"Shut the site down. It’s not doing the world any good. It’s a complete negative to everybody except the users that are there. And you know what? It’s a negative to them, too. They just don’t realize it."
- – Fredrick "Hotwheels" Brennan, 8chan's founder
Like 4chan is a ripoff of 2chan, 8chan (also known as 8ch, Infinitechan, fullchan, Cripplechan and Redchanit) was arguably the coat-tail rider of 4chan (which is ironic because 2channel, which 2chan is a spinoff of,
hosts 8chan's servers owns 8chan lock-stock-and-barrel as the "international 2channel"). It is the brainchild of a shameless faggot named Fredrick Brennan (also known as "Hotwheels," because he's a midget with brittle-bone disease permanently confined to his wheelchair) who conceptualized it during one of his shroom sessions. Hotwheels didn't like how imageboards like Wizardchan (which he was an admin for) and 4chon were run by admins who banned people left and right. His response to this was creating an imageboard where anyone could make and moderate their own board. Originally a deadchan like 7chan before it, it has been heavily populated by pissed off ex-4channers, the biggest spike (or "exodus") being caused by the deletion of GamerGate threads on 4chan and the subsequent shitstorm of AIDS created sitewide by janitors who felt that this was a good opportunity to show their true colors. After the traffic from this shitstorm (combined with DDoS attacks, CP spam from people trying to pass it off as "free speech", and the usual suspects from the AnonTalk days) kept knocking the site over Fredrick "partnered" with Jim Watkins, U.S. Army intelligence operative, professional crazy motherfucker and owner of 2channel. 8chan later came to be wholly owned and operated by NT Technologies, Jim's holding company; Brennan himself has long since cut all ties with it.
8chan /tg/ was much to its counterpart on 4chan, with some marked differences. By user consensus, it banned quest threads, putting them in their own containment board, /quests/ - this would later happen on 4chan's /tg/ as well under Hiroshima Nagasaki's reign. Aside from the removal of spam threads, moderation on 8/tg/ is minimal- and yes, this does include (spoilered) porn threads, a resurrection of the long-lost 'bitches for Thulsa Doom' threads. The "owner" of /tg/ on 8chan is called Chrow, and he is This Guy par excellence who is mostly hands-off in his work, but will drop the hammer when he needs to. Users appease him with pictures of crows whenever he shows up to mimic his use of pictures of crows whenever he posts.
But why leave?Edit
There are many reasons, but most of them boil down to "get quests and generals out of my fucking /tg/", "mods are fags", and "newfags ruined everything." You can read a thread about it here.
Notable Homebrews and Threads of LegendEdit
- Ætern Sector - A new sector for 40kRP, principally created by the tripfag known as Carstein Anon. Intended to be more serious and less full of wacky memes than the Tiji Sector before it. An ancient warp anomaly has attracted every good idea Games Workshop has ever had and abandoned to one sector of space, a great cosmic clock slowly counting down to midnight. When the bell tolls for the last time, what is released from the Forever Pit may threaten the entire galaxy.
- 8chan Wacky Races - a sitewide project spearheaded by /tg/; one anon observed that the 8chan topbar (which displayed the 25 most popular boards at any given time) looked kind of like a race, and hit upon the idea of drawing up all the major boards as if they were Wacky Races characters. Multiple boards jumped on the idea and submitted character concepts, and talks of a homebrew board game were in progress before the whole idea was shitcanned due to Jim Watkins removing the list of boards from the topbar.
- Transformative Thought Initiative - An attempt to reimagine the causes, processes and methods of the Taint as a concrete antagonist that can be dropped into any sufficiently modern campaign setting. Suffered death by skub, but not before coming up with some interesting ideas.
- Yu-Gi-Oh: The RPG - One day a faggot came to /tg/ asking to be spoonfed ideas for his YGO/D&D crossover. /tg/ said fuck that and wrote a Call of Cthulhu campaign setting based on the best parts of the manga and anime. Playing children's card games turns you into a duel-obsessed madman, every canon character becomes some flavor of horrible monster from seeking out the truth behind the game, and Thousand-Eyes Restrict is totally Yog-Sothoth. Way better than it has any right to be.
- The Nigguard - OP refluffs the Paladin by way of Moon Man. OP somehow manages to not be a faggot and create a mechanically interesting class ideal for calling That Guy's bluff when he suggests playing Racial Holy War.
- The rise, fall, and rise of the clover trees - Probably the most successful attempt to make a campaign setting based on imageboard culture so far, buoyed by post-exodus optimism. Full of awesome writefaggotry
/tg/ and other boardsEdit
As with many of 8chan's boards, /tg/ had a semi-official/constantly-debated list of sister boards, in other words ones whose subject matter overlaps enough that many posters use both boards frequently. This includes /his/, the slow but well-regarded History board, and /monster/, the much loved/hated font of Monstergirl waifus/autism, depending on who you ask. Another oft-debated sister board is /quest/, which has had wildly varying user numbers over the years and frequently searches to redefine itself. This is probably because most of the questfags stayed on 4chan.
Boards that aren't /tg/Edit
On 8chan, anyone could create any board, with the (ostensibly; Jim and his cabal of global volunteers have been known to ban your entire ISP if you call them out) only restrictions being those of US law. Most of them are made for a one-off joke or just die from inactivity, but others (like the ones named after 4chan boards) endure. Some of the more notable boards include:
- /bane/ - A meme board dedicated to analyzing the Plane Scene, aka the opening scene from The Dark Knight Rises. It is where roleplaying meets autism to the point where an entire mythology has been written about the scene. Moves VERY slowly, even by 8chan's /tg/ standards. Only jumps into the top 25 boards when something sufficiently meme-worthy pops up, like the Germanwings crash back in 2015 where just about everything seemed to be linked to the Plane Scene, or Donald Trump all but quoting Bane's speech on giving power back to the people.
- /baphomet/ - An attempt to return imageboards to the "hackers on steroids" era when /b/ could actually get shit done. Naturally it died when the board's owner got shot to death by the FBI after one of the moderators sold him out.
- /builders/ - A board similar to /qst/ except that it’s actually good and focuses more on making individual characters or nations.
- /christian/ - Religion? In my imageboard? It's more likely than you think: after decades of TV and movies telling people that Christians are dumb, being religious and moral is the new way to rebel, although most of the people there are seem to be quite aware about different aspects of faith rather than simply LARP (looking at you, /pol/) and there is known to be atleast one priest who frequently posted there. Far more overlap with /tg/ than you would expect, since Christianity related threads were always a thing on /tg/ and due to fact that large chunk of users are actual fa/tg/uys. This leads to interesting discussion when topics like historical roleplaying and world-building come up and occasional resurgence of clearly /tg/ threads. Asides all of this, its a no-brainer that 40k and its memes are quite popular there to say the least. Creator of Christ-chan, who is not rule 63 Jesus but instead a modest, pious young woman who lives according to Christian ideals and also your new waifu.
- /co/ - Made the leap to 8chan, partially because they were tired of ridiculous mods like Inspector Redwood, partially because they were tired of Tumblr shitting on everything and getting butthurt when their hugboxes are disrupted. Really hate modern art schools and animation networks for killing anything even remotely resembling talent in the animation industry and helping give SJWs a platform for infecting children with their foul heresy. Also really hate the Big Two comic publishers, for the same reasons in addition to /co/'s usual pack of grievances. When they're not being MEGA FUCKING PISSED AT EVERYTHING they also like photoshopping shitty webcomics like Questionable Content for the lulz, practicing their drawfag skills and trolling for porn of whatever loli they want to spam this week. Much more tolerant of anime than 4/co/; anything that aired on Toonami in the 90s is usually considered fair game, as is JoJo's Bizarre Adventure after a thread about the slow derailing of Adventure Time ended in "let's make Finn a Joestar."
- /d/ - Yup, it's there. Yup, it's dead. Still great for PROMOTIONS though.
- /leftpol/ - A board that split off of /leftypol/ when the mods started banning people for liking Rojava. Tends to lean more towards Anarchism than its sister board. Also surprisingly level-headed compared to it's /leftypol/, or even /pol/ for that matter.
- /leftypol/ - Thanks to the magic of user-created boards the radical-left contingent of /pol/ can get out from under the relentless sliding and show itself. Loves communism. Infamous for employing bots and scripts to stay in the top 25 despite the fact that they are a minority of a minority and everyone thinks they're little shits (actually, they're exactly like /pol). Has gone through several ideological shifts but is now predominantly Marxist-Leninist.
- /m/ - Mecha AND TOKU! Suck it not-/m/ naysayers! It exists but, even with the presence of some of /m/'s actually-good tripfags, it's almost as dead as the original yellow ranger.
- /pone/ - It's /mlp/.
- /monster/ - Monstergirls. Calls itself "The last bastion of romance." /monster/ is very strict in what it considers to be kosher to post and mods will act quickly against that which is deemed haram - which generally means any monstergirl not adhering to the basic rules of Kencou Cross' Monster Girl Encyclopedia, particularly the "all monstergirls will hook up with any man, and the first guy they bang is the one they marry" law. They consider /tg/'s love for kobolds and other distinctly non-human looking monstergirls degenerate, while /tg/ considers /monster/ to be full of autists. The fact that they independently discovered the quest thread from first principles, had /tg/ warn them that they would push out all the actual discussion, and then let it happen anyway certainly doesn't endear them to the average 8chan fa/tg/uy. An easy way to troll /monster/ is to say that they're just furries in denial: they will immediately sperg out and spend no less than 300 replies claiming that it's totally different with them, thereby proving you right. The heirs to /sp/'s GETball dynasty after the latter flew the coop.
- /sp/ - When 4chan started overmoderating to make the site more salable in the wake of GamerGate, /sp/ practically sprinted to 8chan flipping Moot the double birds the entire time. They then proceeded to do what they always do: meme on everyone else and treat national sports as the farce they are. 8/sp/ is also credited with the invention of GETball, the official sport of the imageboard community. At one point, the original /sp/ board owner got kicked out under false pretenses by Frederick Brennan and replaced by one of his IRC buddies; the /sp/tans proceeded to run out of 8chan flipping the double birds and roved from deadchan to deadchan for a while before founding a site of their own.
- /sw/ A board about Star Wars. Hates Disney, loves the old Expanded Universe. Given the number of Star Wars /tg/ products released and the fact that the Expanded Universe outright began with fluff for Star Wars RPG the overlap is obvious.
- /v/ - The reason we're in this mess. Started out as a paradise for people to talk about video games instead of dragon dildos, but then
the Fire NationReddit showed up in force when GamerGate became popular and turned it into a slower version of 4/v/, i.e. shit. The fact that the board's owner, Mark Mann, is every Jewish stereotype in the book minus the part where his schemes actually make him money doesn't help either. One good thing that comes of Mark being a fag is that he constantly spams the board on Twitter, which means developers like Yoko Taro and Running With Scissors will occasionally pop by to say hello.
- /vore/ - Unlike 4chan's /d/, 8chan's /d/ decided that vore was too sick and twisted a fetish to tolerate on-board, and told all the vorefags to fuck off. Given that 8chan's whole thing is that users can create their own boards, the result was that all the vorefags got together and made their own /d/-offshoot board just for their fetish.
- /wx/ - The official board for PROMOTIONS.
- /vp/ - The PROMOTIONS board for /v/irgins.
Current Events and ControversyEdit
For an overview of why 8chan is under fierce media scrutiny right now, see /pol/.
8chan has been blocked in Italy due to child pornography.
The shooting in El Paso, Texas on the 3rd of August was meant to mirror the Christchurch attacks and it was widely reported that the manifesto of the shooter, who claimed to be acting to protect the environment from the American lifestyle, was posted on 8chan's /pol/ a little under 30 minutes before the shooting. This comes after both the Christchurch shooter and the Poway shooter manifestos were widely reposted on 8chan. Former admin Hotwheels, who had by now distanced himself from the site and most of his older views, said to "shut it down," saying that the site isn't good for anybody. This controversy caused DDOS protection Cloudflare to drop the site, despite their earlier claims such actions would be a terrible attack on free speech. 8ch briefly went live with an alternative DDOS protection (the same one that served The Daily Stormer, no less), but that service rented hardware from Voxility who cut them off after learning what they were hosting on their servers. This left 8ch dead again. For multiple days 8ch was viewable read only, without images, with direct IP connection, but this too has gone offline. Despite multiple attempts to make a comeback, the site has only managed to cling to life with the help of a shady Russian webhosting company known for hosting phishing scams and ransomware.