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Former featured article4chan is a former featured article. Please see the links under Article milestones below for its original nomination page (for older articles, check the nomination archive) and why it was removed.
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Article milestones
November 14, 2004Articles for deletionKept
February 16, 2006Articles for deletionKept
August 11, 2007Good article nomineeNot listed
August 19, 2008Good article nomineeListed
September 6, 2008Peer reviewReviewed
September 23, 2008Featured article candidatePromoted
May 14, 2022Featured article reviewDemoted
Current status: Former featured article

Featured Article in need of review[edit]

As part of the ongoing project WP:URFA/2020, that aims to identify and draw attention to older Featured Articles that may not meet the current Featured Article criteria, I'm leaving this brief review of the article.

This is an older Featured Article that has not been reviewed since its promotion in 2008.

  • The article fails criteria 1. c) of the Wikipedia:Featured article criteria, since it isn't "a thorough and representative survey of the relevant literature". From a quick scan of Google Scholar, I can spot several well-cited academic works that are not being used here.
  • There's an over reliance on sources closely related to the subject.
  • The article feels dated, as the bulk of the sources are dated before 2012 - were there any changes to the way the website operates or its features?
  • There are several short subsections that either need to be expanded or merged into broader subsections/topics, for instance in the "ISP bans" section.
  • The History section is not in chronological order, since it reverts back to 2008-2010 in the Poole subsection.
  • There's some trivia going around, with the "Internet attacks" subsection looking like a list of every time the website makes the news.
  • What is the purpose of the "Other media attention" subsection? That information can be easily merged into other sections.

In short, I'd say that this article needs to present a broader view of the website, by incorporating the relevant literature that is available, instead of being a blow-by-blow account of every single time the website hits the news. RetiredDuke (talk) 15:44, 18 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Semi-protected edit request on 13 February 2022[edit]

The new Alexa ranking for 4chan is #1,354 different from #1,042 2603:7000:6044:6100:2531:5E5A:AE1:AB42 (talk) 15:49, 13 February 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Abundance of Triva[edit]

Broadly speaking, there's an abundance of trivia. To agree with RD, I elect that some sub-sections need to be merged or deleted. From my perspective, these sections (which do not document that which is foundational to the website's history or perception) are /sci/, the entirety of other media appearances Cyberbullying Murder in Port Orchard, Washington and Bianca Devins murder. Writing to gather consensus on merging and/or deleting. DMT Biscuit (talk) 00:36, 9 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Having edited the section down, I nominate /mu to this section. DMT Biscuit (talk) 01:37, 9 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
This feels uncomfortably like "let's purge the page of anything that suggests 4chan is more than neo-Nazis". --Eldomtom2 (talk) 21:41, 8 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

"Registration: None available (except for staff)"[edit]

Shouldn't this be changed? 4chan passes would seem to count as registration. --Eldomtom2 (talk) 21:42, 8 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

According to the site's FAQ, "No user registration process is available. If you're worried about somebody impersonating you, consider using a tripcode to help validate your identity." A 4chan pass "allows users to bypass typing a CAPTCHA verification when posting and reporting posts on the 4chan image and discussion boards. Passes cost $20 per year, which is about $1.67 per month." This isn't quite the same as user registration, so I think that the wording in the article is correct. The tripcode can act as a sort of unofficial user account, but it is not possible to have a conventional username/password account on the site.--♦IanMacM♦ (talk to me) 07:31, 9 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Burger King incident[edit]

I'm not sure why this hasn't been added, but back in 2012 a Burger King employee posted a picture of himself standing in lettuce on the site and had gotten fired as a result. Whether this fits better on this page or Burger King I'm not sure about though I'm leaning closer to here as it has a section on media attention already.

There's also three sources.[1][2][3]

References (talk) 05:09, 22 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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