Imageboard Lainchan has just come back offline after about a day of inactivity. But just like the mythological phoenix, it has come back as a baby. Nearly everything has been deleted, all the boards and all the posts within the boards have been removed, giving a fresh slate to start over again, with new boards. What has been kept is some of my older choices, like theme design and the name I posted under.
As for what happened… well:
(Kalyx being the old owner of the site and Appleman being the newer one)
What I’m seeing right now in the four threads is a lot of hate towards Kalyx. Which makes sense, the site best known for being a source for the spreading knowledge, through PDF and ebook sharing threads, and this move effectively destroys all that knowledge. But I also think this is an error on the part of Appleman, who didn’t bother to take any of the server privileges away from Kalyx or make a backup. Isn’t that computer management 101?
There’s discussion about what should come back. For example, there’s been a suggestion for an extreme left wing politics board, similar to what 4chan’s /pol/ has become. While this is very cyberpunk in a way, I feel like any politics is hard to moderate, and it could soon spin out of control. One suggestion I do like is adding a culture jamming board, especially if it gravitates more towards the arts of people like Banksy, or a different style of photography that subverts.
I’m really hoping that the existing culture of cyberpunk and the spreading of knowledge retains through this change. Right now the site is a blank slate, meaning that if enough of the old users don’t fight back, then the existing culture could change if influenced by a large enough group (And a large brigade by a site like 4chan wouldn’t be out of reality). With the site being one of the reasons I am so obsessed with cyberpunk right now, if the kind of tinfoil hat-y cyberpunk culture were to be overridden by some other culture I would probably become disinterested in the site.
I hope all the hate and anger passes and we can all go back to the discussion of technology, programming, dreams, and drugs. Because can’t we all just love Lain? (And internet culture, which I kind of loved a bit more)