t. 21, started when I was 18
Imageboards provide a place of real interaction.
The "bump to the top" system boards use allows for diverse ideas and creates real interaction and priority
Anonymity directs the discussion towards what is being said, not who said it. It allows people to say what they want to say without fear of it being brought up or used to dismiss them later. I matured a lot from that. I acted in ways I wouldn't want archived, I felt bad, and I grew to become more aware and learn how to deal with things better.
The rotating doors of imageboards and their blank slate nature allow diverse opinions from all walks of life
These make the imageboard so special. It allows for conversations on topics unlike any other place , it allows real discussion with all walks of life.
However, they come with several weaknesses
1) crazies, idiots, and assholes are super effective at bringing down the feel of the place, and are pretty much impossible to remove once they set their sites on a place
2) Cannot handle floods at all. On comers immediately change the site irreversibly. This is why I think every board and every site needs a sticky. You have to have a 10 commandments of sorts to immediately establish the feel and target of the board.
>how do we bring more people and make them stay
Active and interesting discussion. There should be at least a couple posts a day, discussion should be insightful, people should read the posts and reply to them, even if it's with just a couple of words. There should be some center for creative outputs and community such as drawthreads and there HAS to be willingness to discuss ideas, even if they seem obviously false or misguided.
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