There are really some valid points in here, I’ll put my response, although it won’t be amazingly eloquent.
Okay, the first real argument is that memes aren’t made to propagate and that memes don’t have a point.
I, personally, have never really said that memes have a point. They are just something that happen on the internet which we, as a website, have decided to document, that doesn’t mean we think they have a point or that they actually do have a point I agree that they are just ideas that spread.
And as far as memes that are made to propagate, those are forced, and we don’t support forcing and we rarely support forced memes.
The next argument (if I’m reading it correctly) is that we just research memes and don’t produce anything ourselves.
That’s true, to a point, when we make articles we aren’t supposed to include anything we’ve done or be biased about it, but probably about half of our users surf /b/ regularly and provide just as much OC as any other anon.
For why we don’t like gore images, we do try to keep this site family friendly, and since that’s more of a preference than anything, if you dislike that, that’s just too bad.
As far as saying people should use whatport80 as opposed to KYM, it normally has a lot less information, has a lot less subjects (it really doesn’t cover that much, and nothing from outside 4chan), and overall isn’t any more funny than our website is.
Also, many of those memes were dead before we even touched them.
For the argument about spamming culture, I truly do see your point. As a website, we often really jump the gun in documenting, which does (minor or not) have an effect on the meme as a whole.
The problem with that in our website is that people want to have things credited to them, which is a different viewpoint than the general anon viewpoint of being unknown.
I, personally, wish that we wouldn’t document things right when they come out, but often that’s the best time to do it, when the information is fresh and you can keep track of any updates.
For the thing about the OC between tumblr and 4chan, the comment about our characters being lovers was a joke.
For our site creating OC, we DO in fact have in jokes in the community, just like 4chan does, and once again, many of our users go on 4chan regularly and contribute just as much as any other anon.
As a conclusion, I don’t think we’ve ruined the idea of memes. Perhaps we’ve ruined the idea that memes should only belong to the oldfags that were there originally, but a lot of the information we accumulated was readily available to anyone with access to google, and as to us not contributing, we DO use 4chan and we DO create OC, whether or not you approve of it.
That’s what I have to say about that, and if someone wants to refute or debate about this stuff, I’m always up for a discussion.