8chan is relaunching under a new name: 8kun

midian182

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8chan went offline on August 5, days after the shooting at an El Paso Walmart in which 22 people were killed. The shooter was an active member of the site and had posted a hate-filled manifesto shortly before the attack took place.

Following the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, Cloudflare wrote that it was terminating its service for 8chan—it did the same with The Daily Stormer two years earlier.

On Sunday, 8chan’s twitter account posted an animated clip showing the site’s new name and logo. In a later tweet, it wrote: “If you were previously a Board Owner on 8chan, please email us at admin@8kun.net with your shared secret if you are interested in migrating your board to 8kun.”

CNET reports that 8kun was registered with domain registrar Tucows on September 7. A spokesperson for the company said it had only heard about the registration though online outlets reporting the news, and that it was “looking into it,” which sounds a bit ominous for the site.

For those wondering, “chan” refers to a child in Japanese, while “kun” usually refers to a young man.

Jim Watkins, the owner of 8chan, had said the site would return after he spoke with the US House Committee on Homeland Security, which he did last month when testifying about 8chan’s role in the mass shootings. In a statement to the committee, he said: “8chan encourages vigorous debate, discussion, and changed opinions as a result of interacting through its image boards. Unlike platforms like Facebook or Twitter, there are no “speech police” to shut down poorly formed opinions, popular conspiracy theories, or hateful monologues.”

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m3tavision

TS Evangelist
Looks like another example of why "hate" boards should be tightly monitored, perhaps even regulated ......
1st) There is a big movement for kids under 18, not allowed on the net, or have smartphones. So that children's opinions forms from their friends and family.

8chan is for adults, who want to argue finer points in life, that feeble minded people couldn't handle and that would anger/stump a fledgling thinker. Radical ideas are good, because they get stepped on in volume at 8chan. Antagonizing those who preach hate is the best way of laughing at these angry people, who hate themselves.

8chan needs a "report" button... so that a dubious poster can get red-lighted and radical ideologies/posts are tracked followed if a threshold is met, etc.
 

ypsylon

TS Booster
Another fine place for most debased beings in existence.

Flagging won't do any good to all people who lost lives in shootings or suicides because of supremacist, bullies, trolls, etc.... Of course same goes for Facebook, Twitch and the like who are responsible for millions of deaths worldwide since they began. Streaming beheadings, ISIS torture, Nazi or KKK rallies, mass shootings etc and so on. How many people have to die to get red flagged? 1, 5, 22, 77, 1000? Is live shooting stream worthy of a Report button? I'm sure people who already died during the ongoing massacre will be thrilled with that function....
 

Evernessince

TS Evangelist
Slight correction of the meaning of the Japanese honorifics.

Chan can be best summarized as "cute, endearing". It is often used for girls (most frequently young but can be of any age) but is not limited to them.

Kun can be summarized as "My subordinate" as it is used by a person of higher statues to those of a lower statues who the superior associates with.

https://www.sljfaq.org/afaq/titles.html

Both of these are informal, meaning they are used between people who know each other. These do not refer to specific types of people, they are merely titles attached to the end of a name that indicate the relationship between the speaker and listener.

And example would be: Rob Thubron-san
ロッブ テュブロンさん
 
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Squid Surprise

TS Evangelist
1st) There is a big movement for kids under 18, not allowed on the net, or have smartphones. So that children's opinions forms from their friends and family.
And how do they intend to actually enforce this? There isn't a way to keep minors from going online. The only way is to have someone watching them 24/7 saying "don't do that" (and smacking them when they don't listen!)...

The genie is out of the bottle and there's no putting him back in.
 

arrowflash

TS Booster
It's probably returning as an alphabet agency honeypot and social engineering center anyways, just like 4chan has become.

So, for those lamenting its return don't worry, I'm sure your tax dollars are being used well.

And how do they intend to actually enforce this? There isn't a way to keep minors from going online. The only way is to have someone watching them 24/7 saying "don't do that" (and smacking them when they don't listen!)...

The genie is out of the bottle and there's no putting him back in.
It's true that you can't shield the kids completely from it, but not giving them smartphones, nor access to internet-connected PCs or game consoles at home (unless under supervision), is a good move imo.