Encyclopædia Dramatica (.com)
In lulz we trust
|Author(s)|| Owners: Girlvinyl
|Launch date||December 2004|
|End Date||April 2011|
Encyclopedia Dramatica, also known as ED, was a reference-style parody and satire wiki and acted as a central catalog for drama, memes, and other (mostly Internet-based) happenings that its members found interesting, or "lulzy".
Encyclopedia Dramatica was founded as a compendium of internet personalities, events and memes by Girlvinyl in response to the deletion of the Mediacrat vanity page on Wikipedia, created by LiveJournal e-celebrity Jameth (who used to be an honorary administrator on the site.)
 End of an era
On April 2011, ED's led from the primary site to Oh Internet, a more "safe" and "informative" site dedicated to the culture of the internet, because Sherrod DeGrippo, operating under the screenname "Girlvinyl", stated that:
|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.|
In the mean time several sites and people were able to salvage many of the 9.000+ articles and images that the original ED was composed of, and a community has coalesced around encyclopediadramatica.ch.
 Types of content
Most ED articles avoided a "neutral point of view" and encouraged sarcasm, hyperbole, and other kinds of humor mocking the article's subject; they were 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. The only effective editorial requirements were that the content was legal and funny.
 Article themes included
- 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 imageboards.
- Mocking subcultures like emo, goths, furries, and anyone the members consider to have an unwarranted case of self-importance.
- Presenting an article as encyclopedic, while delivering satirical commentary or criticism.
- Purposeful misinformation.
Encyclopedia Dramatica had a large amount of pornography and shock images. There were also many ads on the sidebars that featured this particular content.
 Controversy and criticism
The most common criticism of Encyclopedia Dramatica was 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.
The sensitive information that appeared in ED articles was 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. Encyclopedia Dramatica relied on the satire and criticism 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 stated that all content contributed is irrevocably "licensed for infinite use to Encyclopedia Dramatica, in electronic and all other media."
The site often revealed personal information about ordinary people such as names, addresses, and phone numbers if found.
 Encyclopedia Dramatica and furry
The site's material on furries was generally about the worst of the fandom, and like most articles on the site, it was intentionally offensive, and many users did display strong anti-furry sentiment. However, not all of its users were anti-furry, and ED claimed 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.
Furries were generally not picked out from the crowd when editing as long as they followed the site's policies and refrained from vandalizing. Besides criticizing the fandom in general, some furries used it to criticize specific individuals or groups, particularly ones whom they feel make furries look bad, or to make private drama very public and persistent.
Still other furries wished to put a redeemingly "fun spin" on an aspect of the fandom which could easily fall into disrepute or gain copious amounts of negative coverage. For instance, the furry author Royal-Sovereign wrote an extensive article on the Transformation fetish, which he has admitted to be one of his favourite 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:
|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.|
—Royal-Sovereign a.k.a. RoyalShitbrick, "Transformation"
The wiki was often used as staging ground for massive trolling or spamming crusades against a certain furry deemed particularly perverted or offensive, and ED 'raids' had forced several furries to abandon accounts on Youtube and DeviantArt due to repeated spam barrages. Notable victims of this practice are InSaNe-REYNARD and Snapesnogger, both artists who were driven off DeviantArt (and onto alternate accounts) after relentless troll and flame attacks.