When Moot first started /r9k/ it was actually literally supposed to be a board about robots and technology believe it or not. This didn't last long though. It eventually got hijacked by what we now see as robots, NEET betas, kissless virgins, wizards, and others that are alike. These people have claimed the board as theirs for a very long time and almost since the beginning.
Normalfags always came around to troll but they were never as numerous as they are now until years later. So to give an example, if we imagine in the beginning that there was maybe 5 percent normalfags and the rest was kissless virgin robots, over time these normalfags became more and more in numbers until finally they have become numerous enough to the point where they turned this board from its original intention, which was supposed to be about robots and machine technology, into a place for the social outcasts of society to moan, into what it is now which is a lighter version of /b/.
This is the real history of this board. I don't expect newfags to even know this since they weren't around since the beginning of the board.