The Heyuri reboot got off to a rough start due to the burnout and malaise that many of us were experiencing at the time, and things went from bad to worse as Heyuri went from being some naive kid's independent passion project made purely for fun, to being "incorporated" as one of many branches of a sketchy-sounding company that saw fit to place Russian text everywhere and generally has one of the worst reputations around this half of the interwebs
I believe things can be turned around around though - I don't think we're by any means at the end of the road, and I think Heyuri has a lot of life in it yet. All Heyuri needs is a sustained and focused effort from everyone involved (from admin, staff, and users) to get it back off the ground - much like we did back in May/June of 2020
In terms of things that can be done right away: seeing as we still don't have a real /all/ (and may not do for a long time - LOLICO PLS SAEV US), the number of boards could do with being reduced in order to consolidate all our post activity into one place. This will make it much less of a pain in the ass for everyone to browse and lurk, as well as making Heyuri much easier to manage
"Too many boards" has long been known as one of the leading causes of death for low-population imageboards, but if everyone is posting in one place there's this powerful feedback-loop effect that amplifies small amounts of activity into larger amounts. Never forget that 99% of all 4chan's post activity went to /b/ for the first few years, and even today 97% of Futaba's activity is evenly split between just two Nijiura boards. There's nothing wrong with one board getting all the attention, with the others just being for occasional usage
Regarding our imageboards: /b/, /f/, /o/, and /q/ are all that's really needed - /b/ for most things, /f/ for flash, /o/ for oekaki, and /q/ for meta. /y/ and /v/ are too niche/specific to deserve their own boards, and /amh/ just splits /b/ in two for no good reason. Regarding our discussion boards: all we really need is /lounge/ - it could easily contain dedicated threads for AA, haiku/poems, and programming, and none of those topics require their own boards at our current size.
Now, I could be overstepping the line here, but if we really want to give Heyuri higher priority, we have to come to terms with the fact that this means lowering the priority of other places/projects. This especially goes for kuz and staff-san, but I think they've begun to realize this already
The reality is that you cannot juggle multiple different websites and projects at the same time with the limited resources we have available. As experience has surely shown by now, you will just get exhausted, hit burnout, and end up neglecting some or all of those sites/projects. Sacrifices have to be made if Heyuri is to succeed, and that may mean killing off other projects or having them absorbed into Heyuri in order to make things more managable
This applies to us users too - people only have so much time, energy, and attention to spend on things, so Heyuri needs to be worth people's time, energy, and attention if we want them to spend it here. I'd also like to reiterate that Heyuri has a wide scope and can cover just about any topic imaginable, and it should not be put in the corner as a "novelty" or "gimmick" board. This is not "small novelty retro imageboard with niche appeal" - this is Futaba in English; this is 4chan minus the AIDS; THIS. IS. HEYURI. ☆.
If we all pour our hearts and souls back into Heyuri, just like we did before, the results will make Heyuri a place worth being - or in other words, "the place to be"
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