People used to be chill autists there, now you only see raging autists. I was writing a long text about janitors not being the cause but gave up because its not worth derailing the question. I feel some things are important to it
> /v/ crossposters turned /co/ in their home but kept habits that ruined their board
> good posters from /co/ simply left to better forums/websites as they realized the board would sink
> mlp and SU
> tumblr becoming a popular website by 2011-12
> userbase too big. /qa/ also suffered of it when hiro's admission brought everyone and their mother here and it turned in /q/ 2.0 (but i dont miss you brett)
Is there a way to "heal" the userbase it or should I give up to another chinese imageboard?
The answer is MLP.
When MLP first became a thing, /co/ became a warzone for the entire site. The people who watched the show were pretty quickly corralled into a general but everybody wanted to come poke them with a stick. People were weirded out and/or annoyed by people watching My Little Pony, so trolls on other boards used MLP pics to rile them up constantly Those people would then make threads on other boards or make 5 or 6 generals to get them booted off the site. Eventually somebody told moot that if he made a pony board that the whole MLP thing would die, so he did, which is what basically led to bronies being born.
Then Homestuck came and the same thing started to repeat itself: segregating them into a general, people creating false flag threads to try to get them booted, etc. /co/ was so scared of creating another /mlp/ that they were ready to self destruct to prevent it.
At the same time, though, you had tumblr's cartoon community start to take off. Those people started coming to 4chan after Homestuck started, and other "fandoms" followed. Those outsiders completely changed the board's culture- they brought their thin-skinned rules lawyering and their "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all" attitudes with them, and it left everybody pissed off.
There's also the fact that there's a mod by the name of Redwood who loves /co/ and is a tremendous tumblrist.
People are being very vocal about things on /co/ because there are a lot of bad decisions being made in the comics and cartoon industries; DC got a massive reboot that shit all over their continuity and Marvel is a fucking joke. There are also a lot of things being put into those shows or comics deals with politics, which a lot of people get incredibly defensive about.
So no, /co/ will never recover until it gets rid of its tumblr users and the mods learn that people are allowed to have differing opinions.
>Eventually somebody told moot that if he made a pony board that the whole MLP thing would die, so he did, which is what basically led to bronies being born.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic was already pretty damn popular elsehwere before /mlp/ was a thing. The permanent stain on the internet was already made.
It's pretty silly how things that are comics or cartoons have been banned from /co/ because people couldn't let them go. On that note, I have seen the claims that removing MLP really hurt the board as it scared away newfags and people who come to /co/ to post whatever off-topic subject.
The lack of moderation was (and still is) the biggest problem, generals being allowed to run rampant, constant presence of /tv/ and /v/ threads, same few bait/shitposting threads being posted every few days etc...
As for the users, newfags don't use the catalog, nobody reports low quality posts and threads, even the weakest bait is guaranteed replies and "funposting" is considered board culture.
A sticky and one semi-active janitor and the board would improve monumentally.
Everyone is welcomed with open arms. Negative people are welcomed with open arms. Negative people begin to hold a majority. No one is welcomed with open arms.
/co/ is love was inherently flawed.
>The lack of moderation
>lack of moderation
confirmed for not using the board. /co/ is one of the most over-moderated boards there are. If you have anything negative to say about Marvel, your thread will be deleted and you'll be banned. I've seen it time and time again.
Oh, I never left.
And I know you missed me anyway.
As for /co/, I don't think there's anything particularly horrible that doesn't plague lots of other boards as well. we/a/boos might be a little more snarky but it wouldn't be as much of a problem if people didn't bite the hook so much.
This is kind of true, but there's constantly storytimes/hype threads up and I've been seeing a lot more webcomic threads (some might even be self-promotional?)
You mean /v/ level company war threads that are more about bitching about SJWs than the actual comics? Yeah those threads should be deleted.
Also DC threads like that get deleted as well.
It's incredible how shit the moderation on /co/, reporting threads does literally nothing.
the final crack came with cape movies and with their discussion being allowed on /co/.
It fiinally brought /tv/ shitposters on co/ to stay.
If mods were to just filter and autoban the most common /tv/ memes the board would already improve greatly. Banning company wars could save the board, but it would require actual moderation.
What's SU got to do with anything?
It's a show, gets discussed like any other show. Usually keeps to its generals, sometimes gets threads made.
I dont see how it is responsible for THE DOWNFALL OF /CO/
I really hate how /co/ is treated as some sort of "geek culture" board. I mean, just look at this shit:
At this point things like Doctor Who may as well have generals on /co/.
>newfags don't use the catalog,
Except, that's wrong. Because its the exact opposite and its a problem every board is facing. Newfags use /only/ the catalog and have never had a front page experience. It encourages generalfaggotry and the mentality of compressing and isolating everything, instead of spreading everything out like the natural way 4chan works. The problem with the catalog isn't that it isn't used, its the it's used /too much/.