A question about 4chan

Does anyone have experience with 4chan before the id within thread system? I looked at comments on the web on what Moot said about it. Seems they went back and fourth. It seems at one time only a couple forums had it, but now it seems they all have it. Issue is with “samefagging” and “shitposting” and supposedly you can get around having the ID by typing “sage.” But as an outsider it looks like a mistake to have in thread numeric ID-ing even for clarity of conversation. It defies what the 2channel guy said about the value of unfettered anonymity.

So, what was it like and are there other boards like 4 chan or just pure text boards that retain that 2 chan level of anonymity (assuming tor use for more reasonable actual anonymity) but in English?

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