Get comfortable - let's take a look at the situation...
It's time to make a change here. At the moment, we're mostly following in the footsteps of Totse.com and while this is great in some aspects (nostalgia, awesome layout etc) it also means that we're still wasting our time writing up the same old articles. Making a bomb out of 20 Christmas crackers isn't exactly brilliant information, and while it used to target an audience which would effectively bring in anarchistic teenagers every day, something changed.
The Internet has opened up a little. Information on making bombs and hacking payphones is available EVERYWHERE, and writing it all up for Totse doesn't really get us anywhere. Lordworm makes a good point;
So, what can we do to modernize Totse?
Sites like Shitbook and YouTube have killed the market for fringe discussion sites. I'm not sure how it happened, but the activity on these types of sites has been steadily diminishing since mainstream versions of internet social networks started to gain popularity. Most of the explosives/pyrotechnics forums I used to post on are dead or forgotten and inactive. Yet there are still plenty of people posting energetics related videos and having incoherent fragments of discussion on YouTube. And for fuck sakes, there are even explosives 'discussion' groups on Shitbook!
The internet is changing, and we must find a way to adapt if we are to survive. Totse was once a strong empire, but unless something drastic happens, it's always going to be a shadow in the wake of the new social networks.
Here is Lordworm again, with some perfect advice
Writing guides and generating content
IMO, the original Totse was based around 4 central topics: Drugs, hacking, small scale crime, and explosives. It's going to be difficult to introduce anything fresh into any of these topics without making them too complicated for mass appeal. Some possible ideas:
Hacking - Work on exploiting security flaws in the large social networking sites like Facebook. For every 100 faggots who treat those sites like their lifeline, there's at least one person who fucking hates them and will be tempted to Google "How to hack Facebook" or "Hacking Facebook passwords".
Crime - Work on up to date methods for popular crimes: Shoplifting, commercial B&E, targeted vandalism, etc.. New methods for defeating EAS, perhaps a magic bag type device that actually works, a guide on creating homemade versions of popular Sensormatic detachers, and vehicle destruction techniques that actually work (None of this 'KMnO4 in the gas tank' type bullshit Totse had for 15 years).
Explosives - This is an area I'm currently in the process of working on. Guides for making useful OTC explosives will be created when I have free time away from college.
Drugs are not my area and I barely have a working knowledge of that topic, so someone else will have to figure that one out.
Let's get this shit happening.
If you're too lazy to read what Lordworm had to say above, I've condensed it into a nice little bullet-point system below. These are the areas which we need to work on most, as they will be the foundations for the Totse revolution.
Computer security and Hacking
- this is an area which I believe to be very important, as it's pretty much a foundation to the future. Everything is becoming computerized. If it runs on an Operating System, it's exploitable.
- Exploiting security flaws in the large social networking sites like Facebook.
- Exploiting popular forum software.
- Hacking into computer systems from home Windows systems to large servers in businesses.
- Work on up to date methods for popular crimes.
- Shoplifting Information
- Commercial B&E information.
- Targeted vandalism information.
- New methods for defeating EAS.
- A magic bag type device that actually works
- A guide on creating homemade versions of popular Sensormatic detachers
- Vehicle destruction techniques that actually work (None of this 'KMnO4 in the gas tank' type bullshit Totse had for 15 years).
- Guides for making useful OTC explosives.
- How to make backpack bombs.
- Detonation methods.
Again, this is not an area which I know much about. I need some help and input in order for me to fill this section in. What you can take note of though is that drug discussion is all over the internet too. We need something different - something which would make people come to Totse instead of 420chan or other discussion forums.
Looking to write other guides?
While guides on other things haven't been mentioned much, they're still great. I am not flaming anyone else who chooses to write guides about making sausages or tuning radios - they serve their purpose in their own sections and are fantastic to read. Bad Ideas shit has been focused on because that is what we should build on and expand from.
For a guide checklist, take a look at the thread in my sig.