I've had fair luck with relying on webrings and word-of-mouth agregators (like this thread) to find good sites. When browsing neocities or pubnixes on my own, there's a lot of low effort pages, but there are good ones out there. Not having algortithms automatically serve you attention-capturing content is just the price of participating in slower/retro internet circles. >>755
Idk man, I'd prefer to have communities balkanized, even if there's a general similarity to people's interests between sites. Small board culture has the flexability to evolve in ways that large monocultures on popular sites cannot.