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Encyclopædia Dramatica
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Author(s) Owners: Garrett, e, Zaiger
Website
Status Online
Launch date December 2004
Genre Multimedia archive
Rating(s)
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Original ED.com logo

Encyclopedia Dramatica, also known as ED, is a reference-style parody and satire wiki and acts as a central catalog for drama, memes, and other (mostly Internet-based) happenings that its members find interesting, or "lulzy".

History[edit]

Encyclopedia Dramatica (originally also known as encyclopediadramatica.com) is founded by Girlvinyl in December 2004 as a compendium of internet personalities, events and memes in response to the deletion of the Mediacrat vanity page on Wikipedia,[citation needed] created by LiveJournal e-celebrity Jameth (who used to be an honorary administrator on the site.)[citation needed]

End of ED.com[edit]

On April 2011, ED.com's owners redirected encyclopediadramatica.com to a SFW (safe for work) replacement site, Oh Internet, a new website, dedicated to documenting Internet culture while remaining "SFW" (safe for work). Girlvinyl stated about the move:

   
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Shock for shock’s sake is old at this point and we’re looking forward to the future and how things are evolving … when you put user experience first, the language becomes highly important and that’s what we’ve done.
   
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In the meantime, using data from a recent "Web Ecology Project" scrape,[1] Google Cache, and The Wayback Machine, volunteers were able to salvage most of the 9,000+ articles, and almost all of the images from the original site; and a community formed around the new site.

Encyclopedia Dramatica (.ch) was created by users and former administrators[2] displeased with the April 14, 2011 content gutting and redirect of encyclopediadramatica.com to ED.com previous owner Sherrod DeGrippo's replacement website, OhInternet.com. In October, 2013, OhInternet was closed after vandals targeted the site.

ED.ch troubles and domain loss[edit]

ED.ch went offline after the site's founder, Ryan Cleary, was arrested for alledged affiliation to LulzSec, the troll hacker group.[3] The forums were also down after being hacked by user savetheinternet[citation needed] in retaliation for a massive DDoS attack on the host his own site, 4chon.net;[4] $300 in donations were needed to revive them, which was raised within 24 hours.[5]

In March of 2012, encyclopædiadramatica.ch suffered a brief downtime due to renewal complications with the domain registrars in Switzerland. While the database was secured, the site was not able to be accessed until encyclopediadramatica.se was purchased. Since then, encyclopædiadramatica.se is still working with the registrars to re-obtain the .ch domain.[6]

On June 27, 2011, the ED.ch forums were hacked again, and the email addresses of every registered member were posted to Pastebin and published in a blog owned by Google and Wikipedia critic Daniel Brandt entitled Encyclopedia Dramatica: There is no Joseph Evers.

Photos and personal data of some of the more prominent users were also revealed (Doxed), particularly user Zaiger.[citation needed] Among other things, logs from the ED IRC channel that showed users in a negative light were posted.[citation needed]

ED.se domain loss[edit]

On September 13, 2013, encyclopædiadramatica.se went off-line,[citation needed][clarify] returning a few days later under it's prior Spanish based mirror domain, encyclopædiadramatica.es[7]

Address changes[edit]

  • http://encyclopediadramatica.com - 2004 to 2011
  • http://encyclopediadramatica.ch - 2011 to 2012
  • http://encyclopediadramatica.se - 2012 to 2013 (Still functions as a redirect to the .es domain)
  • http://encyclopediadramatica.es - 2013 to present

Types of content[edit]

Ae-tan, ED Mascot.

Most ED articles avoid a "neutral point of view" and encouraged sarcasm, hyperbole, and other kinds of mocking the article's subject; they are not required to be referenced or have any basis in fact. It had been compared to an internet version of a tabloid and the Devil's Dictionary.[citation needed] The only effective editorial requirements were that the content was legal and funny.[citation needed]

Article themes included[edit]

  • Criticism of Wikipedia, its editors, administrators, and policies
  • The people, events, and culture of LiveJournal
  • Social and political commentary
  • Shock images
  • Blog, forum, and MMO* drama
  • Internet celebrities
  • Internet memes, including those from SomethingAwful and the various Chan image-boards
  • Mocking subcultures like emo, goths, furries, and anyone the members consider to have an unwarranted case of self-importance[citation needed]
  • Presenting an article as encyclopedic, while delivering satirical commentary and criticism
  • Purposeful misinformation

Images[edit]

Encyclopedia Dramatica has a large amount of pornography and shock images. There are also many ads on the sidebars that featured this particular content.

Controversy[edit]

Drama[edit]

The most common criticism of Encyclopedia Dramatica is that its purpose of documenting drama often resulted in the promotion of drama, be it through invasions, pranks, reposting of sensitive information, or the very existence of an article on the site.

Copyright[edit]

The sensitive information that appeared in ED articles is typically gathered from long-forgotten, obscure corners of the internet, and is usually upsetting to the subject, to the point of legal threats and action.[citation needed] Encyclopedia Dramatica relies on the fair use exception clauses of United States copyright law as a defense. Their Arbchat procedure was the sole method of information removal and revision that does not involve the legal system.

The website states that all content contributed is irrevocably "licensed for infinite use to Encyclopedia Dramatica, in electronic and all other media."[citation needed]

Privacy[edit]

The site often revealed personal information about ordinary people such as names, addresses, and phone numbers if found (Doxxing).

Encyclopedia Dramatica and furry[edit]

The ED.es site contains almost all old ED.com, ED.ch and ED.se articles documenting the furry fandom and furry-related topics. The ED.se "FurFaggotry Portal"[8] was once maintained by EDitors[9] Equivamp and Notanalt, now maintained by administrator Schnookums.[10][11]

The site's material on furries is generally about what's considered the worst of the fandom, and like most articles on the site, it is intentionally offensive, and many users display strong anti-furry sentiment. However, not all of its users are anti-furry, and ED claims it only makes broad generalizations of the furry fandom and portraits all furries as sexual deviants because it is, according to ED, far more humorous and interesting to read about something scandalous and shocking.[citation needed]

Furries are generally not picked out from editing as long as they followed the site's policies and refrained from vandalizing.[citation needed] Besides criticizing the fandom in general, some furries use the site to criticize specific individuals or groups, particularly ones whom they feel make furries look bad, or to make private drama very public and persistent.[citation needed]

Still other furries wish to put a redeemingly "fun spin" on an aspect of the fandom[clarify] which could easily fall into disrepute or gain copious amounts of negative coverage.

For instance, furry author Royal-Sovereign wrote an extensive article on the Transformation fetish, which he has admitted to be one of his favorite sexual diversions. Rather than conform to the acerbic vitriol generally seen on the site, Royal-Sovereign utilised a distinctly tongue-in-cheek tone, satirising both the fetish and, therefore, himself:

   
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Like alcohol, transformation is a "gateway" drug (er, fetish) for people on the Internet, making normal people into zoophiles or worse, like finding newfound pleasure in bukkake or anal rape - all of which can be found in copious amounts throughout Transformation stories and art. Fapping too much to Transformation stuff can lead to horrifying self-discoveries about what turns you on sexually.
   
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Royal-Sovereign a.k.a. RoyalShitbrick, "Transformation"

The original ED.com was often used as staging ground for massive trolling or spamming crusades against a certain furry and sites deemed particularly perverted or offensive,[citation needed] and ED 'raids' had forced several furries to abandon accounts on Youtube and DeviantArt due to repeated spam barrages.[citation needed] Notable victims of this practice are InSaNe-REYNARD and Snapesnogger, both artists who were driven off DeviantArt.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. http://www.webecologyproject.org/2011/04/archiving-internet-subculture-encyclopedia-dramatica/
  2. Encyclopedia Dramatica's seething satire is back article on The daily Dot. Posted July 26, 2011. Retrieved ay 22, 2013.
  3. Teenager Ryan Cleary charged over LulzSec hacking article on The Guardian. Retrieved ?.
  4. Major System-Wide Outage (RESOLVED) post on the Dreamhoststatus.com's status page. Retrieved ?.
  5. All announcements will be posted here for your reading pleasure. thread on the Encyclopedia Dramatica (.es) forums. Retrieved ?.
  6. Encyclopedia Dramatica is now encyclopediadramatica.se thread on the Encyclopedia Dramatica (.es) forums. Retrieved ?.
  7. Hi we're back! post on Encyclopædia Dramatica's Twitter. Posted September 18, 2013. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
  8. Portal:FurFaggotry on Encyclopedia Dramatica (.es). Retrieved ?.
  9. ED.se editor list on Encyclopedia Dramatica (.es). Retrieved June 7, 2013.
  10. Encyclopedia Dramatica:Caretakers page on Encyclopedia Dramatica (.es). Retrieved November 13, 2013.
  11. This User is M.I.A. on Encyclopedia Dramatica (.es). Retrieved June 7, 2013.

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