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Swastikas, porn, and feels: 4chan users explain 4chan to us

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With more than 22 million unique visitors each month, 4chan attracts a whole lot of different people from all walks of life.

Some are anime fans, who visit /a/ and /jp/ for the latest discourse on novels, TV shows, and movies. Some are surrealists in search of little green men and the true meaning of life on /x/. And most are troublemakers, the pranksters who have made /b/ one of the most obscene and pornographic places on the Internet.

Either way, 4chan is something a little different to everybody. So on the imageboard's 10th anniversary, I wanted to know exactly what that was. 
 

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As I waited in line for 4chan founder Christopher “moot” Poole’s panel at Anime Weekend Atlanta Saturday night, I simply asked patrons, “What does 4chan mean to you?” In the spirit of the anonymity all 4chan users enjoy on the site, I didn’t want to know their names or where they were from. All I wanted was brutal honesty.

This is what 21 people had to share.


 

Photos by Fernando Alfonso III