I'm thinking of taking a break from coming to this site so often for a bit, mostly because I've been spending way too much time on boards and not enough time living my life. To be clear, wapchan's not shutting down, but I've been thinking about what's next for wap - maybe a different site format other than imageboard? I've thought about this before:
>Cleaning up CSAM sucks, and it's not something I (and the jannies) want to do forever.
>There's no easy way to auto moderate this. These predators just change a pixel and now I've got to apply a whole new hashban
>The whole altchan sphere just isn't terribly great in my opinion, there's a lot of extreme stuff out there that sickens me or that I just don't care for. Keeping this site independent of "the webring" and other boards has worked well, but we still get spam from other sites unrelated to that. Cutting ties with "chan culture" might be the best path forward.
Above all though, I'd like to make this place a community, not just a collection of threads. Maybe a forum could work - we already operate much closer to one than we do to most imageboards, and being able to kill the anonymous CSAM problem once and for all would make me personally a lot more willing to recommend this site to others, because let's face it - with IPV6, I'm going to be playing wack a mole forever with VPNs and mobile IPs, and this board isn't my whole life. Would accounts drive away some people? Definitely, but it's not like having an account means you gotta doxx yourself. I'd like us to be somewhere both different from mainstream social media and the chans, but still being a retro community. I'm going to ruminate on this for a while, maybe a week or two. I'll still be visiting to clean up spam. Feedback/suggestions are welcome as always.
EDIT: spelled "recommended" wrong, lol
Edited last time by ranchan on 08/16/2023 (Wed) 01:28:05.