Monsters’ Ball: The Week’s Best Comments

First of all, we’d like to thank you for the huge response to our performance review. It is very helpful for me, as a new addition to Videogum, to hear about what you’ve appreciated here in the past and in which directions you’d like to see Videogum head in the future. Because I will be a part of that (very exciting!) future. There were a lot of great ideas mentioned and we have a lot of great ideas ourselves, and I think putting all of our ideas together will really bring Videogum to “a whole ‘nother level,” and there I would like to link to a supercut of people saying that phrase but that supercut does not exist as far as I know.

In any case, it’s a very exciting time here. I’m here.  You’re here. Gabe’s here. Birdie’s somewhere. It can only get better. “We so excited.” (Quoting that a lot more was a suggestion lots of you had, right? Great, I think I have a very good handle on this. I’ll take it from here, Gabe.)

After the jump, the five Highest Rated comments, as voted on by you, the Lowest Rated comment, the New Turtle Caption Contest winner, the Associate Editor’s Choice, and the Editor’s Note.

This Week’s Highest Rated Comments

#5 huckabeast | May 27th Score:54

If this is a “short film” then the Windows start-up sound is a “song.”

Posted in: Well, This Lindsay Lohan “Short Film” Is Terrible
#4 principal enchman | Jun 2nd Score:59

Gabe’s getting paid, right?

Posted in: The Videogum 6-Month Performance Review
#3 huckabeast | May 31st Score:68

Sufjan really dialed back the scope of his 50 State Project.

Posted in: United Stereotypes Of America
#2 Capu Flapu And The Spasmatic Pentagrams | Jun 2nd Score:74

I haven’t used Videogum very much over the last six months. I used it consistently in 2010 (get to the point Grandpa), probably reading every post and rarely going a day without contributing. And since New Year I’ve barely made a post. I don’t think anything has changed on Videogum, but I no longer get the kind of excitement I used to get that a post was imminent. It could be that there’s more focus on American culture/TV shows recently, and as a Brit there’s no real in-road where I can comment.

It could be a little bit to do with the favouritism amongst certain commenters, leaving comments unrelated to the article as if trying to exclude other people (Videogum is not a special place just for you to make your tiresome repetitive jokes, it is a place for EVERYONE). It’s maybe a little to do with some of my favourite columns morphing into the same old thing every week, The Hunt is suddenly Gabe exaggerating the flaws of average films every Monday, WUWTG has disappeared. Guest weeks keep popping up and, whilst entertaining, just don’t have the same standard of writing I’m used to. I’m not trying to knock Videogum here, I’m just saying the little spring of excitement I used to get at about two minutes to the hour has dried up and I’m sad it has.

This is still a great place for funny, smart writing not just from the article writer themselves but from the comment sections (the best comment sections on the internet? The best comment sections on the internet) but somehow, what was once a need for Videogum has dried up to be an idle interest. Just me, maybe. Don’t know if all that’s at all relevant to your six month review but I loved the few months I was commenting and my interest waning is a sad event. You monsters rock. Keep it up.

tl;dr I don’t know what I’m talking about

Posted in: The Videogum 6-Month Performance Review
#1 Patrick M | May 31st Score:76

This is pretty much a glimpse into the future of America: just small groups of like-minded people, cordoned off with portable fences, yelling at each other.

Posted in: The Ku Klux Klan Protests The Westboro Baptist Church, OBVIOUSLY

[Assoc. Ed Note: Good job this week, everybody. Lots of thoughtful comments. And a special congratulations to Patrick M for getting this week’s top spot. Great job!]

This Week’s Lowest Rated Comment

#1 eega | Jun 1st Score:-17
This kid needs to believe in some speech therapy.
Posted in: If You Believe In Yourself, You Will Know How To Ride A Bike!

[Assoc. Ed Note: No! We all love him!]

This Week’s Caption Contest Winner

[Ed Note: Congratulations, Frank Lloyd Wrong! You earned it.]

This Week’s Associate Editor’s Choice

sam | Jun 1st Score:17


Posted in: Best New Party Game 55: Movie Food Trucks

[Assoc. Ed Note: Now, there were a LOT of great and very thoughtful comments this week. Too many to even think about picking a favorite. So instead  I picked my favorite Best New Party Game reply. Let’s hang loose, shall we? This one was so good. I told people about it later that night and everyone liked it.]

This Week’s Editor’s Note

[Ed Note: So, guys, I read all of the comments on yesterday’s Quarterly Review post…well, not all of the comments, there are so many comments! But most of the comments. And I have a few things I would like to say. I mean, I have a lot of things I would like to say, but a few that I’m going to say now that are particularly relevant for the Monsters’ Ball and OK let’s just cut to it already: Videogum’s community, as if I need to remind you, is wonderful. And important. So let’s keep it that way. I think there have been some lapses both on my/our part in recent months, as well as some lapses within the community. We have no desire to overly-monitor or police the comment threads, but we also agree with many of the users that Videogum should be a place where everyone’s opinion is accepted, even if it is vehemently disagreed with. This doesn’t mean we don’t make counter-arguments or debate the ISSUES, but it does mean that we are welcoming to new members, and welcoming of people who have the courage and intellectual engagement to offer up an opinion that they very often know themselves will probably result in some disagreement or downvoting from others. (The downvoting is a whole other thing that I’m not sure, at this point in time, how to resolve. But downvoting is not intended for use against a well-crafted and thoughtful comment that you happen to just disagree with. It is for things that you find abusive, or offensive, or stupid, or trollish, etc. Again, we are not going to be policing how the downvotes are used, but think about why you are using them maybe! On the other hand, I know that some people see the upvotes/downvotes system and the Monsters’ Ball itself as the source of Videogum’s commenting community failings. I understand that. I’m not sure I entirely agree with it, I need to think about it some more. But for the time being let’s accept that this is the structure that we have to work with and do our best to make this place better an stronger WITHIN that structure. I mean, at the end of the day, the Monsters’ Ball is NOT AN ACTUAL MEANINGFUL CONTEST, sorry, should have probably put that in the legal fine print. Surely we are all getting more out of these threads than just seeing who gets listed at the top of this page each week? I hope?) To some extent what this means, if you want to strengthen and grow the community, which I think many of you do, is that you are going to have to do this work amongst yourselves, and I genuinely hope that you take on this task. This means that if you want the comments to be genuine discussion threads and not just animated GIF one-upsmanship, you are going to have to engender actual discussion, and you are going to have to support people offering their opinions, even if you don’t think they did it in a clever enough way, or if you don’t subscribe to their politics/viewpoint/whatever. It means being a real community, with all of its problems and differences and friendship and support. I think that together we can do it, but we absolutely cannot do it if it’s not together. So please help out. Thanks.]