Usually plural. A general form for members of image board communities like 4chan
. Sometimes used for the group of image board itself.
In the English speaking parts of the world the *chan culture started in 2003 with 4chan
.org which was a copy of the Japanese Futaba Channel, a japanese image board set up in 2001. *chan boards provide images and messages about many subjects, mainly video games, manga, anime, drawing & art projects, and lots of pr0n
. Ordinarily they do not require registration so anyone can be anonymous. This led to the building of the "Anonymous
" culture. Many Anonymous members have been using *chan boards for hoax
bomb threats (Stevenson High Threat
Stadium bombing threat), real murder announcements (Jokela High School
shooting) the planning of hacking
) in the past years. Some got tracked down and sentenced despite of the anonymity.