Yeah, most folks have moved onto SittingOnCloudsOST and Squid-ROMS now with the latter welcoming old FFShrine members with open arms.That's a shame.
I registered in 2007 and while I was never a regular poster, I did pop in once in a blue moon to find some obscure soundtracks.
I did some digging an it appears she was. Someone on Reddit was apparently was able to contact one of said forum's mods about the downtime and they said they can't reach the owner and that there was nothing that they could do about the downtime without the admin's help.
That's true, too. It's miserably hard to find a good one these days, and most of the webcomics I used to read update extremely rarely. Like, a few times a year rarely.Can we count webcomics as an entire medium for this? If so, then that's where my vote lies as they've seemingly all but vanished over the last decade.
Also, definitely adding to the calls for Cracked and AVClub
Plenty of 3,000+ viewer streamers get skullfucked if some random, anonymous Twitch employee decides they don't like them. As far as anyone knows (which is fuck-all because Twitch is a chaotically mismanaged company and there's no point of contact for either streamers or users) it's pretty much just a matter of how many Twitch staff like you (and their cumulative political influence in the office) versus how many don't, not so much viewership.As for Twitch, I'm sure everyone already knows that they're very inconsistent with moderation and will crack down incredibly hard on smaller channels that make them no revenue. If you're a 3,000+ concurrent viewer streamer? Just a little slap on the wrist, don't do it again or Daddy Bezos might frown . Regardless, it seems like all streamers constantly walk on eggshells now and go into a full blown panic if any slurs show up on screen, since that's all it takes to get your account nuked. They also continue to add useless features like channel points instead of functionality updates like timeline scrubbing for live videos, something YouTube streaming has had for years.
I've seen the same thing. Facebook "community" devalues everything. Any kind of actual community is better off without crossover trash from facebook, who never cared enough about any given topic to seek out a real website until facebook came along. Facebook brings in low functioning, disruptive, self-centered, stupid people, who also don't have any commitments to anything except themselves.Forum culture in general died around 2014 for me. I used to belong to a motorcycle forum where we would plan rides, share trips we'd been on, and answer technical questions. Was a very solid group with people who knew what they were doing - you'd even have some aftermarket manufacturers with accounts who would answer shit as well.
That shit stopped when Facebook Groups became a thing. For whatever reason, the quality of people you would get showing up for a ride off the forum was wholly different from the quality of people who would show up from Facebook. Forum people? Generally mild-mannered and friendly boomers who like talking about tool collections. Facebook users? AIDS. Just AIDS.
On the other foot, when you'd be given advice or information from someone on a forum, you'd be able to see their name, post count, and an avatar to make them unique - you would get to "know" certain users and be able to know who knew what they were talking about and who was slinging dogshit. I don't fucking know who the fuck anybody is on a subreddit.
That's one of the reasons why Kiwi Farms, I think, is as successful as it is: I can recognize users. I know who the Chinese shill is and I know who consensually fucks dogs.
Oh shit, I remember reading his Lost recaps, and even some of his earlier Vox work. Really enjoyed listening to his podcast with his wife.Oh nooooooooooo...
I got curious about what became of some of the old AV Club writing staff so I Googled Todd VanDerWerff, whose X-Files recap articles I really enjoyed as well as the "Nerd Curious" articles, all I knew was he went to write for Vox.
And now I learn that they now identify as "Emily" Todd VanDerWerff.
On the one hand I think some are still a going concern, like Penny Arcade, PvP, Gunnerkrigg Court, Girl Genius, etc. Having said that, I don't follow any of those any more, but that might be more due to change in myself.Can we count webcomics as an entire medium for this? If so, then that's where my vote lies as they've seemingly all but vanished over the last decade.
They don't usually troon out after. They troon out during, often when the wife is paying attention elsewhere, whether it be a sickly relative or a new baby.My preliminary hypothesis - he broke up with his wife and his reaction to the personal loss was to troon out.
Yikes, I was not aware of that, I used to go to Galbadia Hotel and the forums for MP3s.Yes. I remember the site's owner used to post a lot in the forums. The account username was "Sarah," and the avatar was a (very) little girl dressed up like a zombie.
Honestly, in my memory I'd say 2009/2010 was among the best years for Cracked.I'd say Cracked but tbh even the tail end of 2009/2010 was pretty bad for them. They were being propped up entirely by Swaim and Crew doing videos for the better part of the decade and most of those were off on YouTube anyway. There was really no reason to ever go to the site itself.
I spent so much time on Snopes circa 2006, I went through a phase early in my internet usage where I was totally obsessed with urban legends, I'm curious as to whether they even still have the old urban legends section as well.Besides the obvious two that keep getting mentioned...
Considering that Snopes used to be an urban legend database, I guess it counts. It turned into a shitty clone of Politifact this decade. I frequented Snopes all the time in middle/early high school because it was fun reading about classic urban legends or what shitty photoshops were being chain mailed everywhere. They also had a fun "bizarre news" page. Now it's just pages of "did [politician] really say this?" Do they even have the old urban legend sections anymore?
Yes, I’m aware of the Avocado and I tried visiting it not too long ago, at first it was nostalgic seeing many names I recognized but I quickly realized it was a den of SJW lunacy.I was a commenter at the AV Club from 2009 to 2015. I left after the site started to get more outrage-based and I realized that a lot of features that I loved had disappeared. (Commentary Tracks of the Damned, TV Club Classic reviews)
The Avocado, a spinoff formed by AV Club commenters, seems even worse.
You may or may not be aware of the Avocado: it’s a Disqus forum for discussing misc. pop culture stuff (movies, music, games, comics, etc.), originally a spin-off of the AV Club comments boards. It used to be a place for nerds (like me) to talk about their favorite Godzilla movies or whatever, but it gets more and more woke by the day, to the point where you can’t really read it without cringing. Today the mods posted the new rules vs. “sexism,” which spell out what you're allowed to say if you're a man or woman. It’s not permitted to criticize the rules on the website, so I thought I’d see what outsiders have to say about it. If you have a Disqus account, stop by their daily Politics thread to see some serious exceptionalism.
Do not argue with Avocados who identify as women about what is and isn’t sexism. If someone tells you they experience something as sexism, take them at their word. Posts arguing against women+’s lived experience will be deleted.
This is not a space for Avocados who identify as men to self-flagellate about past behavior or backpat about how much progress they feel they’ve made. We’re happy when allies have personal growth, but we don’t want to sideline into comforting those who feel bad or giving cookies out.
Allies should leave their defensiveness entirely at the door here. If you want yourself wanting to argue back with someone’s experiences of sexism, take a step back and listen.
Remember that this will probably be a space where people feel very vulnerable. Use trigger/content warnings liberally. If you’re discussing the use of a slur, do not use that slur, say “the b-word” or equivalent.
ALREADY NOTED AREAS OF CONCERN
Playing Devil’s Advocate about sensitive subjects: the devil has enough advocates, and upsetting people for your intellectual exercise is unkind.
Similarly, things like “I just want discuss [issue]” Certain topics simply do not need to be debated, and doing so only comes across as a bad-faith argument at best, or trolling at worst.
“Please explain to me how [basic thing which is obviously sexist] is sexist.” Burdening women with the emotional labour of explaining things which can very easily be googled is a common pattern, and it is exhausting. It is appreciated if you can do some basic research yourself. If there’s a specific situation where you need help with seeing some nuance after that, it’s okay to ask. But the basics should be clear enough by now.
Sarcastic/ironic sexism. For example: “Well, actually … ” as a reply to a post complaining about mansplaining. It’s still sexism.
As mentioned above, men telling women when something is and isn’t sexist. Also, pushback against female posters calling out sexism.
Jokes about sexual assault and abuse.
Continued pushback about the b-word being on the automod list: Many Avocados have made it clear that the word is upsetting and even triggering for them. Listen to them. To quote: “[The b-word] is just one more tiny way that people of all genders denote that being a woman is an insult. Please stop.”
(and there’s more…)