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Happy 4th Birthday, Samachan! Yuno — 05/25/19 (Sat) 15:33:51

4 years of fun!

Live and Death Yuno — 04/01/19 (Mon) 02:36:58

When we opened the Live board, the originally intention was that it would be a nice way for the community to connect and do things together. Over a year and a half later, it became apparent that the board was detrimental to the website as a whole, despite our best efforts.

So as of April 1st, 2019, Live has shut its doors for the final time.

As an aside, this is NOT an April Fools' joke. Come April 2nd, the board will still be gone.

I'll treat the rest of this as a FAQ about the closure of Live, to better format my thoughts on the matter.

Q: Why are you closing Live?
A: The board ceased to be fun for any of the Team involved. It became a chore to moderate, a chore to interact with, and it eventually stopped feeling like it was a suitable fit for the website.

Q: If it was a chore to moderate, why not moderate it better?
A: On multiple occasions, we introduced new rules designed to combat the things we thought were bad about the board, and they did nothing. Flagrant disregard from users to follow simple rules such as "Don't respond to trolls." made it extremely hard to keep a lax environment on the board. This, coupled with my inability to properly ban problem users when they were being a detriment to the board, made it warp into a state it should have never been allowed to get to.

Q: Why not just let the community continue as a whole and let them moderate themselves?
A: Because it's not what I want for Samachan. The entire reason I pushed the distinction of "Main boards" (Samachan proper) and "Live" (live.samachan) was because it was never meant to be the focus of the site. Live sucked away activity from the main boards like a vampire, leaving in its wake entire days where there would be 0-2 posts across the site, yet the Live board would have over 1k-2k posts a day. If Samachan's fate is to become a glorified chatroom with little relation to Anime, Japanese culture, and the things we love, it might as well become an IRC channel to save me the server costs.

Q: Is there a possibility of Live coming back?
A: Not under the Samachan.org domain.

Q: Now that Live is gone, why should I continue to use Samachan?
A: If that was the main attraction for you, you are the reason the board was shut down. It's regrettable if you don't stay, but the focus of the site has always been the image boards and the people that use and enjoy them.

Q: Live was much more active than the other boards, why would you shut it down?
A: Yes, Live was more active than the other boards. While it would be ideal if the main boards could break the stigma that some posters give them regarding the time they put into each post and could increase in activity more, I realize it's likely not going to happen. That activity came at a price, and we're hoping that it goes into the main boards even more than it has now.

Q: Why not just leave it closed during the week and open it on the weekends?
A: While this system addressed one problem slightly, it didn't address the equal issue of the board culture. It was the same circlejerk of a few users each weekend, and closing it during the week did nothing to remedy this, and instead made it worse.

Q: Where do I go now that Live is gone?
A: We have a board named "2D/Everything" that allows a wider scope of content. Anything you discussed on Live that was already not breaking the rules is allowed on this board. Do not be afraid to make threads or posts, the barrier of entry has not changed.

If you have any questions that weren't answered by this post, feel free to email me, or make a thread asking me on the 2D/Everything board. (Only for a week after its closure. Past a week, email me.)

Total posts on Live: 260,048
Average weekly post count: 3,171
Highest sync count: 37
Average sync count: 9

Happy New Year, Samachan! 2019 Yuno — 01/01/19 (Tue) 00:05:19

Happy New Year, Samachan! Congrats on making it through another one!

あけましておめでとうございます、サマちゃんねる!

Balance changes for the New Year Yuno — 12/28/18 (Fri) 04:06:04

Samachan's had a busy year! And going into the 2019 year, things will be different around here! New life and new live will be showing up on Samachan in the last year of the 2010s!

Live:
We felt the Live board was too overpowered and was unfun for the other boards to post against, so we're nerfing some of the abilities that the board has.
1. Lowering the file limit from 20MB to 8MB.
We felt that having such a large file size on this board but not the others encouraged people to post things that they should post on the other boards. Live was encompassing all topics that the other boards specialize in, and it stopped being a jack of all samatrades and into a master of all.
2. Scheduling
We felt like with Live being around the entire year with no breaks, there was absolutely no way the other boards could compete against the instant gratification that the board brings. As such, it's returning with on a schedule for each week.
From Monday through Thursday, the board will be in a read only state where nobody can post on it. We hope that this will allow the other boards to compete and gain the activity back that Live was siphoning from them. From Friday-Sunday Night, the board will be Live and kicking, so please join us for our Live Weekends!
3. Moderation changes towards certain post styles
The immediacy of live was bringing a form of posts that we were feeling was devolving into a circlejerk that was antithetical to the site's focus on being the best Anime/Japanese culture website on the internet. Live isn't about "who" is using it, it should always be about "what" the topic of discussion is. Moderation was also extremely lax and we felt some users got the idea that they could freely break rules, and in some cases, users didn't even know that certain things were against the rules due to their failure to read the rules, and moderation's failure to enforce them.

Anime/Otaku:
1. Encouragement to watch certain shows per season
We're getting more shows subbed forever, and because everyone can now tailor what they want to watch towards their specific tastes, we felt this was leaving certain shows unwatched by large portions of the userbase. So starting from next season, we'll be encouraging the community to watch certain specific shows each season as a way to keep everyone talking about the same things. This idea was taken from how some shows can be each season, or how some threads towards games like Fate/Grand Order or Love Live! School Idol Festival can be.
2. Buffing the file limit
We wanted the Anime/Otaku board to have an edge over Live, so we decided to raise the file limit to 20MB. Share those big collages you've made of your 2D wives!

2D/Everything:
1. Encouragement to post about what ever makes you an otaku.
Do you like painting model robots? Do you like to play Dungeons and Dragons? Do you love idol groups? Please, post about it on this board. Let Samachan know what makes you otaku. Western culture, memes, politics, etc., are still not allowed. Keep the spirit of the site in mind. If you don't understand this, feel free to send me an email.
2. Buffing the file limit
This board was hit hardest by Live, so we also raised the file limit to 20MB. Feel free to post lots of pictures of the things you love!

We hope that you join us in the New Year as we head towards our 4th year of Samachan!

Merry Christmas, Samachan! 2018 Yuno — 12/25/18 (Tue) 07:31:09

Merry Christmas to all Samachanners! We hope your holiday season is filled with joy and cheer as we move forward into the final days of 2018. Drink your eggnog and eat your cookies, and be sure to open lots of presents!
Be sure to spend time with those you love and care for, as we'll be doing the same.

Thank you for a wonderful year, from everyone here at Samachan!