We reuse their engine, that's why both websites look similar. We don't intend to be 8ch.net competition, but an alternative.
8ch.pl is a site running 'infinity', which is an open source software that allows anyone to create and manage their own anonymous imageboard without any programming or webhosting experience for free.
An imageboard is a type of internet forum which lets users post text and images anonymously (without name) about any topic, or no topic at all. Unlike forums, imageboards do not hold old content permamently, and old threads are pruned as new ones are created.
The imageboard format holds several advantages against traditional forums:
8chan is a service that hosts a large selection of imageboards to browse. These boards are maintained by their respective board owners, who are not affiliated with the 8ch.pl global staff.
The 8chan global staff are responsible for maintaining the site as a whole and protecting it from spam and illegal content. The administration is NOT responsible for enforcing any rules outside of the global rule. Any complaints about the content or management of a board should be addressed towards the owner of the board, unless it violates the law of the United States of America, or global policy.
Navigate to the board you would like to post on, fill out the post form, and click "New Thread". On many boards, you are required to upload an image, but if you do not have one you can also draw a picture by clicking "Oekaki". No boards require you to fill out a name or email address.
On 8chan, threads are ordered by newest to oldest and have no "score" like on other websites. There are no upvotes or "Like" buttons. This allows even unpopular opinions to rise to the top. The replies in threads are ordered oldest to newest and similarly have no score.
To reply to a thread, click [Reply] on any thread on a board's index.
Fill out your reply. Only the "Comment" field is required for replies on all boards.
Your reply will be highlighted on the page.
Click the number of their post. A reply box will open automatically prepopulated with the post number you're replying to. Write your post under their post number. Similarly, when people reply to you, it will show (You) after the post number as a hint.
Other than that, you are free to institute whatever rules you want on your board.
(the following links represent 8ch.net stance, not ours)
TL;DR: 8chan considers all nude images of children to be child porn and they will be deleted and the posting address banned if viable.
You may do this in your board settings, click on "Edit board volunteers".
Go to the volunteer panel and click on the board link for your board.
The admin can be reached at anon8 at vichan dot net.
Find it here.
As of November 13th, 2014, board expiration no longer occurs.
You still may lose access to your board, however, if you fail to log in for two weeks or it receives no posts for a week. See here for a list of boards that are available for reclaiming.
Make sure you are using the volunteer interface to view your board. The URL of your browser should be https://8ch.net/mod.php?/yourboard.
If you are the owner of the board, put "## Board Owner" in the name field. If someone else is the owner and you are just assisting them, put "## Board Volunteer" in the name field. Write your post and click "Reply". It will appear with your capcode.
If they aren't doing anything illegal, I can't help you. I don't dictate how board owners should manage their boards outside of a few conditions:
If they are, email me.
Open a Github issue. Better yet, write it yourself and open a pull request.
Posters may reply to threads without bumping them to the top of the index by putting "sage" in the email field.
Most posts on 8chan are made anonymously, but this is not the only way to post. The name field can be used four ways to establish identity:
Please note, many boards on 8chan have an option set called "Forced anonymity" which causes the name field to not work. This is because many users (and therefore board owners) do not like tripcode users.
Top twenty-five boards excluding /meta/, /b/, /operate/, /boards/ and /n/.
No one, so they are de facto managed by the administration.
8chan is centered around user created boards. That's a board with CSS that makes it look like the ban page, not an official page. You've been tricked. 8chan has no official ban check page.
There is no official mobile app, however there is an unofficial Android app at wingy/Exodus.
I don't provide support for this app, ask the developer of it if you have a problem with it.
There isn't one yet and there will never be an official archive.
Given that archives are inevitable and will be created anyway via archive.today, Google cache, and anyone who installs Asagi, I'm softening my stance on this. Currently, 8archive.moe provides our archive, and I may set up an official one. All archives officially partnered with us will be opt-in by our board owners, not opt-out. Archives who archive boards that have not opted in will be considered pirate archives, and legal action may be taken.
Assuming the /b/ board, they are as follows:
There are also endpoints for getting information about 8ch.pl'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 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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