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Re: Important Announcement from the Owners of DUF

I am sad but it will be a good bye. Seeing the direction this board was taking I worried this would happen, but I was hoping things would calm down and that I still could enjoy my visits to DU. I first thought to not post after this "owners" post but seeing everybody agreeing I decided that, at least someone express her personal feelings even (or because) they are not in the same way.
It seems that I am the only one around to feel that the "owners" post is so unpleasant and unwelcoming. It clearly express that persons who come here not to show their "celebration" in the SAME way than theirs have not anymore their place on DU and would be not "tolerated". Sorry, but this is so narrow-mind and goes against what DU had been along the years, a very tolerant and open place where everyone caring about Downey could come whatever their degree of "devotion" was.
I didn't see the problem that some posters "dare" to discuss and confront views and thoughts on a movie( come on it is only a movie!). I thought it was normal to have personal thoughts and to share them here. I even find it interesting and I read these threads with curiosity and attention. It is so refreshing to read discussion between mature people who have ideas/opinions/arguments. But, it had been take as a crime, an offense to RDJ to even dislike one of his movie!!! And the "owners" decide to call this negative and to ban debate if they don't go on their way! Some poster even talk about "cleaning" the "troll". So who are the "rude" persons here, where is the hostility? The ones who only want to debate or the ones who ban and bash them? Does this board would be only about "so essential" subjects than competing on how many RDJ pictures you have or how many times you see a movie, or the adventures on the new Iphone of another? Does the only vocabulary allowed should only be "awesome" "fantastic" "great" and not to forget the indispensable "cannot wait". You see what shocked me a lot more than people arguing about a movie is when someone start a post by "OUR" baby speaking about the future Downey baby, I feel it is very disrespectful to RDJ, that is what is intolerable to me.

I have been a follower to DU since 2003 (nearly 10 years now!) and if I rarely posted I came quite every day. I had a great time coming to DU and I have so good memories of all this years. I was so pleased by the good spirit and the high standard Susanne & Susan kept to this place. I don't remember them banning any discussion unless it would be offending to RDJ private person and I don't remember Susanne being so threatening and harsh than the new administrator toward posters. Quite opposite, I always praised their open mind and tolerance. DU had been a friendly community where people express their support, admiration, affection, whatever you call it, to Downey but with so much kindness, sense of humor and above all dignity and respect. They success to make of DU a special place that was not a "usual" fan site, far away from frantic or exhilarated behaviors and that why I came and stay around. But this time is over.
One last thing, it looks that many newcomers don't know that this site had been created by Suzanne & Susan and all the credit of what you find on DU goes to them, and I thank them a last time for their wonderful job, they were the true hearth of DU.
This post is a way too long, I know, but DU had been a little secret place to me all this years, and I am a little disenchanted and sad.
Okay, move on ! It is time to leave and to let you, guys, just among yourselves, as you seem so must prefer.
Au revoir

Re: Important Announcement from the Owners of DUF

Hello, everyone!
I agree with the majority: there shouldn't be so much argumentative and negative posts! The magic of this site for me has always been that everybody is so kind to each other and so respectful to Robert, besides, of course the tons and tons of information on his work. This topic about AGOS had been interesting at first, but after a while it became tiresome and made me really uncomfortable to read so many negative opinions, repeated SO MANY TIMES! Honestly, we are here to celebrate RDJ's work, not to hate it! If you didn't like it, say so, but don't bore us with it again and again! Don't ruin the joy of the others! It's sad that some people feel that they should leave, DrSues and Gina just want peace on their site, I think.

Country Hungary

Age (opt) 35

Re: Important Announcement from the Owners of DUF

Christine
Hello, everyone!
I agree with the majority: there shouldn't be so much argumentative and negative posts! The magic of this site for me has always been that everybody is so kind to each other and so respectful to Robert, besides, of course the tons and tons of information on his work. This topic about AGOS had been interesting at first, but after a while it became tiresome and made me really uncomfortable to read so many negative opinions, repeated SO MANY TIMES! Honestly, we are here to celebrate RDJ's work, not to hate it! If you didn't like it, say so, but don't bore us with it again and again! Don't ruin the joy of the others! It's sad that some people feel that they should leave, DrSues and Gina just want peace on their site, I think.


Christine, PERFECT! I couldn't have said it better or more eloquently. If anyone wants to know how I felt about all this drama here on DUF, then there it is in a nutshell. I could have elaborated MANY times but chose to let it ride in hopes it wouldnt require me to speak up. It's all we want is for this site to continue on as it always has, with respect full circle for Robert and all of you who join us here on our Forum. Thank you Christine, you totally made my day turn from sadness to pure joy... Xoxo

Country USA

Age (opt) Roberts

Re: Important Announcement from the Owners of DUF

GinaB(admin/moderator)
Christine
Hello, everyone!
I agree with the majority: there shouldn't be so much argumentative and negative posts! The magic of this site for me has always been that everybody is so kind to each other and so respectful to Robert, besides, of course the tons and tons of information on his work. This topic about AGOS had been interesting at first, but after a while it became tiresome and made me really uncomfortable to read so many negative opinions, repeated SO MANY TIMES! Honestly, we are here to celebrate RDJ's work, not to hate it! If you didn't like it, say so, but don't bore us with it again and again! Don't ruin the joy of the others! It's sad that some people feel that they should leave, DrSues and Gina just want peace on their site, I think.


Christine, PERFECT! I couldn't have said it better or more eloquently. If anyone wants to know how I felt about all this drama here on DUF, then there it is in a nutshell. I could have elaborated MANY times but chose to let it ride in hopes it wouldnt require me to speak up. It's all we want is for this site to continue on as it always has, with respect full circle for Robert and all of you who join us here on our Forum. Thank you Christine, you totally made my day turn from sadness to pure joy... Xoxo


Thank you, Gina for the compliment! You know, it made my day, too, because I've never been confident enough about my English. And you are welcome!

Country Hungary

Age (opt) 35

Re: Important Announcement from the Owners of DUF

Hi all. I have enjoyed visiting this site over several years but never posted here as I work in the industry. I stopped visiting a week or so ago when this rivalry got to be so acute. I have enjoyed reading many discussions here in the past, and what I like is the site is open-minded and open-hearted and a celebration of Robert Downey Jr's life and work. My impression is that if we see one of his films and feel disappointed for whatever reason, it's OK to say so and say why, but not to force other people to our point of view. Personally I trust Robert's judgment as to what projects serve him best and I look forward to them all. I want to commend the moderators for handling this touchy situation so well.

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Re: Important Announcement from the Owners of DUF

RmcN
Hi all. I have enjoyed visiting this site over several years but never posted here as I work in the industry. I stopped visiting a week or so ago when this rivalry got to be so acute. I have enjoyed reading many discussions here in the past, and what I like is the site is open-minded and open-hearted and a celebration of Robert Downey Jr's life and work. My impression is that if we see one of his films and feel disappointed for whatever reason, it's OK to say so and say why, but not to force other people to our point of view. Personally I trust Robert's judgment as to what projects serve him best and I look forward to them all. I want to commend the moderators for handling this touchy situation so well.


This is my first post here also... I have enjoyed this incredible site for some time.
RmcN, I guess some good came out of all this rivalry in that it has sparked a desire in us both to come forward and be heard As someone who has enjoyed watch Robert's work year after year, I agree in trusting his judgment in which roles suit him best. And if for some reason I were to go see a film I didn't particularly care for (has never happened) .. I at least got to enjoy seeing one of my favorite actors at work.
Thanks for letting me give my 2 cents
And Thanks to the two wonderful mods.. You have done an outstanding job with trying to keep peace. I know it's not always easy.

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Age (opt) plus 1

Re: Important Announcement from the Owners of DUF

I have to agree with Christine. She said it perfectly!

The first two times I posted here I got very discouraging responses. Especially being told several times why AGOS was no good and even having one person say it was a bad movie (stated more as fact than his opinion) and a failure at the box office which turned out not to be true at all.

I was really surprised because it was not what I expected at all and although I respect different opinions I felt it was just constantly repeated when it had already been said and discussed.

I am glad I continued to post though because the majority of posters are amazing, even if we disagree ;)

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Age (opt) 13

Re: Important Announcement from the Owners of DUF

I doubt the site owners enjoyed taking this decision. They didn't stop the discussions till some people started to get nasty.
It's just a matter of mutual respect, I think. If I start a thread and nobody answers, then that's a sign that no one is interested. I'm not gonna go and butt into other threads and tell others they're wrong simply because they don't think like me. I certainly wouldn't use insults to make my point.

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Age (opt) 51

Re: Important Announcement from the Owners of DUF

Hi,
I new to this fan site.But I have been always a very Big Fan of Robert Downey Jr. and I just love his work very very much,he is a Fantastic actor,no matter what movie he does..i always watch his movie just to see him...if the movie is bad an all...but his acting is always the best.
I could also make some list of his movies which was not up to the mark...but i will never ever,even in my dreams can utter any bad words against him.

And this is a very good fan site that i came across of Robert Downey Jr. and from now on i will be a regular viewer of this site.Keep up the good work guyz.
Thanking You
Best Wishes
Nina

Country India

Age (opt) 30

Re: Important Announcement from the Owners of DUF

Elena
I'd never say any word against HIM, Nina. It's fantazies of admins. They made me a only target for their activity here. God knows why.



I think admins have things to do other than MAKE YOU THE ONLY TARGET FOR THEIR ACTIVITY HERE.
Oh c'mon, please!!!
And if you feel this way, i don't get why you still hang around here. Internet is a big world.

Country Italy

Age (opt) 37

Re: Important Announcement from the Owners of DUF

Nina
Hi,
I new to this fan site.But I have been always a very Big Fan of Robert Downey Jr. and I just love his work very very much,he is a Fantastic actor,no matter what movie he does..i always watch his movie just to see him...if the movie is bad an all...but his acting is always the best.
I could also make some list of his movies which was not up to the mark...but i will never ever,even in my dreams can utter any bad words against him.

And this is a very good fan site that i came across of Robert Downey Jr. and from now on i will be a regular viewer of this site.Keep up the good work guyz.
Thanking You
Best Wishes
Nina


Welcome to DUF Nina, My apologies for the KOOK who responded to your very innocent and sweet post. We have been working on cleaning house but unfortunately we still have some dirt that keeps reappearing. Please feel free to continue commenting on any thread that interest you. We are happy you are here with us.

Country USA Marina Del Rey/Hollywood

Age (opt) Roberts