How'd you find us here if you've been out of the loop so long, Anon?
>Whatever happened to 8ch and what's happening to the various imageboards now?
There's a thread about the Fall of 8chan at smuglo.li's /support/ board: https://smuglo.li/support/res/1467.html
That links to a text document that tries to summarise the events: https://pastebin.com/D26zURD2
Some of it is inaccurate and it gets into inter-site e-drama towards the end, but the fundamentals are there.
The short version is that 8ch got deplatformed by CloudFlare after a mass shooting, its shipty infrastructure and alternatives couldn't hold up after that, and it went offline for a few months. The webring (a group of bunker sites that automatically exchange board information, including smuglo.li, anon.cafe, tvch, and a few others) sprung up to shelter displaced anons. When it became apparent that 8ch's new incarnation 8kun glowed in the dark (also that it wasn't berry good and owner Jim intended to devote himself 100% to Q-boomers), the webring became our new home. There's also 8ch.moe, which sprung up and declared itself the "new 8ch". Their admin Acidman shat on the webring and its method of exchanging data (just the usual euphamistic ship that anyone who knows how this stuff works can see through in an instant)
and any time one of the member sites displays any instability they appear out of nowhere offering to "help" boards migrate onto 8moe.
There have also been a few attempts at DDoSing and deplatforming the webring member sites from a few crazies but so far nothing has stuck.
There's more but it's small stuff. Hope that gave you some of what you wanted to know.