Encyclopedia Dramatica

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Encyclopædia Dramatica
URL www.encyclopediadramatica.com/Main Page
Slogan In lulz we trust
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Satirical wiki
Registration Optional (required to edit pages)
Available language(s) English
Owner Sherrod DeGrippo[1] ("Girlvinyl")
Launched December 9, 2004[2]
Revenue Advertising and donations
Current status Closed, now at http://www.encyclopediadramatica.se

Encyclopædia Dramatica was a website that stored mostly articles that make fun of people or things. The pages satirize current events, and many events on the internet. Encyclopædia Dramatica has been described as a "snarky (sarcastic and nasty) Wikipedia anti-fansite".[3]

The site was a wiki that ran on MediaWiki software.[4][5] The site would often show its content in a disrespectful way[6] and often abusive style.[7] Many articles were written in a satirical way to upset those who take the content seriously.

Content[change | change source]

This wiki has been described as "an online compendium of troll humor and lore".[1] Its articles relate to news, current events, gossip and other "drama" topics from across the Internet, controversial article content, forums, fansites, Internet subculture, users of web services,[3] and online catchphrases are satirized in a manner described variously as coarse, offensive and frequently obscene.[6][8][9][10] Articles at Encyclopædia Dramatica are notably critical of MySpace[10] and administrators of Wikipedia.[3]

Closed[change | change source]

It was closed on April 16, 2011, and relaunched as Oh Internet. Not all of the users of Encyclopedia Dramatica liked the decision.[11] Many non-users didn't like the decision either, and hacked and attacked the Facebook fan page with "hate messages and pornography".[11][12]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Schwartz, Mattathias (3 August 2008). "Malwebolence". The New York Times Magazine. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/03/magazine/03trolls-t.html?pagewanted=all. Retrieved 2008-08-01.
  2. http://www.encyclopediadramatica.com/Encyclopedia_Dramatica:About Retrieved on 25 May 2008.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Dee, Jonathan (2007-07-01). "All the News That’s Fit to Print Out". The New York Times Magazine. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/01/magazine/01WIKIPEDIA-t.html?pagewanted=5&fta=y. Retrieved 2008-05-17.
  4. Chonin, Neva (2006-09-17). "Sex and the City". San Francisco Chronicle (Hearst Communications): pp. 20. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2006/09/17/PKG6BKQQA41.DTL&type=printable. Retrieved 2008-05-14.
  5. "Privacy". Warren's Washington Internet Daily. 2006-09-12.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Davies, Shaun (2008-05-08). "Critics point finger at satirical website". ninemsn. http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=459249. Retrieved 2008-08-25.
  7. Peckham, Charles (2008-02-01). "Encyclopedia Dramatica". Chico News & Review. http://www.newsreview.com/chico/Content?oid=620760. Retrieved 2008-08-25.
  8. Douglas, Nick (2008-01-18). "What The Hell Are 4chan, ED, Something Awful, And 'b'?". Gawker.com. http://gawker.com/346385/what-the-hell-are-4chan-ed-something-awful-and-b. Retrieved 2008-08-25.
  9. "2 Do: Monday, December 26". RedEye Edition (Chicago Tribune): pp. p. 2. 2005-12-16.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Mitchell, John (2006-05-20). "Megabits and Pieces: The latest teen hangout". North Adams Transcript.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Popkin, Helen A.S.. "Notorious NSFW website cleans up its act". Digital Life on MSNBC. http://digitallife.today.com/_news/2011/04/18/6489864-notorious-nsfw-website-cleans-up-its-act.
  12. Robert Quigley (2011-04-15). "Encyclopedia Dramatica Becomes OhInternet". Geekosystem. http://www.geekosystem.com/encyclopedia-dramatica-ohinternet. Retrieved 2011-04-15.