What’s a Booru?

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I was just casually browsing through the records, of random users, when I spotted one that said that monosodium glutama— Er, I mean, e621, was a curated Booru, not just a gallery.

I was bored, okay? I can’t help it.

Anyways.. What is a Booru? Isn’t it, like, a gallery mixed with a forum? I’m not too educated on that word so, please, enlighten me!


Without resorting to googling, i think that a booru would be an image board that uses tags for easier reference and search, and also has other features such as a forum.


Off of Wikipedia:

“Usually referred to as a "booru" (plural "boorus"). Unlike Futaba-inspired imageboard software packages, Danbooru and derivatives aim for a non-hierarchical semantic structure in which users are able to post content and add tags, annotations, translations, and comments.”

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imageboard#Danbooru-style_boards

So imageboards use different softwares and the ones that use the software Danbooru are called boorus.


I was just about to explain what a burro is... Glad I read the content and not just the title :T


Xch3l said:
I was just about to explain what a burro is... Glad I read the content and not just the title :T

the booru shows of tijuana


If getting back to that record given, imagine all the websites like large halls for furry stuff.

Sites like inkbunny, weasyl, furrynetwork, etc. are personal art galleries, so the idea is that artists themselves put up tables and show their artwork on them. Of course there will be some level of rules, but overall if it's done by artist and is related to furries, you are usually cool to keep your table however you want.

Sites like Gelbooru, e621, etc. are now more like library where visitors are putting stuff in. Everything is put on large shelves and everyone at least tries to keep everything organized properly. If everyone tries to fill the library with ads for ych and character designs, put in their whole photo album from con or did something in 5 minutes in ms paint, you can quarantee that visitors start to ask that why is this in library?

So of course at that point you do need librarians to check that all the stuff is allright, that's the curation. One of the things that curation does is to tell some of the visitors to just go to the other hall where they fit better and there are surprisingly many who get really confused or even angry at this consept.

Also if you shout out "where I can find renamon?" in both halls, first one will have third of the hall silent as artists are listening to music with their headphones (not tagging anything = almost unsearchable), half saying that they can do it as commission and rest saying that they have some somewhere, where other hall just has it all in one shelf where you can then proceed to make your search more refined with seperate sections on the shelf.


Mairo said:
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Essentially, answered my question to a very clear point.

This was the most helpful post I’ve seen on this topic, for the information you provided pretty much summed up all the questions I had. Thank you very much!

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Hm, any recommendations for booru software? I've tried looking, but haven't been able to find much.

I've been thinking of setting up a small one for old game screenshots, since I'm working on adding those to Wikipedia anyway, and it could be useful for game identification and so on (r/tipofmyjoystick/, etc).


Mairo said:
If getting back to that record given, imagine all the websites like large halls for furry stuff.

Sites like inkbunny, weasyl, furrynetwork, etc. are personal art galleries, so the idea is that artists themselves put up tables and show their artwork on them. Of course there will be some level of rules, but overall if it's done by artist and is related to furries, you are usually cool to keep your table however you want.

Sites like Gelbooru, e621, etc. are now more like library where visitors are putting stuff in. Everything is put on large shelves and everyone at least tries to keep everything organized properly. If everyone tries to fill the library with ads for ych and character designs, put in their whole photo album from con or did something in 5 minutes in ms paint, you can quarantee that visitors start to ask that why is this in library?

So of course at that point you do need librarians to check that all the stuff is allright, that's the curation. One of the things that curation does is to tell some of the visitors to just go to the other hall where they fit better and there are surprisingly many who get really confused or even angry at this consept.

Also if you shout out "where I can find renamon?" in both halls, first one will have third of the hall silent as artists are listening to music with their headphones (not tagging anything = almost unsearchable), half saying that they can do it as commission and rest saying that they have some somewhere, where other hall just has it all in one shelf where you can then proceed to make your search more refined with seperate sections on the shelf.

Inkbunny at least has a catalogue system that visitors contribute to (users are allowed to add tags that the artist forgot to). Not sure about the other sites that I don't really use a ton.

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Booru is a word that started as Japanese loan word from "board" only to eventually return to English with the meaning of web bullitin board system, because language.


Furrin_Gok said:
Inkbunny at least has a catalogue system that visitors contribute to (users are allowed to add tags that the artist forgot to). Not sure about the other sites that I don't really use a ton.

on fa, artists use the tags for amusing little messages, like "oh hi there i drew a dog dick ololol"
this works because fa doesn't even sort the tags


Furrin_Gok said:
Inkbunny at least has a catalogue system that visitors contribute to (users are allowed to add tags that the artist forgot to). Not sure about the other sites that I don't really use a ton.

Oh yeah for sure and my explanation was mostly oversimplification.

Many do not see difference between the two type of websites. Because of this there are cases in past and future where some artists see this site and think they can just upload similarly as they would do elsewhere, were it photograph of doodle on napkin or YCH advertisement.

And even with inkbunny the distinguishion is still there. You still have to set up your own table where to put your own stuff only, just that there is system in place so you can tell everyone what you have on the table.


Mairo said:
Many do not see difference between the two type of websites. Because of this there are cases in past and future where some artists see this site and think they can just upload similarly as they would do elsewhere, were it photograph of doodle on napkin or YCH advertisement.

And even with inkbunny the distinguishion is still there. You still have to set up your own table where to put your own stuff only, just that there is system in place so you can tell everyone what you have on the table.

Part of it is that e621 has become more accommodating to artists, with conditional DNPs and suchlike. (I have a feeling that some tag naming discussions have also been influenced by artists unhappy about the keywords the community uses for their work.)

But yeah, the difference is still there - a collection of galleries vs. one shared gallery and it pervades the decision-making process. Artist-approved keyword suggestions and friends-only submissions would make little sense here (though I've heard of imageboards where staff and donors got to see 'deleted' posts).


GreenReaper said:
Part of it is that e621 has become more accommodating to artists, with conditional DNPs and suchlike. (I have a feeling that some tag naming discussions have also been influenced by artists unhappy about the keywords the community uses for their work.)

But yeah, the difference is still there - a collection of galleries vs. one shared gallery and it pervades the decision-making process. Artist-approved keyword suggestions and friends-only submissions would make little sense here (though I've heard of imageboards where staff and donors got to see 'deleted' posts).

Staff get to see the deleted posts here, which is useful in case they missed something in the image that proved it was different, which has happened with variation images that have gotten deleted for being the same, but when the admins are contacted they check that the differences are there and restore it.