Expect huge amounts of derp and rage, punctuated by /tg/ extracting humor from it.
"This thread gave me cancer."
"______ is the cancer that's killing /tg/."
From the Greek noun 'karkinos' which meant both the hard-shelled crustaceans you find on the beach, and the hard cysts ("cankers") you find under your skin when you're infected with a plague. When the term is used on 4chan, it means a meme that the speaker fears will kill the host organism (ie. anyone who looks at it), and likely infect others to kill them as well, "degrading" a board and its community as a whole.
Just about anything can be called "an cancer," because butthurt fa/tg/uys will use extreme reactions as a first resort. Some ideas seem to attract this label more than others. Here's a short list:
- My Little Pony (supporting or hating it; /tg/ just wants to get on with its fucking life)
- Any and all obsessive fandoms, to a similar extent.
- F.A.T.A.L. in general (though extracting humor from it is well and good)
- Lengthy, marathon discussions about Matthew Ward, when everyone already knows how much he sucks, and why, and /tg/ just wishes it (and GW) could move on...
- The fights that break out when someone compares 4E to other editions of Dungeons & Dragons
- Elf Slave, Wat Do? threads
- Tryhard "humor"
- "Stat me" threads
- "This is how I X" threads
- Quest threads
- Skub vs. Anti-Skub discussions by idiots who don't understand the meme involved
- Old memes, new memes, borrowed memes, blue memes
- /b/, and /b/-related anything
- /pol/ and /pol/-related anything
- /leftypol/ and /leftypol/-related anything
- Using a lot of italics for emphasis.
And to a Lesser Extent
- Anything you hate about any site you are on, from your perspective
- Anything you like about any site you are on, from someone else's perspective