Encyclopedia Dramatica

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Encyclopædia Dramatica
Encyclopædia Dramatica's front page on April 10, 2011.
Type of site
Wiki, forums and parody
Available inEnglish
Created bySherrod DeGrippo[1]
RevenueAdvertising and donations
RegistrationOptional (required to edit pages)
LaunchedDecember 10, 2004; 19 years ago (2004-12-10)[1][2]

Encyclopædia Dramatica (ED) is 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 is a wiki that runs on MediaWiki software.[4][5] The site often shows its content in a disrespectful way[6] and often abusive style.[7] Many articles are 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".[8] 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][9][10][11] Articles at Encyclopædia Dramatica are notably critical of MySpace[11] 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.[12] Many non-users didn't like the decision either, and hacked and attacked the Facebook fan page with "hate messages and pornography".[12][13] But now, ED is back open.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "About Encyclopedia Dramatica". Encyclopedia Dramatica. Archived from the original on January 6, 2018. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  2. "EncyclopediaDramatica.com WHOIS, DNS, & Domain Info – DomainTools". WHOIS. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  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. Retrieved 2008-05-17.
  4. Chonin, Neva (2006-09-17). "Sex and the City". San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Communications. p. 20. 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. Archived from the original on 2011-04-24. Retrieved 2008-08-25.
  7. Peckham, Charles (2008-02-01). "Encyclopedia Dramatica". Chico News & Review. Retrieved 2008-08-25.
  8. Schwartz, Mattathias (August 3, 2008). "Malwebolence". The New York Times Magazine. Archived from the original on April 18, 2009. Retrieved August 1, 2008.
  9. Douglas, Nick (2008-01-18). "What The Hell Are 4chan, ED, Something Awful, And 'b'?". Gawker.com. Retrieved 2008-08-25.
  10. "2 Do: Monday, December 26". RedEye Edition. Chicago Tribune. 2005-12-16. p. 2.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Mitchell, John (2006-05-20). "Megabits and Pieces: The latest teen hangout". North Adams Transcript.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Popkin, Helen A.S. "Notorious NSFW website cleans up its act". Digital Life on MSNBC. Archived from the original on 2011-05-07. Retrieved 2011-05-04.
  13. Robert Quigley (2011-04-15). "Encyclopedia Dramatica Becomes OhInternet". Geekosystem. Retrieved 2011-04-15.