>>401860 Yeah, in 2003, when 4chan had like 12 users. Also, it was Anime/Random, you still could discuss random things that weren't anime there. Why do you think moot splitted it? Because there was more random content than anime content.
>>401886 >when 4chan had like 12 users There were a lot more than 12. It was also part of the best two years 4chan ever had. Maybe we should crunch back to that state, it might help to get rid of the trash.
>>401847 Here is the non meme reply Basically people who discussed anime wanted to talk about things that weren't anime (like the news, video games etc...) That led m00t to create sub boards to satisfy his userbase. These new boards attracted also people who weren't anime enthusiast but wanted to discuss the other topics.
>>402485 Yes anon, /b/ was originally Anime/random, but that's not the point. The infograph says the site was founded with two board, /a/ - Anime/General and /b/ - Anime/Random. Which, is simply not fucking true and makes what's a very good infograph, drop heavily in quality and incredibly easy for whiny faggots to pick at
>>402455 Up until chanology anon, the site was very much fucking drowning in anime culture. Anime was given its own board, because /b/ has never been good for dedicated discussion. Anime was still posted on /b/, however, even then
>>402573 >The first board ever on this website was /b/ - Random/Anime. Correct. However everyone who wasn't a weeb quickly got sick of the anime people, thus the first containment board was made: >>>/a/
>>402674 >>401860 >>401881 The first board was /a/,then people started shitposting about non anime stuff so moot created /b/-anime/random but then nobody posted about anime on /b/ so it got renamed to /b/-random >>402674 >Now this is what i call revisionism! The first containment board was /b/ for the reasons already explained
>>402944 I admit that i'm wrong with the "which board was made first" thing. But: >/a/ was made as the containment board You don't seem to understand the meaning of "containment board" /mlp/ is a containment board made to stop the pony shitposting on every board,/vp/ is a containment board made to hold all the generals flooding /v/,if you say that there was more random than anime on /b/ /a/ would be the complete oposite of a containment board.But i suppose you use containment board as synonym of "board that i don't like"
>Anime people were the minority of the posters The first places where moot promoted 4chan were ADTRW (SA's anime sub-forum),Raspberry heaven (An IRC channel about anime made by some SA goons) and world2ch (a copy of 2channel on english) so saying that "Anime people were the minority" is wrong,even more when you base that argument on some old image just because it never got an anime version.
>>402999 No, there were oekaki boards as far back as 2001 but they weren't textboards of any sort. And the oekakis where mainly secondary to art communities.
The first western discussion textboard ever created was world2ch in 2003 by a Japanese, and late in the year they added an imageboard. Then came 4chan who brought the 2chan imageboard source code (horribly translated) and many goons and weebs then made their own homebrews.
1chan's homebrew is iirc the first western imageboard source code.
>>403008 >The first western discussion textboard ever created was world2ch in 2003 by a Japanese, and late in the year they added an imageboard. Then came 4chan who brought the 2chan imageboard source code (horribly translated) and many goons and weebs then made their own homebrews.
I don't doubt any of what you're saying, but really that format predates the events you are describing. I was talking about before the WWW was even a thing. There used to be western sites on the WWW in the 90s (like totse, just for one) that had forums not unlike 4chan today but in the more traditional BBcode format.
>>403007 Using a small number of goons to determine 4chan is retarded. Since the day of the sites creation, the site overflowed with non-goons as people went and posted it on shitty anime forums and the like. Moot was a goon when he made it, but the site was never a goon haven and the site, except in recent times, also flowed with japanese culture and animeshit
>>403014 I disagree, having participated in many a crossover photoshop phriday thread on old /b/.
>Moot was a goon when he made it, but the site was never a goon haven and the site, except in recent times,
>also flowed with japanese culture and animeshit I'm not trying to say it wasn't there, I'm just trying to say that by the time the sub (containment) boards of /a/ like /c/ were made in 2006 it was no longer the dominating theme of the entire site.
At first (as in before I got here, way back in 2003) it was just moot and his extended friend groups posting about anime and general nerd culture (mostly weeb stuff). It didn't really have a distinct culture back then.
Around 04, more and more outsiders flooded in. It was growing to a sizeable site, and it started to have a few inside jokes and stuff like that. I don't know if I'd call them "memes" yet, though.
By mid 2005, memes and primitive 4chan culture developed. Niche groups started to flesh out their seperate sections and boards, new boards were created and sometimes removed. It started to go semi-mainstream, to the point where the name was decently well known on the internet, not just among the forum and anime community.
By late 2006 4chan culture became a distinct thing. Memes increased and a certain attitute and nostalgic feeling was noticeable. By now, it felt a lot more like home, and certainly had a community.
More shit happened but I think I've already answered your question. Basically it developed a culture which used anime as the mediun at first, rather than using it as the culture itself. Once people realized that there was more than just anime that could still feel relevent to 4chan, it started to become a more eclectic and distinct forum.
>>403015 I was Sysop of a BBS with about 50 users from 1991-94. I was also on about 30 or 40 other BBSs in my area including one that had hundreds of users. I paid for the extra phone line with my first job at Wendy's until I moved out of my parent's house and then with my first real job as a clerk at a lawfirm at my apartment at the time.
Not every system had registration. Some like teleguard or WWIV required only a nick like IRC still does today. (or at least could be configured that way) Those were the ones on the early internets anyway. (FidoNet and WWIVnet)
Others like Wildcat! were notorious for having multiple rigorous signup pages almost like signing up for iTunes or facebook today. Some old Sysops back then preferred those types of BBS software for some still unfathomable reason to me.
Keep in mind that if your old BBS had online games then you almost had to have user info and a username/password for those to work properly, so many did just for that reason.
Anyway, there would be forums where people would post reviews about shows they watched and music, as well as about their favorite hobbies and games. Then there were 'warez' traders and the associated datapiracy. Users would share single pictures on many of the local BBSs in the area which would proliferate what we would call memes and image macros today (we didn't call it anything then).
If you wanted to proliferate a meme or share teh latest Duke Nukem game you had to upload it to the file section where all the users could download it using something called Xmodem (eventually upgraded to Y and then Zmodem). Some of teh warez boards had file ratios like torrents do today.
Pic related is an early meme that was floating around the old BBS circuit in my area back then. (had to convert it to .png from .bmp) There was a dwarf named Chucky who would show up at meetups. His image was considered a curse to whatever thread it was posted in, which now unfortunately now applies to this thread.
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