JuicyCampus shut down today, but another Web site claims it has emerged to fill the void. All traffic directed to JuicyCampus.com is now forwarded to The Anonyous Confession Board, which is hosted at CollegeACB.com. The site was founded by students at Wesleyan University and is currently managed by Peter Frank, a freshman at the school. According to today's press release, the ACB intends to avoid much of the offensive content that plagued JuicyCampus:
The site is devoted to promoting actual discussion, not provoking salacious posts or personal attacks. Its mission statement reads: “The College ACB or College Anonymous Confession Board seeks to give students a place to vent, rant and talk to college peers in an environment free from social constraints and about subjects that might otherwise be taboo."
Such a philosophy sets the ACB apart from JuicyCampus, a website that fostered superficial interactions, often derogatory and needlessly crude. By contrast, the ACB consistently hosts a higher level of discourse—while still making room for the occasional gossip post.
One of the features of the site is a user-moderation button that allows readers to flag posts that they find inapproriate. JuicyCampus Founder and Chief Executive Officer Matt Ivester, Trinity '05, decried "mean-spirited posts and personal attacks" but openly encouraged users to engage in the "lighthearted gossip of college life." The founders of ACB appear to be setting a different tone in their press release by encouraging "open exchange of information" about college rather than pure "gossip." It remains to be seen if this political correctedness will produce material that is any different from the often salacious discussions found on JuicyCampus.
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