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22-Nov-2015 18:08

Today I'm pleased to announce that Hiroyuki Nishimura, best known as the founder of 2channel, has taken my place as the owner of 4chan.Hiroyuki is a pioneer in the world of anonymous communities, and can be thought of as the great-grandfather of 4chan.

None of us would be using 4chan today—or potentially anonymous image board—if it weren't for him.I met Hiroyuki in 2011 and we became fast friends, bonding over our shared passion for creating and managing online communities.He is one of few individuals with a deep understanding of what it means to provide a digital home for tens of millions of people for more than a decade.There is nobody more qualified than Hiroyuki to lead 4chan, and I can't think of a person better suited for the task.4chan sits on the eve of two great milestones—its 2 post and 12th birthday.It has been a great privilege to serve as 4chan's founder and steward for almost twelve years, and I can't wait to see what lays in store under Hiroyuki's experienced leadership.

I founded 4chan eleven and a half years ago at the age of 15, and after more than a decade of service, I've decided it's time for me to move on.

4chan has faced numerous challenges over the years, including how to continuously satisfy a community of millions, and ensure the site has the human, technical, and financial resources to continue operating.

But the biggest hurdle it's had to overcome is myself.

As 4chan's sole administrator, decision maker, and keeper of most of its institutional knowledge, I've come to represent an uncomfortably large single point of failure.

I've spent the past two years working behind the scenes to address these challenges, and to provide 4chan with the foundation it needs to survive me by bolstering its finances, strengthening its infrastructure, and expanding and empowering its team of volunteers. The site isn't in danger of going under financially any time soon, and it's as fast and stable as ever thanks to continued development and recent server upgrades.

Team 4chan is also at its largest, and while I've still been calling the shots, I've delegated many of my responsibilities to a handful of trusted volunteers, most of whom have served the site for years.