What happens when the Web's most notorious troll forum pranks itself?

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Funny that the biggest prank on 4chan—a site known for the meanest pranks on the Internet—is on its users: a fleeting glimpse of what 4chan used to be.

If the forum r/ShitRedditSays (SRS) is Reddit's rambunctious neighborhood watch, a place where users publicly shame others for misogynistic, racist, and just downright nasty content, 4chan's Shit4chanSays (S4S) is what happens when the watch sets fire to the neighborhood.

Shit4chanSays is 4chan's ingenious April Fools' Day prank, a jab at Reddit's controversial r/ShitRedditSays and the demonic stepbrother of /b/, the community's most notorious forum and home for all things random, pornographic, and violent.

The "objective" of Shit4chanSays is to call out anyone for posting "bigoted, creepy, misogynistic, transphobic, racist, homophobic" content. (Ironic, because that description applies to nearly 100 percent of the content on /b/.) If you can't find anything offensive, Shit4chanSays encourages you to "check your privilege."*

But rather than restore order, Shit4chanSays is pure chaos. It's a random collection of anime porn, online oddities, and other nonsense. And just for fun, some images actually fulfill the board's purpose of calling out bad behavior.

Users began to enjoy the forum unironically. "This board is actually pretty great," one wrote. "It's kinda what /b/ used to be, before we got those rules for what we're allowed to post there, and everyone just posting porn all the time. Just random non-sense and fun. Gonna be sad to see it go so soon."

All good April Fools' Day pranks must come to an end. Shit4chanSays is allegedly slated for deletion around 1:30pm ET. Funny that the biggest prank on 4chan—a site known for the meanest pranks on the Internet—is on its users: a fleeting glimpse of what 4chan used to be.

Image via Shit4chanSays

*A popular online expression used to "remind others that the body and life they are born into comes with specific privileges that do not apply to all arguments or situations," KnowYourMeme reports.

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4chan is a complicated community to say the least. The free anonymous imageboard, which brought us popular memes like lolcats and Rickrolling and helped spawn the hacker collective Anonymous, has often been on the cutting edge of internet culture. Started by Christopher “moot” Poole in his parents’ New York apartment in October 2003, the site has consistently pushed the boundaries of decency and defined the slang we casually use online.
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