I'm not the most active everywhere on the internet, or here, or on social media websites. Nor am I that good with computers, so my opinions on the issues brought up by Spacemagicpriest Smallcaninewoof should be taken with a grain of salt.
Am I the only one that's bothered by how people actually want to upgrade things for no good fucking reason? There are plenty of programs I use that are perfectly functional and I have turned off the "updates" because the only thing that changed was it would often break something and/or try to look pretty while whoring up more resources. I can understand upgrading something if there's an issue, but can anyone point out to any actual problem with the board other than "it's old"?
I just don't see why it needs to be changed. I don't see why it needs to be updated, and I don't see why someone would want to bother. If the board code is really that bad, and is actively acting like a car held together by rust and bird poop (nobody wants to clean it because it will fall apart), then we could probably copy 8chan's code because their image upload stuff is handy. If I could do anything to OPchan's board code, it would be that and webm thumbnails. Wouldn't even think about touching anything else, and I don't want to break OPchan just to get a shiny thumbnail or be able to post two images with one less mouse click; it almost isn't worth mentioning.
I think the format is clear, organized, very efficient, and overall excellent to quickly and easily display and discuss information. While this may restrict new blood from entering because the aforementioned features are alien to modern social media formats, I do not think using a format like Tweeter or Facebook or that other one with all the SJWs would actually work when people desire to make useful contributions to a community. Sure, we could renew this format into another type of website, but that would hinder the quality of information and discussion with an interface that doesn't fit the content.
This is starting to sound a lot like "huur change is bad bring back steam engines and horses" and I understand how it could be interpreted as such, but the imageboard format is a medium that's near perfect for the media we have.
To be honest, I see places like this as a bit of the middle ground between the high volume, high quantity boards/reddits/social websites and the 10-posts-per-year private forum boards that get into incredibly specialized stuff with a tiny, stagnant userbase. The high quantity places tend to deal with the large amounts of people who're just starting out, they answer a lot of similar beginner questions and although very interesting things do happen once in a while, I've seen it get flooded over quickly to be lost in the endless wastelands of the internet. We're in the middle, with a smaller userbase of people usually who go from knowledgeable to expert; our edge cases keep the pot stirring a little bit, but isn't flooded with new beginners faster than they can be educated and this brings me to the last section: The specialized Sign-Up forums. Sure, they might have more signed up users than this place gets visits per year, but they are often strict, slow-moving, and can quickly quell the creativity of a less restrictive environment with stifling rules, and members being respected more by how many posts they've made/circlejerk status than actual knowledge. Of course, some users of these forums can be in the tippy top of their respective expertise, but it's often hard to find who knows what's up especially if you aren't an adept yourself.
What I'm trying to say here is that we have a niche. We're between a giant rocky volcano and a frigid hard place, and I think we could make use of that. We're slower than we probably should be, that much is clear. Although we could be a little faster, I think posters here return here for good reasons. This is something we should market somehow, to gather more users that will "get" this place.
>how do we market a spot between the spewing, raging volcano of the big social websites and the practically dead, glacially paced specialized forums
I have seen a few things that made me a little confused on imageboards; the rules of /b/ seemingly applying to other shit that's completely unrelated. The first rule of /b/ is that you do not talk about /b/.
This isn't /b/. This isn't even 4chan. I sometimes see OPchan mentioned here and there on 4chan's /k/, usually with disdain supported by ignorance or plain butthurt faggotry of some sperg shitposting here, getting assblasted, and going back to 4chan with a keyboard full of "waaah they're all giant fags". I understand that imageboard posters shittalk on pretty much everything - especially other imageboards, and I'm getting a little derailed but what I'm getting to is that if you come here and like it, it might not be a bad idea to think about people you know and wonder if they would like OPchan too. This could happen on another forum or imageboard or some other website; you see someone that you think would like this place, maybe mentioning it to them shouldn't be seen as taboo. We aren't a social media website like Facebook, and we shouldn't try to morph into a social media website, but we could use social media to gain new members. I can understand why the OPchan facebook page isn't doing much and I think it's because having an OPchan facebook page is like having a facebook page for a cool lamp. By that I mean using a facebook page to advertize OPchan isn't the right way to use facebook to advertize OPchan. If you have a cool lamp, you should send pictures of it on your lamp-loving friend on facebook, not make a page for your lamp.
Yes, with "advertizing" like this will come the shitposts. Not much we can do about that, for it is the internet. Thankfully, the mods here are pgud and quick to weed out what's an actual shitpost and what's a beginner that needs a helping hand, or a little giggle at using real info to post.
>we have boards with practically no traffic
Slow boards tend to have a bit less quantity but a bit more quality. They practically end up being active-ish archives for shit that's a year old or more but still should remain alive. Is there a problem with this? Does a slow moving board mean OPchan is dead? I think not, and I think we should try to encourage users to take a peek in the slow boards once in a while. I bet lots of people would love to see a Mateba in detail but have forgotten /st/, or have an interest in reloading or something and have not even looked at /clw/.
welp I had my 4AM semi-coherent ramble going on for long enough