What was so good about 4chan in 2003/4/5...

Brody Scott
Brody Scott

Someone told me that I missed all the good stuff because I just hit my twenties and weren't there in the beginning like they were.

This makes me pretty sad and so I wanted to ask the oldfags from Holla Forums whether I actually missed all the cool stuff or if it was just the pioneer atmosphere and childporn which made it better or different?

Henry Jackson
Henry Jackson

If the screenshots I've seen from back then are any indication, it was just a bunch of 12-year-old try-hards.

Wyatt Jackson
Wyatt Jackson

4chan has always been pretty shit, but there were plenty of other chans around that were decent. The internet was pretty poorly moderated all round back then and even companies like Microsoft were making huge mistakes regarding security, trolling wasn't really acknowledged as a thing either so you could get away with some pretty outlandish stuff and get hilarious responses, especially on social media. That was my favourite part of it and the braindead newfags that jumped on board ruined social media trolling by being completely unoriginal and making obviously fake names and using pics of celebrities as their profile pics.

Chanology is when everything started going to shit rapidly and every loser on the internet started taking pics of themselves wearing V masks thinking they were part of some super secret society out to make the world a better place. There were some raids on an epilepsy forum a few months before and the rise of the moralfags pretty much split the userbase of the smaller chans, with 888chan being their base. Going outside for a sustained campaign was what most anons had a problem with and now we know it led to normies like icanhazcheezburger (rip caturday) starting to circle like vultures, eventually leading to the modern bastions of internet culture such as 9gag and KYM.

The dipshits constantly issuing rape threats through social media nowadays could easily have got a knock from the police back then too, but now they've pushed it so far that in their quest for transparency from a couple of shit tier dying online mags that the freedom of the internet itself is being encroached on (gj fgts).

And /pol/ racism was just a meme you Johnny-come-lately stormcucks.

More 2006-2010 but before that it was mostly just interchan squabbling. 4chan has been absolute dogshit for eight years at least.

Henry Watson
Henry Watson

nothing. it was a bunch of anime and something awful geeks with a bunch of shitty in jokes.

there used to be much of it archived on archive.org but seems to be gone now.

the only good point was that it wasn't infested by normals. but much of the internet was like that back then so it's kind of irrelevant.

Dylan Ramirez
Dylan Ramirez

It was the same fucking shit.
Their Holla Forums hit 10 million posts in three years, just so you have an idea.

Tyler Smith
Tyler Smith

Less shitposting, more in depth conversations and less arguing; a medium for other autistics

Adam Gonzalez
Adam Gonzalez

halfchan wasn't anything special but the internet as a whole was a lot better before it filled with normalfags. I'm glad I got to see it but I'm sad it will never be like that again.

Robert Brown
Robert Brown

I found 4cuck at age 12 and was on it until I was 18, now I'm here (almost 21)

Now look for the most part shit is the same, there was never a time when every post was glorious oc and every user contributed. With that being said it does feel like their were more things going on back then,

You can't experience it all though bell in my few years on chans I missed a few things, I did have some good times though

Scanning old pervs in chat rooms with anons, chatting with dumbass Holla Forums camwhores, or even /x/ related stuff like a group of 15 anons doing research on Chip Chan.

I hate the tryhards who bitch and complain about the old days, there were some good times then and some good times now.

Carter Hall
Carter Hall

11*

And I will say memes becoming popular definitely contributed to shit getting a bit dull, kinda liked em better when they were (for the most part) limited to chans and websites alike

Easton Kelly
Easton Kelly

see it positively, now we can meme magick our favourite memes into reality

Cooper Gutierrez
Cooper Gutierrez

My friend, we just had more freedom and the jokes were actually funny, and the raids were better and actually happened.
/RS/ would be an example (for me at least) of the good past (even if only still kinda recent, but still). I have retrieved some gems from there before it was shutdown.

/X/ was still a magical spooky place.. Now its just boring and stale. The same old stories keep getting repeated because the contributing users have left and the leeches stayed.

Just things like that. We eventually work ourselves into a new norm, leaving the old one behind whether it was good or bad. This too shall pass

Ethan Rodriguez
Ethan Rodriguez

Holla Forums is dead now, just like most other chans. 4chan is still popular but its shit

Brayden Sullivan
Brayden Sullivan

it was shit. It's just that we remember the "epic" stuff and we forget threads like these.

William Gonzalez
William Gonzalez

this

Isaac Scott
Isaac Scott

The didn't touch the smaller boards or obscure forums yet so there's that.

Easton Martinez
Easton Martinez

The Internet was full of bitter leftist fedora tipping neckbeard virgins back then. They were the norm. I'm glad things changed, the "old Internet" and it's ways were fucking toxic cancer. I hope all the edgesters from the old Internet have killed themselves by now. They deserve it.

Mason Kelly
Mason Kelly

A chan is full of garbage, but sometimes among that shit you find gold. However there's always those who want the trashbin to be cleaner. Doesn't change that it's still a dirty container

Adrian Martin
Adrian Martin

Nothing really

Jeremiah Adams
Jeremiah Adams

It's just nostalgia, OP.

Logan Murphy
Logan Murphy

The best part about 4chan in 2003 was that it did not exist.

Adrian Clark
Adrian Clark

There were no template threads and less memes so people had to acually post shit.

Julian Gonzalez
Julian Gonzalez

You were lied to. 4chan was shit until 2006, started to become shit again in 2008, became shit towards the end of 2010, rallied slightly in 2012, and hit absolute cancer critical mass in 2013. From then, well, I'm sure you knew the cancer beyond cancer of 2014, and 4chan is a willing participant in
>2015 FORMER CURRENT YEAR
I'm sure it's only gotten worse again this year.

Bentley Smith
Bentley Smith

2006-2010 was the golden age of 4chan. That was back when the site was still small and unknown to normies.

2010-2016 is when the community was replaced by the new generation of redditors and le facebook memers.

Connor Thomas
Connor Thomas

Did someone mention my name?

Nicholas Barnes
Nicholas Barnes

The biggest difference was the novelty of it all. There had never been anything like it. You could say what you want to hundreds of people at once, without repercussions. Freedom of speech as a game. Everyday a new barrier was broken and not a word of it was serious. Not one word. My sides ached when I first used the word nigger on line and my sides split when some mad user came up with Hitler.
and not a word of it was serious.

Jack Bennett
Jack Bennett

2008 4chan>>>>2003 4chan>>2012 4chan>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>2016 4chan

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