Noob Court is Now in Session
Our afternoon guest columnists are A Lawyer and übergeek website 4chan founder Moot, performing in colloquy.
Q. Is there a certain language that is commonly used for users of 4chan?
A. In what sense?
Q. Certain terms have a meaning unique to 4chan?
Q. Like “OP,” what is “OP”?
A. OP means original poster.
Q. Are you familiar with these terms, having been the founder and administrator of the 4chan site?
Q. What would “lurker” mean?
A. Somebody who browses but does not post, does not contribute.
Q. What do the words “caps” mean?
Q. And is there any significance to “new fags”?
A. That is the term used to describe new users to the site.
Q. What about “b-tard”?
A. It’s a term that users of the /b/ random board use for themselves.
Q. What about “troll”?
A. 404 is the status code for not found. It means essentially gone or not found.
Q. Not found on where, the 4chan site?
A. 404 is the http status code for not found, a page not found by the Web server.
Q. And what about “peeps”?
A. Rickroll is a meme or Internet kind of trend that started on 4chan where users — it’s basically a bait and switch. Users link you to a video of Rick Astley performing Never Gonna Give You Up.
Q. And the term “rickroll”, you said it tries to make people go to a site where they think it is going to be one thing, but it is a video of Rick Astley, is that right?
Q. He was some kind of singer?
Q. It’s a joke?