Thanks for Nitrateville

Comments related to the operation of NitrateVille.
User avatar
Native Baltimoron
Posts: 175
Joined: Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:45 am
Location: Delaware

Thanks for Nitrateville

Unread post by Native Baltimoron » Fri Nov 05, 2010 6:37 am

The following statement was posted by Gary Johnson yesterday on a site dealing with movies. I post it here because it mentions Nitrateville. You decide whether this is valid or a cheap shot, "why all of the hand-wringing from some of those weasels over at N-trateville whenever Richard, Waverboy (nice name) or anyone else creates a good healthy discussion about film? A passionate argument is made and suddenly their hearts start pounding and the entire thread is threatened to be shut down. I always enjoy when a dispute erupts. It reminds me of the halcyon days of Alt-Silent when verbal abuse was king." If you ever look at this site, the name escapes me, you never expect these guys to act like charm school graduates; many like Gary Johnson fancy themselves as "bomb throwers", anarchists, and iconoclasts who supposedly make life so interesting for the rest of us bland types. Isn't it great how Gary would have us seem invalid, cardiac patients while his roundtable slays dragons in search of the Holy Grail; the perfect Chaplin film run at the perfect speed! Gary, get off of it! Some us are concerned with more mundane things; What did you think of Lon Chaney's performance in "The Penalty", What kind of car did Roscoe Arbuckle drive, Did Charley Chase's brother, Jimmy Parrott, have a seizure disorder.
I, for one, am grateful for Nitrateville, and its considerate ways. A lot of us deal with malcontents in our day to day jobs. We don't need it when we pursue our pleasures. So, Gary, throw the bombs at the other place. We don't need the days "when verbal abuse was king." Being polite or considerate isn't the sin you think it is. A measured discussion can do the job just as well.
Native Baltimoron
"You too, Uncle Fudd" William Phipps to Bert Mustin in "The FBI Story"

User avatar
Posts: 6269
Joined: Fri Jan 18, 2008 8:01 pm
Location: Clement Clarke Moore's Farm

Unread post by boblipton » Fri Nov 05, 2010 7:40 am

I also enjoy the site -- I learn a tremendous amount here and get to crack some jokes. Yes, Mike and the other people who manage the place are concerned about civility, and that is a reasonable concern. Sometimes it astonishes me that the people here sometimes forget that we are all on the same side -- we just disagree on how best to go about things.

Life's too short to sit on our rears watching other people's work.
— Bob Fells

User avatar
Posts: 7593
Joined: Thu Jul 02, 2009 9:41 pm
Location: Belgrade Lakes, ME

Unread post by drednm » Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:20 am

I wrote about a dozen articles for Gary's webiste. For the most part he was pleasant but toward the end his job worries (my guess) caused some erratic behavior.

Why he's taking swipes at other boards is anyone's guess.

Nitrateville is by far the most civil and informative of the boards I've participated in.
Ed Lorusso
------------- ..." target="_blank

User avatar
Mike Gebert
Site Admin
Posts: 6135
Joined: Sat Dec 15, 2007 3:23 pm
Location: Chicago

Unread post by Mike Gebert » Fri Nov 05, 2010 9:03 am

I asked the PR department to issue a statement:

“I'm in favor of plagiarism. If we are to create a new Renaissance, the government should encourage plagiarism. When convinced that someone is a true plagiarist, we should immediately award them the Legion of Honor.” —Jean Renoir

User avatar
Posts: 1228
Joined: Thu Feb 07, 2008 1:02 pm
Location: Germany

Unread post by Arndt » Fri Nov 05, 2010 9:09 am

I really enjoy Nitrateville. I feel privileged to be in the company of people who know so much more about classic films than I do, are very generous with their knowledge, are as passionate about films as I am and have a wicked sense of humour.
Passions can run high - and so they should sometimes - but not to the point where people are disrespected. Therefore I'm glad that Mike and the other moderators take a no-nonsense approach to that side of things.
With Nitrateville you have created a thoroughly nice place for film buffs to hang out. Thank you, Mike!
"The greatest cinematic experience is the human face and it seems to me that silent films can teach us to read it anew." - Wim Wenders

Posts: 653
Joined: Tue Jan 15, 2008 4:56 pm

Unread post by gjohnson » Fri Nov 05, 2010 3:49 pm

drednm wrote:I wrote about a dozen articles for Gary's webiste. For the most part he was pleasant but toward the end his job worries (my guess) caused some erratic behavior.
Tain't me MaGee.
I don't own any website.

I'm just a passionate observer.

Gary J. (Better work on that research)

User avatar
Rob Farr
Posts: 542
Joined: Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:10 pm
Location: Washington DC

Unread post by Rob Farr » Fri Nov 05, 2010 9:56 pm

Oh come on Gary. You're just being modest. I pulled down over $18,000 in revenue working through Gary's site last year. Not enough to live on, but enough to keep me in Blu-rays.
Rob Farr
"If it's not comedy, I fall asleep." - Harpo Marx

Post Reply