The Overbooru is a small project I started over summer 07, designed to
an index of (hopefully) all the boorus on the net. I
partly out of boredom but mostly to make things easier
for myself. That's right, I'm a selfish bastard. Credit where
it's due, the inspiration for this idea came from the Overchan
which indexes chans
instead of boorus. Incidentally, the Overchan has since been more or
less superceded by 2ch.us
1. I'm new to all this stuff. What is a booru anyway?
A booru is a new breed of imageboard and is essentially a tag based
image archive. Most, if not all, of the current
ones are based loosely around anime. Because the idea is still
there are not that many of them around compared to, say, forums or
more traditional imageboards. The name is derived from danbooru, the
2. What is danbooru?
was the very first booru, coded and admined by rq. Bandwidth
was largely provided by image server donors,
of which I was one.
site got more and more
popular, in large part due to rq's lenient policy on mature content,
untill eventually the site couldn't take the strain anymore and rq
pulled the plug. The old images and user favs can still be found at Foone's Tinyboofoo
the vacuum left by the death of danbooru many new boorus sprung up,
which is the closest to an "official" successor there is to
danbooru. Some of the sites which started around the time of danbooru's
death use the original danbooru code (or at least a modded/hacked
version of it), but most of the new ones use
Shimmie instead. danbooru has since revived, but mature
content is now members-only.
is a rewritten version of danbooru coded in php. Thanks to its easy
installer, it now forms the majority of boorus on the web.
4. Any other types?
So far the most notable (and probably most extreme)
example of an independently developed booru is Sagubooru's
newest beta, which is flash based. Akibakko seems to be
developed now too.
5. So boorus have been around for a while now. There must be some
plugins floating around by now.
Indeed there are! The two that I know of are danboorup,
an uploader, and Atachi's
plugin, a search plugin. Both are for Firefox.
6. Wtf? Where'd all the links go?
To better cope with expansion, the Overbooru now uses Wakachan-style toggle
menus. Click the headers to toggle the categories.
7. Why does the Sagubooru link in the index go to a different site?
itself is still solidly in beta and looks to be staying that way for a
good while yet. In the interim, an ajax interface is there instead.
Sagubooru does in
fact have its own ajax interface, I just prefer
Svarteper's one thanks to its random search function. In any case,
flash sucks and ajax is simply
more user-friendly so an ajax interface of one form or another is
remain the Overbooru-endorsed one for the forseeable
future. More interfaces can be found on Sagubooru's
8. I know/have started a booru which is not on your list. Can you
me an email or post on /kareha.
9. I've got a cool idea for a booru that hasn't been started yet. How
do I start my own booru?
First off, get some hosting. Free hosting isn't really an option with
boorus because of the amount of bandwidth they generally use, as
well as other requirements freehosters usually don't offer. With that
in mind, I recommend DreamHost.
If you expect your booru to be fairly small scale, Fused Network
might be worth a look too. Once you have
hosting, grab a copy of Shimmie,
then you're pretty much set. The installation of Shimmie itself is,
apparently, largely self-explanatory. If anyone feels like writing a
tutorial (since I haven't been able to find a decent one online and
haven't got around to properly testing Shimmie personally), I'll be
willing to host it.
10. I have a question which isn't answered here!
First of all, check Pinochan's
general FAQ. If your question isn't
answered there, feel free to drop me an email and I'll do my best to
answer your question.
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