussion board links for individual movies/TV shows etc. I do not understand how you do not have them?  But I also cannot see the links for Quora & Reddit. Which is fine by me as I do not use either one. But someone on the 'Poll' board told me that I must be linking to IMDb through an older link. I do not link to IMDb through the main page but directly to the 'Poll' board. I navigate around the site from there or a link from Google.
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I assume this is happening only with few recent releases, "The Girl on the Train" for example — http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3631112/
Maybe there's also some A/B testing going on. But trust me, it's looks quite miserable. IMDb certainly feels less welcoming when I can't see people having conversations. I'd even say it feels dead.
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I see the message board for "The Girl on the Train" below the user reviews. As I said in the comment above I do not see the "Quora & Reddit" links. Which is fine because I do not use either one. I also have AdBlock Plus. Do not know if that is relevant?

What would be nice though is if "Karen" (whoever she is, a bot maybe?) would acknowledge and answer some of the concerns voiced here!
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Then it must be a case of A/B testing.

Here's a picture for reference: https://i.sli.mg/cg1M2v.png

Straight after user reviews you have bland "Join the conversation" section with three links to Quora, Reddit and (apparently added post-factum) IMDb boards.  No recent threads. Then it's the bottom of the page and that's it.

Here's how it's supposed to be: https://i.sli.mg/2X8McV.png

This really feels like an attempt on IMDb's part to cut costs on tech/labor by getting rid of the boards. I hope they'll reconsider, the feedback seems overwhelmingly negative, and for a good reason.
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bratface

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I see what is in the second link.  Not sure if it is a 'beta' test but it would be nice if TPTB would address the concerns posted here.

I'm talking to you Mr. Needham.
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Please bring back the old discussion boards.  Though I am familiar with both Reddit and Quora, they're just not the right places for these types of discussions.  Besides, I don't want to use multiple sites for all my movie research.  IMDB must continue being a one stop shop.  
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Josh Su

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why are you guys linking to a walking dead subreddit that is mostly dead? (no pun intended) 
There is a much more bigger and popular walking dead subreddit that you guys arent linking to
This one: https://www.reddit.com/r/thewalkingdead/
the one you guys link to has no conversation..... whats going on 
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bratface

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Because nobody wants to link to anything on reddit 'sub' or otherwise.
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Candace Maggie

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I love this!
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Sheri Weinhart

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Wow! I suddenly lost 30 years of screen credits. IMDB used to have them but they suddenly disappeared. Sucks.
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Sheri Weinhart

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all fixed!
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Thanks for taking time to provide feedback everyone!
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bratface

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"Thanks for taking time to provide feedback everyone!"

And? That's it?
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Sheri Weinhart

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I lost 30 years of screen credits. IMDB used to have them but they suddenly disappeared. What happened??
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n3n5n1

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Any particular reason I'm getting 404 errors on http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2140379/ when I try to open latest threads? 
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bratface

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They work for me. I think there is something to the bit about how you link to IMDb?
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Karen, this isn't an alternative to https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topi... ?
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rootsmusic

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Karen, is this an alternative to the announcement at https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/imdb-message-boards ?

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