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April 27, 2009
moot in the flesh

TIME Magazine’s Most Influential Person of The Year is: moot. The guy that started 4chan (link NSFW or anyone who retains any sense of innocence). Seriously.

The 21-year-old college student and founder of the online community, whose real name is Christopher Poole, received 16,794,368 votes and an average influence rating of 90 (out of a possible 100) to handily beat the likes of Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin and Oprah Winfrey. To put the magnitude of the upset in perspective, it’s worth noting that everyone Moot beat out actually has a job

Except–oh wait–4chan hacked the fuck out of the poll.



Shit, we just lost the game.

Did TIME notice such an obvious hack? Let’s investigate.

While Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao got a larger vote total (20,391,818), the runner-up for the title of world’s most influential person, Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim, received a mere 47 on the influence scale …’s technical team did detect and extinguish several attempts to hack the vote.

Anwar Ibrahim is being recognized as the runner-up and TIME thinks they retained some sense of poll-related integrity. Lulz achieved.

TIME Magazine:


If you aspire to be next year’s most influentual person, you can see how they hacked it here.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. November 2, 2009 6:13 pm

    oh lawd

  2. November 2, 2009 6:25 pm

    It wasn’t hacked. Having people vote isn’t hacking.

    • Bfrosef is a newfag permalink
      November 14, 2009 3:24 pm

      Using a script to automatically vote thousands of time, however, is hacking. Idiot.

  3. November 19, 2009 12:33 am

    robots steal my every bike.

  4. 46175 permalink
    November 22, 2009 4:30 pm

    easy peasy if you use a botnet.

    maybe YOU are a part of the Botnet, who knows?

  5. anonymus permalink
    November 24, 2009 2:12 pm

    pretty sure there was no automatic thing involved.
    It’s just that…anon is legion.

    • Anonymous permalink
      December 4, 2009 12:36 pm

      Yeah pretty much, you’re talking about thousands of neckbeards who have nothing better to do with their time but this. AND IT IS AWESOME :3

  6. EmbraceRocks permalink
    January 27, 2010 3:55 pm

    Fuck him! Ian McKaye is the only influential person in the world! Don’t know him? Google him. He’ll change your life.

  7. Anonymous permalink
    February 1, 2010 7:57 pm

    Anonymous. Never forgive. Never Forget.

  8. Anonymous permalink
    February 10, 2010 2:17 pm

    We are Anonymous. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.


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