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What is 4chan?

SolventSolvent Econ-artistกรุงเทพมหานครRegistered User regular
edited January 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
So been wondering for a while now...

What the hell is 4chan? I see it mentioned in Debate & Discourse from time to time (and in this forum as well) like it is some kind of insidious force, or a haven for sick freaks, that has entered common knowledge. But I'm out of date, or something.

For example, see this thread.

Satiate my curiosity, H&A.

I don't know where he got the scorpions, or how he got them into my mattress.

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  • Bob The MonkeyBob The Monkey Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    The level of hell Dante forgot to mention.

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  • SolventSolvent Econ-artist กรุงเทพมหานครRegistered User regular
    edited January 2008
    See now, that's not helpful.

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  • 28682868 Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    dude wikipedia: 4chan

    easy.

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  • Matt_SMatt_S Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Imagine middle school.
    Imagine every middle school male in the US, rounded together and put into one giant middle school.
    Now imagine that annoying guy who hangs out with you - even though you don't like him - that is stupid as shit and makes jokes that lost their funny value in the seventh grade.
    Imagine him, and every other annoying guy just like him, in this giant middle school.
    Now add an unhealthy amount of boredom.

    That is a somewhat accurate description of 4chan.

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  • LuxLux Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    4chan is an image board where a lot of stupid internet memes begin.

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  • noobertnoobert Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Not as bad as it used to be, or so i'm told.

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  • LifeVirusZEROLifeVirusZERO Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Matt_S wrote: »
    Imagine middle school.
    Imagine every middle school male in the US, rounded together and put into one giant middle school.
    Now imagine that annoying guy who hangs out with you - even though you don't like him - that is stupid as shit and makes jokes that lost their funny value in the seventh grade.
    Imagine him, and every other annoying guy just like him, in this giant middle school.
    Now add an unhealthy amount of boredom.

    That is a somewhat accurate description of 4chan.


    QFT

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  • JasconiusJasconius sword criminal mad onlineRegistered User regular
    edited January 2008
    It is large forum for posting images. I think it was inspired by a similar japanese web site.

    It is notoriously regarded as a pit of hell unless you are between 12 and 17. So the first reply was pretty much right.

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  • theSquidtheSquid Sydney, AustraliaRegistered User regular
    edited January 2008
    No doubt you're going to go there just to see what all the hoo-hah is about, so advice: most of the boards are full of generic unmoderated forum crap. I idolise this place as a direct result of seeing how bad forums can be. The 18+ is obviously pretty much porn, and /b/ is probably the most terrifying place on the internet, and what most people refer to when they speak of 4chan's horrors. If you absolutely must go there, put something to throw up in next to your keyboard - you will need it.

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  • RegrettableRegrettable Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Hahaha, from the front page
    What is 4chan?

    4chan is a simple image-based bulletin board where anyone can post comments and share images. 4chan's collaborative-community format is copied from one of the most popular forums in Japan, Futaba Channel. Different boards are dedicated to different topics, from Japanese anime, manga, and culture to videogames, music, and photography. Users do not need to register a username before participating in the community. Feel free to click on a board that interests you, and jump right in—anyone can contribute!

    That's a reasonable enough description of most of the boards, but what people tend to mean when they say 4chan is /b/, the random board, which is a board where pretty much any subject matter/content goes, and most everyone posts anonymously. Posters on /b/ are characterised (mostly by themselves) as the worst the internet has to offer, but in reality it's basically just a bunch of 13 year olds engaged in an eternal pissing contest. There's a lot of gross shit on there, occasionally some funny things, but more than anything it's just a tedious shithole.

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  • AftyAfty Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    theSquid wrote: »
    No doubt you're going to go there just to see what all the hoo-hah is about

    I did and i wish i hadn't

    Note to self - do not learn what 4chan is and visit the /b/ bit at work. EVER AGAIN. i scrolled down to a picture called "man train". That was not good.

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  • Gabriel_PittGabriel_Pitt (effective against Russian warships) Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Jasconius wrote: »
    It is large forum for posting images. I think it was inspired by a similar japanese web site.
    In it's defense, 2channel is a much nicer place to be.

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  • BulbasaurBulbasaur Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Jasconius wrote: »
    It is large forum for posting images. I think it was inspired by a similar japanese web site.
    In it's defense, 2channel is a much nicer place to be.

    Someone has never accidentally ended up in the Guro/Scat section when they were checking out 2channel.

    With respect to 4chan as far as I can see besides /b/ which is it's own microcosm I don't really see the other (SFW) boards as being even close to it's equivalent they often have legitimate discussions on the anime or vg boards. Though nothing redeems /b/.

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  • TavTav Irish Minister for DefenceRegistered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Anything even remotely funny that's posted on 4chan will be copied and reposted on the internet a million fucking times over. The only thing worth while on 4chan is the wallpaper section, and even at that the 7chan one is generally better.

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  • KyouguKyougu Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    I actually heard in a G&T thread that 12chan is worse.

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  • FlyingmanFlyingman Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Afty wrote: »
    theSquid wrote: »
    No doubt you're going to go there just to see what all the hoo-hah is about

    I did and i wish i hadn't

    Note to self - do not learn what 4chan is and visit the /b/ bit at work. EVER AGAIN. i scrolled down to a picture called "man train". That was not good.

    Oh fantastic, the mere mention of that will give me nightmares...

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  • kathoskathos Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    It's where all internet memes start. And subsequently recycled on every other internet site.

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  • DasUberEdwardDasUberEdward Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    There are actually portions of 4chan that intelligent and helpful. You just have to remember. If the board background is a blue shade you're in the clear. If it's yellow then expect terrible terrible things.

    While it has cleaned up some there is a big push to bring it back into the days where dead babies were standard fare. When most people refer to 4chan they are referencing the "random" section of the site or /b/

    Just avoid it. You shouldn't like it (god I hope you don't like it) and they won't like you. You'll be a better person for it, really. But if not, enjoy.

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  • FlyingmanFlyingman Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Anon get up to some shennanigans, like the recent Scientology leak.

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  • DasUberEdwardDasUberEdward Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Flyingman wrote: »
    Anon get up to some shennanigans, like the recent Scientology leak.

    As much as I hate to say it, anon is no match for scientology.

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  • FlyingmanFlyingman Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Flyingman wrote: »
    Anon get up to some shennanigans, like the recent Scientology leak.

    As much as I hate to say it, anon is no match for scientology.

    Shhhhhhh they might be listening...

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  • zerg rushzerg rush Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    www.4chan.org

    To give you a little more practical information on 4chan, it isn't exactly the cesspit of hate that everyone here is describing it as. The first and most important thing to know about it is that it is entirely anonymous. The Penny-Arcade forums are fairly anonymous given that nobody here knows your real name or where you live or anything. In 4chan, they largely don't use names whatsoever, so the default state is that you have no clue who is posting.
    There are also two parts to 4chan, there is /b/ and there is everything else. The rest of 4chan isn't so bad, they usually stay relatively on topic and polite. That is to say, I wouldn't say it is significantly worse than SE++ for example. If you want to go check it out, I'd suggest trying the creative channels first, as they tend to be the most constructive and friendly (photography, origami, artwork critique). On the other hand, /b/ is the distilled essence of everything that is most hateful about 4chan. It's also the funniest.

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  • RaggaholicRaggaholic Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Kyougu wrote: »
    I actually heard in a G&T thread that 12chan is worse.
    The one time I went to 12chan, it seemed like it was nothing BUT child porn. I've never been back.

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  • DasUberEdwardDasUberEdward Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Raggaholic wrote: »
    Kyougu wrote: »
    I actually heard in a G&T thread that 12chan is worse.
    The one time I went to 12chan, it seemed like it was nothing BUT child porn. I've never been back.

    It should be noted that 12chan consist of the people kicked off of 4chan. So yeah, that's about accurate.

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  • Forbe!Forbe! Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Solvent wrote: »
    What the hell is 4chan?

    An internet image forum based off a popular Japaneses forum.

    The forum is most known for its sub forum '/b/' (or 'RANDOM') which is popular due to its lack of rules and the forced anonymity. Essentially, it is a haven for trolls. The board is based off of a vast collection of memes originating, usually upon happenings in the forums. Over time they become obscured and nonsensical. Really, it is just a forum that exists upon tons of inside jokes, that one would only get if they have been there for some time (frequently they will tell you to 'lurk more'. The other forums aren't nearly as bad as /b/, but that isn't saying much.

    Forumers that frequent /b/ are referred to as '/b/tards'. /b/tards sometimes say, "Raiding 4chan is like pissing into an ocean of piss". Which I find to be an accurate statement. 4chan really is an ocean of piss, and lolz.

    I find 4chan, and mostly /b/ to be an interesting social experiment. It shows what people will do when given nearly complete anonymity, and a place to gather.

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  • TubeTube Registered User admin
    edited January 2008
    well that's quite enough about 4chan

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