>>7905>Usually there's a lack of reasoning on why exactly is the gaystation server bad, care to elaborate more on your post?
NHB (not him but) I can present you a few points from a few posts I didn't make as I understand them
1. It's a red flag for a lot of people who could potentially be a great addition to the site
Would you join an imageboard if it had a link to an official instagram profile in the top of every page? Some people see gaystation very negatively, and for good reasons. You could argue about the gaystation here not being that bad, but an instagram account could be alright too: imagine an artist profile containing only photos of his drawings. That's a nice instagram account. But still you wouldn't put it in the headers of an imageboard
2. Potential fragmentation of the community
22chan has its culture, and inevitably the gaystation has/is going to develop culture of its own which it doesn't share with the site. In-jokes and such. So far gaystation fags have been doing a decent job at keeping gaystation stuff in gaystation, but it is a risk in a way. Just because it's fine now it doesn't mean it will be in the future. And we've already had episodes (nova, lolico) where some gaystation leaked
3. gaystation taking away traffic from the website
Now typically people respond to this by saying that low quality posting goes on the gaystation, and high quality on the site, so there is no conflict. Personally while I agree to some extent I don't think that imageboards are about making every post exceptional, and while I like the idea of people putting effort into posting a lot, I also think that it wouldn't harm 22 to also have just easy casual conversation, or anyway posts without tons of effort put into them. I haven't been in the gaystation in a while but is it really all such bad stuff, that one couldn't post it here? For fuck's sake, we're an imageboard, not an exhibition or a museum
(interpreted from >>7227
+ my ideas)
4. gaystation kills anonymity, and to make matters worse, both in itself and on the imageboard
We take pride in anonymity: we don't need our egos to be fed by having a nametag attached to everything we say or do; also we don't need to check if we trust the person who is saying something because we are confident in our judgement of the ideas presented by posts, regardless of who's behind them. An idiot once in his lifetime could make an exceptionally clever post on an imageboard which could very well be taken seriously. In real life, everyone knows he's the idiot, and he'd get ignored regardless of what he says
Another extremely important thing is that anonymity lets you express yourself even if you'd be afraid to do that in front of people who know who you are. You will never feel as free with anyone as you feel here. Anonymity protects you from anxiety about social judgement. That's ultimately the reason a lot of people are here. Not because of ideals.
Firstly, gaystation is not anonymous. Secondly, once you stay on gaystation for a while, you begin to recognize the people when they post on the imageboard, based on their style of writing, ideas, nationalities, interests, grammar mistakes. And suddenly the imageboard is a lot less anonymous. The community here's small, and gaystation people often are those who care about the site a lot and post often.
Now, anonymity has it's limits. The biggest being that you will never make a fren, or form any type of relationship with a person here. And the idea of respect can be very useful at times in the real world. So I don't hate namefagging as a concept, I could even see value in the possibility of people who feel sick talking to someone potentially transitioning smoothly to more person-to-person communication. But this is an anonymous imageboard dammit. Anonymity should be protected
(interpreted from >>7118
+ my ideas)
Am I suggesting that we should get rid of gaystation? No. Actually none of this is really a definitive argument. Also, gaystation helps keeping a piece of community together and caring about the site, and when you look at it, you see mostly effort and good stuff coming from the people there. That alone could matter more than any of the points above
I'm a fan of anonymity, but I'm also a fan of robomaniac's threads (and that's a fucking tripfag). Should we ban robo for compromising the anonymous nature of this website? Should we call him out for being an attention seeker? Perhaps. But I don't think I'm ready to exchange all of this for potentially.. not much. We know that we are most likely leaving behind a lot, and we don't know if the effects of deleting gaystation in the long run will reward that decision. 22chan could just die a slow death without it. Maybe one day gaystation won't be necessary, or it won't be as important. We'll see