>>3446589>Is it just me or is the internet just slower than usual?
It's not slower, it's more centralized. Nowadays most of the traffic of internet goes to a handful of big websites.>Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are used by people and organizations who used to create websites and pages about themselves, and make advertising their content much easier>Twitter is also used as a pseudo news feed and a pseudo art gallery, unintentionally replacing dedicated services>YouTube and Twitch almost are a duopoly of video streaming because of the giant corporations that back them (Google and Amazon)>Reddit has replaced traditional forums because it's easier and cheaper to create a subreddit than to buy a domain, rent a hosting service (or pay for hardware and bandwidth if you're hosting everything), hire DDoS protection, etc>Discord has replaced classic IRC chats and Skype groups because it's piss easy to create and moderate them>even 4chan with its huge popularity prevents smaller image boards from growing (why use other boards when 4chan is faster and mods are too stupid to stop me from posting whatever I want?)
Nowadays those who don't use any of these big services are seen as outcasts whose interests don't fit with the majority (either because the ToS of the websites don't allow the kind of content they're looking for or because they don't want to be part of the big corporate net) and are ignored (and sometimes even hidden) by the companies that offer said services.>I'd like to create an alternative board with less moderation and less strict guidelines similar to /c/ or /cm/ but I just don't know how many people would join
Convincing others to join your website is the hardest part (closely followed by keeping the site alive and well). Nowadays having more features than the competency isn't enough to attract users. You have to offer something no other site else has (like a friendly place for loli and shota) and something everyone wants (like a fast posting speed).