11/22/2018 (Thu) 02:01:36
They still work better than any alternative though. With only some general definition of topic per board and spam removal they can produce very high quality content.
The problems is moderation, as in if moderators/owners get subverted then the community can be completely neutralized. Same can happen with site owners. Imageboards are created by a very strict hierarchical structure of site owner > board owner > moderators > janitors. And they suffer the same problems as any hierarchical structure, that is subversion of leadership.
4ch had Moot and his decisions along the years greatly shaped the culture, 8ch had hotwheels and now a Jim. These people might be deciding based on economics, ideology, coercion or subversion even by their own mods. The original 8pol owner was ousted by some artificial spam created by some of his own irc mod cabal. Hotwheels couldn't make much sense of it and he himself eventually gave away the board to Jim. Who eventually, after years of daily board subversion, he changed the 8/pol/ owner based either on economic or ideological reasons. Many attempts were made at alternative boards but they were either made irrelevant or their small size made them extremely easy to subvert even if they didn't start as a psyop.
The site owner part can be solved with completely distributed imageboards.
The problem of moderation though is more complex. I think that, especially for distributed imageboards where there is no site owner, board owner accountability should be encouraged by the website design. Cryptographic keys for owner and moderators, usable ban log, archival of threads. Essentially make the user understand what big role the owner of the board/site they use has and make it easy to be notified of any changes.
Also implement good spam control so as to minimize the amount of work that needs to be put in order to keep the board running, and in turn minimizing the chance of infiltrators gaining access through janitorial positions. The software needn't even delete the offending posts, just to hide them.