http://fubar.com/home.phpI ran a 4chan clone site a long time ago for fun. I guess I just see imageboards, like forums, to be relics of a bygone era but they’re still around, although tbh I don’t know what the future of the web will look like. I keep anticipating more app/program based connectivity similar to smartphones and how the old-school social networks worked.Then again, I’m surprised Twitter is still around too. So, it’s me. I expect online gathering places to die within a few years. So many do.
Popular sites come and go. Millions of users, active traffic, gone over night.I don’t know 4chan’s funding model. It doesn’t exist on wishes and memes and dreams. But if it gets sufficient funding and the owners remain interested in their project, of course it can continue as long as they desire keeping it up.
You pay $20/yr to bypass capatcha prompts.If I was an active member, I’d consider paying that, especially if I had to do it over and over again. If 1000 people think it’s a good idea, that’s $20×1000 = $20,000 a year.Yeah, they’re financially well off. Good for them.
“Apparently it is. Why wouldn’t it be?”
Money. But if you can track how the site is financially lucrative for its owners, then you can answer why it *is* still running.
“Surviving on ads” seemed an unlikely answer for a site with so much traffic. But paying a set fee yearly for making regular site usage easier allows the owners to plan a budget properly, know how much they’ll have to pay in taxes and other aspects of running their business.