Well guys, I'm really not sure what to say.
That's bullshit, actually. I know what to say, I just don't really want to. Grimchan's on its last legs.
Ever since the mystery domain block, I've been trying my absolute hardest to make Grimchan as close to the website it once was, despite the .net barging in and crashing the party. I had been long urged to switch to .net anyway, hearing poor experiences from friends about .xyz domains. I was hesitant to do this because we here at Grimchan have (had) a community, a recognizable brand, an identity. Grimchan.xyz is just the natural state of things, the way that people have typed our url into their browser for the past 3 years they've spent shitposting with us.
Of course, we had to change since the domain was fucking locked down, still without any reason given to this day. The site was down a mere few days, but illu was able to help link us to the new domain quickly and efficiently. He also restored the captcha. The downside to this is that, frankly, this place is dead.
I always said that I don't mind paying out of pocket for this place as long as at least a couple users got enjoyment/use out of it. I was happy to pay the costs if it meant providing people with a community. While I appreciate the donations we received through merchandise, it's not nearly enough to make any meaningful dent in costs, so it's all me. As of the last couple months, I've been paying for and running the place mostly myself.
I once again don't mind doing this if someone actually uses the place, but to be quite frank, *that's not happening*. Despite my best efforts, people have not been using Grimchan since the url change. The last reply was 20 days ago. Our average on .xyz was about 1-2 replies a day and upwards of 10000 lurkers each month.
So, Grimchan, we have an issue. I am paying for a website that simply isn't being used.
I've already paid the server bill ahead for 1 year's worth of uptime on January 30th. The domain is good for slightly longer. I'll keep the lights on until the server bill comes, giving you all about 10 months or so to reminisce and take backups.
This also gives time for the place to rebound. I hope that, come next January, Grimchan is back to its old self; not really bustling, but not totally dead either.
What can YOU do, dear user? Advertise, advertise, advertise! Tell your friends! Write links on post-it-notes and paste them all over! Rent a blimp! Seriously though, everything helps.
Anyway, I may not keep this message up for long. It's a bit of an emotional one, I've been debating whether to say all this for a couple months now.
I appreciate everyone who's posted to the site. I don't regret running this place; not for a second.
That was one hell of a weekend. After years, there goes the old domain, just like that. I still don't really know what happened and I never got my proper apology, but they've decided not to unsuspend us. Still pretty baffled, but oh well.
Let's not consider this a fresh start—more like your favourite aging celebrity getting a facelift.
A few things come with that facelift. For one, I've removed the friends page. This might seem a little mean, but I think it's probably for the best. I'd rather prevent spammers from finding sister sites. I've also changed the Twitter handle, it's @GrimchanDotNet now. Kind of self-explanatory.
Illu has been extremely helpful in getting us back up and running and calming me down from the initial shock of the domain loss. I can't thank him enough for all the help these past years with this little project of mine.
Dakk is a great mod, I'm glad he's sticking around. So diligent and dedicated to the place, it's insane.
Sadly, Fella's left. We've got a new mod taking his place, but we're always open to more moderators. I'm eternally grateful to him for all the help he lent us.
Expect moderation to be even more diligent than usual. I'm going to personally be checking about twice as often as usual. Please report spam posts using the triangular button beside the name field.
Folks, I'll be honest, it's a bit of an uphill battle from here. I've contacted as many people as I could, but Grimchan is mostly populated by a fuckton of anons, so it's going to be hard to adjust. If I do somehow manage to get the old domain back, I'll point it here for the remainder of the bill. Maybe it'll help, but regardless, tell your friends we exist.
I'm sure we'll survive. Grimchan has a knack for that, ironically enough. This whole experience has reminded me how important this site is to me.
Anyway, things are a little more stable as of now, so I guess we can get off red alert. Back to shitposting you go, anon.
We have moved domains officially from Grimchan.xyz to Grimchan.net, due to the previous post's mentioned circumstances. We apologize for the interruption. Back to your scheduled shitposting.
So, we're in the middle of a bit of a mess right now.
I explained on the Grimchan official Twitter (@grimchanxyz) that our domain is suspended at the moment. We were given 0 notice of this. I contacted the provider of the domain, they had to contact the owners, and only then did I finally learn what on earth is going on.
I've sent several support tickets to the domain owners asking them to unsuspend us. They've been extremely vague about what caused this, but I can only guess that there's a particular bias against imageboards since things like this seem to happen a lot. Regardless, I've sent them several pieces of evidence that I and the moderation team are diligent in removing spam (assuming a spam post is the reason for this). I also made sure to mention that they broke the captcha through the suspension and are actively promoting spam and making our jobs harder.
As you can probably tell, I'm extremely angry at the lack of courtesy shown to Grimchan in this whole matter. As I type this, I'm still waiting on a reply to our unsuspension request, which was sent Friday. Regardless, I know that I and my mods work hard to keep this place clean and I will NOT go down from this without a fight. I registered this domain in 2019 and I plan to keep it until 20 fucking 99.
Anyway - where do we go from here? If you're reading this, we're currently in one of two situations;
a) The domain has been restored.
b) We have acquired a new domain unaffiliated with xyz.
I'm very hopeful it's the former, but if we don't get our unsuspension (bonus points for a formal apology lul), I will be forced to move elsewhere and shill the new URL.
Either way, I'll provide an update post here later on with more details.
Thank you for using Grimchan these past few years. I'm eternally grateful to our posters and lurkers. I'm not letting someone take away your shitpost-haven without doing everything I possibly can to stop them.
Hi everyone. Site went down for a brief few hours there. Nothing serious, I just forgot to pay the server bill. We should be back up now, but some site features might take a moment to reload properly. Regardless, everything's fine and paid for.
First off, I want to thank our moderation team for a wonderful year. You've all been incredibly helpful. Fella has been extremely diligent in late-night moderation, Dakk/Bigfoot has put in a ton of hours and illu has been there to fix the shit I break. Special thanks to Koi for figuring out some of the html/text formatting errors.
That big round of bug fixes from a few months back is mostly finished at this point, at least insofar as the site is working better. Is there a hint of spaghetti code here and there? Maybe a little bit. But if you've ever looked under tinyboard's hood, you'd know that's part of the charm.
With bug fixes and Halloween festivities out of the way, it's mostly smooth sailing for the site for the foreseeable future. I'll probably tweak with a few things, possibly rearrange some boards, but it won't be as hectic. If you have any suggestions or complaints, feel free to post on /reap/. I personally check every day.
The only major issue plaguing the site at the moment is spam, and lots of it. As you all know, I implemented a captcha last year. It helped. Spam is down by a very notable margin compared to other similarly sized imageboards. For every 3 spam posts, Grimchan gets 1. But that 1 is still a problem.
I and the rest of the mod team have been extremely diligent in dealing with spam. It's especially grating as of late, but we are all committed to keeping illegal, misleading and rule-breaking content off of the site. Everyone has put in long hours cleaning it up *for free* like the glorified jannies we are.
Please continue to use the report function, it helps immensely.
I plan to put out a new wave of stickers to help support the site. It would be much appreciated if you would consider buying some of them; things are somewhat tight and I'd really like to keep the lights on around here. Regardless, whether you support us by posting, sharing the url or purchasing stickers, you are a valued part of Grimchan.
This is getting rather long and I'm procrastinating a shit-ton of stuff, so I'll try to wrap this up. Thanks for posting, visiting, volunteering and supporting Grimchan for 3 years. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Atheism Gift-Giving Day or whatever the fuck else. But you're sure as hell not going to get a 'Happy Holidays' out of me.
The Hallow's Eve CSS is now set to defeault, enjoy your dancing skeleton.
As I noted a couple news entries ago, I planned to change things up a little/add some features/fix some bugs.
In case you people are curious, I've:
- Updated the homepage logo. It's now using a script which rotates a few doodles I made.
- Remade the static pages so that they have a proper board-list on top.
- Added supported file-types and text formatting options to the FAQ page.
Anyway, I'll be continuing to mess around with the site (see:breaking stuff) for the next little while.
We're 3 years old, not 2.
I just checked properly.
You all have permission to make fun of me.
The 10th was Grimchan's 2nd birthday, officially. I don't actually know the official date the server went on anymore–I just go off the domain bill.
Anywho, I just wanted to thank everyone for visiting and posting. It means a lot to see what was initially just an experimental website for me actually flourish somewhat. I mostly made Grimchan because of the fact that I'd been volunteering at various imageboards for years, and wanted to try some different ideas I'd had along the way. I didn't actually expect people to use the place.
I plan to keep the server running as long as I humanly can. I should mention that Covid fucked me out of a job, so it's been a bit of a struggle keeping the lights on compared to the previous year. But even so, I'd miss a day of tendies to pay for you idiots any day.
It's funny to think about the wild ride this place has gone through over the years. We've had three separate servers now, two of which tried to take our money and run.
(for the full info on this, you can check the FAQ). We've had a /bant/ invasion that skyrocketed the site's userbase, and then an ad which gave us our peak in monthly visitors to date. It's just surreal, how many ups and downs there have been for this little corner of the internet.
Anyway, this is getting ridiculously long. I apologize. I should probably touch on site updates.
- First off, I plan to tweak the FAQ with some extra info on file-types and formatting, as per user request. I also aim to add more proper text formatting in posts.
- The w1cca theme probably won't change at all.
- The captcha will remain, as even with it, spam has been a major issue of the site.
- We may open another moderator slot; not sure about this yet.
- Boards may be tweaked a little. I'm looking at you, /s/.
Some minor bug fixes may also occur, but I doubt it's of much interest to the average user.
- A donation (BTC) button may be added someplace.
Reminder you guys can also suggest changes/improvements in /reap/.
Anyway, to wrap up, thanks for two years. I love you idiots.
As some of you may haven noticed, the site was unreachable for a few hours this morning. This is because I'm a fucking idiot and forgot to pay the domain bill, nothing was actually wrong with the site. It's all paid for now, and it took a few hours to re-link with the server for whatever reason. We're all good now. Both the server and domain bill are now paid and good to go.
Hi everyone. Thanks to illu, the site functions/looks much better on mobile devices than it did previously. Many people have suggested changes to the mobile css, and now it should be a much better user experience.
Halloween will soon be upon us, and as a spooky-themed website, we're obligated to do something special! Here's a theme I made some modifications to, hope you enjoy it! For those who don't want a massive dancing skeleton taking up a third of their screen, simply scroll to the bottom of any board (NOT grim/all), and select w1cca from the style menu.
Happy Halloween you dumb fucks.
For the regulars who are confused, I recently commissioned an ad from Simian Jimmy (Mumkey Jones), hence the influx of users. Be sure to give everyone a warm Grimchan welcome, and don't spill your spaghetti like usual.
Hey everyone. After speaking to a few users, I have decided to enable a captcha. This is mainly due to an increase in spam as well as the small size of the staff. I can understand how annoying this must be, but I'd rather that than have users see something disgusting. Thanks for continuing to support the site, I greatly appreciate it.
In a rather "random" turn of events (please laugh at that pun, I beg of you), I decided to add a new trial board to the site. If it is well received and has steady content, I will keep it around.
After a bit of downtime, we were able to get IDs enabled on /b/. Special thanks to illu for putting up with the absolute batshit craziness the server was giving us for whatever reason. Now you guys can roll for kot ID
According to the bill for the domain, Grimchan was founded 1 year ago. We've gone through a lot. Grimchan started as a hobby project of mine, where I hoped someone might get some enjoyment out of the place. We've gone down twice thanks to external circumstances, but, despite the name, Grimchan never stayed dead for long.
I want to thank all the users of this website for making it the place it is today. Many of you are new, a couple of you are old, but you're all equally appreciated to me, as well as the rest of the mod team. This place has grown into something I am incredibly proud of, and the kind words I have received make me incredibly honoured to have founded this place.
Here's to another year.
The annual Grimchan census is now online over on /reap/. It will be available to complete until midnight of April 11th. I really encourage users to do so, it's rather short and will help make this place better.
Thank you for the help.
In an attempt to give people a break from constant shitposts, /s/ is basically a board where you talk about whatever the hell you want in a more serious tone. Tell people your troubles, what's going on in your life, or your interests/hobbies!
Shitposting isn't against the rules or anything, I just discourage it because it'd be nice to have a more serious board. But if you must shitpost feel free.
Thanks again for coming along for the ride.
Grimchan refuses to die, ironically enough. Welcome all to the third iteration of this stubborn site. This time we actually backed everything up.
For those wondering, we got a strange email from our VPS saying they were shutting down, without context or reason. We had just enough time to save all your terrible posts and get ourselves a well-fought refund. Now we're going with a more local server setup that's been going strong for quite a while; we're much less worried about random shutdowns now.
As for the site, once again some minor changes–mostly to boards–will be rolled out soon. Thanks everyone for patiently waiting, it's appreciated. Here's to Grimchan 3.0!
A couple changes were made to boards today.
The /m/ board was removed, as it was essentially dead. If anyone's that crazy about having an /m/, feel free to make a general on /b/.
A new board was added, /z/. Someone suggested a board that changes every so often and I liked the idea. You can suggest your board ideas in the sticky, and tomorrow I'll make a poll.
Hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving, and thanks for stopping by.
Well everyone (all ~3 of you), we're back! After losing both the server (thanks Alpharacks) and the backups, Grimchan is back on the web. It's been a hard few months, but this place isn't ready to die just yet.
We're overhauling things a little bit. Expect some new boards and a design overhaul in regards to static pages. The w1cca CSS (thanks again, illu) is not going anywhere anytime soon, though.
I'd just like to thank all the people who made this place possible, again. Without the help of dddudeman, this server would still be a mess. And thanks to illu, this place doesn't look like complete ass, nor is it held together with duct tape.
I'd just like to say that I'm glad to have this place back. I missed it beyond words. I hope I can be a part of something even better than the first iteration. So grab your swanky whiskey glasses, pour your favourite single malt, and let's have a toast to Grimchan 2.0!