/r9k/ is a forum dedicated to anonymous sharing of personal anecdotes on the image board site 4chan. The /r9k/ community is most well-known for its greentext stories that antagonize social norms and celebrate singledom.
In 2008, /r9k/ was first introduced as an experimental forum powered by Robot9000, a special script programmed by xkcd artist Randall Munroe that would filter reposts from showing up. The purpose of the experiment was to see if a board could develop its own subculture if memes and copypasta were heavily discouraged. However, as the community evolved, the board transformed into a sharehub for greentext stories, or original anecdotes of social awkwardness or mishaps as told by users who refer to themselves as “robots.” On January 17th, 2011, /r9k/ was then deleted as it no longer served its original purpose, but on November 10th, the board was resurrected, followed by the removal of the Robot9000 script altogether on July 30th, 2014.
The board is famous for its stories of social awkwardness and nostalgia of the simpler times, as well as discussion of abnormal social behaviour. It is heavily used by NEETs (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) who regret their life decisions and hold anger and disdain over males with active social and sexual lifes. it also contains constant discussions about relationships with females and family. Despite all of this, the board holds heavy pride in its own nature, with heavy hate over normies or “Normalfags” who do not understand their culture as well as constant calls for a “Beta Uprising“. this has spawned different memes.
Spaghetti Stories refers to a series of greentext copypastas that recall socially awkward moments, mostly with females, that always end up with the protagonists having spaghetti falling out of his pockets, r9k consists of a lot of these stories.
Normies or Normalfags is a term used by Robots to refer to individuals who in their eyes are deemed as traditionalist or boring, normally the stereotype of a socially active and fitting person that easily blend with society, being the archetype of hipsters.
Tendies Stories are green text stories featuring a twenty-something man who lives at his mother’s home and constantly demands “tendies” (chicken tenders) in exchange for “good boy points” he has earned by doing chores and taking care of himself. The stories are often accompanied by images of Smug Pepe.
its commonly used in r9k to express hate against Normies, and its accompanied by the expression “REEEEEEEE” to signify hostility.
Shuaiby Suicide Livestream
On March 14, 2018, an /r9k/ user known by his online handle Shuaiby live streamed his suicide on YouTube, holding up a note written “Bye R9K 3/14/18”, and then shot himself in the head with a shotgun. A woman then enters the rooms and calls the authorities. The video was later taken down from YouTube, although several mirrors still exist online.
The earliest 4chan thread discussing this video was shortly after the stream, on the same day around 10:24 PM in the /pol/ board, along with a LiveLeak reupload which was also taken down. At 11:50 PM, a friend of Shuaiby posted on /r9k/, stating that his suicide was caused by issues with his mother. He also confirmed that the stream was real, the girl was neither his ex nor his mother, and that the board itself did not lead to his suicide.