Welcome to niggasin.space. This place is ostensibly a backwaters forum dedicated to nothing in particular. In practice, because of overlap in territory with other internet outlets, discussion is largely centered around fringe topics and miscellaneous bullshitting. That's pretty much the heart of it, although there's something of a story behind this place. To fully contextualize what exactly this places is, you have to understand:
The Curious Case of TOTSE
TOTSE (sometimes &T), an acronym for "Temple of the Screaming Electron", was a dialup BBS and repository of text files started in the late 80s. You can read the wikipedia article for the just-the-facts version of this account. The text files it hosted covered a wide range of subjects, many of them objectionable to the prevailing sensibilities of the time. Some were detailed technical articles on exploiting phone or computer systems of the era, some were on the manufacture of drugs. As many were plainly false or posted for comedic effect (a fact not always understood by readers) as were legitimate but ultimately very little content was turned away.
The freedom of expression and "forbidden" content attracted a particular collection of people who participated on the BBS. The community was very large by the standards of the day, and had a lot of diversity, but I'll characterize participants as largely young males, often teenagers, middle class, and to a degree socially marginalized. The culture fluctuated with time, no small part of this story happened before the majority of posters on this site were born, but a persistent element of the community has been freedom of expression. Discourse was often crude, often misguided, frequently inane but fucken'mentally informed by the belief that given a critical audience and an level field for communication the best ideas would emerge. For many of us TOTSE was a formative experience.
There are a thousand stories of posters who have come and gone, pranks pulled, legends formed and forgotten and more than one death. Enough to bore you, more than are worth retelling here, make a post about the old days some time and someone is bound to talk your ear off. After many years of operation TOTSE was closed in 2009, a fact some of us still haven't gotten over.
Exodus and Latter Days
The closure of totse started a pattern that's been repeated several times since: the community fragmented and occupied several sites, gradually coalescing around one or two. What follows is the genealogy of communities tracing lineage to TOTSE in some way:
In 2009 TOTSE begat zoklet, run by a former staff member, as well totse.info and totse2 (administartion unknown). Zoklet emerged with the largest portion of the community with totse2 remaining viable for several years.
At some time before 2014 some members of the community formed "totseans" taking their name from the demonymic form of totse, the totsean webspace remains open as of writing.
In 2014 Zoklet closed around the time totse2 also closed. A former poster on totse2 took opened "sanctuary" or "intosanctuary" which took on most of the community, a group of zoklet moderators also opened the short lived "longlivezoklet". "Tainted Browser" opened soon afterwards.
In late 2014, amidst site drama, another former totse2 poster opens "Raw Data for Raw Nerves" or "rdfrn" taking its name from a former TOTSE slogan. Sanctuary closes shortly after.
In late 2015 rdfrn abruptly closes and niggasin.space opens.
As of 2017 niggasin.space and totseans are the only two known remaining communities spawn from TOTSE.
There is no mission statement. A lot of people have had a lot of ideas about what this community should be over the years, what should and shouldn't be allowed, what kind of culture should be fostered or shunned. I don't know if the world needs less censorship or a carefully cultivated attitude of intellectualism. But I do think there's real value, on a personal level if nowhere else, in having a place where you can speak your mind, or be angsty and outrageous, or call everyone a dumb cunt, and be judged on the content of your expression and nothing else. To that end, here are:
1. No content which will get Lanny arrested. - I'm not a lawyer so I don't really know what that boils down to but we're going to play it by ear. When the cops show up at my door or I wake up with a C&D notice in my mail I'm going to be mad. When I see things which will obviously land me in jail (like child porn) I'll delete it and ban the poster.
2. No intentionally disrupting discussion. - This one is, admittedly, fuzzy. The site is here so people can have a place to talk about what they want to talk about. If you spam incoherent crap in a thread about something technical or specific then allowing that would just be defeating the point of the site. If you call someone a faggot for making a dumb thread, well that's probably alright. Listen, it's not a clear line when shitposting in good faith becomes intentional disruption but my pledge to you, gentle posters, is that I really don't care and will alway err on the site of not doing anything.
What's with the name?
My registrar was handing out free domains for a few new TLDs, I happened to get to pick a .space one. Having just finished watching The Wire and feeling the need to capitalize on clever domain naming strategies as was the fad at the time I selected "niggasin.space". Some have taken to calling it "Nigga Sin Space", but it's like I always say: in space no one can hear you mispronounce the damn site name.
So what are you, some kind of racist?
Nope! I'm actually known as a bleeding heart liberal (I prefer "radical dialectical materialist" personally). I believe strongly in the basic moral equality of human beings. There are definitely people here who are racist and worse but they're as free to hold those views as I am to think they're wrong. I also think using the words "nigga" and "nigger", or any other slurs you can cook up, on a pseudonymous internet forum doesn't hurt anyone.
Who runs this place?
That would be me, Lanny.
What's with this horrific forum software?
It's homebrewed, wrought out of pure nostalgia and unwillingness to hack on PHP. You can find the source here.
Who is this "Self Taught Man" character I'm seeing all over the place?
While we do have our share of schizophrenic nutcases bouncing around, this dude isn't one of them. This is a place where people are free to express highly controversial opinions, the societies many of us live in elect to punish people who voice some of these opinions either de jure or de facto. While every poster is encouraged to take their anonymity seriously and is personally responsible for maintaining it, in the case that one's identity is tied to their account here they may choose to "anonymize" their account. When they do this all their posts are assigned to the "Self Taught Man" account and their normal account is banned as a mesure to protect their privacy.
How do I get in on this anonymization thing?
There is an "auto-anonymize" link every user can see on their own profile page. Clicking it will give you more details about the process, but it's worth emphesiszing that this measure does not protect you in the case that law enforcement subpoenas records. Posts anonymized in this way can be tied back to their original posters in a forensic context.
How does Malice support himself?
He receives an SSI benefit due to mental disability.
What is the official movie of Niggas in Space?
It's Bladerunner(1982). Director's cut, theatrical can suck a fat dick.
How do you pay for servers? / Would you consider advertising? / Do you accept donations?
I pay for servers out of pocket, the software is fairly lightweight so they don't cost much. Last month's beer money would cover hosting for over a year (the site design makes a lot more sense now, huh?). I don't do advertising because I don't want to look at advertising. I don't accept monetary donations although if you want to contribute in the form of code I'd be happy to review any pull request you open. If you hate github for some reason I can also accept patches. Other than that the best way to contribute is to post quality content and get the word out in whatever way you can.
Could you please tell me about some other random shit you made?
Totally, I'm glad you asked! In addition to this shitty website, I also made a shitty implementation of a two player abstract board game called Onitama. It's sorta like chess but less boring and you don't have to feel intellectually inferior if you suck at it. It's pretty dope. Play with a friend here.