>>122108618 Because there wasn't people shouting "newfags" or "go back to reddit" back then. Everyone could take jokes easily. Today, anyone can pretend to be elitist, and god forbids you if you used some meme from here somewhere else. 4chan has become so No fun allowed, it hurts
>>122108902 It became that out of necessity, sure it was fun back in 2005 but around 2007-2009 /a/ became a shithole that only modern day /b/ could compare to in terms of retardation. Neo-/a/ isn't great, but rest assured it's been far worse than it is now.
>>122109157 I couldn't agree more, I faced the "elitism" people complain about when I was a newfag, but I saw it for what it was.
Its kind of like the saying "Give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day, teach a man a fish, and he'll post it every day until you like it"
Without this self moderation /a/ would turn into a cesspool like reddit or MAL. Go to either of those sites right now, find your favorite show from recent season and read some of the discussion. You will never want to leave /a/ again.
>>122109578 It's actually less elitist than it was a few years ago. 2012-2014 was full of clusterfucks, Toonami General, SnK, Naruto ending. It's mellowed out in the past few months(ignoring moot leaving), if we can minimize the debates on board culture and sources of newfaggotry elitism won't cause as many problems because it won't come up as much.
>>122109578 "lurk moar" was ever present, /a/ just found more alternatives to say it. If it is more elitist than before, then only because it previously lacked any real theme, it was basically /b/ with less gore and porn threads.
>>122110283 Probably because of bad experiences in the past. These days, /a/ is pretty chill as long as you don't create recommendation threads or go all like "SAUCE???!" on something everyone should be familiar with.
>>122110071 The real question isn't when it'll degenerate into /v/ 2.0, it's whether it can come back from that. Lots of boards have become worse than /v/ is now, the problem with /v/ is that it eventually submitted to its fate and never recovered. /a/'s advantage is that its board culture, while occasionally going overboard, is designed to help it recover from shifts in community and the like. One good thing I'll say about /co/ is that it's still at least trying to recover from it going to shit a few years ago, despite its board culture having the exact opposite effect.
>>122110283 There's a limited number of shows that get discussion on /a/, and they change every three months. That makes board culture weird for crossboarders, because they don't know what's being talked about if they aren't watching currently.
>>122110283 It is only elitist if you act like you have no idea what you are doing or how to post. A lot of things work indirectly here and it is understandable that people have no idea how it works at first sight.
>>122108902 The difference between modern /a/ and old /a/ is that old /a/ liked new memes and played around with them while shunning old ones, while new /a/ hates pretty much all memes. They may be developed in one thread, but when you post them in the next you're already alienating half the crowd.
That's one problem /a/ has. We can't really produce much original content here anymore. Though to be fair, memes aren't exactly original content. If you draw a comic and post it, (and if you're not a shit artist or your comic reeks of underage) you will get a positive reaction. Nobody does that anymore though. I think the last ones were guy and loli on an island, old man at the end of the internet and guy-Jean, and they're all several years old now.
/a/ is great because it's constantly evolving, anyone can hop on board /v/ and start shitposting easy because they've been crying about the same stuff for years. /a/ on the other hand is constantly moving on to the next new thing. Honestly one of the harder boards to troll and shitpost on
>>122112210 I thought they were still trying to make new Guy Jean stuff? Also, while the lack of it is dissapointing, people need to stop acting like OC is the main purpose of boards outside of /b/, that mentality led to some of the darkest times in 4chan history.
>>122112313 /a/ is also one of the few boards who hasn't been effected by the anti sjw war 4chan has been raging for the last 3 years. Ever since everyone decided to take themselves seriously 4chan has been plagued with that bullshit.
I think the only threat /a/ faces is casualization. At some point it really will have a community of seasonal watchers with only a few guys who have 3 or even 4 digits of anime watched. But even that is not actually likely.
>>122112559 It doesn't have to reach Japan. The japs don't care and probably will never care because SJW don't speak Japanese and don't post on the Japanese Internet. /a/ and other English-speaking communities are not safe though.
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