FAQ - 8chan

  1. What is 8chan?
  2. What is an imageboard?
  3. How is 8chan run?
  4. How do I create a new thread?
  5. How do I reply to a thread?
  6. How do I reply to another poster?
  7. Are there any global rules regarding content?
  8. How do I format my text?
  9. What is sage?
  10. What is a tripcode?
  11. What is Alacrity?
  12. A thread has been deleted but I'm still able to open it. Why is this?
  13. A thread 404'd out of nowhere, but it is not deleted. How do I fix it?
  14. How does [Screencap] work?
  15. What are these featured boards at the top?
  16. Is there a way to tell if I'm banned?
  17. Where is the mobile app?
  18. Where is the archive?
  19. What is the best way to contact the 8chan administration?
  20. Do you have a privacy policy?
  21. Which boards are global and owned by the 8chan administration?
  22. Could you add a new feature?
  23. 8chan's onion service is giving me an error. Did you discontinue Tor support?
  24. I am getting infinite captchas when I try to post with my VPN. Did you globally ban it or are you not allowing VPNs to post?
  25. I am getting X error when trying to post, am I banned?
  26. Can I donate to 8chan?
  27. I would like to advertise on 8ch.net, is this possible?
  28. I saw an ad that I believe violates global rules, how can I report it?
  29. I created a board, how do I manage it?
  30. How do I add more volunteers?
  31. How do I post as a volunteer on my board?
  32. Help! My board has been deleted!
  33. I lost ownership of my board, what happened?
  34. Help! The owner of X board is doing something I don't like! Remove him!
  35. Are there any publicly available statistics?
  36. I want my board to show up in the recommended board list!
  37. I got an email from an @8chan.co email address. Is that you?
  38. Can I have a list of all API endpoints for getting raw data from 8chan?
  39. I would like to contribute a translation in my language.
  40. What is the 8chan Nerve Center?

What is 8chan?

8ch.net is a website running OpenIB as a result of the 2017 April Fools' Day hack. OpenIB is a security-focused version of infinity, an open-source software that allows anyone to create and manage their own anonymous imageboard without any programming or webhosting experience for free. infinity is based on vichan (pronounced sixchan), which in turn stems from an older, abandoned project called Tinyboard.

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What is an imageboard?

An imageboard lets you post text and images anonymously (without a name) about any topic - or no topic at all. Unlike forums, imageboards do not hold or store old content permanently and old threads are pruned as new ones are created.

The imageboard format has several advantages over traditional forums:

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How is 8chan run?

8chan is a service that hosts a large selection of imageboards to browse. The individual boards that make up 8chan are maintained by their respective owners, who are not affiliated with the 8chan administration.

The 8chan global staff maintains and improves the site and protects it from illegal content and spam. The 8chan administration does not enforce any rules other than the 8chan global rule. Any complaints about the content, management, or moderation of a board should be addressed to the owner of said board, unless it violates the laws of the United States of America - because that is where the servers are located - or 8chan's global policy.

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How do I create a new thread?

Navigate to the board you would like to post on, fill out the post form, and click on New Thread. On most boards, you are required to upload an image, but, if you do not have one, you can also draw a picture by using the oekaki applet ([Show post options & limits] > Show oekaki applet). No board requires you to provide a name or email address.

By clicking on [Show post options & limits], you can also choose a flag (if available on the board where you want to post), embed video links, choose not to bump, and spoiler images.

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How do I reply to a thread?

On 8chan, threads are ordered from newest (top) to oldest (bottom), while replies are ordered from oldest (top) to newest (bottom). To reply to a thread, click on [Reply] on any thread on a board's index page or, from a board's catalog, click on any thread tile.

Enter your reply in the Comment field. Once it is posted, your reply will be highlighted in the thread.

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How do I reply to another poster?

Click on the number of the post you wish to reply to. A Quick Reply box will pop up automatically, prepopulated with the post number you are replying to. Enter your reply under the post number and click on New Reply. When someone replies to you, you will see (You) after the post number as a hint.

If you wish to delete a post you made or an image you posted, you can do so by clicking on the triangle on the left side of your post. Board owners may disable self-deletion, so it might not always be an option.

You can also report, hide, or filter other posts by clicking on the triangle.

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Are there any global rules regarding content?

Only one:

Do not post, request, or link to any content that is illegal in the United States of America and do not create boards with the sole purpose of posting or spreading such content.

Other than that, you are free to make whatever rules you want on your board.

For more information on the United States obscenity laws and how they relate to 8chan boards, please click here. For more information about the Dost test, please click here.

In short, 8chan considers all nude images of children to be child pornography and they will be deleted and the posting address will be banned, if viable. Just who is this 8chan person anyway?

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How do I format my text?

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What is sage?

Posters may reply to threads without bumping them to the top of the index or the catalog by entering sage in the email field or checking the Do not bump box in the reply window (Show post options & limits > Options > Do not bump).

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What is a tripcode?

Most posts on 8chan are made anonymously, but this is not the only way to post. The Name field can be used to establish identity as follows:

  1. By simply entering a name in the Name field. This is not secure, since any other poster is able to use the same name;
  2. By entering one # character and a password in the Name field. Adding #example to the Name field would generate !KtW6XcghiY. This is reasonably secure - however, with increasing GPU speeds, these tripcodes may be cracked in a few days by a dedicated attacker;
  3. By entering two # characters and a password in the Name field. Adding ##example to the Name field would generate !!Dz.MSNRw9M. This is quite secure, but it relies on a secret salt on the server. This means the code will not work on websites other than 8chan;
  4. Board owners and volunteers may capcode by entering ## Board Owner or ## Board Volunteer in the Name field, depending on their respective positions.

Please note: on 8chan, board owners may disable the Name field by clicking on Settings and checking the Forced anonymous box. Additionally, users are able to anonymize all posts on any 8chan board by clicking on [Options] (top-right corner) and checking the Forced anonymity box under General. This is because many users (including board owners) do not like people using tripcodes if there is no proper reason for it.

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What is Alacrity?

Alacrity, also known as the Alacrity daemon, is an open-source caching layer and write buffer workaround created by the 8chan Administrator to alleviate the resource-intensive hard-disk write bottleneck issues 8chan was suffering from in late 2015 and early 2016.

Alacrity is composed of four scalable servers (one master and three slaves). Each server contains multiple nodes and others may be added on demand (for instance, if there is a sudden influx of users). Whenever a node crashes, some threads on the website start displaying 404 despite not being deleted yet.

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A thread has been deleted but I'm still able to open it. Why is this?

The thread is deleted but still visible cached because of the way Alacrity works. The thread will properly show 404 in a matter of time, whenever Alacrity catches up. Read the What is Alacrity? entry if you want to know more.

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A thread 404'd out of nowhere, but it is not deleted. How do I fix it?

When an Alacrity node crashes, threads and board index pages that were not written to the 8chan hard disk will generate a blank page and result in a 404 page. A node may crash when Alacrity is improperly or incorrectly restarted after bugs are fixed or upgrades are implemented (usually, once a day). If Alacrity is not restarted, nodes remain functional indefinitely.

Some time ago, we found that board volunteers could fix threads themselves by using mod.php? and simply making any kind of post in the affected thread. If you are not a volunteer, but you still want to fix a thread, you can do so by using a public account to log in and posting in the broken thread to fix it as previously mentioned. The public account's username is Anyone and the password is 0. After logging in, add mod.php? to the URL of the affected thread (like this, 8ch.net/mod.php?/exampleboard/res/1111.html). Then, post in the thread. This should fix the thread for every user. On most boards, you can delete your own post afterwards. If a large amount of threads are broken on a board, please send an email to admin@8ch.net or create a thread on /sudo/.

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How does [Screencap] work?

If you click on [Screencap] at the bottom of a thread, a screenshot of the whole thread is created for you to download. Alternatively, if you want to screencap only specific posts instead of the whole thread, you can select the posts you want to capture by clicking on the triangle on the left side of the posts and choosing Select post. Please watch the video demonstration below:

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What are these featured boards at the top?

There are three different lists that may be displayed at the top (from left to right):

  1. Trending Boards: /dir/ (8chan's directory) plus eight boards periodically selected by an algorithm;
  2. Top Boards: these are the top 25 boards on 8chan according to the number of active users, that is, the number of /16 subnet ranges to post on any given board in the last 72 hours;
  3. Personal Favorite Boards: users may create a list of their favorite boards by clicking on the star icon next to a board's name.

All lists are optional. You may disable the Trending Boards and Top Boards lists by clicking on [Options] and unchecking either the Show top boards box or the Show trending boards box or both. By default, only the Trending Boards list will be displayed.

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Is there a way to tell if I am banned?

8chan has no ban check page at this moment, but we are working on one. To see if you are banned, you must try to post on a board - a ban page will be displayed if you are. Since boards are managed individually, being banned from one board does not necessarily mean you are banned from others. Only global volunteers are able to ban you from all boards and only if you break the 8chan global rule.

Here is a public list of all bans sitewide.

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Where is the mobile app?

Everychan is 8chan's official mobile application and a fork of Overchan. In addition, there is a third-party Android app for 8chan, which you can find at wingy/Exodus. Overchan also works on several imageboards, but currently does not display images on 8chan. 8chan does not provide support for either of the third-party applications. Please contact their respective developers if you have any issues with them.

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Where is the archive?

An official archive is currently in the works. Previously, 8chan used 8archive, an archival website supported by 8chan that is currently being worked on and could be up for public usage again in the future. Board owners may opt in or out of the archival feature by clicking on Settings and checking / unchecking the Archive my board on 8archive.moe box. Alternatively, users may create their own archives on an as-needed basis by using an archival website of their choice (archive.is is a popular service).
If you wish to create a third-party archival service, please only archive boards that have opted in to this feature.

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What is the best way to contact the 8chan administration?

Definitely not IRC. You may reach the 8chan Administrator by sending an email to admin@8ch.net. Alternatively, you can go to /sudo/ and create a thread to discuss technical issues, report bugs, request features, and chimp out speak with the 8chan Administrator.

For more information about who owns 8chan, please click here.

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Do you have a privacy policy?

Find it here.

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Which boards are global and owned by the 8chan administration?

/delete/ and /newsplus/, the 8chan counterpart of 2ch's /newsplus/. For more information about /newsplus/, please click here.
/b/, /n/, and /operate/ used to be global boards, but this is not the case anymore. /sudo/ belongs to the 8chan Administrator, but is not a global board.

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Could you add a new feature?

To discuss 8chan's technical issues and request new features (which may or may not be implemented), please go to /sudo/.

Alternatively, open a GitHub issue. Better yet, write it yourself and open a pull request.

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8chan's onion service is giving me an error. Did you discontinue Tor support?

No. If 8chan's onion service is not working, something is broken and needs to be fixed. Please create a thread on /sudo/ if you find any issues with the onion service.

Please note: board owners may disable Tor posting in their respective boards if they want to.

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I am getting infinite captchas when I try to post with my VPN. Did you globally ban it or are you not allowing VPNs to post?

The use of VPNs is allowed on all boards. Unlike Tor posting, board owners cannot opt out of posting through VPNs. However, board owners and volunteers might ban some VPNs unknowingly, since they cannot see full IPs, only IP hashes. If your VPN has been banned, a ban message will be displayed and you may appeal the ban.

If you receive infinite captchas without being able to post after switching to a VPN, restart your browser and try again. If it still does not work, explain your situation on /sudo/.

If you are getting infinite captchas without using a VPN, the error may be Cloudflare-related. Again, post about it on /sudo/.

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I am getting X error when trying to post, am I banned?

Likely not. If you are banned, you should see a ban page telling you that you are.

If you get an error, something went wrong. You can report the error you are getting on /sudo/ if you are able to post there. Otherwise, send an email to <admin@8ch.net>.

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Can I donate to 8chan?

8chan is currently not taking any donations. If you see any 8chan donation drives that are not mentioned here, they are a scam. If you want to financially support 8chan anyway, you can do so by advertising on the website. Read the next question for more information.

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I would like to advertise on 8ch.net. Is this possible?

Yes, 8chan uses a softserve system that makes it easy and possible for anyone to place ads. Go to our softserve page and get the necessary vouchers to place your ads on 8chan. You can choose to have your ads displayed on a specific board for USD 5.00 a day or sitewide for USD 20.00 a day. Alternatively, please email ads@8ch.net if you have any questions or special requests or if you are interested in longer advertising campaigns with better rates.

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I saw an ad that I believe violates global rules, how can I report it?

You can report ads on the softserve page by sending an email to <ads@8ch.net>.

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I created a board. How do I manage it?

Click on the gear icon in the top bar or the manage board link on 8chan's front page to reach the login or dashboard page.

There, you have access to the noticeboard (messages from the 8chan administration), your personal inbox, the report queue, the board-specific ban list, the ban appeals (if any) for the board owner and / or volunteers, a page where you can edit your profile, and the recent board-specific posts.

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How do I add more volunteers?

If you are a board owner, go to your board settings and click on Edit board volunteers. Then, add a username and a password for the volunteer you wish to create.

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How do I post as a board owner or volunteer on my board?

Make sure you are using the board owner or volunteer interface to view your board. The URL of your browser should be https://8ch.net/mod.php?/.

If you are the owner of the board, enter ## Board Owner in the Name field.

If you are a volunteer on the board, enter ## Board Volunteer in the Name field. Create your post and click on New Reply. It will appear with your capcode.

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Help! My board has been deleted!

As of November 13th, 2014, board expiration no longer occurs automatically.

A board only gets deleted by the 8chan administration if the board is found to have been allowing and / or storing child pornography, per the 8chan global rule.

Alternatively, at the discretion of the 8chan administration, the board in question may be forced into becoming a textboard instead to remove all law-breaking images.

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I lost ownership of my board. What happened?

You may lose access to your board if you fail to log in for two weeks. Furthermore, you may lose access to your board if it is reassigned as a result of noncompliance with one of the conditions for board reassignment.

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Help! The owner of X board is doing something I don't like! Remove him!

If the board owner is not doing anything illegal, the 8chan administration cannot and will not help you. The 8chan administration does not dictate how board owners or volunteers should manage their boards.

However, a few conditions must be met:

  1. The board owner must not allow illegal content to be posted on his or her board;
  2. The board owner must not state in his or her board's rules that the 8chan global rule does not apply;
  3. The board owner must not blanket-ban large swaths of IP ranges;
  4. The board owner must not make it impossible to post on his or her board, either by locking all or most threads and / or deleting all or most threads or posts;
  5. The board owner must not implement CSS that makes it impossible to post;
  6. The board owner must not squat in a board for the purpose of redirecting users from 8chan to a different website. Please note: creating a bunker in case of primary-website malfunction / downtime is fine, provided all of the above are complied with.

If the board owner fails to comply with any of the above, you may report the board to the 8chan Administrator on /sudo/. The board will then be eligible for reassignment, at the discretion of the 8chan administration.

For a list of boards that are available for claim, click here.

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Are there any publicly-available statistics?

Yes, take a look at https://stats.4ch.net/8chan/.

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I want my board to show up in the Trending Boards bar!

Qualifying boards are selected by an algorithm and change periodically. /dir/, which is not a global board, is pinned because it acts as a board directory.

If you do not want your board to show up, choose the option to have your board unlisted in the board owner settings.

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I got an email from an @8chan.co email address. Is that you?

Probably not. Anyone can create an email account under the @8chan.co domain name at cock.li. cock.li is an unaffiliated third party that started to provide this service after an agreement with 8chan's creator and former Administrator Fredrick Brennan. The 8chan administration takes no responsibility for this service. That said, we have quite a few official 8chan email addresses. They are:

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Can I have a list of all API endpoints for getting raw data from 8chan?

Taking /b/ as an example, they are as follows:

There are also endpoints for getting information about 8chan's boards:

Just read the data to get an idea of what is exposed and under what attribute names. It should be self-explanatory. Endpoints that are not listed here, like post.php, catalog.json or boards-top20.json are subject to change or removal at any time.

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I would like to contribute a translation in my language.

Great! See this page for more information.

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What is the 8chan Nerve Center?

The Nerve Center is 8chan's overboard. It shows threads from all 8chan boards in catalog view. The Nerve Center can display up to eight boards of your choosing by adding the board names to the URL. For example, nerv.8ch.net/board1/board2/board3/boardetc. You cannot create threads or moderate boards from the Nerve Center.

On the Nerve Center, each catalog tile has four capital letters: R (number of replies), S (speed), M (mass), and E (energy). Speed, mass, and energy are calculated as follows:

calculateSpeed :: Int -> POSIXTime -> Maybe Int -> Int
calculateSpeed postCount now threadStart =
   case threadStart of
     Nothing -> 0
     Just st -> if postCount < threadThreshold
       then 0
       else round $! (fromIntegral postCount) / (fromIntegral $ ((round now :: Int) - st)) * 86400.0


calculateMass :: Maybe [Post] -> Int
calculateMass Nothing = 0
calculateMass (Just p) = calculateMass' p 0
   where
     calculateMass' [] i = i
     calculateMass' (r:rs) i = calculateMass' rs (i + (calc r))

     calc :: Post -> Int
     calc x = case (_comment x) of
       Nothing -> 0
       Just x' -> T.length x'


calculateEnergy :: Int -> Int -> Int -> Int
calculateEnergy !v !m !p = round $!
     ((0.5 * (fi m) * ((fi v) ^ 2)) / (fi p)) / 10000
   where
     fi z
       | z == 0 = fromIntegral 1
       | otherwise = fromIntegral z

This is a work in progress and more functions will be added in the future based on community feedback.

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[This FAQ was updated on August 21, 2017. The previous version looked like this.]