Do we really need the Popular Users page? it just turns the site into a popularity contest.
David Merkle commented
Hate to be the killjoy, but they have this for a very specific reason. Letterboxd "personalities" undoubtedly increase the amount time spent on the website for many users (maybe not you or me, but surely others). The more people discover and follow these popular users, the more they will engage with the site (and in turn, view the ads)
Steve G commented
As you can see, François, it's been many years since I commented on this idea and nothing has been done about it.
I've actually badgered Letterboxd on Twitter for even longer than my last comment on this thread about getting rid of the popular users page and in that time they have not once come up with a single reason why they keep it. So I'd suggest the chances of them entertaining our issue with said page are still very low. Their commitment to this aspect of their site is inexplicable, as far as I'm concerned.
I support this, nothing against the people shown on the page, but it's pretty much the same users ever since I started using the site three years ago. I'm not interested in popularity and it would be great to have a better way to find interesting users. As suggested a random user (with activity factored in, so it doesn't show empty and inactive accounts) may be the best way. It would also be great to see the latest lists, not just the popular ones, as the same lists feature for long periods due to visibility maintaining their popularity, many of which are not very useful. It's a shame that content that looks more like tweet feed comments gets priority over more interesting and constructive reviewing, lists and users.
Alternatively, replace it with a random user spotlight so we can get a rounded idea of what people are writing.
I don't follow the Gaines and Naughtys of Letterboxd for a reason, I'd rather not have to see their review everytime I log in.
Steve G commented
This has been under review for nearly 2 years. Any movement with this suggestion? Letterboxd should not be the popularity contest that some of its users seem to want to make it. Absolutely no point in this page.