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24601 No. 24601 [Edit]
What happened to all the people who used to inhabit imageboards ~10 years ago? Given how poor the quality of most are now, I find it hard to believe that they are still active in those same places. Did they simply accept the inevitability of change and abandon imageboards for good? (While I find it hard to believe that they'd switch to something like Facebook, it's not unprobable that many just joined discord groups, also simultaneously resulting in the gradual decline of irc). Are they still there in small numbers but just drowned out by the influx of newcomers and low-quality posts? Did they escape to some uber-secret sanctuary?

The recent 8ch exodus led me to browse some of their various spinoff boards; I thought that at least one might recapture the same spirit of old but unfortunately none really come close. Tohno-chan is still perhaps the only place I've found where where post quality remains relatively high and discussion is thoughtful.
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>> No. 25303 [Edit]
I don't personally like being a board on a bigger site either but I'll go just because it's one more place in the tiny pool of places to refresh every day I have left, I sometimes think of leaving the internet altogether. But if I leave the internet altogether in theory where would I go? Nowhere, what's even left besides mindlessly wandering around outside or staring at a wall? I need a new planet.
>> No. 25308 [Edit]
I ditched 4chan when memes and 4chan stuff started becoming mainstream and exploding all over mainstream sites like reddit and stuff. 2010 or 2011 I think.

I remember being a shy, introverted, friendless loser nobody in middle/highschool. As the 2010s came into fruition I realized that I was foolish to build my identity around anime, video games, internet forums, as I saw all of these things beginning to get the Big Bang Theory treatment, as they have today.

I started browsing 4chan/ED etc in 2007, I was never an SA goon or a cool guy like a pirate/cracker/hacker but I hit the 10+ mark.

I even browsed PSL forums and have day 1 accounts the forums, I became disillusioned with that also.

All I can say is that I am just a ghost, a zombie of a man. True virgin, loner, creep, friendless, jobless, alcoholic, nobody. If Im some rare breed of internet veteran no-lifers, my suicide is overdue by a long shot.
>> No. 25322 [Edit]
Yeah I remember it was 2011 too when something about the internet altogether started shifting for the worst. 2012 was meh and then it all just tanked from there as the internet started catering less overall to desktop users and more to the internet of things smart zombies, now we're left with this dystopian shell of an internet with a lot more content but a lot less human.

Before that though I realize I didn't even have much of an identity. I had a nickname I went by for a longer time than I do now but I was always on the sidelines cause I didn't have much to draw from especially back then. I wish to do it again sometimes and this time though I was born to be a screw up anyways not be quite as much as one with a second chance. I'm going to wake up tomorrow, it'll be the first day of school again , all this was just some weird nightmare, and I'll have what I learned from it to try again with.
>> No. 25372 [Edit]
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>All I can say is that I am just a ghost, a zombie of a man. True virgin, loner, creep, friendless, jobless, alcoholic, nobody. If Im some rare breed of internet veteran no-lifers, my suicide is overdue by a long shot.
I honestly cant help but feel this is where I am to head no matter what I do. More so a life without any real drive, self-pride, or aspirations than one resentful of social alienation. If I do reach this point, I honestly cant really forsee a positive outcome. I would no longer be able to use forums, IBs, whatever to get rid of that essential social interaction itch, since I might as well be in another galaxy in terms of age and/or experiences with posters.

If whatever reason I finally decide to make full-fledged effort to make my life worthwhile, it would be very difficult to do so soo late, since thoughts of diminishing returns would dampen any progress I make if I dont manage to develop a paradigm shift I can believe in(and for WHAT at that point). It is an excruciating "future" to think about.
Took me a lot longer than it should have to think of a response for this but really, I am just not feeling it. I dont know.
I still think its funny how shitposts from raiders would be left for up to several days(weeks a few times) yet something like all 6 of us regulars would often collectively ignore them until modmin finally showed up or decided to delete them.

To be honest, there were times on magicchan I was paranoid whether modmin was really someone to trust. He would show up very rarely and usually when he was discussed or directly referred. I just wondered what the point in investing time & money hosting an imageboard was for a sole administrator who rarely posted anything not related to upkeep of the site. I am just glad I got to take part in that forum. Special thanks to the fellow stragglers, Favela-poster, and Master of Debate.
>> No. 25374 [Edit]
I'm still here and check on my old haunts sometimes. I often feel guilty about not posting but I don't have the time or energy a lot, that happens as you get older or you just lose interest.
>> No. 25918 [Edit]
>a reality that is mere months away
>Suuuure. I'll be back in a couple of months to ask if we're dead yet. I'm willing to bet we'll be stuck in the same old pile of shit with none of that occult technobabble coming true.
It's been more than a year now~
>> No. 26214 [Edit]
How active is usenet? Looking at rec.arts.anime in particular [1], it seems to at least have some long-form conversation, albeit mostly from the same two or three people. Given that usenet in general (outside of piracy) has been mostly forgotten about and the eternal september has probably long since passed, might good snr still be found there?

>> No. 26215 [Edit]
It's dead outside of binary groups (aka downloads), and even those are more dying flops than anything else.
There's a couple BBSs that have a bit of a userbase though, if you're willing to comb through them.
>> No. 26216 [Edit]
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The only alive ones are the tech-related ones, and even then it's textboard pace.
Talking through the spam is shitty.
>> No. 26350 [Edit]
I just started crying actual tears while listening to some stupid fucking song that used to play all the time on youtube 15 years ago. I can't believe I miss those days.
>> No. 26351 [Edit]
Was it Caramelldansen or Levan Polka?
>> No. 26352 [Edit]
I was doing the same thing last night, with various NND mixes.
>> No. 26379 [Edit]
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Mostly we've all moved on I imagine. Although some like me regularly get the nostalgia bug and come back to quickly scan what has become of our old hangouts. It certainly isn't pretty.

For the sake of fairness just wanted to say even those of us that seem to "blend" into the mainstream it may only be surface deep. As you get more school/work experience and generally wiser it happens even if you were dropping spaghetti from the start. I recall reading some articles about how your brain's executive is the last to fully form and only does so in the mid-late 20's.

At the risk of sounding really corny it does feel like a little piece of you was left back in those days and will always be there.

Bottoms up to the anons that have actually departed this crazy world for good. See you around another time another place lads.
>> No. 26459 [Edit]
>Ievan Polka
I get this song stuck in my head every six months or so despite not having listened to it in years.
>> No. 26494 [Edit]
The majority of them became normalfags. They grew up, lost interest in anime and stopped pretending to be losers. They got married, had kids etc. These days it's very common to see someone on 4chan refer to their kids or wife.

As for me, I assimilated. I don't have any interest in joining discord servers, I never used IRC, Reddit is cancer and so all I have left is 4chan and other imageboards. I act and post like kids half my age.
>> No. 26495 [Edit]
Why they were pretending to be losers in the first place though? I don't understand what kind of weird roleplaying shit most of them were doing for years, but makes me feel stupid to think I was the only one that was for real, like a joke I took seriously for more than a decade.

>These days it's very common to see someone on 4chan refer to their kids or wife.

This still freaks me out when I see it.
>> No. 26496 [Edit]
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My guess is that it's the public school effect, where social stratification is more in your face and isn't based on money. They didn't feel "normal" or "popular" in that environment, when in actuality there was nothing wrong with them. They had friends and cared enough about their reputation to conform in many ways, but still felt alienated, and maybe took pride in that as compensation, and went out of their way to like "loser things". That says more about the place they were in than it does them.

After graduating, the illusion is broken, but some of them might still use the same online hangouts they did in school without realizing any of this and think they really belong there. If you call them out, they'll insist they really are one of you and have the oldfag status to prove it.

Post edited on 19th Apr 2021, 10:54am
>> No. 26497 [Edit]
Well, that's a really good explanation.
In the other hand when I was young I thought I couldn't be that much of a loser and it was the environment that made me one, but I turned out to be the real thing. There's some irony there, it's like everyone wants to be and pose as something different even if it's not necessarily a good thing.
>> No. 26500 [Edit]
It's like chuunibyou in a way.
>> No. 26501 [Edit]
That would explain their cluelessness when it comes to bullying. All the retarded self satisfied stories of fighting back. "I just punched the meanie one day and then it stopped and then I was friends with everyone and then the bully actually turned out to be a pretty cool guy."
Truth is they were never bullied. They were probably being lightly teased by 1 slightly mean person, not consistently stomped into the ground every day for years by a class of >30 people while the school staff liked the normies and couldn't give less of a shit about you.
The basic fact of bullying is, if you're allowed to fight back you're not being bullied.
>> No. 26530 [Edit]
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I'm 25 and I'm not really sure if I'm too young to be in the examples, but I was neet for years then joined school. Hard to be motivated studying in COVID but all I want to do is try get a job outside where I don't have to interact with people too much.

I'm less depressed than the NEET days (I live like one as everything is closed) but a lot of that was due to physical chronic pain as much as mental (though I was a shutin throughout high school prior to my health declining at 16). I assume the effects of anxiety and avoiding everything in life is probably more severe than a multitude of physical problems though. A lot of my hobbies (piano mainly) were killed as university takes up a lot of time and mental energy because it never feels like I've 'finished' and I also drag my heels with motivation, which is significantly worse in COVID as it's literally how I lived as a NEET minus the job centre. I sorta still would rather dying though and my goals are to try study in Japan just to at leaast have tried a new environment. Websites like this I don't want to bloat if I'm not a NEET as it seems unfair to the proper users, but I still feel it's fine posting here occasionally as I spent 4 years full on NEET and my entire adolesence as a shut-in.

For school it sorta surprised me though, initially I was anxious about things but now I just don't give a hoot anymore, which sucks for my grades and removes any intensity or consequences to my actions almost so there's no genuine motivation. I think living a life of misoortune and then having chronic pain from 16 onwards while NEET and while completely socially retarded is a depth pretty difficult to return to unless I just let my self stagnate entirely (which will probably happen lol). I know a few people from websites like tohno and wizchan (not used wizchan in literal years though) who are in their late 20s or mid 30s and NEET. I hope I don't get banned for saying this either, but I did briefly join the Universities anime club too until I realised a lot of people would just bring up doujins and hentai unprompted and I'm not particularly interested in discussing things. I've learned to be social enough to work with people and communicate but I still don't really care for people strong enough to form real connections, which I wonder if its a consequence of being used to being alone.

But pretty much that's my reason I stopped posting on sites like these, though this isn't a toxic place so I still look here sometimes (unlike wizchan). I also have never used the mainstream chans like 4chan or 8chan so maybe I'm a bit different. I imagine overall people get jobs or school so can't relate as well, kill themselves or just drift away for some reason as they get older as the threads are pretty much the same year on year.

Post edited on 26th Apr 2021, 5:22pm
>> No. 26572 [Edit]
The internet is a burning earth. There's nowhere good to vent about depression and NEET stuff anymore, every place I tried to go I realized was full of women, normies, and teenagers. I've been away from this site for over 8 years at least and seeing it still around is like finding an oasis.
>> No. 26573 [Edit]
>What happened to all the people who used to inhabit imageboards ~10 years ago?
I'm still here. I even still like anime.
>> No. 26574 [Edit]

Me too, though I don't watch as much as I did. I still love collecting art and doujins I like, my external hard drives with 10+ years of stuff are probably my most prized possessions. If I was a more outgoing person with any sort of income I'd probably rent a bank deposit box just for safe keeping of copies.

Post edited on 25th May 2021, 5:14pm
>> No. 26651 [Edit]
I was active on mostly local boards ~10 years ago and stopped using them altogether for a few years, tried to "fit in" and use facebook reddit twitter and whatever, socialize more, because I realized how toxic most of those places became. It was not the right response though in hindsight, I find people in general obnoxious I think, and I just need my distance from being personal with them so I started visiting a few chans again.

Maintaining irl contact is too much work as well, even setting up profiles is too much work, no I don't want to advertise myself dear website thank you very much, just want to talk and chill.
>> No. 26652 [Edit]
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Go back and stay there.
>> No. 26654 [Edit]
Well, that was a bit unexpected but okay I guess, I'll go away
>> No. 26655 [Edit]
Snarkily telling someone they dont belong is the greeting on TC, welcome.
>> No. 26658 [Edit]
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Some boards are still quite active. LolcowFarm is always bursting with people, Crystal Cafe not so much but it's still pretty cosy. I haven't been on 4chan in a while because it's mostly just porn and larpers at this point. Sushigirls is dead. The only real problem with LCF and CC is that the retards on /lgbt/ keep flooding the place with gore when they got their fee fees hurt entering spaces they knew they wouldn't like, *which really is the core of the problem*.

Old chan users moved on because the new people are zoomer idiots who spoil all the fun or they get offended and shit up the threads with their newegg tantrums
>> No. 26659 [Edit]
>newegg tantrums
>> No. 26660 [Edit]
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>/a/ celebrated when kyoani burned down
no it didn't, it made lots of fire puns, joked about it being revenge for endless eight, spammed DAIZ KISAMA, HE CAN'T KEEP GETTING AWAY WITH IT, then angrily argued with itself about whether the people making jokes were edgy teens or the people telling the people making jokes to show some respect were dumb moralfags, then started feeling pretty horrified and a little guilty when casualties started mounting, just like 2009 /a/non would have done, except there were more SNK and DBS reaction images, the occasional frog, and they said based and cringe instead of epic win and epic fail.

I believe you when you say post quality has declined a lot and the sense of shared identity identity has weakened, but if you're saying the board is filled with nothing but strangers now you're majorly exaggerating, that goes for everyone itt.

please come back ;_;
>> No. 26661 [Edit]
I tried, I really tried but DiTF broke me once and for all.
>> No. 26662 [Edit]
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>The only real problem with LCF and CC is that
Both of those places are awful because they're mostly used by women or people pretending to be women. They were never good. Crystal Cafe actually has a rule against posting if you're a man, so you're not so subtlety revealing you fit into one of those two categories. So kindly fuck off.
>> No. 26663 [Edit]
*newfag, my autocorrect had a stroke there, my bad

LCF is fun, the only real problem with it is that one of the admin actively hates LCF and refuses to pull her weight like the rest of the farmhands running the place, so gore/porn raids don't get dealt with properly.

(And it wouldn't matter if I'm a woman or a troon. Accusing me of being either makes very little sense on an anon board considering everyone here is anonymous, likely troons or women among the posts anyway)
>> No. 26664 [Edit]
*newfag, my autocorrect had a stroke there, my bad

LCF is fun, the only real problem with it is that one of the admin actively hates LCF and refuses to pull her weight like the rest of the farmhands running the place, so gore/porn raids don't get dealt with properly.

(And it wouldn't matter if I'm a woman or a troon. Accusing me of being either makes very little sense on an anon board considering everyone here is anonymous, likely troons or women among the posts anyway)
>> No. 26665 [Edit]
The main point of Lowcow Farms is for snarky cunts to stroke their ego by making fun of people they think are more pathetic than themselves. The kind of people who would find that fun don't belong here. Looking at their rules, they also have one against male posters.
>on an anon board considering everyone here is anonymous
I'm not accusing you. I know because you revealed it yourself. If you have even of modicum of decency in your cunt head, you will extricate this place from yourself without further encouragement.

Post edited on 22nd Jul 2021, 7:44am
>> No. 26668 [Edit]
Darling in The Franxx?
>> No. 26669 [Edit]
I still lurk, but why post there if I can do it on TC and other small imageboards?
>> No. 26670 [Edit]

Just a friendly reminder there is no rule against women on TC.
>> No. 26671 [Edit]
There is rule against announcing/implying you are a woman. Saying you're a regularly user on websites where only women are allowed to post counts as that.
>> No. 26672 [Edit]
Pretty sure the point of the rule is just to discourage attention whoring, and I think that includes drawing attention to the gender issue itself. Which is what you two are doing right now. because no one wants to see this shit.
>> No. 26673 [Edit]
Because no women ever posted on TC and no men ever posted on CC.
>> No. 26674 [Edit]
Don't say you use either Crystal Cafe or Lowcow Farms here. It's that simple. In addition to explicitly being intended for women's use, they are repulsive, noxious hell pits. My reaction should have been expected. Don't talk about it. And don't pretend you don't know what a strong implication looks like.

Post edited on 22nd Jul 2021, 4:42pm
>> No. 26675 [Edit]
I've never been to either and I've only learned about the former from TC, so.
>> No. 26676 [Edit]
I'm saying this in general, not to any specific anon.
>> No. 26681 [Edit]
No one gave this post a reply, so I just wanted to say I feel exactly the same way. Nothing seems to capture that moment, that same atmosphere, but with the same level of activity.
>> No. 26682 [Edit]
but it was horrible
>> No. 26683 [Edit]
>I feel like there's no one from 10 years ago, because people get old and they turn normal.
That's what happened to my older brother and his friends.
>> No. 26684 [Edit]
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I feel like I've been devoured by normalcy too.
Not in the way of becoming normal, but reading what I posted two years ago makes me think of a time when I could worry about things like imageboards while now my mind is 100% occupied with the disgusting miseries of real life. I guess that's what adulthood means, and it sucks.
>> No. 26690 [Edit]

I have been on the internet for all those years. I remember everything. Wizardchan, the solourful designs of the software, the hyp for some games. None of those things matter now, sadly.
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