We're working to make Ranther the destination of choice for free expression. That's had an impact on the design of every aspect of the forum, and explains many of the differences between Ranther and other discussion boards, even other free speech forums.
How are we different?
We consider privacy to be basic to real free speech so we have unregistered posting. You can post through a proxy. If you'd like to register you can do so without giving us any personal information and you can pay for upgraded access with Bitcoin.
In addition to all that we don't cooperate with "services" whose business it is to violate privacy. We don't use Google scripts, Google analytics, Google site search or Google anything.
Protecting your privacy, which increases your ability to speak freely, also means we don't have some features. We don't allow embedded images, animations or videos. This not only protects you from IP traps, it makes for faster page loading.
But having said that, we know we can do more, and we'd like your help.
What can we do to improve the board, and what can we do to attract more posters? We're interested in hearing from you. You can post here, or, if you're registered, PM me.
More important, take this opportunity to post your thoughts on any subject.
There's never been a better time than now.