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Christopher Poole

  1. After More Than a Decade, Christopher “moot” Poole Steps Down as Sole Administrator of 4chan

    The Internet is serious business.

    Whether you see 4chan as the necessary downside of the benefits of a truly anonymous internet, as a wretched hive of scum and villainy that should be nuked from orbit, or somewhere in between, the resignation of Christopher Poole, the website's founder (until now) and only administrator is still a pretty big deal.

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  2. 4chan Founder Christopher Poole’s SXSW Speech [Video]

    At South by Southwest this year, 4chan founder Christopher Poole delivered an interesting speech in which he (to no one's surprise) supported Internet anonymity, as well as called the imageboard, as well as its infamous subforum, /b/, misunderstood.

    "4Chan is misunderstood – people like to think that /b/ is the dark heart of the internet. It isn't just that. People want to think everyone on 4Chan is a young rambunctious male. That's not accurate – it's a wide range of people using it. One of the things that 4Chan does that's really special is the way people come together to collaborate en masse. It's the process at which you arrive at the product that is fascinating."
    Poole also discussed Facebook honcho Mark Zuckerberg, declaring Zuckerberg's views on anonymity incorrect.
    "Zuckerberg's totally wrong on anonymity being total cowardice. Anonymity is authenticity. It allows you to share in a completely unvarnished, raw way. The cost of failure is really high when you're contributing as yourself."
    He also discussed a mistake he feels he made with 4chan, which is believing the community can police itself, given the right tools.
    "One of the mistakes I've made is believing in an invisible guiding hand as far as moderation goes. And that if you give the community the right structure they could police themselves. "I've underestimated the value of having a real staff presence, and encouraging them to police the boards behind the scenes. When it's not clear that we're leading things it's like we're not there and that we don't care – it's extremely detrimental to community."
    Head on past the break to watch the other two parts from Poole's speech, which features some behind-the-scenes information, including popular memes like CAPTCHArt.

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  3. 4chan Down Due to DDoS Attack

    Notorious website of notoriety is currently down; even if you manage to get on the site's frontpage, which as of posting could take well over a minute, the boards and images are all offline. According to site administrator Christopher "moot" Poole, the site is down "due to DDoS. We now join the ranks of MasterCard, Visa, PayPal, et al.—an exclusive club!" As of posting, confirms that the site is down. Yesterday, Internet vigilante group Anonymous, which has loose ties with some 4chan forumers, launched a DDoS attack against Bank of America's website, an act of retaliation which they said came in response to Bank of America's refusal to process payments or donations to WikiLeaks. Placing bets on which group could be behind this. Banks that cut off WikiLeaks' funding and were hit with DDoSes this past month retaliating? Tumblr kids who still take the 4chan/Tumblr war seriously? 4chan? (4chan status via Slashdot.)

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  4. 5 Self-Illustrative Guides to Trolling

    Trolling, or "posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking other users into a desired emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion" (h/t Wikipedia), is the hot new Internet trend, and a guaranteed way to increase your social media currency.

    But the million-dollar question is: How can aspiring viral marketers harness the power of trolling for greater user engagement in online communities? These five self-illustrative trolling guides will show you the way:

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  5. Now Watchable: 4Chan Founder Christopher “moot” Poole’s TED Talk

    Christopher Poole, a.k.a. moot, stumbled upon a Japanese forum and subsequently launched an Internet empire. So large and interesting an empire, in fact, that he was invited to speak at TED. The talk covers a surprisingly broad subject matter in such a short time. From the origins of the site to its social impact, he covers nearly everything about the what, where, why, and when, and distinct lack of a who behind his chaotic forum. In the brief Q&A after his talk, Poole is pressed to defend the supreme message of anonymity he advocates, and he does a great job. Other excerpts from the video include parental response, former music stars jumping out of floats, why his site's viewers are better than CSI, marble cake, and the game.

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