For a short-while a few months ago, I quit the ToonZone forums. This was because of how frustrated I felt with certain users but I’ve returned since then. Despite the flaws on how the forums are operated, I actually missed participating on the forums, most importantly the international threads covering Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. Also I didn’t realise about the amount of people that would miss me and I also missed them :(. I just needed a few weeks to calm down and clear my head. I apologise if I was being too melodramatic.
On the plus side, I like the new forum software and I think the website is running smoother than ever, which is a step in the right direction.
It’s not very often I make these type of blog posts, but what you read from the title of the blog post is actually true, I’ve quit the Toonzone forums. I’ve been a member for nearly 18 months and I felt that it was enough for me, I’ve quit the ToonZone forums for the following reasons:
1. Nearly No-one Cares About The International Threads
The amount of rules broken on the international threads is ridiculous, this includes double posting, being off-topic and even bullying, the admins don’t care because of the forum’s American bias. The Cartoon Network International News Thread is easily the largest thread on the ToonZone forums with over 13,000 posts and nearly 400,000 views, but even with a thread of this size, the admins have been reluctant to split up the thread into a more regional basis, as a member I felt that I was shoved up a corner.
2. Nearly Everyone Complains
Very few people on the ToonZone forums are ever happy, the new Boomerang rebrand in the USA is a prime example. People were complaining about the changing purpose of Boomerang in the United States as it was slightly moving away from airing classic animated shows and is planning to air new content. The channel has been stagnant for 15 years in terms of format and presentation and it’s illogical that Turner Broadcasting System would leave the channel like this for eternity. At the end of the day it’s just a kids channel that these people are complaining over and Turner is only really interested in what children would like as it’s their main demographic. Also RandomMe’s constant moaning about the need to have the Cartoon Network pan-feed back (aka Cartoon Network Africa/Cartoon Network HQ) has been driving me crazy, even though he fails to realize that Cartoon Network Portugal is a lot better, he should be happy that Cartoon Network has started caring about his country, meanwhile countries like the Czech Republic and Finland get the rough end of the deal.
3. No-one Cared To Help With The Save Disney Cinemagic Spain Campaign (With Exception To Dcbanners And Artnerfy)
Last December, we tried to save a much loved channel in Spain that aired nothing but Disney animated movies and classic animated shows, despite mentioning it several times on the forum, no-one even cared about making a stand against Disney’s decision. Even though we weren’t successful, we’ve attracted some media industry attention from C21Media and WorldScreen and a load of Disney fan sites were united in our campaign.
4. Twitter Is Much Better
I use Twitter all the time to talk to my followers either with normal tweets or private messaging, also Twitter is great place to talk to animated show creators, voice actors and channel management, which is something that ToonZone is sadly lacking. My Twitter account will continue to post links to newly created threads on ToonZone and I will continue to read ToonZone blog posts as their editorial team is very good.
5. I Wanted More Time To Focus On The Blog And YouTube Channel
Both this Blog and my YouTube channel have been a success, I have people from all over the world reading this website and watching my Cartoon Network/Boomerang/Cartoonito UK video recordings, this includes people who work at Cartoon Network. I’m proud of the success of this website and this is why I wanted to spend more time on it. I have to admit that I’m not much of a writer but I always do my best. I’m now happy that I can devote more time looking for new information without the obligation of contributing on another forum. I will also continue to help to contribute to dcbanners and The Daily Nick by recording Disney Channel and Nickelodeon UK continuities and uploading them on to YouTube.
As a final note, I wish good luck to Bryan at NickAndMore as he will close his Nickelodeon/Cartoon Network/Disney Channel USA blog and will be focusing more on his TV schedule and episode archiving websites.