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New Eminem Album dropped yesterday w/o any warning; what do you think about Eminem?


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That definitely seems like the case anymore. But I personally don't mind slower communities, in fact the conversations are usually more engaging to be honest.
I really like the flow of things here on RAL.


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Its hard to find communities that don't die after 1-2 years, its good to have backups.


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How do you decide on which websites that you become a part of a community on and just stop there? I find at least 10 - 20 more websites each day and try to spend time in more and more communities by the day to the point where all I do is spend time online. I have a difficult time deciding because I don't have anyone to spend time with IRL.


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Haha. Yes, that's me. January 1st, 2006 though.
I became a "ghost" online myself, I don't use social media or anything to attach my identity to it. It feels liberating sometimes but also lonely. However, I've been more accepting to it in recent months than I was at first. I do need to start limiting and reducing my time spent online though. Focus on more projects within the physical realm. So I definitely get where you're coming from.


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Hmmm, I've never done p2p stuff before. The only networking I do is web development, and that's where you have a centralized server and there's a clear difference between the client and server. Maybe there's stuff out there for p2p. I know there's distributed hash tables, like for torrents and stuff.

Or perhaps you could use existing web technology but make it where every person running the software is both a client and a server at the same time. Maybe with an API. Or maybe that's a bad idea. Like I said, I've never done p2p stuff before.

Of course, in that kind of environment, there couldn't be any trust in the code, so you'd have to validate stuff from other clients in the same network, as some users could be malicious. Like if you use an API (REST or GraphQL), you could do schema validation. Sanitize, validate, etc.

I'm thinking from a web and microservices perspective though.


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Does anyone have experience creating a P2P (i.e. mesh) network? I've been writing some software which I'd like to port from a strictly local client to being able to connect in to a topology similar to the BTC network.

Just looking for opinions / libraries / thoughts


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Are you drop dead on Jan 1 2005 anon? I feel you. I think I'll abandon the internet soon, digital suicide. It might help me start something new and real. There's nothing for me on the internet as it is today.


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Every single waking day I miss the '90s all the way up to 2005. That's when things started going downhill at least in my own perception of life.


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yeah it's much less about culture/consumerism/etc and way more about the economy, which has objectively gone down the shitter except for most people aside from a few billionaires


Endtroducing...: RalEE Powered by Machine Learning

by Prettyboy Yumi /
Hiyaya! While I've been soaking up the California sun these past few months I've also been hacking away at RAL under the hood. The most recent updates spawned a few different branches on Github which have all since been merged into master; most obviously, there is no more robocheck! Or rather, there is a robocheck but it's just a checkbox. Since RAL is entirely open-source you can browse the changes on Github; there's been a lot of behind-the-scenes change!

I'm super excited to push us into the next major release! If you ever want to collaborate, don't shy away from e-mailing me or opening a pull-request; together there's nothing we can't do! Plus I've always wanted to pair program in a totally sexual way...

Oh, right...: machine learning! We've been plagued by an increasing amount of spam within the past few months. And while I've been enjoying my vacation / public-servanthood in San Francisco I've kept a keen eye on the site. When we opened over a year ago (under the a different domain name too, time flies!) I was hesitant to delete any posts, but I came to see these posts contribute nothing to our community; actually, they detract from our originality. This spam doesn't seem to be created by robots (they would fail the robocheck) but rather by (sub-human) .onion users. In any case, I have added ample ability to the new RalEE to flag and hide these posts while simultaneously teaching the software to recognize and prevent these kind of posts... so, if you ever find that the site refuses your post, try being a little less spammy ^.^

Mumble Server!

by Prettyboy Yumi /
We now have a Mumble server!
Port: 64738

Mumble is a voice-chat software which has been around since 2005; I'm excited to host a server where we can communicate in real-time! And it's not made by /g/ so it's practicaly guaranteed to stay around longer.
I've gotten the opportunity to test-drive it recently; if you've used Teamspeak or Ventrilo then it'll all come naturally. Download the client from the official site or fetch it from your distro's repositories.

Maybe you've noticed the recent, sporatic down-time? I can tell you that it's not just those BOFH at Spectrum but on the contrary I've been upgrading my mess of home-servers which keeps these sites (i.e.,,, and among others) in running condition! Sometimes there's so much maintanance to do and so much I want to explore that I don't have time between school and everything to do it all! If you ever want to lend a hand (either with maintainance or with the server finances) please reach out!

There's room if you want to come live in the server-room with me too.
~ Yumi


by Prettyboy Yumi /
Hello; we're closing in on the first anniversary of RalEE: on January 6th we will have witnessed the passage of our first year. This is a wonderful thing for a community to close in on and I'm glad that we have braved the rough waters well: there is nothing that makes me happier now than to think of how far we've come and how much farther we still can go in demonstrating the gems of our text-based, BBS community around the Internet.

To celebrate this milestone I will accelerate the release of FUTURE SEQUENCE #001. This experiment was originally planned for a much, much longer timetable but owing to a handful of unexpected early-successes, Future Sequence #001 will begin on Jan. 1, 12AM (GMT+0) and last until Jan. 6, 12AM (GMT+0). During these five (5) days will be inaccessible due to the future : I hope you will be understanding. RAL will be accesible again from Jan. 6th onward.

For the duration of the future sequence RAL will be operating in altered-state and as such your experience of the Internet may deviate from normal.

We hope your future-sequence goes well: until then...

New Domain and Welcome to v3.0

by Prettyboy Yumi /
Hiya; I just got around to adding some new things into RAL last night and finally I've decided it's tme to say it: welcome to RAL v3.0!

We even have a new URL to go with the recent changes: we're now on-line at which is very easy to remember, especially for our newer friends. There are also lots of new themes to complement all these changes so check them all out (or you can find them anytime in the panel at the top of the page).

Finally I want to point out the brand-new Sysop / Co-sysop panel; I'm looking forward to recruiting a handful of co-sysops so that we can help our little community grow even more!

Version 2.0

by Prettyboy Yumi /
Oh, does something look different? It's RALv2.0! We've come a long way since January and this redesign makes me feel that it's only up from here! Special thanks to hellbaby for contributing the [Anime] and [Music] banner! If you'd like to get in on the behind-the-scenes action, join our IRC (


RAL is a text-only message board / forum. It is written by Prettyboy Yumi.

First, you may notice that there are a number of different boards which have a single focus. These boards are called Continuities because unlike boards, posts are never archived and threads are never locked: conversation is continuous, so it is called a Continuity; each has its own focus. The focus is a glimpse into realm of truth that is afforded by the Continuity. However, the truth is not freely-given and is hardly objective. Therefore, you should post to expose this truth. In turn, posting could not exist without this focusing truth so please respect it.

RAL is named for the beautiful city of oaks in North Carolina, Raleigh.


There are a few guidelines you should follow:

  1. No spamming
  2. Do not post anything which is explicitly illegal in the United States
  3. Lurk more - it's never enough