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Conservapedia
Introduction
Newcomer's Guide
What is going on?
Commentary
Best of Conservapedia
Blatant Plagiarism
Differences with Wikipedia
Hijacked Articles
"SDG"
"TZB"
"Fab Five"
Sysops
Timeline
CP in the News
In-depth analysis
Active users
Illustrated guide
Fun
Article Matrix
Greatest Insights
Parthian Shots

More about CP
In recognition of your superb contributions, you've been given the additional power to lock the entire database if needed to fend off a massive attack.
Andy to his #1 parodist

Conservapedia is a deceitful, heavily biased and willfully ignorant wiki-based encyclopedia blog project written from a far right and supposedly Christian point of view. It is better viewed as an online guide to understanding how a particular segment of the American Religious Right "thinks" than as an actual encyclopedia, as the site's administrators see liberals, atheists, and homosexuals (along with whoever the "bête noire du jour" is, like Islam) as being the cause of all society's ills. Their attacks on these groups are fueled by traditionalism and jingoistic pro-Americanism, and often make liberal (zing!) use of ad hominem. This political clap-trap automatically considers somebody a liberal (whether they are or not) if they fail to toe the party line on any given issue; even the use of British spelling is considered evidence that one is of the liberal flavour flavor.

The site was founded on 21 November 2006 by Andrew Schlafly,[1] spawn of professional anti-feminist Phyllis Schlafly,[2] in an attempt to offset what he perceived as an excessive liberal bias at Wikipedia.[1] Conservapedia's goal is to try to create a version of Wikipedia that has an, er...conservative bias, especially when it comes to issues where politics and fundamentalist Christianity overlap, such as creationism, evolution, sexuality, and morality. One of the most bizarre aspects of the site is its rejection of most of modern science, for example characterizing Einstein's famous equation E=mc2 as "liberal claptrap."

No prominent conservative politician, writer or pundit (except Andy's mom on one of her podcasts) has ever aligned themself with, or recommended, Conservapedia, making it extremely unpopular, and non-prominent. After all, aligning with Conservapedia would be committing an act of career suicide.

As a result of its extremist wingnut views, the site has attracted many parodist and vandalism-only accounts. Because of this, the site has enacted various forms of censorship, abuse of the "checkuser" function, and groupthink-style "rationalizing." New users, therefore, are almost always blocked shortly after editing for some perfunctory reason.

Contents

Management

Andrew Schlafly at the helm.

Currently, Conservapedia ("CP") is managed by Aschlafly[3] and a group of homeschooled teenagers known as "The Panel".[4] The latter seem to have given up on Conservapedia because not a single panel request has been considered yet.[5] While there is a list of Conservapedia Commandments, they are mostly honored in the breach, and the site's de facto policy is banning people for ideological differences, attempts at humor, or backtalking to them. The latest expansion on this is the "Scorched Earth Editing Policy", in which after banning someone, they undo all of that person's recent edits, just to make certain the filthy heretic doesn't feel like trying to get back on to vandalize the site further by posting more facts the sysops don't agree with. Users there have been warned not to delete content on threat of banning.[6]

Liberal revulsion for Conservapedia is mollified by the knowledge that a Wikipedia-like site can only thrive with a relatively free exchange of ideas and some tolerance for vandals, hoaxers, and crackpots. Thus the gang of beady-eyed zealots running CP are going to stifle it to death while thinking they're 'protecting' it. For example, look at all the pages that various editors have locked so that nobody can 'deface' them, thus preventing anyone from improving them as well.

In addition, Conservapedia had taken the extreme step of preventing any user from registering a new account unless it is morning to evening in the U.S. Nighttime editing in general is a restricted "privilege" that is rarely granted.[7]

The management at Conservapedia also struggles with the wiki software. Some sysops do not even know how to unblock users.[8]

Philosophical stance

Conservapedia (The Trusworthy[sic] Encyclopedia) is an (abnormal) encyclopedia with an American Conservative Christian point of view. But what exactly do these terms mean? Some of Conservapedia's main tenets include:

In regards to its articles on atheism and the Theory of Evolution, the liberal professor, Richard Dawkins, found Conservapedian arguments to be very persuasive.

Usefulness of Conservapedia

A recognised scholar's analysis of Conservapedia

Conservapedia is actually useful when arguing with various strains of religious fundamentalist, in ascertaining just what on earth they claim to think themselves. Of course, religious fundamentalists don't think themselves. They let their religious leaders think for them. Note that Wikipedia is also surprisingly detailed in delineating the various strains of creationist thought, should you wish to survey the rabbit hole before diving in head first.

As an encyclopedia, Conservapedia is not so useful. Whereas Wikipedia has a very broad coverage of virtually all subjects, due to having a large community of editors with diverse interests, Conservapedia operates with a small and dysfunctional community of editors, fixated with certain subjects and attitudes.

Most of the more active sysops are more interested in pursuing their various vendettas than in creating a diverse learning resource. There is an apparently high turnover of new editors, many of whom are either banned or soon give up on the wiki (although many of these may well be the same people signing up under an endless stream of pseudonyms), and there is a small number of devoted editors who tirelessly create detailed articles on their own individual interests.

This results in a disproportionate coverage of specialist subjects such as Japanese culture (thanks to JessicaT)[23] and Middle-earth (thanks to Tolkiendil),[24] a morbidly repetitive treatment of subjects such as atheism[25] and homosexuality[26] (largely the work of sysop Conservative), and many anti-liberal diatribes by Aschlafly himself.[27] Meanwhile coverage of more common and academic subjects is confined to either useless stub articles, or plagiarized text pasted from other source, along with a few articles or projects which have been started but obviously left unfinished and probably unnoticed.[28]

Accuracy of Conservapedia

Parody or conservapedian wisdom? You decide.

First get your facts; then you can distort them at your leisure

~ Mark Twain

Conservapedia, like any encyclopedia (especially those using the open-editing wiki format), is prone to errors. There is reason to believe that Conservapedia is actually far inferior to Wikipedia and that its articles are not to be trusted. Conservapedia's math and history articles have been criticized for a plethora of errors,[29] while a numerical comparison of Conservapedia articles with articles in Wikipedia have shown Conservapedia's articles to be lagging in quality.[30]

Conservapedia could actually surpass the folks at Wikipedia in terms of accuracy, coverage and comprehensiveness — after all, founder Andrew Schlafly did intend it to be a home-schooling tool — something which universities and schools do not view Wikipedia as being worthy of. However, it appears (from the wonderfully compact size of blurbs we purloin from Conservapedia for extension on Rational Wiki) that is not possible, given Conservapedia's stringent quality standards and policy of excluding miscreants who abuse their trust by vandalising the site.

Interesting gaps in Conservapedia

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Like the press of the now-defunct USSR, what Conservapedia doesn't say can be just as enlightening as what it does say. For example, for a long time various human bodily parts were banned from having entries on CP, leading to CP having thousands of words about why a woman shouldn't have an abortion, and not one word on the organs involved in getting her pregnant in the first place.[31] This would seem to be related to the fact that their primary audience is home-schooled children, whom they feel should be shielded from such knowledge.

Furthermore, they often do not mention the liberal views held by many conservative politicians on certain issues. For example, Conservapedia's entry on Barry Goldwater, one of the most prominent champions of American Conservatism, does not mention that the long-time U.S. Senator (in many ways more a libertarian than conservative) was firmly pro-choice, nor that he was against the exclusion of gays from the military. Their article furthermore neither mentions that the Republican was good friends with Democratic U.S. Senator, and later President, John F. Kennedy, nor that at the end of his life, Barry Goldwater was becoming increasingly worried about the influence the Religious Right was gaining in the Republican Party. Although one might argue that these omissions might be because Conservapedia is pro-life, anti-gays in the military (and anti-gay in general), intent on defaming Kennedy (and any other "liberal"), and does not wish to be reminded of that one of their most beloved statesmen was in fierce disagreement with them on these issues, this explanation seems to go against their claimed goal of being unbiased, and even "trustworthy". By contrast, the Conservapedia article on conservative jurist and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia includes a section on areas where Justice Scalia's opinions differ from what Conservapedia considers to be conservatism.

Conservapedia and fear of the unknown

As is common with very conservative groups throughout history, much of their fear stems from unfamiliarity with diverse, nuanced situations and a tendency to believe others are conspiring against them. The former creates fear in the ultra-conservative mind that their position in society is not secure; the latter defines their obsession with security issues.

In the case of Conservapedia, these fears are realized in deletion of user pages and the site as a whole spending an inordinate amount of time tracking down vandalism and protecting pages.

Though certainly not all will agree, this “fear of the unknown” is often used to explain so-called “blind faith.”

Conservapedia's "news" blog

One of Conservapedia's more ludicrous features is the blog that is attached to its main page, titled "in the news". Outrageous, idiotic and brain-pain inducing, it nonetheless pales in comparison to the main page talk page, which is largely devoted to conversation about those "news" "articles". Many of the articles in recent history have been devoted to defacing and discrediting Barack Obama.

Also of note is that the critics of Conservapedia frequently call Conservapedia itself a blog rather than an encyclopedia, because many of the articles tend to cover pet peeves of the editors, and Andy himself posts tons of material that belongs in a blog rather than an encyclopedia.

Conservapedia v. Wikipedia: A self-proclaimed jihad!

Conservapedia claims 16 differences with Wikipedia[32] that they assert make it far superior to what is often considered the best general resource on the web.[33] The differences include the following:

  • Provably false: Conservapedia claims Wikipedia is commercial because it is creating a for-profit search engine;[32] it is not.[34]
  • Unfounded: Conservapedia claims that Wikipedia allows gossip;[32] this is hard to prove or disprove.
  • Frivolous: Conservapedia claims that they keep the number of templates in their articles down.[32]

Teaching value

Conservapedia continually claims that Wikipedia is noneducational.

The real test of an "encyclopedia" is how clearly and concisely it explains something to an inquiring student or adult. Any objective evaluation of Wikipedia entries in terms of their ability to teach has to give Wikipedia an "F".
Aschlafly, [35]

While Wikipedia may not be the most authoritative reference site on the web it certainly does not deserve an "F". Studies have shown that Wikipedia is comparable to or nearly as good as Encyclopædia Britannica[36] which is universally accepted as a good educational resource. Additionally, Andy's very premise is flawed. The real test of an encyclopedia is not "how clearly and concisely it explains something to an inquiring student or adult." Rather it is how broad, accurate, and complete its coverage is. "Concise" is one of Andy's favorite words, by which he means "brief". By that measurement, CP is an excellent site. Unless you're explaining the evils of homosexuality, evolution, or atheism, the general rule on CP seems to be that a few sentences will do, and in some cases text is not even needed.[37] They hold to that pretty well. Britannica, for example, is far from concise, and often not particularly clear. Andy, one must suppose, would assert that CP is a superior encyclopedia, a laughable assertion on any reasonable terms. In terms of coverage that is broad, accurate, or complete, CP gets at best a D-. Whatever one chooses to give Wikipedia, it's certainly much better than that.

Pornography

Another common claim at Conservapedia is that Wikipedia is trafficking pornography to minors. Schlafly has stated on at least one occasion "Wikipedia is feeding pornography to children".[38] Although Wikipedia does have many articles on sexuality, and even child sexuality, calling those articles pornography is specious. What is considered "pornographic imagery" is a subjective judgement, and Conservapedia itself is not free from nude pictures.[39]

Justice at Conservapedia

"Do as I say, not as I do" is a fundamental principle at Conservapedia.

The rule of law at Conservapedia is enforced by the sysops. There is a code of rules known as the Conservapedia Commandments but they are seldom followed. Blocking is rampant, partly because wandalism is also rampant, but also because discipline is handled so firmly and arbitrarily. In fact, Andrew Schlafly himself has sometimes commented that he finds it satisfying to block users.[40] When he awarded blocking rights to RodWeathers (who later revealed himself to be a parodist), he told him that "This is one of the best aspects of Conservapedia, and you will find value in it". On another occasion he told Jpatt, "I find blocking to be good exercise".[41]

One of the most commonly abused rules is an unofficial one not actually on the rule book,[42] called the 90/10 rule, which states that editors must not make around 90% of their edits in the talk pages and only 10% in articles. This is enforced arbitrarily by sysops when they come across an editor who brings up a point they disagree with (no matter how well sourced or logical), or who just won't mind their own business about other people's blocks.

Commandment 1 says to not copy "from Wikipedia or elsewhere",[43] but most users and even active sysops copy and paste on a regular basis.[44] But when an editor copies and pastes an article that they disagree with, they will delete it for plagiarism. The Conservapedia article Arguments for the existence of God was copied and pasted and the user who created it admitted it in the edit summary saying "(copied from theopedia.com / public domain)".[45] When an article was copied off RationalWiki (which is under the same licensing as Theopedia) they deleted it because it was "copied from RationalWiki".

Hypocritically, Schlafly pretends that they accept liberal contributions in support of intellectual freedom and his former protégé TK also made the same claim. What does that mean? They won’t always ban you for writing anything liberal so long as you don’t put it back after they’ve taken it out?

Forms of censorship

Conservapedia promotes Free Speech!
"Examples of Bias in Conservapedia" is a deleted page, because it apparently does not exist. Although "Examples of Bias on Wikipedia" is alive and kicking, apparently THERE IS NO BIAS ON CP. Interestingly, one of the "Examples of Bias in Wikipedia" is that virtually the exact same action was performed on Wikipedia.

All editors must have an account to edit Conservapedia which is part of the mobocracy problem it perceives with Wikipedia. Conservapedia, however, is often far more guilty of one of their most common claims against Wikipedia: censorship. Conservapedia, for example, deleted a section of an article on persecution of Christians that pointed out Christians sometimes persecuted other religious sects, and in the article on the Intifada deleted an addition pointing out mildly that innocent Palestinians have also been killed. The more prolific of Conservapedia's anti-liberal rants articles tend to be subject to long term edit protection, to prevent new users from editing in anything not to the liking of the administration staff. The list includes Conservapedia's articles on Homosexuality,[46] Theory of evolution,[47] and the always controversial Goat.[48]

Another frequent practice is the banning by Conservapedia sysops of any members they don't agree with, censoring in a roundabout way by removing any opposing viewpoints. Andrew Schlafly is protected from criticism of his claims and "insights" by sysops who remove the critiques and block the editors responsible.

Conservapedia also uses checkuser to its own discretion for whatever reason it deems necessary; any hint of suspicion is enough to warrant a check.

RationalWiki censorship

Currently, any references to RationalWiki in articles or talk pages are blocked by Conservapedia's spam filter. Any editor who tries a workaround (such as inserting an html "comment" in the word) will be insta-banned without any warning, and simply mentioning the site itself is a blockable offence, although this standard does not apply to certain Conservapedia administrators.[49][50]

Banning users

Conservapedia's sysops generally seem to be inclined to ban editors as quickly as possible, for even the most frivolous of reasons. At first, we thought that this was simply due to their massive tendencies towards paranoia and authoritarian abuse of power, but we now realize this serves a practical purpose as well. To maintain ideological purity and keep out their many imagined enemies, CP's sysops must vet every individual edit. The more users they have, the less possible this becomes.

It is also possible that the threat of a capricious infinite ban which permanently hangs over all normal users, combined with the 90/10 rule which discourages lengthy talk page discussions, has the effect of silencing any real debate and opposition to the ideology of the site.

The odds are high that in this all-encompassing net, a few editors who actually liked the site have found themselves kicked off it.

Night time editing

Night time editing is disabled in the United States, out of fear for high rates of vandalism, as indicated by the late "Senior Administrator", TK[51] between 1am and 6am Eastern Standard Time, US. Users who attempt to edit during those hours will get a message that reads: "The action you have requested is limited to users in one of the groups: Administrators, edit."

Deletion and RevisionDelete log

Conservapedia has a very liberal "policy"[52] in terms of what is eligible for deletion by administrators which, in turn, only fuels criticism of their censoring. For example, User and User talk pages of those who have been blocked (most likely for simply disagreeing with an admin), have not been active or had been exposed as parodists are usually deleted. On top of which, articles such as "Conservative deceit" (as opposed to its "Liberal deceit" article, which was later merged into "deceit") is protected from creation. Furthermore, plain vandalism is typically oversighted from public history out of fear of speculation. In particular, Sysop Ken is notorious for chronically deleting User and User talk pages of active users and common articles, only to restore and immediately protect them. Wikipedia and RationalWiki usually forbid such actions, unless requested.

Role of administrators

See the main article on this topic: Conservapedia:sysops

Administrators and bureaucrats have "final" authority[53] over mediation and edit-warring which promotes a holier-than-thou attitude amongst new users. Because the block policy permits administrators to block based on premises which they deem appropriate, they are given very easily and usually to good faith editors. This in turn leads to censorship and groupthink conduct on Conservapedia because non-admin users can be blocked so quickly and often for frivolous reasons. Promotion to sysop is only done at a bureaucrat's discretion, which is almost always Andy.

403 errors

In December 2010, Andy decided that the existing levels of censorship weren't enough, and asked his fellow sysops if "[there is] any easy way for me to internally block ALL foreign IPs, without blocking any American ones?"[54] A couple of days later he had the answer: "In only 90 seconds I internally blocked and confirmed 6 major sources of the vandalism, none of which should affect access from the U.S. In total I've now internally blocked 7 major IP ranges: 77.*, 80.*, 81.*, 82.*, 84.*, 85.*, 86.*".[55] The effect of this is to cause anybody trying to view Conservapedia from an IP address beginning with one of these octets to receive a "403 - Forbidden" error.

Conservapedia was caught up in several DDoS attacks in March and April 2011, an event which caused the site to go down for a few days. Some administrators responded by blocking the incoming IP addresses at server level. However, as most of these blocks were either in the /16 or even /8 range, this has resulted in large swathes of the world, especially countries other than the U.S.A., being unable to view Conservapedia at all.

Account creation and editing

With more normal people being informed of the appalling joke that Conservapedia is, "siteadmins" have the ability to lock the database, which disallows all account creation. It seems that they cannot be bothered constantly defending themselves against the sane or against the hordes of vandalism that naturally comes to the extremists amongst us, and thus it is easier to keep the site for themselves (although anyone can still email them for an account). Nevertheless, administrators also have the ability to even disallow any and all editing, except for those who are administrators. When this is enabled, the "edit" tab turns into a "view source" tab on every page, even if it is not protected.

Suspicions of parody

See the main article on this topic: Conservapedia:Parodist

One theory which continually re-emerges is that Conservapedia is not run by the Religious Right at all; that instead it is an extreme parody of fringe loonbags, such as the Westboro Baptist Church, since it is hard to imagine such a large group of people being so wingnutty. Either way, though, it is undoubtedly true that if Conservapedia is written without irony, we should pity its authors rather than be angered by them, especially considering that even the authors cannot distinguish true conservative views from humorous satire.[56]

It has also been speculated that Andy Schlafly is actually a closet liberal, but uses Conservapedia to hide this fact (primarily from his mother).

Impact of Conservapedia

Much speculation has been made about Conservapedia's relative impact on both the internet and political culture. Whilst Schlafly claims that "liberal" sites are on the decline, as demonstrated by the fact The Social Network didn't win the Academy Award it was nominated for, conservative websites, such as Conservapedia, are surging ahead.

Andrew Schlafly routinely states that Conservapedia gets lots of page views, and thus believes that people are using it as the encyclopedia it pretends to be. He is largely basing his page view statistics on the internal statistics of the MediaWiki software. However, these statistics are often misleading as they make no distinction between types of traffic, and can be easily manipulated by clickbots. Conservapedia routinely deletes and recreates articles that have inflated page view statistics as reported by the MediaWiki software, but the act of deletion alone confirms that the statistics have been manipulated and are thus unreliable. On top of this, Schlafly also says Wikipedia is deceitful for not using MediaWiki's statistics, even when these statistics are clearly unreliable and don't work in Wikimedia's heavily cached infrastructure anyway.

To give you an idea of what people are actually thinking about Conservapedia, googling Conservapedia yields more than half a million hits, though many are quite dubious. Ignoring the first three hits (which are for the site itself) nearly all the top results on google criticize or mock Conservapedia, with the exception, ironically, on listing #4, Wikipedia, which gives it about as fair an entry as one could hope for.

Breakdown of Conservapedia's influence: PIDOOMA style

Reinforcement of viewpoint

Some homeschooled children in the 13 to 16 age range are quite likely to believe most or all of the stuff they read there, due to their only being exposed to right-wing Christian fundamentalism. In such sad cases, what Conservapedia presents builds on what they have already been taught. In short, Conservapedia might be said to engage in a form of brainwashing. Likewise, adults who have spent all their lives, or at least, many recent years, immersed in right-wing Christian fundamentalism are also likely to believe a great deal of what they read in Conservapedia.

Estimated percentage of readers in this category: 0.02%

Embarrassing the viewpoint

Genuinely sane conservatives are quite likely to be appalled at what they encounter while reading Conservapedia's version of "conservatism." Also, Conservapedia might reinforce the "ugly American" image abroad.

Estimated percentage of readers in this category: 0.03%

Entertainment

In this view, Conservapedia actually has no impact — people simply visit the site for a good mid-morning laugh, post-luncheon facepalm, and perhaps a before bed test of their irony meter's protection circuits.

Estimated percentage of readers in this category: 99.95%

Off-site statistics

Conservapedia's web rank compared to RationalWiki, 2011.

Alexa.com, a website traffic ranking site, tracks visits by users of its Alexa Toolbar software, and offers one way to monitor the popularity of Conservapedia. In September 2007, the site received barely 5% the number of visits it received in March of 2007, when the blog frenzy brought it into the public eye.[57]

As of the end of May 2011, Conservapedia's traffic is climbing back somewhat. Alexa currently estimates it being visited by only 0.00320% of the global Alexa userbase over a three month average — this is up 8% since the last period. Ranked as the 55,452nd most visited site on the Internet over a three-month average, this figure is 4,486 places higher than its position three months ago. People are reading less than they used to, with visitors now viewing 3.75 pages on the site on average — this is up 26%, but a long way down from the all-time high of nearly 6. Nearly half of visitors, 48.6%, only look at one page before leaving. Visitors spend 3.6 minutes a day on the website; this is up 22% from the last three-month period.

Conservapedia's page ranking has bounced back after sliding out of the top 100,000 (see right). Recently, however, artificially inflated readings, due to the use of so-called automatic "clickbots", as well as the recent DDoS attack, have inflated Conservapedia's Alexa ranking, making it an even less reliable indicator of performance than usual.

Over 67.5% of their total traffic is estimated to come from the United States, with another 4% from India.

Quantcast gives us some insight into who, in the US at least, is reading Conservapedia. As of mid-September 2009, it estimates that 101,000 US citizens visit Conservapedia monthly. It gives this description of its "average" visitor,

The typical visitor reads beliefnet.com, visits christiananswers.net, and shops at Zappos.

What others have said about Conservapedia

Always trustworthy.
  • But perhaps the most amusing alternative wiki may be Conservapedia, which defines itself as "a conservative, family-friendly Wiki encyclopedia" and whose contributor guidelines are cast as "commandments." - TIME Magazine[58]
  • "It is a detriment to conservative thought and movement." —TK, late Conservapedia sysop[59] (one can only assume that the type of movement being referred to is a bowel movement)
  • "I've had bigger chunks'a corn in me crap." —Fat Bastard
  • I was banned and the reason given was, "I had some problems getting the page to load." —user "GoogleRonPaul"
  • "You'll have more a accurate history of the world in the pages of MAD Magazine, and twice as truthful too" —Scatterbrain66
  • "[A]s accurate as a catatonic drunkard’s line of urine" —Evan Maloney, Australian journalist[60]
  • "What a cheap, shameful, tawdry example of prejudice-dressed-up-as-truth this Conservapedia is." —Evan Maloney[61]
  • "I have never heard of any indication that it might be a Poe. Its self-satire powers are weapons-grade, however."[62]

Conservapedia has a low user rating on the Internet's "World of Trust", a browser plug-in which warns users whenever they are about to navigate to an untrustworthy site. The rating is based on polling users of the plug-in, and sites are rated on four criteria: trustworthiness, vendor reliability, privacy, and child safety. The only category in which Conservapedia ranks high is privacy. It is unclear why it ranks low on child safety, except perhaps for its potential to influence children's minds for the worse.

What conservatives have said about Conservapedia

A post recommending Conservapedia was made to Redstate. The responses in the comments section were less than encouraging:[63]

  • "Yeah, the NYT loved Giuliani. And if that isn't enough, they can't even spell his name right."
  • "Some of the science is a bit eccentric, too, as for example this article on unicorns."
  • "I'll see your bad article and raise http://www.conservapedia.com/Evolution"
  • "when you say eccentric I hope you mean insane"
  • "I actually thought it was a satire site. Sort of like the Stephen Colbert of wikis. It's so over the top it is hard to believe it is serious."
  • "I waver back and forth between believing it to be genuine and believing it to be an elaborate hoax."
  • "I can't say that the stuff I have seen has done Conservatism any favors."
  • "This is a horrible idea with even worse execution. Seeing lefty college kids try to build stuff like this is annoying, but I don't see how you can claim to be so far above them. At least they can format a page."

Similarly, a post condemning Wikipedia's new editorial controls was made to Hotair.com. After Conservapedia's name was mentioned in the comments section, the conservatives there also had very little good to say:[64]

  • "conservapedia fails as a worthwhile resource for conservatives"
  • "on the 'right' you have conservapedia – which is an embarrassment."
  • "The first time I saw a conservapedia article I was sure it was parody. I still check it out every now and then just for the entertainment value."
  • "Conservapedia is a 'satire' wiki like Encyclopedia Dramatica."
  • "the odd and rotten thing about conservapedia is that it wouldn’t even exist as it does were it not for the left’s use of it. I’ve never seen Conservapedia cited by a single conservative blog, yet the stats show that Conservapedia is at least very popular with the left. A Google search of 'conservapedia' returns 160,000 hits, 4,100 alone featuring the term 'wingnut,' and every one which is not a hit to Conservapedia itself is a hit to a leftwing site eager to accept and amplify Conservapedia’s claim to represent conservatism."

See also

People:

 

Conservapedia space:

Other wikis:

 

Miscellaneous:

External links

Historic blog posts about Conservapedia

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 LA times
  2. Sun Journal
  3. Wikipedia on Conservapedia
  4. CP:User:CPanel
  5. Conservapedia:Panel/Submit - history
  6. http://www.conservapedia.com/User_talk:JoshPDX
  7. Conservapedia:Quick reference
  8. User Talk:Bohdan - History
  9. Conservapedia:Homosexuality
  10. Conservapedia:Abortion
  11. Johnswift blogspot
  12. Conservapedia:Global Warming
  13. Mars Hill
  14. http://www.conservapedia.com/Professor_values
  15. Conservapedia:Gun Controll
  16. Smallpox and vaccination on Conservapedia
  17. http://www.conservapedia.com/Shaken_Baby_Syndrome
  18. [1]
  19. CP:Homeschooling
  20. CP:United nations
  21. Young mass murderes - Conservapedia
  22. "Wearing all black as a teenager is suggestive of anti-Christian beliefs. Other examples in this entry illustrate that. I welcome more evidence, but am not going to play dumb amid liberal denial by others. - Andy Schlafly 14:42, 15 March 2009 (EDT)"
  23. See CP:Category:Japan.
  24. See CP:Category:Middle-earth.
  25. See CP:Category:Atheism.
  26. See CP:Category:Homosexuality.
  27. Including virtually all of the "Conservapedia terms".
  28. See, for example, CP:Life in Medieval Times.
  29. Abstract Nonsense:Conservapedia
  30. AJS.com
  31. There is no article for "penis" or "vagina". Currently they redirect to Human reproduction. Until September 2008, this article did not describe the sexual act, only the sperm and egg.
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 32.3 CP:Differences with Wikipedia
  33. BestStuff
  34. Wikimedia press realese
  35. CP:talk:examples of bias in wikipedia - diff
  36. Reliability_of_Wikipedia#Comparative_studies
  37. A fine example is the Theoretical Physics article, with an equally brilliant edit history
  38. CP:talk:examples of bias in wikipedia - diff
  39. See Olympia, The Source, Cupid, and the Creation of Adam.
  40. He likes to boast about it too
  41. http://www.conservapedia.com/index.php?title=User_talk:Jpatt&diff=prev&oldid=596432
  42. Conservapedia:User talk:Roopilots6
  43. Conservapedia:Commandments
  44. Conservapedia:Blatant Plagiarism
  45. Conservapedia:Arguments for the existence of God - History
  46. Conservapedia:Homosexuality - Logs
  47. Conservapedia:Theory of evolution - Logs
  48. Conservapedia:Goat - Logs
  49. http://conservapedia.com/index.php?title=User_talk%3AAschlafly&diff=759487&oldid=759409img
  50. http://conservapedia.com/index.php?title=User_talk:Aschlafly&diff=next&oldid=768849img
  51. http://www.conservapedia.com/index.php?title=Conservapedia%3ADesk%2FMiscellany&diff=260943&oldid=260940
  52. Actually there is no policy, they do whatever they damn well please. Even when blocking users, they can't be bothered to provide a reason many times.
  53. http://www.conservapedia.com/Conservapedia:Guidelines#Administrators
  54. [[Conservapedia:Conservapedia Group|]] email "toggling a block of ALL foreign IPs" CP/31-60/727da2ed08f13d44.html
  55. Conservapedia Group email "90 seconds to block 6 nations" CP/31-60/a2416fb4e4eb26a1.html
  56. CP:Debate:How can we protect Conservapedia by distinguishing real conservative encyclopedia articles from satires written by liberals?
  57. They have since had two lesser peaks in visitors, in July due to the Los Angeles Times, and on their birthday in late November 2007 due to circulation on the internet of a screenshot showing their dubious fascination with "articles" on homosexuality.
  58. Time: Top 10 Wikipedia Moments - The Birth of Lostpedia and the Rest. January 15, 2011.
  59. http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd110/Hojimachong/Sep239.jpg
  60. Quote-mined from the articles title.
  61. Yeah he already is quoted but he is spot on.
  62. Skeptic's Guide to the Universe - Is Conservapedia genuinely this comically wrong?
  63. Conservapedia
  64. Wikipedia set to tighten editorial control


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