I agree with this. If anyone wants a good example of "chill" boards, I think fullchan's /hikki/ is still relatively non-toxic. This thread and the sticky of resources on fullchan's /prog/ are very civilized. It gets tiring after a while of seeing nonsense like /pol/ (and moe) constantly coming in with their ugly personalities only to cause a fuss.
And then >>11653
. You'd do well to chill out. You're angry and it's like a throwing a stick of dynamite in a closely-laid mine field and it chain reacts. What you post affects other people, even if you don't recognize that the text from these rectangles is coming from real people, your words have a really real effect. You wouldn't go yelling obscenities and telling people to kill themselves in public (or maybe you would, in that case there are different problems that need addressing), because you would cause a very real and serious disturbance, so why would you do it here? I think many people don't have healthy outlets for their dissatisfaction and other negative emotions, and then treat these anonymous image boards like venting grounds under the banner of "free speech," "it was always like this." Maybe, but it got us to where we are today and that isn't a good place.
I don't know how this problem can be avoided. Imageboards rise and fall, along with their communities. Or atleast what could be considered a community, considering the doors are wide open for anyone to come in and start trouble with little repercussion or anything stopping them. I have some experience with online communities, mostly forums and video games, but I've seen which ones descend into madness and fizzle out, and which ones live long enough to be stable (albeit low population). The main problem for the aforementioned has been leadership. Weak and unwilling to take a stance of what their community is "about" and removing everyone who isn't a "cultural fit" and can get along. The ones that have survived keep a tight ship and aren't hesitant to ban those that won't ever be a functioning part of the community. Now, I don't recommend censoring posts as that causes more trouble than it's worth, but there is nothing wrong with banning people from posting if they don't contribute anything. It's harder with image boards because not only can the bans be easily circumvented, but that's usually what's been done. Panic bunkers, where new accounts from a certain date cannot post are common, but I don't see how that could be put into place without severe violations of privacy.
It is a difficult issue that has yet to be solved, contrary to some posters insistence that their way is the right way without any first hand evidence of their experiments working. Forums have already proven to be safe from invaders and that their way works for a while until the community inevitably fizzles out naturally, but not image boards that I know of have had any success in keeping a community. I'm sure there are some very obscure chans with a handful of dedicated posters and a tight-knit community, but I don't know of any.
I guess in the end it's up to the moderators and BOs to do their jobs and taking responsibility for their boards. If they cannot maintain these, then what hope do we have? We have no power and once we're infected, there's no way for us to get rid of them. Fullchan's /tech/ is having this problem right now, where there's a lot of /pol/ posters and the single volunteer is sitting on his hands despite complaints. Any action would be better than inaction.
It's only a matter of time until the barbarians come to our gates, when that happens what will we do?