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b3ta.com is a website I was introduced to some years ago by a friend, I remember finding it rather amusing at the time, then later I used to use select answers on "Question of the Week" whilst giving English lessons because the vocabulary used was usually wide and interesting.
I actually forgot about the site for a while but just checked back recently and I'm hooked once again. QOTW still remains the most entertaining part in my eyes, simple questions are answered with the craziest stories, the writers are quite often excellent and their descriptions exceptional. I can happily read through people's posting for hours and it's a great way to kill time whilst at work, if you've nothing to do!
The humour is regularly outrageous and rude and it's not a place for the easily offended, a rather large part of the site is dedicated to humorous image editing and it's something I'm unlikely to take part in because I don't really have the technical ability or desire to mess around with photoshop.
The mecca for these type of photos has to be the B3ta Image Challenge - personally there's a lot of them that don't actually tickle me annd I think you can find funnier sites when it comes to images, there are still some humorous ones though.
Well worth checking out is the B3ta Newsletter which is a weekly round up of the sites best bit and also has interesting links to other sites.
B3ta is a site on the internet owned by the Ginger Fuhrer, Rob Manuel who, with a small group of people and mods, keeps the site from dissolving into absolute chaos. It was set up around 6 years ago and since has developed into quite a site!
I must warn you, B3ta is not for the easily offended. Or maybe just the offended in general, and there is a lot of adult content - Though, not nudity as this is frowned upon as many people B3ta whilst they are at work and there have been several cases of people getting told off!
So, B3ta is split up into different boards, the main board is where people post images that they themselves have made, anything else, or no image is frowned upon by the board members who get a little upset about it. Posts here include entries for the weekly image challange which can be about anything from photoshopping cats to movie mashups. Generally there is a lot of activity during the day, which picks up more about 8pm, and slows at around 12.
There is also a board refered to as /talk. This is where the people who can't be bothered to make an image / can't live and talk and insult one another, it's all fun though. Again this part of the site can be very offensive. They talk about pretty much everything.
As well as these, a /links board exists which seems to have its own little following. People post interesting and funny things that they have found on the internet, or that they have found themselves.
Hmm. There is also a weekly newsletter which is full of all the good stuff which has been on b3ta in the last week. Lots of people who don't visit the site much get this - which can be good as often there is a lot of shit on the site.
I should probably mention the main board as well, the front page, even. This is where, on the left hand side, all the most popular images are posted, in the center, where all of the updates are posted, and the left hand side, where there are several links to interesting b3ta stuff.
It only takes a minute to sign up - but when you do you must wait til newbie tuesday which is when Rob lets all the newbies post for the first time - A while a go this day was often chaos, with redexes flying all over the shop and funny pictures people found on the internet.
It never did me any harm. And I've been visiting the site since I was about 14.
***WARNING: B3TA CONTAINS OFFENSIVE ADULT HUMOUR***
The first thing I should say when I talk about B3ta.com is if you are in any way easily offended then thanks for clicking on this review but you may want to stop reading.
At first site B3ta (pronounced "beeta") can appear to be one of those websites that just peddle puerile, silly, offensive nonsense. The truth is it does all this and more; indeed when you delve deeper in to this online community you can find some fantastic left-field humour, if you can stomach it.
Founded in 2001 by Rob Manuel, Denise Wilton and Cal Henderson, and with around 100 000 regular readers, B3ta and its members (B3tans) have been responsible for a number of controversial internet phenomena. These 'achievements' have included provoking a legal challenge from Prince's lawyers, a flash animation of George W Bush morphing in to a set of apes, and a shocking alternative logo for the 2012 London Olympics which actually made it on to the BBC's own website.
The first thing that hits you when you enter the B3ta site is the photoshopped images and flash animations adorning the front page. On show here are the most popular entries from the message board, where B3tans can submit their take on current affairs or the weekly Image Challenge. At the time of writing this review the current challenge is to "bring a little happiness to a globe in turmoil: take atrocities, murders, disasters, the lot, and make them as fluffy as fluffy can be". If you still are not convinced of the need for a cast-iron, bulletproof sense of humour from that description, then perhaps you've got the stomach for B3ta.
The message board is the busiest part of B3ta. Here users can indulge in (un)healthy banter on a number of subjects, but proceedings are dominated by the Question Of The Week (QOTW) and Image challenge. The former is quite self-explanatory; B3tans are asked to regale everyone with experiences relating to a question submitted by one lucky user. The Image Challenge also needs little in the way of explanation, and has already been alluded to previously. Suffice it to say, B3tans take no prisoners in these pursuits; nobody and no subject is deemed taboo. The only self-regulation that occurs here is when users give an obvious warning of particularly offensive material by the use of NSFW (not safe for work). On the rare occasion I have seen B3tans post links without this warning, the ensuing vitriol aimed at the errant user has proved to be quite a spectacle.
The B3ta newsletter comes out every Friday afternoon and is a distillation of the week's activity on the website, combining the best of the various postings submitted by B3tans, a list of interesting websites that are likely to amuse, sometimes unintentionally, and various other items. The newsletter is a great way to find the week's highlights from B3ta, and is particularly useful to turn to if you have been away for a few days.
What I like about B3ta is the diverse set of individuals that inhabit this little corner of the internet, everyone being united by their love of irreverent no-holds-barred humour. Although B3ta is undoubtedly cliquey, there is no barrier to anyone wanting to take part and contribute. While there is a definite code of conduct, or netiquette in evidence, anyone can pitch in. If you submit something that is clichéd or old or just unfunny, you can provoke an unfavourable reaction from some B3tans, despite the fact that humour is often very subjective. While I shy away from the animation side of things (due to lack of technical ability mostly), I do regularly dabble in the QOTW.
So should you try out B3ta.com? Well, if you appreciate humour that is irreverent, challenging and outrageous, then check it out, just don't come running to me if you get all upset, ok?