|Epic Wins||Being a 4chan alternative when dead.|
It was unlike most normal chan imageboards in that it did not use the futaba image board software, and as a result suffered from frequent site crashes and slow load times. It attempted to cater to many kinds of sexual fetishes by having a stupendous amount of different boards, most notably, a furry board, which no other *chan at the time had catered to, but ultimately ended up failing for generally not being as no-holds-barred and chaotic as 4chan.
Rise and Fall of Popularity
5chan did not really gain any popularity until 4chan died for a 4th time in 2004 due to moot running out of money and a huge flood from the GNAA. These events were multiplied when 4chan's now non-existent /l/oli board caused the PayPal donations account to be locked, thus forcing nearly all subsequent donations to require the use of a credit card.
As a result, many 4channers flocked to 5chan, expecting a 4chan clone. Instead, they got a /b/ which they couldn't flood with 4chan faggotry, as they would get b&. They were also greeted with a furry board, a shitty substitute for the futaba software, that was not only ugly but slow, and, being affiliated with Hentaikey, the feel of being on a pay-per-view hentai site with really shit content, like the "Yuri and Friends" doujins that everyone has read already, and "CLICK HERE FOR MORE HOT ANIME SLUTS" plastered all over the site. In other words, shit.
5chan's problem was, perhaps, that it was too user-friendly. It did not have the same massive faggotry and chaos that 4chan did, and that upset many 4channers. Most of them jumped ship to iichan/idlechan (now a collection of hosted futaba-based boards known as Wakachan), a board run by Thock, which was originally intended to be a placeholder board for 4chan until it's return.
A /b/itchfest ensued between iichan and 5chan (not helped by the fact Thock and Zabadab, 5chan's second owner, both hated each other's guts). Iichan generally maintained the upper hand due to a larger userbase and frequent DDoS attacks on 5chan (which Thock claimed was not the doing of iichan users). However, iichan's PayPal account, with $540 worth of donations, was suddenly locked, suspected to be the work of Zabadab.
Thock was pretty pissed off at this, and proceeded to act like all real men do and had an INTERNET ARGUMENT with Zabadab. This eventually resulted in 5chan being taken down in August of 2004 after Zabadab had his period. 5chan returned one month later, but Zabadab had a tiff with his bum chums at Hentaikey, and the site went down a month later. A few returns were attempted, but because of the site's dangerously high levels of furfaggotry, it was never possible.
Last time 5chan was a chan
Since the current owners of 5chan know that 99% of their traffic are people accidentally typing in a 5 instead of a 4, they made their slogan "You've made a mistake."
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