Petition to keep the IMDB messageboards going

Dan L
Anonymous 6399 Comments
12,564 Signatures Goal: 10,000

Dear mr Col Needham, although we understand that there is a lot of people that can't deal with trolls and the like the fact remain that none of us are forced to post on the messageboards, we do so out of own will.

It is a great way for us to speak in detail about movies in a way that we can't in any other outlet with similar minded peoples. And other topics as well.

The beauty of analyzing film and getting a deeper understanding of them by coming together and bringing up ideas of what a story is REALLY about in a movie that very few people have seen perhaps none in our social circles. Or perhaps finding friends that you otherwise would have no interaction with. Or just recommend obscure independent films that no one has heard about because it wasn't funded by a major company that could afford advertising.

So while we acknowledge that there are negatives with the boards the positives way outweighs the negatives.

So please let us keep our IMDB.


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February 5
OK, I've been on IMDb for 5 years, and the Boards are where I've spent most of my time on. In fact, they are the only reason I stay on this site for 5 years. They provide some pretty interesting insights into the films, and they help me a lot to understand some plot points. I haven't posted anything yet, but I love to hear others' opinions. Surely there are trolls and extremists that have tainted the feature's reputation, but they are only the minority. If you need someone to moderate the contents, I and many people here will gladly volunteer to do that.
February 4
I just read the news about the removal of the message boards. I am - well, just shocked and cannot understand why you would want them gone. I've been a member of the IMDb for 16 years (and I am certain I went on it well before then) and not a day goes past where I'm not looking up some facet of a film on that thing and reading the comments from people. I can't believe you think it's antiquated -- it's one of the best things on the Internet, period. I really wish you would reconsider this. The way you make it seem is that the lack of traffic there doesn't make sense to keep them going - perhaps it's because you have to register before you can see them and people just don't want to register thinking they will get tons of spam? As far as "negative content" - well, geez...sometimes people just don't love every single film...it's called "variety" and everyone who is a grown individual recognizes the fact that not everyone loves the same film as they do. And everyone recognizes a stupid comment made by a troll by now as well. Even with negative comments, I've never had a more enjoyable experience online reading anything...than at those message boards. It is my go-to place for all things film. I honestly cannot see where the alternate routes even make sense for each film. This is the biggest mistake in the history of the Internet if you ask me. Seriously...huge mistake.
February 4
The message board make IMDb what it is - don't get rid of them!
February 4
I have read and used the IMDb message boards for at least 13 years now, and from everything I've seen of them, it would be a large LOSS for the world's movie-going community if the boards are no more. Like others have said, there is NO other online forum that fills the niche and provides the services that the IMDb message boards do -- to the degree that the IMDb boards have done. Also, the boards are not just a forum for sharing opinions, but also facts and information about films, filmmakers, and the business and art of filmmaking. This has all contributed a lot to the public's knowledge and appreciation for film. There are also vibrant discussions on lower-budget movies, lesser-known movies, foreign movies, older movies (even those MORE than 100 years old now), less famous actors and filmmakers, etc. I haven't seen social media discussions come anywhere CLOSE to what the IMDb boards provide in those areas, especially when it comes to information for lesser-known and older films. The IMDb boards were also built in such a way to encourage serendipitous discoveries and discussions of movies, actors, etc. that a user may have never seen before. The message boards are thus INTEGRAL to user interactions with most other features of IMDb, and therefore the removal of the message boards would be a huge blow to the usefulness of IMDb in general. As a lifelong movie lover and a person whose appreciation and understanding for movies has been helped by the IMDb boards for more than a decade, I wish for the boards to stay and live on!
February 4
The message boards where the biggest reason for coming to imdb to see a film's interpretations, unique perspectives and facts that you can't find anywhere else most of the time. Why destroy such wonderful means of film education and a group of movie lovers just because of some trolls? ;s
February 4
This makes no sense, mostly everyone who likes movies uses the message boards. I personally love them and use them on a daily basis. I will no longer use the site after they shut them down I dont think they realize the negatige impact this will have on thier website.
February 3
Petition has reached 500 signatures!
February 3
One of the reasons I go to IMDb is for the message boards. I love seeing other people's questions and opinions. Without the message boards IMDb will be little more than Wikipedia.
February 3
I know if I don't understand details about a movie, I can come here and knowledgeable people on the boards will explain it. For 12 years I've also made real-life friends here who I've traveled to meet and see the world. Please reconsider.
February 3
IMDB is the only place that you can come together to discuss any film you want at any time. Al in one place easily. Destroying the community because of trolls is an extremely inappropriate measure. If the board isnt kept open I will never use the site again.
  • Julien Sauvageau
    Julien Sauvageau Canada, Boisbriand
    Aug 19, 2017
    Aug 19, 2017
    There is no real alternative to the imdb messageboard. I tried Reddit but it's a mess, it's hard to follow a specific movie because i feel like the movie topics are scattered around Reddit.
  • Jerome Dupont-Rachiele
    Jerome Dupont-Rachiele Canada, Montr
    Aug 19, 2017
    Aug 19, 2017
    These forums were truly great for any person who want to discuss cinema. I have never seen something like that before and now that it no longer exists, I can feel the difference and the loss.

    It is true that sometimes troll were making it annoying but it is a small downside compared to its in depth discussion. I would agree to do volunteering and be a moderator free of charge if that could help. In fact I would enjoy doing it.

    These forums have to get back anyway because there is almost no other reason people will go on your site. I hardly believe you are destroying that great platform, it looks like a suicide to me.
  • Steve Pettersen
    Steve Pettersen United States, Mankato
    Aug 17, 2017
    Aug 17, 2017
    If you don't bring back the message boards, me and most people I know, are done coming to your site.
  • Jerry O'Connell
    Jerry O'Connell Ireland
    Aug 17, 2017
    Aug 17, 2017
    The message boards were my primary reason for using IMDB.
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