/anon/ has its own respectful board culture that clashes with /oat/. This has been discussed in depth many times. Neither board has the wrong or right idea, they're just fundamentally different. Both have merits. Combining the two into one doesn't seem ultimately viable.
I personally love /anon/, and completely agree with the philosophy of not needing an identity to discuss porn, but I'm also tired of /oat/ whining about not being able to assimilate into the anonymous culture because a handful of regulars dislike not being recognized for who they are. As someone who does use a tripcode regularly, when I am not on /anon/, however, I can identify with their struggle. There are people on /oat/ who like to simply share their porn with one another in a flirtatious manner, or they simply feel porn can be used to express who they are and what they feel. It's their choice of expression to tie that image of indecency to themselves, and I suppose some of us want that right for our own purposes, whatever they may be.
The counterarguments for each side are ceaseless, because the two communities are polar opposites of one another when it comes to self expression and the preservation of self.
Honestly, a dedicated board may divide traffic, but at this point, I must ask, who honestly cares? MLPchan has been out for almost three years now. Anyone who has found this site and has decided to stay is already here.
Unless we start advertising on youtube
and in MLP irc chats again, I don't see a huge population spike. Unless m00t deletes /mlp/.
Anyways, what I'm saying is, I think people need to stop worrying about division of the community and just give people what they want in ways that can make everyone the most happy.
I'm thinking the best way to do this is to create a dedicated board that is safe for namefags and tripfags to do their thing, leave /anon/ alone, and probably get rid of /pony/ because it's honestly redundant since show discussion happens on /oat/ and /anon/ anyways, and can even be enforced to stay on topic with hashtags like #SHOW or something.