Five Board Plan
The Five Board Plan was
the cancer that killed the sharty a major restructuring of soyjak.party boards that occurred on 11th November, 2022 under a policy of board consolidation, with further reforms delievered over the next two days. The plan was first published by some chud in a fully-budgeted 9-page blueprint document,[read here] which outlined the problems with the site's twenty-two boards and proposed centralising them into just five: /soy/, /qa/, /cafe/, /q/ and /r/. The proposal was approved by Kuz, who made slight amendments before making it site policy, resulting in the following five boards:
- /soy/ — The main board. Unchanged.
- /qa/ — Envisioned under the Five Board Plan as a companion to /soy/ and as a place for FOTM and longer threads.
- /bant/ — Initially proposed in the .pdf as /cafe/ - Blogposting & Hobbies as a place for more casual discussion, but this idea was merged with the preexisting /bant/ so that at least one board in the new system would have flags/ids.
- /g/ — Generals.
- /q/ — Meta.
There were also three hidden boards: /nate/, /sneed/, and /test/ for a total of eight.
Implementation[edit | edit source]
Dozens of threads deemed "historic" were migrated to the new boards so as to make the switchover as seamless as possible. When the reforms went live, Kuz pinned a memorandum explaining the changes. In addition, the redundant boards were not outright deleted, merely locked—they could still be accessed and viewed on the 'party.
Futher reforms & Partial reversal[edit | edit source]
On 13th November, 2022, after less than 36 hours of the Five Board Plan going into effect, Kuz granted some concessions to detractors of the policy, despite claiming he would not do so, by restoring /int/, /a/, /pol/, and /r/, as well as hiding /bant/. This coincided with a complete wipe of /soy/ and an announcement that he wished to buy 4chan. On 11th January, 2023, Kuz restored /incel/ thanks to a few trannies who begged for it. He tried to market it as a containment board for undesirable threads on /soy/, ignoring the existence of /q/ and /nate/. Despite this, /soy/ remained having poor moderation.
Reception[edit | edit source]
The original .pdf post was lauded both as the gem that saved the party and as the coal that killed the party. It should be noted that it is impossible to tell what most soyteens actually think about anything because of oppositegemming and the very nature of jakking itself. As a result, Kuz was harshly criticised for adopting the plan, and harshly criticised for reversing it. This is the same dilemma that drove former owner Soot insane.
Despite Kuz's claim that "none of our old boards were big enough to have their own unique cultures so no one lost their 'home' or anything", at least a couple autists were unhappy about losing their favourite dead board and made everybody know it. The party's half-dozen or so Evangelion posters were outspoken in their opposition to the reforms and spammed /soy/ with demands to reinstate /a/, which likely prompted Kuz to do so.
8chan but worse[edit | edit source]
The Infinite Board Plan[read here] is a counter-proposal published the day after the Five Board Plan went into effect. It proposes the creation of a board out of every combination of every letter and number so there can be a board for everybody.
WTF THE INFINITE BOARD PLAN IS REAL
Legacy[edit | edit source]
Even in the Froot-era, Kuzists long for a return of the 5 Board Plan, frequently posting such sentiments on /q/. They also suggest variations of this approach. /q/, /soy/, and /qa/ are always included in these proposals.
A year later, Froot implemented the 50 Board Plan, which also included a document with its introduction. The consensus among 'teens is that it is a parody of the 5 Board Plan, and also its successor.