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Sun, Dec 15, 2019 8:01 PM

OT: Reflecting on 15 years on IMDb...

15 years as an IMDb user... half of my life as a reasonable person given that 7 is the age of reason... anyway, no need to make a biopic of a post, here are 15 reasons I thank IMDb and Col Needham...

1. Thank you for having me discover some gems I would never have heard about if they weren't in the Top 250 or discussed in movie forums.
2. Thank you for raising my interest in movies in general...
3. Thank you for having improved my writing in English though a Hemingway I'll never be...
4. Thank you for making me feel like a Roger Ebert's Mini-Me through my reviews!
5. Thank you for the more than 100 hundred daily polls I got in the old days (making me the second after Rafael-M) not that anyone remembers that since the archive page got deleted (grrr)
6. Thank you for the actor's heights' (yeah, i'm a height buff)
7. Thank you for having me discovered users, actually, people I would never have met if it wasn't for the passion that unite us, I won't drop usernames because the list would be too long... I miss many of the old daily poll board users but the one I miss the most is of course Scarecrow/
8. Thank you for having enriched my life for the past fifteen years...
9. Thank you for having picked twenty of my polls for the Homepage in the new format (feel free to continue... I mean it....)
10. Thank you for having indirectly convinced me to follow courses in screenwriting and filmmaking (not that it lead me anywhere so far but we never know)
11. Thank you for having been a useful source for an essay on Tarantino, it was six months before I would register and it was my first discovery of IMDb
12. Thank you for having restored the polls in 2013
13. Thank you for allowing me not to thank you over the removal of the message boards...
14. Thank you for anything I would forget to thank you about...
15. And thank you for being the best website for any movie lover (and I do visit other websites)

ElMaruecan82 (IMDb user since November 2004)
The picture was taken during that time I registered on IMDb.


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9 months ago

And thank YOU Elm for bringing a wealth of enthusiasm, creativity and passion to the IMDb Community. I think I speak for everyone when I say you have made our entire experience on this platform that much more meaningful. Cheers man!

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Thanks Kyle, not sure I brought enthusiasm in every single post of mine... but I did my best. Interacting with you here or in private has always been a source of enthusiasm,  a much needed asset during very tough times...

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9 months ago

elmo...the thanx truly goes to you...your polls...your interest...just you being you...i always look forward to 'conversing with you' about one of your polls or somebody elses...it has been very cool for all these years....

people like you...rubyfruit...and many others have made this what it is...and without you it wouldn't be....

and as far as your personal writing goes...anything is possible...i never even thought of writing a book and then all of a sudden i ended up with 29 published books plus a record album available thru cdbaby....

ya' never know...so peace always my friend...and see you on the site...
rocky

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Thanks Rocky, I didn't know about your "resume" and I'm impressed, you sure raised my curiosity, you can send me a link of your body of work, I'll be glad to discover it... I don't know how old you are but I suspect a little older than me, I hope I'll be able to write and publish some stuff... what I've done so far on IMDb is satisfying enough (1599 reviews in 9 years, not bad huh?) but if I publish something, it'll be in French... probably... we'll see in my 2024 tribute to IMDb post...

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as far as my age goes, i'll be 60 in a few months...and...as far as my books go, most of them are hard to find now, but there are a few left at amazon.com...my album however is currently available at cdbaby.com...

i look forward to your book one day...let me know as soon as it's available....(i used to speak fluent french but it's been a billion years ago, so i'll try my best....)

peace to you always my friend....

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I hope I'll be able to achieve that life project... though anyone can be read if he or she publishes stories on the Internet, I'm a paper-purist myself but maybe Internet can pave the way for more traditional publications.

French is a fine language to know, if you used to be fluent, you're certainly in the upper percentile of French-speaking foreigners. J'en suis sur!

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9 months ago

Merci à vous, monsieur.

And you've almost reached the 15-word movie quote anniversary poll.

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I didn't even notice that, that's the kind of random factoids that can make my day lol
Thank for still being here, can't believe we've been interacting for more than 10 years (which goes for Dan, too)

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9 months ago

ElMo,

Thank you for your thoughtful contributions over the last 15 years. If it were not for people like you, Rafe and many thoughtful people, I would not have fought so hard to have IMDb restore the polls after the IMDb Daily polls were deprecated.

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I return back the compliment...

Raf and other names have been the chief inspiration for my decision to jump the poll bandwagon and I'll never forgot the joy I felt when I first got my poll picked... after six months of suggestions, my endurance was rewarded and I'm glad I didn't give up.

I'm still dedicated to IMDb but I'm a munchkin compared to the quantity of work you've been pulling all these years (except if reviewing enters in consideration, 1600 reviews with an average of say 80 minutes of work for each means 3 months of non-stop working)

Thanks for everything Dan

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9 months ago

Hi! 15yearsIMDber aka ElMo

WOW! 15 years here!!!

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Add a link to Your User Profile Page:
https://www.imdb.com/profile
so others can see ...
ElMaruecan82's Ratings - 1,599 titles
ElMaruecan82's Lists - 969 lists
ElMaruecan82's Reviews - 1,599 Reviews
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ACT_l
https://www.imdb.com/user/ur0706096/
I do not do much @ IMDb but look up Who's who & What's what
I thank IMDb and Col Needham...
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9 months ago

Good for you!  :D
I'm only a 1 year IMDber myself, but I am still grateful for everything the sites and the people have offered.  I can express my ideas and my passion for film with others who really think about their movie decisions - even if we disagree, they still have a passionate and informed reason for their opinion.  Thank you, IMDb - and GS - and ElMo!  :D

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1 year is a milestone in itself... my first year on IMDb was the most exciting, because it took me months and months to explore all the website's offerings (quotes, forums, trivia etc.) and it took me 5 years to get to the poll business.... and you've contributed more in 1 year than I did when I was more of an observer and occasional commentator...
I hope you had the opportunity to visit the forums before the shutdown in 2017.

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I visited IMDb occasionally through the years to look up someone's filmography or whatever, but I only setup an actual account and really looked and reviewed about a year and a half ago.  Then after 5 or 6 months, I got my GS account so I could do polls.  I never visited the forums, sadly, but I'm sure they were neat.  :) 
Happy Anniversary (I believe glass is appropriate, isn't it?)!

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Message Boards started May 7 1999
New Message Boards started Aug 6 2002
about 266,164,000 messages were posted Aug 6 2002 ... Feb 20 2017
 
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/imdb-message-boards
  
http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.imdb.com/boards/
 
Copies of old IMDb Boards:
https://filmboards.com/
http://imdb2.freeforums.net/
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9 months ago

Thank you ElMo for the interesting discussions. :D

On IMDb:
I'm just 7 years registered on IMDb, but used the website since the early 2000s.
Learning about movies, actors, directors, etc. is knowledge, too.
It's a kind of grown up education for fun. Go ahead doing so, IMDb is an institution
for real movie lovers, for cineasts. It's a relieable source of informations, even though
there are single mistakes, mostly all the knowledge is accurate. But on that huge
database a mistake rate can be measured in (felt) ppm. (parts per million). And that's
a sign for a real good management. Love it, will always use it. As I said:
In time it has grown to be a stable institution which many cineasts would miss if it wouldn't be.

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Couldn't have said it better myself :)
(maybe in French lol)

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9 months ago

Congratulations ElMaruecan82 on Reaching One Million Votes
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/congratulations-elmaruecan82-on-reaching-one-million-votes
As of 17-Oct-2018 8:31 PM Pacific you are the 3rd person to reach 1,000,000 votes.
Your 514 polls have 1,002,148 votes with an average of 1,950 votes per poll.
by Dan Dassow, Champion
Posted Oct 20 2018
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Col Needham, Official Rep :
Congratulations and thanks!
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9 months ago

Happy 15th IMDbirthday from someone who would celebrate his 10th. The site has provided you with the opportunity to share your wit with us, that's reason enough to celebrate (although there are others, too).

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And Dan and Peter are soon celebrating their 20th (impressive)
This site has provided me a lot that's true... whenever I tried to move forward, I stepped back and stay here, there's a certain comfort about sharing a specific passion with people who appreciate what you've got to offer...  I guess that's why we're all here, and that's enough.

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ElMo,

Technically, I've been using IMDb since 1990.

Google Groups is a successor to USENET. The original USENET group rec.arts.movies was the original home for IMDb. Col Needham and other contributors posted film and other lists to this USENET group. This is the earliest post from Col that I could find. It is dated 5/23/89.

https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!searchin/rec.arts.movies/col$20needham%7Csort:date/rec.arts.movies/bag8IHFuiE8/c22S-uAXbgEJ

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I started using computers 1972, effectively the stone age of online access. I access a mainframe from a high school TTY with a 110 BAUD modem.

1987 was effectively the middle ages for online access.

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9 months ago

Bless you, mate. May you have another 15 years ahead of you!

6. Thank you for the actor's heights' (yeah, i'm a height buff)

I always wondered how true the info on actors' height really is.
I'm guessing shorter actors would increase their height a bit, while the taller actors will decrease it. Such think is also found in many sports - the really short players would claim they're taller (to not be thought of as incapable), while the really tall ones would say they're shorter (to not be thought of as clunky).
If memory serves me right, even I sometimes lied a bit about my height (during my basketball-playing days). I would round up the number, saying I'm 200cm (2 meters) tall, while my actual height was 198cm (1.98m).

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Most actors aren't as tall as they pretend to be, Bogart is supposed to be 5'8'' but I bet he was like 5'7, a bit taller than Cagney and Robinson.
I read somewhere that being tall isn't necessarily the best attribute for an actor... for many reasons, among them not towering too much over the heroine, and the ideal height in terms of "camera framing" (I don't know how to put it) is something between 1.73 and 1.78, lol even 6ft (1.83) is too tall... and when you look at it, many acting legends were on that spectrum (De Niro, Nicholson, Spencer Tracy, Mastroianni, Stallone, Toshiro Mifune, Brando, Kirk Douglas, Jean Gabin, even Brad Pitt isn't that tall)... an actor like Clint Eastwood or Gary Cooper looked too slender and had a weird almost "fragile" posture, with Eastwood it fitted Leone's epic scope, but James Stewart looked unusually tall and it added to the 'awkwardness' of his characters, of course there are exceptions like John Wayne or Schwarzenneger but it's not like they were meant to play average Joes.
I read that Brando was considered the perfect actor not just because of his talent, but because he looked taller without being tall and had an incredible back (yeah, go figure why the back is so important), in a way, it's like Gérard Depardieu in his prime, the guy could look "powerful" without being that big of a guy.
Well, that's my two cents about height, damn, I sure envy yours... being average sized has always been an issue to me when I was younger, not that it prevented me for dating taller girls (yeah I love tall girls)

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Robert Conrad (I)
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001066/
 
The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)
Trivia
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058855/trivia
Robert Conrad (5'8") wore three-inch heels as Jim West.
The CBS casting office had orders not to hire any women over 5'6" for the show.
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How many women here may not be 100% honest about their ... measurements ? ?
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Did you all see the photos from the Irishman shoot?