Hey! Do you want to discuss the mystery and magic surrounding ABC's new show "The River"? Are you sad that the Super 8 viral has finally come to an end? If so then you're definitely going to want to join us over at our new site http://www.theriverofmystery.com as we discuss all things related to Oren Peli's "The River".

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Comment Courtesy

Update (4/28/11): Wow, I can't believe I really have to promote this post back to the front... again, but it appears that some people are just too immature to handle commenting on a website. There has been an issue lately with people choosing to use inappropriate usernames to post comments, thus leading to people complaining about those usernames... If it continues to happen I will be forced to make you have to create an account in order to comment, it's the only way I can control what the user names are. I don't want to have to do this because I know how much I hate having to login to make a quick comment on sites. So with that being said, anyone caught using an inappropriate user name to comment on any post will be immediately banned, no warnings.

On a sidenote, I do read every single comment, so you don't have to leave multiple replies to people that use inappropriate user names, I will see them. So lets keep the comments on topic to the post and keep this a safe place for everyone to read. Thanks.

Update (2/8/11): I'm promoting this back to the front page because it seems as though the comments are getting a little out of hand again. With the movie getting closer to release and more information coming to light, let's try to keep the comments on the topic of those specific posts (or at least Super 8 in general). Any personal attacks, bashing of others' comments or pointless links will be deleted and your IP may be banned from commenting again (depending on how I feel that day).

Since news is slow for the moment I wanted to address the comment issue I've been noticing. I try not to moderate too many of the comments outside of the spam comments because I feel that everyone  has a right to their own opinion and those opinions are usually what spark conversation throughout the site, but some of the recent comments have gone so far as to attack individuals rather than focus on Super 8.

With that said, from here on out I'm going to be a little more strict on the comment moderating. If I see a comment that I feel doesn't add to the conversation; whether it's a slam against someone else or just a pointless comment, I'm going to delete them without notice. With that being said, I also don't monitor the site 24/7, but I try to keep an eye on things, so if you see a comment that you think is questionable you don't need to leave a comment or email me asking why it wasn't deleted, if I feel it's off-topic enough to warrant deletion I'll get to it.

Also, as other people have said, the forums are a much better place for discussion as things are kept in a more organized format. So if you really want to discuss points and topics that the blog posts don't cover I would suggest heading over there. As with the comments though, I can't moderate the entire forum myself all the time, so please use common sense.

I didn't even think I needed to write this post, but in the last few days it seems to have become a small issue that I want to put an end to now, so try to keep the comments on topic from here on out and if you want to talk about something else the forums have an off-topic section that's perfect for that. I appreciate all of you guys reading the site so let's try to keep things as civil as possible.


Leave it Abrams to start thinking about another project before he's finished this one, but it looks like there may be another super-secret movie in the works.... and guess what, I'm already on top of it. Head on over to www.zanbatonews.com to catch up on the very little, very new, news regarding "Zanbato" an Abrams project revolving around "swashbuckling robots with swords"... or so the rumors say.

There's not much information at this point and don't expect another viral to pop up anytime soon, but I'll keep my eye out for any information and post it there so you don't have to scour around for it. And of course that site is brand new so things will change over there once I have some time and once the Super 8 stuff has calmed down since this has all my attention for the moment.

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A Few Site Updates

I finally got around to updating the backend software to the latest version and I noticed that it included some cool features so I wanted to be sure to let you guys know. Actually it's really only one cool feature and that's nested comments. So what this means is that you can reply to someone's comment and it will actually indent your comment a little bit making it much easier to follow who's replying to who. I think this is going to make discussion in the comments a lot easier to follow so I hope you guys take advantage. I currently have it setup to only go 5 levels deep which I think will be plenty, plus it'll start smashing the comments if I go much further than that. So to use this feature you will now see a "Reply" link at the end of every single comment, if you click that link (instead of just scrolling to the bottom and using the quick reply box) your reply will appear directly under that persons comment, that you wish to reply to.

Also, with the update I know I'm not going to be able to catch every little bug that may have been caused, so if you notice something not working right please let me know so I can fix it. Thanks guys, hopefully we'll get some more movie news soon!


What’s Connected?

Despite what you guys may think, I do read all the comments and emails that you send me regarding tips and possible connections to Super 8 and it's viral marketing, but I wanted to explain my position when running this site a little bit in regards to what I choose to post and not post.

I ran the cloverfieldnews.com site while Cloverfield was taking over the internet with it's viral marketing and I fell into a bad habit. I would start finding things where there was nothing and make a post, I would come across sites that people would say were connected and make a post, I would pretty much make a post surrounding every little rumor or possible connection. And as it turned out in the end, a lot of those posts had nothing to do with the movie and were just confusing people that were coming to the site to try and follow the marketing.

So this time around I decided to do things a little differently. Instead of posting about every single rumor, screenshot or ridiculous theory, I've opted for a more structured approach. I love theories and speculation as much as the next guy (which is why I started this site in the first place), but to keep related information in the forefront without confusing people I decided not to post things that I'm not confident are connected. That's not to say that I'll be right 100% of the time, because at this point in the marketing there are still a lot of unknowns. For example the whole Josh Minker thing still doesn't sit right with me, but I posted anyways because there were enough connections between the newest picture from the "scariest thing" site and the craigslist ads that lead me to believe that it could be connected. I would still say there's a chance that the craigslist stuff and the hook, line and minker site are not connected, but there were just too many coincidences contained within them to not, at least, post about it to spur discussion.

On the other side of the spectrum are sites like the 500rads site which has been around since the Cloverfield days. Despite the postings on the blog and the visual connections to things that may be going on in the world of the Super 8 marketing, it's not connected and I know this, so I will not post about it to keep the confusion level low. This is also why I haven't posted about the Josh Minker Facebook page. I'm pretty sure the Facebook page was setup by some guys over at Unfiction just to mess with people, and I'm pretty sure they even admitted it on those forums.

So keep the comments coming, all the theories and speculation are what make this whole experience fun so don't think I'm trying to discourage those. I just wanted to clear up why I haven't been posting some of these theories or sites on the main page in the past couple weeks.

And for those that really like the discussion, the forum is actually a much better way to discuss theories and things of that nature as the comments can get very confusing when trying to reply to people, so I suggest checking them out. Plus you're more likely to get a response from me over there than the comments because of the structure of the comments, it's just easier in the forums. So thanks again to everyone that has ever visited this site or cloverfieldnews.com in the past, I appreciate it. And hopefully we'll get some new information in the coming weeks because of Comic-Con!

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