The Internet Movie Database message boards are an invaluable resource of information and opinion built up over nearly 30 years which, if allowed to
close, can never be fully replaced. To rebuild to the point they are now would take many years.
The truth is that Internet Movie Database, founded in 1990. was acquired in 1998 by Amazon.com, one of the richest companies in the world, which could
well afford to hire moderators the way any reputable message board forum does. The spamming, bot-bombing, and trolling occur mainly on the site's
main boards and not the many individual program and actor boards, and a system is in place for users to report objectionable posts. Another issue is
that the boards' software needs updating and the company is too damn cheap to pay to have it done and would rather destroy this wonderful resource.
Speculation is that those in power object to political opinions expressed in recent posts, and Amazon wants to shoo users/customers over to Facebook
to even more closely scrutinize everyone's activities and move society even further under Big Brother's constant gaze. Suspicion has also fallen on
powerful forces in the motion picture industry. It is believed they want to be the only source of PR (BS) regarding new films, as negative ratings
and comments, including possibly by shills out to damage a competitor, can kill box office. What's more, they are frustrated at being unable to make
a dime from users posting comments on anything released before the current year. The site would also have to invest in some form of lawsuit insurance
in case a user spouts off a bad rumor or opinion about some celebrity damaging to their image.
If Internet Movie Database proceeds with this cultural destruction, they will find the negative backlash in loss of revenue to far outweigh any
investments they may have to make to maintain the site. Already people are unliking their Facebook page, deleting their accounts on the site, and
deleting the IMDb app off their devices.
Petitions are circulating to stop this awful destruction of noble human endeavor.
How can we complain directly to the owners of Internet Movie Database, namely Amazon.com? Their Facebook page is pretty lame though I posted there.
I searched the site's message boards for quite some time and found them totally confusing.
--No complete list of all boards from which to choose, only most popular appear.
--No way of searching keywords in messages to see whether Internet Movie Database has been mentioned and find any threads about it.
If contact options on Amazon's website are no good, is there some corporate site address to use? Thanks!
edit on 13-2-2017 by CoriSCapnSkip
because: Add Petition Links.