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"Rules of the Internet" is a loose collection of rules and aphorisms spawned by 4chan. Depending on whom you ask, they are either not meant to be taken seriously or are very Serious Business. Most of them don't apply except for within the community they originated from, and the list is continuously changing, but through Memetic Mutation, a handful have become well-known.

Also, almost none of the numbers are standardized, so it's not uncommon to find many rules reordered or simply replaced altogether. The only numbers that are standardized are Rule 34, Rule 50, and Rule 63, as well as possibly Rules 1 and 2 (and that's probably only because of Fight Club).


Some of the more notable rulesnote  include:

  • Rule 0: Don't fuck with cats.
  • Rule 1: You don't talk about /b/. Explanation 
  • Rule 2: You DON'T talk about /b/.
  • Rule 3: We are Anonymous. Explanation 
  • Rule 4: We are legion. Explanation 
  • Rule 5: We do not forgive, we do not forget. Explanation 
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  • Rule 6: Anonymous can be a horrible, senseless, uncaring monster. Explanation 
  • Rule 7: Anonymous is still able to deliver. Explanation 
  • Rule 8: There are no real rules about posting. Explanation 
  • Rule 9: There are no real rules about moderation either — enjoy your ban. Explanation 
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  • Rule 10: /b/ is not your personal army. Explanation 
  • Rule 11: No matter how much you love debating, keep in mind that no one on the internet debates. Instead they mock your intelligence as well as your parents. Explanation 
  • Rule 12: Anything you say can and will be used against you. Explanation 
  • Rule 13: Anything you say can and will be turned into something else. Explanation 
  • Rule 14: Do not argue with trolls — it means they win. Explanation 
  • Rule 15: The harder you try, the harder you will fail. Explanation 
  • Rule 16: If you fail in epic proportions, it may just become a winning failure. Explanation 
  • Rule 17: Every win fails eventually. Explanation 
  • Rule 18: Everything that can be labelled can be hated. Explanation 
  • Rule 19: The more you hate it, the stronger it gets. Explanation 
  • Rule 20: Nothing is to be taken seriously.
  • Rules 21-24: Original content is original only for a few seconds before it's no longer original. Copypasta is made to ruin every last bit of originality. Copypasta is made to ruin every last bit of originality. Every post is always a repost of a repost. Explanation 
  • Rule 29: On the internet men are men, women are also men, and kids are undercover FBI agents. Explanation 
  • Rule 30: Girls do not exist on the internet. Explanation 
  • Rule 31: Tits or GTFO - the choice is yours. Explanation 
  • Rule 32: You must have pictures to prove your statements/Anything can be explained with a picture. Explanation 
  • Rule 33: Lurk more — it's never enough. Explanation 
  • Rule 34: If it exists, there is porn of it. No exceptions.
  • Rule 36: No matter how fucked up it is, there is always worse than what you just saw.
  • Rule 37: You cannot divide by zero (just because the calculator says so) Explanation 
  • Rule 38: No real limits of any kind apply here — not even the sky. Explanation 
  • Rule 41: Desu isn't funny. Seriously guys. It's worse than Chuck Norris jokes.note  Explanation 
  • Rule 42: Nothing is Sacred. Explanation 
  • Rule 43: The more beautiful and pure a thing isthe more satisfying it is to corrupt it.
  • Rule 44: If it exists, there is a version of it for your fandom... and it has a wiki and possibly a tabletop version with a theme song performed by a Vocaloid.
  • Rule 45: When one sees a lion, one must get in the car. Explanation 
  • Rule 46: The internet is SERIOUS FUCKING BUSINESS. Explanation 
  • Rule 47: The pool is always closed. Explanation 
  • Rule 48: The only good hentai is Yuri, that's how the internet works. Only exception may be Vanilla. note 
  • Rule 49: No matter what it is, it is somebody's fetish.

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