>Change the board name to /vidya/
Can't change the name after it's been created AFAIK
>remove the awful custom CSS
I like it :^), you can always change to Yotsuba or Tomorrow in the top bar or perhaps give me a schematic to try a new one, we can always try.
>have the board description as "/8vg/ muster place" or something
Can be done but some anons have very explicitly supported the board by advertising it like that and those who could have been remotely interested came and posted, i don't think there's really that many of us left or they settled in other boards in their own general threads. For them moving out doesn't seem to be crucial.
I don't think the description would change anything, many simply don't read the board listings, but sure let's put it for a while to see what happens.
>Webring is barely alive
Yes, but going direct as possible really hasn't given that much results for others, and said "clandestine" nature seems silly but fact remains we haven't got a drama outburst like the other places historically did, place is low activity and tranquil but without the constant bickering and attacks. I might've jinxed it by saying that but it is true, we are small/vague enough to be ignored although that applies to both sides.
Seeing other board tactics, in my opinion, only one has given results to attract new people by their own ideas which is /christian/ and they have been getting pummeled by shitposts all the time. I don't know well how they did it apart from showing themselves often, we also had some of that spotlight (overboard i mean) and with good posts but interest isn't there that isn't already in other places. Steal or snag anons from other places doesn't seem cool, only brings animosity unless it's done to places with questionable administrations who don't give much thought to their userbase to focus on others. Despite the memes the other places seem lenient to the users if a bit attention whore at times, the exception for which this place was made is Smug's /vg/ but the main users there are used to that kind of filters and culture so seems pointless to attempt something.
The only thing that comes into mind is inviting niche general threads here as a sign of goodwill, but those kind of places already feel at home in their boards as the users are mostly from the same spot so coming here might seem disjointed for them. Really i can't think of much anything that hasn't been tried by us other than as explicit as possible /vg/ pandering from all sides
or tactics that aren't remotely annoying to any side, in my view i try to be as neutral or as non-belligerent as possible to the other places and their admins, our hosting site is explicit about this factor in its day to day culture and behavior but also without attempting to bring people from shameless places.
I know you didn't say anything related to it but imagine if i advertised to the angry in halfchan's /vg/ or /vr/? we possible could land 4 or 5 users but at what cost, if they shat on the other boards here like /christian/ or /k/ we would get immediate repercussions as we would be rumored to have brought them. An extreme example that one, now let's say if we went to Smug and repeatedly said fuck the janniebot and the rules - come have fun here, we might land one or 2 but we would be seen as the
faggots, that kind of attitude degrades names and i know that's opticsfaggotry but we can see the results of that: Zzzchan is still seen as spammers and markfags by many users in the ring for their destroyer antics in Julay and PLW, Alog is still seen as Julay/cow/ with shit admins despite not hearing any controversy from them since its foundation and those original guys being just a part of what the site was (italians, /vg/ anons, star wars/trek anons, /retro/-/f/), many refuse to use either site for said reasons so imagine if little by little we fucked anon.cafe over. Obviously our actions wouldn't be as widespread to get quick hate but after all the ring doesn't have many anons left like back in the day, you cross one constantly posting anon you might as well cross 10% of the ring activity.
Part of this board's idea is ignoring all previous drama surrounding the history of video game boards and their protagonists, going to advertise often in established video game boards with activity is starting anew with said things that ended up in spams, jewish mods and shitflinging pingpongposting. Getting acceptable numbers by acting neutral is hard in dangerously low-number places but at least we are not derided yet which is good because i can sleep a week knowing i don't have to clean any kind of spam or attack the next monday :^)