ascertabus said: Your thoughts on 4Chan and 8Chan?
I like 4chan quite a bit.
As a viewer, it allows me to sift through topics and get a general idea on how a sample group of people feel about X, as well as material relevant to Y.
One of my favorite things about /tg/ was how there was a gigantic range of different topics to cover, as tabletop games can handle thousands of different genres—we discussed movies, we discussed games, we discussed literature, we discussed philosophy, we discussed psychology, and more often than not we discussed boobs.
The anonymous distribution of ideas is the quickest way to spread and acquire a network of information, whether as big as the current generation of ideas circling around in the creative industry or as irrelevant as which animu grill is totally your waifu.
As a developer, unfiltered feedback is vital to me and boy howdy does 4chan thrive on that.
One of the big problems I have with normal forums is that there’s always some sort of hierarchy—established names instantly commandeer more respect or spite, and many times there’s an inherent judge of someone simply based upon their post history/avatar/title. I go on the Zandronum forums and I’m instantly recognized as TerminusEst13, the guy that made that one thing that won a Cacoward, been featured in several game journalist articles, and who’s worked on a lot of high-profile projects. People are inherently nicer to what I do because I’m an established name.
On 4chan, there’s nothing like that. I post a project, a project idea, some screenshots/music, and people aren’t beholden to butter up their feedback. I post a pk3, people play it, and they tell me whether it’s cool or it’s shit, and exactly why it’s cool or it’s shit. There’s no “oh man this is going to be so cool down the line!”, it’s “yo this is bad and needs fixing”. I get actual criticism, and make a better product because of it.
Considering the current administrative changes of 4chan are starting to actively roll against that, I really hope 8chan gets a whole ton of dudes screwing around on it and follows the same path it used to.