Serious question...

Adrian Morris
Adrian Morris

Newfag trying to figure out this whole chan phenomenon.

One of things I don't understand is why the boards/admins/scripts are setup to purge old threads so quickly. (?)

Traditional forums never purge old threads. They just slide into the past and are forgotten – except that they are accessible via Google and therefore valuable for attracting Search Engine traffic.

So what is the reasoning behind this fast thread disposal?

Will post some hot grills in return for answers.

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Jason Wilson
Jason Wilson

good bewbs

Hudson Collins
Hudson Collins

good glutes

Ayden Rivera
Ayden Rivera

good lighting

Joshua Torres
Joshua Torres

good vibrations

Bentley Hughes
Bentley Hughes

So what is the reasoning behind this fast thread disposal?
So we dont have to look at such shit threads

Parker Hall
Parker Hall

good prices
(bad diseases)

Jaxon Lewis
Jaxon Lewis

Oh my, what an intelligent, well-crafted reply.

Nice job, Captain Obvious.

Austin Miller
Austin Miller

good n' tight

Aaron Gray
Aaron Gray

Just a guess, but 15 years ago most forums that allowed posting images did so by having people link the url and then they would use a script to make the image appear. Because having the forum host the image would cost more memory and more money.
If an imageboard getting traffic like 2chan wasn't raking in the dough then hosting all of the images uploaded for months/years at a time would have cost a lot of money to the preson hosting it 15 years ago. I'd assume that it's remained more because of convention (muh chan culture) than anything since chanalogy has been saving so much stuff for years now.

Owen Edwards
Owen Edwards

Why not just remove the entire site if the threads are so bad you want them gone that fast?

Jason Smith
Jason Smith

Good answer. That's my thinking too. 15 years ago it would have been way too expensive to serve and host such a massive payload. Today that's much less of an issue.

But for whatever reason, the Fedora tippers don't want their "chan culture" to evolve with the times. (good phrase, btw)

Think you nailed it, user.

It just seems strange that chan admins don't see value in any of their content – not even for SEO.

Anything else I'm missing?

Jaxon Harris
Jaxon Harris

couple more good bumps … for science

Isaac Russell
Isaac Russell

good yoga class

Adrian Miller
Adrian Miller

good coffee maker

Luis Roberts
Luis Roberts

good stress reliever

Brayden Fisher
Brayden Fisher

good lube job

Isaac Garcia
Isaac Garcia

good national security

Tyler Williams
Tyler Williams

my chan history is a little sketchy but i believe essentially mootikins was a cheap bastard and didn't want to pay for more hosting, so thread drop off was a pragmatic choice.

it has become part of the charm of the platform though, if you could look back through content endlessly, there would be no point of recreating the same threads every day, and then we'd have to go outside or something.

fuck that and fuck you op <3

Julian Howard
Julian Howard

good butt sweat

Nicholas Cruz
Nicholas Cruz

it has become part of the charm of the platform though,
if you could look back through content endlessly, there
would be no point of recreating the same threads every
day, and then we'd have to go outside or something.

fuck that and fuck you op <3

Ha ha. Well performed.

I hadn't thought about that. By pruning the threads down to a limited number you force all of your traffic into those threads. If people were spread out over tens (or hundreds) of thousands of old threads… then you'd have less interaction on the brand new threads – where you need it most.

Lincoln Roberts
Lincoln Roberts

good god almighty. what in the fuck is this?

Jaxon Nelson
Jaxon Nelson

good tan lines

Cameron Sanchez
Cameron Sanchez

good wrestler

Josiah Gomez
Josiah Gomez

good baby maker

Asher Brown
Asher Brown

/kennedi/res/341.html#520

Eli Wright
Eli Wright

Ephemeral information forces posters to be more interesting, cum guzzler

Jackson King
Jackson King

As much as I hate to admit it, you should probably read some of the earlier interviews/court transcripts moot gave regarding 4chan and imageboard culture.

John Allen
John Allen

So what is the reasoning behind this fast thread disposal?
because new threads or variations/evolutions of old threads are necessary to produce lulz and memes

Eli Hernandez
Eli Hernandez

there's only a limited amount of space on the internet

Sebastian Gonzalez
Sebastian Gonzalez

As much as I hate to admit it, you should probably read some of the earlier interviews/court transcripts moot gave regarding 4chan and imageboard culture.

Are you indirectly referring to the fact that a quick purge conveniently means a quick deletion of objectionable material – i.e. pizza?

Levi Morgan
Levi Morgan

because new threads or variations/evolutions of old threads are necessary to produce lulz and memes

I actually think having preserved threads might increase the evolution. No need to remake all the same damn trap and MLP threads over and over and over again if the old ones still exist.

Jason James
Jason James

Good shitpost

Christian Gutierrez
Christian Gutierrez

That one baby looks fresh. Are they BATHING in the waterbirth tub where the mom just shit out the youngest one? Some kind of cult ritual? Holy shit if so.

Easton Baker
Easton Baker

Storing old threads takes memory. That's probably the reason they get deleted. Personally, I like it because I think of imageboards as a fleeting medium. The users are anonymous. They float up out of the void to interact in a particular way exactly once, and then they disappear back into the void along with any evidence of their interaction, so that the only way to really share the experience is to be there for yourself. The fact that, without archives, you can only enjoy a particular moment just once in your life makes imageboards more valuable to me.

Jeremiah Johnson
Jeremiah Johnson

I actually think having preserved threads might increase the evolution.
i don't think so. everything i say here will be deleted in a few hours (or days). chan culture is about saying what you like without thinking about the consequences or to preserve an image that comes with an account or with having identity

Nicholas Nelson
Nicholas Nelson

BO here

lerk moor

Jacob Robinson
Jacob Robinson

I like it this way, that what I say won't be kept around for very long and so I don't need to worry too much about it, and I can experiment with new ideas and perspectives. Also it would kill incentive to create new threads, after a while, there would already be a thread for what you want to make one on, so the community would be divided, and you'd get a lot of people just telling you to check the catalog for every thread you make. If you don't like it, I recommend Reddit.

William Hughes
William Hughes

conversations on chan are generally frivolous, even if the topic is serious, because even when people are having serious conversations, they're not. just lurk more and you'll get it.

Jace James
Jace James

HOLY SHIT LOOK AT THAT INTERPUPILLARY DISTANCE THAT PRIMITIVE SLUT NEEDS TO HAVE MY SLAYER SONS RIGHT NOW WE WILL CONQUER THE WORLD AFTER I CONQUER THE WOMB

Daniel Hill
Daniel Hill

It's only as fast as the board. A popular thread on 4chan's Holla Forums may live an hour, while there were threads on slower boards on Holla Forums that were years old. It probably didn't seem like a short time when the sites were first started.

Traditional forums never purge old threads.
Traditional forums have a problem with necrobumping.

Nicholas Johnson
Nicholas Johnson

STOP POSTING PORN

Henry Smith
Henry Smith

post in existing thread
"NO NECROING. BANNED!"

create new thread
"USE THE SEARCH FUNCTION. BANNED!"

John Wood
John Wood

this fuckin newfag…

Hunter Hernandez
Hunter Hernandez

I think, like most things, the original reasons were as benign as many have already described (i.e. money), but, it did lead to a development of a particular culture, where there is an entry barrier to new users that they have to participate in a form of oral history to assimalte as opposed to a properly chronicled written one. It created an almost tribal community based on the merits of new content tempered by ypur familiarity with the culture - a familiarity that can only be gained through experience, as opposed to digging through archives.
Nowadays it's more about keeping customs alive and encouraging new creativity while enforcing an entry barrier to those who would try to appropriate our ways.
Things like know your meme and other archives lessen this, of course, but, the old habits remain, and are encouraged by older users who may not understand why they are attached to antiquated customs, but still value their practice.

t. Some fag who thinks he's more intellectual than he probably actually is

Jace White
Jace White

Holy fuck you like you just came from reddit or Facebook. Are you a shill in training? I'll give you some advice, fedora tippers are found on Reddit, and the term "Chan culture" has been used for years now.

Luke Edwards
Luke Edwards

"The past is a distraction, a source of envy, enmity, bitterness. Only the present matters, for only in the present can we shape the future. Cut loose the past, it is dead weight. Let the Extirpation continue. Let it never end."

Hama Druz.

Sebastian Ramirez
Sebastian Ramirez

Hama Druz

He was a colossal newfag just like you

Joseph Martin
Joseph Martin

Boards which value their content often have an archive where old threads are stored.
There's no point storing anything on Holla Forums

e.g: https://4archive.org/board/diy

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