I suppose it doesn't make much difference in the end, but I'm always irked by the casual revisionism that conflates HangingFlesh's meltdown and mass deletion of loli with the initial TLoU2 commotion on julay/v/. A lot of the phrasing has very similar tones and I'm not sure how much of it is genuine memory fog from people who weren't there, or a malicious desire to rewrite history. I did actually give a shit about the state of julay/v/ throughout its life, which I don't think most people did (beyond the general desire to have a /v/ that wasn't going to get deplatformed due to "Esther" false flagging with CP).
>everyone was laughing at how dumb it was, then suddenly admin believed that everyone in the thread was a sekrit gamergate infiltrator out to get him
What actually happened was that a huge stream of /pol/-tier images and low-effort posts that had barely anything to do with the game. I'm talking copypastas, non-photoshopped happy merchant images, Facebook-tier infographs about jews, etc. There isn't anything wrong with posting this in a thread about a game made by a jew, especially given all obvious jewish tricks in it, but given that the board had suffered attacks of wojak/other types of spam in the past, I think anons were right to be skeptical. There was an obvious split between the /pol/-tier posts and the more gameplay and story-focused stuff.
<but that could have been a false flag from /cow/, not /v/ anons
Quite possibly. I never spent any time on /cow/ so if they did "organize" something like that then I didn't know about it. I don't think that changes anything about my description.
The autism was contained within the thread until the /v/ BO deleted it (Muses, I think his name was - I think he had been BO of a /mu/ board in the past), and started deleting replacement threads. That was when the actual firestorm began; I had supported or at least understood the BO's decisions most of the time in the past, but the way he reacted then was the worst thing to do.
From there, the /2hu/ hordes came, and ultimately julay collapsed under the weight of /cow/'s radioactive autism, which led to the creation of fatchan and 8chan.moe (acidchan/kikechan) and a few other image boards.