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“Stop Posting” is an online expression commonly used on discussion forums and imageboards in response to another participant’s spam or post that is deemed uninteresting or irrelevant to the thread topic. The phrase has since evolved into a reaction GIF series featuring various subjects grimacing in frustration or pleading out of desperation.


“Stop posting” is a commonly used phrase that has its root in Usenet newsgroups and discussion forum, where a participant may spam or flood the same post repeatedly and derail conversations. The earliest known instance of “Stop Posting” image macro appeared on October 21st, 2005 via Subchat Forum[1] where forum member Flatbush41 told another user AIM:


The same image has been since re-used on popular imageboards like 4chan[5] and other forums including FARK[2], Newgrounds[3] and eBaumsworld[4], as well as several non-English language forums. The Google Insights data indicates that the meme began to see significant spike in popularity with the circulation of this particular animated GIF file beginning sometime in late 2008:

In October 2009, a Facebook Page[6] called “Stop Posting Crap Every 2 Seconds” was launched. Another notable derivative emerged sometime in 2009, featuring a kitten’s paw placed over a person’s hand and the caption that read: “it’s time to stop posting.” The image also spawned a spin-off instance featuring Pinkie Pie following the emergence of of Bronies and My Little Pony fandom on 4chan imageboards in late 2010.

Notable Examples

Search Interest

External References

[1] Subchat – Re: UH OH! Here we go again!

[2]FARK Forum – Sup Dawg, we heard you like universes, so we put the Universe in a universe so you can divide by zero when you divide by zero

[3] Newgrounds Forum – How Do You Shave Your Gooch?

[4] eBaumsworld Forum – Call centre worker from India bombards female customer with amorous text messages

[5] 4chanarchives – Prude Chan (NSFW)

[6] Facebook – I hate liking a page then it posting loads of crap on my wal

[7] Tumblr – b4chan

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“Draw Yourself” is an exploitable cartoon series centered around a plain stick-figure that can be customized to resemble what the illustrator looks and dresses like in real life. Similar to other character templates like fsjal and conga, “Draw Yourself” became a popular pastime on imageboards and forums largely due to its casual aesthetics. This version is not to be confused be with the expanded multi-pane template Draw Your Life.


The online phenomenon of illustrating and sharing self-portraits have been in existence prior to the emergence of “Draw Yourself” template, with notable examples like “Draw Yourself as a South Park Character” and “Draw Yourself as a Teenager” from the early 2000s.

The stick-figure template was created by LaxJeff2002 on a F@NBOY$ Forum [1] thread.

The figure itself first appeared on the /co/ board of 4chan after having been posted there by a friend of Jeff’s, where over 250 images of it were made.


Because the “Draw Yourself” template had its beginning on 4chan, there is little information available as to the specifics of its origin, but the drawing fad continued to spread throughout 2010 across a wide range of forums like Ultimate Guitar Forum[2], Dream Theater Forum[3] and Bodybuilding Forum[4], as well as online art communities like DeviantART[5]. “Draw Yourself” threads are still commonly seen on 4chan[6] and[7]. Throughout its lifespan, the Draw Yourself template was incorporated into other templates.

Your Life

The first template created from the original was the Your Life template, popularized in early 2010 on the /b/ board, that included day to day things such as favorite music, food, or catchphrase.

Draw Your Life

The Draw Your Life template, also popularized in early 2010 on the /b/ board, included the Draw Yourself template for different ages, allowing for a different kind of variety in the original.

External References

[1] F@NBOY$ Forum Thread – Drawing From A Template Posted on 7-11-2009

[2] Ultimate Guitar Forum – Draw Yourself? / Posted on 11-29-2009

[3] ArmorGames Forum – Draw Yourself for AG / Posted on 7-10-2010

[4] BodyBuilding Forum – ITT: Draw Yourself / Posted on 1-06-2010

[5] DeviantART – Search Results: Draw Yourself Meme

[6] 4chanarchives – Draw Yourself With Your Favorite Toy

[7] – Group: Drawings

[8] Dream Theater Forum – The MS Paint Thread V. Draw Yourself

[9] KYM Forum – Post Your Avatar Self

[10] 4chanarchives – Armless Guy

[11] 4chanarchives – Draw Vidya Characters

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Awesome Face, also known as “epic smiley”, refers to a drawing of a round yellow-colored smiley face with upturned eyes. It has been predominantly used on sites and web forums like Something Awful and 4chan as a reaction face indicating approval, but can also be used ironically to convey disdain.


According to Chris Ainsworth of the gaming blog Driph[1], the Awesome Face was part of a series of emoticons designed and illustrated for the Pokemon-related web forum Pokemopolis. He claims to have contacted the creator of the image, and published the following correspondence:

I drew the icon years ago as part of an emoticon set he wanted for their new forum software, and I think he showed you all the other ones that were designed along with it. I’m not really sure what exactly I wanted it to represent but I think the ‘ridiculous childish glee’ that it now signifies is probably close!

I’m also a member at Something Awful and the first time I saw it posted I did a double take… I even remember my mind racing as to why and HOW someone had picked up a crappy lil’ icon off a tiny website, and I’m still not sure to this day… I assume a Pokemopolis member posted it on 4Chan. At that point I thought its posting would be a one time thing, but then I saw it more and more. It got to the point where I couldn’t read SA because everytime I saw it I’d just be completely freaked out, and naturally I came to hate it! I hoped every day that it would become bannable to post it, but the next best thing was replacing the VBCode. I also posted in BYOB in a thread Whalley made saying that I had made the icon originally, trying to get him to divulge where he had gotten it from. Most of SA assumed it was a ‘BYOB thing’ which was probably good because they’d probably want to lynch me if they actually knew where it was from.

I never expected it to become such a widespread meme, and I can’t say I even understand why its popular or why people want to make bag pins of it (Sure wish I could get some commission for the design though haha). It still weirds me out when I see webcomics use it though I’ve grown used to it now, sometimes I even tell nerdy neckbeard types that my dirty secret is psst I drew THAT smiley, which makes them say “MOAR!” or whatever is cool on 4Chan this week.

Though just for clarity sake my excuse for being on a Pokemon site in the first place was that I was young and stupid. But that’s the price of Internet fame!


The Awesome Face gained popularity through popular forums and image boards, most notably on the SomethingAwful forums and 4chan’s image boards. On January 30th, 2007, a forum thread was posted to SomethingAwful titled “NEW EMOTICON HITS SOMETHING AWFUL – BUT HOW POPULAR IS TOO POPULAR?”[2] that complained about how the emoticon and its derivatives were becoming too prevalent on the SA forums. The face spread to 4chan where it was often featured in wallpaper threads[3] dedicated to awesome face desktop backgrounds.

A Facebook[4] fan page has 42,649 likes as of August 26th, 2011. An awesome face Firefox browser theme is available on the site Get Personas.[5] On Newgrounds[6] an entire flash game dedicated to the face was uploaded by creator juegos.



Portraying Other Emotions

Numerous derivatives of Awesome Face have been seen portraying emotions other than “awesomeness”, such as sadness, pain and surprise.




External References

[1] driph – The Origin of :awesome:

[2] Something Awful – :awesome: – The new craze taking Something Awful by storm! But is it safe?

[3] 4chanarchive – Show your awesome walls /wg/

[4] Facebook – Awesome Face

[5] Get Personas – Awesome Face

[6] Newgrounds – Awesome Face Game

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