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Real Time Test of the Color Code System
Topic by: Silencio
Posted: January 4, 2012 - 10:58 AM PST
Last Reply: February 27, 2012 - 6:49 PM PST

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author topic: Real Time Test of the Color Code System
GSavino1
post #21  on January 12, 2012 - 1:53 PM PST  
> On January 11, 2012 - 8:39 PM PST Silencio wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On January 11, 2012 - 5:15 PM PST GSavino1 wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > > On January 11, 2012 - 2:08 PM PST GSavino1 wrote:
> > >
> > > I have also noticed that a movie in the blue position has been there for weeks. The customer service at Greencine evidently doesn't even care to respond to emails requiring a very simple answer, let alone complete lack of the courtesy to answer what should be a valued customer. I've sent about 10 over the course of the past month. Thinking I will never bother with them again. It's more than obvious to me by now they don't give two hoots about keeping me.
> > > ---------------------------------
> > No Paul, they apologized for the delay in responding to the email, told me I was next in line for one of the two titles and that the other one was damaged and a replacement on the way and It would be shipped out as soon as they get it.
> > I have to apologize as I just checked my email and saw yesterday I received a most helpful and accommodating reply from Greencine support. Please accept my apology for my previous nasty note.
> >
> > ---------------------------------
>
> was it this brush off copy & paste thing which is neither helpful or accomodating which they have been shooting out for years?
>
>
> "So here is how it works:
>
> The color bar is an estimation based on how many copies we have when compared with demand. Then there is what we call a master queue for each title, which everyone who picks the movie (lets just say for example King Kong) gets inserted into. If ten people total have selected King Kong, and I was the 6th person to select it and place it in my queue, I would receive a copy after all 5 ahead of me have received theirs. This sounds simple, but when you take into account customers damaging and losing discs, and more often keeping them for extended periods of time, the wait periods can get a little skewed. Also, if I am 1st in line to get King Kong, but I also have other titles above it in my queue (say King Kong is 5th, and my top 4 are green), then I will be shipped the highest ranked available movie. The system examines the first 100 titles in queue, so what Id recommend is keeping low availability titles at the top (closer to 1) and leaving a lot of green titles within the 1-100 range. That way, when you are up to get that super rare Kurosawa flick, you have it higher up, and are thus shipped the rare movie, instead of the green title below it. Anything else I can help with?
>
> Best Wishes,
>
> Paul"
>
> fact: this "explanation" only proves that it doesn't matter where the movie is on your list and heavily implies that many movies sit in limbo on the shelves constantly waiting for random people who may have lapsed to get the film
>
> There's something rotten in the state of Denmark
>
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Cinenaut
post #22  on January 31, 2012 - 9:15 AM PST  
As long as this thread has existed, I think I've had The Future in my #1 queue slot, followed by Submarine in the #2 slot. Two apparently very popular indie movies.

I've got my queue arranged thusly: 10 orange films, followed by nine yellow films, followed by 38 orange films, then 10 red films, 20 yellow films, one movie that hasn't been released yet and 4 green films, which brings me to the crucial 100 cutoff point (unless I counted wrong). I've got 210 movies in my queue, but from what I understand, you need to have some green ones below the 100 mark to trigger shipping.

Mostly from week to week, I get the green films that are in the 90s range. Sometimes, one of the films that are yellow or whatever kick loose (the last one that did that was Putty Hill.) Once in a while, a movie will change color and I'll resort just so I have groups of similarly colored films -- which makes it easy to notice changes.

When I add new movies, I sort them into one of the colored groups according to how much I want to see the movie. If it starts to get to the point where I don't have any green films below 100, I move some films up above 100. Usually, I have around 8 or 9 green movies below 100. I generally just leave the films in the #1 and #2 positions alone.
kaream
post #23  on January 31, 2012 - 3:49 PM PST  
> On January 31, 2012 - 9:15 AM PST Cinenaut wrote:
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> Two apparently very popular indie movies.
> ---------------------------------

(For an extra $8/mo you could get both of these right now.)
Cinenaut
post #24  on January 31, 2012 - 4:08 PM PST  
> On January 31, 2012 - 3:49 PM PST kaream wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> (For an extra $8/mo you could get both of these right now.)
> ---------------------------------

What, and completely mess up the Real Time Test of the Color Code System?



kaream
post #25  on January 31, 2012 - 4:24 PM PST  
:-)

I like your queue arrangement - mine is different, but yours seems better.
Cinenaut
post #26  on January 31, 2012 - 4:53 PM PST  
Yeah, this queue arrangement seems to work pretty well for me. The challenge is to keep finding green bar movies I currently want to see.
Silencio
post #27  on February 15, 2012 - 10:08 AM PST  
> On January 31, 2012 - 4:08 PM PST Cinenaut wrote:
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> > On January 31, 2012 - 3:49 PM PST kaream wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > (For an extra $8/mo you could get both of these right now.)
> > ---------------------------------
>
> What, and completely mess up the Real Time Test of the Color Code System?
>
>
>
>
> ---------------------------------

LOL! The Real Time Test has been unintentionally aborted by my wife who moved a RED film to the #1 position in the queue.
Cinenaut
post #28  on February 15, 2012 - 10:46 AM PST  
I've still got the same two orange movies at the top of mine (The Future and Submarine).
sirloyne
post #29  on February 25, 2012 - 3:30 PM PST  
I've only been with GreenCine for only a little over 2 months now, but I can say, with complete honesty, that every single movie I've added... the ones that I actually want that is... has been red, yellow and orange since day one. Not a single one has changed in color. Not one. I've never received a movie other than filler discs. I don't see any point in continuing my membership if there's no chance of getting movies other than the fluff I add just so I can get something in the first place. My billing is on the 9th, and I'll be canceling before that. I used to go through Netflix, but left after the price hike. I will say one thing about Netflix though... they actually HAVE movies, unlike GreenCine it seems.
Cinenaut
post #30  on February 25, 2012 - 5:47 PM PST  
"The Future" just shipped, so the orange movie I had at the top of my queue is on its way.
Cinenaut
post #31  on February 27, 2012 - 1:54 PM PST  
Now the two orange movies at the top of my queue are:

1. Submarine (2011)
2. Sansho the Bailiff (Criterion Collection) (1954)
kaream
post #32  on February 27, 2012 - 2:02 PM PST  
Hey, by going public like that, everybody else will jump those up to the top of their queues too.
Cinenaut
post #33  on February 27, 2012 - 3:03 PM PST  
Maybe, but I'd been waiting for "The Future" for quite a while before I posted it here.

> On February 27, 2012 - 2:02 PM PST kaream wrote:
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> Hey, by going public like that, everybody else will jump those up to the top of their queues too.
>
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Blumphf
post #34  on February 27, 2012 - 6:49 PM PST  
> On February 25, 2012 - 3:30 PM PST sirloyne wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I've only been with GreenCine for only a little over 2 months now, but I can say, with complete honesty, that every single movie I've added... the ones that I actually want that is... has been red, yellow and orange since day one. Not a single one has changed in color. Not one. I've never received a movie other than filler discs. I don't see any point in continuing my membership if there's no chance of getting movies other than the fluff I add just so I can get something in the first place. My billing is on the 9th, and I'll be canceling before that. I used to go through Netflix, but left after the price hike. I will say one thing about Netflix though... they actually HAVE movies, unlike GreenCine it seems.
> ---------------------------------

I can relate, buddy, all too well. It wouldn't be so bad if some of those titles (the "blues" and the "yellows") would actually get sent out, because the blue is supposed to mean a short wait, and the yellow a bit longer wait. And if as you probably figured out from reading through these posts, any color other than "green" actually means that if you're really lucky, you'll maybe get ONE of them for every TEN "greens" you get.

I have about 30 "green" titles left in my queue of close to 300, but of those only about a dozen are films I absolutely want--the other 18 are filler that I'd much rather have any of the other blue/yellow/orange/red titles before them.

I've noticed it mentioned in some of these threads that if you send an email to Weezy and mention titles you've been waiting on towards the top of your list, you'll get some of them more speedily. Can anyone confirm if this works?

Because otherwise, after the dozen or so green titles I really want are gone, if I don't start getting the others that are NOT GREEN that I've had in my queue for YEARS now, I'm gonna have to put my membership in suspension again and take a hike.


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