|»|7 Anonymous 2023-08-10T18:26:19
That's true. I find the most upsetting thing is that from an anthropological perspective, these communities are very interesting glimpses into a very, very, very short moment in the history of the internet on one of the most niche platforms (text/imageboards) that has ever existed. Stuff like this will never really have its time again. It will slowly die out, just like dial-in BBS boards, Usenet and heck sadly even IRC these days since Discord really pulled people away from that. Once it's gone, it's gone. It's not like there will be a permanent archive in some museum for the next 500 years though it would be cool if there was.
I can understand and accept that places close and aren't going to be forever, especially in the digital world. It's just sad to see. I'd love for these places to stay around forever, but yeah it takes a dedicated person or few to be willing to check for spam and maintain it. It is possible, for sure. I mean you can still dial into old BBS boards that have been running since the 1980s because there are true oldfriends who never wish to see these places get lost to time.
I could totally afford to host just about every existing text/imageboard that's still out there for decades...but yeah having to check for spam is irritating, plus fixing bugs. I used to own an imageboard maybe 10-15 years ago and while it didn't get spammed really often, there was still an obligation to check every day just in case and while it was easy, it felt like a chore. Either way I hope this place does stay open for posting for some time (pretty please, admin). Or hopefully it can actually be passed onto someone else to take the reigns. If it just goes read only until the server expires and goes offline, I hope at that point at least the archived content can be put into a compressed archive file and released into the wild (hosted on Archive.org, torrents or for anyone to rehost their own) just so that this little piece of human history - as seemingly irrelevant as it may be to most people - can be preserved as a historical artifact of early-mid 2000's internet.
|»|11 Anonymous 2023-09-25T02:12:48
The current state of things does make me feel a little guilty for only really checking here every couple of months - sometimes close to a year - when I'm in the right headspace.
Growing older, I really lost interest in participating in actually valueable ways on the internet, but it just feels really nice to come back every once in a while to a place that is actually civil, honest and sincere, with mostly likeminded people even, even if I'm just reading through a couple posts before doing something else again.
I really do hope that taba will continue to stay up in a way that allows for communication. My thinking right now is that - since I assume losing the contact to these people that enjoy a comfortable, old-styled place is the greater fear in contrast to just losing one of many oldschool websites - perhaps it might be nice to at the very least implement a very barebones way of communication into the archive, if it really does have to come to that. Something like a small guestbook that doesn't allow links and attachments. The idea being that, that way there would still be a miniscule chance to see each other again on other places, just by sharing and discussing them. I guess it would also be possible to just create a D-word server and create a 24h-limited invite on a certain date, so to only catch those genuinely interested in not losing everything, then use it to further communicate and find a / new places together. Hold your pitchforks though, just spitballing!