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 No.135[Last 50 Posts]

When did you begin using imageboards regularly and how do you think it has affected your life?

 No.136

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>>135
I first started posting from my Wii on 4chan back in 2013. Overall imageboards have been good to me since I've only been able to make friends on them.

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I already said it on /comfy/ that I got in these places when gamergate happened. Though bringing the subject is just opening a can of red ants at this point, I like to avoid it.
>how do you think it has affected your life?
These four years it made me a tool and have shown me how easy to manipulate I am. But thanks to Corona I have rediscovered who I want to be, and what I want to do in life, now it's just a matter of getting my ass on it and do the sacrifice needed to get there.
I wonder when did 8chan got shutdown now, was it in august? I still miss /tikilounge/

 No.142

Imageboards did not appeal to me until after I started liking anime and became depressed. I would be much more naive and oblivious without having used them. I wouldn't be the internet addict I am today were it not for them.

 No.143

2016 is the first time I got on, was sending in Lei Feng on 4chan hunger games threads mostly, I always heard of places like 4chan but after a while I just don’t like it there, I don’t know why but places like these of homegrown tiny sites just out there are amazing for me, it’s just one of those things that I admire in people that are willing to stick together and be with each other even though we’re anonymous in the end. It shows to me human nature in things like /comfy/ or /nice/ that people are willing to help each other and even in very divided communities like /pol/ or places like that are just normal people wanting both a laugh and to make friends in the process.

 No.144

>>138
8kun has /Tikilounge/ but I don’t know if the people originally there are still around, but hey you can ask around

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>>144
It's not the same though, when Tengu added it to his board I was really looking forward to anons coming back, sadly he decided to quit too soon

 No.160

I started in 2015, I was still quite young, and I guess I could still be considered quite young. I don't think imageboards have had that great of an impact on me.

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 No.173

>>168
I did not, but I recognize some of my posts.

 No.194

2015 when I lost interest in the few things I had going on for me. Imageboards and few other unhealthy habits filled the void.

 No.223

I joined in 2018, back when that horrible shooting happened (you know the one). Just digged through the details and found an mention of 8chan. Looked it up and have been here since.

 No.225

>>223
That was a year ago though

 No.237

My introduction was through Operation Payback. I feel like I've been around for way too long.

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I was a big E.D. reader back at the end of the 2000s, so it was only a matter of time before I started browsing imageboards. It was the anything-goes sense of humor that drew me to the, rather than animu and mango (which I have a slight interest in now but didn't have at all then) I remember I was regularly visiting 4chan around 2011 or so, post-/new/ and pre-/pol/.

While I've found imageboards to be pretty helpful and informative on many different topics, I think browsing them has had some downsides for me. While I might outwardly look more put together than I used to (thanks to browsing /fa/ for a while), I feel like more of a pariah. I have to stay in the closet in regard to my political views now, but I also don't really fit in with political imageboard users anymore due to being a lot less conservative in regard to things like religion and sexuality. I wish the alt left or alt center had caught on more, but instead I'm stuck in no man's land.

Overall, though, I'm just glad there are boards like this and /comfy/ around that are more relaxed and aren't filled with drama and angry poo-flinging.

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>>225
>When did you begin using imageboards regularly
I remember finding Encyclopedia Dramatica ~2010 and wishing these awful people would just die. I didn't grasp that the humor is in the audacity and in the reactions to their slaying of sacred cows until around 2015. I started visiting "regularly" some time after that. Maybe because of the AGDQ thread in 8/v/, which was a hell of a time, and cathartic given the demolition of speedrunning culture that was well underway by then.
It was fun. I was intrigued by the culture, and how it differed from reddit and voat. No scores, no names except for the occasional cringe factory who needs everyone to know how absolutely precious he is. I guess, in a word, I learned that not everything has to devolve to the level of the lowest common denominator; you could have standards and a culture that enforces those standards even on the lawless seas of the internet.

There's also stuff like learning to bantz. I was le epic uppoints man on reddit and would be booty bothered by trolls and flaming and such. There's a certain zen nonattachment to be learned, both with regard to oneself, and with regard to the world. Seeing people on the namefriend internet snipe at each other and dickride their local ecelebs was never so distasteful to me as after I had seen how IBs work. It "turned the volume down" on a lot of bullshit like that, if you'll pardon my paraphrasing Fight Club.

Seeing it all implode teaches something, too. Not just about the people out to wreck everything, but about how this counter-cultural thing that derided normies for being "sheep" now has a large number of increasingly demoralized people following each other off their own special cliff.

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i really like your picture OP

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i started using chans when THE POOLS CLOSED and LONG CAT IS LONG

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About 2008 from Encyclopedia Dramatica. Yes, I'm one of THOSE.

 No.302

>>277
Are we still the hated newfriends nowadays?

 No.304

>>302
It probably is like blacks, as long as you don't friend you're fine

 No.305

>>304
wtf? I said ni66er!

 No.411

i first discover imageboards back in mid-2000s?
didn't have a computer nor internet connection at home, so until like 2011 when finally got a home internet i browse 4ch and so forth regularly.

not much has they affected me, i would say. though through the years it still makes me realised there're all kinds of people will gazillion different opinions and views.

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 No.700

I started to use these from 2010. I became a degrenated weeb.

 No.733

2004, when 4chan was new in the world. There were some obscure imageboards which catered to things too hardcore for moot. Strange that I wanted more hardcore stuff… but ended up enjoying the mellow and the comfy.

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It's been a bit of a mixed bag. It's annoyingly hard to have any real conversations since it always feels like people are trying really hard to find anything to prove you wrong on like some kind of egotistical teenager but on some of the better boards I was able to find people I can relate to a little better.
At the risk of somebody jumping for my throat, they're usually funnier too. Whenever somebody posts something funny it's actually funny unlike other sites and the people who browse those. From what I've noticed, as an extension to people posting actually funny stuff, people on imageboards tend to have much better taste which has allowed me to watch the great animes they recommend and discover more I like from there. Of course, good tastes in anime are on more obscure boards, not 4chan.
>how do you think it has affected your life?
But it's also made me very disillusioned and that hasn't made me very happy. It's also been frustrating because it's become incredibly hard to find boards without normalfriends on them and once you see one of those it's basically the beginning of the end for quality on any site that foolishly welcomes them. Anybody in power running the place doesn't seem to care about gatekeeping no matter how hard you try to persuade them to, you know, care about their community so that doesn't help.
So, again, kind of a mixed bag.

 No.905

>>135
My friend introduced me to mecha anime in 2007 which eventually led me to 4chan, didn't start posting until about 2012.
Only lasting impact really is my taste in games and anime. I guess it did kind of help me get through high school, but it also fueled my bitterness towards other students.
My current friends are mostly from other imageboards, so in the end they have been good.

 No.906

>>747
You have to be wary of not devolving into a purity spiral when gatekeeping, otherwise the board becomes a sekrit club with most threads devolving into fights over who's a newfriend and who's not

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>>747
>>906
Anyway, where is the line between productive gatekeeping and the spiral into paranoia? Stick with me here, because I'm making a point.

Boards that aren't adverse to rudeness tend to self-gatekeep pretty well by simply bullying stupid comments, thereby chasing away stupid people. But there always comes that tipping point when one autist is sick of being bullied and starts to troll and samefriend, getting his buddies to do the same if he has any. As this compounds, the shitposting buries and drowns out all the quality posting until most quality users move on. See spacechan as a good example of that.

Then, there are the boards like here that prevent such a thing from happening with a low-tolerance policy on rudeness and trolling. It works pretty well on a slow board, but it becomes attractive to normalfriends with any attempt to shill the board and get more users. Every time you link to this board elsewhere, you make more normalfriends aware of it until it becomes like 4chan.

So where is the middle ground? How do you bring in more quality posters while deterring the mainstream normalfriends without becoming edgy shitpost central or over-moderating? I think the answer is self-control.
(body too long)

 No.908

>>907
(continued…)
First of all, if you don't like a post, attack the content of the post, not the person who you believe made it. This will deter dumb opinions without making things personal for anyone. I don't say this to suggest a rule but, on the contrary, to suggest a habit that users ought to adopt in order to reduce a need for rules and direct mod involvement. This way, we can be a little rude in an appropriate way without making this place appear safe to trolls.

Second of all, ignore posts that are clearly not doing above. If people are being insulting, or posting something repetitive or nonsensical, give them no (you)s.

I know that what I am saying is nothing new, but people always forget it. 99% of boards devolve into either janitor dystopia or shitposting anarchy when the users forget the two points above. It's really quite simple.

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>>907
>>908
I really don't think /kind/ should be trying to deter dumb posts or normalfriends. Especially since these terms are so nebulous that they're going to mean something different to everyone here. If you aren't a radical hikki NEET eco terrorist you're a dumb normalfriend to me. Also I want to be /kind/ to dumb and normal people.
>If people are being insulting, or posting something repetitive or nonsensical
Why can't bullying and spam just be deleted? Is kind.moe supposed to be a libertarian board or something?

 No.913

>>910
I think it does get deleted… when it's obvious. But as you said, these terms can be pretty nebulous. And I'd argue that a deletion is still a response and an inferior deterrent to complete attention-starvation in this environment.

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>>913
Then I agree with you in principle. Sadly I think pic related will happen 9/10 even if they read your two points and agree with them beforehand. I hope I'm wrong though.

 No.920

>>914
That's probably bound to happen when derailing isn't against the rules. I've seen boards where groups separated themselves into different containment threads, but I think that can only work with a large amount of users.

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This is my first post here!!
I started posting in spanish imageboards as an underage in ~2013 when I was 12 years old. I stumbled across an imageboard just by googling "spanish 4chan", and tbh that's what you got in there, take it as you will.
One of the things I've learned after all these years lurking and posting in various chans in both english and spanish is that topics such as pornography and politics only divide people and don't really help to build a community. There are millions of porn sites, I don't understand why you need to coom in an imageboard of all places. I really like the decision of keeping this board SFW, although I can't say I like the idea of always trying to be /comfy/ all that much. I hope I get proven wrong though, I like this place.
Question for people that discovered imageboards at an early age like me, do you think seeing the sort of things that people usually post in imageboards fucked you up in some way growing up?

 No.959

>>954
I started in 2015 I think, when I was 14. I don't think it really fucked me up, as much as it made me doubt people a lot more. It's probably a big part of why I'm so jaded compared to my peers. Realistically, it didn't have much of an impact compared to generally being an outcast for a long time.

 No.1344

>>135
I think in 2012 when I was in school doing some projects and I learned about 4chan… I was there for a long time and used to go on /r9k/ when I was a depressed 9th grader, I used to like the comfy threads a lot. I started going on /fit/ and tech and stuff, I guess I got more interested in politics too.

I always loved cars so I used to visit /o/ a lot and in fact in like 10th grade, I first watched Initial D which was the first anime I ever watched since I never cared for it before, and I guess after that I started to like anime and stuff.

I stopped going on 4chan around the time when moot left and the poole closed forever, the breaking point was when they introduced the new crappy botnet captcha, so I left and basically stayed on 8ch after that and I used to go on /fit/ and /tech/ the most and I met some nice people. I also visited lainchan and a lot of other places. When 8ch got shut down I just didn't go back for a while.

Today I post on Julay's /retro/ (except they moved to another site), and I use the new 8kun site, and 8ch.se, and I just found out about this place. I still go on lainchan and other boards sometimes. I also like to visit whisperchan which is over SSH which is cool.

I know it affected me a whole lot and I feel like it maybe defined my personality to a great extent, in some ways a little badly like antisocial tendencies and stuff from my r9k days which I am over now, but also in a lot of good ways too. So overall I guess it was a nice experience and I met a lot of nice anons along the way. And I bet that somewhere, I have already talked to some of you before, who knows.

 No.1358

>>1344
>Today I post on Julay's /retro/ (except they moved to another site)
Me too. That's the only board over there I post on anymore, since I'm not entertained by the personalities /cow/ discusses nowadays (I used to lurk 789chan and 888chan back when those were around). It's too bad it's so slow, but that's kind of a given with non-4chan imageboards nowadays.
>I was there for a long time and used to go on /r9k/ when I was a depressed 9th grader, I used to like the comfy threads a lot.
/r9k/ could be a pretty enjoyable place before all the moping started to overtake the actual discussion.

 No.1370

>>1358
I think I may have visited those chans you mentioned once or something. I never stayed on most of them long since they were just so dead, it didn't seem worth it to me.

what exactly is /cow/?

and yes, r9k was nice sometimes but overall it seems pointless to me now, the only good parts to me were just discussing feels, getting comfy and posting cool images, and just sharing stories and stuff. not complaining and being blackpilled all the time. Glad I left, really.

 No.1373

>>1370
>I think I may have visited those chans you mentioned once or something. I never stayed on most of them long since they were just so dead, it didn't seem worth it to me.
I didn't really understand the culture when I first found them but thought the whole thing was interesting enough to stay anyway.
>what exactly is /cow/?
It's the lolcow board and the successor to /cwc/ from 789chan and 888chan. Traditionally it was all about eccentric Internet figures but branched out to "e-celeb" drama that I just find boring. I've always been interested in abnormal psychology and people living on the fringes of society, and now that those aspects have fallen by the wayside the board has no appeal to me anymore.

Julay.world was an offshoot of /cow/ culture.
>and yes, r9k was nice sometimes but overall it seems pointless to me now, the only good parts to me were just discussing feels, getting comfy and posting cool images, and just sharing stories and stuff. not complaining and being blackpilled all the time. Glad I left, really.
Yeah, it really became too much to take. I gradually lost interest in the rest of the site too. The last 4chan board I ever posted on was /vr/, but even that had changed for the worse when I visited it again a while back.

 No.1374

>>1373
>I didn't really understand the culture when I first found them but thought the whole thing was interesting enough to stay anyway.
that makes sense. I'm on some small boards too, but in general I just feel bad when they're empty feeling.

>"e-celeb" drama

ah, yeah I don't like that kind of stuff. I don't need it in my life, haha.

>Yeah, it really became too much to take. I gradually lost interest in the rest of the site too. The last 4chan board I ever posted on was /vr/, but even that had changed for the worse when I visited it again a while back.

Yeah, I feel you. Sometimes I lurk but I haven't posted there in years. It's not very good anymore. Plus I can't post with my VPN there, that's the biggest thing for me.

 No.1382

>>1374
>that makes sense. I'm on some small boards too, but in general I just feel bad when they're empty feeling.
Same. I try to bring some activity on boards where barely anyone posts, but it can be tough when you're basically keeping them on life support.
>ah, yeah I don't like that kind of stuff. I don't need it in my life, haha.
Yup. It's just boring and uninteresting to me.
>Yeah, I feel you. Sometimes I lurk but I haven't posted there in years. It's not very good anymore. Plus I can't post with my VPN there, that's the biggest thing for me.
Yeah, I'm not going to post there when they don't even allow VPNs anymore.

 No.1388

>When did you begin using imageboards regularly
many years ago back when 4chan was young and vibrant. before it appeared on most normies radar. 4 was slower then, but more charming. not even sure i remember how i found it. i think someone might have sent me a link in an email saying something like… get a load of this site, it's nuts! i got hooked on the format and have been bouncing around different boards ever since.
>and how do you think it has affected your life?
i really love the scene and how a good board with quality posters can make such a surreal and ephemeral collaborative website of sorts. i've found out about so many obscure and interesting things through word of mouth from other anons then i think i would have otherwise. i like the crazy energy that the /b/tard hive mind can bring to the table. i even made an irl friend through an ib, which i never expected to happen. they have since moved away, but it was nice, for a time, to be able to talk to someone irl who shared in this culture. having said that, imageboards have also exposed me to more bizarre forms of degeneracy then is probably healthy. that's a bit of a downside.

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>When did you begin using imageboards regularly…
I came into 4/trash/ regularly via a webcomic phpBB forum in mid-2016 and became a regular poster on there and /bant/ and a few other boards.
>…and how do you think it has affected your life?
It exposed me to a lot of interesting music and art and I find a lot of information said on Ernstchan and other small serious boards quite valuable.

 No.2555

>>135
2007 back when I was around 9-10 years old and had a female online friend from a chatroom who was 12 who linked me halfchan. I am 23 years old now and can't escape from imageboards. Shit has kind of ruined me.

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A few weeks before GamerGate happened though it would've been over a year earlier had I not stopped at the front page. Before that I was (retrospectively fortunately) never in any online community and they changed my life for the better as I mentally became a stronger person but am now stuck refreshing pages waiting for replies like everyone else.

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I found a speedrunning stream around 2012 and the guy allowed shitposting in his chat, the mods were shitposters too and he was sponsored by fakku at the time and opened packages with doujins they sent him on stream. He said he was gonna participate in the /srg/(speedrunning general) marathon. a general in 4chan/vg/ (is dead now). I knew about 4chan before but I wasn't curious enough to go there. I posted there for some time and went to other boards as well but I only posted from time to time, didn't get addicted or anything. then around 2015 I started watching anime with love live and after I finished it I remembered there was a general for the love live game on /vg/ and started posting on it everyday. Having people talk about a series that I had just watched on the regular was fun for me, it also made me a love live fan mostly because I kept seeing people talking about the songs, seiyuus, etc. and got invested in it. I still go there to this day. I don't think I'd have liked LL as much as I do now if it wasn't for that general. so I think thats how it affected my life. around 2017 I found the /qa/ board before it was listed and started browsing other imageboards. This is a bit unrelated but I wish imageboards were seen just as another kind of website instead of the ¨worst part of the internet with bad people¨. I think most of us are just introverted looking for a place to hang out.
Thanks for reading my blog

 No.2563

>>2561
I blame the big things like Project Chanology and Qanon

 No.2564

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>the average anon started using imageboards in the mid or late 2010s
No wonder they're so lame now.

 No.2571

>>2564
I started in the early 2010s and feel like a relative oldfriend, despite being an eternal newfriend.

 No.2590

>>1344
>stuff from my r9k days which I am over now
If it's not too personal, could you elaborate on that a bit? Some days it feels like I'll never be "over it"

 No.2600

I started a week ago

 No.2601

>>2600
nice, but how did you find /kind/?

 No.2604

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I've been on imageboards since around 2013ish. Started with 4chan, then checked out 8chan not because of gamergate but just because it got spammed a lot. Got really big into the altchan scene in 2015/2016/2017 when all the drama with 8chan was going on re: hotwheels, infinity next, josh, /baphomet/ and all the other stuff. At one point I knew most of the altchan admins and also ran several imageboards. though I disagreed with the founder(s) of some on many, many things. Eventually I got doxed and nearly had my life ruined, which led to me kind of disconnecting from it all. I mostly post anon now but every now and then I help admins with sysadmin related issues, vichan problems, lynxchan problems, etc etc.

I really used to be passionate about them and they've basically been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I didn't have much of a childhood (never attended public school in my life, except K to 3rd and 9th to sophomore year of HS, dropped out, got GED recently.)

The thing I miss most about being more involved is being able to actually be the host and have some sense of responsibility of something. If it weren't for imageboards I wouldn't have gone anywhere in my life ironically though. Would've never gotten much of an education, would've never got motivated, etc.

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 No.2628

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>When did you first discover imageboards anon?
>When did you begin using imageboards regularly and how do you think it has affected your life?
Discovery would have been perhaps in 2005 but possibly as late as 2007, having been introduced to 4chan by my older brother. I know that it must have been before the Scientology protests, but it's difficult to gauge how long it was before the protests because I was severely underage and even a few months at that age would have felt like years. It was then that I started keeping an /s/ folder and probably also a /b/ folder, but I have no files from them today. I was a regular user during and after the Scientology protests, even lurking and posting on the textboards sometimes. After the /sci/ board was made, I posted trollphysics OC to that board every now and then in trollphysics threads, but I don't have any of those images now.

I kept going on 4chan up to around 2011 or 2012. I have a picture from that time here, some OC I made for I believe a /b/ thread about making album covers from random Wikipedia pages. My usage of 4chan waned because my social life in high school got busier and because other websites I went on were consuming more of my time. Throughout 2011 to 2016, I mainly used SomethingAwful, Reddit, and Tumblr, as well as some smaller sites.

When gamergate happened I didn't use any imageboard websites. I was vaguely aware of 4chan going through a schism because of gamergate. In 2016 I looked into the gamergate thing more, I had a look at 8chan, and I enjoyed lurking the smaller boards so I decided to go there more often. Then I got more into anime and started using 8chan's /a/, and that is how I began using imageboards regularly the second time around.

Regarding how they've affected my life, not much but it's a positive effect. It was actually SomethingAwful that affected my life, and its effect was very much negative.

 No.2636

>>2628
>When gamergate happened I didn't use any imageboard websites. I was vaguely aware of 4chan going through a schism because of gamergate.
I was taking a break from imageboards during that time and only learned about it due to an E.D. article covering the 8chan exodus back in like 2014.

 No.2637

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It began in late 2013, I was 13 around that time, where I went on 4/b/ for the hell of it but I ended up getting hooked on /mlp/. By 2014 I started becoming even more of an outcast, and I eventually became a hikiNEET and a depressed lad, no doubt that imageboards exacerbated the problem. Though, it was also around that time where I started getting fit, got interested in self-improvement, politics, and tulpafriendgotry. By the time 2015 came to a close I pulled myself out of that rut, and also joined in on the 8chan exodus. I still think early exodus 8chan was the best of times, especially on /pol/, but I don't really have much of a metric to base off of.

The next few years I gradually weaned off of horsefuckery and pol, when it slowly went to shit, and started primarily going on /b/ and /a/ b2 was great, RIP. Around the time 8chan went up in flames, I was taking a break off of imageboards because I got caught up in meatspace shit. When I came back, I found smouldering ashes and smug. I was thankful that the webring existed, but I still felt pretty broken up about the fact 8chan was dead and explored other chans trying to found out where everyone else went before accepting that those days are gone.

Imageboards have been a pretty big part of my life, and I sincerely hope they will continue to do so since I doubt I can find other like-minded friends so conveniently without them. To that effect, I think they've been a net positive.

>>954
It definitely fucked me up and led to me being estranged from my peers but, at the risk of sounding like an edgelord, I think that also helped me be reborn in a way. Sure, it's led me to a rather strange path in life but I wouldn't have it any other way.

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>>2637
>It definitely fucked me up and led to me being estranged from my peers
I had a friend I hung out with everyday then started pushing him away to browse imageboards instead, even having a small fight one day that I didn't want to talk to him at that specific time. A few years after that we hung out twice and I talked about how good the Syrian national anthem was and probably said some things that revealed by political power level. He was jewish when I looked back on it. It's been years since we had any contact.

 No.2650

i was leik four teen n i went on 4chin n idk howe it effected my leif

 No.2809

>>2650
You're probably joking, but I'm still surprised at how many ex-underageb& there are.

 No.2814

2007, just after witnessing the habbo raid in 2006

 No.2828

>>2809
He's mocking them.

 No.3248

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Started off lurking a small porn-centric chan in 2005, when I was 13. A year later I started browsing and posting on 4chan.

I want to say it's had an overall negative impact on my life. As a kid I had an inherent "hatefulness" about me. I had no idea how to be nice to other kids, and I often picked fights with kids who bullied me. probably because I had a lot of abusive assholes early on in life Being a /b/tard only made that hatefulness worse, because everyone wants to look edgy and bash on everything, so I started hating everything myself.

What I especially regret was how all the raids on teenage artists (just for making dumb anime fanart like any teenager would do) made me too self-conscious to share my own stuff online. I used to want to make games, so I picked up things like spritework and music, but I never shared a single thing because I'd think about what /b/ would say and go "yeah nevermind this is garbage". Granted, my skills back then did suck, but it's not like they were too bad for a teenager. I imagine that, had I been in more supportive communities, I'd have had the self-confidence necessary to share my stuff and get feedback, encouragement, guidance… hell, maybe even opportunities. Of course, places like that required names, so I was too shy to join and be known.

The only upside, I'd say, is that the cynicism helped me become a lot more self-aware. Before then I used to make a fool of myself, I was the archetypal "extroverted autist" who talked to random people and get on their nerves. Even online I was like this: joined a few forums, acted a fool on all of them, then left once it was clear nobody liked me. But it's not like this self-awareness couldn't have been gained in a healthier way.

Nowadays, the only reason I still use imageboards is because it's all I can manage. Too shy to fit in on named communities, and social media is terrible for reaching out to others. But even then, I can tell I'm outgrowing chans.

 No.3249

>>3248
>I want to say it's had an overall negative impact on my life. As a kid I had an inherent "hatefulness" about me. I had no idea how to be nice to other kids
I was the that way as a young kid. I had a real vicious streak and lack of empathy and used to pick fights with other kids for no reason.
>The only upside, I'd say, is that the cynicism helped me become a lot more self-aware. Before then I used to make a fool of myself, I was the archetypal "extroverted autist" who talked to random people and get on their nerves. Even online I was like this: joined a few forums, acted a fool on all of them, then left once it was clear nobody liked me. But it's not like this self-awareness couldn't have been gained in a healthier way.
I was similar, although I wasn't trying to be aggressive or anything. Seeing old forum posts I've made makes me wince.
>Nowadays, the only reason I still use imageboards is because it's all I can manage. Too shy to fit in on named communities, and social media is terrible for reaching out to others.
Imegeboards are the only place where I really have a chance of meeting like-minded people. And for whatever reason I feel ashamed of myself when sticking my neck out socially. I don't like being recognized or pinned down by other people, even if it would just be as someone who makes forum posts under a pseudonym.
>But even then, I can tell I'm outgrowing chans.
For me it's more of a matter of imageboards dying out, but in another sense I feel like I'm buying less into the imageboard hivemind as time goes by. I'll always feel like an imageboard poster in a sense, but even supposedly free-thinking imageboards have their own taboos. I realized I should be true to myself regardless of what people on imageboards might think of me. On top of that, I'm not getting any younger and find it hard to relate to the way imageboard culture has been going.

 No.3316

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I was an underage brat when I first discovered 4chan (ten years ago, to be exact). For the first couple of years I solely lurked, rarely contributing to the site. Eventually, I managed to grow a pair and began posting. After a while, I grew tired of the newfriends who would invade the site and change the culture to suit their needs so I decided to look for other chans to browse. Nowadays, I spend my time on various chans which, albeit slower, are more enjoyable. I still go on 4chan but it's mostly out of habit instead of genuine interest.

As for how imageboards have affected me, well, I'd say that it made me realize how much of a crowd following sheep I am. The hivemind just takes over and I find myself blindly parroting their opinions. It's disillusioning, to say the least.

 No.3552

>>136
>my Wii
I'm sorry!?
You're a mad lad.

 No.3639

Discovered /b/ around the time the Jesse Slaughter thing was unfolding (2010 iirc) which made me laugh at the time but in retrospect was horrible. Spent a few months on Wizchan but gave up as the community is unwelcoming and gatekeeping. Now I’m a 31 yo incel and realize it was a waste of time. I’m positively surprised /kind/ is a thing though considering imageboard culture is the opposite of kind.

 No.3666

>>3639
>Discovered /b/ around the time the Jesse Slaughter thing was unfolding (2010 iirc) which made me laugh at the time but in retrospect was horrible.
Yeah, I remember reading about in on Encyclopedia Dramatica as it was happening but wasn't actually posting on imageboards by that point. It was funny and all, but that whole incident looks like it ended up turning her into a head case. The consequences for her really haven't been the same.

 No.3672

Is was a young teenager when I first discovered 4chan. I can positively say I've seen some really fucked up shit from a young age (mostly from there) and I think it fucked with me more than it did others in a similar situation itt. I had really bad ptsd ever since and still have bad memories of everything, though I'm mostly too jaded to care when I do see something bad nowadays. Damn.

 No.3736

>>3666
>the consequences for her really haven’t been the same
Ok I admit that made me smile.

 No.3738

I was about 12-13, an internet buddy told me about 4chan, didn't quite get the imageboard format and my english was shoddy at best, good enough to scam other ESLs in runescape but any wall of text seemed intimidating at the time. As most of us, first ended up on /b/ and boy that was interesting. To be honest, I was kinda scared/shocked then started moving to other boards and see what they were up to.
Became a /g/tard, /pol/tard and sometimes I hang out on /trv/, /lit/, /o/ and /diy/.
I'm 25 now, everything could've been way different, but I'm glad I ended up exposed to 4chins, it sure shaped me into the person I am nowadays and I'm thankful for that.

 No.3771

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Does anyone else regret lurking more than 2 years? I've seen enough stuff to split my hairs molecularly and witnessed so much unpunished assholery that makes me want to go back to just using game magazine's forums, even though those formats are dead

 No.3782

My friend introduced me to 4chan around 2004. I mostly lurk, and didn't start actively posting until 2007.

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>>3771
>Does anyone else regret lurking more than 2 years? I've seen enough stuff to split my hairs molecularly and witnessed so much unpunished assholery that makes me want to go back to just using game magazine's forums, even though those formats are dead

What kind of imageboards are you on anon?

If you're looking for fourms, there are a few active ones still around. I know RPGcodex and SomethingAwful are still around, but I would only venture to those places if you can handle goons.

 No.3799

>>3771
The only things I really regret about having been on imageboards for so long is how alien the people on them feel to me now and that I'm probably going to see them end pretty soon. Otherwise there have been downsides for me, but I don't know that I would change a thing.
>>3796
I miss the days before things like Reddit, Facebook, and Discord started killing off most of the traditional forums. I could never go back to them now though.

 No.3809

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I think I first started using imageboards on my PSP around 2006-2007 when I was an underage b&. It was a breath of fresh air for me at the time, although I mainly lurked and almost never posted until I got a proper laptop in 2009 I think. They have had their ups and downs, and vary wildly in quality from board to board depending on the userbase. Some places like /r9k/ or wizchan attract some very negative energy that perpetually feeds itself, while others can be chaotic but still a source of very interesting discussion you won't find anywhere else. I was never terribly invested in any of boards I visited, but I do miss the Good Old Days™ of /jp/, /x/ and /i/. The Umineko threads in particular probably colored a more positive view of the series than I would have had if I never browsed /jp/.

They've certainly had an impact on my mindset, as a whole I'd say for the better. I do have quite a few vices today but I can't really blame imageboards on them, they're my own mistakes. I'll probably always be an anon at heart, regardless of where I end up in the future.

>>3248
>What I especially regret was how all the raids on teenage artists (just for making dumb anime fanart like any teenager would do) made me too self-conscious to share my own stuff online.

I feel the same exact way, I'm glad I'm not the only one. Although this isn't anything specific to imageboard culture, I recall lots of communities dedicated to bashing on deviantart anime drawings or whatever. I truly regret not just ignoring such people and drawing to my heart's content back then. Some of those goofy deviantart artists went on to make some good stuff.

I don't regret the raids in general though, some were breddy funny.

>>3799
Internet culture in general has become homogenized. Everywhere you go, which is increasingly a select few social media giants, has the same lingo, the same tired memes, the same culture. I've left all such places, including the larger imageboards, because I can't relate to modern e-culture at all. Doing this has made me realize just how great some of the smaller sites and communities that are insulated from the greater mass of cancer really are, so I want to make an effort to preserve them.

 No.3810

>>3809
2007-2009 /jp/ was the best moment of my life. The board was also one of the reasons I started learning Japanese.

 No.3813

>>3799
You could still get into ham radio if you want to, ham isn't going away any time soon especially in Japan and latin America, there are so many Jap autists in ham if you live in Australia you might want to try it out but even if you don't you still might be to reach Japan or Australia at night if the stars align even if you live in Yorupe or Burgerland with just a 2 meter band. It all depends on the curvature of the earth.

 No.3818

>>3809
>Internet culture in general has become homogenized. Everywhere you go, which is increasingly a select few social media giants, has the same lingo, the same tired memes, the same culture. I've left all such places, including the larger imageboards, because I can't relate to modern e-culture at all. Doing this has made me realize just how great some of the smaller sites and communities that are insulated from the greater mass of cancer really are, so I want to make an effort to preserve them.
Yeah, exactly. I feel like an old man looking at the way people write nowadays, even ones a few years older than me. A lot of the humor is just unfunny stuff you'd see on social media sites. It's all just so lame and foreign to me (in a non-exotic way).
>>3813
I don't think it's my cup of tea, but I love seeing people keeping stuff like that going. I remember 8chan having a ham radio board before the site-wide activity unfortunately withered away and killed off a lot of the smaller boards.



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