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4chan
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Content is not officially archived, but some sites take up the effort. However, those very sites are often themselves in danger of collapse.
Content is not officially archived, but some sites take up the effort. However, those very sites are often themselves in danger of collapse.
URL 4chan.org
Project status Online!
Archiving status
    • Special Case**
Project source Unknown
Project tracker Unknown
IRC channel #archiveteam (on EFnet)
Project lead Unknown

4chan is said to be one of the most culturally significant and "interesting" websites in existence. And it holds that reputation well.

It would be impossible to archive the entirety of 4chan, and the community usually frowns upon saving culture just as Ancient Greeks were skeptical of written works.

However, numerous archive sites and wikis have taken up the task. Numerous others have fallen. We need to keep watch on these fragile, community supported archives, since they can easily collapse without warning.

Wikis

  • Wikichan - The first major 4chan wiki, holding tons of important stories and content. It is the model for many 4chan archive projects to come. The entire wiki collapsed spectacularly several times without recourse, and is the prime example of the problems that occur when a major 4chan archive goes down.
  • LURKMOAR Wiki
  • Encyclopedia Dramatica - The quintessential 4chan wiki.
  • Insurgency Wiki - Once, it was almost equal to ED in power and influence. Now, thousands of collapses and failures have reduced it to a broken mess. It would have been gone entirely if it was not for the Bibliotheca Anonoma, which happened to be examining Partyvan.info 2 days before it's collapse.
  • Bibliotheca Anonoma - A wiki designed to save the greatest treasures from around the internet. It strives to provide an index to the archives below to assess their value and display great works to the public. Because what good is a massive mess of information without a guide?
  • Yotsuba Society - A place dedicated to studying the culture of 4chan. Maintains a wiki that strives to restore Wikichan to it's former state. As of 1/16/14, the archival portion of the site is down.

Chanarchive

Chanarchive (formerly 4chanarchive)
4chan logo
Chanarchive.png
URL Chanarchive.org, formerly 4chanarchive.org
Project status Online!
Archiving status Not saved yet
Project source Unknown
Project tracker Unknown
IRC channel #archiveteam (on EFnet)
Project lead Unknown

4chan's primary archive site. Since 2006, significant 4chan threads have been archived on the 4chanarchive, creating a database of over 500GBs.

On 10/3/2012, Chanarchive without warning, temporarily shut down (almost permanently though.) On a 4chan thread, the owner stated that the site was banned from paypal and had their funds frozen, making it impossible to pay it's massive expenses. However, the operators of Encyclopedia Dramatica stepped in, and offered to host chanarchive.org, which was accepted by the site's creator/then-owner, "Capsized."

The site is still online as of 2/26/13, but no backups have been made as of yet. As of 1/16/14 the site is down and ED has given no indication to it returning. Internet Archive has intermittent captures of the site.

4chandata

4chandata
4chan logo
4chandata.png
URL 4chandata.org
Project status Online!
Archiving status Not saved yet
Project source Unknown
Project tracker Unknown
IRC channel #archiveteam (on EFnet)
Project lead Unknown

A considerably wide cross-section of 4chan's boards, starting at August 8 2012. Ironically, despite being an imageboard archive, the site itself is unwilling to host images due to the possibility of legal issues surrounding content. While there is content overlap with the Fuuka-based archivers, the site's good to include for the sake of completeness.

Fuuka-based Archivers

Fuuka is a special imageboard backend that allows servers to archive entire boards on 4chan.

Foolz Verbatim 4chan Board Archive

Foolz.us 4chan Board Archive
4chan logo
Foolz.jpg
URL Foolz.us
Project status Online!
Archiving status Not saved yet
Project source Unknown
Project tracker Unknown
IRC channel #archiveteam (on EFnet)
Project lead Unknown

The Foolz archive is the latest incarnation of a constant effort to archive entire 4chan boards, 24/7. This has not always gone smoothly; the archives on Foolz descend from another Fuuka-based archiver that went down and nearly lost all their threads.

It would be a good idea to persuade them to upload content to the Internet Archive, just in the likely case that the same disaster will befall them.

Suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com

Status: Online

A Fuuka archiver for 4chan's /tg/.

rbt.asia/rebeccablacktech.com

Status: Online

A Fuuka archiver for /con/, /cgl/, /g/, /mu/, /soc/, and /w/. (/soc/ is gone, not sure where it moved yet.)

archive.heinessen.com

Status: Online

A Fuuka archiver for /an/, /fit/, /k/, /mlp/, /r9k/, /toy/, and /x/.


archive.installgentoo.net

Status: Online

A Fuuka archiver for /diy/, /g/, and /sci/.


fuuka.warosu.org

Status: Online

A Fuuka archiver for /3/, /cgl/, /ck/, /fa/, /ic/, /jp/, /lit/, /q/, /tg/, and /vr/.


archive.4plebs.org

Status: Online

A Fuuka archiver for /hr/, /o/, /pol/, /s4s/, /tg/, /tv/, and /x/.


archive.thedarkcave.org

Status: Online

A Fuuka archiver for /c/, /int/, /out/, and /po/.


loveisover.me

Status: Online

A Fuuka archiver for /d/ and /i/. NSFW to the core.

List of Fuuka Archivers by board

(incomplete)

  • /3/ - 3DCG
    • fuuka.warosu.org
  • /a/ - Anime & Manga
    • foolz.us
  • /an/ - Animals & Nature
    • archive.heinessen.com
  • /c/ - Anime/Cute
    • archive.thedarkcave.org
  • /co/ - Comics & Cartoons
    • foolz.us
  • /con/ - Conventions
    • rbt.asia
  • /cgl/ - Cosplay & EGL
    • rbt.asia
    • fuuka.warosu.org
  • /ck/ - Food & Cooking
    • fuuka.warosu.org
  • /d/ - Hentai/Alternative
    • loveisover.me
  • /diy/ - Do It Yourself
    • archive.installgentoo.net
  • /fa/ - Fashion
    • fuuka.warosu.org
  • /fit/ - Fitness
    • archive.heinessen.com
  • /g/ - Technology
    • rbt.asia
  • /gd/ - Graphic Design
    • foolz.us
  • /hr/ - High Resolution
    • archive.4plebs.org
  • /i/ - Oekaki
    • loveisover.me
  • /ic/ - Artwork & Critique
    • fuuka.warosu.org
  • /int/ - International
    • archive.thedarkcave.org
  • /jp/ - Otaku Culture
    • foolz.us
    • fuuka.warosu.org
  • /k/ - Weapons
    • archive.heinessen.com
  • /lit/ - Literature
    • fuuka.warosu.org
  • /m/ - Mecha
    • foolz.us
  • /mlp/ - My Little Pony
    • archive.heinessen.com
  • /mu/ - Music
    • rbt.asia
  • /o/ - Autos
    • archive.4plebs.org
  • /out/ - Outdoors
    • archive.thedarkcave.org
  • /po/ - Papercraft & Origami
    • archive.thedarkcave.org
  • /pol/ - Politically Incorrect
    • archive.4plebs.org
  • /q/ - 4chan Feedback
    • foolz.us
    • fuuka.warosu.org
  • /r9k/ - ROBOT9000
    • archive.heinessen.com
  • /soc/ - Cams & Meetups
    • rbt.asia
  • /sp/ - Sports
    • foolz.us
  • /tg/ - Traditional Games
    • Suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com
    • foolz.us
    • fuuka.warosu.org
    • archive.4plebs.org
  • /s4s/ - Shit 4chan Says
    • archive.4plebs.org
  • /toy/ - Toys
    • archive.heinessen.com
  • /tv/ - Television & Film
    • foolz.us
    • archive.4plebs.org
  • /v/ - Video Games
    • foolz.us
  • /vg/ - Video Games - General
    • foolz.us
  • /vp/ - Pokemon
    • foolz.us
  • /vr/ - Retro Games
    • foolz.us
    • fuuka.warosu.org
  • /w/ - Wallpapers
    • rbt.asia
  • /wsg/ - Worksafe GIFs
    • foolz.us
  • /x/ - Paranormal
    • archive.heinessen.com
    • archive.4plebs.org
  • /u/ - Yuri
    • nsfw.foolz.us


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