>you couldn't go five threads without someone bringing up "him"
I can count the RTS, /vg/ music, stealth, dreamcast and Mount & Blade threads, that's 5 and i don't recall being involved in any inter-board wars UNTIL the actual flood came from fatchan that spammed and cacaposted for weeks, then the real cacastorm happened and busted the board in 3 days.
That already shows you either had a death wish for questionable threads made by the native Julay residents or didn't hang in the established (you can even call them hugbox) threads that had previous users already in the known from either /vg/ or /vr/.
>It got to the point that when Julay finally died I was happy to see it go.
To be fair me too because those dark weeks were pure battle, but denying something good happened between November 2019 and February 2020 is being dishonest, it was the last run for the old /v/ alternatives made in the 8.
>but you can't move on if nobody else is gonna either.
On the contrary, i find that i and maybe some other anon around are the only ones who stopped posting after that happened, all the /v/ alternatives are dissimilar to what we had there yet nobody vocal enough has attempted or worried about it. The Dreamcast project didn't continue and the stealth charts weren't finished (AFAIK), the /vg/ music thread never returned, the Sketchio events stopped soon after, the guy who reviewed in form old games continued for a while but stopped because nobody read or replied to his detailed multiposts, should i continue?
I want to name you names too for being forgetful but i think eberryone did other than a couple of us who stopped posting.
But worry not, that when i get some money i will probably do an experimental IB on the webring and try to document what happens when you open a new /v/ but without being called /v/. Probably zero users but it's not that expensive to try.