The Internet Movie Database, one of the premiere movie sites has decided to make some changes. The Amazon owned website will no longer offer one of its previous services. Effective February 20th 2017, the site will no longer have a message board system for fans to be able to discuss movies.
IMDB released the following statement in regards to their decision.
message boards are no longer providing a positive, useful experience for the vast majority of our more than 250 million monthly users worldwide,
Reading between the lines it’s not hard to conclude their decision came from the forum becoming a hotbed of trolling.
Websites becoming overwhelmed with trolling behavior is not a new occurrence. Many sections of the discussion centered website Reddit have become rampant with troll behavior and have resulted in their termination due to violating the site’s content policy. There has also an outcry against this behavior from creators in different areas of fandom in an effort to help people see the errors of this behavior.
We here at Monkeys Fighting Robots make it a point to stand against troll culture. Such practices are destructive and unhealthy to the fan community as a whole. We make it a point to do what we can to try and promote a healthy and supportive nature in the community which is often missing at times. We may not like certain movies and show but we never believe those who do are inferior in anyway, shape, or form.
It’s sad to see a site which has become one of the most prominent entertainment sites online lose its message boards. All because of the actions of few individuals spoiling the fun for everyone else. Are you a frequent user of the IMDB message boards? Does this announcement take you by surprise? Leave a comment below and let us know.