Go to /r9k/ if you really want to see anything toxic. /o/ as a whole can be annoying sometimes but that comes with the territory. Atleast dont actively hate everyone, ourselves, and anything that requires improving ourselves or our cars.
>>14180411 this isn't entirely fair. this site has had significant effects on me as i've spent a lot of time here over the past 8 years or so, but it's certainly not all negative.
>fit had me lose 20 lbs and get into much better shape. i pay attention to what I eat and drink now. >/o/ i bought a car after months of heavy research largely guided by you assholes. i love my car. >/out/ i started hiking about twice a month with my dog. i love the outdoors now. >/ck/ goes well with /fit/. i started cooking my own meals for the most part instead of eating shitty fast food all the time. saves me a good bit of money too (which i promptly throw in the /o/ pit) >/pol/ if it wern't for /pol/, i think my views on the world would be more shaped by whiny mainstream shitters, for better or for worse
It's true that some places on here can consume you, and it's easy to throw in as much time as you have available. you can eat a whole evening here, or a whole year, or more. there's plenty of losers to commiserate with here, who are like an inverted fucked up tumblr, using cult tactics to scare away and ostracize anybody reasonable or productive or happy. But I've learned a lot, and in a lot of ways have improved my life at least partially to the goons on this website. after all, it's a blizzard of ideas and random snippets of thoughts more than anything. I guess the trick is to figure out which flakes to catch.
i'm rather fond of this place, just don't be autistic about it.
>>14180668 Fair enough for the other 4, but /pol/? Yes, it'll pull you away from a no-fun-allowed/extreme-left-wing/social-justice-hero sort of thinking, but you're just listening to one extreme instead of another. As long as you recognize where /pol/ goes right and where it goes wrong and ignore tinfoil hattery, I'm sure it'll be harmless.
I'm kind of in the same boat, except on a smaller scale.
I got into /k/ and it's been really cool. I used /k/ as a means to educate myself on being a firearm owner. With /k/, and other boards, there is a great amount of useful information if you exercise an ounce of common sense and take everything with a grain of salt.
Once I felt sufficiently educated on firearms, I went to gun shows, ranges and met people. It was a great way to get into that hobby and culture.
But, honestly, the >>14180411 post is right. It's very easy to get absorbed into the extreme, narcissistic opinions that are spouted on here on a regular basis and end up wasting a lot of time where you typically wouldn't be. So 4chan, like anything else in life, just needs to be used in moderation.
>>14181142 The previous owner had tuned the engine and removed the governor, so this little 2-stroke could scream down the highway at 95kph while everyone on their Honda Ruckus could barely make 60. I was the coolest guy at school and I wasn't even trying.
/o/ is probably one of the most interesting boards on 4chan. All we do is argue. I'd say maybe 5% of threads are actually about maintenance, restoration and general information about vehicles and their history.
Its toxic if you hang around in threads where shitposting is all you'll find and you also bite into their bait... hang around a bit more, you'll soon figure out which threads will attract the more serious folk who like discussing and sharing knowledge & experiences, and which threads is either straight out shitposting or will surely devolve into it within five replies
>>14180411 This is true with larger boards, like /b/ or /r9k/, which is where I imagine this was proginally posted.
/o/ isn't even that bad. Sure, its terrible when compared with actual dedicated car forums, but among 4chan boards its actually alright. Unlike /v/, I can actually stomach this place.
The tripfags aren't all retarded attention seekers, there are very good ones like TruckerFag and Longpost Guy. Trolls aren't completely out of control here, despite the apparent lack of moderation on this board. Anime shitposting is nominal, whereas elsewhere it can get unbearable quickly.
I think one of the things this board benefits from is not being as well known as /pol/, /mu/ and /k/. And there are people here who haven't given up trying to root out the hivemind opinions and change other's minds about things.
That said, like with used car buying, there are better options elsewhere if you really want to look. The only reason 95% of users are even here is because they came here from one of the bigger 4chan boards, which eventually they couldn't stand anymore and decided to lay their anchor here.
>>14182227 >Trolls aren't completely out of control here
I anchored here recently (from /v/ which was worse), but is going from type of massively obnoxious shitposting to the next a trend here? I got here when Alphonse (who is probably multiple people) was spamming GT-R vs Corvette all over the place. When that was over, FWD vs RWD and Civicposting immediately stepped in and wasn't any better.
>>14182255 This has been happening the whole time /o/ has been active. It used to be >m3 vs mustang >cobra mustang = best value for car ever >manual vs auto (this was huge for 2 years, lot less now. it was like 75% of threads) >how mountain racing is the best racing >viper vs whatever >everything vs 911
Now were here. But there's always been this shit. And there's always been good posts inbetween. the hivemind in strong in the meme cars here >mustang >miata >corvette >gtr
>>14182392 Well, mustang vs m3 was a lot more popular because the mustang was almost half the price of the m3 and had an lra, that played a huge role in the shitposting. The ats v and m3/m4 are priced pretty similarly
I happen to make more money than this op ever will. I choose to use this site because every other discussion site has catered to the 'social media' dogshit of group think, sheep-bleating and posting whats popular for social validation. Anyone who used the internet before it was bombarded by retarded boomer fuckery and gen z seeking validation would know it was the only place for honest discussion. This is one of the last outlets that allows the populace to give their original un-censored opinion on whatever the fuck is being discussed. Now google knows more about you than your own mother but everyone seems to be okay with this. I'm ready for Rome to burn once again.
>>14180411 Oh please, what a pathetic post. True as it is describing 4chan, it sounds like someone who only visits /b/, /a/, and /v/. They probably got shit on by their parents for being a useless cunt. If you've been here long enough, you've realized that you can fight the shit easily and never let the bad feels take you.
I've been posting on 4chan since 2004. Although I love trolling and jocular insult comedy, I have always striven to make sure my posts are informative, correct, and above all, entertaining.
/o/ is special for several reasons: 1. Deeply-shared interest: Everyone here loves cars. Not all the same type of car, but basically if it has wheels and an engine, /o/ will whip their dicks out for it.
2. Ingrained board culture: Historically, posts on /o/ tend to be helpful because drivers don't want other drivers doing stupid shit on the road and crashing into them. At the same time, there is a precedent for unrequited trolling because automotive technology is a bit of an esoteric topic for most "normies" and it's easy to bait people into breaking things or getting in trouble. I really loved the thread yesterday about the retard who poured his old oil down a storm drain and the board lost its shit at him. Any shadetree mechanic should see through the shitposts instantly, and if they can't, well, that's a learning experience. Funnily enough, the culture of your typical auto shop is very much like /o/.
3. Specialist topic: Cars are expensive, complicated, and require care and maintenance. Not everybody's got one and there are a large amount of 4channers who have no personal transport at all. While the posts on this board aren't limited to car owners only, it's difficult for an uninformed, carless poster to contribute or troll without a lengthy lurking period. Posters on /o/ tend to be more responsible too, and this contributes to how they post. /k/ is much like this, though the lower ownership costs of firearms mean there are more shitposters.
>>14187456 I'm more worried about that guy who bought an Audi S4 2.7 for next to nothing and was posting loudly about how great it was and how we were all retards for telling him that buying a cheap bi-turbo could quickly turn to shit... I wonder where he went and why we haven't heard from him
>>14180390 Because it's full of Europeans for some reason and they have tantrums if anyone mentions something that could be considered American. Check any thread that mentions: >trucks >gm/ford/chrysler >off-road >automatic transmissions >anything larger than a 4 cylinder >anti-anything Asian >pro-anything American
Or any number of things really. Mention any of these and any Euro reading it will instantly start shitting themselves because they can't type "wow compensation much" fast enough.
>>14184357 >/k/ is much like this, though the lower ownership costs of firearms mean there are more shitposters.
but 99% of shitposting on /k/ is military related and most of that shitposting is related to russia and china
>look at this chinese weapon concept that will sink US carrier >muh scenario >su-24 crippled a US destroyer with OECM >USA can't respond to hypersonic missiles >scuttled abrams >carriers are outdated >constant PAK-FA threads >constant F-35 threads
tbbh /k/ would improve overnight if russia and china were range banned
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