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MOP (www.mop.com) is one of the most well known and influential simplified Chinese entertainment forums currently online. The site was created in October 1997. There are 28.685 million individual users on MOP, ranking it the 2nd the most popular website in the Chinese BBS network, following only Tianya.cn) The website has been called 猫扑大客栈(Mop Station)、猫扑大星球(Mop Planet), but then changed back to 猫扑 (Mop). Mop is often cited as the source of new Chinese internet slang and because of that, it is considered the "most influential BBS and forum in China."
Mop was created by Zhe Tian, who goes by the nickname Mop. However, he left the management department after several big changes to the website in 2002. The people who are in charge of Mop now include 大熊, 吾爱汝至, and 厕所之狼.
The forum continued to receive some suggestive feedback and gain a more positive reputation. Many popular and technical threads were posted during that period, which saw the creation of numerous internet slang expressions, such as BT (spirit of helping people selflessly), YY (dream about things that will not happen), 874 (slap in the face), 253 (admire), 110 (police), 233 (laughing out loud), Orz (a figure of a person kneeling down facing left), etc.
Exposure of Internet Regulation Operation
In January 5, 2009, Mop's section "Beautiful Ladies" was reported to China Internet Illegal Information Reporting Centre.
Also in January 8, 2009, Mop was listed as "Websites needed to be continually censored" by the government.
[In picture category "Beautiful Ladies" has many vulgar contents and MOP did not delete them immediately.]
[MOP did censor the picture category "Beautiful Ladies", but still there is still some objectionable content in it.]
- 百科百度猫扑。Full Biography for Mop.com
- 猫扑和天涯虚拟社区覆盖近一半的网络社区用户，艾瑞市场咨询，2007年6月16日 Mop and Tianya share the internet community users。
- "30日20时30分猫扑与Donews高管将披露收购细节". 新浪网. 2005-12-30. Retrieved 2009-12-01. The merge of Mop and Donews in detail
- 互联网违法和不良信息举报中心 (2009-01-05). 全国整治互联网低俗之风第一批曝光网站名单 (in Chinese). 中国网. Retrieved 2009-10-16. List of websites needed to be censored
- 互联网违法和不良信息举报中心 (2009-01-08). 关于全国整治互联网低俗之风专项行动第一批曝光网站整治情况的通报 (in Chinese). 中国网. Retrieved 2009-10-16.List of websites needed to be censored