4 Chan.

Mr. Tea

Shub-Niggurath, Please
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I don't know if you'd have met this bloke Ollie? I can't remember...unsurprisingly.
Haha, I know you didn't mean Rich. I'd assumed it was our preternaturally handsome Nordic friend. But you know that I know him, so it's obviously someone else.
 

Mr. Tea

Shub-Niggurath, Please
Staff member
My first memory of the internet is my friend downloading a "recording" of Donald Duck getting a blowjob.
This was obviously a rite of passage for young men of a certain age.

(Having said that, I think I'm a decade older than you, so either this has been doing the rounds for a very, very long time, or you heard it when you were about six.)
 

Corpsey

call me big papa
I wonder how many of us have had that experience of exploring horrible things online and then finding that one photo/video that made you think "noooooo, not doing this anymore". Something you can't unsee. Something that will haunt you forever if you're not careful.
 

luka

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Staff member
whats the /b/ that poetix said he used to go on? is that b for beheading?
 

Corpsey

call me big papa
I never saw any of those. I'd crossed the line long before ISIS appeared on the scene.

Now that I say that, though, I can't remember what 'the line' actually was. I remember seeing a video alleged to depict Sadaam Hussain-authorised torture which made me 'nope' out, perhaps that was it?
 

Corpsey

call me big papa
The "random" board, /b/, follows the design of Futaba Channel's Nijiura board. It was the first board created, and was described in 2009 as 4chan's most popular board, accounting for 30% of site traffic at the time.[77][78] Gawker's Nick Douglas summarized /b/ as a board where "people try to shock, entertain, and coax free porn from each other."[10] /b/ has a "no rules" policy, except for bans on certain illegal content, such as child pornography, invasions of other websites (posting floods of disruptive content), 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 administrators and moderators, which means that users may be banned at any time, for any reason, including no reason at all.[79] 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] Christopher Poole 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.[80]

The humor of /b/'s many users, who refer to themselves as "/b/tards",[80][81] is often incomprehensible to newcomers and outsiders, and is characterized by intricate inside jokes and dark comedy.[81] 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.[80][82] The New York Observer has described posters as "immature pranksters whose bad behavior is encouraged by the site's total anonymity and the absence of an archive".[83] 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 [sic]".[10] Mattathias Schwartz of The New York Times likened /b/ to "a high-school bathroom stall, or an obscene telephone party line",[80] 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".[81]

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.[84] A sign of 4chan's scaling, according to Poole, was when GETs lost meaning due to the high post rate resulting in a GET occurring every few weeks. He estimated /b/'s post rate in July 2008 to be 150,000–200,000 posts per day.[85]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4chan#cite_note-blog-86
 

yyaldrin

in je ogen waait de wind
My first memory of the internet is my friend downloading a "recording" of Donald Duck getting a blowjob. Also the Papa Smurf, Can I Lick Your Ass? song.
huh? i can't see your posts anymore? it keeps saying this: "You are ignoring content by this member. Show ignored content"

how do i unignore you? i can't remember changing any settings.

edit: never mind, found it!
 

luka

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Staff member
probably every clever to genius level western kid under the age of 30 has frequented 4 chan. the talent pool there is sickening. i was so far below the intelligence requirements that when i tried to check it out when it was starting to get famous i just couldnt work out how to access it at all. i didnt know what was going on and had to quit after 5 minutes of frustration so i only know its products second hand
 

Mr. Tea

Shub-Niggurath, Please
Staff member
what 4 chan boards did you go on Mr Tea?
Lol. I can honestly say I've never posted on either 4chan or 8chan. My introduction to social media was the b3ta messageboards, which had a lot of off-colour or simply puerile humour, but nothing hate-oriented or any shock stuff.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
Early internet staples:

Ampland.com - porn (30 second video clips, that's all we had back then, you don't know you're born)
Rotten.com - pictures of the exploded heads of people who'd shot themselves, etc.
Lyricist Lounge - a message board for 'text-cees' or 'net-cees', we would have battles
UGHH.COM - this is where i'd download the 6 second loops of underground rap instrumentals that i'd then practice rapping over

The internet was truly shit back then.
Sounds pretty much like now but shorter.
 

WashYourHands

Well-known member
So ancient I can barely keep up with the lexicon. Didn’t know what a normie was until a few years ago. The adoption of ‘cringe’ etc. Most of that boils down to tune hunting as leisure time activity. The dissociative reality is particular unhealthy, pretty brutal. Every few years you see something that can’t be unseen. A beheading. An MS13 torture clip quick click back/close window episode, even an email forwarded by drunk friends.

Desensitising yourself to trauma, moral abhorrent political extremes, perversions et al add to tumultuous times. Gone are the days when your only reason for being was fingerbanging your first female conquest and finding a jazz mag in a hedgerow.
 

Corpsey

call me big papa
Good point re being unable to understand the lingo. That's an important part of it, isn't it.

Probably not the same thing but makes me wonder about the youth of today's response to the internet making their culture immediately subject to appropriation.

How do you carve out your own slanguage when fucking NatWest are tweeting in it within weeks?
 

luka

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Staff member
"How do you carve out your own slanguage when fucking NatWest are tweeting in it within weeks?"

by making it all about drugs and murder
 

luka

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Staff member
uk drill contains the most densely encoded, crytic, impenatrable language ive ever heard
 
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