Talk:Anonymous (group)

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February 12, 2008Articles for deletionKept
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  • Cleanup :
    —Chronology: goes too much in details about incidents, which should be summarized and linked to their own articles for major events, or which can be moved to the chronology "Timeline" article for minor events.
  • Expand :
    —Iconography and aesthetics: expand with information on origin of memes, masks and mottos.
  • Update : —Chronology of major events needs updating on Anonymous participation with Occupy Wall Street SOURCES confirmed interesting to review. Mark the line {{done}} when inclusion is  Done.
    —Read and use The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 6: Anonymous (Useful comments on the Guy Fawks Mask's origin from Mark Bunker's perspective and his comments for Iconography)
    —Read and use : The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 7: Mark Bunker (Useful quote:"I continue to think that Anonymous as a whole does a lot of great stuff, and I hate to see them do something that lands them in trouble. Because not everyone involved in it does that kind of thing. The vast majority of them are doing something noble and kind of fun.")
    I Do Not Have A Name: David Lloyd On The V For Vendetta Mask: Directly relates the V mask to Epic Fail Guy and asks for comment from David Lloyd.

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On 27 July 2009, Anonymous (group) was linked from Slashdot, a high-traffic website. (See visitor traffic)

OpIsrael in lead[edit]

I boldly took out a sentence about part of Anonymous targeting Israel on Holocaust Remembrance Day because it was seemingly only included to paint the the group/collective/community in a certain light without adhering to due weight. Looking at the more than 106 operations mentioned on Timeline of events associated with Anonymous, I don't see any other reason why this one would be singled out. Project Chanology, the only other operation specifically mentioned in the lead, is justified by being their first large-scale operation and arguably the one that started it all. However, I was reverted by User:Rainbowofpeace, so I thought I'd bring it up here for discussion with other editors. I think their edit reasoning that it "caused many to question Anonymous motives" perpetuates the misconception that Anonymous is an organized group with a shared idealogy, and implying the whole group is anti-Israel because apparently a part of it is would be unfair. Besides, lead inclusion has higher standards than just being sourced. For some WP:OR evidence of its low relevance, compare the Twitter followers of YourAnonNews (1.67 million) and Op Israel (41,000). Prinsgezinde (talk) 16:00, 30 May 2018 (UTC)

First off, thank you for being so courteous. I'm not heavily invested in this issue and I will welcome a revert of my revert while we discuss if that will make you happy. First off I would like to point out that criticism of Israel is not inherently antisemitism. As a matter a fact for the most part Anonymous hasn't given more attacks against Israel than other countries. The part that does concern me and the reason why I feel this was an anti-Zionist and in my opinion anti-Semitic attack was because that it specifically took place on Yom HaShoah. Even amongst many anti-Zionistic Jewish circles this was considered to be very disrespectful to the Jewish people. Please see for a non-Jewish commentary on the issue. A similar incident happened in 2015 where Anonymous threatened Israel with an "Electric Holocaust" . This is considered by many to at least be in poor taste if not antisemitic. I will however settle if you want to move it to a criticism section however you were not only removing it from the lede but from the article all-together.-Rainbowofpeace (talk) 23:25, 30 May 2018 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 6 August 2018[edit]

Lordneko (talk) 00:37, 6 August 2018 (UTC)

Opsafewinter was also run in Canada known as OpsafeWinter Canada....Anonymous in Canada was also heavily involved in OpJustice4Rethaeh

Not done it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format and provide a reliable source if appropriate. ~ Abelmoschus Esculentus (talk to me) 00:43, 6 August 2018 (UTC)


The following is on the anonymous wiki page: "Some actions by members of the group have been described as being anti-Zionist"

Why is it that when anonymous does activism against Jews/Israel it's labelled "anti-Zionist"??? That's just the politically motivated claims of Jews/Israelis and we shouldn't pander to it; the wiki page should remain unbiased.

On Twitter Anonymous is commonly decribed as being a group of criminals and morons, so should this description of anonymous also be included in the wiki page as well? Or are we being selective as to the descriptions used for anonymous, descriptions being maliciously politically motivated.

HardeeHar (talk) 14:49, 13 August 2018 (UTC)


Blackhats/anons were congregating on a particular forum other than 4chan long before 4chan ever existed, we're talking late 90's/turn of the century, and on this forum was discussed: hacks, scripts were shared, info shared, advice was given, and people agreed to join forces and do joint ops against certain targets such as large corporations. There were even incidences of people joining forces to target other well known hackers (self confessed best hacker). Back then such people usually did their own thing but as I've stated people did also join forces to work together against certain targets for political reasons, there were acts of hacktivism. Back then we were covert, we all agreed and advised others that we shouldn't bring attention to what we did. We used no logo or name, we were just anonymous Blackhats/hacktivists. At the time the press and authorities would refer to hacks as being by unknowns and that the perpetrators were anonymous (as in unidentifiable). During that period there were repeated incidences of members from that forum doing hacktivism that made major news, hacktivism against major companies and against certain governments (superpowers). Some acts made a small but significant change to the world. Thats the real true beginnings of anonymous, it's groups of persons such as that which anonymous derived from, that's essentially faze one in the evolution of anonymous. The public and more annoyingly today's anonymous members and even older and self proclaimed original anonymous members aren't aware of that as they weren't around then, and also as that early faze was covert and not publicised, it was only later when anons ceased being covert and fully anonymous and became boastful and took to role playing and wearing masks and using a name that they became known to the world. Several years ago i made such claims (as well as disputed certain claims regarding anonymous on 4chan) in anonymous circles such as in anonops, anons in anonops as I'm sure you can imagine hated me for making such claims and tried to prove me wrong by publicly (in anonops) asking topiary if my claims were true, they expected him to publicly discredit me but he confessed I was telling the truth and also that he had deceived anons for years and that some not all of what was claimed about him, his links to anonymous was lies made up by the press, yes there was some truth in it but also some lies. Of course none of what I've just told you can be proved nor will you edit the anonymous wiki page accordingly, I know that and I don't expect you too, I only tell you of such things as I thought it only right that persons contributing to the anonymous page know that there is more to the story of anonymous, I just thought some of you might be interested to hear it. HardeeHar (talk) 18:41, 18 August 2018 (UTC)

Anonymous for the Voiceless[edit]

This is a relatively new movement. It does not have their own Wikipedia page. T I have try to verify their connection with Anonymous (the hacktivists group). AFV's website does not mention they are connected with the hacktivists group.

There is a picture added a couple of months ago seem to suggest they are affiliated where this is in fact not verified. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:24, 5 September 2018 (UTC)

Anonymous isn't institutional enough to really say who is or is not a member. Ian.thomson (talk) 16:38, 5 September 2018 (UTC)

hii im rajat shah im new on hacker world how to hack fb plz halp me — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sonashah835 (talkcontribs) 06:02, 23 September 2018 (UTC)