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Can I Donate Money to 4chan?

Updated on August 1, 2011

Say what you will, but one of the coolest sites to have popped up in the past decade is  The community and culture that has sprung up around 4chan reaches far beyond the bounds of any typical- even extraordinary website.  Being as cool as it is, you might wonder how you can give back to 4chan.  Here is your guide to doing just that.

moot - owner of 4chan (to the right)
moot - owner of 4chan (to the right) | Source

Sending Money - Not a Current Option

If you want to donate to 4chan, you'll find that taking a traditional route (i.e. giving money) is not exactly an option.  As they state in the faq on, the risque nature of a lot of the site's content makes the site somewhat... erm... scary for a lot of online payment processors, hence they typically deny service to the site.

With online money donations being out of the question, you might wonder if it is possible to send money via check, or perhaps send over a steel suitcase full of stacks of twenty dollar bills.  Unfortunately, 4can is not accepting those forms of payment right now either.

Sending Alternative Donations - Also Not Accepted

Right.  So right now, you cannot donate money to 4chan.  But hey- you've got some amazing hardware that you're not using, and you're thinking that perhaps you can donate THAT to 4chan.  And heck, you wouldn't mind offering some bandwidth too. Why not give these non-monetary things?

Well, they're also off the table.  At this time, 4chan is also not accepting alternative donations of computer hardware,  bandwidth, or hosting.  They really appreciate the thought, though - they say so on their faq page!

So while acceptance of alternative donations might be permissible in the future, you'll have to sit tight for now.

So how DO I donate to 4chan?

Chances are that the first thing you wanted to donate to 4chan was money, and you're smart to think so, because the site does require cash to run.

Where does the cash come from? Ad revenue.  

How can you make sure that 4chan continues to get the income it needs to stay alive?  Keep browsing around on the site, don't block advertisements, and leave your cookies unblocked as well.  Adverts may be annoying sometimes, but they keep sites alive, so don't shoot them down!

Now, on their faq page, they say that you can help them by "clicking ads relevant to your interests on a daily basis."  This is true- it will help them.  But ONLY click on ads in which you are legitimately interested, and don't click on ads just because you think it'll earn 4chan money.  I say this because you could get the site in trouble for clickfraud, and if that happens, and (god forbid) the site have ads disabled, you'll have contributed to its downfall.  And that would make you a real @#$%$%&%^*&^%$%$%&%^& 4%^%^&-3%$&$%^&#$%.   And a $%^$#-#%^^$%#  3$%^$^, too.

How else can I help?

Aside from supporting 4chan by browsing around on the site without ads disabled and occasionally (and legitimately) clicking on adverts that are relevant and interesting to you, you can help 4chan by being an active, helpful member of the community.

You might want to help by volunteering to become staff, but admission to the moderation team takes place by invitation only, so you've got to be pretty cool to make it. As I said, then, the best thing you can do is be an active, COOL, member of the 4chan community.

That said, keep an eye out for new ways in which you can give back in the future.  We owe a lot to 4chan, which has left us with much more than just lolcats, pedobear, rickrolling, and "Chocolate Rain."


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    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      I'm not advocating ad clicks unless there's legitimate interest. I agree; interaction should be natural. :)

    • thisisoli profile image


      5 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      Seriously, advocating ad clicks?

      Ad interaction should be natural, not promoted.

    • tillsontitan profile image

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      You learn something new every day! Now I'll have to check out 4chan. Thanks for the interesting article as always, presented in an interesting way!

    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Simply put, 4chan is an imageboard website that has been the birthplace of some of the greatest internet memes! It's known as a hotbed of internet subculture, shenanigans, and even a bit of edgy activism.

    • cheapsk8chick profile image


      7 years ago

      This is an interesting article. What is 4chan and what do they do?


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