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Did any of you browse 4chan when you were younger? Like, before 2007, when it was fun and civil, not the twisted abomination it is now.
Those were the good days. We were all alike, because even if you were a fat neckbeard weeaboo, everyone else was a also a fat neckbeard weeaboo, in their hearts. This picture sums it up nicely.


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4chan's still fine, don't be a dramaqueen.


It's not. Generals and janitors have killed creativity. Neither creative discussion nor creative funposts exist anymore.


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Fuck I hate those. If I had a chan I'd ban them.


A lot of threads on small imageboards have become generals, because the bump limit and page limit are too big and they never get deleted.


>>555 (checked, nice)
That's okay although it's not great. I participate in the "post your current thought" threads on the Elitist Superstructure, although I prefer the more transient boardfeel of the Unholy Citadel.


just say DQN and sageru, it's not like they're secret clubs anon


Ironically, it's actually easier to find /dqn/ by googling "the Elitist Superstructure" than with "DQN". "The Unholy Citadel" versus "sageru" is about the same though.


Makes sense I guess, it is a 2chan term after all


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I recently came across an updated version of OP's image that reflects the latest developments.


I think i started lurking around 2005-2006. Everyone seemed obsessed with making vectors of characters from azumanga daioh and other anime. I don't totally remember much about those days since I mostly lurked for the pictures. I get the feeling people forgot that it is an imageboard. These days I see people actually get mad at others in generals for making posts with pictures, since the bump limit for pictures is a lot lower than the bump limit for text only posts.


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Hell yeah. Top image is accurate. 4chan and Youtube had just been created and everything was new and exciting. Most 4channers including myself were high-school kids back then. Even something like "lol" was not a part of culture outside of the internet. And feminists were just a passing curiosity, SJW wasn't a thing. Things were pretty chill till around 2008, that's when internet culture started to seep into the real world. Project Chanology was kind of a defining moment for that.

Things were still decent up until around 2012. And IMO the whole GamerGate thing, whether you care about it or not, marked the downfall of 4chan. I mean 4chan still exists and is not going to go down or anything, but every time I go there it's the same 10 generic topics. But that's just how it be. The craziest thing was how the whole niggers and Jews thing went from being a joke to the shitshow we have now.

Yeah, Yotsuba, Azumanga and Ichigo Mashimaro were the big thing back in 05-06, then Haruhi was pretty big, then Lucky Star, then Squid Girl, then Watamote… Probably missed a bunch. Time just keeps going. Oh well, there's always some new shit going on in the world.


My heaven will be browsing /b/ '07-'12 if anyone knows a good archive I'll appreciate it dearly


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>Then Lucky Star
No, it was Lucky Star/Gurren Lagann.


Hentai Haven went down indefinitely


I like your idea of heaven. I think I'm going to steal it and use it to improve mine which was playing Runescape during the 2005-2007 era.


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Are they fucking serious?!
With a secure browser it's impossible to post because google captcha fucks you and wants connections allowed and even then it's not likely that you may post. After solving over 9000 google AI ~~trainings~~ trollings …

Imageboards now only for the rich and carefree. Small boards are fine but if you want to spread content widely; have fast exchange of thoughts and contents, 4chan is still inevitable.


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>still using 4chan in the current year


Passes have been around for years now, did you just see this?


It's the mainstream boards that aren't usable, like /pol/, /b/, /r9k/ and /a/. Boards like /toy/ and /tg/ have the occasional normalfag posts, but overall they're fine.


/qa/ is a nice board thats how I found this place


Looks like the bottom section of this image >>717
But I guess that's nice for the modern imageboard users.


I experienced both of these during those time periods exactly. We probably shared threads and were in the wildy together.


x still good


I've been there since 2012 but i could feel it was already collapsing. 2016 and later the domain split were the final nails in the coffin, things got exponentially worse since.
There's a lot of what I wished from 4chan in places like this one, so I wish I got tired of it earlier.
I don't know how, but I'd love to buy a cheap server and run a textboard on it. I have a few ideas.


>not quitting cuckchan after gaymergay

For shame. Freedom of speech is the highest virtue.


I'm not even sure if that's true anymore. It seems like people just abuse their "freedom" every time. You can't even have a real discussion anymore with people who are actually capable of basic critical thinking.
Overall I'm just sick of people. There was never much real, oppressive censorship in the West anyway, it's just people who demanded this situation because that's the kind of world they want.


It's still important to be able to say anything in order to evolve as a society


If you have criteria for things not allowed to be said, bad people will twist the words of others until they fit those criteria.

Just look at Tumblr. Supporting pedophiles and nazis is bad, so now asexuals are pedos, republicans are nazis, and saying that transexuality is a medical condition makes you both. And once you have those labels applied to you, it only takes a teenager bored-enough to find your personal info to get doxxed and have your life ruined.


I think this is a misguided opinion. What you described happens when you're trying to fit millions of people on a social media website because you want to mine data and serve ads, so you need to welcome all the trash on the planet except Nazis and pedophiles (just because you really have to). That's the lowest possible standards for a community and there are people who think that's still too much.
The truth is that if your objective is building a community, these standards are way too low. Do you just exclude Nazis and pedos when making friends? I might decide to not be friends with someone because I don't like his taste in music, does that make me a tyrant?
Having higher standards is not censorship, it's common sense. Is it censorship if an editor rejects a book because he thinks it's not a good book, just because his decision is arbitrary instead of following a checklist?
Allowing all kinds of idiots everywhere with as little discrimination as possible except a little checklist of no-nos is what created this Orwellian scenario where the meaning of things and the items on the checklist are constantly rewritten by mass media and angry mobs. That's how "censorship", "free speech" and other words have lost all meaning, and knowing how to appeal to dumb masses with no attention span carries more weight than the word of experts and authorities.


Though you may not be friends with people you don't like, that doesn't make it ok to put them in jail for being like that.
The risk that comes with censoring the flow of speech is incalculable. In order to think, you have to risk being offensive. Try talking about any hot button issue without offending someone. You can't.


Imagine a life where people were censored for having the wrong opinion. It sounds like hell


Gatekeeping your community or only inviting people you like to your private party is neither censorship nor putting people in jail. As I said these issues are only a thing on an extremely large scale at which only megacorporations or governments operate, and even in those cases there's a need for a system of rules. I don't think a society's freedom is inversely proportional to the presence of rules. Actually I believe that rules and boundaries - in a community's case, the agreements between members of said community - are the greatest foundation to true freedom.
I don't understand small decentralized communities who insist so much on upholding these absolute freedoms only to end up like public toilets. I'd rather have mods who kick people arbitrarily if they disrupt the conversation or lower the quality of content by common sense standards that I might not agree with, than a bunch of identical copies of the same community with the same post quality.


I was referring to this on a governmental scale. That's a very different case, anon.


Yeah, but what I meant is that smaller internet communities shouldn't have to use thresholds as low as mass social media, yet what usually happens is that they use thresholds that are even lower.
If you have a fan club of a sports team, and someone who is not interested in sports wants to talk about something else instead, it makes sense to kick that person out. It wouldn't make sense to kick that person from a public park because he's not a fan of a sports team. Inversely, including people who don't care about the sports team in the fan club will disintegrate the fan club. So many internet communities today try to be just as broad as a larger site but with less users, and they fail because of this reason.
On a governmental scale it's a whole another issue, but the essence is still the same: most of the complications in the design of laws are about making the rules be as universally applicable as possible while covering all the needed boundaries to establish a functioning society. But with so many people who want different things under the same umbrella it gets increasingly complicated to find harmony. It makes sense to demand that on this very broad level one should be allowed to have "free speech" and not be shut up by whatever group on an arbitrary basis. But this is in itself a rule (a boundary on the listener) made to foster dialogue, instead of the more common interpretation that it is just a pass for the speaker to do whatever.
Centralization, both physical with metropolises and digital with social media, are only fragmenting society instead of bringing everyone together. Or better, people are getting too worried about being part of the largest group and forgetting about all the inner rings.


>Those were the good days. We were all alike, because even if you were a fat neckbeard weeaboo, everyone else was a also a fat neckbeard weeaboo, in their hearts.
Online gaming has taken its toll too. Everybody is in their private discords and nobody is in public chat anymore. It's very difficult to make friends while playing the game nowadays - it all has to be premediated by someone sharing their profile either publicly or in another private discord. It's a shame too, because I've met lifelong friends through public voice chats. I even live with one of them.


At this point I only go for late night threads and special events. Finding threads with good discussion and minimal normalfaggotry is a treat.
Even some of the less popular boards resemble facebook in terms of post quality. Just take a look at /ck/, full of pepe and one sentence posts.


I just can’t deal with every thread no matter what the topic, being political.

everyone has a chip on their shoulder, it’s been true to some degree always but never like this. I haven’t seen a thread containing that good old fun in 10 years


What do you think about the rise of 4chan archive sites? I found them useful, but I miss the ephemeral nature of posting.


I like them because it bears little influence on how sites work and flow.
In social media, everything can be dug up. For archives of imageboards, the anonymous posting is still secure so nothing is lost. It primarily helps people like me who only lurk or browse for discussion on certain topics.

I think it makes browsing more efficient and easier to ignore the trash.


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>were still decent up until around 2012. And IMO the whole GamerGate thing, whether you care about it or not, marked the downfall of 4chan. I mean 4chan still exists and is not going to go down or anything, but every time I go there it's the same 10 generic topics. But that's just how it be. The craziest thing was how the whole niggers and Jews thing went from being a joke to the shitshow we have now.

I thought I was the only one who thought like that but now I found this place.
It is a strange kind of pain that I'm feeling when I think about how it once was just for the lulz and now it all has an agenda…


I wish everything on the internet and world weren't so politicized, that's all. 8chan (RIP) was more fun when it wasn't about GamerGate, Qanon, Trump or flavor-of-the-week /pol/shit.

Also, this imageboard seems really comfy. Reminds me of Lainchan minus the Lain/cyberpunk.


It seems foolfuuka is on its last legs so won't be able to archive properly anymore.


Is that so? Regardless, I really hope the owners of those websites provide back ups of their data publicly on a site like the internet archive. Ton's of old data has been killed because similar data hasn't been backed up in the past.


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I've felt the same way for quite a while. Honestly the best decision of my life was to quit going to that place for anything other than occasional porn. Pic Related.

The entire world was heading in that direction in hindsight, really because how those in charge not doing anything to remedy the fundamental problems. It was only a matter of time before a reaction came into being. I like the place though, it's really an escape from the chaos everywhere on the internet. I hope it stays that way.


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this image says it all

fuck normies and their gamergate fash world


I really agree with this post. 4Chan made me the most bitter person in the world, I'm glad I left that fucking site.


Gamergate didn't have anything to do with fascism.


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I have stopped using it since it turned to absolute shit after 2016. I started using it around 2013/2014 which is already as a late comer. People back then were complaining about the quality back then too. 4chan needs to be left alone to slowly die, but places like here and lain are good and a solid example of how we need to absolutely decentralize even in our imageboards.


I regret buying so hard into the hateful mindset that's been prevalent on 4chan since forever.

It's that mindset that pressures you into hating whatever the rest of the hivemind hates. If people don't like X site then you're supposed to hate it too, if everyone makes fun of Y activity then you're not supposed to partake in it, and so on. It actually led to me hating many aspects of myself. For instance, we'd shit on teenagers who shared their art and such online. I myself was a creative teenager, but because I saw how much we bashed other creative teenagers, it made me afraid to share my own stuff lest it get bashed as well. And so without anyone to share my stuff with and get feedback/support/etc from, I eventually gave up on those creative hobbies. Which meant that I missed out on a lot of practice in my teens and let my skills wither away.

I should have been spending my time on named communities. You know, the ones we bashed back then for being insular circlejerks or hugboxes or whatever. Probably would have had some supportive friends growing up. Probably would have gotten somewhere with my creativity instead of letting it go to waste.


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I relate to this so much. I browsed the IC board, learning art, and they had this in joke the site was full of crabs. The gist was crabs in a bucket pull each other down like how anons in the site would not stop making pointless nitpicks/attacking others art, wouldn't stop posting artist e-celeb drama, and wouldn't stop posting how everyone should give up because they lack 'talent'. They filled my head with "I don't have to get good at art because I'm better than *them*", "I can only post perfect art or I'm one of the people crabs make fun of", and "If I don't instantly become an art god I should give up". I stopped browsing that place for a year and got rid of those thoughts, along with improving, but sometimes I give in to the urge to revisit that place, which I always regret.

Also anon if it makes you feel better the people who make petty "cringing at teens art" post are rarely good at art themselves. I've seen their redraws of the bad art and it's always worst.


After joining 4chan in 2018 I've browsed it for about a year and a half before leaving it because it was toxic for my mind. Thing is even if you refuse something when you read it, even if you discard it as stupid, if you read it enough times it still affects you. So I agree with >>975 on this.
I've read lots of threads about how old times were better, I've read archived threads, and now I mostly browse an alt-chan dedicated to the old 4chan spirit which is much, much saner.
However in some ways 4chan is still unique, at least to me. When I've found it I was still pretty enthusiastic/energetic, and I am and was into creative stuff (mostly music, which made /mu/ my main board). I absolutely loved collaboration projects of any kind, plus there was a push for oc (more on [s4s] than /mu/ I guess) and the result was a set of experiences which were really fun, in the sea of shit of course.


I've made music for community-made albums, I've actually started experimenting with singing in big part because of the protection of anonymity, I've had an anon build a surprisingly good instrumental for an horrible improvised singing attempt I recorded on my phone in my bathroom, and the result of that is still dear to me today (and cracks me up every time). I've made instrumentals for singing recordings of others myself, I've had the first person ever rap on a beat of mine (which was a silly beatbox thing) and all of these things are magical to me, as are some of the things I found. I've also made shitty drawings/comics/animations, all of which wouldn't have happened if not for 4chan. I have good friends irl, but I never ever did anything as exciting with them.
Now I sit in my alt-chan and I still do things once in a while, but I've changed, I'm much more tired (partially for unrelated reasons), plus that place is kinda slow. There's rarely anything as interesting going on, and when there is it's not as likely it will have the same wild contributions it could've had on 4chan. Less people means less variety I guess.
I'm not going back to that shithole of 4chan though.


How do I make my own chan? I have some awesome ideas but have no clue how tf any of this coding stuff works. It's difficult to be a creative person and still keep up with programming


Well, depends on what you want.
First option would be taking an existing engine and modifying it to meet your needs (for ex. this website). This can be as easy as just installing a vichan/whatever-cool-kids-use-today and changing a logo, and it can be as hard as making a major rewrite if you want to implement some weird issues.
Second option would be making a chan from scratch. This is what I did.
This is obviously pretty involved, but it is fun in some sense. I've learned (well, not really) PHP this way… Learned that vulnerabilities might happen, etc. Eventually it will pay off I think.
In both cases it is a good idea to know basic sysadmin stuff, like dealing with Linux (you're not going to pay for expensive Windows server VPS, right?), how to deal with Apache/nginx and such. I mean, you can use a hosting, but you just have more control with a VPS
Also, programming is creative in a way.

Anyway, in the end of the day you will end up with another only-admin-visits chan, because people seem to like speed of posting. This is kinda sad.


how do i download dreamchan and change the board names?


very carefully


Well, you have to convince admin giving you sources. He probably won't :D


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/qa/ had a 3rd party filter system that made it a 2D/random board before hiro killed that and forced the move to kissu and other spinoffs. It was nice and fun, but it was kind of weird that we were acting like this when we weren't teenagers anymore. /qa/ had an edit of that image where she was having fun again.
Those first 2 years or so on 8chan were fun as hell, everyone was trying to make their own board, IRC was popping, etc. It's sad what it became and how it ended. The webring kind of brought it back, but it didn't retain many users outside of the huge boards. But it did make anonymous imageboards much more decentralized again. It was juvenile but it was authentic and fun.
There are certain time periods on certain boards I wish I could turn into books and have with me forever. Archives make me very wistful, though and some have their own culture of ghostposting. Many suffer from spotty archives and some straight-up don't keep images to avoid legal issues.
I think you should help with and post on already existing ones rather than add another one, it will likely add another corpse to the pile of dead boards.
There are webms of how bad it has gotten. It's almost crazy that it managed to get worse.
Discord has sucked the life out of so much, it's almost sad, even those hole in the wall MAL club and "cyberpunk" communities have had the life sucked out of them by discord.


Oh i've used /ic/ quite a lot few years back. It's honestly a horrible place. And while they say they are harsh on people to give constructive criticism, frequently it's just bullshit. I understand not like someone's art, even if he's skilled. I do that too, but I never would shit on him personally. I wish a cozy place for art existed online, but nothing so far found. And I have no clue how I should advertise my own stuff. I don't even feel like I can because it makes me feel like an snake oil salesman

As a side note, I have a really cute story to tell. When I was posting my art to insta some (I assume) little girl liked my post, and she often visits my page to see what I've made. She also makes lots of cute fairy, witch and magic art and seems to have made a small clique of art friends there cause they like their stuff and tell themselves positive things. It warms my heart everytime I see it on my home page.



Creative projects like Densha Otaku (2ch) and Katawa Shoujo couldn't have happened on image boards today. Far too much has changed and are way too many assholes going to imageboards to crusade about politics for that level of collaboration now. The main thing 4chan is still good for is some kinds of anime porn.


Intrusive politics has almost ruined everything that's good.


I finally took this advice earlier this year. I feel much better already.

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