>but they keep deplatforming us, smearing us, running fed ops against us etc.
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Quite frankly, keeping politics out of my imageboard life outside of shitposts, parody and rebuttals has left me enjoying these places. I come here to relax, escape and discuss.
Politics, especially imageboard politics (hate, fear and enjoyable hate), is potentially the most uncomfy you can get by choice.
I think the golden days are before the sites got ruined by floods of drama and uncultured users, so maybe we have different ideas.
8chan was never my golden days (maybe yours, and that's fine) the true golden days would have been pre-INTERNET HATE MACHINE and mine were before 2016 elections began. Others say the golden days were before mobile users showed up (I disagree). My point is, popular sites like 4chan and 8ch have been 'dying' like this for a decade now. Communities change as anons grow up, change or become busy, it's life in motion. Nostalgia is in all of us who grew up here. It's not new, it's normal. It's nothing to do with feds (unless you are on a really really popular board which russian or us state actors target but again, those boards were always kind of crappy regardless)
>can we get the golden days back?
They never left, but you need to embrace the quiet life. My true homechan (janny here) has been moving along for over 12 years and nearly died twice (apathetic admins who barely managed to pass the baton, replaced by revitalizing fresh blood, plus popular IBs stealing our top board's topic). It has almost always been comfy, drama is rare and far between.
A few posts a day is not dead. Find a few of these stable boards. If you can, escape any echo chamber politics dens (left or right). We often don't realize how much these screw us up, they are very cult-like and self-radicalizing even without antagonistic interference.
Lastly, try to only be a board on a site where the admin cares about you. 8ch and similar board-creation imageboards (8ch was not the first) result in scope creep and owner apathy, like julay. Julay is doing the right thing by culling, not just for them but the boards they would have neglected. 8ch died because the politics boards caused drama, and took all the peaceful boards down with it. The webring and other scattered IBs avoid this. It's the way to make progress. We will grow and hopefully not too bad. We're out of the mainstream for better and worse.