At the moment a thread on /a/ - the Daily Japanese Thread- is getting routinely bombarded by shills and retards, promoting a terribly paid product from https://wanikani.com
This is against the rules yet since the option to flag for advertising is gone, and that mods are fucking useless, these shitposters and shills go ignored.
This has been going on for weeks now and they are building up a grass roots style approach to attempt to undermine the free and superior resources used is this thread. It isn't just people being jocular about different methodologies, this is genuine demagoguery to persuade fags who are coming to the thread after New Year's, to pay $200 for this shitty service.
Full link to current thread, see for yourself
The idea is that the DJT is there for people who might want to enjoy raw anime and manga and/or translate them. You're right though, there's barely any display of interest anime and manga there anymore. I'd bet more than half the user base doesn't watch anime or read manga as a hobby.
I searched the word on the page. Seems more like some of you are butthurt that people use a product that costs money, much like every aspect of 4chan. If it costs money and there is a free alternate, and you talk about it, then it's "hurdur y u shillin!?"
You have no idea what you're talking about, as you've just admitted yourself. Until a month ago or so Wanikani was barely ever mentioned in DJT, and when it was it was usually in the sense of ridiculing it. In the past weeks though it started being mentioned all of the time for no apparent reason. You can't expect people to believe that a large portion of the user base suddenly decided overnight to start promoting Wanikani on DJT. This is clearly shilling.
If you don't believe me just do a search of the archive. There are 27 pages of posts on /a/ with the string "wanikani" in them. 20 pages are of posts made after December of last year. The remainder correspond to the period from July to November. That is to say, until the end of November we had roughly 1.5 pages per month. On December and the first 11 days of January alone we had 20 pages.
But no, the shilling is just in my head.
You have no idea what you are talking about, and you should feel ashamed. This shit has been going on for a week now and they are just spamming the thread, finding ways to mention their site even in totally unrelated conversations.
I am saying precisely that it's NOT a large portion of the fanbase. If it's just a couple of people spamming Wanikani it should be dealt with by moderation regardless of whether they're doing it for the lulz or to shill for Wanikani.
Also, your claim that the bitching is coming from one person is baseless. It's natural that the community resists when a method they have always abhorred suddenly starts to be shamelessly spammed in their thread.
You may think I'm being a shitter, but I don't really see how this is shilling. If someone was going to go out of their way with such minor tactics, they'd have a much easier time going to actual forums dedicated to learning new languages instead of passively aggressively shitting up some 4chan thread.
Just my 2 cents. I'll leave it at that.
>the option to flag for advertising is gone
That explains a lot, even though I don't use /a/.
Been seeing more shills on several boards, even one that never had any.
The new 4chan business model?
>Advertising (all forms) is not welcome—this includes any type of referral linking, "offers", soliciting, begging, stream threads, etc.
It falls under rule violation. Nice try, take your conspiracies elsewhere.
Free your mind of bias and welcome WaniKani into your ass.
>they'd have a much easier time going to actual forums dedicated to learning new languages instead of passively aggressively shitting up some 4chan thread.
>implying it's easier to shit up a thread on a forum where moderators actually ban spammers and shillers
>still believing that 4chan is a low traffic website
Your 2 cents are shit.
What a load of shit. What that translates to is:
>we don't like leaving IRC so we're going to make it harder for you report accurately so we can opt to ignore misc reports
There are very few people less scummy that hotpocketeers.