You don’t really need to read this. I’m making this .doc as a means of preserving important data about 4chan, its culture and its history in case the original sources go down (And they did). Think of this as a time vault for the long future (as long as my hard drive doesn’t die and somebody downloads this). For some, reading this may feel like a chore.
Most content is based from (AKA Copy pasted, mixed and made sense of) content already written by various sources. All content post 2012 is from personal, firsthand experience and second hand accounts.
This particular .doc contains:
A summary of 4chan’s history, adapted and updated from an existing summary on GitHub’s Bibanon Wiki, created by Shii.
A small summary of the users that composed 4chan and /b/ over the years, assembled in generations.
A modified (mixed and revamped) 4chan timeline originally from Wikichan that was hanging around different sites for years, in many different versions. It includes information on 2chan and the forerunners of the imageboards and textboards.
A timeline about the known dates of all board additions.
A list all of known staff members, their activities and shenanigans. You shouldn’t take this information as absolute facts, however, as information about the staff is always filled with rumours and in-jokes.
A list of sources and useful links, dead legacy links and resources.
If you have any information that you believe is wrong or does not appear on this .doc please point it out, or if I don’t respond, put it in yourself, just make sure that it mixes with the rest of the article, has a proper source, and that it’s clear it’s a newer version.
This .doc is built with impartiality and objectivity in mind, while some partiality is inevitable, the objective of the .doc is to be an objective summary and timeline of all things 4chan.
The most focused on board is /b/. It doesn’t mean other boards won’t be mentioned, as the document is meant to be as extensive as possible, but while modern day /b/ is not what it was, it still has the greatest amount of recorded history, saved images and screenshots, enough to write this summary. The rest of the boards, save some exceptions, lack such information, so most of their history them will be rather modern.
This .doc should not be attributed to anyone, as it’s made by anonymous, for anonymous.
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(Oct 2003 –Apr 2004) 4chan is founded in 2003 as an English-language version of Futaba Channel. The site introduces a simpler and freer method of communication that Something Awful users have always dreamed of. It soon becomes wildly popular as a new home for banned ADTRW refugees and #Rapsberry_Heaven goons, who in turn spread word across the internet. 4chan links quickly replace Futaba Channel and world2ch links on ADTRW. Once Lowtax begins to create a Soviet-style police state of arbitrary rules on SA (which cost users their $10 accounts), 4chan quickly rose beyond the tired, old site.
Many users from Something Awful used 4chan to transgress the old ways. After years of being on sites like SA or Newgrounds, which had a very restrictive moderation in terms of allowed content and expression, expression which was, in short, to act really fucking stupid. The unexpected freedom that 4chan offered led the young 4channers to post all manners of forbidden content, the most notorious example being lolikon. By day one, /b/ was already filled to the brim with such images. moot didn’t like the idea of having forty years old pedophiles posting lolis all over the site, even though he considered /b/ to be a retard bin since its creation. He created the boards /l/ - lolikon and /g/ - guro to redirect them somewhere else. Those boards would later give him a lot of problems regarding hosting.
The cultural elements 4chan draw from SA and 2chan – Silliness from ADTRW, aggressiveness from FYAD and Japanese jokes from 2chan would prove to be a very attractive mix to people bored with normal manners. During it first years 4chan would be defined as a place where people came to transgress society, to say things for which they would be ridiculed or shunned on if done in real life – Black comedy, silly attitudes and racist jokes1 solidified 4chan’s reputation a place where people would come to be both silly and hostile.
The massive popularity of 4chan quickly becomes taxing, and moot just barely manages to keep it alive, through ads or donations. The controversial content becomes a major point of contention, forcing 4chan out of hosting at least 3 times. The majority of the anime boards take shape during this time, and the first tenets of 4chan culture are created under influence by ADTRW, FYAD2, world2ch and 2chan. During a particularly hard time, moot decided he had enough of 4chan and shuts it down, killing it for the fourth time.