One of the better comments I've read regarding the closure: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/feb/06/imdb-shuts-down-message-boardsAtomic Girl --
I have to laugh reading all the comments about how "useful" the boards were and how this is the end of an era and how IMDB's going to lose so much of its traffic and yadda yadda yadda. They remind me of that classic thing that happens when a despicable person dies and all of a sudden people can do nothing but sing his praises.
Don't get me wrong--the boards used to be amazing (key words, *used* to be). That's because for years, only the most hardcore cinephiles, avid TV watchers, and industry insiders were on the boards. There were tons of interesting discussions to be had, lots of trivia, and a deep appreciation for classic film and TV.
The downfall of the IMDB happened a few years ago when there seemed to be a large influx of new types of users who had suddenly discovered the forums. Some were run of the mill trolls who had been kicked out of other online forums and decide to use the IMDB as a new stomping ground. Others were bored teenagers, fanboys, your typical hive of scum and villainy (racists, sexists, etc.), fantrolls and hate watchers. In any event, as soon as they discovered the site, the quality of the discussions began to plummet off a cliff. Of course, forums for more obscure movies and TV shows were left unmolested. But anything more recent, and there were very few fruitful discussions. In fact, for certain movies, it was a 100%certainty that their forums would be completely overrun by trolls.
Also, another reason why the forums went downhill is generational. Sorry, I know this is gonna cause a lot of "butt hurt" to the "snowflakes" (did I get those terms right?), but when the demographics at the IMDB went from largely Boomer and Gen X to Millennial and Gen Y, you could see the site shifting in quality also. Actually, this shift has been an across the board thing, too, not only just the IMDB. Also on YouTube, Reddit and other sites, you can see how, as the newer generation takes over, comments are getting worse and more ignorant by the day, filled with unnecessary vitriol, very immature and in some cases, barely coherent.
Given the way things were going, I completely understand why the IMDB closed its boards. I know some people will cry that there was still lots of good content on there and because of that, it was worth keeping. But let's be real--whatever good there was still left in them, the fact remains that the IMDB forums were a garbage can that was at nearly 100% capacity and a week away from overflowing. The IMDB knew it, and had the foresight to dump the trash before letting it stink the joint.
I agree with most of what she wrote, but it I still find it a bit depressing that the boards will be no more...