Are internet communities dying? almost everywhere I go is atrocious - it's near impossible to have a serious discussion about technical matters without getting epic-trolled or just having really dumb vicious fanboys destroy any chance of rational discussion. Where do all the smart reasonable people hang out?
Youtube comment sections are the absolute worst standard for internet communities as a whole.
Places that are hard to access like inconvenient/outdated web forums still have good people. Really specific niches of interests generally do well too in most places.
>nobody focuses on the important stuff, like respect for elders
The only Toys related forum I can stand is /toy/ here on this board. Maybe you have already found the best community.
Just remember Tripfags are a bunch of fucking shit and the reason these boards are best is because there is no drama over who is who.
Maybe there should be a link to a space of http://yourworldoftext.com/self-evident truths that is always patrolled so the epic trolling, vicious fanboys, and other degeneracy, is completely out of that space - at most, only on its borders.
youtube comment section is literally the worst place on the internet. even worse than /b/ or reddit.
at least in those places you know what to expect and the people there all generally know what they are doing.
the youtube comment section is overrun by many different people of different ages and beliefs, and the clash is vile.
choose almost any video arbitrarily and i can almost garantee that the first few comments will always be about religion, racism, homophobia, calling the creator a retard, or whatever other atrocities you can come up with.
it is really just a cesspool of all of people pent up hate.
people are not meant to be able to share ideas without the consequences of doing so face to face.
I wouldn't say so, just public communities are prone to retardation more so.
For me, the good ones are:
Some threads on here
Arma 3/ Battlelog which led to Xfire and Steam/Origin/Teamspeak chat groups
My google+ community (people with similar interests and likes etc.)
But it seems that with the widespread use ofthe internet, its really different tothe 90s/early 00s where it seemed much more innocent.
>that feel when yo uread the outernet books and go2outer.net was brilliant
Wait, so the Reddit comments on Youtube are legit? I thought it was /b/ or tumblr or /pol/ doing that.
that was Youtube a few years ago, nowadays it's mostly a hivemind
The google+ thing that ties it to your identity and the mechanism to push unpopular comments to the back have turned what once was a free cesspool, to a shitty hivemind.
Essentially >>45635612 but I think a lot of it stems from r/redditarmie and similar places.
It's like r/circlejerk but full of tryhards with no comedic taste. At least circlejerk was parody, this is straight up annoying bullshit.
When humans are social, they tend to do or say things in order to gain respect from their peers. The more broad the audience, the more bland the most liked things become. This is why niche forums have more unique and intelligent discussions, while forums with more general discussions like reddit are bland.
4chan is unique however by making people both 100% anonymous, and their posts unfiltered. So instead of people relying on their persona or getting imaginary points, you get unique opinions from all sorts of different backgrounds, making it both difficult to intelligently parse, and interesting to read.
You're right. After so many years here, I can't fathom going on a standard message board regularly. Anonymity spoiled me and I don't think I'll ever go back to having a username. Sure, this place is pretty shitty most of the time but it's still better than other places where it's shitty ALL the time.
Personally, I find G+ really quite decent. It's more open than Facebook, but only if you want it to be. The fact it ties inwiththe rest of my botnet works well, and it recommends me interesting shit from time to time that matches my interests. The only thing I truly hate is it's layout and editing accessibility, I still don't understand it fully and it's hard to keep track of what's private or not.
It originates from subreddits such as this one: https://www.reddit.com/r/RedditArmie
Any video posted on the frontpage will have comments (usually the fedora-type) by ironic reddit posters. It's really exhausting, mostly because I always feel the need to scroll down to the comment section on any type of website.
Some specialized subreddits are okay, you can definitely read better discussions and learn more stuff than on 4chan but I never post on reddit while I post daily on 4chan. I only started browsing reddit when I started watching Hotshotgg though since I was really into League at the time, this was like what 2010? There's too much circlejerk but it's a good content aggregator.
The smaller the community the better it usually is. That's why the best boards on 4chan are the small ones like /out/, /diy/, /vr/, hell even /jp/.
>Watching youtube video of Chomsky talking about how the singularity is science fiction
>First comment, mr. nobody says: "Oh, yeah, Chomsky has some cute ideas, i wish he would study instead of speaking from his ass"
>The guy is the best professional to ask for a serious opinion on the matter but his ideas are "cute" and he is "uneducated on the subject".
>Mr. youtube commenter is more intelligent than chomsky.
>After him the comments where all the same, saying how Chomsky had one points but was mistaken, while repeating things that the guy from google, or kurzweil, or any of the other shills has said. He literally is listening to big businessman who want to overlook the problems that Chomsky is presenting in order to keep selling computers and their actions being regarded as ''the natural way of humans'' so as to make big changes.
>Mfw no one in youtube can follow this chain of things
>Mfw everybody in the world is allowed a vote but at the same time they are allowed to remain ignorant
>Mfw callings of ignorance are answered with "thats your opinion man!"
Opinions are like assholes. Everybody's got one and everyone thinks everyone else's stinks.
The internet allows for everyone to have an opinion, as evidenced by the fact that I'm posting this right now, and most people have uneducated opinions so now the internet is overflowing with ignorant comments.
Unfortunately, most serious technical discussions happen on private invite only sites now and it can be a pain to get an invite if you aren't working in SF or SV. Everyone basically moved to private sites after Hacker News turned to complete shit.