The closure of IMDb message boards

Last week came the biggest shock that IMDb are closing down their message boards because of Data and Traffic. We are all devastated and feel abandoned and almost homeless. We are all like lost sheep, wondering where to go and where feels the most comfortable without any angst. The message below gives you more of an idea.

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.

Increasingly, IMDb customers have migrated to IMDb’s social media accounts as the primary place they choose to post comments and communicate with IMDb’s editors and one another. IMDb’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/imdb) and official Twitter account (https://twitter.com/imdb) have an audience of more than 10 million engaged fans. IMDb also maintains official accounts on Snapchat (https://www.snapchat.com/add/imdblive), Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/imdbofficial/), YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/imdb), and Tumblr (http://imdb.tumblr.com/).

Because IMDb’s message boards continue to be utilized by a small but passionate community of IMDb users, we announced our decision to disable our message boards on February 3, 2017 but will leave them open for two additional weeks so that users will have ample time to archive any message board content they’d like to keep for personal use. During this two-week transition period, which concludes on February 19, 2017, IMDb message board users can exchange contact information with any other board users they would like to remain in communication with (since once we shut down the IMDb message boards, users will no longer be able to send personal messages to one another). We regret any disappointment or frustration IMDb message board users may experience as a result of this decision.

IMDb is passionately committed to providing innovative ways for our hundreds of millions of users to engage and communicate with one another. We will continue to enhance our current offerings and launch new features in 2017 and beyond that will help our customers communicate and express themselves in meaningful ways while leveraging emerging technologies and opportunities.

For me personally, it always felt like ‘HOME’ and affectionately fell in love with the place after lurking for 2 years back in 2009 just a year after I started watching the show in 2008. I was a very nervous and a tentative person. Not knowing anyone or internet etiquette? Wanting to explore, I put down a few words, not even remembering back then how I tackled such a post. It was flawed, full of mistakes but it had body and soul. Like my writing always does, so I’ve been told. Putting down words about how I really feel about my space going isn’t so easy. I never post anywhere else very much and only post two or three times a day. But what I type is important to me, in how I structure a thread to gain the most from it that I can and what it offers other readers. I am not a person to start arguments and bicker its never been my style. My primary reason for registering with IMDb back in 2011 was that I was very impressed with the knowledge certain posters had back then. Not so much now, but still has its charm. The place drew me in.

Time passed and found that I was making friends early on looking back. People Private Messaging me was a thrill. That someone wanted to chat to me. I have remained friends with so many which I feel so humble about. That I am lucky and that people have stayed with me and stuck by me. A special lady here pointing out to me that ‘The internet is your friend Bella’, Barb I love ya!

IMDb will come Sunday evening when I jot down my last post will leave a huge void that will take some getting over. I never thought I would become so attached to a place where I felt I fit in and felt part of something big. Six years come this May will feel a bit of an empty anniversary that I won’t be able to celebrate anymore and think ‘I’ve been here another year’. What a loss. So putting pen to paper has eased it a bit for me, but thinking out loud, where are we going to go?

I would love to know from anyone where there are any good Supernatural Forums where it’s peaceful and engaging with knowledgeable questions being asked. Let’s chat about Forums and share what’s out there. Do leave a comment below…


Written and Published By: Bella

Citing Source: IMDb


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3 thoughts on “The closure of IMDb message boards

    1. Hey Bella,

      user: DemonBloodSam here from IMDB

      was wondering where you had gone and if all the SPN family have gathered in one place?

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