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4chan Launches '$20 Bug Bounty' After Hackers Ruin moot's Day 79

mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "4chan's founder Moot has launched a bug bounty for the site after it was hacked, but is offering a meager $20 in 'self-serve ad spend' for all bugs. The bounty program was launched after the website and Moot's Amazon accounts were hacked. The intrusion spelled the end for DrawQuest which was closed after Moot decided it was not worth spending money to ensure the unprofitable but popular drawing platform was secure."
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4chan Launches '$20 Bug Bounty' After Hackers Ruin moot's Day

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 07, 2014 @11:57AM (#46940545)

    He's dealt with its community with astounding elegance. And never bowed down and cashed out like Slashdot did.

    I'm sure more than one moneyman waved a check at him thinking he had an idea of how to monetize the site. Selling it to a corporation would mean instant death (no corporate structure would deal with such an army of crazy people)

    In any case, who the fuck are you to call him a loser?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 07, 2014 @12:31PM (#46940879)

    Honestly, you have no idea what you're talking about. The whole "HUR 4CHAN IS EVIL" thing is essentially a forced meme among communities of kids like Gamefaqs or Reddit. They act like it's Valley of Defilement from Demon's Souls, in that the second you walk in there's a bunch of once-human monsters covered in toxic goo and their own feces who want nothing more than to club you to death, when really it's nothing like that.

    What I remember 4Chan for are things like Katawa Shoujo, or the group on /vr/ that occasionally translates Game Center CX episodes, the time people from /v/ delivered Gabe Newell a locked crate and charged him $2.50 to open it. 4Chan is exactly what it set out to be - an anonymous imageboard made for the discussion of anime and Japanese culture (and later other things). It's more popular than the board it spun off (2Chan), and hasn't sold its soul to a mega-corporation, ala Slashdot, Gamefaqs, Reddit , and every other forum out there. Moot makes no money off it. Even the donations from 4Chan Passes are used entirely to pay for the servers and upkeep.

    So no, I think a site's userbase is what you make of it. Of course, judging from your post, you're going a long way to making Slashdot's comments section the most asinine userbase on the internet.

  • by slashmydots ( 2189826 ) on Wednesday May 07, 2014 @12:42PM (#46940999)
    Finally, a comment from someone who actually knows something about 4chan.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 07, 2014 @01:28PM (#46941595)
    Pretty much. Reddit literally censors itself from 'controversial' topics, such as Snowden leaks, because they feel it would 'distract' the reader base. I am done with that place, they are only interested in circle jerking pre approved topics and lines of thought. The beauty of 4chan is that there is no moderation at all, you pretty much have to read everyone's crappy opinion, or you can just leave the site. This forces you to take every post rather skeptically, and detaches ego from content, meaning you might actually come across a solid argument, and even learn something or change your mind for the better (or worse) in the process.
  • by TangoMargarine ( 1617195 ) on Wednesday May 07, 2014 @01:44PM (#46941747) Journal

    Free speech is messy. Completely free speech is completely messy.

    Hail Eris

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