textboards.json (31)

1 Name: Anonymous Addict : 2020-07-27 21:27 ID:Xwc52Dq7

What's up folks,
I've compiled a list of textboard sites in a .json format.
Am I missing any?


2 Name: Anonymous Addict : 2020-07-29 02:05 ID:Heaven

You could bother rumi or some other dude who’s into the Japanese internet to fill out the jap websites.

3 Name: Anonymous Addict : 2020-07-30 04:36 ID:Heaven

you are missing a lot

4 Name: Anonymous Addict : 2020-08-01 19:45 ID:41IPTjv4

Well why don't you help him out there, Heaven. You're the expert, aren't you?

5 Name: Anonymous Addict : 2020-08-27 06:27 ID:Heaven

Textboards are a very strange thing in the west, to me at least, even though these sorts of sites are not supposed to be treated like chats the glacial pace of English-speaking textboards sometimes makes me wonder the point of it all.
With how slow they can be, with several getting only a handful of posts a month, it feels like you might as well just be typing your thoughts in a text file. They kind of feel like sending out a digital message in a bottle with how people are constantly losing interest and being replaced by newer users, albeit at a much slower pace than a lot of other things. A user on here once posed the idea that textboards are the last type of site that anonymous internet users before sliding offline entirely. It has also been said that all of us use the same handful of websites nowadays, so maybe we're just a very shy, distant community.
While there are some lower quality discussions, a lot, in fact, there are also discussions from months or years ago that I will sit down and read and I'm sure many do also. Maybe that's that the point of all these.
Not that there's anything wrong with a bit of joke or low-quality discussion. Getting stuck on the idea of sanitized, sterile "serious discussion" has its own pitfalls and leads to places like KohlChan's zine or the Hacker News.

I often wonder the same thing about users of slower 2channel boards. Why people even bother when there are many ways to talk online with instant gratification.

6 Name: Anonymous Addict : 2020-08-31 12:10 ID:1Rt0U/KH

maybe the slow pace is just what some people are looking for in communication, no "obligation" to be attentive, sensory overload might play into it as well

7 Name: Anonymous Addict : 2020-09-05 06:16 ID:58wfL/6R

It would be nice to have a bit more lively conversation, makes me worried that one day we will have no websites like this left because all the users are gone. How do people even find this website anymore?

8 Name: Anonymous Addict : 2020-09-07 21:13 ID:TwJM2ykH


>How do people even find this website anymore?

Lists like OP's and overchan-style aggregators and word of mouth. People looking exploring the internet usually find them usually as well.

9 Name: Anonymous Addict : 2020-09-23 16:46 ID:kmxB3YCf

I clicked through a lot of OP's list out of curiosity. There is not much of note that someone into textboards wouldn't already know about, not to discount OP's efforts considering that someone new to the format would find it very useful, so that's not the issue. The issue is that most of them are devoid of any meaningful content, some having no posts at all, or the real discussion being overtaken by spam, I wonder why there is so much optimism around textboards being the future of anonymous culture. Especially when a lot are just talking about meta, or it simply being a novelty/anchor for their discord clique.

10 Name: Anonymous Addict : 2020-09-23 20:01 ID:RDth9iOZ

>>5 i mainly just see textboards as an old DQN archive and not really a place to chat, maybe people do the same. i'm fairly new to textboards (imageboards, not so much) so i don't know how lively was this place back in the day. how can we make textboards cool again? maybe reducing the number of boards to centralize posters? i don't know what to talk about, i'm shy (;Д;)(;Д;)(;Д;)

>The issue is that most of them are devoid of any meaningful content, some having no posts at all

this. most posts are just effortless-DQN stuff like "post wikipedia links" or whatever, with no actual good content. probably new people don't see the point in replying. and about the spam thing, look at https://sonzaishinaiworld.heliohost.org/bbs/bbs.php , a nice textboard but filled with spam.

11 Name: Anonymous Addict : 2020-09-23 22:03 ID:dS2uiSH5

but the Wikipedia links thread is very DQN-ppoi and actually has some interesting holes you can fall into, I personally enjoy it

captcha: foydment

12 Name: Anonymous Addict : 2020-09-23 23:49 ID:RDth9iOZ

for sure, but this isn't something that gets people to come back to this place and post, i think. at least in AA bar you get a collective narrative of sorts. take SAoVQ or sageru for example which have very little discussion posts, if any. if you look at archives, it wasn't always like this.
i wonder why the english textboard scene got so fragmented and how we can bring it back, there are tons of sites with just a handful of posts every month that probably have the same userbase across all of them. we need to come together and make this format great again (;´Д`)

captcha: spoutch

13 Name: Anonymous Addict : 2020-09-24 16:59 ID:NlbX0iD7

Good post

>With how slow they can be, with several getting only a handful of posts a month, it feels like you might as well just be typing your thoughts in a text file.

Not exactly true. I can't speak for everybody, but I always write out my posts with the expectation that someone will reply. Maybe not today, maybe not this week, but someone will eventually. The feeling of pressing "reply" is a different feeling than pressing ctrl-s for this exact reason, there is a chance that someone out of your control will reply to you and incite further discussion.

I also fully agree with >>6. When people receive immediate replies, it becomes the expectation for everyone involved. Fast places (like 4chan) are a cesspool because everyone wants to reply to everyone immediately and receive replies immediately, with 0 thought put into the posts 99% of the time. But with slower speed, there is less incentive to make your posts as fast as possible, and it's even discouraged since anyone who's been on this site for even a day will realize that some of these posts/threads are multiple years, and even more than a decade old. So with infinite time to collect your thoughts without worrying about the thread expiring, you're allowed to create meaningful discussion at your leisure. The Post Office is a great example for this in my opinion. Bus Stop is in a weird spot because most discussion is taken moderately serious, but because posts expire after 24 hours, it creates a different dynamic.

I took about 3 hours writing up this reply. Not all 3 hours of it used to thinking/typing, but because I'm at work and I would write a little here, a little there, knowing full well this thread isn't going anywhere.

14 Name: Anonymous Addict : 2021-01-26 21:52 ID:Tcnv0Q2p

If I am still missing any, please gib links. Also does anyone know what happened to sonzaishinaiworld?

These are the boards I have so far:

I was wondering if anyone here has any additions to my list of textboards. Doesn't matter the language of the board, whether it's Tor-only or not, et cetera. Anything is welcome. This is my list so far:

다크 워마드: http://dtjdjc6l2iuf42j5ux2td5sqpibi3grcfxr53httcn66o7prycne24qd.onion/
0chan: http://0chan.vip/
1000chan: http://europech.bbs.fc2.com/
2channel: http://2ch.sc/2ch.html
5channel: http://www2.5ch.net/5ch.html
Acrimonie Murs de Texte: https://www.acrimonie.com/mdt/
~AnonChan~: http://ok3dw7mbxkobxsyo4fjjzmn4p5spd23om3mlfw3gpgxmowfyhxhavead.onion/
atob: https://atob.xyz/
Ayashii Channel BBS: http://xiongnu.org/ayashii/
Bienvenido a Internet BBS/IB: https://bienvenidoainternet.org/bai.html
cchan: https://cchan.blackaster.xyz/
Channel4 BBS: https://4-ch.net/4ch
dakanya channel: https://tsubasa.nu/dakanya/ch/
danger/u/: https://dangeru.us/
DeaChan: http://si3ejlflofkhujlhtqomonsznjmcrnv5auld7irjyyuaxugxd5wdjvad.onion/
dulmBox: http://dulm.blue/box/
Getgle BBS: https://getgle.org/bbs/
InfoChan: http://emcc46ukd57uahbhu7c5zo7spvcjooj6mcb4pvh2jblv27jygjdzilid.onion/
Kiramoji Message Board: https://kiramoji.ga/
MsgBored: https://msgbored.cf/
neetBBS: https://bbs.neet.tv/
nest.rf.gd: http://nest.rf.gd/
ninechan: https://ninechan.flash.moe/
Noder: http://noder.org/
OVERTEXT and Textboard Culture Discussion Board: http://xiongnu.org/boards/meta/
Post Office: https://afternoon.dynu.com/letterbox.html
PRTF: http://prtf.net/
RAL Neo-Forum: https://ralee.org
ratwires: https://ratwires.space/
sakinorva iris: http://i.sakinorva.net/
sakinorva shoreline: https://sakinorva.net/shoreline/
Scheme BBS: https://textboard.org/
Secret Area of VIP Quality: https://secretareaofvipquality.org/saovq/
Shin-chan: http://l4pcdsvyckfixcb4uoy6xkmnvfyrmgg7m6q2xbr7yo4hlrlhdfnzbjyd.onion/
textchan: https://www.textchan.com/
The Unholy Citadel of 6ch: https://sageru.org/
Tinychan BBS: https://dis.tinychan.net/
The Transient Textboard: https://textboard.net/
tough life: http://0-ch.atspace.eu/
vody: http://vody.org/board/
Wiki Development Discussion Board: http://ro.doddlercon.com/wikidiscussion/
Wizardchan textboard: https://text.wizchan.org/
World4ch: https://dis.4ct.org/
Vampiros.ml: https://vampiros.ml/

15 Name: Anonymous Addict : 2021-01-27 13:32 ID:yqnV7iZ9

There's a reason 5ch blocks western IP addresses. Take this down OP. Creamy's list has already done enough damage

16 Name: Anonymous Addict : 2021-01-27 13:38 ID:2QoSJZBQ

You mean you don't like automated spamdvertisements clogging up your niche messageboards?

17 Name: Anonymous Addict : 2021-01-27 13:58 ID:XL0DIOhX

The point of "textboards" was originally to share illegal/niche content after watching CP video tapes was outlawed in the early Heisei era. 2ch's shitpost culture, "old /b/" and wakachan's weeaboo userbase all mixed together in an internet stew was basically what 00s english web BBS boards were; but 4chan's boards and 4-ch are a product of its era, except this site survived and /DQN/ is still (mostly) /DQN/. If you're familiar with Japan's boards, they mostly share grotesque fetish stuff that the likes of Futaba and even 2ch can't handle. Tons of kids make their own "textboards" these days to make a statement about web 3.0 or whatever web point-0 we're on, but in reality their only function in the first place was to have a place on the new fangled web machine to discuss things your family would disown you for, with some Asian styled FYAD shitposting on the side.

18 Name: Anonymous Addict : 2021-01-27 15:19 ID:Heaven

It's not like a lot of people outside the 6 boomers on DQN are going to see this...

19 Name: Anonymous Addict : 2021-01-27 19:38 ID:yqnV7iZ9

Just because you turned 18 doesn't mean you're a boomer.

20 Name: Anonymous Addict : 2021-01-28 10:41 ID:Heaven


21 Name: Anonymous Addict : 2021-01-28 15:27 ID:Heaven

on what

22 Name: Anonymous Addict : 2021-02-02 00:16 ID:RBxRn3KL

23 Name: Anonymous Addict : 2021-02-02 21:09 ID:RBxRn3KL

I often wonder about the sort of life that "textboards" have taken on. In some way, I feel that Shii and his software + essays + group of friends are almost directly responsible for how we see "textboards" as some kind of unique forum that stands in opposition to both "imageboards" as well as "traditional (i.e. phpBB) forums". When really, "textboards" were just the phpBB of early Japanese internet. >>17 is emphasizing the ware nature of early 2ch, ayashii, amezou, etc. but these were just the big nefarious boards. This kind of software was in use for every type of forum, they were hosted on people's homepages as a type of guestbook, japanese forums today still use software derived from these types of boards, etc. It wasn't all nefarious, if you look at the objective history of this trend, it's just as generic and boring as the history of phpBB, vBulletin, or whatever. Japs couldn't figure out registration or sql so they made anonymous flat file systems because that's what guestbooks used and the html BBS grew out of the guestbook, and Americans thought this was exotic.

The English name in general is silly, a "textboard"? a board to post text? All internet forums are "textboards", all forums, even those that allow multi-media content, still emphasize comments and discussion over anything else. If the name textboard means "no multi-media content", I still don't get it, it seems like pushing way too much emphasis on what the board can't do rather than what it does. Shii and the like seemed really opposed to just calling these boards what they are: forums. His essay on textboards makes this pretty clear, as this "new system" of textboards is constantly contrasted with phpBB in particular. Of course, textboards are older than phpBB. Rather than viewing textboards as a primitive version of a registration-forum, he instead projected his Japanophile views and argued about the differences between western and eastern culture.

I think this overall had an impact, with his views being shared by WAHa and Mr VacBob, and with their influences on world4ch and 4-ch and iichan and so on. The terms "textboard" and "imageboard" took on a life of their own within the west. I see scripts on github with descriptions like "textboard with imageboard capabilities": you mean it's a forum that can optionally post images. I see discussions like "are textboards superior to imageboards?" and I see people arguing the fine points about what makes a textboard a textboard and what makes an imageboard an imageboard and so on, and there's such a weird obsession with making these two variations on a simple theme into their own category altogether.

These days, I just use the term BBS to describe both textboards and imageboards because the more I think about it, the more I think the distinction between "textboard", "imageboard", "forum", and so on really makes no sense.

24 Name: Anonymous Addict : 2021-02-02 21:22 ID:RBxRn3KL

Anyway, here's my TL;DR: there's really only two types of boards, registration boards and anonymous boards. The nitty gritty about which media it emphasizes is kind of pointless and its only taken a nature of its own because of how we perceive it as exotic.

25 Name: Anonymous Addict : 2021-02-04 22:12 ID:Heaven

I think you are oversimplifying it. The whole imageboard, textboard, tinyboard and liveboard thing is solely referring to the software the site runs.

26 Name: Anonymous Addict : 2021-02-04 23:03 ID:RBxRn3KL

I already mentioned the software aspect in >>23, and I don't think that's right either, when people say textboards and imageboards they don't mean wakaba and kareha, they mean specific websites and more broadly the people that post in them. I'm talking specifically about how textboards and imageboards were introduced into the west in 2003 and how English audiences reacted to this.

27 Name: Anonymous Addict : 2021-02-05 21:48 ID:Heaven

my favorite textboard is when people comment on a youtube video every day for a year

28 Name: Anonymous Addict : 2021-02-06 11:49 ID:sun1VZ2j

The text/imageboard split is real: disallowing something, like imageposting, can be a feature. In more recent times, people pushing gemini/gopher also claim that and I see it as a parallel to early 2000s "textboard" purism. Complete with gopher being old and unintentionally primitive.
The phpBB vs. forced anonymous "shiichans" also differ in more than a registration. Not only did phpBB instances encouraged registration, but also early from the start building a personality: various badges & stars, titles ("this person is a supreme expert / veteran member / Orc captain") etc. - this goes far beyond "tripfagging".
While it is true that all these software is of one general type, that doesn't completely refute the "medium is the message" type of theory.

29 Name: Anonymous Addict : 2021-02-07 21:12 ID:Heaven

Tech-wise it might be real, but it's still the same people posting on both (or on all textboards for that matter)

30 Name: Anonymous Addict : 2021-02-20 12:24 ID:NcHQYX2c

it is weird to say but i think that i made (in this month) about four posts, but i probably spend about 3 hours every day lurking

31 Name: Anonymous Addict : 2021-02-20 20:17 ID:Akl7yFfQ

hey, at least it's not the other way around!

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