The project is currently off.
After gathering responses, I believe that the time for such a website passed about a year ago and that the current environment is not conducive to what I could consider my "end" objectives. As it stands I was first and foremost looking to create a new Japanology board free of the current restrictions of the two most prevalent webring options, but I believe interest has leaned away from "a new /a/" and more towards "not smug" or "not PLW." Trying to not
be something is not the culture I seek, and while fracturing a userbase further would surely accelerate what I consider an ongoing issue, it would ultimately not bear the sort of fruit I aim for and would attract the malicious sorts of anons I don't want rather than the creative freedom for OC to flourish that I do want. I will continue exploring the options available, but it's not worth the time, effort, doxxing, etc. that would inevitably take place given the current cultural climate. There is definitely an interest in something new, but it's not the sort of interest I'm looking for. Still, I promised an anon I would respond on Wednesday/Thursday so in spite of that I will address anon's concerns.
>moderators who moderate the wrong things because they try to ban malicious intent but insist on writing it down as objective definitions of things someone might do.
I tend to be fairly fluid with moderation to attack intent over form, but I do like to have as objective
of a system as possible since I do not trust others easily, nor expect others to have the same standards as me.
>You're also implying some kind of new-4chan which is returning to a single point of failure the same way markchan does by being wannabe-8chan
I didn't think I was implying something like that. Perhaps it could be interpreted as a "new /b/" in the sense that /b/ was largely a point of entry for many people into other parts of the website, and similarly I was envisioning a website that acted as an Ellis island to pull folks into the webring as a whole. I planned to explicitly host a page (with pictures) dedicated to teaching anons how to start their own imageboard from scratch.
>2: don't post in a malicious way, and take it easy.
I fundamentally disagree with your second rule and would replace it with "have fun" since that phrase has been disgustingly twisted to fit the malicious demands of others. I'd also addlurk more
, but I don't think we're in conflict on this point though. At least not directly.
>What I've learned in the nearly 5 years of the board is that you simply have to have moderation of some kind if you want a board to survive. Same as with a town. You have to have the sheriff, or the townsfolk will be severely abused by bad guys.
As someone who has moderated over the last 5-6ish years as well not saying where since I still moderate for a couple boards and don't want this pet project tied to them
, I've learned almost the opposite. You need law and order of some kind in the sense that someone
must have the power to shoot the criminal in the face since the criminal of the internet can't be subjected to a lynching the way a small town or large city can (outside of doxxing, which the current userbase of the webring is not inclined to do properly), but I see moderation as equivalent to the sheriff that inevitably and openly abuses his authority, and thus by default must
be shat on at every turn to prevent him from ever growing an ego. And thank you for your service with /robowaifu/ as of this time.
If I come back to this, form fit and function comes before aesthetic, so getting the website secured and inducted would have to come before fleshing out that living document. The basic idea is far fewer words than the OP though. Like sub-1000.
Allegedly from the recent Smug leaks there was some sort of IPFS project in the works but I've yet to hear anything about that.
>So you get users in and they advertize their own sites which then redirects users away?
The word mutual has important meaning behind it.
That's what announcements are for. This was solved before the webring even existed.
To all the other points and to everyone else, I did read through your posts and appreciate your responses, but I would be here all day if I responded to everyone and I still have other hobbies so I think this is sufficient for now.