I Can Has Cheezburger, what happened to you? You used to be cool. You used to be a beacon of hope on the Internet, showing us that there are nice websites with nice people out there. Your website was regularly maintained and consistently lighthearted. Now, you’ve gone from grooming yourself neatly to hacking up hairballs all over the place.

I understand why they created I Has A Hotdog. Okay, I get it. Now that there’s a site for lolcats, why not have one for loldogs? lolcelebrities was a bit of a stretch, but hey, it wasn’t too far off. It was around about the “funny look-alikes” site that I started to get suspicious that they were creating sites faster than they were having good ideas.

Other ICHC spinoffs include a site with funny charts, a site about poor Engrish, and worst of all, a site of FAIL pictures. Oh sure, FailBlog.org is hilarious, and I’m sure it seemed like a good idea at the time. But, that site’s managed to undo everything ICHC did for the Internet in the first place.

ICHC was a breath of fresh air – it’s a site about pictures of cats, for the sake of the Flying Spaghetti Monster! Who’s going to flamewar on a site about lolcats? All of the commenters speak in lolcat-speak, which I find rather cute, and everyone is exceptionally civil to one another – a rarity on the Interwebs. In short, it’s a site you can go to and not feel like you’re being docked points off your karma.

FailBlog.org is the precise opposite of that. Yes, it’s funny, but it’s cheap humor – the kind of humor you get anywhere else on the Internet, laughter at stupid people. Now, don’t get me wrong, I troll Yahoo! Answers as much as the next geek without a life, but seriously, I’d expected more from ICHC. The comments are either downright hateful, or failed attempts at ironic humor – I can’t be sure. Compared to the near-utopian Internet community of ICHC, FailBlog.org feels like any other popular Internet site: Full of idiots defending their idiocy by labeling other people idiots.

Slowly, ICHC is letting their sites go to shit. And they can afford to do it, too – it’s all user-generated content. All the folks at ICHC have to do is decide what pictures to post each day. So long as they make a post once in a while to prove they’re alive, everybody’s happy. I just think it’s a shame that they’ve gone from being so in-tune with the desires of the ICHC community, to never commenting on their own posts.

Still. Their latest stunt has proven to be the most thinly-disguised excuse to create more ad space thus far. I present to you “Once Upon A Win,” a website whose title even seems half-assed. It’s a site designed to invoke and encourage nostalgia, a concept that’s up there with lolcats and porn in addictive quality.

Why can’t we have nice things?