Random, insane, and easily the most active board on 4chan.
If you add up all the posts to all the other boards on 4chan, the total still falls far short of /b/'s post count. Due to the massive volume, threads are automatically deleted after just one hour (as opposed to a few days for most other boards) in order to keep /b/ at a remotely sane size. Despite this, there are usually far more posts on /b/ than anywhere else at any given time. There are "no rules" on /b/, though in practice 4chan's global rules still apply.
Note that despite the lack of rules, it is possible to be banned from /b/. There are "no rules" for the moderators too, so they can ban you just because they feel like it. This is used by moot to explain why child porn can be banned from /b/ even though there aren't any rules. Bans on /b/ tend to be very brief -- unless you post kiddie porn, then it's probably a permaban.
- Advice for first-time users of /b/: look over the list of 4chan memes on this site VERY CAREFULLY, otherwise you will have no clue what's going on. Also, be prepared for anything. It is recommended to be extremely thick-skinned, and it's also highly recommended to have a very strong stomach. Or, if you wish, you may start at public toilet graffiti, and work your way up from there.
Home of the notorious breed of super-troll known as the /b/tard, /b/ is the very heart of the internet itself. Although credited as purely "Random", it is far, far more at it's deepest core.
It is a confusing, insulting and sexually offending hodgepodge of racism, weeaboos, Communism, Nazis, furry, gay porn, shock images, continually spammed memes and much more. Only the toughest of men can survive for more than 5 minutes on /b/, although repeated exposure can nullify the effects of this potentially dangerous part of the internet. In the perspective of users from other boards, everybody is thankful for /b/ as it is used to quarantine all the vile things found on the Internet that if /b/ goes down for even just a minute, chaos will spread everywhere.
A /b/tard is usually a member of Anonymous who frequents /b/. The name /b/tard was given due to the often accurate stereotype that user of /b/ are retards. Some people self identify as /b/tards in an attempt to take back the word from the negative into the positive.
- See also: Anonymous
/b/radio and /b/TV were projects of /b/, made by anonymous members of /b/. /b/radio was a shoutcast server where listeners could upload what they wanted to hear. The same people who created it also created /b/TV, which inspired /h/TV. It is recommended that Winamp is used to tune in.
/h/TV was an offspring of /b/TV. It does not exist any longer along with /b/radio and /b/TV.
- See: /b/ Hacks
Various CSS hacks by moot to alter the appearance (and sometimes functionality) of /b/, done for various reasons but usually just because he feels like it.
Deaths of /b/
Before 4chan died on June 20th, 2004, moot threatened to take down /b/ first, announcing this with a thread in /b/ (no stickies back then) which simply said something along the lines of "You have two hours. Enjoy" and the subject reading "ZERO HOUR". People then started to go nuts and post like crazy which was enjoyed by all, even more so as /b/ didn't get taken down at all. To this day, "Zero Hour" strikes fear and joy in a strange mixture of excitement in the heart of all /b/tards.
The Freezing of /b/
- See: The Freezing of /b/
- See: Original Content
Alternate / Wannabe/b/
- See: /b/day
As /b/ is a defining aspect of 4chan, most of the 4chan imitators have their own versions of /b/. None of them have achieved anywhere near the popularity of 4chan's /b/, and aside from 7chan, none of them have made any serious effort to "replace" the true /b/. In 7chan's case, a group of rebel /b/tards fled there because mods started enforcing anti-invasion rules after /i/nsurgents launched attacks on major furry sites.