Well, it’s official.
I’m about to break rules 1 and 2 of the internet.
And that’s okay, because extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures – and right now, we’ve got to get everyone in the Q movement comfortable with working and navigating the 8ch boards.
Hold on to your buttcheeks, fam, because I’m about to teach you how to Chan.
We’ve repeatedly talked about how it’s imperative to start to migrate everyone to the boards directly, following /r/GreatAwakening’s ban from reddit. We fully anticipate most of the internet going down at a certain point, and only 8ch being accessible. Though we do not fully understand how such a technical feat could occur, we’re simply taking #QAnon at his literal word on this, and doing our best to prepare for the road ahead.
The #chans be more than a little intimidating for first-time users, and often end up scaring people away.
So allow me to be the Virgil to your Dante, as together, we descend into the Stygian Abyss of the Internet, where free speech reigns supreme and Sh*tlords are king.
I’m about to show you step-by-step everything you need to know to navigate these pages, and get you up-and-running like an old-school /b/tard circa 2008. Give a little practice, and you may even become an elite research-Anon.
But before we go anywhere, I want to lay down a few ground-rules first:
1) LURK MOAR
If you’re just visiting the chans for the first time in your life, you’re going to be confused by something, at some point. Don’t make it your goal to jump in and participate. Read everything that interests you first (and even stuff that doesn’t). Kick back and explore. Stretch those mental muscles and get used to mentally separating the meat from the noise.
By doing this, you will gradually familiarize yourself with all the different systems at play on the boards.
More importantly, you will learn the culture.
That last part cannot be overstated.
When in doubt, LURK MOAR!
2) Everyone is a Faggot
The chans have been called an “internet hate machine” for a reason. The culture across the chans has been deliberately insular for as long as they’ve been around. #Anons don’t necessarily want you there. They only want good content. So hurling insults is par for the course.
Think of it almost as a hazing.
A brutal, often soul-crushing hazing.
But, the good news is, once that part of you is desensitized, you can start laughing and get in on the fun.
Thus, everyone becomes a “fag” of some sort. Maybe anons on the boards are talking about something related to law, and you just happen to be a lawyer. You might choose to cheekily self-identify as a “lawyerfag” in a response to a thread.
This is far from the only invective you’ll hear, but you’ll soon discover (especially as you learn to mentally filter) that the
3) You WILL be offended by something, at some point.
But to quote Stephen Fry:
The chans are often full of porn, gore, racist content, and general drek.
I can’t tell you how many literal severed heads I’ve seen just scrolling in random threads that have literally nothing to do with that. You could be reading a thread about, say, Jordan B. Peterson, and BAM suddenly, you see police photos of cartel victims.
I don’t say that to scare you.
I say that to prepare you.
It’s not even people half the time posting stuff. It’s bots attempting to derail discussion.
If a bot decides it doesn’t like what you’re talking about…
BAM naked picture of a 500 lb woman!
You think I’m joking but I’m not.
(Now, don’t let this deter you, either. We’ve got a board set up for those who are looking for a more Safe-for-Work 8ch experience, where all gore/porn/and offensive content is moderated – built for the explicit purpose of getting people familiar with the boards – but we’re going to get to that in a minute. We’ve still got one more rule to cover).
4) DON’T Respond to Shills
Shills are often automated bots, and they function like a hydra.
Every response creates more bots.
See, this might be the biggest hurdle some people have, but they need to know that not everyone on the boards is human. There are literally AI bots (of varying degrees of sophistication) programmed to try and elicit a response out of you by posting absurd, insulting, or divisive things.
If you respond, thinking you’re going to get in some kind of Zinger, well I’ve got news for you my friend.
That bot just found a new target, and you will find yourself on the receiving end of a ton of newly spawned bots, all responding to you all at once.
This is bad because the individual threads on the boards have a hard limit on the number of responses they can hold (generally 750 responses).
The faster the thread fills up, the harder the bakers have to work at making new threads.
In short, don’t respond to shills.
You’re not talking to real people anyway.
5) Chans are Ephemeral
Chans erode over time. It’s not like submitting a story to Reddit, where your links and comments are stored for all time. As new threads are created, older threads get pruned.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of capacity, so as long as you’re active on the boards, you shouldn’t miss much, but if you’re linking to 8ch threads or images hosted on 8ch, know they will eventually disappear. For this reason, it’s best to archive the content elsewhere (or take screenshots), and then spread your links.
Alright, it’s go-time people!
Time to go to your first board on the chans – and it’s going to be that moderated “training” board we talked about:
Tinyboard + vichan + infinity + OpenIB – Tinyboard Copyright © 2010-2014 Tinyboard Development Group vichan Copyright © 2012-2014 vichan-devel infinity Copyright © 2013-2018 N.T. Technology, Inc. based on sources from Fredrick Brennan’s “Infinity Development Group” OpenIB by Code Monkey ★
Now, understand – I’m not trying to keep you away from /QResearch/. In fact, the end goal of this all is to explicitly get you up and running on that board. At the end of this all, I want you using /QResearch/.
But it’s akin to learning how to swim.
I don’t want to throw someone who can’t swim directly into the deep end.
(Of course, all the concepts I will address here are directly applicable to /QResearch/, too, so if you’re feeling adventurous – by all means, head on over immediately).
Alright, so first thing’s first.
When you get to /PatriotsAwoken/ for the first time, you’ll see something that looks like this:
First-things-first: the link in the middle of the page – the “First time here?” link is worth reading:
Since late 2017, Q Clearance Patriot, more commonly known as Q, has led us on a path of discovery about the true nature of the world we live in as global citizens. He’s drawn our attention to events and the cleverly-crafted mainstream narrative about these events that has led to the awakening we are currently experiencing worldwide.
This view is going to give you the most recently active threads. Whatever thread has the most recent comment in it, is the most “bumped” thread.
And you’re not going to see the full thread on this page, either. You’ll see a sort of summary, starting with the initial post from each thread, the thread’s image, the thread’s title, how many replies and images are in the thread, a few options (reply/watch/show all posts), and the most current post in the thread to wrap things up.
Nine times out of ten, if you see a thread that interests you, you’re just going to hit the reply button to jump right into the thread.
But this isn’t the best way to view all the threads on the board.
For that, you want to Catalog, and you can navigate to it by clicking right on the link, highlighted in green:
That will bring you to a page that looks something like this:
Catalog view basically gives you a quick overview of every single thread available on the board right now, and a quick summary.
Personally, I spend a lot of time in the /Research General/ threads on /QResearch/. They are generally numbered and look A LOT like that first post above (which is /PatriotsAwoken/’s version of the same thread).
I’m going to pull the first few posts from a /Qresearch/ thread, just so you can get a better feel of what the Baker’s “Dough” looks like:
For the record, “Bakers” are an army of trained anons who volunteer to set up the various threads, compiling useful information, and ensuring Anons everywhere have an organized location where they can post freely.
And the “dough” is the current template that is always being subtly modified by the bakers, so they can link everything up properly. This dough is usually a long list of links to previous threads, notable posts, Q’s own posts, and more.
(If this looks overwhelming, don’t sweat it. You’ll understand it more as you dive in – and the nice part is, you can hover your mouse over all these links and generate a preview before clicking on anything. I highly suggest you get used to open a LOT of tabs with a middle-mouse click, however).
So, this particular “bread” comes to us from bread #3865. You can see the notable posts listed in order, starting at the most recent, and going to the oldest.
At a certain point, these notables get added by a baker to the /comms/ page listed at the bottom, so even if you “miss” a certain thread, you can always go back and find links.
And this goes on in every thread. This next section is full of links to other useful threads on the board. Don’t be afraid to get in there and explore. We’ve got threads for particular lines of inquiry, for making memes, for researching the #QClock, and more.
And then finally above, you can see a list of resources and tools that are off-site. These include things like Meme archives, PDFs, and more.
(That’s going to be the toughest part to explain. It gets easier from here, I promise).
One last thing before we move on, though.
Because posts are linked, you can expand them all in something called “Tree view.” This can make the structure of the comments and replies easier to read. The option to turn this on is allllll the way on the right of the screen. Just check the little box:
We’re now going to talk about the anatomy of a chan post, using this as our example:
First thing you’ll notice, top left – the word Anonymous.
That’s the “name” of the user.
Ideally, you should always be Anonymous while on the boards. There’s an option not to be… but you really shouldn’t do that. (But more on that in a bit).
Second, you’ll see a timestamp. This is displayed in YOUR local time.
Next, you’ll see a poster ID. Every Anon is assigned a temporary ID. This allows you to track posts from the same anon through the thread, while still allowing the poster to remain anonymous.
In this case, this anon is ID: 198845.
The (2) next to the ID is the number of posts this Anon made.
If you were to click on the ID, it would highlight ALL the posts made by this particular Anon (by default, it turns the background into a brighter reddish/pink color).
Next to that, you’ll see a post number. This is post 3054404. (Yup, there have been over 3 million individual posts on the /Qresearch/ board now).
Lastly, in the small numbers, you will see a list of responses. This post only has one, and if you hover over the link, it gives you a preview of the post:
In this case, it’s another Anon being cheeky. (And you’ll note, I also highlighted this post by clicking this ID, just so you could see the color the default theme produces).
If you wanted to respond to this particular anon, you would click his post ID number – in this case 30544044 – and this would bring up a small window for you to write your response in:
That “>>3054404” is 8ch’s way of knowing which post this is a response to.
If you wanted to include more posts in your reply (for instance, if you wanted to reply to multiple anons) you can just click on more post ID’s, and they’ll be added to the list, or you can type them in manually.
On a more advanced note, if you wanted to respond to a post from a previous thread, you would need to add an extra “>”
(On a more advanced note, if you’re responding to a post from a previous thread, it’s also good form to indicate that to other users by typing (pb) or (lb) after the post ID number [indicating “previous bread” or “last bread].” But don’t worry about that too much right now. You’ll cross that bridge when you get there).
But what if you just wanted to hide a post?
Say some bot is on the boards spamming porn or gore, and you want to hide it all in one-fell-swoop.
Take this one, for instance. You see this ID has made 7 posts, and you’re not interested in seeing anything else they posted. Simply click the arrow before the Name, and it will expand into a menu.
Clicking “Add filter” will allow you to filter out by post, ID, ID+, and Name.
(Generally, I recommend filtering by ID. The others can be a bit aggressive, and end up hiding stuff you didn’t intend to hide).
(And sorry guys, I had to either censor baker girl, or go looking for gore pics. I chose to censor a baker girl instead).
(And sorry to some others, who will just have to use their imaginations now. KEK).
The other important menu item here is “Report.”
If you see something illegal, best to report it.
It rarely happens, so you probably won’t have to worry about it, but if you do encounter something particularly vile, be sure to report it so board admins can remove it quickly. You’ll get a little pop-up window, asking for a reason why you reported a particular piece of content, and a captcha to fill out.
Thanks for helping keep the boards clean.
But what if you just wanted to post to a thread, and not necessarily respond to anyone in particular? Say you’ve just done a ton of research and now want to present your findings. What do you do?
Well, you navigate to the particular thread you want, and then fill out the form at the top of the thread.
(WARNING: If you fill this out on the main page, or on the catalog page, you will start a brand new thread. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you might get yelled at by the board admins).
And remember how we were talking about training wheels? The top image is /PatriotsAwoken/. The bottom is from /QResearch/.
Compare them. See any differences?
Notice how /PatriotsAwoken/ is missing a few fields? Name, Email, Subject are gone.
Yeah, that’s so you don’t accidentally go putting info into those fields that would lead to you being doxxed and cataloged.
NEVER fill out a name or e-mail. You will get yelled at. You will get tranny porn in your inbox. And no one cares anyway.
Seriously, just listen to Pepe the Safety Frog:
Generally, you’re just going to be communicating in text, images, and links.
Text goes in the comment field, and uses a markdown system for formatting.
Keep it short, sweet, and understandable. No big walls of text. Be merciful to the other anons and break it up by hitting the enter key.
Files get dropped in the field below. It will either open up a file explorer window, or you can just drag-and-drop.
Finally, if you hit that “Show post options & limits” button, you’ll get a few more advanced options to appear.
For instance, if you wanted to embed a Youtube URL, you can just paste the regular URL in the “Embed” field, and it will attach to your post.
When you’re ready to reply, hit the “New Reply” button.
You’ll have to answer a CAPTCHA (and these are notoriously odd, as far as CAPTCHAs go. You may have to try a half dozen times before it works. And yes, it’s normal to get frustrated here).
And really… guys, that’s all there is to it. This is designed as a handy reference guide, but really, the best way to learn how to navigate the boards is by practice. And there are a ton of little features we didn’t really touch on today, but don’t be afraid to go exploring the settings and start tweaking things to your preferences.
(Although, for the record – I would limit myself to the Qboards exclusively. We’re talking about /PatriotsAwoken/, /QResearch/, and /PatriotsFight/.
I don’t need any of you wandering off and then coming back to me crying that you somehow ended up in /Vore/.
Believe me, you DO NOT want to go there.
Congratulations, Cadet. You just graduated from basic training.
I’ll see you out on the battlefield!
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