- 10.27.10 - 2:00PM
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- Cole Stryker
A 4chan Directory - The 48 Forums on 4chan That Aren't /b/
All the attention goes to 4chan's subforum /b/, a "no rules" board on which antisocial activity flourishes. They're largely responsible for the infamous attacks on Scientology from a few years back, and more recently the raid on the RIAA and MPAA websites. On this site I've covered /b/'s hack of the Time 100 list and their effort to send Justin Bieber to North Korea, among others.
Urlesque reader Thanquee wrote the following:
I DO wish people would stop calling /b/ 4chan. /b/ is only a part of 4chan - a large part, but only a part. There are many other boards like /tg/, /toy/, /fa/ and /fit/ (traditional games, toys and figurines, fashion and fitness)that I frequent that are much nicer than /b/ and don't go in for the whole 'HURR LETS RAID DEM FOR BEIN DUMB' schtick. I think it shouldn't be just /b/ that gets the spotlight either. /v/ (video games), for example, is a huge and fascinating community that I'd love to see given coverage.
I just hate it when people call /b/ 4chan because when I'm browsing /tg/ or something people ask what I'm looking at and then they smile knowingly 'Oh, 4chan' as if I'm immersed in this world of raids, fringe pornography and racism.
Thanquee's right. We often use the term "4chan" to describe the activity on /b/ because it's more familiar nomenclature, but it's unfair to lump the other 48 boards in with /b/. So that's why I've prepared this guide to 4chan's 48 lesser-known boards.
Be warned, even though most of the boards are safe for work, it's still 4chan. Be careful when clicking through, because even heavily moderated boards still host NSFW content now and then.
You'll find questions that range from, "How can I get past my shyness to talk to the girl I like in homeroom" to "I'm applying to art school and need to build a portfolio. What should I include?" to "What's this rash on my arm and how can I treat it w/o seeing a doctor?"
In the words of Munroe:
There would be no "all your base are belong to us", no "lol", no "asl", no "there are no girls on the internet". No "I know rite", no "hi everyone", no "morning sucks." Just thoughtful, full sentences.
And it seems to work, to some extent. The content is notably more sophisticate than the anarchy on /b/.
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