>>138001931 I was just lurking on /a/ when it hit me and I made this thread, though. /a/ used to be a lot better at night -- still shit by classic standards, but the 'board culture' was noticeably different at night than at day.
Mods pls don't delete this thread just because it's about /a/.. but I used to get decent recs at night and a different, more laid back discussion. Was I projecting? Did anyone else feel this way? Is it gone? Now the 'general' threads last 24/7 and there's not as many interesting threads at any time you're on here.
>>138001891 We got too many people from too many time zones. There's a much less noticeable night, and also off-topic newfags have gotten so common and obnoxious that people are no longer willing to just let it slide every so often like they used to.
>>138001997 The nature of the site has just gotten more organized and less open to freeform stuff as we get bigger. It's why ronery threads are now disliked, it's why undying generals with their own communities abound, it's why OC and thread topics more specific than "Anime show episode X" are scarce.
>>138003394 ronery threads were always disliked by users and deleted by janitors, you just have to be subtle about it and get your discussion in before too many people notice. That's how it's always worked.
Now is anyone actually gonna talk in this thread of just bitch about how we never have these threads any more (despite being in one)
>>138001997 I'm about to sleep and far too tired to elaborate greatly, but I could probably write a damn essay on our decline. A tl;dr version is: >oldfag mods leaving >constant influx from reddit and the like of people that want to adapt /a/ to their vision >death of lurk more due to oldfags being vastly outnumbered >many oldfags leaving for tohno, 8ch, and the like >oldfag mods that left replaced, quite often with actual tumblr shitters >global modding means crossboarders with no knowledge of our tradition start killing things that were once explicitly or implicitly allowed, though technically breaking site rules >with newfags the majority, old standbys like daily cirno and nightly imouto threads are now reported until new mods delete >throughout it all, a lack of transparent moderation such as very rare public bans for shitposting or two way communication with staff
There's surely plenty I'm forgetting in my tired, sedated state but that's the worst of it. As I recall it all started going downhill when /b/'s shenanigans brought national media attention to 4chan. Eventually there came a point when the old 'lurk more' crowd was replaced by newfags who wanted to turn /a/ into reddit 2.0 and sure enough they've mostly succeeded. >>138003394 Just as this guy realized. Sure we had to put up with things like Komeji, Pork Ranger, and the like shitting up threads but it was better just for the fun and surprises that spontaneous and free culture allowed. For example, shit like this would never be allowed to cap. I wish Hiro would just make /ab/ - Anime/Random so we could go back to the old times and the reddit crowd could stay here and get what they want. Fuck I hate what they did to us. The worst part is it probably could've been stopped years ago with mods being more active and much more vocal. And now I'm all worked up when I should be in bed.
It died in like 2008. Also, timezones matter less since threads last linger than they used to. The bump limit was only like 250. These days you can go to sleep and wake up and the same threads are still up.
>>138006298 I guess what I want is the spirit of the site before 06 or so. Random is the first word to come to mind, but it's more that we were far more chill, aside from occasional gb2gaia and lurk more as needed for newfags. Now it's like the new folks think having a stick up your ass about everything is required for posting, and God help you if you deviate from the site rules even slightly. I just don't see any way to salvage it now but I can't bring myself to leave. Guess I'm just living in the past.
>>138006461 >random is the first word to come to mind that's simply not going to fly anymore. With the current crowd loosened rules would have the board devolve into a literal blog. Can you imagine how many loosely anime related straight up 3DPD shit would get posted? It's bad enough as it is.
It has always been shit, but it was YOUR kind of shit so your blame it on the new people. It's the usual nostalgiafaggotry we see with back in my days and shit, only in a slightly different clothing. Get over it.
>>138008141 Now, yes, there are more people from different time zones. Back in the day, it was like /a/ is running on the American clock (in general. America does have a few time zones) and all the others followed suit, especially the Asians and SEAmonkeys who were told to lurk moar and were too timid to trudge into American-day territory. Heck, even the Europoors were compliant to this unspoken rule of being chill at night. RIP old /a/
>>138006081 I feel like I still see shit like pic related as often as ever, though it does tend to get buried by generals. But I have hope: I feel that we're in a transition period right now, whose end result will be that the generals themselves become established enough that they serve as mini-boards. If you get 100 anons funposting in a general for a show they've all seen, that's not too far off from what this place looked like when it started: 100 goons and that Mott (?) guy funposting about the five anime they've all seen. The global mods might prune off-topic threads from the catalog, but they're not going to wade through a Lucky Star thread looking for rule violations, and the communities will be small enough that the jokes have some space to breathe. Then everything will have come full circle.
>>138006019 Between 10pm and early morning Australian time (east coast) was when the legacy boards tended to become comfy and have the more intimate discussions. Not so much any more. It kind of feels like being on an island that is slowly sinking into the ocean but you're stranded and all you can do is sit back and get drunk as the sun peters away into the ocean with the only remaining warmth shuffling about as an ethyl memory in the bloodstream.
The waters are warm, anon, stretching long into the hours of sky. http://d.d.doushio.com/yukko/
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