The New York Times sat down for an interview with “Moot,” real name Christopher Poole, founder of 4chan. Poole discusses the (lack of) sales offers for the site (the biggest bid he’s received was for $45,000), his efforts to keep 4chan secret from his family, and his own fear of and lack and control over the site’s users.
You go by the name “Moot.” Why?
As a teenager, I used to use the nickname “Moo” as a moniker online, and then I turned into “Moot” for fun, which I didn’t even realize was a real word at the time, and it just stuck with me.
How old were you when you started 4chan? I was 15. I’m 22 now.
What were you trying to do when you started the Web site?
On my summer break, I discovered Japanese animation and I started watching a lot of anime on online forums. I soon discovered an image-board Web forum called 2chan, and I had never seen anything like it before. What really struck me about it was how fast it moved. Even back then you could sit and hit refresh on your browser and continue to see new content.
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