>Zchan: another /v/, seemingly held in universal contempt by everyone else
They are tricky to read, it's the site where most of the /v/fags went but didn't want Mark anymore (for some reason after all these years, probably PPH addiction) in the quick succession of fatchan's explosion, but also a site were many /vg/ threads also landed, but it's also in the position which many of its users shat and spammed many webring /v/ alternatives hence the contempt against them.
It's a hotpot of different circumstances, many anons hate the userbase but certain other anons who actually managed the threads went there, and that place hates and make fun of the slower boards but use and practically appropriated the threads that spawned in said places.
It's fast moving and i don't think the original 8ch/v/ userbase as a whole will ever recover, hell at this point i don't think the /vg/ one will recover either, but Z has the material to grow another community to something decent. Still it has its fair share of "enemies", if it can be said so because the /vg/ guys simply stopped posting again and the Mark serfs are too low to do much damage, and Z still accepts them if they go there with the /gg/ thread anyways, so.
>Julay World: boards landed originally but now imploded
That's an interesting case as 2 things mixed to make a deadly dread recipe: Robi decided to cull boards to make things snappier and to force people into making more websites to decentralize the ring. Fair enough but most people are tech dummies so few pulled that out, the counter just made most people stop posting because it would banish away anyways, quality was not necessary until a permanent solution was seen.
Then the whole IRC implosion in which a couple of malevolent/utter shitposters created a drama hurricane in a glass of water against oblivious/disinterested globals, semantics war happened with cropped IRC conversations and fake narratives and surprisingly many ate it up and moved away, even when at the end it was defused and carefully explained.
So you planned to cull tons of boards with a whitelist on top, making most who weren't there stop posting, and then an optics attack left you with many of said whitelisted boards move away or stop posting too. Insane.
They made some side boards that grouped many anons basically from /b/ and very few from /pol/.
Grouped a couple of /v/ anons who ate the drama up from Julay, ended up going to Z it seems.
They have become a monster dissimilar to the original guys back from 8ch, those simply returned to halfchan years ago or stopped posting. The ones left are complete shitposters having fun with a flavor of sports once in a while, mostly americans tho.
I would say only /a/, /k/, practically half of the original /pol/ and /tv/ remained from the popular boards. A couple of others remained but they were already pretty niche even back in the 8, like /film/ or even /loomis/ who split and even growed a few users more.
>The webring seems fucked since a load of boards aren't on it
That's one of the factors, some sites don't go around letting you get a board, but then anon.cafe here did let people make their boards and are simply not being populated, it's not like people don't have time, many neets or laid-off people are flourishing in this pandemic.
>Either I must be missing some sites
There's some blacklisted sites not in the webring due to bad name (even when animu.bunker is in after some of their controversies with its users)
You have Acidfed & Cakekike's site which has the latter's loyal terriers and a couple of goons, then you have Josh Moon's site which has who knows, then you have the almost-destroyed ACF which has only feds setting up traps, and there's probably another i'm missing. Still there's not that many if you bunch them all up.