Looking away from the moderation that the admin/mods are doing (or at least trying to) Is /b/ really the most democratic on the internet? You are literally able to post anything you want there, if it becomes popular then congratulations to you, if not? Your thread just sinks in down in that dark abysmal void of oblivion, forever forgotten.
To those don't know, I'll give you the rundown from what I have seen, I have seen (tragically) full blown hardcore racism thread (If you want to cry blood, good place to start) really bloody gore threads (which may or may not be deleted, I think it depends on how popular that thread gets) repulsive loli threads (It's like cp... only hentai...) I can't for the life of me figure out why some of them thrive, the start of a raid thread (sometimes Anonymous recruit there) or just prank calling this pawnshop for Battletoads.
Threads of stories ranging from feels to heroic acts or just plain hilarious (stupid) acts. Nudity threads of every kind (And I do mean of every kind) /b/ contains the best and the worse mankind has to offer, but yet, it has not yet been shut down. Why? It has full blown hardcore racism thread and every other threads which we want to keep off Giantbomb, neogaf and every other place but hasn't been shut off. In case there are any dudes/dudettes out there still wondering about the rule set there, let us make a comparison, I would like to thank Giantbomb in advance for adding the handy dandy forum rules to the right
- Topics advertising, promoting, soliciting and offering goods or services for commercial purposes and financial gain.
Ironically, I can't get into detail here, but let me just say, there are some really clever people out there
- Topics that consist of random 'thoughts of the day', immature or inane content and purpose.
If you hang out on imgur, funnyjunk or any other pictorial sharing websites you will sometimes see /b/ threads which fit this rule perfectly, here it isn't allowed but there, if it is really funny, you might create a thread which derails into Warhammer 40k fandom and then perhaps advanced theoretical physics.
- Topics linking to websites, images, videos or other material without any original commentary from the topic creator.
There are singular words and single sentences to describe the complete 360 degree turn here, ranging from "oh lawd" to "I am the Master of my Faith, and no one is the Master of Who I am"
- No flaming, trolling, disruptive activity or posts which encourage such behavior.
Depending on the situation, they might get the character in suspect fired from their job or jailed for lusting after your 15 year old cousin (this has happened ladies and gents)
- No victimization of others or use of discriminatory language.
Oh lawd save me, they will come after you with raptors with laser teeth and serrated claws
- No discussion of illegal activities.
If this rule was like a person, that person would be the most depressed person on the planet because he fails. Miserably
- No material of a pornographic, overtly sexual or macabre nature.
Again, let us say this rule was a person. This person is beyond saving, this person has become a twisted shadow husk of his former self, while his tormentors enjoy the fact that they have literally created The Joker
- No alternate accounts.
This rule does not exist
Isn't it kinda weird that /b/ has more freedom than we have? But then again, from what I have seen there and take my word for it. Be grateful for these rules, I thank the moderators for the job they are doing, for I do not want to see those threads here.
So, does /b/ represent true democracy on our web? If yes, is it a good thing?