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GET is a randomly generated event on imageboards when a post’s number ends with a significant number, such as every millionth post, 123456789, 55555555, etc. GET is most popular on 4chan due to the high post traffic which makes deliberately getting GETs more difficult.
The term GET (in all caps) originated from the Japanese 2ch text boards as 2GET and 1000GET, the first and last possible replies to a thread (similar to FIRST). This concept carried over to imageboard 2chan and later quickly adopted by sister imageboard 4chan, expanding GETs to special numbered posts.
On text boards, 2ch style GETs can still be seen.
When a special post number nears, users will attempt to mark the milestone post by starting a thread claiming post number GET along with their favorite picture. The difficulty of scoring a GET depends on the board traffic, so boards with higher traffic have more interest in GET.
4chan boards have been coded with an auto-sticky feature and automatically stickies GETs to the first page (although they have since been disabled, probably due to the shortening frequency between GETs).
It is possible for unrelated posts to inadvertently get milestone post numbers. These GETs sometimes can be FAILGETs or WINGETs, depending on the content of the post, and lulz or O SHI- reactions ensue. A FAILGET is a term for a GET that sucks. Conversely, a WINGET is a term for awesome GETs.
The high post traffic on 4chan’s /b/ can make post numbers virtually random. This led to the creation of GET game threads. These games usually concern the last one or two digits of a post, where getting a certain digit has the poster or OP do some sort of action (e.g. post ending in 9 tells me what to do). Another variation of this is where the thread contains a list of possible last digits accompanying some sort of action posters have to do. This is also known as “rolling”, as posting in /b/ is as random as rolling die.
Examples of Milestone GETs
/b/ was reset several times due to its first chaotic incarnations. The first GET occurred on April 2004, but does not seem to be recorded.
6666 GET on /jp/
Cirno upside-down WINGET
1 Million GET on /b/
Sketch of Sae Sawanoguchi from anime Magic Users Club in sexual bliss. Mods later deleted the post and replaced it with a picture of a ‘Bonzai Budgie’ jar and renumbering the post as 1000000.
1.6 Million GET on /b/
3333333 GET on /b/
HaruhiGET. User was later banned for post.
4040404 GET on /a/
50 Million GET on /b/
100 Million GET on /b/
123456789 GET on /b/
Friday, November 6th 2009 GET.
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