The Shoutbox
Originally Posted by Yoda
That's definitely odd.

As long as this forum has existed we've occasionally attracted people who don't really "get" how forums work, and I actually think that's become more common, now that forums are not the dominant medium of communication any more.
That might have something to do with it. Maybe there's also the matter of how a PM is guaranteed to get someone's attention more so than bumping a thread (and a new user would not necessarily know that you can do that by quoting/mentioning a user in a post, which I'm not sure that any other forums do).
Originally Posted by ynwtf
That's pretty neat, in a way. I always feel weird and borderline creeper if I PM users I haven't had much conversation with first.

Could he/she be shy? That you (and only you) responded, might suggest you're the only one interested. In a weird way, why NOT take it to PM for more direct conversation on the topic? I'm kidding, mostly, but I can see that thought playing out.

Oh. It's not me, btw. I do weird things from time to time, but that's not as obvious a tactic I think I would take. Hm. Unless this Shout escalation is tier II of my devious plot...

Yeah, no. Not me. For real.
Maybe that's the logic, but then why the gaps between messages? The first one was just a straight-up statement so I disregarded it but then the second message came four months later and had a question in it so this hardly strikes me as the most direct way of handling a conversation, especially when another question comes along in another four months.

Ah, I might as well answer but it's just not an interesting topic. The question's like "how would you change Iron Man 3?". Short answer: I wouldn't. Long answer: No, I would not change Iron Man 3.
Here's a weird scenario. Some guy signs up here almost a year ago and makes exactly one post, a thread complaining about Iron Man 3. I am the only person to respond to this thread and question him. Since then, this user has not posted a reply in the thread but instead sent me three separate PMs - one in September, one in January, and one just this week - in an effort to continue the conversation. I haven't replied to any of his messages because I find this approach so bizarre. Now I'm wondering why he keeps coming back here every few months for seemingly no other reason than to try asking me about Iron Man 3 (and by doing it through PM rather than in the thread).
Originally Posted by John McClane
I really miss Caitlyn.
Just checked, apparently it'll be ten years in March.
Yeah, I managed to see the Coda version the other day. The changes it makes to the original version are arguably negligible but I still enjoyed it.
Originally Posted by Cobra
Doing a Marathon a day next 4 days
Monday - Blade Trilogy
Tuesday - Godfather 1 & 2
Wednesday - Indiana Jones Quadrilogy
Thursday - Star Wars original Trilogy
Got some time off work so why not.
How are you gonna watch Blade: Trinity and Crystal Skull but not Godfather III?
Guess my sense of humour is on a completely different level to the kind that tends to clog up the Shoutbox.
Originally Posted by Yoda
Originally Posted by The Rodent
Considering you've only got 1 movie in your profile
Ugh, this is a great idea, and one I am very much capable of building.

But no, we must draw the line at the username. And frankly we might have to scrap that at some point, too.
Well, yeah, that's why the suggestion was immediately followed by the most obvious way in which people would abuse it.
Originally Posted by The Rodent
Originally Posted by Iroquois
Concept: a bbusername-style code but instead of copying a user's username into a post it copies the user's #1 favourite movie as listed on their profile.

(yes, this was inspired by a recent "worst movies" thread)
Considering you've only got 1 movie in your profile
Sometimes, you just have to maintain a brand.