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  •  4chan? be weary (2+ / 0-)
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    smiley7, skohayes

    they're a bunch of hackers.  Some pretty radical.  Some involved in Anonymous but others are just anarchists.

    This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

    by DisNoir36 on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 05:24:24 AM PDT

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    •  Any links about 4chan? (0+ / 0-)

      "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

      by smiley7 on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 05:30:36 AM PDT

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      •  Oh god just go to wikipedia (1+ / 0-)
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        smiley7

        You'll get a sanitized idea of what 4chan is.

        It's an open, anonymous forum where people post all sorts of shit.  Some of it so vile that it makes freepers look sane by comparison.

        This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

        by DisNoir36 on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 05:40:55 AM PDT

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    •  A more accurate summation: (2+ / 0-)
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      MRobDC, smiley7

      4chan is a site consisting of multiple imageboards; a kind of commenting software where users can (and frequently are expected to) attach an image to their comment.

      The site is minimally regulated. Moderators police content that might result in damage to the site (e.g. child pornography), but are otherwise lax. A significant portion of site users take advantage of this laxity and delight in shocking others will all manner of offensive material.

      Speaking of the user base; they are a very large, very diverse group and arguably the originators of the moniker "Anonymous". (Traditionally, imageboards allow for but do not require user identification; so most posts are attributed to an anonymous user.)

      If I might borrow from tvtropes:

      "Take the worst or grimmest and darkest side of society, give them a place where all their sins are given free roam to be expressed, and collect it into a system that can just barely sustain itself and you get the Wretched Hive."
      Basically, it's the Mos Eisely Spaceport of the Internet.

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