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IMDb Kills its Message Boards Because of Trolls

Dave Parrack 06-02-2017

IMDb is shutting down its popular message boards and the ability for users to privately message each other. This is down to a combination of waning interest and the tenacity of trolls. Those who use the IMDb message boards are understandably annoyed at their demise.


IMDb is an incredible resource for anyone who watches movies How To Find the Perfect Movie to Watch Right Now Hollywood churns out so many movies that it's very difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff. Luckily, we're here to help you find the perfect movie to watch right now. Read More , featuring a repository of information about pretty much every movie ever made. If you want to know who starred in La La Land, or who provided the voices in Finding Dory, IMDb has the answer.

The main IMDb pages detail movie plots, catalog cast lists, and aggregate review scores. However, IMDb has also provided an exciting and eclectic mix of message boards for people to discuss movies and more. Sadly, the IMDb message boards are shutting down.

This Is the End

The IMDb message boards will cease to be on February 20, 2017. This, according to IMDb, gives users enough time to archive their content and exchange contact information. In announcing the closure, IMDb explained:

“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.”

While IMDb doesn’t make specific reference to trolls, it’s clearly inferred that negativity was at least partly to blame. IMDb faced a choice between leaving its message boards festering with hate, or employing moderators to keep the peace. Instead it chose to eradicate the problem altogether.

A Troll in Central Park

IMDb has ready-made replacements in the form of its social media accounts. People who used to post on the message boards can simply decamp to Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, YouTube, and/or Tumblr. But don’t be surprised if the internet trolls Here's What Happens When You Confront An Internet Troll Face To Face When you're just typing words into a machine, it's easy to forget that there are real people reading those words. Unless those people get in touch. Read More eventually show up there too.


Are you a fan of IMDb? Did you ever use the IMDb message boards? Did you notice the quality of conversation declining recently? Do you support IMDb killing its message boards? Or has the site handed victory to the trolls? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Barry Wilson
    March 17, 2017 at 7:20 am

    It was easy to ignore racists and trolls. And while I didn't use a lot. I learned many things from actual fans of TV and Movies.

    I don't know how this would be done, but comment sections should find a way to require the Actual Name and Image of the commentator. Some will slip through but it would make people stand behind what they say
    I always use my real name and likeness.
    Thank you
    Barry Wilson

    • Angus McFaggins
      March 25, 2018 at 12:47 am

      In other words: you're a complete dimwit.

  2. ACR in DC
    March 9, 2017 at 3:48 am

    I miss the message board feature, please bring it back.

    • Ed
      March 14, 2017 at 1:15 am

      I will say no

  3. Fik of Borg
    February 7, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Oh no ... exchanging opinions and analisis (and ignoring trolls) on imdb message boards is part of the movie experience, frequently right after the credits roll.

    But if the reason is troll posting, why delete already existing content? They could just block new messages and keep the existing posts, they also could restrict posts from new "on probation" users while allowing old users to interact.

  4. Howard A Pearce
    February 6, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    "This is down to a combination of waning interest and the tenacity of trolls. "

    Troll ?
    What is that ?
    The writer doesn't tell us. He merely decides to use a word with negative connotations to blame some people for what IMDb did.

    He could have said people that the IMDb site shut down because of users the site considered to be harassing others - but that would make obvious the personal opinion involved in making the decision - something the writer, I think, wishes to avoid perhaps in order to support his personal opinion of other people he disapproves of.

    I personally thing many of the social commentators here at MUD, including this writer, are trolls; and that the MUD site should shut down to protect us from them.

    Other people can play this "name calling" game too.

    • Ed
      February 23, 2017 at 1:15 am


    • Barry Wilson
      March 17, 2017 at 7:23 am

      While I don't follow all your points. You seem to be using your real name. Which should be required for all comment sections.

      Trolls are easy to ignore,

      All the best
      Barry Wilson

      • Annoyed
        January 25, 2018 at 7:49 am

        Please shut up on 'trolls are easy to be ignored'

        So annoying