>girls have lolcow.
>guys have wizchan.
>/pol/ has polchan.xyz
>leftypol has bunkerchan.
>/jp/ has warosu and sushichan
>goons have freech and goonsalon
>druggies has 420chan
>furries have 7chan :^)
>Pedos have masterchan
>gamergate has endchan
>cyberpunk fans have lainchan
>ponyfuckers have ponychan
>(not to mention the dozens of foreign or multilingual imageboards, ones with some singular mechanical gimmick as the only premise or selling point, and ones with user-created -boards or no actual topical focus)
There's an imageboard for every niche nowadays.
The question is, why? What creates the need for such a large amount of splintering of the community to be necessary? You'd think, given the amount of smaller English imageboard sites, 4chan would have to be so massive it's speed and user count would be so big it'd actually impair on site functionality and cause users to go looking for smaller sites, but that's not at all the case. Some of the best 4chan boards are depressingly small, and our site, being the second largest english imageboard, has far more dead and abandoned boards than active ones.
Why is it that, when left to their own devices and given the software (tinyboard, vichan) necessary to create one's own site, a community that could remain relatively compact disperses out to such a degree? Is it that the anonymity and culture that comes with imageboards fosters faction picking and nationalistic trans-imageboard hostility? Is it just that a bunch of lonely faggots want to have some kind of arbitrary power over other users, so they try to create a site they can administer? Is it the *chans' inclination to tech-savvy members capable of running their own imageboard?
It's a real pain in the ass to have to navigate between dozens of obscure dead sites, each with far too many boards for it's regular userbasPost too long. Click here to view the full text.