Dubs on /b/
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Why haven't dubs returned to /b/ yet? Skipping all those posts in the post count makes the Post No. not representative of how many posters are actually on that board. (Then again, /b/'s post number has been reset before, so this is a bit of a, pardon the expression, moot point.) You may say that it got repetitive due to the amount of dubs threads on /b/, and that we have /s4s/ for that now, but /b/ has the same 8 or 9 threads every day at this point, not counting the fucking roll threads. Dubs, trips, etc. have also inspired some good OC (check /s4s/), and epic GETs can sometimes be rather momentous occasions.
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A few things:
1) A janitor was fired a few weeks ago for being inactive. This is the only reason he was let go. He did not go on a deletion rampage or do anything negative -- he was simply absent. His only board was /int/ -- not /sp/ and /v/ as claimed. He wasn't even the janitor /int/ hated -- again, he was just inactive.
2) A total of two janitors have been recruited from /q/ since it was opened. One of these janitors had their identity outed in a screencap from the internal moderation board.
2a) Both janitors continued to post on /q/ after their addition to the janitor team. This was a mistake and I should have told them to stop posting at that point, or to at least avoid any subjects having to do with moderation. This will be the policy going forward. Contrary to tinfoil conspiracy theories, mods rarely post in /q/ (with a capcode or anonymously) because I've heavily discouraged it.
3) The internal board had what was essentially a venting thread, which was in poor taste. This thread has since been removed. Last year I banned venting in the janitor IRC channel because I thought it bred a negative culture amongst the janitors and us vs. them mentality, and essentially said I'd fire anyone who complained constantly about users on their boards -- this made the channel a much more positive/productive place.
The moderation team has been anonymous for the better part of the past 8-9 years to avoid exactly what's happened -- a witch hunt of angry posters trying to pin anything they don't like about their board on specific janitors/mods. As a reminder, janitoring is a completely shit job. It is tedious and thankless. The last sentence in the orientation e-mail is "WELCOME TO HELL KIDDOS", and no words could be more appropriate. While the vast majority of janitors who have served 4chan over the past 7 or so years have been excellent, unfortunately sometimes we get bad apples (or just lazy ones). To that end we've removed a number of inactive janitors over the past few weeks, and immediately can any janitor found to be purposely violating the rules of the program.
As always, the best way to bring concerns about moderation to my attention is via an e-mail to email@example.com, or the newly created firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I can't hold my tongue about it anymore, so here goes: Can we please do something to keep /soc/ material off of /b/? I'm seeing at least 4 state-specific hookup threads on the front page every evening, as well as the general hookup thread, and some for Canada, not to mention anons using the place as their personal cragslist. ("where can I meet cute traps in the 949?") And if that's not enough, we have the "favorite X" and "tell us about you" template threads (pic related) that are more at home on /soc/ and are magnets for people who mistakenly think that trying to meet up /b/tards in real life is cooler than meeting up /soc/ users and create no content besides 3x3s of their favorite albums. This shit is crowding out the rare good threads.
>/b/ is shit, all the good stuff is gone. gb2 containment
/b/'s the only place here where I can watch a hairy fat guy put sharpies up his butt, see people threaten to kill themselves on cam, and post blatant bait threads without fear of being b&. I can pretend I have expertise in subjects I know nothing about. I can try to roll 69 in the hopes OP will make a top hat for that frog he caught. Can you blame me for my simple pleasures?
>/b/ is random, so anything goes!
Then why did moot create /soc/ in the first place? Oh, right, so the aforementioned internet activities wouldn't be buried under walls of "rate my tits" and "who has ganja in the 285?"
>something about pissing in an ocean of piss
This is about more than just /b/. /soc/ can be slow and it would benefit from people moving their crap there. And this is more like poring water in an ocean of piss. Stop watering down my piss!
>nobody's gonna do anything about this.
If that's true, I'd like to hear it from a mod so I know to move on instead of wasting my time on a lost cause. Thanks.
Simon, Alex and Jon
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moot posted this interesting interview through his twitter. It is a nice interview, you should read it.
In it he says this:
>Well, [4chan] never caught fire. If you look at my traffic from February 2003 onwards, in those 5 years there hasn't been any real inflection. It's been more slow and steady wins the race. In the early days I found people like Simon through a different IRC channel. I'm still friends with a number of the people who were the first volunteers and helpers, like Alex, one of the guys who's been helping out for 9 years. Jon, this other guy, is still a good friend - he was actually the first person I met from the internet, at a Barnes and Noble in the city..
Who are Simon, Alex and Jon? They are mods I presume, but which ones?