>>428572 2003 to mid 2004 is Old 4chan, when the site was still relatively obscure and finding its footing. Its culture would be unrecognizable to posters now because there was no '4chan identity' and there was nothing to fit in with.
Late 2004 to early 2006 is the "golden age," lots of iconic raids and famous memes are born in this era. Also many now-major boards are added.
Mid 2006 to late 2007 is the "silver age," a period of expansion and change, but also of gathering storm clouds. The community's demographics are shifting at this point as newer posters flood in, but it is still a hotbed of internet culture. The site becomes too popular for its own good in this era.
2008 is great collapse of 4chan's culture. Project Chanology irrevocably changes the site's ethos and the subsequent invasion of newfags overwhelms the already dwindling golden age population.
I see everything before 2008 as the "First Age" of 4chan, though it's hardly a uniform period since the site is very different in 2007 than it was in 2003, it's more like an arc of change. But the culture that arose in the golden age was pretty much destroyed in 2008.
>>429295 The same way you enjoy heavy drinking with friends or any other kind of self destructive but fun behavior. You don't think about the future, you just live in the present and have fun. It was a great time to be on the site.
In retrospect such careless high profile activity was not wise, but wisdom is not a trait I or anyone would associate with 4chan. At least in the past we knew how to have fun.
>>429295 Raids are not the problem, the problem is who participates in the raid. There are smart people who will not tell where the raid is coming from and there are the dumbass Reddit "dank memer" underage newfriends who will spam "LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL www.4chan.org COME JOIN US FOR MORE RAIDS" all over the target. Also, if you think 4chan is popular nowadays only due to raids, you're absolutely wrong. I mean, of course, raids did make 4chan somewhat infamously popular, but you can't put all the blame on them. Bomb threats, death threats, hacking, child pornography and many other illegal activities were posted here, which drew attention to the news. What do you think the media would cover, rape and bomb threats or autistic man-children raiding a kid's game?
>>429317 >autistic man-children Funny you say that, as last I recall, a good majority of old 4chan was mostly normal well adjusted people. The difference is, they just acted like autistic man-children here as normalfaggotry and normallity is not fun or interesting.
>>429577 >>429582 Being normal and well adjusted doesn't mean having normal interests, you fucking stupid fucks. Even the most normalest and average person can turn out to want to fuck your daughter or play pretend I'm a female elf and lets fuck with the DM.
>>429577 You are conflating failed goons with early anons. These are two very different things and should not be used as a point of comparison as the rationale and attitudes of faggots like m00t and his old goon friends was entirely different than they rest of us. They wanted attention, power and exposure. We just wanted a place for discussion.
>>429582 Well adjusted people are capable of discussing things which would make the unwashed masses repulse, for the pleb is emotionall crippled and intellectually unstable. Well adjusted does not describe normalfags. They have been purposely adjusted by society and it reflects a general outlook which isn't well suited for humanity.
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