4chan’s Christopher Poole aka Moot is Retiring

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Last updated on January 21st, 2015 at 04:48 pm

Christopher Poole, better known by the nickname “moot”, has announced his retirement from running the popular (and often controversial) online imageboard 4chan.

Poole wrote in a news post that for the past two years, he acted as the website’s sole administrator and decision maker and he held most of the knowledge relating to 4chan’s operations. Because of this, he believes that he was an “uncomfortably large single point of failure”.  He will be delegating his responsibilities to a team of volunteers, including a lead developer, managing moderator, and a server administrator within the next few weeks.

Poole stated that the website is not in financial difficulty, and that it is “as fast and stable as ever thanks to continued development and recent server upgrades”. He also went on to say that “nothing should change” for the website’s 20 million monthly visitors.

The reason he cited for leaving the website was that he needed time to “decompress and reflect” from his career as the site’s administrator, which spanned over eleven years from when he started it at the age of 15.

Poole concluded the post by saying, “It was truly an honor to serve as 4chan’s founding administrator, and I look forward to seeing what the next decade holds for the site.”

Poole was also the founder of the now-defunct app DrawQuest, a drawing game that received $3.6 million in investments. In 2014, the company’s AWS account was compromised by an attacker who likely used it to mine bitcoins. The company was unable to pay for a security audit with its remaining funds. In the same month, Poole announced that DrawQuest would be shutting down.

4chan made headlines in 2012 when it announced it would accept bitcoin payments for purchases of passes that allow users to avoid solving CAPTCHAs when submitting posts. The $20 payments for passes are handled by the Stripe payment processor.

4chan has received media attention for being the birthplace of many internet movements including decentralized hacktivist group Anonymous and a controversy regarding sexism in video games coined “Gamergate“. A number of internet memes also originated from 4chan, such as lolcats and rickrolling.

Poole’s original post announcing his retirement can be found here.

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Srdjan Solkotovic
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Srdjan Solkotovic

“a controversy regarding sexism in video games coined “Gamergate“.” Ganer gate isn’t about sexism, google it..

Raichu
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Raichu

But that’s exactly what it’s about. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamergate_controversy
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Srdjan Solkotovic
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Srdjan Solkotovic

That article has been edited constantly by a few editors to show that gamergate is in fact about sexuality while it is actually against the corruption in gaming journalism, http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jan/23/wikipedia-bans-editors-from-gender-related-articles-amid-gamergate-controversy .
To make it appeal like its a bad movement they used all kind of ways to show that it oppresses women and harasses people and that all the supporters of GamerGate are white male middle aged gamers, which is all totally untrue.

bunsih
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bunsih

woww he has worked on 4chan for such a long time, i guess it’s time for him to retire now for a more stable life. he is 26 years old already, maybe he will find a job at one tech company in sillicon valley?

Henry Collins
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Henry Collins

His claim to fame is a horribly out of date web chat program for preteens. That and a couple quarters will get you a cup of coffee.

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Seeing as how the article states that he apparently was monetizing that high traffic site I’m guessing he’s already got plenty of quarters.

Talkabit
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Talkabit

If 4chan costed less than a cup of coffee, I’d buy it in a heartbeat :P

bunsih
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bunsih

this “horribly out of date chat” you speak of is one of the top 1000 websites in the world currently (source: alexa) and also it has played a big role in internet culture that leaks out into internet culture

i’ve been a long-time poster on 4chan since 2009, i think moot is quite sucessful as a site owner

Mitchell Westlake
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Mitchell Westlake

I wonder how much money Moot has made from 4chan during those years. Is he a millionaire now?

Orion Blastar
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Orion Blastar

Good luck Moot, on whatever you do next.

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