Conservapedia:How did you find CP?

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Stories[edit]

  • HVista-epiphany.pngjimachong - After a lengthy argument with this guy, I was reading his talk page and came across this.
  • αmεσ (tailor) - one of the early newspaper articles mocking Conservapedia... one of my law school friends pointed me towards it in Criminal Law, and the rest is history.
  • transResident Transfanform! - Was lurking on the forum of the Flat Earth Society, thinking about trolling them, and then I stumbled upon a discussion topic on Conservapedia. By the way, the flat earthers think CP is crazy! MAJOR lulz.
  • ♠ ŖєuĻєəux ♠say wнäτ? I came across Conservapedia in about March or April (I can't remember) of 2007. My mother told me about how she heard about something ridiculous on National Public Radio in the middle of the day: some guy talking about a new website called "Conservapedia". I went to the NPR website and listened to the 3 minute archive broadcast; it was the regular host talking to "some guy".... and that guy was Andrew Schlafly. I looked at a few CP pages, but lost interest. I suppose about 2 or 3 months later I found RationalWiki.com; I have absolutely no idea where I got the website, but I am sure it had something to do with google....Anyway, that's when I started visiting Conservapedia more regularly.
  • tmtoulouse irritate 23:07, 28 October 2007 (EDT) - Picked it up from the blog rush in February from ScienceBlogs and mostly edited the Wikipedia article on it. I saw several WP editors I respected were some what active editors on the site and became curious why. I figured if they could edit it I could edit it. I enjoyed working with CP because it wasn't saturated like WP and met some cool people. Then I become a sysop and thats when the gravitational field got so powerful, nothing could escape it.
  • Norseman|Talk - Heard it from Lewis Black on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Browsed the site and saw the owner being in relation with Phyllis Schlafly, and knew it was good reading material. The abuse of the sysops I noticed went hand-in-hand with abuse in a game I currently play, so I gained interest immediately.
  • Jeeves 23:59, 28 October 2007 (EDT) I was in one of Andy's homeschool classes until drugs drove me off the rails. OK, I'm lying to sound hard, I found it via some substandard mockery.
  • AppleCyder 00:19, 29 October 2007 (EDT) Apparently, Dumbledore being gay is a part of the liberal propaganda machine to corrupt children! On noez! Not teh children!
  • Stile4aly 00:27, 29 October 2007 (EDT) Can't remember if I found it from Fark or the talk.origins usenet group. At first, the idea of a conservative based wiki didn't seem such a bad idea, but it quickly became clear that it wasn't going to be a moderate project, but a wiki Taliban.
  • Locke User is Vandal/sysop Always Watching...... 01:52, 29 October 2007 (EDT) Daily Show, Nuff said.
  • Elassint Throw things at me 02:33, 29 October 2007 (EDT) I found it when browsing uncyclopedia. Back in the summer uncyclopedia was my home and i discovered alot of things there, including Liberapedia.
  • Bobbing for apples 05:35, 29 October 2007 (EDT)Can't quite remember now. I think I saw some weird quotes on the net in early March and joined up then. It was a lot funnier back then and it was where I learned to edit.--
  • Edgerunner76. I believe that I was trying to "angry up the blood" by looking into various right-wing loon organizations on Wikipedia. That finally led me to CP and then (quickly) here.
  • Masterbratac 09:02, 29 October 2007 (EDT) - I found it through Good Math, Bad Math on Scienceblogs. Good blog. Lots of fun stuff.
  • DickTurpis - Pretty unexciting, but I heard about it on the Daily Show (a rerun, no less).
  • YB indeed! 12:17, 29 October 2007 (EDT) Well, as I am exceedingly lazy (as some of you may know), I will not type up how I found Conservapeda. You can piece it together by visiting my user page. Haha!
  • CЯacke® = I lurked for a few days prior to mine first edit on 12 March. I don't quite remember just how I came to find CP, though I did find it amusing. I, (like most here I guess), thought it was an actual wiki not a blog in wikian format.
  • Researcher From Andrew Sullivan's blog, actually. Couldn't find it again later, googled it, and found this.
  • Exasperate me!Sheesh!I said what? 15:18, 29 October 2007 (EDT) - I'm doing an extended series of projects on WP in grad school (perhaps chapters for my dis) and one of my godless, liberal, homosexual profs told me about it. He is a cool guy . . .
  • The AlienSick Freak!!! 18:11, 29 October 2007 (EDT) - One of my friends pointed me in that direction to wandise the religious pages. Listened to all their stories, one of them about someone who put a picture of his butt on his user page...just strange.
  • PalMD- I don't remember which place I read about the damn thing, but I just couldn't leave such idiocy alone...that is until they made me leave.
  • My cat is smarter than Andrew Schafly RA harass stalk 03:47, 30 October 2007 (EDT) I was working on my Napoleon project for European History. I followed Wikipedia links from Napoleon to his wife, followed the link in her article to "mordicant" (oh, that's not it. That's from a Garth Nix book, isn't it?) marriages, which led to the article on polygamy... which led to the article on pedophilia... which led to the article on NAMBLA... somewhere down the line, I found Conservapedia. (Ain't Wikipedia great? The greatest bane to focused researching ever created!) I only found RationalWiki after I saw Wikipedia mention it in the Conservapedia article.
  • HexspecimenIt's an X 06:37, 30 October 2007 (EDT) I was one of the "big traffic spike" people that followed on from articles about CP in the UK press. Only went there for the lulz.
  • humanUser talk:Human A friend sent me a link to a blog or to CP in the late stages of the blog rush (March?), just before they upped their bandwidth.
  • Bayesupdate I think I found it sometime in early May '07 after reading some liberal mockery about its Kangaroo article. I didn't pay much attention to it then (and probably should have left it that way), but I came back after the Daily Show segment (in July maybe?), fell into the black hole, and also discovered RW around that time.
  • I heard about it when browsing the "wikis" category on Wikipedia in March in order to find a place to do ED trolling, and I came accross Conservapedia. Nordic 11:59, 30 October 2007 (EDT)
  • Uncle J 22:36, 1 November 2007 (EDT) - I was playing NationStates while bored at work one day in May of 2007 and read about it on the forums. When I found out what it was a right-wing anti-science fascist site, I immediately joined up. I started putting real science in the science articles and was quickly banned. I then went on a huge trolling rampage in retaliation.
  • Linus(plot evil tech) -- I was reading messages on the WikiEN-l Wikipedia mailing list, and someone wrote something about Conservapedia. They suggested that people try to help them, and I did, until… well, that's another story.
  • theIPguy - a guy I knew posted about his trolling adventures on a forum around June-July, I decided to check it out and to my amazement found out there were actually living people who believed the world was only 6000 years old. Discovered RW not lot afterwards when they started boasting about the news coverage they were getting
  • Genghis Khant I heard about it when I was an active editor on Wikipedia. Read up on it and started the Andrew Schlafly article there. The page was later deleted as the subject was not notable enough to warrant an entry (At the behest of certain TMToulouse if my memory serves me well). However, pages like the Pacific Northwest Arboreal Octopus piqued my interest and I eventually started adding my own spoofs and disinformation. After being blocked without any warning early on, I redoubled my efforts to undermine it and started socking in earnest.
  • Totnesmartin 19:14, 5 November 2007 (EST) i found it via the Wikipedians community on LiveJournal.
  • Jrssr5 Back in March a co-worker heard about it somehow and told me I should check it out. Tried to be serious at first, then gave up. Funniest bit was when TK tried to yell at me for being a n00b, but I had actually joined before his wiki-illiterate ass.
  • I Eat Glue 15:52, 13 November 2007 (EST) I just hit "random page" on Wikipedia fifty thousand times while bored. Signed up, got banned within five minutes, went here.
  • Czolgolz 16:18, 13 November 2007 (EST) NPR did a bit about them.
  • Editor at CP 06:58, 16 November 2007 (EST) While I'm not much of a wargamer, I get much of my knowledge of what is going on in the world in the Off-Topic boards from www.theminiaturespage.com There are forums such as Wargamers and Christians, Wargamers and Religion, Science, Current Affairs.
  • Matt -- Heard a BBC report being carried on the Australian ABC's News Radio in April I think. I got sucked in by PJR and the Koala and Kangaroo articles and have been there every since.
  • BillOhannity 12:19, 13 December 2007 (EST) I heard about it from the Daily Show [1]. "You know what a fake news show on Fox News should give you? REAL NEWS!" That and the free market line are my two favorites.
  • Marty 22:41, 19 August 2008 (EDT) I don't remember how I found it, but I remember my first edit (with a less-than-subtle username, I admit). I remember a week or so later Stephen Colbert did one of his Wikipedia monologues, and I e-mailed the show that they ought to concentrate on CP, where the Colbert Nation might actually do some good. :)
  • --Seonookim (talk) 04:04, 24 January 2013 (UTC) From WP. I found an essay saying that WP is Oceania, Uncyclopedia is Eastasia and CP is Eurasia. CP makes me vomit and want to vandalize, neither which I want when editing in WP. Uugh!