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Hivemind 101

Post by ravenpaige on Thu Sep 22, 2011 8:33 pm

Before reading this series of articles, please read The Evolution of Anonymous and The Anonymous Meta-Agreement, in that order. This article provides an overview of the three phases of Anonymous: Chan Anonymous, Chanology Anonymous, and Antisec Anonymous

Introduction

Anonymous is a troll
The very first thing to understand about Anonymous is that it was conceived as an in-joke on 4chan /b/. Anonymous is a satire on the chaotic, unruly nature of the Internet. Anonymous is the personification or archytype of Anonymity, Trolling, and Lulz all rolled into one. This satire is not meant to be a commentary on what should happen on the Internet, but what does happen.

Anonymous is the hivemind
The second thing to understand is that Anonymous only truly exists in the Collective Intelligence of those who hold this concept of Anonymous as a satire on the Internet in common. Anonymous only exists in the Anonymous Hivemind, in which all participants are truly "Anonymous", without a forum handle or identifying personal features. Thus, we here on this forum can talk about Anonymous, but under our forum handles, none of us are Anonymous. Anonymous can only be understood in the plural sense.

The Vibe is a Post-Chan Manifestation of Anonymous

The impetus of the Vibe (Virtual Tribe), and this article, is to approach the study of lulz within Internet communities from the aspects of History, Theory, Philosophy, and Practice, and to propose a vision of Anonymous trolling communities that thwart "cancer" effectively, ultimately leading to the development of creative, lulzy, and sustainable communities that are capable of conducting organized trollings and/or "hacktivism" both OL (Online) and IRL (In Real Life). What follows is an overview of the traditional *chan Anonymous, its history and its culture.

Internet Haet Machine: Anonymous Trolling for the Lulz

The Internet Haet Machine, a meme coined by the infamous Fox 11 piece on Anonymous back in 2007, is the means by which ordinary LOLs, a basic force of the Internets, is corrupted into Lulz. While the word "Anonymous" means different things depending who you ask, the concept of an Anonymous Community that Trolls for the Lulz - colloquially termed an Internet Hate Machine, applies to an Internet community that has achieved self-awareness, and the life cycle thereof.

Hivemind Genesis and the TOTSE Principle

The Anonymous community began ostensibly for a purpose other than trolling for the lulz; in the case of /b/, an imageboard for users of the Something Awful forum's anime/tentacle rape subforum (This is a fact. You don't have to accept the *channer culture, but at least acknowledge that Anonymous was born in it). The TOTSE Principle must exist from the beginning: the complete freedom and anonymity that makes trolling for the lulz acceptable. In addition, understanding the golden rule of the Internet - The Internet is serious business (satire here, folks) - is a prerequisite to understanding the TOTSE Principle. Anonymous, Trolling, and Lulz, the three aspects of the TOTSE Principle, will be explained here.

The Internet is Serious Business
The Internet isn't real. It's just words on a page, pixels on a screen. Anyone who takes Internet drama seriously is by nature a ritard.

The Internet Is Serious Business is a phrase used to remind those who have just been successfully trolled that being mocked on the Internet is, in fact, the end of the world. Common variations include, Internet... Serious Fucking Business, The Internet: Serious Business, SRS BIZNS and even just INTERNET!! Plural: The Internets Are Serious Businesses.

The phrase is often used as the text of an image macro or to highlight the complexity (stupidity) of a heated debate (flame war) in an internet forum.

Anonymous
The troll finds safety within the writhing, chaotic masses of the Anonymous community. It is his lifeline, his primary source of sustainment. The troll does not shit where he eats. His duty is to protect his hivemind, not destroy it in a shitstorm of fail-trolling.

Anonymity is a troll's primary defense against retaliation from butthurt Lolcows. Even if a troll manages to keep his identity veiled, he will eventually reveal himself by his manner of speech, his personal biases, his style of writing. However, only those who have lurked the community for a while will be able to identify users by their writing style.

Moreover, being Anonymous protects a troll from himself/herself. Within an Anonymous community, there is nothing to lose. Everyone is equally worthless. As long as the troll sees his name as just another mask that can be changed at will, he will not suffer from the depredations of his own ego.



"Anonymous is not a person, nor is it a group, movement, or cause; Anonymous is a collective of people with too much time on their hands, a commune of human thought and useless imagery. A gathering of sheep and fools, assholes and trolls, and normal everyday responsible people (NORPs); netizens. An anonymous collective, left to its own devices, quickly builds its own society out of rage and haet."

Anonymous is a collective concept of a self-aware hivemind.

Trolling

Trolls are the sandworms of the internet, ''a la'' Dune. Wherever those with Unwarranted Self-Importance (USI) send vibrations of drama throughout the cyberscape, trolls gather to feed upon it. They convert the fail into lulz, allowing intelligent posting and quality to thrive.

"The troll is the lulz. The lulz is the troll."

A troll's purpose is to cause controversy. He seeks out the low-hanging fruit, playing pseudo-naive or taking an extreme position in order to get a rise out of actual naives or extremists. A troll feeds on the emotional reactions he can cause.

A skilled troll can just appear to cause no conflict and agree with people and do it in such a way to provoke everyone else into a shitstorm (Successful troll is successful). Even when someone knows how to troll, they usually fail to be funny and then experience troll's remorse A.K.A being a butthurt, empathetic, douchenozzle. Such feelings tend to pass once they realize that people who think The Internet is serious business and get upset by trolling really ought to quit the Internet (ragequit). Once they reach this point, they are said to suffer from Internet troll personality disorder. After long enough, they may even develop Chronic Troll Syndrome.

The most important thing that any troll should remember is not to believe in what you are saying, and be comfortable with telling made up lies whilst avoiding the truth or any factual details about your own life because not only are these boring, they could be used to identify you (unless, of course, you also lie about the details of your life.) To avoid the onset of troll's remorse, follow this technique and just lead them further down the avenue of trolling, swallowing your bait hook, line, and sinker.

Only when one is a skilled troll can they pull off trolling IRL, such as "Agent Pubeit", IRL Harry Potter spoilers, etc.

Lulz
Lulz, plural form and a corruption of LOL, are the spice of the Internet, the substance that powers online communities, allowing them to grow and evolve. "I did it for the lulz" is a troll's mantra, his ''raison d'etre''.

"Lulz is laughter at someone's expense (from the German concept of "Schadenfreude"). Just as the element of surprise transforms the physical act of love into something beautiful (raep), the butthurt of a laughed-at victim transforms lol into lulz, making it longer, girthier, and more pleasurable."

Word of Mouth Epidemic
The community grows rapidly due to a word of mouth epidemic, developing into a cesspool and breeding ground for new memes, until it reaches a critical mass of potential lulz.

Defining Struggle
A single spark, an adverse event of drama, trolling, modfaggotry, and lulz, sets off a chain reaction during which the community develops a collective concept of itself in relation to its struggle for survival. The hivemind is born.

The protagonist(s) of this struggle can be internal (the modfags, userbase factions, etc.) or external (a DDoS attack by another skiddie or community). The /b/tards' struggle against moot's ban on trolling furfaggotry, as well as cross-site trolling raids in general, involved a mixture of both, and defined the collective concept of Anonymous, ultimately culminating in the events of /b/-day, when /b/tards crapflooded their own board.

Hivemind

The Defining Struggle won, the Anonymous community develops a collective identity of itself, tested by fire and battle-scarred. This is the hey-day of the community, when creativity flourishes and production of lulz is at its peak. But like any peak, the decline can be shockingly rapid and abrupt, brought on by a phenomenon that has yet to be fully understood; Eternal September.

Irreversible Cancer

While /b/-day is widely regarded as the watershed event leading to /b/'s decline, casting many /b/tards into space never to return, the The Declaration of /b/ Independence preserved something of that culture for a time at 7chan. However, whether or not a community achieves a moral victory during its defining struggle, the process of decline into Eternal September is nigh-on impossible to reverse. Depending on the size of the community in question, this period of decline may still produce many lulzworthy situations, and in fact may produce the most epic events in the history of the community, but the essential core of users who first sparked the word of mouth epidemic will have since moved on to greener cyber pastures.

The xChan effect

The xChan effect refers to the phases a person goes through once they first enter a *chan-based website. For our purposes the xChan effect will be simplified to the Newfag and the Oldfag, as well as the mediating force between the two, the Modfag (assumed to mean all admins, mods, etc.); the three main players in that defining struggle that makes a *chan community self aware.

"Welcome to NOOB-VILLE. Now LURK MOAR."

Newfag
The newfag’s role is to lurk moar, otherwise he'll get trolled to the point of ragequitting. This trolling will provide lulz which in turn feeds the community. However, if the newfag is successful at lurking moar and understanding how the community works and his/her own role within it, he/she becomes an oldfag.

Being overly self-conscious of one's status as a Newfag, e.g. calling oneself an Oldfag, calling others Newfags, automatically makes you a Newfag in Anonymous culture. Faggotry is as faggotry does. Even speaking about the Newfag/Oldfag phenomenon verges on fail, but the Philosophy of Epic Fail, explained later on in this piece, enables discussion of this topic without substantial hit point loss.

Namefags are an especially cancerous form of newfag, that if left unchecked, will destroy the collective identity in favor of the circlejerking and drama that these individual egos inevitably bring.

Oldfag
Some say /b/ was a bunch of adults acting like 14 year olds. Actually, /b/ was originally 14 year olds pretending to be adults acting like 14 year olds.

As a community ages, those oldfags who were around during its inception become increasingly antagonistic towards cancerous, unfunny newfags who fail to lurk moar. The oldfag's role is to improve his/her trolling skill and understanding of how Anonymous uses trolling in order to create lulz to such an extent that he/she is essentially able to accomplish anything by trolling, be it creative or destructive.

The oldfag also provides the newfag an opportunity to lurk moar by observing oldfags "doing it right" (Am I doin it rite?). Doing it right in an Anonymous community means changing your name constantly or only posting as “Anonymous”, never building a reputation, and trolling anyone who tries to be a namefag.

You’ll never know an oldfag by his/her reputation, but by his/her ability to troll and create lulz.

Modfag
In a trolling community, modfags must be the greatest trolls of all. Inherent in trolling is the ability to detect a troll. In addition, modfags must keep the particularly cancerous newfags under control with swift application of the banhammer, while walking the fine line between "mods = gods" and "mods = fags". When a mod takes action against an unfunny newfag, the mod is a god. When the mod goes on a power trip, mods = fags.


Code of Trollshido: Curing Cancer Without Causing Cancer

Cancer occurs naturally in a troll community as newfags join hoping to experience the same lulz that first sparked the word of mouth epidemic. This cancer is compounded by the lack of a clearly defined ethic of trolling.

As oldfags rage against the newfags for doing it wrong, they also argue amongst each other over how to do it right. Meanwhile modfags get caught in the crossfire of the oldfag/newfag slapfight, attempting to stop the growing cancer. The modfags lose interest in banhammering any cancer at all, allowing it to reach a point of metastasis, resulting in Eternal September.

While it's highly debatable whether any community can avoid the eventual death of quality, the education of a userbase as to an ethic of trolling can go a long way towards extending the half-life of any Anonymous-based community by preventing cancer before it starts, thereby curing cancer without causing cancer. What follows is an explanation of the principles of the constructive troll, written in lulzy language. The author acknowledges that some of these concepts don't translate readily into other languages.

Code of Trollshido

At least 100 years ago, Nitrollbe Ilolzo authored Trollshido: The Soul of The Chans, an interpretation of the Trollurai code of behavior. Evolving as an unwritten ethic over 9000 days of inter-chan conflict known as the Age of Lulz (ca. 2004 to 2010), Ilolzo laid out the essential precepts of the lulzalrous trollurai; an Art of Chanliness.

ROFLitude or Great Justice
Trollshido refers not only to raiding great justice, but to personal great justice. Great Justice is the strongest virtue of Trollshido. A well known troll defines it this way:

"ROFLitude is one's power to decide upon a course of lulz in accordance with drama, without wavering; to an hero when to an hero is right, to troll when to troll is right." Another speaks of it in the following terms: "Great Justice is the bone that gives firmness and stature. Without bones the Trollface cannot rest on top of the spine, nor hands type nor feet rest on top of your monitor. So without Great Justice neither lulziness nor lurking moar can make the basement dweller into a troll." -Ilolzo

Raeg
Trollshido distinguishes between butthurt and raeg:
"FUCKING NEWFAGS"

"Raeg is worthy of being counted among virtues only if it's exercised in the cause of Great Justice and ROFLitude. In his '''Analolcts''' Trollfucius says: "Perceiving what is lulz and letting newfags do it wrong reveals a lack of Raeg." In short, "Raeg is making the newfags do it right." -Ilolzo

Surprise Buttsecks or Raep
A troll invested with the power to lol and the power to ragequit was expected to demonstrate equally extraordinary powers of surprise buttsecks and raep:

"Lulz, anonymity, faggotry towards others, and facepalm, are the traits of Surprise Buttsecks, the highest attribute of the Troll soul. Both Trollfucius and LMAOencius often said the highest requirement of a modfag of trolls is Surprise Buttsecks (Banhammer)." -Ilolzo

Apathy
Discerning the difference between obsession with trolling and apathy can be difficult for casual visitors (newfags) to the *chans, but for a true troll, apathy is rooted in surprise buttsecks (raep):

"Apathy and anti-social manners have been noticed by every foreign tourist (NORP) as distinctive Chanese traits. But Apathy should be the expression of raeping the feelings of others: it's a poor virtue if it's motivated only by the hope of offending good taste. In its highest form Apathy approaches haet." -Ilolzo

STFU and Basement Dwelling
True trollurai, according to author Nitrollbe, disdained forced memes believing that "trolls must grudge forced memes, for stupid meme-spewing newfags hinder lulz." Thus newfags of high-ranking trollurai were raised to believe that posting about forced memes showed poor taste, and that ignorance of the value of different forced memes showed good lurking: Trollshido "encouraged STFU, not for lulzical reasons so much as for the exercise of basement dwelling. Verbal diarrhea was thought the greatest menace to trollhood, and severe STFU was required of the troll class ... the random meme generator and Advice Dog were abhorred." -Ilolzo

E-penis
Though ''Trollshido'' deals with the obsession of trolling, it is equally concerned with non-trolling behavior.

"The sense of E-penis, a vivid consciousness of personal dignity (unwarranted self importance) and lulziness, characterized the trollurai. He logged on and lurked moar to value the duties and privileges of his obsession. Fear of getting doxed, butthurt, and trolled into ragequitting hung like a trollface over the head of every trollurai ... To take offense at slight provocation was ridiculed as "Lolcow." As the popular adage put it: 'True E-penis means bearing unbearable trolling.'" -Ilolzo

Raiding

The lulzonomic reality that resulted from /b/-day has dealt a blow to organizational trolling around the internets. Nonetheless, true trolls continue raiding those by whom they are offended:

"Trolling a furfag was the most distinctive virtue of the ROFLeudal era. Personal fidelity exists among all sorts of trolls: a gang of skiddies swears allegiance to its wigger leaderfag. But only in the code of Trollshido does Raiding assume paramount importance." -Ilolzo

Lulziness and Lurking Moar
''Trollshido'' teaches that trolls should behave according to an absolute lulzy standard, one that transcends logic. What's lulz is lulz, and what's unfunny is unfunny. The difference between lulzy and unfunny are givens, not arguments subject to discussion or justification, and a troll should know the difference. Finally, it is a troll's obligation to teach newfags lulzy standards through the model of his own behavior:

"The first objective of trollurai education was to build up Lulziness. The subtler faculties of original content, memes, and netspeak were less important. Lurking superiority was esteemed, but a trollurai was essentially a troll for the lulz." -Ilolzo

Internet Change Machine: Philosophy of Epic Fail
Converting LOLs into World Change

As stated before, The Internet is serious business. However, this apparently simple statement bears closer examination.

Taking anything in an internet community seriously means you fail it. This is why many people resort to trolling, because if nothing is serious, then everything is for the lulz, and everyone knows the purest form of lulz is provided by the few, the proud, the trolls. Yet, doing it right requires that you take the Code of Trollshido seriously. What appears to be a paradox can only be resolved by either hanging up your trollface and logging off the internet (ragequitting), or resigning yourself to the fact that you fail epically. This is the basis of the Philosophy of Epic Fail.

Furthermore, as demonstrated by Scientology's censorship of the Tom Cruise video, the Internet becomes very serious business whenever information is censored; the Streisand Effect. The denizens of the Internet respond with great vengeance and furious anger at those who would attempt to censor and destroy their Internets. While the life and existence of any given online community is insignificant in the grand scheme of things, the existence of the Internet itself as a neutral medium is very significant to a troll's way of lulz.

"The hivemind interprets censorship as damage and rapes around it." -John Trollmore


Epic Fail Guys
EFG is mostly recognized by a Guy Fawkes mask

In the case of Scientology, censorship led to worldwide Anonymous IRL trolling in defense of the Internet and Freedom of Speech; an Internet Change Machine. The Epic Fail Guys were born on February 10th as a loosely affiliated trolling group, originally self-aware of their involvement in Project Chanology, but it wasn't until April's decentralization campaign that EFG became localized to major regions and cities.

What is Epic Fail Guy?
Sup Guise! Am I doing it right?

From Encyclopedia Dramatica:

"The Epic Fail Guy (now a.k.a. Epic Win Guy due to an epic get on 4chan) is the epitome of being a complete fucking faggot on the internet. Primarily the persona is represented by an ongoing series of shoop based stories that Anonymous generates, roleplaying this character going about various methods of failing completely. Some people fail, but they never fail as hard as EFG can fail. He's like fail with ADD, on PCP's permanently stuck on fucking turbo mode with a jet rocket shoved ten miles up his vagina. No combo breaker can halt him.

This minor forced meme grew into a true meme of epic proportions when in one adventure he pulled a Guy Fawkes mask out of a bin. This image of a stickfigure wearing a mask much like in V for Vendetta became a meme and from then on most depictions of EFG will involve this mask. His appearance on /b/ is celebrated, but within the chan-o-sphere he's viewed negatively by oldfags who assume only newfags enjoy his presence. Thus, EFG can be used to enrage (troll) oldfags if represented improperly.

Guy Fawkes, the epic failure, was pwned before he could enact the Gunpowder Plot because King James utilized an early form of the Party van (secret service) to stop the plan. Thus Guy became an Epic Fail that would be remembered for at least 100 years.

In threads that the OP or a majority of posters are undergoing complete and total failure, posting a picture of EFG is considered enough to tell Anonymous that he is failing the interbutts."

Who are the Epic Fail Guys?
TL;DR: You fail at the internets.

The Epic Fail Guys are IRL trolls. Taking the analogy of posting EFG in a fail thread, showing up IRL in front of an organization that is known to fail epically at the Internet ''should be'' a sufficient means of communicating this fact to said organization. However, some people like David Miscavige can't take a hint. Best known for Project Chanology, global protests and flash raids in support of the War Against Scientology, EFG have begun to branch out into similar projects as well as general IRL trolling for the lulz.

TL;DR: We fail and we're proud of it.

The fact of the matter is if you use the Internet enough to know about the Epic Fail Guys, you probably have no life. The Epic Fail Guys admit their own failure up front. Only when you admit your own failure can you convert the failure around you into win and lulz without becoming trollbait yourself.

TL;DR: We pretty much troll everyone.
"All aboard the troll train"
*We get to troll scifags because they can't accept any criticism.
*We get to troll moralfags because they can't take jokes.
*We get to troll "oldfag" channers because they take the idea of "anonymous elite haxxors" way too seriously.
*We get to troll fellow lulzfags by simply being retarded and pretending we care.

Philosophy of Epic Fail
TL;DR: Epic Fail Guy fails so hard he wins.

For those who prefer to dwell on the more intellectual and philosophical aspects of Anonymous IRL raids, The Epic Fail Guys explore the philosophical pathway created by EFG's transcendence of failure.


From Encyclopedia Dramatica:

"In philosophical terms, Epic Fail Guy (EFG, hereafter) represents the stage beyond the synthetic Existentialist/Tiplerian Omega; that is, he transcends and defines a new, Riemann-like space such that, for every instance of failure ''f'', ''f(inf)'' --> ''efg!WIN''. This can be presented in a number of ways using both symbolic logic and/or traditional didactic philosophy. An example of the latter in Hegelian dialectical terms would be '''1. Thesis --> 2. Antithesis --> 3. Synthesis < EFG'''. Or, as one young cosplayer/philosopher at an anime con put it, "Epic Fail Guy is that guy who fails so hard he wins." ''Ex ore infantium et lactantium!'' (Ps. 8:2)

[[Image:Efgvenn.jpg|thumb|right|Venn diagram makes clear transcendental nature of EFG]]
In philosophical terms, EFG is enormously impactful, on par with the development of transfinite number theory in mathematics. This is more than mere pomo textual tweaking: by taking Failure qua Failure beyond a fascinating philosophical Ultimate, Epic Fail Guy allows the qualiate to transcend failure itself, thus defining/creating a new existential level in which qualium FAIL and qualium WIN are co-existent and congruent. Broadly speaking, EFG allows/creates a philosophic pathway between the "yucky" two-valued dialectic and a post-dialectical, ontological state where Win and Fail become, in a sense, a "delicious cake" — in other words, functions of one another rather than opposites. QED"

Philosophy of Epic Fail Applied: Thunderdome

The nature of IRL and even online trolling is that it attracts media attention and as a result, newfags, moralfags, and NORPs, all of which are known to take life way too seriously. By applying the Philosophy of Epic Fail in the WhyWeProtest Forum's Thunderdome, Epic Fail Guys converted serious business and anti-lulz into drama and win.

Controlled Fail: And Nothing of Value Was Lost

TL;DR: Every action is of equal importance because your life will be over altogether too soon.

Adapted from A Separate Reality:

"You should know by now that a troll of knowledge lives by trolling, not by thinking about trolling, nor by thinking about what he will think when he has finished trolling. A troll of knowledge chooses a path with heart and follows it; then he looks and ROFLs and LOLs; and then he sees and knows. He knows that his life will be over altogether too soon; he knows that he, as well as everybody else, is not going anywhere; he knows, because he sees, that nothing is more important than anything else.

In other words, a troll of knowledge has no honour, no dignity, no family, no name, no country, but only life to be lived, and under these circumstances his only tie to his fellow trolls is his controlled fail. Thus a troll of knowledge endeavours, and sweats, and faps, and if one looks at him he is just like any ordinary troll, except that the fail of his life is under control. Nothing being more important than anything else, a troll of knowledge chooses any act, and acts it out as if what he does matters and makes him act as if it did, and yet he knows that it doesn't; so when he fulfills his acts he retreats in peace, and whether his acts were lulzy or anti-lulz, or win or fail, is in no way part of his concern.

A troll of knowledge may choose, on the other hand, to remain totally anti-lulz and never troll, and behave as if to be anti-lulz really matters to him; he will be rightfully true at that too, because that would also be his controlled fail." -Carlulz Castaneda

TL;DW: It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything. -Tyler Durden

Anonymous Adjusted for Operation Purposes

I will now expound upon some aspects of the philosophy and culture of Anonymous, adjusted for operational purposes; the Chanology Anonymous.

1) Anonymous Shows Us How to Organize

Those of us who were around for Project Chanology learned many hard lessons. Now in The Plan we have an opportunity to apply these lessons.

1a) Keep Anonymous Entertained At All Costs!!!

At this juncture we haven't even decided how we might organize globally, but we must take great care in deciding, for once our global rhythm is set in motion, it will be nigh-on-impossible to stop or change without a loss of momentum. To move as a global collective takes great care and patience.

During Chanology, many of us involved noted that periods of drama and slackening of momentum occurred over the month in between each Global Protest against Scientology. It was during these lulls in the Lulz that Anons began eating one another alive, as trolls do when left without external targets. So we must develop a rhythmic framework that keeps us organized and acting cohesively on a global level, while never for a split-second dropping off in intensity.

1b) Prevent Drama Storms at All Costs!!!

Early on in Chanology, Darr became the quintessential example of an egotistical tyrant. Her actions, failures, and attempted power-grabbing of the Chanology movement from secret IRC chatrooms resulted in the "Operation Reconnect debacle", a drama-filled shitstorm resulting in a good 80% of those who had shown up for the initial February 10th, 2008 protest leaving Chanology for good.

Those who remained were left to pick up the pieces and build a new momentum, and attempt to salvage a moral victory from the mess. This victory eventually came to pass as Scientology came under investigation or was banned outright in every major country in the world. But it could have been achieved sooner if not for that loss of momentum.

1c) Leaders are Necessary. Tyrants are Not.

A community needs leaders. It needs admins and moderators who pay the bills, keep the website online, and facilitate the actions of the community; and understand that A website belongs to its community. It's the leaders who don't understand this principle that we can term tyrants.

1d)To be an Anon Requires Egolessness. To be an Admin of Anons Requires Selflessness.

To be a well-integrated Anon, you must be egoless. To become an admin or moderator of Anons, you must be selfless, for it is a thankless task. Anonymous, always and everywhere, gets the credit for what Anonymous does, and even what is done by nicknamed individuals on behalf of Anonymous.

1e) Anons Must Organize Professionally

This means that every single one of us must respect the boundaries between our personal lives as named human beings, and the monikers and masks we take take on as Anons when we take to the streets.

Guidelines of IRL Trolling:

1) Do not talk about Anonymous or The Plan.

2) DO NOT TALK ABOUT ANONYMOUS OR THE PLAN!
(Except online with a pseudonym or as Anonymous)

3) Do not ask or tell your legal names, nor get to know your fellow Anons personally (namedropping).

4) Do not take credit as a mundane for anything you do as an Anon (egodropping).

5) Do not show your faces to one another (facedropping).

6) When you operate as Anons wearing masks, always go in groups of at least 4 or more. (We are legion).

7) If you must go it alone, don't wear a mask. A lone Anon wearing a mask is even more conspicuous than a man passing out flyers discreetly. The point is to be incognito.

Most definitely do not find out where any Anon lives.

9) Take care not to let friends, coworkers, roommates, or classmates, NOT ANYONE IN REAL LIFE, know that you're involved in The Plan.

10) Do not get romantically involved with fellow Anons!!! Do not turn this most important of movements into a drama!

11) Conversation and interaction should only take place online. When you hit the streets, the plan of the event should be known by all in advance so that the only conversation that happens is what needs to happen for the operation to be a success.

12) In Chanology we had "Fair Game"; dirty tricks and even physical assaults by Scientology's Office of Special Affairs (OSA). In The Plan we have COINTELPRO. The fight against COINTELPRO will be the defining struggle that unites all of us who have signed on to The Plan.

Keep your eyes peeled for COINTELPRO operatives who may attempt to trick or coerce you into breaking these guidelines of professional conduct. If one is encountered, leave the scene immediately in a group. Only disperse once you are certain you are not being followed, and take care that you are not followed to your home or place of work.

13) Always have at least two full-audio-video camcorders available in your party when you take to the streets, in order to document attempted assaults or dirty tricks against you. "Pics or it didn't happen". This is also for your own safety, as when you have the authorities on video, they are much less likely to play dirty tricks on you.

14) At home lock your doors and keep your windows shut at night. Keep your pets inside and don't leave valuable items sitting outside.

15) Keep your eyes on the prize: We level the playing field by making information free. And we do it for the lulz.


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