However, it would almost be exactly one year later when all that changed. This caused massive controversy in it's era, as of course raiding had become hugely popular in that era the building blocks of what would become Anonymous' reputation. Many 4chan users were outraged enough to leave the site and quite a number of those immigrated to 7chan. This would be a somewhat ironic reputation, as in it's latter years 7chan became more known for having much stricter moderation than 4chan. The exact number of people who moved to 7chan permanently from 4chan can be highly debated, the war left 7chan's name lasting long in the memories of the collective imageboard user base.
8chan, 8kun, 4chan, Endchan: What you need to know
A rash of postings that may be related to mass shootings has put a spotlight on loosely moderated forums known as chan boards or image boards. While many people who visit these sites simply share memes or discuss video games, the sites have also become a gathering place for white supremacists and right-wing nationalists who take advantage of the freewheeling and anonymous nature of the boards. The anything-goes attitude has led chan boards to become swamps of hateful commentary.
An imageboard is a type of Internet forum that revolves around the posting of images, often alongside related text and discussion. The first imageboards were created in Japan as an extension of the textboard concept. These sites later inspired the creation of a number of English-language imageboards, such as 4chan.