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Encyclopædia Dramatica

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RationalWiki™ (RW) used to be a (sort of) funny troll parody of the biased republicans who got banned from Wikipedia and created Conservapedia, but now it's a humorless, lolcow fallout shelter for biased SJW retards who got banned from Wikipedia and is twice as bad as Conservapedia ever was.
—ED on RationalWiki[1]

Encyclopædia Dramatica (ED) is a wiki that documents Internet culture, memes and "drama" for the lulz. ED documents everything it thinks is wrong with the Internet, and proudly does so in a style that's certainly one of the things wrong with the Internet.


[edit] The ups

ED is good at documenting memes and internet events and gives scathingly horrible hatchet jobs frank reviews of popular websites.

Since it's not limited to Wikipedia's stringent reliable sources, it sometimes has better. In particular, its article on the heavy metal site[2] and its extensive section on DeviantART[3] are a must.

ED was involved in Project Chanology.[wp]

[edit] The downs

In ED's own words, "expect blatant, biased lies, and expect boring truths to get deleted quickly."[4]

Where ED fails is mostly in its own obsessions with goatse, internet memes, furries, racist and sexist humor, shock value, and most of all, itself. This is hardly surprising, given its contributor overlap with 4chan and Anonymous (as such, ED's article on 4chan is quite favourable by comparison to others).

In 2014-15, the continued presence of channers and Redditors (especially from Gamergate-related groups) tended to give new ED additions a slightly conservative, reactionary bent. Strangely, the change doesn't seem to have affected anyone outside of ED.

And of course: the ads. There might be singles near you, but only because they can't run away from ED fast enough.

[edit] History

ED was started in 2004 by the fine folk at, a bunch of trolls documenting and encouraging drama and self-importance fail on LiveJournal. The owner was Sherrod DeGrippo, a.k.a. Girlvinyl. The site quickly attracted similarly upstanding netizens from 4chan, the GNAA, Bantown and so forth.

ED tended to load slowly, probably because half of the page was advertising for pornography, sex toys, and browser hijacks - the left side bar was especially impressive.

Midway through April 2011, /b/ visitors were surprised to be redirected to a site calling itself "OhInternet." ED's founder and current OhInternet primary contributor, Sherrod DeGrippo, had shut down ED for good, replacing it with "a more toned down content style and a streamlined design," having decided that having every second wikilink take you to "nigger" or "gay" pages was no longer financially viable in the face of escalating liability over various attack pages. Possibly there were no more places to put porn ads.[5] (OhInternet in turn died in October 2013; nobody noticed or cared.)

Fans promptly started a couple of forks, dredging ED pages out of the Google cache. So far, has been the most successful reanimation and ED is pretty much back as it once was, only without even bothering to pretend it has any legal oversight. With no porn ads. Oh whoops, porn ads again.[6] The current incarnation does load somewhat faster than the original, and has relegated the aforementioned ads to the sidebar and the popups. Yeah, they're that site - the one that seriously uses popup ads; on the other hand, as their goal seems to be to offend, this may actually work to their advantage.

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