03/29/2017 (Wed) 15:31:06
>>18917>Honestly, I didn't even expect the board owner to use it, I made it as a joke.
Well BO actually using it made it funnier, even if somewhat frustrating, but yeah, joke's relevancy has ended sometime ago. Whatever I guess, but it does give off a wrong idea about /AM/.>if banners weren't relevant to the culture of the board, new visitors were less likely to stick around.
Was it really the argument? I seem to recall something different. It wasn't about the relevance itself but quality that results from there being a history to it and if you've been around you can get a feeling when you're dealing with something of cultural significance rather than just an ornament. Might not sound convincing but you really can feel these things up.
The example for whether board was worthwhile was /pol/ here at the time when vast majority of it's banners were display of unironic nazi circlejerking (no idea how is it now and not interested). Someone searching for neutral free-speech discourse can tell straight away he probably won't find what he's looking for there.
But it's not just that. Say you're some sort of anime professor, you look at the cover you're not supposed to judge by, however, you recognize the patters and with a degree of accuracy - depending on your experience and authors' desire to mislead you - you can tell if you'll enjoy it.
There are memes that are so obscure seeing them on a banner won't tell you shit (some might be so obscure even witnessing the meme in action won't be enough to get the banner - I'm looking at you chocolate gun) but there are others that will give you a rough feeling about what happened and why it got immortalized. Now this might be kind of cheating but let's take that 'legit real' banner as an example. It points to a conclusion that the show or at least some aspect of it was enjoyed by considerable group of people to be put on the banner. Now this show is very particular and will give you volumes of information about /AM/, not raw memetic data mind you but a general idea behind it. In some other case the reason for that recognition might be ironic of course however this is something that even if unclear at first should be figured in no time by anyone with barely any experience with imageboards.
Nevertheless the value of cultural relevance is not primarily in it's power to keep newfags around but to give them a hint about the place but more importantly not to mislead them.
This should be enought to show the validity of relevance in banners but if you want me to I can muster a paragraph more about how many things are visible in a banner, even if you're don't know the memem it represents, by comparing it to some famous monument.>Also, that specific banner is relevant to the board whether you like it or not.
Me and my proxies beg to differ.