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Encyclopædia Dramatica
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Author(s) Owners: Zaiger, Scampini
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) people and events that its members find interesting or "lulzy".

History

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

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

   
Encyclopædia Dramatica
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.
   
Encyclopædia Dramatica

Encyclopedia Dramatica (.ch) was created by users and former administrators[1] displeased with the move. Using data from a recent "Web Ecology Project" scrape,[2] Google Cache, and The Wayback Machine, volunteers salvaged most of the articles and images from the original site.

In October 2013, OhInternet was closed after vandals targeted it.

ED.ch troubles and domain loss

ED.ch went offline after the site's founder, Ryan Cleary, was arrested for alleged affiliation to LulzSec, the troll hacker group,[3] which let to an additional criminal charge of "downloading and possessing child pornography".[4] 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;[5] $300 in donations were needed to revive them, which was raised within 24 hours.[6]

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.[7]

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

On September 13, 2013, encyclopædiadramatica.se went off-line,[clarify][citation needed] returning a few days later under its prior Spanish based mirror domain, encyclopædiadramatica.es[8]

ED.es domain loss

On October 1, 2014, the encyclopediadramatica.es domain ceased functioning,[9] and on October 6, Encyclopedia Dramatica returned to its .se domain.[10]

Address changes

  • http://encyclopediadramatica.com - 2004 to 2011
  • http://encyclopediadramatica.ch - 2011 to 2012
  • http://encyclopediadramatica.se - 2012 to 2013
  • http://encyclopediadramatica.es - 2013 to 2014
  • http://encyclopediadramatica.se - 2014 to present

Types of content

Ae-tan, ED Mascot.

Most ED articles avoid a "neutral point of view" and encourage 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 has been compared to an internet version of a tabloid and the Devil's Dictionary.[citation needed] The only effective editorial requirements are that the content is legal and funny.[citation needed]

Article themes

  • Criticism of Wikipedia, its editors, administrators, and policies
  • The people, events, and culture of LiveJournal
  • Social and political commentary
  • Shock images
  • Weblog, 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

Encyclopedia Dramatica contains a large amount of pornographic and shock images, including advertisements on the sidebars that featured mostly adult content.

Controversy

Drama

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

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[clarify] 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

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

Encyclopedia Dramatica and furry

The ED.se site contains almost all old ED.com, ED.ch and ED.es articles documenting the furry fandom and furry-related topics. The ED.se "FurFaggotry Portal"[11] was once maintained by EDitors[12] Equivamp and Notanalt, and former administrator Schnookums.[13][14]

The site's material on furries is generally unflattering, and a great deal is intentionally offensive. However, not all of its editors and administrators are anti-furry, and ED claims[citation needed] it only makes broad generalizations of the furry fandom and portrays furries as sexual deviants because it is 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 follow the site's policies and refrain from vandalizing..[15] Besides criticizing the fandom in general, some furries use the site to criticize specific individuals or groups, particularly ones who they feel make furries look bad, or to make private drama very public and persistent.[16]

Still other furries on site put a redeeming "fun spin" on an aspect of the fandom[clarify] that could attract negative coverage. For instance, furry author Royal-Sovereign wrote an extensive article[citation needed] on the Transformation fetish, and furry fan Brian Vermin (Vermin on ED), authored the Foot Fetish and Aquaphilia articles to lampoon fetishes that are also present in the furry fandom.[citation needed] These articles lacked the typical acerbic vitriol, and also had an element of self-deprecation.

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

  1. Encyclopedia Dramatica's seething satire is back article on The daily Dot. Posted July 26, 2011. Retrieved May 22, 2013.
  2. http://www.webecologyproject.org/2011/04/archiving-internet-subculture-encyclopedia-dramatica/
  3. Teenager Ryan Cleary charged over LulzSec hacking article on The Guardian. Retrieved ?.
  4. LulzSec group sentenced; hacker combats child porn allegations article on ZDNet. Dated May 16, 2013. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  5. Major System-Wide Outage (RESOLVED) post on the Dreamhoststatus.com's status page. Retrieved ?.
  6. All announcements will be posted here for your reading pleasure. thread on the Encyclopedia Dramatica (.se) forums. Retrieved ?.
  7. Encyclopedia Dramatica is now encyclopediadramatica.se thread on the Encyclopedia Dramatica (.se) forums. Retrieved ?.
  8. Hi we're back! post on Encyclopædia Dramatica's Twitter. Posted September 18, 2013. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
  9. Encyc Dramatica æ on Twitter: "ED is down at the moment. We are fixing it, but until it's fixed you can still get on the site if you edit your... http://t.co/QDK0xXtbNa"
  10. Encyc Dramatica æ on Twitter: "Encyclopedia Dramatica is back! https://t.co/KwXto8xFzW #GamerGate"
  11. Portal:FurFaggotry on Encyclopedia Dramatica (.se). Retrieved ?.
  12. ED.se editor list on Encyclopedia Dramatica (.se). Retrieved June 7, 2013.
  13. Encyclopedia Dramatica:Caretakers page on Encyclopedia Dramatica (.se). Retrieved November 13, 2013.
  14. This User is M.I.A. on Encyclopedia Dramatica (.se). Retrieved November 1, 2014.
  15. Furry "Welcome" template on Encyclopedia Dramatica (.se). Dated September 14, 2012. Retrieved November 1, 2014.
  16. Cigarskunk's article on Encyclopedia Dramatica (.se). Dated June 30, 2011. Retrieved November 1, 2014.

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