Executor of Dry IT Men
- May 28, 2022
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Anyone who says "be kind" is almost invariably the opposite of kind. This guy clearly just wants a hugbox. "We don't want an open square". In other words you don't want the old internet back. What you actually want is the Tumblr era back when social media wasn't so automated as to destroy any attempt at actual communication. Of course this completely ignores the fact that Tumblr and its' culture played a huge role in the formation of the modern net as people increasing wanted "positive vibes only" social media which inevitably creates auto generated social media as the only means to achieve that is to replace all the humans with robots. The social justice crowd is more than catered to. It doesn't want to interact with real people because real people prevent them from escaping into their delusional fantasy world.
I'm actually shocked that other people on the yesterweb consider us toxic and contrary to the values of the old net. Especially seeing as the oldnet was an incredibly toxic place. Lurkers, predators, harassers, scammers, etc etc. The oldnet was far less safe than this site is. We don't even do raids like the oldnet, let alone irl raids.
You're either misremembering the oldnet or just conflating it with SA/4chan. The vast majority of forums I was on back in the day were moderated so strictly it'd make your eyes water. Off the top of my head, I can remember rules such as "no religious discussion" which went as far as banning you from even putting religious iconography in your signature (in a lego forum no less), countless wordfilters, serious minutiae. Mods regularly and actively keeping topics on track, posts being deleted if they broke the rules, all sorts.
Just cause the moderation wasn't about The Current Thing doesn't mean it didn't exist. I'd argue old web communities apart from the real obvious standouts were moderated more strictly than modern standards.
Ultimately what the old web was about wasn't "no rulezz!!! fuck da police!!!" it was there being enough variety that you could find a community that you liked and could tolerate the rules of and join it. If you wanted fully free speech, there were places catering to that, there were also other places catering to the crowds they wanted to attract.
Do also remember that loads of old web forums had problems with other sites on a regular basis and would sometimes ban people for just giving off a whiff of coming from somewhere they didn't like.
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