>>26109593 Everyone who arrived after Chanology is an eternal newfag. You are even more newfag than someone from like 2012, atleast the latter wasn't influenced by the Le Guy Fawkes SPARTA Longcat memery from /b/.
It embodied the wild-west atmosphere of the internet back then. Like you were really on a new frontier, breaking new ground, not knowing what you might find or who you might meet.
That was of course before the internet became the thing everybody had in their pockets and everyone from greedy assholes like Zuckerberg to giant corporations were trying to monetize their piece of the pie and turn it into a cashcow and also before everything you did on the internet was being monitored and stored by those same corporations for advertising data as well as government agencies.
If you've been here long enough you've no doubt seen the rumors about the extent of moot's cooperation with law enforcement that has been said to go so far as agencies enjoy MOD like backdoor access to the website and a data cache for all threads posted that never 404.
>>26109458 Yeah it was, people on this site were more chill back then and there was a lot more OC instead of just pepe and feel guy edited and reposted a million times. Back then the autists didn't rage about the trap threads because "it's gay bro" or REEE at the slightest thing they perceived to be normie like a child throwing a temper tantrum. On the bad side there was a shitload of spam than ran like a virus unchecked. I do miss old 4chan though.
>>26110042 This anon nails it. Basically the closer to the time of the site's first launch, the more authentic and innovative things were. Memes were better, more interesting and authentic conversation, some really, really great threads. I've been on and off 4chan for ten years and I'm not claiming that I'm an oldfag or wish we were back in the good old days. 4chan was always shit in some way, just a different kind now. Of course there were always newfags, kids, shitposting, but there was a more creative, trailblazing spirit. Wild West atmosphere is accurate. But of course, as with most online communities, the more public it gets and the more people know about it, come in and change things, the worse it feels for original users. The Anonymous movement and the explosion of social media and mobile tech meant more and more people had regular access to Internet culture and inevitably came here to shit it up (this is why we have /soc/, a containment board for new users bringing attention-whore culture with them). The original /r9k/ board tried to recapture the inspiring, imaginative spirit of 4chan with its algorithm to prevent repeat posts but it didn't stick. Loads of things contribute to a sense of decline but for me, the biggest noticeable difference was when I went cold turkey on 4chan for two years and came back here to see sadfrog and the feels guy being in every other thread and turning this board into a pity party. Nowadays of course, this has changed to Pepe and Wojak, REEEE, normies, misogyny, etc etc.
Back when I started we had different word filters and they changed the color of your text. Fag= Candy Ass Nigger= Roody Poo Moot= Sigourney (and it changed it to "Sigourney" even in the middle of a word, like "smoothly" would become "sSigourneyhly") Mods= The People's Chamions
/b/ was fun but only when you're a retarded teen, haven't been on it in years but by the sounds of it it has gotten worse. It was mostly random edgy humor and shenanigans and for the most part was silly fun. You did have to sift through it all alot and there was a lot of stupid shit and porn as well.
>>26113008 Like everyone who came to 4chan pre-chanology, /b/ was the vanguard of the site. It was the spirit of 4chan, cultural epicenter of 4chan, had far and away the most traffic and was responsible for all the aspects 4chan itself was infamous for (raids, "hackers", the cutting edge of internet memes). Anybody who came to 4chan during that time came through /b/ and then found their way to other boards when they got tired to reposts, spammers, the general bankruptcy of intelligent conversation and the ever increasing number of unavoidable furry porn threads.
It had the kind of unrestrained exuberance and deluge of content that has perhaps only matched by /sp/ during the World Cup or /pol/ during the ZimZam trial.
It was cool back in the day when it wasn't mainstream. The content of boards like /b/ was still terrible but it was a whole new experience. Now that memes are an every day thing, it has lost a big part of it's appeal, also it's userbase gets steadily shittier.
2006/2007 were fucking amazing Anyone that tells you "It's always been shit!!!" is talking out of their ass.
Things were much less serious back then, because your old aunt beth didn't have the internet in her pocket and that popular girl in school didn't know how to join an IRC channel. There's been a legit shift in mindset accross the internet that I would've never thought possible had you told me back then, and it isn't a good change. People are legit trying to force the idea that the internet is an extension of real life and should be taken seriously as such
>>26113017 What does that have to do with old people. They were far less 'cringey' I mean they are old and wise and a different time doesn't mean it was a worse time maybe you are just a dumb spoiled cunt who takes the media 100% serious. Please go back to red dit. Please.
I've been on this site for fucking 11 years now. I'm fucking 22. In my 11 years here, I've made maybe about ~50 posts. No one just lurks and appreciates content nowadays. They just spout the first shitty thing that comes to mind. No one thinks about what they're saying now. No one puts effort into making up a good comeback, something funny, or something plainly thought evoking. I feel so alone in the sea of newfags, honestly. I know 95% of you came here in '09 or '11 or something. Most of you know nothing of the culture that was kept here. I know I sound like a jackass, but 4chan was the best place on the internet a while back. For the same reasons people thought it was a shithole. Unmoderated, honest content. Now it's like tumblr 2.0 with more irony and self loathing.
This place honestly made me the man I am today. And there's not a single negative thing about that.
>>26112171 > I went cold turkey on 4chan for two years and came back here to see sadfrog and the feels guy being in every other thread and turning this board into a pity party. I did the same damn thing, I regret not sticking around and "soaking up" the old r9k atmosphere. It felt a lot more genuine
>>26112171 >>26110042 you are right because internet was right. some people say "bring back my 1999" because back then it was wild west, everything was possible. now, what internet has become is a nightmare, and so is here. but it is stil better than "outside"
Internet was so much better when you actually needed some competency to use. One thing I hate about now is how dumbed down technology seems to be getting, I hat the stupid interface on things like iphones and tablets.
>No sjw >Normies avoided the place like plague >Being on 4chan was not something the cool kids did >Ugh meme hate didn't exist >less boards, more diversity amongst Anons in them >Less respect for anything >posting any kind of real life information about yourself was a death sentence >Mods didn't do their jobs as actual mods and allowed illegal content float around for a longer time and were more fun, less professional >Things like autism didn't exist since it was like calling out a drop of water in a sea >calling things edgy just because you want to root something out from being posted did not exist >MOOT >people couldn't care about one another at all, this was not a place where you came in looking for sympathy and pity, but to be a god awful bastard >attention whores and namefags were properly driven away >hate against women and normies was a site-wide thing >You were critisized and punished more easily and relentlessly for things instead of people embracing them nowdays, for instance trannies pretending to be girls
Instead of the site handling and catering you it was about if you could handle the site.
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