Why We’re Here
Best Picture Snubs (BPS) was formed in March 2015 by a group of friends who met online discussing movies. Dissatisfied with the methods and personalities that invade and pervade most forums, they decided to stake their own claim to a place, and BPS is that place. BPS was founded on the idea that movies are worth talking about, and that they can be talked about with passion and kindness at the same time. If that sounds exciting to you, we sincerely want you here.
Rules of the Road in Brief: Be kind to others, express yourself with passion, and always work to enhance the community. Respect the Mods. Don’t be cruel, don’t troll, and don’t post NSFW content. Mods reserve the right to ban those who violate the spirit of the BPS community. Hop in and have fun!
Things We Like
We don’t have a lot of rules. The most important one is simple: Be kind. That may sound incredibly trite, especially in the empathy wasteland of the Internet, but it’s true. We want you to be kind to people. Of course you can disagree. You can try to persuade. You can even be flabbergasted. But if you can’t do those things with kindness, you won’t last long. If you can -- and if you like the idea of being part of a place where that standard is held -- then we sincerely hope you find a home here.
There’s no level of cinematic expertise required to participate (all of the founders of BPS have grown as film fans through the experience of discussing movies this way), just an affection and belief in motion pictures. Not every discussion needs to be highbrow, but if “pretentious” is one of your top-10 most-used insults, well, you might not like it here. Taking anything seriously is going to sound pretentious sometimes, and that’s okay.
Since BPS was formed with an established group of film fans & friends, it’s possible to find the rapport among some members intimidating. Don’t. We promise that we’re a welcoming sort: we want to know about you and what you think about movies, and we’d gladly buy you a proverbial beer/Coke/coffee as you sidle up to join the discussion. So sign up, find a topic or movie you like, and chime in. You’ll be welcomed, and you’ll figure out who we are pretty quickly. If you like the community, stick around and help us build it!
BPS has 3 Moderators. Having 3 positions allows for a swing vote when votable issues arise, however, all of our Mods have individual and unilateral power to ban or suspend anyone, at anytime, for any reason, with or without warning. They are trusted with this power because they have built reputations that have earned respect. They will treat you with fairness, but the rules of BPS leave room for Mods to interpret situations as they see fit for the best of the community. If you prove yourself to be a net-negative to discussion and the pleasure of other members, you will be given the ol’ heave-ho. Don’t fret, you won’t accidentally do something that warrants a ban. Be kind, respect our guidelines, and you’ll have no issues.
Things We Don’t Like
Statements that mock, insult, or otherwise belittle another user, directly or indirectly, explicitly or implicitly, even if you believe the other user started it or deserves it, will absolutely not be tolerated. This is a more stern way of saying “be kind.” Don’t attempt to bend the rules, either. “Be kind” covers all bases, and you won’t be allowed to slink your way past the spirit of the law.
If you’re just here to stir things up, you won’t last. This is a place to discuss movies. If you want to scream at people about how lousy their opinions are, mock everyone with lesser taste than you, or simply pontificate without interaction, well, there’s plenty of places around the web that will accommodate you. This isn’t the place. You don’t need to provide a lengthy dissertation for every opinion you hold, but when someone does give reason for their opinion and you dismiss that without a reasonable/respectful counter, you will earn (deservedly) a reputation for being a tool. And no one wants that.
Gratuitous or explicit depictions of violence and sexuality should not be posted. Again, plenty of that is available elsewhere on the Internet if you’re after it. Keep this place free of that stuff for those that want to avoid it. We are lenient on language, but keep it reasonable. If every adjective and adverb is a profanity, you probably need to nurture and improve your fucking vocabulary.
Stuff That Keeps Us Organized
Help us keep things tidy by doing your best to post topics in the correct category and to not double-up on topics. Don’t divert a topic or post just to say “I agree.” Always aim to add good things to the conversation, and understand that genuine questions always add good things to the conversation. If you have questions, reach out to the Mods or other founding members.
Stuff We Hope You Take Away
We can’t stress enough that we truly aim to be an engaging community, and however you’ve stumbled across us, we hope you stick around to see if this place is for you. We believe in the power and joy that comes from discourse about movies, and how that discourse can enhance everyone’s moviegoing experience. Take satisfaction in zealous discussion, not winning arguments.