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4chan front page 2009.png
The 4chan homepage on January 26, 2009
URL http://www.4chan.org/
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Imageboard
Registration None available
Available language(s) English
Owner "moot"
Launched October 1, 2003[1]
Alexa rank 730[2]
.4chan is an English-language imageboard website.^ English-language imageboard website.
  • 4chan - latest news and videos 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC interceder.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Imageboard , Imageboard - Characteristics of imageboards , Imageboard - List of Imageboard software , Imageboard - Futaba Channel , Imageboard - 4chan , Imageboard - iichan , Imageboard - Other English boards , Imageboard - Dead Boards .

^ The most popular English-language imageboards tend to revolve around Japanese culture such as CG artwork of anime.

.Launched on October 1, 2003, its boards are primarily used for the posting of pictures and discussion of manga and anime.^ Launched on October 1, 2003, its boards are primarily used for the posting of pictures and discussion of manga and anime.
  • 4chan - latest news and videos 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC interceder.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I also expect 4chan's new Japanese users to use discretion on choosing which boards to post on.
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ Please do not post feature requests to the board at phpbb.com, as the Group uses sourceforge to handle tasking of new features.

.Users generally post anonymously and the site has been linked to Internet subcultures and activism, most notably Project Chanology.^ Users generally post anonymously and the site has been linked to Internet subcultures and activism, most notably Project Chanology.
  • 4chan - latest news and videos 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC interceder.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Chan has got to be the most awful site on the internets.
  • Youtube spammed with porn from 4chan 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.escapistmagazine.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ For the unaware, 4chan is a place where anyone can anonymously post messages, photos, links, thoughts and because of this, the site is often the source of a number of sinister threads, memes, contests and indeed, plans of attack.
  • (updated) 4Chan launches embarrassing attack on devout Christians on Facebook 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC thenextweb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.4chan users have been responsible for the formation or popularization of Internet memes such as lolcats, Rickrolling, "Chocolate Rain", "Pedobear", and many others.^ The site, after all, was also the breeding ground for popular Internet memes like Rickrolling and lolcats .
  • Operation Basement Dad: How 4Chan Could Beat CNN & Ashton Kutcher 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.readwriteweb.com [Source type: General]

^ I also know that 4chan users hate it when "Caturday" pics are referred to as "lolcats," or when they have other memes that are appropriated and mass-marketed.
  • Showdown at the 4chan corral: Doug Rushkoff - Boing Boing 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.boingboing.net [Source type: General]

^ A ‘loose coalition of Internet denizens’, Anonymous consists largely of users from multiple internet sites such as 4chan, 711chan, 420chan, Something Awful, Fark, Encyclopedia Dramatica, Slashdot, IRC channels, and YouTube.
  • Time Magazine Throws Up Its Hands As It Gets Pwned By 4Chan 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.techcrunch.com [Source type: General]

.The site's random board is by far its most popular and notorious.^ The site's random board is by far its most popular and notorious.
  • 4chan - latest news and videos 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC interceder.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In an act that is sure to spark internet rebellions everywhere, AT&T has apparently declared war on the extremely popular imageboard 4chan.org, blocking some of the site’s most popular message boards, including /r9k/ and the infamous /b/.
  • AT&T Reportedly Blocks 4chan. This Is Going To Get Ugly. 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.techcrunch.com [Source type: General]

^ Popular image board 4chan /b/, along with other various sites, appears to be behind this latest raid on Twitter.
  • 4chan may be behind attack on Twitter | The Web Services Report - CNET News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC news.cnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • 4chan may be behind attack on Twitter | The Web Services Report - CNET News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC mcall.com.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Known as "/b/", there are very minimal rules on posted content.^ Reporting posts for review is extremely encouraged, as it helps us remove rule breaking and/or illegal content faster.
  • 4chan - FAQ 24 September 2009 20:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ Though moderator power is anonymous and absolute, mutual anonymity minimizes it's worst effects and 'bad' posts disappear very quickly.
  • http://www.wps.com/projects/welcome-to-4chan/welcome-to-4chan.html 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.wps.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This can't be resolved via posting limitations and moderation alone; there is a very large component of it that needs to come from the userbase itself.
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

Gawker.com once claimed in jest that "reading /b/ will melt your brain".[3]
.The site's Anonymous community and culture has often provoked media attention.^ When Lessig's class imported communication tools (code) from another culture (unix culture), they did so without considering the effects of critical aspects of that code, that of unbridled anonymity.
  • http://www.wps.com/projects/welcome-to-4chan/welcome-to-4chan.html 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.wps.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It has recently come to my attention that AT&T is now blocking a large community of Internet users from certain sites.

^ News Sport Comment Culture Business Money Life & style Travel Environment TV Blogs Video Community Jobs News Media Digital media .
  • YouTube faces 4chan porn attack | Media | guardian.co.uk 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

For planners, this enterprise is "further proof that creativity is everywhere and new media is less accessible" to advertisement agencies.[4] .Journalists looked at how an Internet destination was hijacked for a prank, so that images of Rick Astley appeared instead of the page that was searched for; the coordination of attacks against other websites and Internet users; and covered the reaction to threats of violence that have been posted on the site.^ Internet phenomenon , Internet phenomenon - People , Internet phenomenon - Bands , Internet phenomenon - Videos , Internet phenomenon - Animation-based , Internet phenomenon - Anime , Internet phenomenon - Images , Internet phenomenon - Things , Internet phenomenon - Websites , Internet phenomenon - General , Internet phenomenon - Shock sites , Internet phenomenon - Personal sites , Internet phenomenon - Political sites , Internet phenomenon - Fan sites , Internet phenomenon - Blogs , Internet phenomenon - Audio , Internet phenomenon - Text-based , Internet phenomenon - Advertising .

^ "Shock posts," or graphic images of violence or sex, occasionally mar the largest general interest board known as " /b/ ."
  • Modest Web Site Is Behind a Bevy of Memes - WSJ.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: General]

^ Without an identity mechanism, it is impossible to single out individual users, who can (and presumably, occasionally do) simply post from another computer or internet cafe.
  • http://www.wps.com/projects/welcome-to-4chan/welcome-to-4chan.html 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.wps.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

The Guardian once summarised the 4chan community as "lunatic, juvenile... brilliant, ridiculous and alarming."[5]

Contents

Background

.4chan was started in 2003 in the bedroom of a 15-year old student from New York City who posts as "moot".[6] He intended the site to be a place to discuss Japanese comics and anime, an American counterpart to the popular Japanese Futaba Channel ("2chan") imageboard.^ When 4chan started, the format was new.
  • Can 4chan Turn 300 Million Pageviews Into A Business? 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.businessinsider.com [Source type: General]

^ It was started by Christopher Poole in his Long Island bedroom in 2003 when he was 15 years old.
  • Modest Web Site Is Behind a Bevy of Memes - WSJ.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: General]

^ I was 15 years old and into anime.
  • Can 4chan Turn 300 Million Pageviews Into A Business? 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.businessinsider.com [Source type: General]

[7][8] .Prior to starting 4chan, moot had been a regular participant on the Something Awful forums.^ IRC/DC community known as Raspberry Heaven, which was [then] composed of users from the "Anime Death Tentacle Rape Whorehouse" (ADTRW) sub-forum of The Something Awful Forums.
  • 4chan - FAQ 24 September 2009 20:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ I think you're forgetting that the user-base for reddit, Something Awful, and 4chan intersect quite a bit.
  • AT&T Releases Statement regarding img.4chan.com Block : reddit.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: General]

^ There was maybe a dozen people over and when we came in moot told us 4chan was over and he wanted it to out like it started, without much fanfare.

[9]
.The activity of 4chan takes place on message boards and imageboards.^ Imageboard , Imageboard - Characteristics of imageboards , Imageboard - List of Imageboard software , Imageboard - Futaba Channel , Imageboard - 4chan , Imageboard - iichan , Imageboard - Other English boards , Imageboard - Dead Boards .

^ Later, he tracked the report and found it being circulated by members of online message board 4chan.
  • Who's to blame for spreading phony Jobs story? | Digital Media - CNET News 24 September 2009 20:18 UTC news.cnet.com [Source type: News]

^ This miracle "board update" I'm talking about should take place next week, hopefully by Wednesday.
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

[3][8] .The website is split into six categories: Japanese culture, Interests, Creative, Adult (18+), Other, and Misc (18+).^ The two to be considered are all within the Adult 18+ category.
  • http://www.wps.com/projects/welcome-to-4chan/welcome-to-4chan.html 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.wps.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.These provide for on-topic boards to discuss anime, manga, technology, sport, photography, music, hentai, torrents, travel, physical fitness, as well as a random board.^ Different boards are dedicated to different topics, from Japanese anime, manga, and culture to videogames, music, and photography.
  • 4chan - The Explosm Fora 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC forums.explosm.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • 4chan - FAQ 24 September 2009 20:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ As well as the new discussion board of /tech/ being added, all the data from the old dis boards is back, along with an updated version of the board software.
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ Other boards actually stay (mostly) on topic instead of posting random crap and trolling.
  • 4chan is broken again - Internet Addicts Anonymous @4-ch 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC 4-ch.net [Source type: General]

.4chan originally hosted discussion boards on a separate domain called "world4ch", but these were later moved to the dis.4chan.org subdomain.^ However, subscribers can get on any of the so-called «worksafe» boards that 4chan.org offers.
  • AT&T blocks 4chan « Erling Løken Andersen 24 September 2009 16:18 UTC stormen.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Whitelist 4chan.org and all of its subdomains.
  • 4chan - FAQ 24 September 2009 20:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ If you're banned you will be redirected to http://www.4chan.org/banned.php when trying to access the board(s) you're banned from.
  • 4chan - FAQ 24 September 2009 20:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

[10] .The site has one employee, a programmer whom moot met via on-line Tetris.^ If you were a fan of Rain, it is likely that when you visited a Rain forum, you were really voting for moot via one of these spam urls.
  • Inside the precision hack « Music Machinery 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC musicmachinery.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Originally Posted by The Article Moot -- and please lowercase the "m" -- is the mysterious founder of 4chan.org, one of the weirdest, vast-est, most disgusting-est sites online.
  • How would you monetize 4chan? - WickedFire - Affiliate Marketing Forum - Internet Marketing Webmaster SEO Forum 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.wickedfire.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

All other moderators are volunteers.[6]
.4chan is one of the Internet's most trafficked imageboards, according to the Los Angeles Times.^ I see that 4chan ONE MORE TIME...
  • 4chan Wordfilter Replacement Thread - The Elitist Superstructure of DQN @ 4-ch 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC 4-ch.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Moot is the world’s most influential person according to Time Magazine - The Blogs at HowStuffWorks Says: April 27, 2009 at 1:01 pm .
  • Inside the precision hack « Music Machinery 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC musicmachinery.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This unit is also called the metric second ; in most metric time proposals, the day is divided into 10 hours, each hour into 100 minutes (called beats in "Internet time": see "beat" above), and each minute into 100 seconds or blinks.
  • Units: B 10 February 2010 11:50 UTC www.unc.edu [Source type: Reference]

[11] .4chan's Alexa rank is generally around 1000,[12] though it has been as high as number 56 at times.^ In other words, being ranked number one (a low number) is good, and being rated 100 (a high number) is also good.
  • 4chan is currently ranked #1 in Time's 100 most Influential people list for 2009. : WTF 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ So I know moot, we went to high school together and my little brother just about worships the guy and spends way too much time on 4chan.

^ Reply ] Hey /r9k/, it's been a long time since I posted on here (or on 4chan in general).
  • /r9k/ - sucks 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC img.4chan.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[13] .It is provided to its users free of charge and consumes a large amount of bandwidth; as a result, its financing has often been problematic.^ Remember that in order to deliver this website to the user free of charge, we must run advertising.
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ Because the site is provided to the end user free of charge, we've faced many challenges over the past few years keeping the site afloat.
  • 4chan - FAQ 24 September 2009 20:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

.Moot acknowledges that donations alone can not keep the site on-line, so he has turned to advertising to help make ends meet.^ I am currently trying to accept donations and bring more advertisers on board to extend this date through the end of the year.
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ Poole makes money from advertising and the occasional donation drive.
  • Modest Web Site Is Behind a Bevy of Memes - WSJ.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: General]

^ They keep losing their place in line and end up, in traditional sitcom fashion, with the guy in front of them getting the last ticket.
  • Rocklopedia Fakebandica! - B 10 February 2010 11:50 UTC www.fakebands.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[14] .However, the explicit content hosted on 4chan has deterred businesses who do not want to be associated with the site's content.^ If, despite the TOS and the best efforts of the mods, 4chan still has too much content that violates AT&T's TOS, then they can block the site.
  • AT&T is now blocking all access to img.4chan.org, effectively blacklisting /b/ and censoring the internet. : reddit.com 24 September 2009 16:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: General]

^ The main board seems to be located here , however there are several other sites where /b/tards who were blocked could go and find information: .

^ When and if we manage to get 4chan.net back, the links will be changed back, but until then there shouldn't be a need to edit your hosts file to view the site.
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

[15] .In January 2009, moot signed a new deal with an advertising company; as of February 2009, he was $20,000 in debt and the site was continuing to lose money.^ Feb 27, 12:19 PM Moot doesn't have to make money out of 4chan, but he shouldn't be losing any either.
  • Can 4chan Turn 300 Million Pageviews Into A Business? 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.businessinsider.com [Source type: General]

^ April 27th, 2009 at 8:56 am PDT interesting…Also that 4chan site isnt making any money, or better said, is running breakeven with costs/income.
  • Time Magazine Throws Up Its Hands As It Gets Pwned By 4Chan 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.techcrunch.com [Source type: General]

^ Trade Jim News » Moot, 4chan Founder, Takes Time 100 Poll Says: April 27, 2009 at 12:10 pm .
  • Inside the precision hack « Music Machinery 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC musicmachinery.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[16]
.Unlike most web forums, 4chan does not have a registration system, allowing users to post anonymously.^ Dear valued anonymous 4chan user: .
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ What this does tell us is that someone is using either their users or just redirecting others in a botnet to bounce attacks through 4chan.
  • AT&T blocks 4chan « Erling Løken Andersen 24 September 2009 16:18 UTC stormen.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Though it has relatively little direct effect on conversations, 4chan attempts to detect a 'flood' of posts from a single source (single user).
  • http://www.wps.com/projects/welcome-to-4chan/welcome-to-4chan.html 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.wps.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[9][17] .Any nickname may be used when posting, even one that has been previously adopted, such as "Anonymous" or "moot".[18] In place of registration, 4chan has provided tripcodes as an optional form of authenticating a poster's identity.^ I thought 4chan (or more specifically anonymous) hated moot because he's given away information to investigators?
  • Time Magazine Top 100 Poll 2009 (Looks Like Another Loss For Colbert) - NeoGAF 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.neogaf.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ As for moot being an innovator, I'm not sure, he has certainly made one of the most...ummmm...unique sites on the internet, but I don't know if that is innovation or if he just lets anyone post whatever they like anonymously and that in itself has created the interesting crowd of idiots that frequent 4chan.
  • 4chan may be behind attack on Twitter | The Web Services Report - CNET News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC news.cnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I hate the fact that we are talking about this blasted place on such sacred places like this one.
  • So today I got banned from 4chan... - The Elitist Superstructure of DQN @ 4-ch 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC 4-ch.net [Source type: General]

[19] .As making a post without filling in the "Name" field causes posts to be attributed to "Anonymous", general understanding on 4chan holds that Anonymous is not a single person but a collective (hive) of users.^ Anonymous is not a single person, but rather, represents the collective whole of 4chan.
  • 4chan - FAQ 24 September 2009 20:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ Dear valued anonymous 4chan user: .
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ To post as "Anonymous", simply do not fill in the [Name] field when submitting content.
  • 4chan - FAQ 24 September 2009 20:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

This understanding has led to a running gag referring to Anonymous as some kind of Übermensch.[20] .Moderators generally post without a name even when performing sysops actions.^ Moderators are individuals selected to perform general site maintenance.
  • 4chan - FAQ 24 September 2009 20:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

.A "capcode" may be used to attribute the post to "Anonymous ## Mod", although moderators often post without the capcode.^ Though moderator power is anonymous and absolute, mutual anonymity minimizes it's worst effects and 'bad' posts disappear very quickly.
  • http://www.wps.com/projects/welcome-to-4chan/welcome-to-4chan.html 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.wps.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In colloquial use, anonymous typically refers to a person, and often means that the personal identity, or personally identifiable information of that person is not known.
  • AT&T Reportedly Blocks 4chan. This Is Going To Get Ugly. 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.techcrunch.com [Source type: General]

^ Biometrics may be used to help learn the possible causes of a cancer or how often a cancer occurs in a certain group of people.
  • Dictionary of Cancer Terms - National Cancer Institute 10 February 2010 11:50 UTC www.cancer.gov [Source type: Academic]

[21] .4chan also has a junior moderation team, called "janitors", who may delete posts or images and suggest that the normal moderation team ban a user, but who can not post with a capcode.^ Normal users do not have the ability to post using a capcode.
  • 4chan - FAQ 24 September 2009 20:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ Post deleted by user.
  • So today I got banned from 4chan... - The Elitist Superstructure of DQN @ 4-ch 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC 4-ch.net [Source type: General]

^ I got banned because I posted on 4chan.
  • So today I got banned from 4chan... - The Elitist Superstructure of DQN @ 4-ch 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC 4-ch.net [Source type: General]

Revealing oneself as a janitor is grounds for immediate dismissal.[22]

Links to Anonymous and Project Chanology

.4chan has been labeled as the starting point of the Anonymous meme by The Baltimore City Paper,[13] due to the norm of posts signed with the "Anonymous" moniker.^ Posting is not only a sign of appreciation for 4chan and your fellow users, but it also keeps the boards lively.
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ Let me start off by posting a little about 4chan: .
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

.The National Post's David George-Cosh said it has been "widely reported" that Anonymous is associated with 4chan and 711chan, as well as numerous Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channels.^ If you were to make anonymous pay for 4chan they would literally rip the internet a new asshole.
  • How would you monetize 4chan? - WickedFire - Affiliate Marketing Forum - Internet Marketing Webmaster SEO Forum 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.wickedfire.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Anon also created several IRC channels to coordinate in real time via chat: .

^ Originally Posted by tcmike If you were to make anonymous pay for 4chan they would literally rip the internet a new asshole.
  • How would you monetize 4chan? - WickedFire - Affiliate Marketing Forum - Internet Marketing Webmaster SEO Forum 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.wickedfire.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[23]
.Through its association with Anonymous, 4chan has become associated with Project Chanology, a worldwide protest against the Church of Scientology held by members of Anonymous.^ Just a factual error there: Anonymous, the 4chan userbase, and the Scientology raiders are three different groups (which nonetheless interwine).
  • How would you monetize 4chan? - WickedFire - Affiliate Marketing Forum - Internet Marketing Webmaster SEO Forum 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.wickedfire.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ But when an issue relating to 4chan becomes popular on reddit, the quality of user input and commentary goes through the floor and it sucks.
  • AT&T Releases Statement regarding img.4chan.com Block : reddit.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: General]

^ Anonymous - July 27th, 2009 at 12:52 am PDT You do realize this “Anon” Scientology thing was only a tiny portion of the 4chan userbase, right?
  • AT&T Reportedly Blocks 4chan. This Is Going To Get Ugly. 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.techcrunch.com [Source type: General]

.On January 15, 2008, a 4chan user posted to /b/, suggesting participants "do something big" against the Church of Scientology's website.^ In this case, AT&T and other ISPs decided that the simplest solution to ending this DOS against their users was to block packets to and from 4chan (or a specific part of 4chan).
  • Slashdot Technology Story | AT&T Blocks Part of 4chan 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC rss.slashdot.org [Source type: General]

^ Though it has relatively little direct effect on conversations, 4chan attempts to detect a 'flood' of posts from a single source (single user).
  • http://www.wps.com/projects/welcome-to-4chan/welcome-to-4chan.html 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.wps.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ When enough of these users decide to take action against something or someone, they will do so in the name of Anonymous.
  • AT&T Reportedly Blocks 4chan. This Is Going To Get Ugly. 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.techcrunch.com [Source type: General]

.This message resulted in the Church receiving, by its own reports, more than 6,000 threatening phone calls.^ I'm a nurse who received the hepatitis B vaccine series more than 10 years ago and had a positive follow-up titer (at least 10 mIU/mL).
  • Ask The Experts: Hepatitis B 10 February 2010 11:50 UTC www.immunize.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The aftermath though, probably more than the early campaign shows the results of the influence.
  • 4chan is currently ranked #1 in Time's 100 most Influential people list for 2009. : WTF 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Digg.com – and has received more than 120.000 visitors in less than 10 hours .
  • AT&T blocks 4chan « Erling Løken Andersen 24 September 2009 16:18 UTC stormen.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

It quickly grew into a large real-world protest. .Unlike previous Anonymous attacks, this action was characterized by 4chan memes including rickrolls and Guy Fawkes masks.^ Nigra ( @enturbulation ) - April 27th, 2009 at 10:57 am PDT 4Chan Spawned ANONYMOUS INCLUDED IN 2009 VIRGINIA TERRORISM THREAT ASSESSMENT .
  • Time Magazine Throws Up Its Hands As It Gets Pwned By 4Chan 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.techcrunch.com [Source type: General]

^ This affects 4chan as a whole, not 5% of the little kids running around in EFG masks spouting meme’s.
  • AT&T Reportedly Blocks 4chan. This Is Going To Get Ugly. 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.techcrunch.com [Source type: General]

^ And moot would never sell Guy Fawkes masks.
  • How would you monetize 4chan? - WickedFire - Affiliate Marketing Forum - Internet Marketing Webmaster SEO Forum 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.wickedfire.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The raid drew criticism from some 4chan users who felt it would bring the site undesirable attention.^ The founder of the site is calling for a ban, and 4chan users are known for their influence on the internet, Erling Løken Andersen.
  • AT&T blocks 4chan « Erling Løken Andersen 24 September 2009 16:18 UTC stormen.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I would love to don my mask and get some criticism.
  • 4chan BBS - Music 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC dis.4chan.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In some e-mails I've recieved it's been mentioned that many site viewers would like to know what the fund raising goal for 4chan is.
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

[13]

/b/

.The "random" board, /b/, follows the design of Futaba Channel's Nijiura board.^ Split up the board : Following 2chan 's lead with Nijiura , /b/ would be seperated in to several boards.
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

.It was the first board created, and is by far 4chan's most popular board, with 30% of site traffic.^ To take vengeance for the apparent removal of the popular YouTube account of Lukeywes1234, 4chan called on its members to upload hidden porn onto the site.
  • YouTube faces 4chan porn attack | Media | guardian.co.uk 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I'd say 4chan's biggest role in the process of meme development is not necessarily that it creates memes, but that it is a strong force for selecting and evolving hardy and popular memes.
  • 4chan is currently ranked #1 in Time's 100 most Influential people list for 2009. : WTF 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I don't know about +4chan, it's a far more western inclined board than the weeaboo 4chan.
  • 4chan BBS - Caster Route! 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC dis.4chan.org [Source type: Original source]

[24][25] Gawker.com's Nick Douglas summarizes /b/ as a board where "people try to shock, entertain, and coax free porn from each other."[3] Each post is assigned a post number. .Certain post numbers are sought after with a large amount of posting taking place to "GET" them.^ GETs are sought after by many, and normally over one thousand users will compete for one, often posting very quickly in order to better their chances of achieving the desired GET number.
  • 4chan - FAQ 24 September 2009 20:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ A stickied thread is denoted by a small thumbtack icon placed next to its post number.
  • 4chan - FAQ 24 September 2009 20:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ Quite simply, there is no way for an end user to accurately judge the amount of moderation taking place at any given point in time .
  • 4chan - FAQ 24 September 2009 20:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

A "GET" occurs when a post's number ends in a special number, such as 12345678, 22222222, or every millionth post.[26] .A sign of 4chan's scaling, according to moot, was when GETs lost meaning due to the high post rate resulting in a GET occurring every few weeks.^ And so GETs happen every few weeks.
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ So I know moot, we went to high school together and my little brother just about worships the guy and spends way too much time on 4chan.

^ According to AT&T's July 27, 2009 press release [4] it was a single AT&T customer getting DDoS'd so for each ISP that blocked 4chan, it could have been a single pedo making complaints.

.Moot estimated /b/'s post rate in July 2008 to be 150,000–200,000 posts per day.^ But that's when [4chan's] post rate was maybe 10,000 posts per day.
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ We've been picking up new and unique users at a ridiculous rate and, when you consider that user-base, 10 image posts per day on some of the boards is utterly pathetic .
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ Now the post rate is something like 150 to 200,000 posts on the '/b/ - Random' board alone.
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

[27]
/b/ has a ."no rules" policy, except for bans on certain illegal content, such as child pornography, invasions of other websites, and under-18 viewing, all of which are inherited from site-wide rules.^ Reply 4chan is very good about taking off all forms of “Child Pornography”.
  • AT&T blocks 4chan « Erling Løken Andersen 24 September 2009 16:18 UTC stormen.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Reporting posts for review is extremely encouraged, as it helps us remove rule breaking and/or illegal content faster.
  • 4chan - FAQ 24 September 2009 20:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ In the end, no other animal has the capability to leave this condemned planet except humans, and humans alone have the ability to drag the spark of life with them.
  • /r9k/ - ROBOT9000 24 September 2009 16:18 UTC img.4chan.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The "no invasions" rule was added in late 2006, after /b/ users spent most of the summer "invading" Habbo Hotel.^ Anon ( @4chan ) - July 26th, 2009 at 6:46 pm PDT 4chan and /b/’s two biggest rules are no CP and no invasions.
  • AT&T Reportedly Blocks 4chan. This Is Going To Get Ugly. 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.techcrunch.com [Source type: General]

.The "no rules" policy also applies to actions of administrator and moderator, which means that users may be banned at any time, for any reason, including no reason at all.^ Users are encouraged to participate actively in our community, but only after they have familiarized themselves with the rules and this FAQ. Breaking the rules may result in post deletion, a temporary ban, or in some cases, permanent banishment.
  • 4chan - FAQ 24 September 2009 20:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ I don't know much about all of this, but being the backbone provider, wouldn't it have been possible for AT&T to redirect users to a page explaining the reason it's being blocked??
  • AT&T Releases Statement regarding img.4chan.com Block : reddit.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: General]

^ May God Satan Girlvinyl help us all through this time of great sorrow.

[28] .Due partially to its anonymous nature, board moderation is not always successful—indeed, the site's anti-child pornography rule is a subject of jokes on /b/.^ I highly doubt that 4chans hands are clean in this matter due to the subject nature discussed on the website.
  • AT&T Makes Friends With 4Chan - Users briefly lose access during DDoS negotiation... - dslreports.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.dslreports.com [Source type: General]

^ They don't condone child pornography and the moderators try their hardest to delete it, but apparently when it's late in the US and there are fewer moderators on, it starts to seep through.
  • AT&T Releases Statement regarding img.4chan.com Block : reddit.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: General]

^ There is also a code mechanism, attached to every post and thread, that allows 'reporting' post(s) to the moderators, for either illegality or board-rules violation.
  • http://www.wps.com/projects/welcome-to-4chan/welcome-to-4chan.html 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.wps.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[13] moot told .The New York Times, in a discussion on the moderation of /b/, that "the power lies in the community to dictate its own standards" and that site staff simply provided a framework.^ We provide the framework, and the community provides the rest.
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ Gramo`s World April 28th, 2009 at 7:49 am Web Monitor - Front Page News - NewsSpotz April 28th, 2009 at 10:19 am Time Magazine Gets Owned.
  • Time Magazine Throws Up Its Hands As It Gets Pwned By 4Chan 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.techcrunch.com [Source type: General]

^ If you can lie to your girlfriend or mother or whomever, then why can’t corporations with unfathomable amounts of money and power create their own enormous lies?
  • AT&T blocks 4chan « Erling Løken Andersen 24 September 2009 16:18 UTC stormen.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[29]
.The humor of /b/'s many users, who refer to themselves as "/b/tards",[29][30] is often incomprehensible to newcomers and outsiders, and is characterized by intricate inside jokes and black comedy.^ GETs are sought after by many, and normally over one thousand users will compete for one, often posting very quickly in order to better their chances of achieving the desired GET number.
  • 4chan - FAQ 24 September 2009 20:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ For as many changes as I've made to /b/, hit and miss as they might have been, I still firmly believe that the real power to change lies within the users themselves.
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ These are reproduced here to make an example of the lengths that /b/tards will go to protect their board and the rights of other /b/tards who could not stand up and fight for themselves.

[30] .Users often refer to each other, and much of the outside world, as fags.^ Brief instructions: Users refer to themselves and others as " anon " or "anonymous".
  • http://www.wps.com/projects/welcome-to-4chan/welcome-to-4chan.html 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.wps.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[13] .They are often referred to by outsiders as trolls, who regularly act with the intention of accruing "lulz": a corruption of "LOL" used to denote amusement at another's expense.^ I wish they got used more often.
  • 4chan BBS - Caster Route! 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC dis.4chan.org [Source type: Original source]

^ In colloquial use, anonymous typically refers to a person, and often means that the personal identity, or personally identifiable information of that person is not known.
  • AT&T Reportedly Blocks 4chan. This Is Going To Get Ugly. 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.techcrunch.com [Source type: General]

^ 'Don't bite off more than you can chew' is often used to advise people against agreeing to more than they can handle.
  • English Idioms Beginning With 'B' - UsingEnglish.com 10 February 2010 11:50 UTC www.usingenglish.com [Source type: General]

[29][31] Douglas said of the board, "reading /b/ will melt your brain", and cited Encyclopedia Dramatica's definition of /b/ as "the asshole of the Internet".[3] Matthias Schwartz of The New York Times likened /b/ to "a high-school bathroom stall, or an obscene telephone party line",[29] while Baltimore City Paper wrote that "in the high school of the Internet, /b/ is the kid with a collection of butterfly knives and a locker full of porn."[13] Wired describes /b/ as "notorious".[30]

Memes

.Internet memes are catchphrases or images that spread quickly, peer to peer, across the Internet.^ The internet has become ubiquitous, and hundreds of English image boards now exist, with millions of users across the globe visiting them daily.
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

[32] .Many Internet memes have originated on 4chan, usually /b/, as its fast moving, crowd psychology nature enables content to quickly be passed on to large numbers of viewers.^ On July 26, 2009, /b/tards connecting to the internets via AT&T began reporting blocked access to img.4chan.org ( /b/ and /r9k/ ) in many areas of the country.

^ Originally Posted by xentech So because they can't access 4chan for free they would go on a hacking rampage all over the internet?
  • How would you monetize 4chan? - WickedFire - Affiliate Marketing Forum - Internet Marketing Webmaster SEO Forum 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.wickedfire.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I estimate 4 that the age range of 4chan's users centers on 25 - 30 years old, with very many users in the 40 - 50 range, and probably a large number well under 20.
  • http://www.wps.com/projects/welcome-to-4chan/welcome-to-4chan.html 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.wps.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The most noteworthy of these memes are lolcats, rickrolling, and "Chocolate Rain". Other memes originating on the site have gained media attention of a lesser degree.^ Since Moot launched 4chan.org in 2003, the site has given birth to Internet memes as diverse as Lolcats and Rickrolling.
  • Time Magazine Top 100 Poll 2009 (Looks Like Another Loss For Colbert) - NeoGAF 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.neogaf.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Over the last few years, 4chan.org has become one of the most talked-about sites when it comes to launching new memes.
  • Modest Web Site Is Behind a Bevy of Memes - WSJ.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: General]

^ Originally Posted by The Article Moot -- and please lowercase the "m" -- is the mysterious founder of 4chan.org, one of the weirdest, vast-est, most disgusting-est sites online.
  • How would you monetize 4chan? - WickedFire - Affiliate Marketing Forum - Internet Marketing Webmaster SEO Forum 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.wickedfire.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.These include "So I herd u liek mudkipz" [sic], which involves a phrase based on Pokémon, and which generated numerous YouTube tribute videos.^ Another phrase "So I herd u like mudkips," a reference to a sea creature from the popular animated show "Pokémon," spawned thousands of tribute videos on YouTube.
  • Modest Web Site Is Behind a Bevy of Memes - WSJ.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: General]

^ You can watch some of the thousands of tribute videos on YouTube.
  • Modest Web Site Is Behind a Bevy of Memes - WSJ.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: General]

[9] .4chan, and other websites, such as the satirical Encyclopedia Dramatica, have also contributed to the development of significant amounts of leetspeak.^ A ‘loose coalition of Internet denizens’, Anonymous consists largely of users from multiple internet sites such as 4chan, 711chan, 420chan, Something Awful, Fark, Encyclopedia Dramatica, Slashdot, IRC channels, and YouTube.
  • Time Magazine Throws Up Its Hands As It Gets Pwned By 4Chan 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.techcrunch.com [Source type: General]

^ Why did AT&T chose to use such a broad brush, and block 4chan for all of their subscribers, instead of targeting the sources of the DDOS? Would they have taken the same actions for other websites under attack?
  • AT&T Releases Statement regarding img.4chan.com Block : reddit.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: General]

^ Ordinarily, a TCP connection is set up when you send a SYN packet to a website, such as 4chan, and then 4chan responds with a ACK, and then you respond again with a SYN-ACK. .
  • Slashdot Technology Story | AT&T Blocks Part of 4chan 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC rss.slashdot.org [Source type: General]

[33] .In 2005, the lolcat meme was widely popularized by 4chan in the form of "Caturday". Every Saturday, users posted pictures of cats with image macros relating to that day's theme.^ LOLcats: Every Saturday, 4chan users began posting pictures of cats in an event known as "Caturday."
  • Modest Web Site Is Behind a Bevy of Memes - WSJ.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: General]

^ Originally Posted by slaywithgardentools 4chan is repeated pictures of cats and porn.
  • 4Chan - Page 2 - The Explosm Fora 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC forums.explosm.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Rex Sorgatz (Fimoculous) has posted an interview he did with Christopher Poole (who goes by the name “moot”), the founder of the infamous internet forum and imageboard 4chan , the birthplace of popular internet memes such as LOLcats , RickRolling and the radical online community Anonymous .
  • Fimoculous Interviews Christopher Poole (moot), The Founder of 4chan 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC laughingsquid.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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Rickrolling

.In 2005, a meme known as the "duckroll" began, after moot used a word filter to change "egg" to "duck" across 4chan.^ Doesn't matter for moot, as he now uses capcodes on 4chan anyway.
  • So today I got banned from 4chan... - The Elitist Superstructure of DQN @ 4-ch 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC 4-ch.net [Source type: General]

^ So, instead of speculating about it, we have tested and determined that spoofed IP addresses are being used to DDoS 4chan, and that 4chan is not doing a thing to filter or throttle the responses FROM their systems.
  • AT&T blocks 4chan « Erling Løken Andersen 24 September 2009 16:18 UTC stormen.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ At the top of the list is Christopher Poole, aka Moot, the founder of the 4Chan online forum, whose members used some coding to get his name to the top of the list.
  • Time Magazine Throws Up Its Hands As It Gets Pwned By 4Chan 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.techcrunch.com [Source type: General]

Thus, words such as "eggroll" were changed to "duckroll". This led to a bait and switch in which external links disguised as relevant to a discussion instead led to a picture of a duck on wheels.[36]
In March 2007, the trailer for the video game Grand Theft Auto IV was released. .Its immense popularity caused publisher Rockstar Games' website to crash.^ If you run a popular website, please help the cause by banning all AT&T users from your websites, and explain to them why.

.An unidentified 4chan user applied the concept of the duckroll to what appeared to be a link to Rockstar Games' site, but changed the end result so that the link wouldn't lead to a duck, but instead a YouTube video for Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up". Thus, the "rickroll" was born.^ It is up to you, the users, to provide for the site now.
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ 'Favorite' and link up youtube videos spreading the word.

^ A ‘loose coalition of Internet denizens’, Anonymous consists largely of users from multiple internet sites such as 4chan, 711chan, 420chan, Something Awful, Fark, Encyclopedia Dramatica, Slashdot, IRC channels, and YouTube.
  • Time Magazine Throws Up Its Hands As It Gets Pwned By 4Chan 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.techcrunch.com [Source type: General]

[36] In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Astley said he found the meme "bizarre and funny".[5][36][37]

"Chocolate Rain"

.A link to the YouTube video of Tay Zonday's song "Chocolate Rain" was posted on /b/ on July 11, 2007.[38] The Age reported that 4chan posters urged each other to "swarm" the video on YouTube and thus increase its ranking.^ Luke S - July 26th, 2009 at 11:49 pm PDT I know a girl that has done nakey photos of herself for 4chan.
  • AT&T Reportedly Blocks 4chan. This Is Going To Get Ugly. 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.techcrunch.com [Source type: General]

^ July 26th, 2009 at 11:26 pm PDT 4chan will only be the beginning of internet censorship if we let this pass.
  • AT&T Reportedly Blocks 4chan. This Is Going To Get Ugly. 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.techcrunch.com [Source type: General]

^ Reply Avril Lavine fans also gamed YouTube, using TubeIncreaser and TubeBooster, making her song “Girlfriend” the most watched video of all time.
  • Inside the precision hack « Music Machinery 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC musicmachinery.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[39] .The video became an immensely popular Internet meme, resulting in cover versions by John Mayer and Green Day drummer Tré Cool.^ Buying Guide Sharing videos over the internet is more popular than ever.
  • B&H Photo Online Videos | Podcasts - B&H Online Videos 10 February 2010 11:50 UTC www.video.bhphotovideo.com [Source type: General]

^ (VIDEO): http://digg.com/d314SWe?t 6 days ago AppleInsider absolutely DESTROYS Microsoft's new "Zune HD": http://tinyurl.com/lq6h89 6 days ago Popular subjects .
  • AT&T blocks 4chan « Erling Løken Andersen 24 September 2009 16:18 UTC stormen.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[40] .The portion of the song in which Zonday turns away from the microphone, with a caption stating "I move away from the mic to breathe in", became an oft-repeated meme on 4chan and inspired remixes.^ Huh hopes to turn the 4chan-generated tradition into a meme empire with several other related sites in the works.
  • Modest Web Site Is Behind a Bevy of Memes - WSJ.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: General]

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"Pedobear"

.The cartoon character "Pedobear" is a renamed version of the 2chan ascii art character "kuma". In his American incarnation, he is an anthropomorphic bear child predator that is often used within the community to mock contributors showing an unhealthy interest in under-age girls.^ The symbol bn is often used for billion, especially in Britain; Americans also use B .
  • Units: B 10 February 2010 11:50 UTC www.unc.edu [Source type: Reference]

^ He was a fan of the popular Japanese image Web site 2chan and wanted to create a version for American audiences.
  • Modest Web Site Is Behind a Bevy of Memes - WSJ.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: General]

^ About 7 out of 10 adults with acute hepatitis B have signs or symptoms when infected with HBV. Children under age 5 years who become infected rarely show any symptoms.
  • Ask The Experts: Hepatitis B 10 February 2010 11:50 UTC www.immunize.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[42] A photoshopped version of Pedobear appeared along with mascots of the 2010 Winter Olympics in an article on the games in Gazeta Olsztyńska, a Polish newspaper.[43]

Media attention

Internet attacks

.Users of 4chan and other websites "raided" Hal Turner by launching DDoS attacks and prank calling his phone-in radio show during December 2006 and January 2007. The attacks caused Turner's website to go offline.^ P.S. Calling 4chan one of the "most popular websites on the net" is a stretch.
  • AT&T Releases Statement regarding img.4chan.com Block : reddit.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: General]

^ Most of the "raids" are nothing but short-lived fun-actions by a few people who use the most primitive methods that hardly have any effect on the attacked websites.
  • How would you monetize 4chan? - WickedFire - Affiliate Marketing Forum - Internet Marketing Webmaster SEO Forum 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.wickedfire.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The founder of the site is calling for a ban, and 4chan users are known for their influence on the internet, Erling Løken Andersen.
  • AT&T blocks 4chan « Erling Løken Andersen 24 September 2009 16:18 UTC stormen.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

This cost thousands of dollars of bandwidth bills according to Turner. .In response, Turner sued 4chan, 7chan, and other websites; however, he lost his plea for an injunction and failed to receive letters from the court.^ I do however have a problem with actually leeching the images on websites or other boards, simply because there isn't enough bandwidth for that.
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ Reply if they can get away with blocking 4chan, whats to stop them from blocking any other website they don’t agree with?
  • AT&T blocks 4chan « Erling Løken Andersen 24 September 2009 16:18 UTC stormen.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I'm actually a frequenter on 7chan, 4chan, and 420, but two of those are broked and one is made of fail.
  • 4chan is broken again - Internet Addicts Anonymous @4-ch 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC 4-ch.net [Source type: General]

[44]
KTTV Fox 11 aired a report on Anonymous, calling them a group of "hackers on steroids", "domestic terrorists", and collectively an "Internet hate machine" on July 26, 2007.[45] Slashdot founder Rob Malda posted a comment made by another Slashdot user, Miang, stating that the story focused mainly on users of "4chan, 7chan and 420chan". Miang claimed that the report "seems to confuse /b/ raids and motivational poster templates with a genuine threat to the American public", arguing that the "unrelated" footage of a van exploding shown in the report was to "equate anonymous posting with domestic terror".[46]
.On July 10, 2008, the swastika symbol (卐) appeared at the top of Google's Hot Trends list—a tally of the most popular search terms in the United States—for several hours.^ This unit is also called the metric second ; in most metric time proposals, the day is divided into 10 hours, each hour into 100 minutes (called beats in "Internet time": see "beat" above), and each minute into 100 seconds or blinks.
  • Units: B 10 February 2010 11:50 UTC www.unc.edu [Source type: Reference]

^ J - July 26th, 2009 at 9:47 pm PDT This “mob mentality” you speak so poorly of is the reason we now live in the United States.
  • AT&T Reportedly Blocks 4chan. This Is Going To Get Ugly. 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.techcrunch.com [Source type: General]

^ The 'page' sub-structure of 4chan is somewhat inscrutable, in that popular threads that appear at the top of the first page, for example, will have older posts on subsequent pages.
  • http://www.wps.com/projects/welcome-to-4chan/welcome-to-4chan.html 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.wps.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.It was later reported that the HTML numeric character reference for the symbol had been posted on /b/, with a request to perform a Google search for the string.^ I immediately searched google for "happy doctor", and then posted a picture of a smiling doctor.
  • So today I got banned from 4chan... - The Elitist Superstructure of DQN @ 4-ch 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC 4-ch.net [Source type: General]

^ They are given access to the report system and may delete posts on their assigned board(s), as well as submit ban requests.
  • 4chan - FAQ 24 September 2009 20:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

.A multitude of /b/ visitors followed the order and pushed the symbol to the top of the chart, though Google later removed the result.^ Following a tip from an online forum, I removed the cover and pushed on the lens a little.
  • b.rox 10 February 2010 11:50 UTC b.rox.com [Source type: General]

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Later that year, the private Yahoo! .Mail account of Sarah Palin, Republican vice presidential candidate in the 2008 United States presidential election, was hacked by a 4chan user.^ It's been stated that unblocking the ads and supporting the sponsors directly benefits 4chan and in turn, the user.
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ The entire first 21 results, as noted days ago, are the result of an elaborate hack done by 4chan users.
  • Inside the precision hack « Music Machinery 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC musicmachinery.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Sarah Palin email account thing could not do it...
  • 4chan is currently ranked #1 in Time's 100 most Influential people list for 2009. : WTF 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.This followed criticism of Palin and other politicians supposedly using private email accounts for governmental work.^ Sarah Palin email account thing could not do it...
  • 4chan is currently ranked #1 in Time's 100 most Influential people list for 2009. : WTF 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It does not work as well as most other forms of birth control when they are used consistently and correctly.
  • Plan B (Levonorgestrel) Drug Information: Uses, Side Effects, Drug Interactions and Warnings at RxList 10 February 2010 11:50 UTC www.rxlist.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Users are not required to provide a working email address or any other personal information, a standard practice for other online communities like Facebook or MySpace.
  • Modest Web Site Is Behind a Bevy of Memes - WSJ.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: General]

[47] The hacker posted the account's password on /b/, and screenshots from within the account to Wikileaks.[48] .A /b/ user then logged in and changed the password, posting a screenshot of his sending an email to a friend of Palin's informing her of the new password on the /b/ thread.^ When a new post is added to a thread, that thread is "bumped" to the top of the list of displayed threads; the net effect is that popular threads float to the top, and unpopular ones sink to the bottom.
  • http://www.wps.com/projects/welcome-to-4chan/welcome-to-4chan.html 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.wps.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Next Previous Blog home Printable version Send to a friend Share Clip Contact us Article history Email .
  • YouTube faces 4chan porn attack | Media | guardian.co.uk 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ You may not post new threads You may not post replies You may not post attachments You may not edit your posts .
  • How would you monetize 4chan? - WickedFire - Affiliate Marketing Forum - Internet Marketing Webmaster SEO Forum 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.wickedfire.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

However, he forgot to blank out the password in the screenshot.[49] .A multitude of /b/ users attempted to log in with the new password, and the account was automatically locked out by Yahoo!.^ Search Users New Posts Event Log Rules On Twitter Explosm Matt Rob Dave Chase On Facebook C&H Dave Matt Rob Kris .
  • 4Chan - Page 2 - The Explosm Fora 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC forums.explosm.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The incident was criticized by some /b/ users, in that most reports on the hack focused on 4chan, rather than Palin's violation of campaign law.^ So, AT&T, is not blocking img.4chan.org, the company is only blocking some of its users.
  • Slashdot Technology Story | AT&T Blocks Part of 4chan 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC rss.slashdot.org [Source type: General]

^ Inside the precision hack – how moot and 4chan hacked their way into time.com’s “The Most Influential People of the 20th Century” [...
  • Inside the precision hack « Music Machinery 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC musicmachinery.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Questions of censorship are arising as more and more AT&T users are reporting that the /b/ section of the site 4chan.org is blocked from their phones.
  • AT&T blocks 4chan « Erling Løken Andersen 24 September 2009 16:18 UTC stormen.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

One user commented, "seriously, /b/. We could have changed history and failed, epically."[50] .The FBI and Secret Service began investigating the incident shortly after its occurrence.^ "Severe chest pains" The incident began when someone posted a report on CNN's iReport shortly before 4 a.m.
  • Who's to blame for spreading phony Jobs story? | Digital Media - CNET News 24 September 2009 20:18 UTC news.cnet.com [Source type: News]

.On September 20 it was revealed they were questioning David Kernell, the son of Democratic Tennessee State Representative Mike Kernell.^ Should they have their own articles?-- TarsTarkas 22:08, 20 September 2008 (CDT) .

[51]
The stock price of Apple Inc. fell significantly in October 2008 after a hoax story was submitted to CNN's user-generated news site iReport.com claiming that company CEO Steve Jobs had suffered a major heart attack. The source of the story was traced back to 4chan.[52][53]
.In May 2009, members of the site attacked YouTube, posting pornographic videos on the site.^ To take vengeance for the apparent removal of the popular YouTube account of Lukeywes1234, 4chan called on its members to upload hidden porn onto the site.
  • YouTube faces 4chan porn attack | Media | guardian.co.uk 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In their last orchestrated attack on YouTube the videos were tagged with phrases such as "jonas brothers" and "hannah montana".
  • YouTube faces 4chan porn attack | Media | guardian.co.uk 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ "Unknown post id, it may have expired or been deleted" Snarfies 17:26, 9 May 2009 (UTC) June 18,2009 .

[54] 4chan claimed responsibility for the attack, and one member told the BBC that the attack was in response to YouTube "deleting music".[55]
.In January 2010, members of the site attacked YouTube again in response to the suspension of YouTube user lukeywes1234 for failing to meet the minimum age requirement of thirteen.^ To take vengeance for the apparent removal of the popular YouTube account of Lukeywes1234, 4chan called on its members to upload hidden porn onto the site.
  • YouTube faces 4chan porn attack | Media | guardian.co.uk 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ YouTube said that it is not able to comment on individual users, but it is likely that despite his 15,000 subscribers, Lukeywes1234 was suspended because he did not meet YouTube's age requirement of being 13 and over.
  • YouTube faces 4chan porn attack | Media | guardian.co.uk 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ "DDOS attacks are a frequent occurrence, however, and AT&T has not previously blocked access to sites in response.

[56] The videos uploaded by the user had apparently become popular with 4chan members, who subsequently became angered after the account was suspended and called for a new wave of pornographic videos to be uploaded to YouTube on January 6, 2010.[56]

Threats of violence

.On October 18, 2006, the Department of Homeland Security warned National Football League officials in Miami, New York City, Atlanta, Seattle, Houston, Oakland, and Cleveland about a possible threat involving the simultaneous use of dirty bombs at stadiums.^ (In New York and some other cities, streets running on one direction are closer together than streets running perpendicular.
  • Units: B 10 February 2010 11:50 UTC www.unc.edu [Source type: Reference]

^ The length of a block varies from about 1/20 mile (80 meters) in New York to about 1/16 mile (100 meters) in many midwestern cities to about 1/10 mile (160 meters) in cities of the South and West.
  • Units: B 10 February 2010 11:50 UTC www.unc.edu [Source type: Reference]

^ New York City (English) (as Author) Buckingham and Chandos, Richard Plantagenet Temple Nugent Brydges Chandos Grenville, Duke of, 1797-1861 .
  • Browse By Author: B - Project Gutenberg 10 February 2010 11:50 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

[57] .The threat claimed that the attack would be carried out on October 22, the final day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.^ AT&T is saying img.4chan.org carried out the DDoS attack, which is entirely unfounded.
  • AT&T Releases Statement regarding img.4chan.com Block : reddit.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: General]

^ The site itself has never carried out a DoS attack until now, if you even want to call it a DoS. .
  • AT&T Releases Statement regarding img.4chan.com Block : reddit.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: General]

[58] Both the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security expressed doubt concerning the credibility of the threats, but warned the relevant organizations as a precaution. The games proceeded as planned but under a higher level of security awareness.[59] .The threats came to light in the national media after blogger Jake Brahm admitted to having posted the threats on 4chan and repeating them on other websites approximately 40 times.^ According to an inside account detailed by blogger Paul Lamere, members of the 4chan website exploited weaknesses in the web [...
  • Inside the precision hack « Music Machinery 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC musicmachinery.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Considering that 4chan is famous in making light of suffering of others is just one more tumor in our already cancerous society.
  • AT&T blocks 4chan « Erling Løken Andersen 24 September 2009 16:18 UTC stormen.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Music Machinery has a couple of excellent posts on 4chan’s triumphant carpetbombing (pre-captcha and post-captcha).Time, Inc.
  • Inside the precision hack « Music Machinery 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC musicmachinery.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[58] .Brahm did not expect the message to be taken seriously since he "would never take anything posted on 4chan as fact";[60] an FBI official was quoted as saying the "credibility of [the threat] was beyond ridiculous".[13] As a parody of the incident, 4chan temporarily added "Don't mess with football" as an additional rule for /b/.^ They want to clean up the mess on their network as best they can and the immediate way to improve that is to block 4chan, at least temporarily.
  • AT&T blocks 4chan « Erling Løken Andersen 24 September 2009 16:18 UTC stormen.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Operation Basement Dad: How 4Chan Could Beat CNN & Ashton Kutcher Says: April 16, 2009 at 2:13 pm .
  • Inside the precision hack « Music Machinery 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC musicmachinery.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In an environment where you can say literally anything, the thrill of posting "FUCK YOU FAGGOT" (randomly or otherwise) apparently wanes.
  • http://www.wps.com/projects/welcome-to-4chan/welcome-to-4chan.html 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.wps.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[13]
"Hello, /b/. On September 11, 2007, at 9:11 A.M. Central time, two pipe bombs will be remote-detonated at Pflugerville High School. Promptly after the blast, I, along with two ther Anonymous, will charge the building, armed with a Bushmaster AR-15, IMI Galil AR, a vintage, government-issue M1 .30 Carbine, and a Benelli M4 semi auto shotgun."

—The Pflugerville threat.[61]

.On October 20, 2006, Brahm turned himself in to federal authorities, and was charged with fabricating a fake terrorist threat and taken into custody.^ In weird twist, he was mistakenly released in October, then taken back into custody after six hours.
  • b.rox 10 February 2010 11:50 UTC b.rox.com [Source type: General]

[62] On February 28, 2008, he pled guilty to the federal charges. On June 5, 2008, he was sentenced to six months in prison, six months' house arrest, and ordered to pay $26,750 in restitution.[63]
.Around midnight on September 11, 2007, a student posted photographs of mock pipe bombs and another photograph of him holding them while saying he would blow up his high school—Pflugerville High School in Pflugerville, Texas—at 9:11 a.m.^ Focuses on Dr. Anita Seigman's informal presentations to high school and college students.
  • Untitled 10 February 2010 11:50 UTC www.mnstate.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Their discussion questions the suitability for junior high school students of two books: A Day No Pigs Would Die, by Robert Peck, and Forever, by Judy Blume.
  • Untitled 10 February 2010 11:50 UTC www.mnstate.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Many believe we are “dead” or only doing hugraids etc, so I thought it would also be a way of saying : we’re still around and we don’t just do only “moralfag” stuff .
  • Inside the precision hack « Music Machinery 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC musicmachinery.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

on .September 11.[61] Users of 4chan helped to track him down by finding the perpetrator's father's name in the Exif data of a photograph he took, and contacted the police.^ Can you help me contact a specific user?
  • 4chan - FAQ 24 September 2009 20:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ Users of AT&T’s internet service were finding out that they could no longer access two of 4chan’s many image boards.

^ Bob's your uncle (UK) This idiom means that something will be successful: Just tell him that I gave you his name and Bob's your uncle- he'll help you.
  • English Idioms Beginning With 'B' - UsingEnglish.com 10 February 2010 11:50 UTC www.usingenglish.com [Source type: General]

[64] He was arrested before school began that day.[65][66][67][68] .The incident turned out to be a hoax; the "weapons" were toys and there were no actual bombs.^ The problem though is that there's no "hyper vigilant response" when we all find out that it was reasonable.
  • AT&T Releases Statement regarding img.4chan.com Block : reddit.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: General]

^ I'm hoping that by mid-December all of the problems with the site will be hammered out, and there will be a no downtime no board wipe streak.
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ If there is no advertised janitor recruitment going on, you're out of luck .
  • 4chan - FAQ 24 September 2009 20:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

[69]
.Jarrad Willis, a 20-year-old from Melbourne, Australia was arrested on December 8, 2007, after apparently posting on 4chan that he was "going to shoot and kill as many people as I can until which time I am incapacitated or killed by the police".[70] The post, accompanied by an image of another man holding a shotgun, threatened a shopping mall near Beverly Hills.^ Can I retrieve an old post/image?
  • 4chan - FAQ 24 September 2009 20:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ "I am 20 years old.
  • Normal Breasts Gallery, part B - pictures of different size and shape breasts from women who have been pregnant 10 February 2010 11:50 UTC www.007b.com [Source type: Original source]

^ People who are still leeching, I'm going to start fucking with your leeched images if it doesn't stop, your forum posts at RAGNAROK ONLINE are going to turn into a man ripping his anus open.
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

.The post and image were later deleted from the site.^ We have plans to make the site more full-featured, to improve posting quality and the image of both our board and its users.
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

[71] While the investigation was still open, Willis was charged with criminal defamation for a separate incident[72] but died before the case was heard.[73]
.On February 4, 2009, a posting on the 4chan /b/[74] said there would be a school shooting at St Eskils Gymnasium in Eskilstuna, Sweden.^ If there was, it would probably be 4chan.
  • Inside the precision hack « Music Machinery 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC musicmachinery.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Is there such a thing as a 4chan timer that tells you when you could make a new post without "Error: Flood Detection, Post Discarded"?
  • 4chan BBS - Imageboard Discussion 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC dis.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ I've said in the past that "any retard with half a brain and a keyboard can post on 4chan", and that level of accessibility has produced mixed results.
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

1250 students and 50 teachers were evacuated.[75] .A 21-year-old man was arrested after 4chan had provided the police with the IP address of the poster.^ This time the shit storm erupted because they just happened to block the IP addresses of a site that semi-tech savy 13 year olds visit.
  • AT&T Releases Statement regarding img.4chan.com Block : reddit.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: General]

^ IP addresses connected to img.4chan.org .
  • AT&T Releases Statement regarding img.4chan.com Block : reddit.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: General]

^ Also, at present the IP address 207.126.64.181 connects directly to 4chan.org, as it should.
  • Slashdot Technology Story | AT&T Blocks Part of 4chan 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC rss.slashdot.org [Source type: General]

.According to the police the suspect said it was a joke and he was released after they found no indication that the threat was serious.^ Butt of a joke If something or someone becomes the butt of a joke it or they are not taken seriously anymore.
  • English Idioms Beginning With 'B' - UsingEnglish.com 10 February 2010 11:50 UTC www.usingenglish.com [Source type: General]

^ Reply I agree that Time seems to have no idea when it comes to their online poll, but maybe this just gives us an idea of how seriously they take the poll.
  • Inside the precision hack « Music Machinery 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC musicmachinery.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Nic Luciano - July 27th, 2009 at 12:59 am PDT The difference is no one said what they did was illegal?
  • AT&T Reportedly Blocks 4chan. This Is Going To Get Ugly. 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.techcrunch.com [Source type: General]

[76][77]

Dusty the cat

.In mid-February 2009, two videos featuring the physical abuse of a domestic cat named Dusty by a person calling himself "Timmy" were posted on YouTube.^ Time.com poll so that it featured the name of 4chan founder ‘moot’ as the most influential person [...
  • Inside the precision hack « Music Machinery 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC musicmachinery.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The guy that posted that - July 26th, 2009 at 8:32 pm PDT I got banned for “calling for an invasion/raid” for that post.
  • AT&T Reportedly Blocks 4chan. This Is Going To Get Ugly. 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.techcrunch.com [Source type: General]

^ W.T. Snacks said some time that 99% of the posts with the name Soviet Russia are indeed by Soviet Russia himself.
  • So today I got banned from 4chan... - The Elitist Superstructure of DQN @ 4-ch 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC 4-ch.net [Source type: General]

.The 4chan community was able to track down the originator of the videos, a fourteen-year-old from Oklahoma, and passed his details to his local police department.^ After over four years of browsing 4chan with the same old themes, I decided that we could use a couple of additional, optional style sheets.
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ For a site that's essentially just "pictures and text", 4chan has become so much more, and I'm proud of what we as a community have accomplished in what will soon be five years.
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ After a bit of internet sleuthing, Anon tracked down the seemingly real culprit and found out that AT&T had blocked the img.4chan.org server.

As a result of this, a suspect was arrested and the cat was treated by a vet and taken to a safe place.[78][79] As of one year later, the cat was returned to his abuser, Kenny Glenn.[80]

moot

moot at the 2008 ROFLCon
.Moot's real-world identity—"Christopher Poole"—was revealed on July 9, 2008, in The Wall Street Journal.^ Chanapocalypse Snarfies 16:31, 25 July 2008 (CDT) - Word on the street is it's anontalk.com, fucking paedophiles.

^ Happieh User:Happieh 10:20, 30 July 2008 (CDT) Disregard that, some newfag thought it was funny to impresionate Moot ...Fucking asshole .

^ At the top of the list is Christopher Poole, aka Moot, the founder of the 4Chan online forum, whose members used some coding to get his name to the top of the list.
  • Time Magazine Throws Up Its Hands As It Gets Pwned By 4Chan 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.techcrunch.com [Source type: General]

[6] .The same day, Lev Grossman of TIME published an interview describing moot's influence as a non-visible administrator as "one of the most [significant]" on the evolution of content collaboration.^ This unit is also called the metric second ; in most metric time proposals, the day is divided into 10 hours, each hour into 100 minutes (called beats in "Internet time": see "beat" above), and each minute into 100 seconds or blinks.
  • Units: B 10 February 2010 11:50 UTC www.unc.edu [Source type: Reference]

^ Most of it seems sophomoric or immature attempts to outrage, but there is enough disturbing content to remind one that this is, in fact, the real world.
  • http://www.wps.com/projects/welcome-to-4chan/welcome-to-4chan.html 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.wps.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In most metric time proposals, the day is divided into 10 metric hours , each metric hour into 100 metric minutes (or beats), and each metric minute into 100 metric seconds (sometimes called blinks ).
  • Units: B 10 February 2010 11:50 UTC www.unc.edu [Source type: Reference]

.Although Grossman's article began with the confession that "I don't even know his real name", he claimed to identify moot as Christopher Poole.^ I really don't know.
  • 4chan BBS - Caster Route! 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC dis.4chan.org [Source type: Original source]

^ I don’t even really know what we want.
  • b.rox 10 February 2010 11:50 UTC b.rox.com [Source type: General]

^ The tripcode isn't bolded on moot's name when it's really him.

[15] .Later, on July 10, Grossman admitted that there was an outside chance that Christopher Poole was not moot's real name, rather an obscure reference to a 4chan inside joke.^ The tripcode isn't bolded on moot's name when it's really him.

^ Music Machinery, clearly reporting outside of its usual niche, has a rather detailed analysis of how 4chan manipulated the poll.
  • Inside the precision hack « Music Machinery 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC musicmachinery.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ July 26th, 2009 at 10:29 pm PDT unless it was CP, which is absolutely not allowed on 4chan, there is no such thing as illegal sexual activity.
  • AT&T Reportedly Blocks 4chan. This Is Going To Get Ugly. 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.techcrunch.com [Source type: General]

[27] .The Washington Post concurred that "Christopher Poole" could be "all a big hoax, a 'gotcha.'^ Washington Post article today about Chris Poole (moot).
  • How would you monetize 4chan? - WickedFire - Affiliate Marketing Forum - Internet Marketing Webmaster SEO Forum 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.wickedfire.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Re:"Could this all be a hoax...?"
  • Slashdot Technology Story | AT&T Blocks Part of 4chan 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC rss.slashdot.org [Source type: General]

.It would be just what you'd expect from the creator of 4chan".[16] In March 2009, TIME backpedaled somewhat on the issue by placing the moot persona on the 2009 Time 100 finalists list.^ How would you monetize 4chan?
  • How would you monetize 4chan? - WickedFire - Affiliate Marketing Forum - Internet Marketing Webmaster SEO Forum 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.wickedfire.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Moot, 4chan Founder, Takes Time 100 Poll .
  • Inside the precision hack « Music Machinery 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC musicmachinery.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Time magazines top 100 list!
  • Inside the precision hack « Music Machinery 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC musicmachinery.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[81]
.Prior to the Wall Street Journal and TIME interviews, moot deliberately kept his real identity separate from 4chan.^ Moot, 4chan Founder, Takes Time 100 Poll .
  • Inside the precision hack « Music Machinery 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC musicmachinery.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The members of 4chan’s /b/ board also made the news a bit earlier this week, when they manipulated a Time.com poll so that it featured the name of 4chan founder ‘moot’ as the most [...
  • Inside the precision hack « Music Machinery 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC musicmachinery.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Time.com poll so that it featured the name of 4chan founder ‘moot’ as the most influential person [...
  • Inside the precision hack « Music Machinery 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC musicmachinery.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.He told Grossman "my personal private life is very separate from my Internet life ...^ The internet is very quick to judge and I have learned my lessons in the past, but I will not blindly trust a press release from a company either.
  • AT&T Releases Statement regarding img.4chan.com Block : reddit.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: General]

^ I am a person who loses focus very easily when reading, and this affects my studying very negatively.
  • 4chan BBS - Technology 24 September 2009 20:18 UTC dis.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ This is my personal blog which features all the joys and sorrows and random musings that comprise the story of my life.
  • b.rox 10 February 2010 11:50 UTC b.rox.com [Source type: General]

There's a firewall in between."[15] As moot, he has spoken at conferences at Yale University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[15] A 2008 article in The Observer had him down as "the most influential web entrepreneur you've never heard of", though he has since been described in more limited terms such as "benefactor".[82][83]
.In February 2009, The Washington Post reported that moot had attended Virginia Commonwealth University for a few semesters before dropping out.^ Reports are spreading that AT&T is now blocking 4chan.orgs «/b/-section.Source:http://stormen.wordpress.com/2009/07/27/att-blocks-4chan/ Posted by Makin at [...
  • AT&T blocks 4chan « Erling Løken Andersen 24 September 2009 16:18 UTC stormen.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.It reported that moot was living with his mother while looking for a way to make money from owning 4chan.^ The key sentence of the article is: " If he didn't care so much about what kind of advertising 4chan users have to look at, he probably wouldn't be worried about money right now.
  • How would you monetize 4chan? - WickedFire - Affiliate Marketing Forum - Internet Marketing Webmaster SEO Forum 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.wickedfire.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ April 27th, 2009 at 8:56 am PDT interesting…Also that 4chan site isnt making any money, or better said, is running breakeven with costs/income.
  • Time Magazine Throws Up Its Hands As It Gets Pwned By 4Chan 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.techcrunch.com [Source type: General]

^ ATT is also a large power, but im speculating that 4chan had large enough consequences to make it its own power.
  • AT&T blocks 4chan « Erling Løken Andersen 24 September 2009 16:18 UTC stormen.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[16]
.In April 2009, moot was voted the world's most influential person of 2008 by an open Internet poll conducted by Time.^ How did moot become Times #1 Influential person?
  • Inside the precision hack « Music Machinery 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC musicmachinery.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Moot is the world’s most influential person according to Time Magazine - The Blogs at HowStuffWorks Says: April 27, 2009 at 1:01 pm .
  • Inside the precision hack « Music Machinery 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC musicmachinery.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ However, moot was voted the most influential person of 2009.
  • 4Chan - Page 2 - The Explosm Fora 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC forums.explosm.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[84] .The results were questioned even before the poll completed, as automated voting programs and manual ballot stuffing were used to influence the vote.^ However, the results of the vote have nothing to do with influence.
  • Inside the precision hack « Music Machinery 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC musicmachinery.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ For instance, the poll can be announced in the magazine or even on the website by the editors and no mention of this made to the developers until a couple of days before it is due to go live.
  • Inside the precision hack « Music Machinery 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC musicmachinery.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ We then use our results to address several questions of interest, including t...
  • Physical Review B 10 February 2010 11:50 UTC prb.aps.org [Source type: Academic]

[85][86][87] 4chan's interference with the vote seemed increasingly likely, when it was found that reading the first letter of the first 21 candidates in the poll spelled out a phrase containing two 4chan memes: "mARBLECAKE. ALSO, THE GAME."[88]
On February 10, 2010, moot spoke at the TED2010 conference in Long Beach, California.[89][90] .He spoke about the increasing prevalence of persistent user identities and the sharing of personal information on sites like Facebook and Twitter and he also spoke about the value of anonymous posting on sites like 4chan.^ Anonymity on 4chan is more analogous to personal 'identity' at a party or nightclub.
  • http://www.wps.com/projects/welcome-to-4chan/welcome-to-4chan.html 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.wps.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A ‘loose coalition of Internet denizens’, Anonymous consists largely of users from multiple internet sites such as 4chan, 711chan, 420chan, Something Awful, Fark, Encyclopedia Dramatica, Slashdot, IRC channels, and YouTube.
  • Time Magazine Throws Up Its Hands As It Gets Pwned By 4Chan 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.techcrunch.com [Source type: General]

^ Without an identity mechanism, it is impossible to single out individual users, who can (and presumably, occasionally do) simply post from another computer or internet cafe.
  • http://www.wps.com/projects/welcome-to-4chan/welcome-to-4chan.html 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.wps.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[91]

ISP bans

AT&T temporary ban

.On July 26, 2009, AT&T's DSL branch temporarily blocked access to the img.4chan.org domain (host of /b/ and /r9k/), which was initially believed to be an attempt at Internet censorship, and met with hostility on 4chan's part.^ AT&T is now blocking all access to img.4chan.org, effectively blacklisting /b/ and censoring the internet.
  • AT&T is now blocking all access to img.4chan.org, effectively blacklisting /b/ and censoring the internet. : reddit.com 24 September 2009 16:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: General]

^ Japanese domains have now been blocked from accessing any content located at img.4chan.org .
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ Tagged with 4chan , Censorship , internet .
  • AT&T blocks 4chan « Erling Løken Andersen 24 September 2009 16:18 UTC stormen.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[92][93]
.On July 27, 2009, AT&T issued a statement claiming that the block was put in place after an AT&T customer was affected by a denial-of-service attack originating from IP addresses connected to img.4chan.org, and was an attempt to "prevent this attack from disrupting service for the impacted AT&T customer, and...^ To prevent this attack from disrupting service for the impacted AT&T customer, and to prevent the attack from spreading to impact our other customers, AT&T temporarily blocked access to the IP addresses in question for our customers.
  • AT&T Releases Statement regarding img.4chan.com Block : reddit.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: General]

^ Monday, July 27, 2009 .
  • AT&T Releases Statement regarding img.4chan.com Block : reddit.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: General]

^ Dallas, Texas, July 27, 2009 .
  • AT&T Releases Statement regarding img.4chan.com Block : reddit.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: General]

our other customers." .AT&T maintains that the block was not related to the content on 4chan.^ If, despite the TOS and the best efforts of the mods, 4chan still has too much content that violates AT&T's TOS, then they can block the site.
  • AT&T is now blocking all access to img.4chan.org, effectively blacklisting /b/ and censoring the internet. : reddit.com 24 September 2009 16:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: General]

^ I’m not a 4chan user by any means, but I’m certainly not a fan of blocking content.
  • AT&T Reportedly Blocks 4chan. This Is Going To Get Ugly. 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.techcrunch.com [Source type: General]

^ Japanese domains have now been blocked from accessing any content located at img.4chan.org .
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

[94]
4chan's founder moot responded with the following:
.
In the end, this wasn't a sinister act of censorship, but rather a bit of a mistake and a poorly executed, disproportionate response on AT&T's part.^ In the end, this wasn't a sinister act of censorship, but rather a bit of a mistake and a poorly executed, disproportionate response on AT&T's part.
  • AT&T Releases Statement regarding img.4chan.com Block : reddit.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: General]

^ In the end, this wasn’t a sinister act of censorship, but rather a bit of a mistake and a poorly executed, disproportionate response on AT&T’s part.
  • AT&T blocks 4chan « Erling Løken Andersen 24 September 2009 16:18 UTC stormen.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ They would be censoring without ny attempt at mediation or warning on their part, thus acting like a de facto private censorship board.
  • AT&T Releases Statement regarding img.4chan.com Block : reddit.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: General]

.Whoever pulled the trigger on blackholing the site probably didn't anticipate [nor intend] the consequences of doing so.^ Whoever pulled the trigger on blackholing the site probably didn't anticipate [nor intend] the consequences of doing so.
  • AT&T Releases Statement regarding img.4chan.com Block : reddit.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: General]

.We're glad to see this short-lived debacle has prompted renewed interest and debate over net neutrality and Internet censorship—two very important issues that don't get nearly enough attention—so perhaps this was all just a blessing in disguise.^ We're glad to see this short-lived debacle has prompted renewed interest and debate over net neutrality and internet censorship—two very important issues that don't get nearly enough attention—so perhaps this was all just a blessing in disguise.
  • AT&T Releases Statement regarding img.4chan.com Block : reddit.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: General]

^ I don't care about 4chan, but I do care about censorship and net neutrality.
  • AT&T Releases Statement regarding img.4chan.com Block : reddit.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: General]

^ Oh and we don’t have nearly enough lolcats.
  • AT&T Reportedly Blocks 4chan. This Is Going To Get Ugly. 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.techcrunch.com [Source type: General]

[95]
.Major news outlets have reported that the issue may be related to DDoSing of 4chan and that the suspicions of 4chan users fell on the owner of Anontalk.com for doing this.^ Once this hits major news outlets, 4chan can look forward to swarms of normal, well-adjusted people invading their website because they saw it on the news.
  • AT&T Releases Statement regarding img.4chan.com Block : reddit.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: General]

^ But when an issue relating to 4chan becomes popular on reddit, the quality of user input and commentary goes through the floor and it sucks.
  • AT&T Releases Statement regarding img.4chan.com Block : reddit.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: General]

^ You have to accept that 4chan is evolving and that even the new users spawn new memes.
  • 4chan is currently ranked #1 in Time's 100 most Influential people list for 2009. : WTF 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[96] Alm has been reported in the past to have DDoSed 4chan.[97]
Concerning the AT&T claims of DDoS attacks originating from 4chan, moot confirmed it was due to a network error:
.
For the past three weeks, 4chan has been under a constant DDoS attack.^ For the past three weeks, 4chan has been under a constant DDoS attack.
  • AT&T blocks 4chan « Erling Løken Andersen 24 September 2009 16:18 UTC stormen.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • AT&T Releases Statement regarding img.4chan.com Block : reddit.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: General]

^ Update: ongoing reports about the block (which has now apparently been lifted) and the apparent DDoS attack on 4chan can be found here .
  • AT&T Reportedly Blocks 4chan. This Is Going To Get Ugly. 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.techcrunch.com [Source type: General]

^ It's because the site is a constant target of DDOS attacks that were routed through AT&T servers.
  • AT&T is now blocking all access to img.4chan.org, effectively blacklisting /b/ and censoring the internet. : reddit.com 24 September 2009 16:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: General]

.We were able to filter this specific type of attack in a fashion that was more or less transparent to the end user.^ We were able to filter this specific type of attack in a fashion that was more or less transparent to the end user.
  • AT&T blocks 4chan « Erling Løken Andersen 24 September 2009 16:18 UTC stormen.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Other innovations of the period were dancing on point and the use of more appropriate and less cumbersome costumes, including a new type of shoe.
  • Untitled 10 February 2010 11:50 UTC www.mnstate.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Unfortunately, as an unintended consequence of the method used, some Internet users received errant traffic from one of our network switches.^ Unfortunately, as an unintended consequence of the method used, some Internet users received errant traffic from one of our network switches.
  • AT&T blocks 4chan « Erling Løken Andersen 24 September 2009 16:18 UTC stormen.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • AT&T Releases Statement regarding img.4chan.com Block : reddit.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: General]

^ Internet Touchscreen Videophone In this video podcast we make and receive video calls computer-free using the first touch-screen videophone appliance for Skype users.
  • B&H Photo Online Videos | Podcasts - B&H Online Videos 10 February 2010 11:50 UTC www.video.bhphotovideo.com [Source type: General]

^ Keep in mind, our intent is not to suppress the voices of the users, but rather to foster the type of quality discussion that has been lacking for quite some time.
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

A handful happened to be AT&T customers[95]

Verizon ban

.On February 4, 2010, 4chan started receiving reports from Verizon Wireless customers that they were having difficulties accessing the site's image boards.^ I believe 4chan now has enough covered in terms of image boards, and maybe it's time to think about adding an ASCII board or just living with what is already available.
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ No, i've never really been on 4chan, all I know is it's a image board and, ANON comes from there.
  • AT&T Releases Statement regarding img.4chan.com Block : reddit.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: General]

^ I bet dollars over donuts that moot or whoever runs 4chan.org's servers knew about the problem or the possible consequences of the "transparent filter" they set up to continue to allow users to access their site.
  • AT&T Releases Statement regarding img.4chan.com Block : reddit.com 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: General]

.After investigating, moot found out that only traffic on port 80 to the boards.4chan.org domain was affected, leading him to believe that the block was intentional.^ As always, I can be reached at moot@4chan.org .
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ I believe 4chan now has enough covered in terms of image boards, and maybe it's time to think about adding an ASCII board or just living with what is already available.
  • 4chan - News 17 September 2009 13:18 UTC www.4chan.org [Source type: General]

^ Note: If you get redirected to ht tp://img.4chan.org./r9k/ take out the third period, or you won't be able to post.
  • AT&T is now blocking all access to img.4chan.org, effectively blacklisting /b/ and censoring the internet. : reddit.com 24 September 2009 16:18 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: General]

[98] On February 7, 2010, Verizon Wireless confirmed that 4chan is "explicitly blocked".[99]
The block was lifted several days later.[100]

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External links


4chan
File:4chan front page
The 4chan homepage on August 23, 2010
URL 4chan.org
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Imageboard
Registration None available
Available language(s) English
Owner "moot"
Launched October 1, 2003[1]
Alexa rank 599 (October 2010)[2]

4chan is an English-language imageboard website. Launched on October 1, 2003, its boards are primarily used for the posting of pictures and discussion of manga and anime. Users generally post anonymously and the site has been linked to Internet subcultures and activism, most notably Project Chanology.

4chan users have been responsible for the formation or popularization of Internet memes such as lolcats, Rickrolling, "Chocolate Rain", "Pedobear", and many others. The site's random board is by far its most popular and notorious feature. Known as "/b/", there are very minimal rules on posted content. Gawker once jokingly claimed that "reading /b/ will melt your brain".[3]

The site's Anonymous community and culture have often provoked media attention. For planners, this enterprise is "further proof that creativity is everywhere and new media is less accessible" to advertisement agencies.[4] Journalists looked at how an Internet destination was hijacked for a prank, so that images of Rick Astley appeared instead of the page that was searched for; the coordination of attacks against other websites and Internet users; and covered the reaction to threats of violence that have been posted on the site. The Guardian once summarised the 4chan community as "lunatic, juvenile... brilliant, ridiculous and alarming."[5]

Contents

Background

4chan was started in 2003 in the bedroom of a 15-year old student from New York City who posts as "moot".[6] He intended the site to be a place to discuss Japanese comics and anime, an American counterpart to the popular Japanese Futaba Channel ("2chan") imageboard.[7][8] Prior to starting 4chan, moot had been a regular participant on the Something Awful forums.[9]

The activity of 4chan takes place on message boards and imageboards.[3][8] The website is split into six categories: Japanese culture, Interests, Creative, Adult (18+), Other, and Misc (18+). These provide for on-topic boards to discuss anime, manga, technology, sport, photography, music, hentai, torrents, travel, physical fitness, as well as a random board. 4chan originally hosted discussion boards on a separate domain called "world4ch", but these were later moved to the dis.4chan.org subdomain.[10] The site has had at least one employee, a programmer whom moot met via on-line Tetris. All other moderators are volunteers.[6]

4chan is one of the Internet's most trafficked imageboards, according to the Los Angeles Times.[11] 4chan's Alexa rank is generally around 700,[12] though it has been as high as number 56 at times.[13] It is provided to its users free of charge and consumes a large amount of bandwidth; as a result, its financing has often been problematic. moot acknowledges that donations alone cannot keep the site on-line, so he has turned to advertising to help make ends meet.[14] However, the explicit content hosted on 4chan has deterred businesses who do not want to be associated with the site's content.[15] In January 2009, moot signed a new deal with an advertising company; as of February 2009, he was $20,000 in debt and the site was continuing to lose money.[16]

Unlike most web forums, 4chan does not have a registration system, allowing users to post anonymously.[9][17] Any nickname may be used when posting, even one that has been previously adopted, such as "Anonymous" or "moot".[18] In place of registration, 4chan has provided tripcodes as an optional form of authenticating a poster's identity.[19] As making a post without filling in the "Name" field causes posts to be attributed to "Anonymous", general understanding on 4chan holds that Anonymous is not a single person but a collective (hive) of users.[20] Moderators generally post without a name even when performing sysop actions. A "capcode" may be used to attribute the post to "Anonymous ## Mod", although moderators often post without the capcode.[21] 4chan also has a junior moderation team, called "janitors", who may delete posts or images and suggest that the normal moderation team ban a user, but who can not post with a capcode. Revealing oneself as a janitor is grounds for immediate dismissal.[22]

Links to Anonymous and Project Chanology

4chan has been labeled as the starting point of the Anonymous meme by The Baltimore City Paper,[13] due to the norm of posts signed with the "Anonymous" moniker. The National Post's David George-Cosh said it has been "widely reported" that Anonymous is associated with 4chan and 711chan, as well as numerous Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channels.[23]

Through its association with Anonymous, 4chan has become associated with Project Chanology, a worldwide protest against the Church of Scientology held by members of Anonymous. On January 15, 2008, a 4chan user posted to /b/, suggesting participants "do something big" against the Church of Scientology's website. This message resulted in the Church receiving, by its own reports, more than 6,000 threatening phone calls. It quickly grew into a large real-world protest. Unlike previous Anonymous attacks, this action was characterized by 4chan memes including rickrolls and Guy Fawkes masks. The raid drew criticism from some 4chan users who felt it would bring the site undesirable attention.[13]

/b/

The "random" board, /b/, follows the design of Futaba Channel's Nijiura board. It was the first board created, and is by far 4chan's most popular board, with 30% of site traffic.[24][25] Gawker.com's Nick Douglas summarized /b/ as a board where "people try to shock, entertain, and coax free porn from each other."[3] /b/ has a "no rules" policy, except for bans on certain illegal content, such as child pornography, invasions of other websites, and under-18 viewing, all of which are inherited from site-wide rules. The "no invasions" rule was added in late 2006, after /b/ users spent most of the summer "invading" Habbo Hotel. The "no rules" policy also applies to actions of administrator and moderator, which means that users may be banned at any time, for any reason, including no reason at all.[26] Due partially to its anonymous nature, board moderation is not always successful—indeed, the site's anti-child pornography rule is a subject of jokes on /b/.[13] moot told The New York Times, in a discussion on the moderation of /b/, that "the power lies in the community to dictate its own standards" and that site staff simply provided a framework.[27]

The humor of /b/'s many users, who refer to themselves as "/b/tards",[27][28] is often incomprehensible to newcomers and outsiders, and is characterized by intricate inside jokes and black comedy.[28] Users often refer to each other, and much of the outside world, as fags.[13] They are often referred to by outsiders as trolls, who regularly act with the intention of "doing it for the lulz": a corruption of "LOL" used to denote amusement at another's expense.[27][29] Douglas said of the board, "reading /b/ will melt your brain", and cited Encyclopedia Dramatica's definition of /b/ as "the asshole of the Internets".[3] Matthias Schwartz of The New York Times likened /b/ to "a high-school bathroom stall, or an obscene telephone party line",[27] while Baltimore City Paper wrote that "in the high school of the Internet, /b/ is the kid with a collection of butterfly knives and a locker full of porn."[13] Wired describes /b/ as "notorious".[28]

Each post is assigned a post number. Certain post numbers are sought after with a large amount of posting taking place to "GET" them. A "GET" occurs when a post's number ends in a special number, such as 12345678, 22222222, or every millionth post.[30] A sign of 4chan's scaling, according to moot, was when GETs lost meaning due to the high post rate resulting in a GET occurring every few weeks. moot estimated /b/'s post rate in July 2008 to be 150,000–200,000 posts per day.[31]

Memes

Internet memes are catchphrases or images that spread quickly, peer to peer, across the Internet.[32] Many Internet memes have originated on 4chan, usually /b/, as its fast moving, crowd psychology nature enables content to quickly be passed on to large numbers of viewers. The most noteworthy of these memes are lolcats, rickrolling, and "Chocolate Rain". Other memes originating on the site have gained media attention of a lesser degree. These include "So I herd u liek mudkipz" [sic], which involves a phrase based on Pokémon, and which generated numerous YouTube tribute videos.[9] 4chan, and other websites, such as the satirical Encyclopedia Dramatica, have also contributed to the development of significant amounts of leetspeak.[33] In 2005, the lolcat meme was widely popularized by 4chan in the form of "Caturday". Every Saturday, users posted pictures of cats with image macros relating to that day's theme.[34][35]

Rickrolling

In 2005, a meme known as the "duckroll" began, after moot used a word filter to change "egg" to "duck" across 4chan. Thus, words such as "eggroll" were changed to "duckroll". This led to a bait-and-switch in which external links disguised as relevant to a discussion instead led to a picture of a duck on wheels.[36]

In March 2007, the trailer for the video game Grand Theft Auto IV was released. Its immense popularity caused publisher Rockstar Games' website to crash. An unidentified 4chan user applied the concept of the duckroll to what appeared to be a link to the trailer on YouTube, but instead showed the music video for Rick Astley's 1987 song "Never Gonna Give You Up". Thus, the "rickroll" was born.[36] In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Astley said he found the meme "bizarre and funny".[5][36][37]

"Chocolate Rain"

A link to the YouTube video of Tay Zonday's song "Chocolate Rain" was posted on /b/ on July 11, 2007.[38] The Age reported that 4chan posters urged each other to "swarm" the video on YouTube and thus increase its ranking.[39] The video became an immensely popular Internet meme, resulting in cover versions by John Mayer and Green Day drummer Tré Cool.[40] The portion of the song in which Zonday turns away from the microphone, with a caption stating "I move away from the mic to breathe in", became an oft-repeated meme on 4chan and inspired remixes.[38][41]

"Pedobear"

In his American incarnation, he is an anthropomorphic bear child predator that is often used within the community to mock contributors showing a sexual interest in underage girls.[42] Pedobear is one of the most popular memes on non-English imageboards, and is gaining recognition across Europe. In February 2010, a photoshopped version of Pedobear appeared along with mascots of the 2010 Winter Olympics in an article on the games in Gazeta Olsztyńska, a Polish newspaper. This was done accidentally, due to the image being used from Google Images, the authors unaware of the joke.[43] It has been used as a symbol of pedophilia by Maltese graffiti vandals prior to a papal visit.[44]

Media attention

Internet attacks

According to the Washington Post, "the site's users have managed to pull off some of the highest-profile collective actions in the history of the Internet."[45]

Users of 4chan and other websites "raided" Hal Turner by launching DDoS attacks and prank calling his phone-in radio show during December 2006 and January 2007. The attacks caused Turner's website to go offline. This cost thousands of dollars of bandwidth bills according to Turner. In response, Turner sued 4chan, 7chan, and other websites; however, he lost his plea for an injunction and failed to receive letters from the court.[46]

KTTV Fox 11 aired a report on Anonymous, calling them a group of "hackers on steroids", "domestic terrorists", and collectively an "Internet hate machine" on July 26, 2007.[47] Slashdot founder Rob Malda posted a comment made by another Slashdot user, Miang, stating that the story focused mainly on users of "4chan, 7chan and 420chan". Miang claimed that the report "seems to confuse /b/ raids and motivational poster templates with a genuine threat to the American public", arguing that the "unrelated" footage of a van exploding shown in the report was to "equate anonymous posting with domestic terror".[48]

On July 10, 2008, the swastika symbol (卐) appeared at the top of Google's Hot Trends list—a tally of the most popular search terms in the United States—for several hours. It was later reported that the HTML numeric character reference for the symbol had been posted on /b/, with a request to perform a Google search for the string. A multitude of /b/ visitors followed the order and pushed the symbol to the top of the chart, though Google later removed the result.[11]

Later that year, the private Yahoo! Mail account of Sarah Palin, Republican vice presidential candidate in the 2008 United States presidential election, was hacked by a 4chan user. This followed criticism of Palin and other politicians supposedly using private email accounts for governmental work.[49] The hacker posted the account's password on /b/, and screenshots from within the account to Wikileaks.[50] A /b/ user then logged in and changed the password, posting a screenshot of his sending an email to a friend of Palin's informing her of the new password on the /b/ thread. However, he forgot to blank out the password in the screenshot.[51] A multitude of /b/ users attempted to log in with the new password, and the account was automatically locked out by Yahoo!. The incident was criticized by some /b/ users, in that most reports on the hack focused on 4chan, rather than Palin's violation of campaign law. One user commented, "seriously, /b/. We could have changed history and failed, epically."[52] The FBI and Secret Service began investigating the incident shortly after its occurrence. On September 20 it was revealed they were questioning David Kernell, the son of Democratic Tennessee State Representative Mike Kernell.[53]

The stock price of Apple Inc. fell significantly in October 2008 after a hoax story was submitted to CNN's user-generated news site iReport.com claiming that company CEO Steve Jobs had suffered a major heart attack. The source of the story was traced back to 4chan.[54][55]

In May 2009, members of the site attacked YouTube, posting pornographic videos on the site.[56] A 4chan member acknowledged being part of the attack, telling the BBC that it was in response to YouTube "deleting music".[57] In January 2010, members of the site attacked YouTube again in response to the suspension of YouTube user lukeywes1234 for failing to meet the minimum age requirement of thirteen.[58] The videos uploaded by the user had apparently become popular with 4chan members, who subsequently became angered after the account was suspended and called for a new wave of pornographic videos to be uploaded to YouTube on January 6, 2010.[58] Later the same year, 4chan made numerous disruptive pranks directed at singer Justin Bieber.[59]

In September 2010, in retaliation against the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America hiring of Aiplex Software to launch cyberattacks against The Pirate Bay, Anonymous members, recruited through posts on 4chan boards, subsequently initiated their own attacks, dubbed "Operation: Payback", DDoS'ing the website of all three companies.[60][61] The targeted websites usually went offline for a short period of time due to the attacks, before recovering. A number of law firms associated with the anti-piracy industry were also affected, most notably the UK law firm ACS:Law, who had their host account suspended multiple times due to the excessive traffic caused by the attacks.[62] In retaliation for the initial attacks being called only a minor nuisance, Anonymous launched more attacks, bringing the site down yet again. After coming back up, the front page accidentally revealed a backup file of the entire website, which contained over 300 megabytes of private company emails, which were leaked to several torrents and across several sites on the internet.[63]

Threats of violence

On October 18, 2006, the Department of Homeland Security warned National Football League officials in Miami, New York City, Atlanta, Seattle, Houston, Oakland, and Cleveland about a possible threat involving the simultaneous use of dirty bombs at stadiums.[64] The threat claimed that the attack would be carried out on October 22, the final day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.[65] Both the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security expressed doubt concerning the credibility of the threats, but warned the relevant organizations as a precaution. The games proceeded as planned but under a higher level of security awareness.[66] The threats came to light in the national media after Jake Brahm admitted to having posted the threats on 4chan and repeating them on other websites approximately 40 times.[65] Brahm did not expect the message to be taken seriously since he "would never take anything posted on 4chan as fact";[67] an FBI official was quoted as saying the "credibility of [the threat] was beyond ridiculous".[13] As a parody of the incident, 4chan temporarily added "Don't mess with football" as an additional rule for /b/.[13]

"Hello, /b/. On September 11, 2007, at 9:11 A.M. Central time, two pipe bombs will be remote-detonated at Pflugerville High School. Promptly after the blast, I, along with two ther Anonymous, will charge the building, armed with a Bushmaster AR-15, IMI Galil AR, a vintage, government-issue M1 .30 Carbine, and a Benelli M4 semi auto shotgun."

—The Pflugerville threat.[68]

On October 20, 2006, Brahm turned himself in to federal authorities, and was charged with fabricating a fake terrorist threat and taken into custody.[69] On February 28, 2008, he plead guilty to the federal charges. On June 5, 2008, he was sentenced to six months in prison, six months' house arrest, and ordered to pay $26,750 in restitution.[70] Around midnight on September 11, 2007, a student posted photographs of mock pipe bombs and another photograph of him holding them while saying he would blow up his high school—Pflugerville High School in Pflugerville, Texas—at 9:11 a.m. on September 11.[68] Users of 4chan helped to track him down by finding the perpetrator's father's name in the Exif data of a photograph he took, and contacted the police.[71] He was arrested before school began that day.[72][73][74][75] The incident turned out to be a hoax; the "weapons" were toys and there were no actual bombs.[76] Jarrad Willis, a 20-year-old from Melbourne, Australia was arrested on December 8, 2007, after apparently posting on 4chan that he was "going to shoot and kill as many people as I can until which time I am incapacitated or killed by the police".[77] The post, accompanied by an image of another man holding a shotgun, threatened a shopping mall near Beverly Hills.[78] While the investigation was still open, Willis was charged with criminal defamation for a separate incident[79] but died before the case was heard.[80] On February 4, 2009, a posting on the 4chan /b/[81] said there would be a school shooting at St Eskils Gymnasium in Eskilstuna, Sweden. 1250 students and 50 teachers were evacuated.[82] A 21-year-old man was arrested after 4chan had provided the police with the IP address of the poster. According to the police the suspect said it was a joke and he was released after they found no indication that the threat was serious.[83][84]

Dusty the cat

In mid-February 2009, two videos featuring the physical abuse of a domestic cat named Dusty by a person calling himself "Timmy" were posted on YouTube. The 4chan community was able to track down the originator of the videos, Kenny Glenn, a fourteen-year-old from Oklahoma, and passed his details to his local police department. As a result of this, a suspect was arrested and the cat was treated by a vet and taken to a safe place.[85][86]

moot

moot's real-world identity—"Christopher Poole"—was revealed on July 9, 2008, in The Wall Street Journal.[6] The same day, Lev Grossman of Time published an interview describing moot's influence as a non-visible administrator as "one of the most [significant]" on the evolution of content collaboration. Although Grossman's article began with the confession that "I don't even know his real name", he claimed to identify moot as Christopher Poole.[15] Later, on July 10, Grossman admitted that there was an outside chance that Christopher Poole was not moot's real name, rather an obscure reference to a 4chan inside joke.[31] The Washington Post concurred that "Christopher Poole" could be "all a big hoax, a 'gotcha.' It would be just what you'd expect from the creator of 4chan".[16] In March 2009, Time backpedaled somewhat on the issue by placing the moot persona on the 2009 Time 100 finalists list.[87]

Prior to the Wall Street Journal and Time interviews, moot deliberately kept his real identity separate from 4chan. He told Grossman "my personal private life is very separate from my Internet life ... There's a firewall in between."[15] As moot, he has spoken at conferences at Yale University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[15] A 2008 article in The Observer had him down as "the most influential web entrepreneur you've never heard of", though he has since been described in more limited terms such as "benefactor".[88][89]

In February 2009, The Washington Post reported that Poole had attended Virginia Commonwealth University for a few semesters before dropping out. It reported that moot was living with his mother while looking for a way to make money from owning 4chan.[16]

In April 2009, moot was voted the world's most influential person of 2008 by an open Internet poll conducted by Time magazine.[90] The results were questioned even before the poll completed, as automated voting programs and manual ballot stuffing were used to influence the vote.[91][92][93] 4chan's interference with the vote seemed increasingly likely, when it was found that reading the first letter of the first 21 candidates in the poll spelled out a phrase containing two 4chan memes: "mARBLECAKE. ALSO, THE GAME."[94]

On September 12, 2009, moot gave a talk on why 4chan has a reputation as a "Meme Factory" at the Paraflows Symposium in Vienna, Austria, which was part of the Paraflows 09 festival, themed Urban Hacking. In this talk, moot mainly attributed this to the anonymous system, and to the lack of data retention on the site ("The site has no memory.").[95][96]

On February 10, 2010, moot spoke at the TED2010 conference in Long Beach, California.[97][98] He spoke about the increasing prevalence of persistent user identities and the sharing of personal information on sites like Facebook and Twitter and he also spoke about the value of anonymous posting on sites like 4chan.[99] Fred Leal of the Brazilian newspaper Estadão said his inclusion in the conference "indicates that something extraordinary is happening... [4chan] challenges every Internet convention: it is, alone, the antithesis of Google, social networking sites, and blogs."[100]

In 2010, Poole was reported to have raised $625,000 to create a new online enterprise, called "Canvas".[45][101]

In April of 2010, Poole gave evidence in the trial United States of America v. David Kernell as a government witness.[102] As a witness, moot explained the terminology used on 4chan to the prosecutor, ranging from "OP" to "lurker". moot also explained to the court the nature of the data given to the FBI as part of the search warrant, including how users can be uniquely identified from site audit logs.[103]

In a 2010 interview, Poole discussed his belief in the value of multiple identities, including anonymity, in contrast to the merge of online and real-world identities occurring on Facebook and many other social networking sites.[101]

ISP bans

AT&T temporary ban

On July 26, 2009, AT&T's DSL branch temporarily blocked access to the img.4chan.org domain (host of /b/ and /r9k/), which was initially believed to be an attempt at Internet censorship, and met with hostility on 4chan's part.[104][105]

On July 27, 2009, AT&T issued a statement claiming that the block was put in place after an AT&T customer was affected by a denial-of-service attack originating from IP addresses connected to img.4chan.org, and was an attempt to "prevent this attack from disrupting service for the impacted AT&T customer, and... our other customers." AT&T maintains that the block was not related to the content on 4chan.[106]

4chan's founder moot responded with the following:[107]

In the end, this wasn't a sinister act of censorship, but rather a bit of a mistake and a poorly executed, disproportionate response on AT&T's part. Whoever pulled the trigger on blackholing the site probably didn't anticipate [nor intend] the consequences of doing so. We're glad to see this short-lived debacle has prompted renewed interest and debate over net neutrality and Internet censorship—two very important issues that don't get nearly enough attention—so perhaps this was all just a blessing in disguise.

Major news outlets have reported that the issue may be related to DDoSing of 4chan and that the suspicions of 4chan users fell on the person who owned Anontalk.com at that time for doing this.[108] Kimmo Alm has been reported in the past to have DDoSed 4chan.[109]

Concerning the AT&T claims of DDoS attacks originating from 4chan, moot confirmed it was due to a network error:[107]

For the past three weeks, 4chan has been under a constant DDoS attack. We were able to filter this specific type of attack in a fashion that was more or less transparent to the end user. Unfortunately, as an unintended consequence of the method used, some Internet users received errant traffic from one of our network switches. A handful happened to be AT&T customers

Verizon ban

On February 4, 2010, 4chan started receiving reports from Verizon Wireless customers that they were having difficulties accessing the site's image boards. After investigating, moot found out that only traffic on port 80 to the boards.4chan.org domain was affected, leading members to believe that the block was intentional.[110] On February 7, 2010, Verizon Wireless confirmed that 4chan was "explicitly blocked".[111] The block was lifted several days later.[112]

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Simple English

4chan
URL http://www.4chan.org/
Type of site Imageboard
Need an account?No
Owned by moot
Created by moot
Date startedOctober 1, 2003

4chan is an English language website based on the Japanese Futaba Channel where people can post and discuss pictures and other images; sites like these are called imageboards. It was started in 2003 by "moot", who was 15 years old at the time. On the website, users post pictures and discuss them. When the site started it was for discussing Anime and Manga, but now many other topics are discussed.[1] One of the boards on the site, called "/b/", is dedicated to random discussions and is often mentioned in media.[2] Several Internet memes have started at 4chan, including lolcats and rickrolling.[3][4]

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