Merging is a good idea, as every time I make a thread about a movie I'm interested in the Movie Forum, some twit like Mildpossession says "there's already a thread in the *insert name* section"; never understood why all movies aren't in one forum, then divided into sub-groups there.
It's really unnecessary, if you ask me, to have so many sub-forums for so many movie franchises. (The Matrix, Transformers, Indy Jones, POTC, and Terminator.) Again, though, these aren't my areas, so I won't press the issue.
I feel that some of the franchises should maintain separate entities if they are still getting traffic... but otherwise yeah, I always thought it was a good idea to establish a section if there were threads that didn't fit anywhere, not because people wanted to have their own little world.
Star Wars would obviously stay separate, but some of the dead subsections should be merged.
I mean, those movies you mentioned could've been turned into threads, instead of sub-forums.
Look at some examples in the Anime forum perhaps.
There are Naruto fans who discuss everything about the show in "The Official Naruto Thread", and all One Piece fans discuss their stuff in the "One Piece" thread.
Creating sub-forums for a particular franchise is totally unnecessary, imo.
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Mostly it's about relevance now. Most of the franchise threads have come and gone and probably wont be added to any time soon.
Perhaps replacing them with more relevant franchises would be a good idea. An Aliens/Predator section for example. Seeing these will probably have quite a few films added to them over the next few years (for good and bad)
The matrix obviously wont. Can't see Terminator having more either.
One thing to perhaps add is a film making section. I don't know if anyone that posts here makes amateur films or works in the business but it could be good. Even for just people saying there's films being shot close to them...Work as extras going etc...If anyone wants to discuss the technical aspects of films then that can be done there too.
Seeing as the movie forums mods think this is a good idea, I lend my support.
I saw the comments about the Anime/Manga forum. Good call. My only question is the LOTR, Harry Potter, Pirates and Bond forums seem to still get traffic. Would all those forums get absorbed into a general movies forum?
Harry Potter forum is pretty dead at the moment. Only 5 or so threads ever get any posts, and it's always the same few people posting. I'm sure it will kick up around the release dates of the next movies, but after that I think it should be absorbed.
LOTR should be merged now, I think. There's no new content coming from the franchise, except for The Hobbit, which could have it's own thread in the movie forum.
Pirates seems slow. Once again there's only a few topics getting regular posts and mostly they are Love/Hate threads for characters. There's no real discussion going on anymore.
I never venture into the world of Bond, but seeing how they are always coming out with movies, it would be a good bet to keep it separate right now.
I do agree in principle. It's always nice to reduce front page clutter. As I mentioned before when other areas were mooted, it's a bad idea to create new areas just because a handful of people want them. They almost never get the posting that people beforehand say they will.
People try to counter this by saying new areas could be tried on a trial basis only- but that never works. There is never any trial period- they just die off and keep cluttering the page.
Trek is an example of this. The area should not have been made and there is not even remotely the material in there that makes it deserve its own area. The Doctor Who/Torchwood franchise has not far off as many posts as Trek, but the shows are perfectly happy with a thread apiece in the TV area. That is far more sensible- and besides which, it means there are none of those senseless posts of no value that people post when a section has its own area just to fill space.
I think a similar mindset created many of the movie sub-areas, like Foreign Cinema.
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Last edited by Ushgarak on Mar 15th, 2010 at 08:39 AM
I don't see why it can't have a dedicated thread in the MDF for the series and discussion for the new movie can go in there. A lot of the "fanboy/fangirl" following has dropped off after the 3rd movie since it wasn't nearly as good as the first movie.