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Amanda

Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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    1. This seems to be a common misconception, probably because when people say “4chan” they almost always mean “/b/”. There’s, like thirty other boards there, most of them are pretty tame.

      Even /b/ isn’t that bad, it’s mostly just played out memes swimming in a sea of pornography. I’ll admit that a lot of indefensible stuff goes on there, but the board as a whole is more amoral than outright evil.

      1. This, so much. There are boards on 4chan that are full of perfectly decent people, and the visual novel probably came from them. I'm honestly more surprised that 4chan managed to accomplish something more than the quality of the novel. Herding cats and all that, but once those cats are herded you can have a pretty diverse base of people to work with.
        But yeah, not "satan's armpit". Some people do go to /b/ because they think it's a place where you have a free reign to be assholes, but the most 'evil' they get is rampant misogyny and transphobia(just like in r/atheism and such). Anything worse than that is usually met with a good bit of opposition and is usually just one idiot thinking that anonymity gives them the right to say anything.
        The rest of the boards range from boring to good, really. I frequented /vp/(pokemon) and /mlp/ until the former went to shit due to lack of content and the latter was inundated with misogynists and transphobes, but there's still other good boards for specific interests that have good userbases. Hell, /d/('alternative' porn) in particular is a remarkably feminist and trans-positive place.
        So yeah, not a hive of villainy and scum. Calling it that really just strokes the egos of the 14 year old misanthropes that go there in hopes of finding a dark and edgy seekrit club.

  1. Oh, this guy? How could anyone buy into this?

    I second the overdetermination of 4chan as the worst of the internet. While /b/ is mostly made up of dumb 14-year-olds, many of the other boards have good content and generally respectful communities.

    1. Heh, that reminds me.  I used to read Orac's blog years ago.  He always had a good takedown for any kind of pseudoscientific nonsense, albeit a verbose one.  However, there's just too many quacks in the world.  I don't know how he keeps his cool sometimes.

  2. i believe /r9k/ is the worst of the lot at the moment
    /b/ at least is mostly stupid and even borderline funny
    /r9k/ on the other hand is just depressing and vile
    /pol/ is horrible too, but theres a lot of trolling going on, so its hard to tell how much is genuinely awful

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