4-ch is turning into 4chan. What do we do about it? (10)

1 Name: Anonymous Concerned 4-ch User : 2008-01-03 06:43 ID:LnT9/G3+

I've only been an active (and even then, on-and-off) member of 4-ch for maybe a year or so, but even that short period was more than enough time to witness a huge decline in the general quality of posts in 4-ch. This is happening to a lot of other boards I frequent as well (Bookchan, on anonib, being a prime example), and it's really depressing.
I don't hold any particular ills against 4chan users -- it's a pretty entertaining website most of the time, although /b/'s been shit for the last six months or so. But it seems like the influx of users from 4chan, or at least the attitude of posting found at 4chan, is really hurting us. This site used to be a haven for relatively intelligent, civil discussion. For a long time, posting here and being an active 4-ch user made you feel like part of a small, tightly-woven community, despite the anonymity. Now, though, all of that intelligent, civil discussion has turned into "fuck you faggot!" x1000. On some boards the change is a lot more noticeable, and there is still a lot of good posting going on. But I worry that it won't stay like that for long, unless we make some effort to bring 4-ch back to the quality it once had.

I have no idea how to do this, though. Any suggestions?

2 Name: Just a mod : 2008-01-03 13:41 ID:BP/Lh2Ch

Where is this guy saying "fuck you faggot"? I looked over the boards and didn't find that comment. Or was that metaphorical?
Anyway, "the price of freedom is eternal vigilance", this means report it here in this board if you see something you don't like.
Also "don't feed the troll", meaning ignore inflammatory messages and those are more likely to go away.

3 Name: Anonymous Advisor : 2008-01-03 22:51 ID:dOwc4lEP

This always happens, doesn't it? I'm pretty much convinced that you can't have popular and at the same time hi-quality community, at least not when you allow anyone to join and with current state of our Internet culture.

4 Name: Anonymous Advisor : 2008-01-03 23:21 ID:dOwc4lEP


> report it if you see something you don't like

Consider this - hundreds of teenage girls join 4-ch, in every board they talk about ponies, InuYasha, Barbie dolls and so on, they join your discussions, they shape the community. Would you ban them? For what reason? But this is what is happening here, just instead of little girls you get angry and bitter nerds and instead of ponies we have opinionated bitching, useless arguing and noise in general.

> don't feed the troll

Oh, that would be beautiful. Unfortunately very few people can do that, masses are too stupid to understand this simple concept or just plainly don't care about the community.

Don't sweat it.. sit back and enjoy the ride.

5 Name: Squeeks : 2008-01-04 16:23 ID:YJ6QtWNY

I think rolling over and playing dead on the current levels of stupidity isn't necessarily the answer. I ditched the wiki a while ago, firstly because of it's abuse by a few now permabanned /b/-tards, and also because I was hoping a more official guide which contained more than an incomplete list of DQN characters could explain newbies just how the site and it's community works. Guaranteed there's enough ignorant idiots out there, but if we remind them to read the rules, the guide etc maybe some will get the hint, right?

So I guess if people want to write stuff for the guide, go right ahead and post it ITT/Email it to me, for as long as it's relevant I'll include it in.

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7 Name: Anonymous Advisor : 2008-01-18 12:26 ID:iEkFvocs

If you provided me with the material from the old wiki, I'd be willing to add a list of all the DQN characters to it.

8 Name: Anonymous Advisor : 2008-01-21 02:30 ID:A0Kobho9

9 Name: Anonymous Advisor : 2008-02-07 20:12 ID:8dGXCRqo

I haven't noticed substantially lower post quality in any other board, but General has become a wasteland of idiocy as of late. It's like DQN but lacking even a pretense of humor and good cheer.

Maybe it should just be gotten rid of. We have enough boards now to cover almost any topic, I think.

10 Name: Anonymous Advisor : 2008-02-13 21:56 ID:VZerK0DH


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