Just when it seemed life could not become much more pointless and disheartening and people could not get any more stupid, greedy, worthless, useless, and thoughtless, the (until now, mostly) great site Internet Movie Database has announced it is closing its message boards! Anyone wanting to archive content has till February 20 to do so and then it's adios! At least two petitions are circulating to put a stop to this travesty of destructive madness. I signed both, with the following comments:
The Internet Movie Database Message Boards are a valuable and irreplaceable resource preserving years of thoughts, memories, and emotions! So now the heartless landlords are giving the users who took years of their own priceless time and effort to create this beautiful community a lousy FEW DAYS to archive EVERYTHING and then it's bye-bye!? The list of TITLES ONLY of threads in which I have posted runs FIVE PAGES, at 25 titles per page! In other words, 125 posts per year! Multiply that by the time I've been a member, 17 years this month, and it comes to 2,125 posts, assuming I consistently made the same amount and did not make MORE some years! And yet these thoughtless fools seemingly believe all their contributors of many years' standing have nothing better to do than to DROP THEIR WHOLE LIVES to spend DAYS opening THOUSANDS of threads, copying and pasting the contents of each post, (many of which will make no sense out of context, having been made in response to others), find some other site, and copy and paste all that content BACK IN? Are they just coldhearted and sadistic or ABSOLUTELY INSANE??? Please don't add any more grief and frustration to this already bleak and utterly discouraging world! Thank you.
Those wishing to comment can do so on the site's Facebook page or until February 20 on the board here: http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000042/thread/265872385
If Internet Movie Database does not stop this nonsense immediately, everyone interested in culture, the arts, and the preservation of nearly three decades' worth of valuable knowledge of film and TV history needs to BOYCOTT THE HELL out of owner company Amazon.com and its CEO Jeff Bezos! Here are instructions on three ways to contact them, and any other suggestions are welcome. http://www.wikihow.com/Email-Amazon