Moi, being a foreign and vintage movie lover, never saw them. The trolls evidently hang where the newer movies are, and never bothered with movies that were over their heads.
While IMDb’s message boards have never been a paragon of challenging critical discourse, they have offered an accessible platform through which to have fun talking about cinema. They represented a lively and often bellicose online community that for many will be missed. Film blogger and cinema studies master’s student Caroline Madden has been an active member of the boards for 11 years, first using them as a teenager when she didn’t have friends who shared her passion for film.“I made friends on the message boards over my favorite film and actor at the time, Moulin Rouge and Ewan McGregor. We would trade fan-fiction ideas, our favourite parts of the film and generally fangirl about Ewan McGregor.”
I remember many actors and crew members posting on the boards themselves. This is history, just GONE. The actor from Uncle Nino posting on the board for his movie, and for his own actor's page board....crew from a 1940s Bette Davis movie giving the scoop...you can't replace this. Shame on them.