After 20 Years, The IMDb Is Closing Its Message Boards – ManlyMovie

After 20 Years, The IMDb Is Closing Its Message Boards

After 20 years the IMDb has stated that it will be closing down its message boards.  Check out the official message below.

IMDb Message Boards Announcement

IMDb is the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content. As part of our ongoing effort to continually evaluate and enhance the customer experience on IMDb, we have decided to disable IMDb’s message boards on February 20, 2017. This includes the Private Message system. After in-depth discussion and examination, we have concluded that IMDb’s message boards are no longer providing a positive, useful experience for the vast majority of our more than 250 million monthly users worldwide. The decision to retire a long-standing feature was made only after careful consideration and was based on data and traffic.
Some of you will know that is a bastard child of a certain IMDb set of message boards, borne out of discussion of the original Expendables movie.  I noticed a bunch of guys who enjoyed old school action movies, freedom of speech, pussy and inebriation.  I decided to join the discussion, a blog (ManlyMovie) was inspired by these discussions.
Some of these guys are still around and visiting the site.  To those I haven’t been able to message on the IMDb for a while (such as AyeLewis), it’s because I’ve forgotten both yours and mine screen names.
Anyway, the IMDb message boards are a big loss.  They’re one of the last true bastions of the old internet, where communities self moderated.  I don’t know what’s going on here or why they’re getting rid of them, but I can only guess that it’s not a space issue, small text-driven boards cost practically nothing, especially when big studios are throwing money at the IMDb.
Maybe that’s the answer…