The Internet Movie Database, better known as IMDb, is one of the largest online databases for TV and film. It can provide you with information on more than 4.1 million titles and 7.7 million personalities from across the globe. The database will only continue to grow in the future. The IMDb message boards were introduced back in 2001 and after 16 years the company has decided to shut them down.

IMDb message boards continue to be one of the most frequently used features on the website. It will no longer be offered to users, the company is also going to take away the ability to message other users privately.

“After in-depth discussion and examination, we have concluded that IMDb’s message boards are no longer providing a positive, useful experience for the vast majority of our more than 250 million monthly users worldwide,” IMDb writes in a statement on its website, adding that it only decided to make this decision to retire a long-standing feature after careful consideration that was based on data and traffic.

However, users are understandably upset that this decision has been made without taking them into confidence. Many of them are pointing out that with no message boards and ability to message other users privately they don’t really see a reason to return to IMDb anymore.

IMDb doesn’t appear to be in the mood to go back on this decision. It’s going to keep the message boards open for two additional weeks and will finally disable them on February 19th.

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