Look closely at Time magazine’s online voting results so far for the Time 100 and you will see at the top someone called moot (aka 21-year-old Christopher Poole), the founder of 4chan, the notorious online bulletin board where hackers like to hang out. Not only did moot’s followers manage to get his name to the top of the Time 100 reader’s list, they also manipulated the next 20 spots. If you take the first letter of each name, it spells out the cryptic message, “Marblecake, also the game.” (See image below). Update: According to a tip, marblecake was also the name of the chatroom “where Project Chanology was born (4chan’s war against Scientology).”
It turns out the results were hacked with an auto-voting program spread on 4chan. (For details of the hack, read this post). What does it mean? Marblecake is a sophomoric sexual reference, which is in keeping with the spirit of 4chan, which also claims to be where Rickrolling and Lolcats got their start.
As for the Time 100, the people have spoken. At least the people who hang out on 4chan.