From the Lainchan front: The literature and layer boards are back, but I’ve found something a bit more interesting: Lainchan.jp is now a thing. From my sleuthing1, it’s meant as a decentralised Lainchan, away from the software and look of traditional *chans.
The only theme is different, similar to the Lainchan.org current Delete theme, a centred column of the posts and not the left aligned of traditional chans, and each post in a block. It definitely looks a hell of a lot nicer than most of the themes on the main site, and if they continue this design I hope it keeps the current aesthetic. And the domain was only registered two days ago!
For now, posting by Tor is blocked, for reason I only assume to keep spammers out until the proper filters are restored.
Whatever happens, I really like this site compared to the staleness of the .org site.
EDIT: I was wrong. The site isn’t a decentralised Lainchan, it’s a coup de tat, a copycat with the same name after all the drama I’ve reported on here. There’s controversy over this, a site with the same name attempting to divide an already fragmented community.
While I think it is a better site, if it’s going in the direction of a different site it needs a different name. But a different name, not staying within the ‘niche’ of Serial Experiments Lain, could potentially mean a different site, and I don’t know if I could be interested with that.
UPDATE 2: Just found this introductory post, which furthers that it’s a coup de tat:
Who are we?
We are a collective of former administrators and moderators of
lainchan.org. Technical and organizational skills are distributed among staff members so that lainchan no longer has a single point of failure.
What is this?
This is our new home, a place under the faithful care of established community members (rather than simply the highest bidder) that can be trusted to continue the legacy of lainchan as it was before the last transfer of power.
Why are we here?
Neglect of critical services and backups, lack of priorities and accountability, and gross inaction and incompetence have led us to a situation in which we have lost years of content, but have seen little done to improve the situation. Freed from an entrenched bureaucracy (read: one person), we will be able to reconstruct lainchan and continue its development without unnecessary debate and delay over matters of insignificance.
Where are we heading?
The website has redundant offsite backups. Community services are decentralized. We now plan to rebuild content across the boards, recover data from our last good
lainchan.orgbackup, and resume work on the constellation of projects by and for lains. Join us in
#lainchan.jpon the Freenode IRC network to discuss the future of our community.
Directly attacking the faults of the old owner of Lainchan, and attempting to make it better. Coup de Tat if I ever saw one.
- With a hangover, but don’t all good detectives always have a hangover? ↩