The thing with Desuchan is that most of us are former trolls who've grown beyond trolling and now look at the /b/internet with disdain. Or something like that's what I gather anyway.
Like, in /ot/, someone will post a meme from /b/ or 4chan or whatever, and someone will promptly call them a faggot. I agree, of course, but that's not exactly the friendliest way to greet the obvious new comer.
So... I know every *chan has one, but what about a /b/? Seperate from /ot/.
Also, you should have a link somewhere in /irc/ that will open up in IRC clients, rather than the java, that way lazy people with mIRC/whatever have less work to do.
Something that'll attract members to desuchan is the friggin' huge variety of boards to choose from. However, this will only work if each board is active. No matter how many people go 'oh, cool, a /lit/ board', no one's gonna stay and check every day for new posts when it's at like, what? A post a week/month? That's why /tr/ is successful. /tr/ has a community. Or it did, I got bored with /tr/ after they got into the RL traps a little too much.
But uh... There's no real way to fix that except to post, I guess.
As for this being a Rozen Maiden board, we've obviously kind of grown past that. Sure, back in 2007 we were a Rozen Maiden board. Most active boards were the doll boards and /ot/. You may have noticed, though, that Rozen Maiden is dead. And if we were a Rozen Maiden board, we'd be dead too. We're what we are now because of, mainly, three things:
- We're a Meme.
- We have a lot of faggots sticking around for the long run, i.e. /irc/fags. Our IRC is really the only reason I stayed past like... early 2008, however spotty my appearance has been lately.
- We're our own *chan.
Now, you might say that being our own *chan entails trying different things from 4ch, 7ch, etc, but it really doesn't. We have an off-topic board. We have an /a/. We have Oekaki, Media, Request, hell even Wallpapers. Why? Because those boards are what *chans have. Look at, say, 1chan. You could say they're successful. They talk about trains a lot. But that's all they do. If we -really- wanted, we could be a Doll ONLY board and we'd be successful for what we're trying to do here, which is talk about dolls. But come on, no one really wants to hang out on a board dedicated to only one thing.
And, uh... That's about it I guess.