Astra isn't directly responsible for it being cancer. Astra is responsible for it being a thing as he made it for selfish and underhanded reasons because he's a power hungry mess of ill-conceived notions that he has any ability to lead the site.
Furthermore, what has Astra done to benefit the site? His creation of the Discord has pulled people off the site for an experience that is plagued by racism and edginess akin to /b/ and /pol/. Despite the fact that there are new people in that Discord, no attempt has been made (or will be - this is Astra we're talking about. If it doesn't benefit him, he won't do anything.) to introduce these people to the site proper, where they might find a much more friendly and less edgy environment that a Discord literally plagued by a meth-addicted nazi, not to mention trolls and edgelords.
The Discord is not a place that shares the atmosphere of the site and too little has been done to support the site through it or to make it fit into the site as a whole. Astra made it with no input from any other mods or users, and has pushed it as important and required, much like his delusions of grandeur and ego. This has resulted in a chatroom that contains nothing but alt-right idiocy, Astra flirting with anyone that both talks and doesn't immediately shun him (in order to buff his own sense of superiority, no doubt... a pattern that has been seen by people who have worked with him in the past, like I have. The guy lies and cheats to get people on his side, then drops and villainizes them as soon as they don't do what he wants, as I have personally experienced).
Now on to Astra. Beyond what I've mentioned earlier, he has also done literally nothing to support the site since he was promoted. He has now, to date, released three "updates" to the site, none of which were pioneered by him. The first one was written by Nimble as Nimble has told me himself. The second one got rid of F - something I
had been pushing for since I noticed F was no longer around... only to have him replaced by Rainbro, Rainbro, by the way, is someone who largely does not have time to moderate the site. He left originally because of that fact and has contributed exactly nothing to the community before or since his reinstatement as a mod. Ergo, the second update was a massive mistake and failure. Third update: Literally supplied by Thony. The only thing Astra did was change some wording (much to Thony's chagrin) and slap his own name over it. The up coming fourth update is something that was never Astra's idea and is only happening due to overwhelming community input on the matter. Naturally, however, he will slap his name on it and pretend it was his idea all along.
Astra has, therefore, done absolutely nothing for the site. He focuses on his little Discord chat almost exclusively, refusing to communicate with people here or to listen to, quite frankly, intelligent ideas. He was a poor choice to be a mod, because he prefers to be the strong arm behind very insular communities that he then focuses on to the exclusion of all other things in order to inflate his own self-importance, and he makes a terrible admin for that reason plus the fact that he's always been a power hungry prick with literally zero interest in the site as a whole. I've seen it with the Steam /oat/ group; I've seen it with his time as a mod, and now I'm seeing it with the site vs. the Discord.
To bring it around, the Discord needs to be shut down to remove the cancer, to force Astra to bring his attention to the site as a whole rather than on who he can hit on today, and to actually make things happen on this site. Ponychan is an imageboard
, not an IM chat. It's time for the admin to start treating it like such, rather than be a selfish little brat who only cares about advancing his own views of himself.