Rules of the Internet is a set of rule and protocols, originally it made as a guide for those who identified themselves with the Internet group Anonymous. The list serves as a summation of popular catchphrases and axioms commonly associated with 4chan.

There is no real set of Rules to the Internet, only a standard four on which everyone agrees (1, 2, 33, 34, and 35) and some bullshit rules that came out of nowhere. Rules 12 and 13, however, apply universally and ruthlessly, whether you agree with them or not, and people’s reputations are regularly destroyed as a result of breaking them. While 8 and 9 here are intended to specifically refer to /b/ on 4chan, in practical terms, the reality is that they actually apply on virtually every moderated Internet forum in existence. Some forums might have extremely extensive sets of written rules, but said rules generally won’t prevent the owner of the given site from banning someone for no reason at all, other than for the lulz.

1. Do not talk about /b/

2. Do NOT talk about /b/

3. We are Anonymous

4. Anonymous is legion

5. Anonymous never forgives

6. Anonymous can be a horrible, senseless, uncaring monster

7. Anonymous is still able to deliver

8. There are no real rules about posting

9. There are no real rules about moderation either – enjoy your ban

10. If you enjoy any rival sites – DON’T

11. All your carefully picked arguments can easily be ignored

12. Anything you say can and will be used against you

13. Anything you say can be turned into something else – fixed

14. Do not argue with trolls – it means that they win

15. The harder you try the harder you will fail

16. If you fail in epic proportions, it may just become a winning failure

17. Every win fails eventually

18. Everything that can be labeled can be hated

19. The more you hate it the stronger it gets

20. Nothing is to be taken seriously

21. Original content is original only for a few seconds before getting old

22. Copypasta is made to ruin every last bit of originality

23. Copypasta is made to ruin every last bit of originality

24. Every repost is always a repost of a repost

25. Relation to the original topic decreases with every single post

26. Any topic can be easily turned into something totally unrelated

27. Always question a person’s sexual preferences without any real reason

28. Always question a person’s gender – just in case it’s really a man

29. In the internet all girls are men and all kids are undercover FBI agents

30. There are no girls on the internet

31. TITS or GTFO – the choice is yours

32. You must have pictures to prove your statements

33. Lurk more – it’s never enough

34. There is porn of it, no exceptions

35. If no porn is found at the moment, it will be made

36. There will always be even more fucked up shit than what you just saw

37. You cannot divide by zero (just because the calculator says so)

38. No real limits of any kind apply here – not even the sky



41. Desu isn’t funny. Seriously guys. It’s worse than Chuck Norris jokes.

42. Nothing is Sacred

43. The more beautiful and pure a thing is – the more satisfying it is to corrupt it

44. Even one positive comment about Japanese things can make you a weeaboo

45. When one sees a lion, one must get into the car.

46. There is always furry porn of it.

47. The pool is always closed