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Secret Area of VIP Quality (SAoVQ) was created in 2007. Its name is a reference to daddycool, an AA character who permits access to his secret area of VIP quality if sufficient funds change hands. Once upon a time the frontmost page of the site consisted of Daddy Cool the VIPPE Rand enunciating his customary catchphrase, beneath which appeared a hyperlink to the actual text board in the shape of a paypal button. Since its conception SAoVQ has been one of the few English sites dedicated to 2channel's News4VIP style humor (and also general discussion). SAoVQ also has an imageboard. If you are not familiar with 2channel and anonymous boards please read the guide to Anonymous Boards first.
Any kind of topics are welcome; anything goes! True to 2ch's News4VIP and futaba's Nijiura boards SAoVQ is open to all sorts of topics as long as the users are willing to enjoy humor as well. SAoVQ also thrives on inside jokes ("memes") and various 2channel characters. You can post anything you wish but in general users want posts to be something interesting or funny as one would expect; being witty is certainly a plus.
VIPPER is the name SAoVQ uses for it's users (like Anonymous on other boards). This comes from 2channel's News4VIP board where all users names are VIPPER by default. It is very common for SAoVQ users to refer to each other as VIPPER.
There are a large number of characters which 2channel users have created which are well known among the community (all text art is termed AA). Each character generally has a gag or gimmick that they use in various situations across the board. Also there are often threads dedicated to a single character saying different things in whatever style fits him/her. There is a list of common AA characters appearing on SAoVQ at the bottom of this guide as well as links to threads on other News4VIP based boards that have descriptions of AA characters and AA you can use in your posts.
The problem being is that you either don't have MS PGothic, Monafont or a similar font for viewing AA Characters. These fonts are used for viewing AArt (ASCII Art) or more commonly known as Shift_JIS Art. Shift_JIS art is used commonly on text based boards, and without the right font to display them, they appear as mangled characters. (example of AA Characters can be seen here.)
In order to make sure that your browser is viewing Shift_JIS Art properly, you may have to do the following (if your browser does not automatically use Monafont/MS PGothic/etc. to view AArt):
Many thanks to affiliates of 4-ch.net for the following.
(In Firefox, set it up in Tools -> Options -> General -> Fonts & Colors -> Advanced -> Fonts for Japanese. Also set up your encoding (under View) to auto-detect Japanese). Note that this variates between browsers and different versions of Firefox.
Regarding posting of AArt: In order to set the formatting of your post in SAoVQ to properly show AArt, please do the following before submitting your post: Click 'more options' -> Formatting -> Text art and to make sure that it looks VIP before posting, hit Preview Post. If all looks well, hit reply and voilà!
And to make sure you don't go running all over the place, here are the links to the fonts used to view AArt:
This is not anywhere close to a complete list of all AA characters but simply a quick overview of a few important ones. Please look in the helpful links section for more AA character lists.
Daddycool: The self proclaimed owner of SAoVQ who seems to always be up to some scheme. Sadly, daddycool's spelling and typing abilities are not the best but if you pay him enough he is sure to let you into his secret area of vip quality ;)
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Tablecat: Conquerer of 4chan's News4VIP, merciless destroyer of JEWS. Somehow managed to find his way over to SAoVQ; although not particularly liked there, he has a small gathering of followers. Often perched upon his table, he always has something to say about a particular situation.∧＿∧ ／￣￣￣￣￣￣￣￣ （ ´∀｀） ＜ hello i am tablecat ／ | ＼＿＿＿＿＿＿＿＿ / .| / "⌒ヽ |.ｲ | ＿＿ | .ノ | || |＿＿ . ノく＿＿つ∪∪ ＼ ＿（（＿＿＿＿＿＿＿＿_＼ ￣￣ヽつ￣￣￣￣￣￣ | |￣ ＿＿＿＿＿＿＿＿＿__| | ￣￣￣￣￣￣￣￣￣￣| |
Helpful Linkshttp://www.tanasinn.info/ - A helpful site for all things VIP
http://tanasinn.info/wiki/Category:AA_Characters - List of AA Character pages on tanasinn.info.
http://aachan.sageru.org/ - An English site dedicated to storing various AA, organized by character and type
http://4-ch.net/ascii/kareha.pl/1112629846 - Huge thread on 4-ch with various character descriptions and links to helpful sites.