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Pondering the TCM Message Boards


misswonderly3
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Checking out the message boards here lately, I've noticed a few trends:

 

There's always the same handful of people who participate regularly. Now, this is not a complaint: I like most of those people, and enjoy reading their posts.

But considering how many people watch Turner Classic Movies, or even how many people read these boards as "guests", it does seem odd that out of hundreds, possibly thousands of movie fans (ok, "classic" movie fans), only a couple of dozen (on a good day) actually post their comments here.

 

Was it always like this? It seems to me when I first started participating on this website's forums, there were a lot more of us. But then, I was new and just getting used to the feel of the boards, so maybe I got the wrong impression, maybe it's always been 10-20 regulars, not many more.

 

What I would like to know is two things:

 

1) Why did you start posting here in the first place, and what keeps you coming back? What do you "get" out of participating on the TCM message boards? It must be something unique, since there are many other ways to communicate with others about your love for old movies.

(For one thing, the other "community" options right here on this site, like the Morlocks, blogs, etc. For another, TCM on Facebook...)

 

2) Given how many people are fans of old and/or unusual movies, and therefore fans of TCM, how come there aren't more of us coming to these boards?

And how come, when a new person does start out here, they often fade away after a few posts? I'm not talking about people who get a negative response to their opening thread or comment, but about those who go "Hey, I'm new here, I love TCM, what's up?" (Well, in so many words.)

 

Talk amongst yourselves, people.

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Okay, not the best person to answer being I've only been here a short while but I started posting here, hoping that amongst the retinue there would be some who enjoy and like to discuss the more outre and off the wall films, unlike the general public who mostly watch only popular films.

 

My guess would be, if one does not find an interested audience for their particular film devotion that they might leave? I mean, let's say a person is mesmerized by the work of Rene Clair but never sees anyone posting who even cares about his films. They might move on to greener pastures?

 

It's like a tennis match. Someone has to hit the ball back and make it worth swatting in return. I enjoy other people's rebuttal so that would not be a turnoff but it has to be based on some interesting thought patterns and not just the proverbial I hate it because I know what I like and that's not it.

 

Looking forward to other answers to your questions from more longtime TCM posters.

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I joined the CFU and used that forum before I discovered the TCM Message board. While I like the CFU site I find it a lot more difficult to have a 'conversation' with others. There are some very knowledgeable and interesting people at CFU and I have encouraged them to join us at the Message board but few do (and they don?t become regulars).

 

I come to the message board to check out what I call are the daily threads (e.g. Candids). Then I look for new threads or existing ones about subjects of interest. I like when we as a group really dig into a subject like the ?judgment? thread.

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There are so many people on these boards who know so much about classic movies. I (sadly) don't know that many people in "real life" who know or care about older movies, so it's nice that I can come here and lurk and occaisionally post a thought or two.

 

It does tend to be an active board and I sometimes have a hard time keeping up with the sheer volume of postings!

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I was forced to join. My fiance said I must because it created a need for me to refine my writing of English and become comfortable with it after I had not had great cause to write in it for many years.

 

I believe that your sense that there are far fewer posters here now than in the past may be because the number of posters was about equal to now but the vast majority of them in the past concentrated on discussing movies and the majority of threads and posts now are rejoinders or egocentric rants.

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I learn about unknown movies and some of the TCM documentaries are quite informative i.e. "The History of Film" I saw my first 2.35 widescreen back in 1993 "Spartacus" and been hooked every since.

 

TCM taught me the difference between *pan and scan* and *Letterbox.*

 

The only major change for the better is the TCM Adminstrators's tighter control of the forum.. no more flame wars and trolls making life tough for some posters.

 

I admit I've made mistakes due to misunderstanding of some threads. Takes only one letter/word and things can get out of hand very quick! Few posters not having a sense of humor.can be a major drag. :(

 

Been here since 2007 (hesitated for a while) and don't regret it. :)

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I don't recall exactly what brought me here those years ago, but I'm sure I was trying to gather information on a film. I found the Message Boards quite by accident and discovered a trove of like-minded people. Maintaining thoughts and conversations over a wide variety of subject matter (on and off topic) has become very stimulating. A large advantage of these Boards is a near real-time chat experience with intelligent and (mostly) well behaved people (roll over, I'll butter the other side). A lot of other forum sites just sit there waiting - days and sometime years - for responses. The holiday season is the best when this place gets going like a string of firecrackers at a rodeo .. and it's on the way ;)

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It starts up with the obvious, I like a lot of "classic" movies and by checking out this site I can learn a lot more about the films and the actors. I can learn about other films that may interest me and then make the effort to check them out. Its a place to come where there are other people who have a similar high level of interest. Lets face it, if you mention the name "Dan Duryea" to most people in the general public they will not know who you are talking about. But say it here and you get instant response and knowledgeable people who can discuss the man and his films. I do often wonder why with a TCM audience of several million people and most do some time on the internet that we only have regular participation by a literal handful of people. I know there are some posters who set a low bar for discussions, but why does that scare off some new people from getting involved? I feel that there are a number of posters here who are worth interacting with, agree on things or disagree on things, as long as there's a level of respect going.

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db baby, "don't be sorry", as Marilyn Monroe gently tells Tom Ewell near the end of "The Seven Year Itch". (Not that you're a Tom Ewell type, and I'm sure I ain't no Marilyn Monroe.)

 

I do not believe the lovely SansFin was directing any criticism towards you.

 

Anyway, you said you came here for the women. Here be a lady I think I've heard you say you admire:

 

The-lovely-Virginia-Madsen.jpg

 

Maybe I should post her on the "Fabulous Face" thread.

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I think that to *keep* participating in this forum, you have to have a few common traits.

 

1. You have to love the movies, or at least a lot of them.

 

2. You like learning new things and perspectives from other participants.

 

3. You have to be comfortable with the general level of civility.

 

Or, failing those, you have to just love to "hear" yourself talk, and are oblivious to what others might think of you.

 

I like the TCM forums for all of those reasons, but one I'd emphasize is the hidden hand of the TCM Administrator. I've been to many websites where the "Comments" moderator seems to be on a permanent vacation (Hello, Washington Post), and as a result the terminal lunatics quickly take over the asylum and utterly ruin it for all the sane lunatics. ;) That almost never seems to happen here, and the contrast in tone and substance is striking.

 

As for why many people seem to put in a toe in the water and then retreat, I think it's relatively simple: Most people aren't comfortable about having to defend their opinions with facts and logic rather than just doubled down opinions, and they also often see strong disagreement as some sort of personal attack. In many ways forums like this are a bit Darwinian, in that the congenitally meek and the merely quarrelsome are winnowed out by natural selection.

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Thanks Andy and everyone else (the usual "handful"?) for your feedback.

 

For me, my interest on these boards, Ruby Tuesday-like, comes and goes. I might feel I can't tear myself away one day, and feel completely bored (with the boards) a week or so later. (Some might remember my "These Threads are Boring These Days" thread, or whatever it was called, even I don't remember.)

 

I know some of you participate on lots of other sites, maybe not just about movies, but politics or sports or music, as well.

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> darkblue wrote:

> Sorry

 

There will at all times be a certain amount of off-topic communication because we are not droids dedicated to task.

 

It is no one person's fault when off-topic posts become dominant and even this post of mine is off-topic.

 

You are far from the worst as exemplified by the fact that I saw your post. I have felt forced to use the: "Ignore Member" feature for those whose posts are rarely relevant or amusing and which are often hate-filled or arrogant or grossly inappropriate.

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hi, all-

 

I came here originally for I like the games & trivia, but that didn't last long for me at all. For I discovered a discussion of Casablanca going on, and I wanted to be part of it. I haven't been back to games & trivia

since.

 

I think the TCM message board is my social media.

I really liked to get into the discussions about a movie and it's plot points, and motivations, and reading other's interpretations. Films and Film makers carry the most of those threads currently, but now I have less time.

 

When I first started posting in early 2007, it wasn't all the usual suspects. But I could always find a topic that was interesting, and someone who knew about it to illuminate for me.

 

I miss the wonderful folks who've passed on. But I still come to read, even if I do not post.

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I have to agree that the censor has been quite effective and efficient

in clamping down on any stray thoughts that don't fit into a narrow

framework. Before a year is out, I believe he'll be ready to helm some

Chinese website that has even more stringent controls on content.

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I came here because I love the movies and like to discuss them with like-minded people. That's why I came; I stay because somebody's got to be here to make sure that when people try to canonize Barbara Stanwyck, I'm here to take her down to the peg where she belongs (with hundreds of other good actors).

 

I'm not interested in the line of thought that there seems to be too few new people here. There are so many diverse ways of communicating, so many things to do these days, that every entity wrings its hands and asks that question, and the follow-up, how can we get more young people in? I hate those cliches, just try to relax and enjoy what we've got.

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The CFU and these message boards are my only social media outlets. I am a somewhat shy individual who was encouraged to join the CFU by my best friend. He passed away a year ago, and he was the only person that I know who shared my love of classic films. Anyone that I meet at this point in my life are into Wendy Williams and Tyler Perry (no disrespect to either, I just don't see any signs of talent). No one is remotely interested in any films that lack endless sex, violence, color and CGIs. So I don't waste my time trying to encourage relationships with people with whom I have nothing in common...............that is why I return to the CFU and these boards. I have been a member now a year and a half, and I have noticed the decline, also. Someone whose posts that I enjoyed reading were those of Addison de Witless. Haven't seen any in a while. I hope he (or she) is alright............................

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Your post was perfect, Andy...well said.

 

I've been a participant in internet message boards since 1994 on an old SE30 Mac. I've seen boards evolve, devolve, implode and die from bullies, spam, disinterest and infighting.

 

We are drawn together because of our interest in classic film, and that offers many different levels of participation. At best we are enjoying the "party" and learning from other's opinions and experiences since the majority of posters maintain a respectable level of intelligence & maturity.

 

At worst we tolerate the know-it-alls, the bad grammar, the shouting newbies while true disrupters are escorted out and "ignored".

 

Definitely internet Darwinism.

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