I would say that if it's OP because he came from the place none of us dare not speak. But let us be honest here. More normals have been slowly coming towards our side of the internet for nearly 6 years or so especially 4chan itself which has been made obvious by posters that do not care for each boards culture and identity, To the point where it is saturated with the same memetics and varients of those 3 characters or memetics themselves. I would say that over time things will swing back in the opposite direction only because trends and crazes are lapses in time and things that have permanence last long before they are gone. An example is of /mlp/ and Star Trek which may not be as popular as it once was, but still is kept alive by the core fans themselves and has a comfy community.
As for 8chan the real issue became the paranoia that everyone who posted there was from 4chan trying to subvert the site and it became a literal Lord Of The Flies scenario,including the fact that they just went crazy with their "World is ending" "world is ending" everytime something happened, and then you had a mod that would literally just ban for dumb reasons other than for Quality Control especially on /v/. The thing is they never moved past their "Gamergate" phase and tried to become a legitimate memetic site full of fun and create more OC that can distinguish itself from others. It's a huge learning lesson for other chans to understand.
> But all the “zoomers” and redditors are new to it, they just discovered the epic wojak posting and pepe, and they still have fun spamming it and making one word shitposts and “(you) farming”. People just get older.
That is the thing i can get that, but it has been a varience thing for awhile of the same stuff. Even Le Epic Troll Face, Awesome Face, and the FFFFFFUUUCK face did not last as long as these things did. But i will give it to you though the "you farming" never has changed it's just been rearranged. The only gripe i have is that there is not as much memetic characters as their use to be and everything is just a variance of Pepe and Wojak than anything really new as characters. >>252518
That is apart of it like i mentioned above, also the userbase became paranoid and it did not help they went into purity spirals and believed things without research. They kind of ran off memetic makers in the process. The court order was the start of the end but i would say the finishing blow was the fact Jim and the rest went to a lawyer when asked to have Lollikon/Shota and a guro board, they replied that the Lawyer said it would not be able to be hosted without being taken down and it would be considered Child Porn even though a lot of other chans do it. That was the final straw because users were putting up with the fact the site had to come back from Cloudflare, posts that would take 15 minutes to send or work, disorganization, and just power struggles with a mod that was power hungry as well. The drama dragged the site down but also just the fact it called itself a "freedom of speech" site but then collapsed on itself when they did not allow lollikon and guro etc. Also if i can mention something i think /pol/itics really dragged the sites down overall in the sense of just being everywhere and spammed at once. >>252519
When it first was starting out it had a huge userbase, i would dare say it rivaled 4chan. It had done all sorts of things correctly with allowing huge amounts of images(well about 3-4) per post and also allowing PDF's, 5MB worth of gifs, and also finally 15MB in videos with sound. These were things constantly and i mean constantly begged for on 4chan. People were hoping for Lollikon and Guro to make a huge comeback and be the thing 4ch stopped being a long time ago.