- Jul 9, 2014
Sure, it's one of 63 boards on the site, but you can understand why that handful of users on one board hurts 4chan's rep (and GamerGate's for that matter, because the two ARE in fact linked). This is not to say the majority of folks subscribe to that kind of awful behavior, but as I've said on other threads here, this is the situation you create when you post on message boards anonymously behind screen names. You become identified with the site you're posting on, because there is no real name or identifiers for people to latch on to. It's easy to see why people are grouping what we might call a few bad apples in with the rest of the 4chan and GG crowd because they are HIDING in that crowd. And it's tough, if not impossible, to indetify them or at least distinguish them from the rest of the crowd. And that's the price of the anonymity they hide behind: you get to protect your good name, but you stain the reputation of the site that you frequent and the well-behaved members around you.Mouser_House said:That's on /b/. We don't go to Ravenholm anymore. Seriously, every other board hates /b/ with a passion (maybe even more than gawker media does!) There are 63 boards total. Mind you, /b/ sucks so much that it will probably be the site admin's doom one day.Exley97 said:Um, sure, I guess you could call them contrarians and skeptics. But behavior like this? Well, that's a little more than just being outside the mainstream. And it's not culture. It's f---ing sick. And it's pretty indicative of why 4chan, as it relates to GG, has an image problem that, in my humble opinion, has stained the movement.
/v/ is one of the fastest boards on a very large site. Only a small amount of people on /v/ were originally interested in journalistic/indie dev scandals and the rest of the board called them gossipy drama queens. This was before the "gamers are dead" articles whipped a much larger group into a frenzy across several sites.
You can't really go anywhere from here. No one is going to apologize for having posted on the same site where some script kiddie wants to play super villain. Just like no one on tumblr is going to apologize for posting on the same site that nearly drove Tom Siddell to suicide. This is why people need to move away from looking at things in black and white while repeating the genetic fallacy as their main argument. Both sides keep doing this. Everyone's stuck.
EDIT: messed up quotes
Points for the Ravenholm reference, BTW, it was excellent