|Remember when you could do this?|
But now that's gone, and the only way to see more than basic titles in My List is to switch to the mostly useless Netflix Suggests view (via account settings)—which trounces your carefully ordered queue and eliminates any expiration notices. In other words, just when I thought it couldn't get worse, Netflix snatched yet more control from users.
I'd intended to continue this blog through late November (when I'll be canceling my subscription), but I simply don't have the stomach to stay invested in a service that so blatantly disregards customers who want more than indiscriminate content forced down their throats. As such, I'm sad to say this will be my last post for WoNN, at least for the foreseeable future.
It's been a great experience keeping this site going for the last two and a half years and providing a forum for such a devoted community of movie fans. All your support has been amazing—not to mention invaluable in compiling monthly lists—and I regret having to abandon such a useful gathering place for those who regularly visit and contribute here. But as regular contributor Linklisa wrote in a recent comment (which didn't appear due to a Blogger glitch), there's always the possibility of someone else carrying the torch:
David...if you do seriously mean to drop the blog, I hope someone else can pick up the ball with a good transition. I don't know if that would mean "merging" with another existing blog like New On Netflix, or having one of the contributors here start up a new blog to track expiring (if not also new) titles. A few other bloggers have tried to post monthly lists of Netflix expirations, but haven't kept it up, and might be revived with what you and we have been doing here.
I definitely like the idea of some of this site's more dedicated contributors banding together to create something new. Along with Linklisa, there are several in particular whose specialties I think would make a great combo, including Wellesley72 (industry analysis), will g (style maven), Brian T. and fantasticangel (expiration confirmation and research), and LarryG (data extraction and formatting). If any of you, or anyone I haven't mentioned, are interested in working together, just drop me an email at the address in my profile and I'll be happy to connect you.
Lisa went on to detail what she'd like to see in a future site or blog, which I'll quote in full since she offers a great starting point:
My first wish is to have a good way of tracking what's expiring. Having a forum that people can contribute to, with whatever level of self-identification we choose, has several other benefits:
- Multiple contributors can triangulate our efforts. Our different sources of information, and different titles in our queues, give a better chance of catching more expiration dates.
- Letting people submit comments that appear right away means there is no delay in sharing that information.
- The option to comment with or without a linked identity offers a lot of freedom to participate.
- The community that has gathered on your blog is dedicated and respectful. This makes it a pleasure to check the comments frequently.
While I don't plan to contribute any more posts to WoNN, I will keep the site online as an archival resource and continue to moderate any comments to this post or others. I'll also still be active on the Amazon Prime blog (at least through January when my Prime membership expires), so check in over there to see what will hopefully be a more encouraging story for lovers of classic, cult, and indie cinema. Hope to see some of you there. In the meantime, happy streaming--
10/1/15 Update: I'm happy to report that longtime reader Carol has stepped forward to offer a new blog that lists upcoming expirations: What's Expiring On Netflix Soon? So if expiring titles are your thing, please join her there and thank her for offering her services as host. (Thanks, Carol!)