“Who is QAnon?” That’s the question many people around the United States and the world have been asking since late 2017, when QAnon’s first post appeared on 4chan. “Who is Q?” is another way people ask these questions (see QAnon FAQ).

The best way to learn about the identity of QAnon is to read QAnon posts for yourself, and make up your own mind. If you ask the mainstream media (MSM), you’re likely to hear little speculation as to who QAnon is, but you’ll see a wide variety of coverage dismissing Q as a “conspiracy theory.” This is misleading; Q’s not an idea at all.

Who is QAnon Really?

Here’s what we know about QAnon’s identity as of 2020. QAnon is one or more people who have posted anonymously under the moniker “Q” or “Q Clearance Patriot” at 4chan, 8chan and 8kun, which are imageboards. An imageboard is simply an Internet forum that focus on the posting and discussion of images, although in QAnon’s case, the discussion tends to have a lot of text compared to the amount of images.

The QAnon identity question may never be answered, but one thing is clear: the MSM would prefer not to ask the question at all! In fact, as of 2020, no MSM reporter has directly asked the President, any White House staff member or any other Trump administration official this simple question: “Who’s QAnon?”

Ask yourself: Why not?

Why Won't the Media Ask Who QAnon Is?

QAnon has explained why the MSM avoids asking who Q is: (see Q1644)

Think of every post made.
It would force us to prove everything stated to avoid looking crazy, correct?
What do they fear the most?
Public awakening.
If they ask.
They self destruct.
They know this is real.
See attacks.

What Does "Q Clearance" Mean?

“Q clearance” is a high level of security clearance in the Department of Energy (DOE), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and many United States government agencies. Someone who has Q clearance is authorized to see highly confidential information, including documents containing details about nuclear materials and weapons. See QAnon History.

More Q Clearance information:

Is QAnon Male or Female?

I’ve studied Q’s posts since October 2017, and the vast majority of them definitely seem to me like they were written by a man. I’m just an amateur QAnon researcher, and I’m not a certified expert in analyzing writing to determine the gender of the author. But I studied this 2003 research paper identifying statistical differences between word frequencies in male-authored and female-authored writings and applied it to QAnon’s posts, and found that Q’s writing style aligns more closely with that of a male author.

That said – no one knows for sure, except Q and whoever collaborates with them. So I usually call Q “they.”

Where is QAnon?

If you look at this QAnon heatmap image, you’ll see the times of day Q posts most and least frequently. Notice anything?

QAnon post times heatmap

QAnon posts very rarely between 2 am and 11 am EST, which suggests that Q is likely someone who is asleep or “off work” during that timeframe each day. So my best guess is that Q is located in the continental United States most, if not all, of the time.

Is QAnon One Person or Many?

QAnon claims to be part of a team working with President Donald Trump, and has on several occasions appeared to post from multiple devices in the same forum thread (“bread”), but Q has never elaborated on whether one or more people actually write the “Q posts.”

My personal opinion is that nearly all QAnon posts are written by a single person, because of how similar the “voice” (writing style) appears to be most of the time, but I don’t know how to analyze this question.

Is Trump QAnon?

No. QAnon makes a distinction between themselves and President Trump, whom they refer to as “Q+” – see Q2563, Q2565.

How Old is QAnon?

QAnon sometimes makes pop culture references to films from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, and to music from the last couple of decades. I personally think QAnon is at least 40 years old, but I doubt they’re a boomer. But you’d have to ask Q yourself.

Is QAnon Black or White?

I don’t know, but they’re certainly read all over.

It’s impossible to tell just from text, and Q has never posted a selfie (a photo of themselves), so we have no idea what Q’s skin color or ethnicity is. One thing I can tell you is that QAnon has been extremely emphatic in denouncing racism and is famous for the line, “Patriots have no skin color.” See Q1252, Q2386, Q3017, Q3018.

What do you think? Who is Q?

Research QAnon for yourself and draw your own conclusions. Trust your own judgement, and don’t take my word or anyone’s else’s at face value.

Bonus QAnon Video: Ask the Q

This excellent video by @AwakeninGreatly was posted to YouTube on February 18, 2020, and QAnon linked to it in a post that night (Q3873). In the video, various MSM stories asking about QAnon are highlighted, and the fake news about QAnon is exposed.

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