Thursday, January 17, 2008

Nouveau Netflix Lexicon

I have to alert y'all about a very cool blog posting I just saw called "Terminology for the Netflix Fanatic" - where Ryan Sims (and his readers) present some terms for Netflixers, for instance:

Flopflixing
- the act of Netflixing a movie, watching 15 minutes of it, deciding you don't like it and thus, promptly return it.

Notflixing - the act of Netflixing a movie which sits on your coffee table for at least a week (if not much, much longer) and you send it back without watching it.

Netflux – the period between movies, for those of us on the 1 DVD at a time plan.

FastPreviewFlixing
- Recieve movie, start watching movie, becomes a bit boring, or not what you expected but you still want to know what happens in the end so you watch the movie in fast forward, occationally watching portions that look halfway intresting.

Read his entire set and the comments for the full entertaining flavor. (thanks to Andrea for sending this in)
http://thebignoob.com/posts/terminology-for-the-netflix-fanatic/

59 comments:

  1. Very nice!

    How about 'Retroflixing', when you play the chapters of 'Memento' and '5x2' backwards just to p*ss people off?

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  2. Flixschlepping - adding 2 discs to your plan for the express purpose of having 2 "write off" disks available for mailing on friday or saturday, whether they've been watched or not, in order to have 2 open slots for shipment of new releases by Netflix on monday.

    Done it for years. Worth every penny.

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  3. Nestflixing - Settling in for the weekend with your significant other and all 16 hrs of Berlin Alexanderplatz.

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  4. Blogflation - Adding 8 new threads in a week in a Herculean attempt to push the RTW topic right off the page ;-)

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  5. Flameflixing : Yelling helpful suggestions at on-screen characters that they rarely, if ever, act upon.

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  6. O.C.D.Phobiflixing - The fear of putting in one of your own DVDs in the return envelope so you check and re-check... and re-check the DVD before sealing the envelope and even then, you still have that lingering feeling of what if...? :-)

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  7. "O.C.D.Phobiflixing - The fear of putting in one of your own DVDs in the return envelope so you check and re-check... and re-check the DVD before sealing the envelope"

    Guilty! I think you've got the best one so far, ha ha. This especially is scary for someone that leaves Blu-ray games lying around near the player. If I accidentally sent a 60 dollar game back to Netflix, I'd be very very sad.

    I'm also guilty of the fastforwardflixing (ONLY one time so far have I done this). I simply had to do it near the end of La Vie En Rose. I could not stand it any more. The movie was too long, I was ready to see the old hag die, lol. I'm not the least bit ashamed in that :D

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  8. KidnixFlixing - so desperate to get some discs shipped back that you pilfer through your kids discs (that they love but watch over and over, or never seem to watch, whichever), and sacrifice one or more of those, for your own selfish cinematic needs.

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  9. Kidnix.... :-D

    But only hypothetically, RIGHT?

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  10. Is there a word for obsessively making sure that you put your movies in the envelope so that the bar code lines up with the window in the hopes that somehow that will speed up the process of 'receiving' your movie so that the next movie will be sent out sooner? Not that I do that...

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  11. Kudo's PT. Here's mine:

    Bummerflix: When Netflix takes away the most useful part of their website (RTW page) despite public outcry, keeping telling you they will make an announcement about it soon, but then never do.

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  12. anonymous said: Bummerflix: When Netflix takes away the most useful part of their website (RTW page) despite public outcry, keeping telling you they will make an announcement about it soon, but then never do.

    Good idea, except I suggest calling it Darkflix instead... [insert respirator sounds here].

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  13. releasing you from your tormentJanuary 17, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    "Is there a word for obsessively making sure that you put your movies in the envelope so that the bar code lines up with the window..."

    Yes : 'Pointless'! The barcode is only used for the outward leg of the journey. So, once you've made sure that you're not sending them your irreplaceable OS re-booting disc, you can do it with your eyes closed.

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  14. Knaldskalleflixing : Being so focused on what you haven't that you miss-out on what you have.

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  15. Unrelated to this very cool lexicon...

    do you intend to enable watch instantly for the PS3 as well as the Mac? I was very saddened yesterday when I realized I could not watch instantly on my HDTV/PS3 combo.

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  16. Knaldskalleflixing : Being so focused on what you haven't that you miss-out on what you have.

    Good one! HeHe!

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  17. Sorry to be unappreciative of your great efforts, guys, but I'm still trying to wrap my mind around "adding 2 discs to your plan for the express purpose of having 2 "write off" disks available for mailing on friday or saturday..."

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  18. Guiltflixing - Renting a movie everyone else thinks is simply terrible. So much, not only did you not see it in theaters, but you won't even rent or buy the DVD out of fear someone will see and judge. But Netflix can be nice and anonymous. Close the drapes, settle in for the night, the red envelope won't judge.

    Trashflixing - Okay, so you've rented a couple really bad movies. Guilty pleasures. Now you face the judgment of the Netflix website when it throws up some of the worst movies ever as suggestions of what you might like. It's like the site is saying, "Wow, you have no taste, maybe you'll be the one guy that will actually rent this horrible movie." The worst part is, you actually find yourself adding a couple of them to your queue.

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  19. Knaldskalleflixing : Being so focused on what you haven't that you miss-out on what you have, because what you have is so much less than what it was. Also known as WTFlix-are-they-thinking!

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  20. If you enable Instant Watch for PS3, I insist that you enable it for my net-connected toaster as well.

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  21. Huh? Are we maybe on the wrong thread, SD?

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  22. BaitFlixing - returning a movie, but setting up surveillance on your mailbox to catch the little $%&#*% that keeps stealing them!

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  23. Since you said this is the way to communicate with you (not the boards), here's my feature request:

    There used to be shooting stars next to the movies that were recommended for me, and that helped me sort my queue, though it was still a pain to have to do it manually, even drop and drag.

    I think it would be very cool if we were able to sort movies in our queue different ways--by overall rating, by what's recommended for us (or projecting rating for us), and by friends' ratings.

    Or at least it would be nice to see all this info right in the queue instead of having to hover the mouse over each movie to see whether it's recommended/projecting rating, and click it to see friends' reviews.

    With 430 movies in my queue, I'd like to have a better system for ranking them. Just like I do for my Amazon wishlist (which is essentially a queue of sorts). It has multiple sort options, as do other product sites, both for searching and customer's saved lists, so I know the technology is available, and if Netflix wants to be the best, then it should implement it.

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  24. Not so fast doggy. They can enable it for your toaster only after I get it for my digital photo frame.

    Hey, we're only demanding access to a service that we're paying for and NOT getting! If the "geniuses" at Netflix weren't too busy pulling the RTW page they would have had time to find a DRM that works on toasters and photo-frames.

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  25. What happened to the "Releasing this week" page? I can't find it on netflix and I'm kind of upset about it!

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  26. There is a link to the old Releasing This Week page in the sidebar of this blog, to the right. (It's a start.)

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  27. "(It's a start.)"

    But is it also 'an end', that's what we'd reeeeeeeeeely like to know, Boss.

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  28. Flixbuster:

    When Netflix pulls a stunt like
    the removal of the old new release page, and the useless replacement is the kind of boring, mindless, fluff nut, Blockbuster-esque (aka satan) would do. Argh!

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  29. grasshopper said: Knaldskalleflixing: Being so focused on what you haven't that you miss-out on what you have.

    :-D

    What? Just because they took my queue away? :-)

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  30. Sign the petition letting NF know that you want the RTW page back.

    http://www.petitiononline.com/netflix


    Lynda

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  31. That is a great blog man. what fun. This is one of best threads I have read.

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  32. Oh btw my favorite one

    "OCD Flix-Itis: an obsession with cramming as many movies into your plan as possible, watching your movies as soon as you get them, and rushing to the mailbox, so you can turn them in and get more! This condition is also accompanied with chronic checking-of-the-queue."

    That would be me =)

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  33. Here's a good one:

    BeatingADeadHorseAndDraggingItAllOver TheBlogObsessingOverRTWFlixing - ummmm if you can't figure it out... :-)

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  34. Netflixed: When you finally get to watch a movie only to have a damaged DVD. Bummer

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  35. BeatingADeadHorseAndDraggingItAllOver TheBlogObsessingOverRTWFlixing

    (blank stare)

    I don't get it.

    ;-)

    How about Applixing - what we will do if Netflix ever releases a true web API.

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  36. Gooflixing:
    The act of giving 5 stars and a great review to movies you know suck, in the hopes that some other poor bastard will rent the movie based solely on your lone review thereby subjecting them to the same gutwrenching loss of 90 minutes of their life...............Hey, it could happen.

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  37. bateman61 said: Gooflixing....

    Aw man, that one's just mean... ;-)

    I think I was gooflixed with "The Transporter"....

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  38. Genuflixing - Feeling pressured to agree that Tarkovsky 'redefined cinema' for you.

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  39. Flixidize - Mac users are subsidizing (flixidizing) the cost of Watch Now for Windows users since we are paying for a service we're not getting.

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  40. Sam said...Hey, we're only demanding access to a service that we're paying for and NOT getting! If the "geniuses" at Netflix weren't too busy pulling the RTW page they would have had time to find a DRM that works on toasters and photo-frames.....
    Actually..you don;t pay for the IW service,it is a bonus to the dvd rental plans.

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  41. Sam was joking. Savor it for its exceedingly precious rarity value.

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  42. Flixidize - Mac users are subsidizing (flixidizing) the cost of Watch Now for Windows users since we are paying for a service we're not getting.

    Don't forget about linux users, we're held in such low esteem we can't even be allowed to see movie trailers anymore even though flash has a linux version that works great.

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  43. If the "geniuses" at Netflix weren't too busy pulling the RTW page they would have had time to find a DRM that works on toasters and photo-frames.....
    Actually..you don;t pay for the IW service,it is a bonus to the dvd rental plans.


    Come on now, it's not an honest retort to throw up the tired "toasters and photo-frames" thing. The Macintosh has the second highest market share after Windows and there are well over 30 million OS X users (and growing at twice the rate of the PC industry as a whole).

    And Milo, I feel your pain. It's sad that Linux/*BSD and the other OSes are treated even worse than ours is. So much for industry standards and interoperability, eh?

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  44. "KidnixFlixing - so desperate to get some discs shipped back that you pilfer through your kids discs (that they love but watch over and over, or never seem to watch, whichever), and sacrifice one or more of those, for your own selfish cinematic needs."

    Hoo-hoo! Guilty as charged!

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  45. Flixilliterate - can watch movies, but not spell.

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  46. Come on now, it's not an honest retort to throw up the tired "toasters and photo-frames" thing.

    Mac users are not unique or special. They don't deserve a port any more than toaster fanatics do. There is no ethical, moral, or even fairness argument you can make to support that claim.

    Of course, it would probably be more profitable for Netflix to write the Mac port first, but that is a business decision for them (and them alone) to make.

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  47. Netf*cked - when the first movie in your queue shows that it is available now, but your second and third position movies are shipped instead. This is especially bad when you have planned a double feature night that was to have featured your number one and two movies. It should be noted that at no time during a Netf*cking does the availability change to indicate that there is any type of wait for the movie in the number one position in your queue.

    This term can also apply to receiving the sleeve of the movie that you ordered containing a different version of the film you wanted - different cast, director, everything. Even worse is when this occurs twice with the same movie even though you have reported the error, as I experienced with The Merchant of Venice

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  48. FlixBuddy: A friend, with similar cinematic tastes but low funds, to whom you systematically loan your already-viewed Netflix DVDs with the understanding that the disks will be promptly mailed in as soon as they've been watched. Rinse, repeat. (Suggestion: Up your subscription to the 4-at-a-time plan to keep 'em coming!)

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  49. How about NetflixHD? Meaning Very Long Wait for all HD content. Yay!

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  50. What is it called when Netflix sends their customers a damaged DVD to replace a damaged DVD, and it takes two business days for them to send the third one?

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  51. I think they call that one Badluxidize, Adam.

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  52. A few years back, I received Keislowski's "A Short Film About Love" just after it was released on dvd, and it arrived in two peices. I got a replacement promptly and it, too, was cracked. Netflix was realy good about it. they replaced that one. And the next one. And the next. It became a long drawn-out tragi-comedy, and it wasn't until the 7th!! try that I was able to see the movie.
    Had to've been a manufacturing problem, but it was worth the wait. Good flick!
    They also threw in an extra disk for a couple months. I was happy.
    Me thinks that's called "meanderflixing".

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  53. NoFlix.. cause that's what I get anymore.. no movies. Just a long list of 'very long wait' items in my queue. The service really stinks lately.

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  54. Yeah, yeah, what about "slowashellflixing?"

    Mailed mine out on FlixingFriday, but won't receive a new one until ToolateTuesday.

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  55. What do you call it when netflix doesnt send you all the slots available on your account, only half, therfore you dont get all the benefits on the plan you are PAYING for?

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  56. Farfetchedflix -you have the limit of movies allowed in your queue, and they send movies only available from the other side of the country. Which, of course, take many days to arrive...and the return envelope is to the same location! Good thing I have extra envelopes that go to the location nearest to me to cut out some of that return time.

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  57. Green Netflixing - Taking peel-off label from Netflix envelope and putting it into envelope with DVD.

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  58. How about since your little fiasco of around the 11th I have not recieved 3 at a time- for which I am paying.# isn't 2 and isn't 1. And for almost 2 weeks I had none despite paying for 3 . You need to kick it up to me lets say make sure I have 3 EVERY time till this time next year no excuses and no mistakes. I feel that I definately got poor service in August

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  59. Netflix Customer Service is nonpareil!

    I wanted to change my billing date, and they said: "No problem! We'll just cancel your account, and you can then call us back in 2 weeks to restart on the day you want!"

    Huh? Did I miss something here? That's their solution?

    Man I am going to have to think hard about re-starting with that attitude towards the customer!

    Wayno

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