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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. 24748 [Edit]
>>24746
To be frank those posts aren't really very substantive, and I think they would fit better in /lol/. There's not really much to reply with other than the equivalent of "sō desu yo ne"
>> No. 24749 [Edit]
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>>24748
So nanoka.
>> No. 24757 [Edit]
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24757
feeling nostalgic. I was thinking about 2013 earlier. Back then my routine consisted of getting drunk and listening to music. then posting on imageboards. I used to post here often. I remember posting here when pic related started getting popular. I got a job, saved money but messed up and ended up in the same spot. Except i'm older now and very tired. some people really aren't meant to progress in life I guess.
>> No. 24760 [Edit]
>>24757
The only true progress in life is towards death. Everything else is just pure superficial fantasies that we've made up in our minds to cope with the fact that we are heading towards death, and cannot possibly understand it.
>> No. 24763 [Edit]
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>>24760
I like that mindset. You can be a "winner" but you will die nonetheless. Not only you will die but you will be forgotten in a matter of two or three generations, even some people that did important stuff have been forgotten.
Only thing that matters is enjoying the meanwhile, and you can do that without any need of "success".
>> No. 24764 [Edit]
>>24760
> to cope with the fact
It may not necessarily be "coping" so much as the fact that you're biding time until death. That is, I don't have any fear of death so the coping is more with the tedium of life.
>> No. 24767 [Edit]
>>24760
I don't plan on dying
>> No. 24768 [Edit]
>>24767
How do you plan to transcend it?
>> No. 24775 [Edit]
I'm 32 yo and I watched how the normalfags destroyed almost the entire internet, but there are few places like Tohno, places where normalfags can't destroy. All older posters like myself just committed suicide or gone through the process of leave the NEET life, study or find a work and then you tend to spent less time on the internet because you are too tired.
>> No. 24776 [Edit]
>>24775
Trying my hand at those other places make me want to commit suicide. How the hell did the internet go from everyone pretending to be 18+ to everyone acting -14 ?
>> No. 24777 [Edit]
>>24775
>gone through the process of leave the NEET life
I've read this many times, but I wonder when this occurs; what age people tend to decide to kill themselves, stop being NEET, or continue their lives as is.
>> No. 24778 [Edit]
The Russian incarnation of Wakachan/iichan died recently. It’s all dying.
>> No. 24779 [Edit]
>>24777
Around 30 is when people start to move on from imageboards, I’ve noticed.
>> No. 24781 [Edit]
>>24779
As someone who's 29, I hope that I'm next, and I hope it happens as a good thing and not a bad thing.
>> No. 24783 [Edit]
>>24775
I'm 33 and I¡m spending more time in the internet because I'm too tired. To do anything else.
>> No. 24821 [Edit]
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>>24715
>>24722
>>24725
Oh shit, I was worried on what became of some of us! Glad to see some of us are still around. I used to always update that music thread that was popular there. I hope you liked some of the electronic stuff I posted! I'm really glad to hear from all of you, earnest.

OT: I just gave up honestly. It's always the same without exception. You find someplace that seems nice and it eventually reveals itself or becomes decimated. I mostly post on 4chan while on breaks on my shitty wageslave job or when I just can't get out of bed. I've long given up with niche Imageboards.
>> No. 24822 [Edit]
>>24821
What about here?
>> No. 24823 [Edit]
>>24822
People always want fast, but then they complain about bad quality. Pick one. Tohno-Chan is good enough for me.
>> No. 24825 [Edit]
>>24823
One thing I miss from magicchan is how every thread and post always got read and answered.
Here is faster but having so many boards makes everything a little too disperse.
>> No. 24838 [Edit]
Where the fuck did everyone go anyway? At the risk of bringing up a sensitive subject, 8/a/ is dead, 7/a/ is slow, 4/a/ is *vomits*, and this site is really slow. Fufufu is super slow, so where did all the super active crowd from 4/a/ end up going? No fucking way they're still hanging out on that abomination. It doesnt make sense, something like 5000 people just disappeared from the internet within a span of 5 years. They didnt really all become normalfags/suicides, right?
>> No. 24839 [Edit]
>>24838
No. They're probably all here, there or somewhere else on the internet that isn't polluted by parasites (normies). Some may have ended up committing suicide, some may have given up on anime, some may have started working on a job and become normal. But I'm thinking most have already found somewhere else to be on the internet.
>> No. 24841 [Edit]
>>24839
I guess everyone is split up over a dozen sites now huh?
>> No. 24842 [Edit]
>>24841
Yeah, seems like it.
>> No. 24843 [Edit]
>>24838
There's smuglo.li (8chan /a/ "bunker") but I personally didn't take to the atmosphere there. For anime in particular I don't feel there's too much value in discussing individual shows themselves (outside the context of review threads, etc.) so most of the value of a board comes from meta-discussion along with tangential otaku related hobbies. It's very hard to develop that "board culture" though, and once boards grow beyond some critical size it seems to get ruined (what appeared to have happened to 4/a/).
>> No. 24850 [Edit]
Ah crap I meant to say "those kinds of DERIVATIVE shows" fuck me

Post edited on 7th Nov 2019, 11:51pm
>> No. 24851 [Edit]
Wow, I just nuked a long post out of tiredness. Im going to be.
>> No. 24854 [Edit]
>>24838
Haven't you noticed how the "wizard" places don't have, ironically, people above their 30's?
Most of them die or turn into normals. For the vast majority I suspect all this was simply and at best, a "phase" of their early 20's. At worst, it was just a joke like the waifu thing. You could say normification is unstoppable and that's just how nature works.
>> No. 24855 [Edit]
>>24850
>>24851
If you have energy, could you retype an abridged version of that post? It seems like it was interesting.
>> No. 24857 [Edit]
>>24838
I keep asking myself that and it's killing my sanity. It's getting to be fucking impossible to find (other) people over 30 on the internet. Everywhere I go lately is taken over by literal 13-16 year olds. Did everyone pull a Logan's Run and fucking renew or something?!
>> No. 24858 [Edit]
>>24857
They are living the normalfag life, probably ashamed of their past, if they still remember.
>> No. 24859 [Edit]
>>24855
Basically, what I was saying was that meta discussion of anime killed the fun in discussing particular shows, and that I didn't care much for the kinds of derivative stuff that falls within a meta. Also, that side characters and themes in otherwise derivative shows tend to be what makes anime worth while, despite the generally samey nature of anime.
>> No. 24860 [Edit]
>>24857
I'll be 30 in a few months, still living the life. But of course I'm spread out on multiple imageboards these days and I've been trying out new places online from time to time but it just seems so hard to find anywhere to truly fit in as you've put it. Everywhere is already taken over by teens and young adults that I literally can't relate to one bit at all. But yeah, it seems like everyone in our age range has moved on to being "normalfags" and solely on social media. Even my family have all become braindead zombies addicted to mindlessly scrolling on their phones. My grandma is constantly telling me what everyone is doing even though I repeatedly have to tell her "I DONT USE FACEBOOK AND DONT TALK TO ANYONE AROUND HERE ANYMORE, I DONT HAVE FRIENDS!" as she's always bringing up people I went to school with or that I used to hang out with in a previous life.
>> No. 24861 [Edit]
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>>24860
>my family have all become braindead zombies addicted to mindlessly scrolling on their phones

I find this the most incredible thing. My parents were anti-videogames and not pro-technology at all, we never had a video or a color TV, of course nothing like a computer or a console was ever allowed until I was a teen.
My mother was anti-computers and literally never touched one in her entire life, my father used to lecture me about spending too much time in the internet, chats or forums (we are talking about late 90's/first 00's), he could get really mad when I eated fast so I could return to the PC. Now they live connected 100% of the time to their smartphones, even when they eat they keep sending messages. My father lectures me now about how I absolutely need to buy an smartphone. It's so damn ridiculous how things can change like that.
>> No. 24862 [Edit]
>>24861
Do you ever point out how they changed to them?
>> No. 24863 [Edit]
>>24862
You don't try to argue with your parents.
>> No. 24864 [Edit]
>>24863
Parents don't always know best, but yes it's pointless to argue with them. They're most likely set in their ways and wont change.
>> No. 24865 [Edit]
I'm 32 yo and Tohno is the one of few websites I still post. For some reason Tohno keeps the quality and is safe for hikkis, NEETS and social outcast while the rest of the entire internet was desecreted by normalfags.
>> No. 24866 [Edit]
>>24865
Maybe it's a generational thing, maybe our generation was more propense to that kind of lifestyle because who knows what reasons, I mean, we have gone from "3DPD" to "have sex". Something has changed in the last 10 years.
Maybe the early internet made turbo-nerds and the internet and technology of today make turbo-normals.
>> No. 24867 [Edit]
>>24866
>Something has changed in the last 10 years. Maybe the early internet made turbo-nerds and the internet and technology of today make turbo-normals.
The increased commoditization of the internet, changing it from a place for organic discussion into merely another for companies and individuals to make profits via engagement. Compare early youtube to current youtube, where essentially every single video follows the same formula because that's what they have determined will lead to maximum revenue (until youtube changes the algorithm next time, of course). This was enabled in part by lowering the barriers to entry with mobile phones and apps in general, and what followed was a feedback loop where tech companies realized they had a new gullible userbase to monetize, and users unwittingly walked into their carefully constructed dopamine bubbles. And now even if some stray users wander away into an imageboard, they treat it as though it were just another means of quick entertainment.

Maybe all this was inevitable as Kaczynski said.

Post edited on 9th Nov 2019, 1:47pm
>> No. 24868 [Edit]
>>24866
I think it's because of how easy it is to be normal and integrate into society now. Everybody lives on social media so even losers can interact with their peers and become part of the group, additionally many of the things that made someone a loser are now socially acceptable and normal. It's becoming increasingly rare to find people that stay out of all of this.
>> No. 24869 [Edit]
>>24868
Thinking about what you say, maybe all the loosers that were such because circumstances aren't loosers anymore, so only the pure, unadulterated natural born loosers remain.
And I guess there's not too many of those because natural selection.
How all this goes along with that shitty incel subculture wave of the last years though?
>> No. 24870 [Edit]
>>24869
In my honest opinion, the majority of self-proclaimed "incels" online are teenagers worrying about kiddy crushes. Then there are the older "incels" who, for the most part, are just losers who usurped the whole fedora/brony culture as the dominant thing to shit on. The people who actually posted on r/incels are, fuck, over-socialized? I really don't know. Somehow they don't really seem like they're the genuine shut in losers of old, yet I definitely wouldn't call them normalfags. Maybe they're just college aged kids who will grow out of it when they get older? I don't know.
>> No. 24873 [Edit]
>>24870
I'd tend to agree. Anyone who's genuinely an asocial person who has given up hope wouldn't spend his time posting on forums centered around complaining about 3DPDs. Consequently those who post on "incel" forums and the likes of r9k are probably those who haven't truly given up hope yet and still long for 3DPD but for some reason are less "successful" than they'd like to be.
>> No. 24874 [Edit]
>>24870
>>24873
I think they call those "failed normal-fags".

And yeah, it's easy too have sex nowadays. Chris-chan had sex, and so do many cripples, they can do it too.

What they really want is companionship and love from 3dpd. What they don't realize is that love rarely exists in this world. Skyrocketing divorce-rate, alarming rates of multiple-sexual partners, millions of hook-ups. Everyone serves their own-self interests nowadays. There is no family, there is no love.
>> No. 24875 [Edit]
>>24874
Even Chris-chan? Jesus.
>> No. 24880 [Edit]
>>24869
>loosers
I agree, but this drives me crazy. The word you want is "losers."
>> No. 24884 [Edit]
>>24880
Sorry, I have brain problems.
>> No. 24890 [Edit]
>>24884
What's sad is that I've seen supposedly intelligent people (e.g. engineers, scientists) making the same mistake (while also usually trying to make a point that implies their superiority).
>> No. 24892 [Edit]
>>24838
I believe there are a still a lot of oldfags left on 4chan, for a various kind of reason. Nostalgia, hope, inertia, you name them. Anyway, in the current internet is impossible to recreate a community like it was before. You either adapt, move on, or retreat to a small place like tohno, with its pros and cons.
Everyone in this thread feels like something is missing, right? I don't even enjoy anime like I used anymore, and now I just limit myself to rewatching my favorites or the odd old anime still in my backlog. I don't know if it's just part of growing up, but damn I feel empty.
>> No. 24893 [Edit]
>>24892
I know that feeling of emptiness but personally I still enjoy anime and videogames, and I think I will always do. Problem is work leaves you so tired that most times you can only do braindead stuff. You need to put some effort to keep the passion, if you just accept that growing up means to stop enjoying things you're fucked.
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