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

The best way to learn about the identity of Q is to read Q’s 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 Q is, but you’ll see a wide variety of coverage describing Q as a “conspiracy theory.” This is misleading; Q’s not an idea at all.

Who is Q Really?

Here’s what we know about Q’s identity.

Q 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 Q’s case, the discussion tends to have a lot of text compared to the amount of images.

The Q identity question may never be answered, but one thing is clear: the MSM would prefer not to ask the question at all! From Q’s first post in 2017 until late 2020, no MSM reporter publicly asked the President, any White House staff member or any other Trump administration official this simple question: “Who is Q?”

Ask yourself: Why not?

Why Won't the Media Ask Who Q Is?

Q 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 Q History.

More Q Clearance information:

Is Q Male or Female?

We’ve studied Q’s posts since October 2017, and the vast majority of them definitely seem like they were written by a man. A 2003 research paper identified statistical differences between word frequencies in male-authored and female-authored writings and applied it to Q’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 we usually call Q “they.”

Where is Q?

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

QAnon post times heatmap

Q 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 our best guess is that Q is located in the continental United States most, if not all, of the time.

Is Q One Person or Many?

Q 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.”

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

Is Trump Q?

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

How Old is Q?

Q 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 Q is at least 40 years old, but I doubt they’re a boomer. But you’d have to ask Q yourself.

Is Q 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.

Q has frequently denounced 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 Q for yourself and draw your own conclusions. Trust your own judgement, and don’t take anyone’s else’s word at face value.

Bonus Q Video: Ask the Q

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