I've been thinking very hard about what to write, how to format it, and that's still not going well but, in essense, /qa/ was the unaware but long yearned for congregation of all kinds of anons, coming together after evolving their own seperate way to reminisce on the good times and share OC from their corner of the site. Once that was exhausted, and idiots later saw the board as a chance to resurrect /q/, the dynamic entirely changed. I simply believe that something that has built up for so long simply cannot recreated as a daily user experience. And even if 4chan dies (or seriously gets to the state that a large group of disenfranchised wish it dead) then creating a board to comment on the meta of a dead website makes poor sense to me; sure it might get lucky and get a few good discussions, but ultimately it would be rooted to something dead. As much as people want to discuss or fondly reminisce about 4chan, it is a tool; they come there looking for discussion to aid them in their lifestyle, like /g/ for tech news, /jp/ for doujin uploads, /a/ for manga translations, they are using 4chan. I believe that without such utility some theorhetical /qa/ spinoff cannot function on it's own merits. Also, it has only been one instance, but a /qa/ spinoff has already been tested; the board we post this on is evidence, and at it's peak usership meta was fun, but still greatly insufficient and the "divine" spark that moved us dimmed quickly.>less moderation
was definitely a plus to early /qa/, but was also what later set the board up for destruction. That sense of fellowship of early /qa/ left and it became mundane (another free board for shitposting) the honor system is gone. /qa/ cannot survive without a benevolent mod, which frankly, I don't think we really have. Any new board will need a moderator that is one of the community, and not a jaded outsider who despises most of us like what we have to deal with now. Compared to other boards I've used, and what we all hear from other anons, /qa/'s unique moderation scenario and it's benefits were unintentional, and an exception rather than the rule. It was a dynamic that can't be recreated easily.>>3164
Here is the other issue. What kind of anons would you guys want to see populate this theorhetical board? While there are common enemies, every one of us has certain subsets of the 4chan community we dislike for whatever reasons i'm sure. Would it cater mainly to the /jp/ diaspora? would typical /pol/ stuff be allowed, /tv/? /co/? would users after a certain year be unwelcome for being inately associated with reddit or the activist movement?>But yeah, general "4chan culture" is pretty awful.
Because of this and what I said above, I think leaving behind a certain amount of the baggage and habits we gained from 4chan would be beneficial, much like how early Krautchan or 8chan could only find success at all by growing into their own things and telling the obnoxious 4chan users who refuse to adapt to "check their baggage at the door" and basically lurk more. As much as I would despise going to a new imageboard to find that words like cuck and greentext walls or consumer shilling survive as 4chan's legacy, frankly, I just don't see a reliable way to filter the failings of 4chan, while having the diversity of old /qa/ on a new website, even if 4chan utterly died. The standards would be arbitrary to me. It would be easier to establish and contribute to a limited subset of the community, which wouldn't quite end up as /qa/.