As making a post without filling in the "Name" field causes posts to be attributed to "Anonymous", general understanding on 4chan holds that Anonymous is not a single person but a collective (hive) of users.4chan also has a junior moderation team, called "janitors", who may delete posts or images and suggest that the normal moderation team ban a user, but who can not post with a capcode.
The site quickly became popular, expanded, and now features boards dedicated to a wide variety of topics, from anime/manga to videogames, music, literature, fitness, politics, and sports. Users generally post anonymously, with the most recent posts appearing above the rest.4chan is split into various boards with their own specific content and guidelines. Launched on October 1, 2003, the site was modeled on Japanese imageboards, particularly Futaba Channel.It is provided to its users free of charge and consumes a large amount of bandwidth; as a result, its financing has often been problematic.Poole acknowledges that donations alone cannot keep the site online, so he has turned to advertising to help make ends meet.
In this talk, Poole mainly attributed this to the anonymous system, and to the lack of data retention on the site ("The site has no memory.").