Thing with /b/ is it used to be genuinely relevant. A hive of scum and villainy but also a hive of utter hilarity. Now it's just full of idiot children and the collective IQ of the whole place doesn't even top out over a german shepherd.
/b/ used to be a lot slower. You could post a new thread, and it would still be around hours later. This led to a fantastic collaborative meme generation ability we've long since lost. Someone would post a template image and other anons would fucking run with it for hours.
Million gets were huge deals.
We scared our first "queen of /b/" right the fuck off the internet.
There was a lot less spam, less trap threads, and less spiderman threads. It scrolled slower so people could actuall have discussions in a thread. There were more leaks/ epic gets, roll threads, and stuff you weren't supposed to see.
also the trolling was a much higher quality. I would say at one point this was a college aged board with college aged tastes, now it's closer to 3rd grade or middle school in it's nature.
Been here since 2006. Normies are cancerous, yes, but it's highly conditional. Someone could be completely cancerous and still post the troll face and 'le memes' while the others could actualy know SOME ammount of the culture.
All I'm saying is, not all normies are cancerfags. If that makes any sense.
>>685183220 I blame raids. They were fun, but brought the spotlight onto us. Suddenly, everyone had to be in the super secret club. Personally, I felt the biggest changes here during the IRL Scientology raids.
>>685179457 very different but most of what kills it today is actually the size and amount of users.
I have seen this happen before with other communities, when it reaches a certain size new people enter faster than they are able to understand the norms and ways of the community and in turn they change it, usually for the worse simply because they latch on to the things they notice and in their desperate attempt to belong or in a stupid attempt at contributing they exaggerate and overdo the jokes, get validation from each other that they mistake for validation from the site itself and all this just create a bad downward spiral.
nothing to be done about it.
a few times you see some of the lost glory here and there and that is the only reason I come here anymore.
>9Gag/Reddit = Gaia/Newgrounds >being an edgelord was more tolerable and fedora-tipping/being a loser/etc was more acceptable. >it was probably a couple hundred to a thousand of us circle-jerking on /b/ >constant fear that it would turn into what it is now
I dunno it was just the one place we could go to sperg out, discuss things, meme it up, and generally avoid normies. The quote that always gets posted because it sums it up best is "/b/ was never good, but it was never this bad."
>>685179457 2008-09 I think I started coming here. Was pretty chill, there was a lot more shit people were getting away with that mods ban now. I was pass through a ddos thread once, turned out to be when all those credit card companies got flooded for like half a day and came on the news the next day. Was pretty funny.
>>685182375 not today, too many of them are active users, the lurkers have too many shitheads to learn from to be able to return to the old ways, not to mention one of the biggest problems is simply the numbers and the amount of traffic the site gets, it is difficult to have any kind of community when it all gets renewed so fast.
threads that people like even die before people get a chance to post because there is too much traffic.
back in the day a thread could sit for hours until exploding, waiting for the right people to make something great out of that content, today those thread more or less simply die before those people who might be able to make lulz out of it get to reply
Holy shit guys, just found an archive that had /b/ threads from 2003. The amount of faggotry that is nonexistent is startling. http://web.archive.org/web/20031008225412/http://img.4chan.net/b/imgboard.htm
>>685185540 >>685185700 This pic is true no matter how hard I resist. I can't not lurk at least once a day. I feel ashamed to use le reddit now. I don't know what else to do though when every single thread he spirals out of control everytime
Yup. Its hard for me to believe that I still keep coming here for the past 13 years. But don't blame 4chan users, the internet itself has changed. its more accessible than it ever was and people are using it as a social media instead of a tool to share information.
/b/ is just a place for newfags to show up at. they don't see anything on 9fag or leddit so they come here to feel edgy after school. why is there no good content anymore you ask? well, what kind of content do you expect from a bunch of under8b& faggits who have their favorite jewtube channel star on the next tab?
What people posted back then would be considered cancer now. There was a lot more OC. Less people posting a picture of themselves, though you had the occasional person. A lot more weeb shit. It was just different, wasn't really all that better besides there being more OC.
>>685188402 you sound like a newfag or someone with bad memory.
it is strange how only 4chan is affected by this myth of yours? how come other sites and memories from everyones life is correct, but not the 4chan memories?
the main issue is its size and its growth, what happened to 4chan is not unique, I have seen it happen before to other communities and you will too when you get to experience more of them, sorry friend.
>I had visited 4chan before, looking for a fappening dump. >Idk what i did, but with my current knowledge i guess i must've found my way to /s/ or something. >I remember only one single thread, girls riding dildos on the ground with bonus for squatting. >For some reason i thought the users themselves were in the pics, possibly because i was drunk. >There was one question that i wanted to ask: WHY would you just post this manually without any payment? >That kind of remains unanswered. >Fast forward a bit, summer "15. >I had heard about 4chan before, so i though "why the hell not sign up for an account?" (I know, stfu). >I came there, lurked my ass off, and after a month googled how to make an account. >I found out quickly how it all worked. >Never left. Judge, ask, or talk.
>>685179457 In general, in the past two decades the userbase has become less and less intelligent.
It's an undisputed fact, and it's not just 4chan. It's the internet itself. A fact that most people seem to hide from is that most people are pretty stupid compared to the brightest. Originally it took wealth and/or technical skill to be on the internet. Since the 90's forward, the prevalence, ubiquity, popularity, and most of all, the accessibility of the internet has ensured that more and more of those dimwits are able to get on and find their way around.
It's very clear. there has been a constant erosion of brainpower since then, and it was amplified beyond return after moot plugged 4chan in Time magazine about 7 years ago. The average IQ on the internet was much higher 20 years ago, in general. Now any child or dimwit can find their way around easily, since it's all point and click.
>>685191320 >>685191166 >>685190639 But on the very rare occasion that I would post my tits they'd all be like "sharpie in the pooper" "gtfo" "landwhale" (I'm 100> lbs) "ugly breasts".... To no appeasement!
>>685191471 Yup, totally get the problem. We need a new interwebs that dumbfucks can't even believe the existence of. Sure you have tor, but it's easy as fuck now, slow, and everyone knows it.
Don't count on /g/ to help with this, they're hit pretty hard by the autists. I used to visit /g/, but all interesting tech is left out and now the top thread is about nvidia having 7fps more in a gpu benchmark, so i left.
>>685192776 I'm aware of that, because why wouldn't there be? Sadly it's hard to design a selector based on intelligence instead of skill, knowledge, wealth, or knowing someone who's in. Exclusivity doesn't need to be a killer if it has a proper selector.
'06 oldfag here- less faggotness, furries, traps, all that mental illness shit, a lot better jokes/memes that were only known to 4chan (and why normies never heard of them), actually good trolling, and more discussion overall. Was good times. Porn is better now though I guess.
>>685185031 I've really noticed that the unique board culture that drew me to this place has died. Nobody calls out the people that don't belong. I see somebody post lurk moar like once every three months. There's just too many new people that never figured out how to integrate properly.
The fucking collective iq also dropped like a fucking stone in a vacuum next to a black hole. Assuming a coordinate system where down would be towards the black hole.
>>685193401 Dude... some people are a lot slower on the uptake. They don't think 20 moves ahead or whatever. It's just like "It feels good, I do it" kind of shit, and we get to watch what humans are really like behind the exceptional proxies we use to sensationalize humans as something more than what they.
The site overall was a lot less steamlined, noko and all that.
There used to be fortunes too.
As for content, it's pretty similar. /pol/ was less of a thing, the place has definitely got more racist. It used to just be incoherent anger, now it feels more targeted. It think that started after Chanology when everyone thought anon's were scary for some reason.
People saying there were less dick girls have no idea. More 3d dick girls now maybe, but there's always been dick girls.
People used to spam info threads instead of YLYL threads but they're just the same idea; big threads full of the same few dozen images.
>>685194366 Everything we need is already there, but like I said, Exclusivity is both a boon and a bane.
We could create some Cicada style puzzle that someone has to solve through some complex multi-step process, but do you know what happens? Instead of finding the best and brightest, you get entire communities of autists who turn it into a collaborative effort and then post the results on the clear-net so any dumbass who can google can access it.
As far as I can tell, the best way is to basically recruit select individuals for access, but again, the same issue, the club won't be very big like that, and if you open it up you run into random idiots again.
Maybe something like all that, but add a few layers to it, like some of the other chans have hidden VIP areas, etc.
Really, we can do whatever we want.. but you know, exclusivity...
The orly owls were posted when I first came. Lot's of useless raids, blamed ebaumsworld for it.
Bots and spam was extremely common. Some days the site would be flooded with one word posts, ascii blocks that covered screens or simply be down.
I remember the useless shit to be most fun. As when someone found an open webcam and hundreds of people gathered around to watch some guy work his daily office life. Dave or Andy or some shit. Posts about him getting a new coffe mug, getting yelled at by his boss or spilling shit on his desk. It ended with some guy calling him I think.
>>685195224 Cicada 3306 are aimed at acquired skill, i wouldn't use puzzles like that to select intelligent people.
Maybe you could put up an exclusive and well hidden club with a secure access control. Users select users, knowing a guy does get you in if you qualify. It will of course be small to begin with, but growth will be exponentially if everyone does their part.
/pol/ is a containment board; their cancer used to be all over /b/, now it's tucked neatly away. It's a shame, in a way. We used to get raided by Austrian Economists from the Von Mises site all the time. They are fucking retards, but eloquent retards, nonetheless.
Believe it or not, but back in the day, people still had "people skills" because the internet was new enough that an entire generation of literal shut-ins who spent their whole childhood online didn't exist.
I remember huge collaborative projects that were actually awesome and not dragged down by shitty people and their stupid ideas. I remember helping and being helped all the time, because intelligent people with specific interests could spot each other since the river of piss wasn't the ocean it is today.
it wasnt very different tbh /b/ was never good you newfags just missed the "mods are sleep" threads where pedos posted cp often not the shit of nudism and nonude that is posted now but real cp
and the mods of before were lazy asses they took their time deleting cp and they banned everyone in the threads where cp was posted, i was banned twice for cp just because some asshole posted it after i had posted
>>685179457 It was more fun. I've been browsing since 2008, which is funny that that qualfies as oldfag now. Prank calls, Habbo hotel trolling, the good days when memes were still funny to me and not cancer, etc.
>>685179805 These fucking newfag say "/b/ was never good" but look at /b/ now. What threads are up right now. Fucking traps, drawthread, rekt threads, not only that but its the SAME SHIT EVERY GOD DAMNED DAY. I don't know how people browse this board all the time still. I go on here for like 10 minutes and I'm done.
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>>685179457 less porn on /b/ in 2010 if i remember correctly, interactive threads was the big thing back then. even if they only were get threads or batman shit or even fucking itty bitty baby threads. it was a lot more fun.
back then /b/ was a cesspool of innovation and lulz.
The board revolved around making fun of each other, creating funny inside jokes and sticking a middle finger up to the ones who didn't get the jokes/humor or weren't in our little culture we created. You had to browse (lurk) the board for a while to learn these subtle "memes" and figure out the place. IE there were infographics that would kill you if you didnt know any better, and some inside jokes/memes had some deep explanation to them. You'd see threads where some random dude knocked a card stand down for lulz on the nyc world cam with live updates in the thread. You would see raids on other websites/games which were for fun and messing with people. Ghost radio pranks were funny as shit. It was more than just rigging poll results. The rage comics were actually hilarious and pretty on edge with the humor at times. We made the "rage" faces and from there it was still pretty good. Then mainstream internet came along, these inside jokes filtered into the masses and we lost our identity. Sure there have been other things since then but it really doesnt surmount to the culture /b/ used to have when you literally couldnt understand a thread just because it felt like people were speaking in another language due to all of the memes/inside jokes.
It pains me that meme has become such a cancerous word.
there used to be raids, nobody gave a shit about sending phone numbers, kik and snapchat didn't exist and "pics your no supposed to share" wasn't cancer because it only showed up like 1 time every other week. oh, and tumblr fags didn't exist, redditors stayed away, nobody gave a shit about anything since we were desensitized to virtually anything.
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