4-ch is a multi-textboard site that has been around for almost 20 years now. It also happens to be the largest English-language textboard site.
Many consider the small userbase to be the biggest issue holding it back and the fact it continues to exist is something of a miracle itself.
Despite being the largest English-language textboard site… it’s pretty slow. It’s much slower than 4chan and other imageboards, but for a textboard it’s fairly fast.
The community I can only describe as fairly normal. No-one is especially good or bad and they come off as fairly sane (at least that’s the impression I get on most of the boards).
There is a slight difference in the community from board to board, but I’m betting there’s a lot of overlap.
Boards of note include:
It was originally founded in 2004 by Squeeks as a sort of test, apparently. He ran the site half-heartedly until 2014 when he gave it to bps after some downtime. During that time they were also part of the Idlechan confederation.
After bps took over, he promised a bunch of changes… and as far as I know, he didn’t actually deliver on most of them.
bps ran the site until around sometime in 2020. After some downtime, he handed the reins over to ssz. ssz was apparently a moderator on the site prior to this point, but I honestly didn’t know there were mods until he took over.
So far, ssz has been running the site fairly well. He’s made some changes and appears to be delivering on his promises.
This is an old tool to help English speakers navigate 2channel. It was broken until ssz fixed it by having it point to 2ch.sc instead.