Are anonymous imageboards/forums doomed to decline after reaching a certain size?
Yes, and it's not restricted to imageboards. I think at least part of it is related to this:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunbar's_number
>>2643326Huh, 150? That's a lot higher than I expected. Though I guess taking into account how many people there are on larger boards posting it isn't all that significant.
>>2643348Well, it's the absolute limit. It doesn't mean you have a personal relationship with them, but your brain can store social information about them and maintain cohesion
>>2643326Most interactions on anonymous imageboards are ephemeral. I'd say Dunbar's number only comes into play when you have to maintain relationships, like on name-based forums, or when you start making friends off-site.The maximum size of an imageboard is probably constrained more by the following principle (from A Group is its Own Worst Enemy):>The fact that the amount of two-way connections you have to support goes up with the square of the users means that the density of conversation falls off very fast as the system scales even a little bit.>many to many interaction doesn't blow up like a balloon. It either dissipates, or turns into broadcast, or collapses.That last line pretty much sums up the current state of /b/ and /v/, for example.
I wonder if imageboards (and perhaps newsgroups/forums/mailing lists) would work better if there was a mechanism for naturally dividing communities when they became too large.
How has ota's very large max number of threads affected it?
all anonymous communities turn to shit eventually
This is why good moderation that cares about the topic, is important. That includes reducing ban evasion to a negligible level.
>>2644132by being dead
>>2644132No but the large llcel population has
>>2644132How would it affect anything? It just means threads don't die nearly as fast technically, but they still "die" when people stop posting in it
>>2644536It might have more of an effect if they had a catalog; then people could more easily look for threads that are more interesting that whatever's on the front page.
Maybe, but I wonder if there are ways to avoid it.
On imageboards when the board is too fast people start provoking each other to get attention for their threads.
Do they decline without reaching a certain size?
I hope not
>>2644172Does it deserve it?
>>2647748Maybe I'm thinking of some other board. Or I'm confusing that with it not having a JSON API.
>>2648311unless there's a giant external energy source
>>2649795we only the post rate of most places