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RationalWikiWiki was a wiki created to analyse RationalWiki and, in the process, meta-meta-analyse Wikipedia.[note 1] It was founded on 27 December 2007, and had
laughable steadily improving production values.
It had a whopping bunch of content (over 300 articles on us!), including in-depth documentation of the notorious TK, Headless Chicken Mode, and the Great TK Banning Incident, as well as the ever-popular articles about the individual editors of RationalWiki, all of them
full of crap relentlessly and completely factual! Unfortunately, there were many editors for whom it had no article, or just a mostly blank infobox with no content.
Its current iteration, founded by User:Bigs, is a Wikia site with 110 articles. Unfortunately, the latest revival has now been closed by Fandom (Wikia) staff because they decided that some of it wasn't very nice.
Mesozoic era (
248.000.000 BC to 65.500.000. BC Beginnings to 2008)
The original RationalWikiWiki was founded by "Admin" at the wiki-farm editthis.info. It was an epic fail, as it lacked certain commonly-used extensions and the URL misspelled the site's own name as "rationalwikiwki" due to character limits. At "Hans Johnson"'s (widely known to be our Radioactive afikomen) initiative, RWW later moved to another wiki-farm, ScribbleWiki on 17 March 2008, completing his
blatant power grab improvement plan. Although the website's name was spelt correctly, the ScribbleWiki server crashed soon after RWW moved again. Consequently, all records of that version of RWW were destroyed.
RWW as we know it (2008 to 2012)
Power squabbles and stagnation (2008 to 2010)
RationalWikiWiki moved again in late July 2008, and shared the same server as RationalWiki.
On 2 March 2009, Hans Johnson
left and never came back  retired after a massive reshuffle in the user rights which left a number of former janitors mere holyrollers (whatever that means) and put Phantom Hoover and Nx as the bureaucrats in charge, as they were the only ones with recent edits.
A while after that, Nx left, and Phantom Hoover became inactive. Nx made Arthropleura (not the giant millipede) the leading 'crat, who then promptly started handing out user management rights like candy to everybody who was editing. Presumably horrified at the idea of a wiki being led by Arthropleura, Phantom Hoover became active again as a result. Together they ran the site in a manner reminiscent of a Republican Roman collegiality. Hans Johnson later revoked Arthropleura's cratship, leaving Phantom Hoover the only active bureaucrat and
benevolent dictator of RationalWikiWiki.
Following his stripping of Arthropleura of cratship, Hans attempted to reinvigorate the site by appointing Theemperor, but to no avail; the site stagnated and was used exclusively by MNpunkboy (Gooniepunk2010), mainly because he was battling a troll. Eventually the troll's range was blocked and Hans Johnson promoted MNpunkboy to 'crat. Through all this few, if any, articles have been written or expanded.
Following MC's banishment from the Wiki, and MNpunkboy's bitch slapping back to sanity by an unidentified bunch of numbers, the Wiki entered another era of stagnancy. However, MNpunkboy would call for a new, post-troll warring era and promote Conficker (a useful user that appeared out of the blue one day) to bureaucrat and change his username to "Punky McPunkersen" to cement this. Slowly, the site began to rebuild itself, and seemed, once again, to return to being the Wiki that watched RationalWiki.
Rise and fall (2010-2012)
In 2011, RWW began growing quite rapidly, with many new articles created and the removal of many artefacts left over from the previous era. There were also rumours of the possible purchase of RWW from the RationalWiki Foundation. In March 2011, Punky McPunkersen declared that the wiki would expand by 50 articles that month. To the surprise of all, they made it.
Starting in mid-2012, RationalWikiWiki was typically down or having server issues, occasioning observers to conclude that the name of the site had been changed to "500 Internal Server Error." This greatly impeded editing at the site; there were only about 20 edits per day[note 2], and only 7 active users, most of whom were bureaucrats. RationalWikiWiki was finally officially shut down 14 November 2012, but remained intermittently accessible until July 2013, when it was replaced with a domain host placeholder page.
Briefly back from the dead (2017-2018)
Resident necromancer Bigs decided to raise RationalWikiWiki from the grave and took out a Wikia site with the intention of recreating and reviving it. He was joined shortly after by fellow practitioner of the dark arts RoninMacbeth. After Ronin became inactive, ClickerClock then came to save it from inactivity. The project was
mostly a failure. Somewhere in late 2017, the following message was posted on the main page:
Hello, and welcome to RWW 4.0, the self-proclaimed reincarnation of Old RationalWikiWiki. We're the same as 3.0 except now we're on Wikia, which means we'll never die! This is a wiki designed to document RationalWiki, a pointless blip on the internet. So far, I intend to establish a benevolent diarchy under me and
Update: We're pretty much dead so if you are contributing, then ask for crat rights on my message wall.
In late January 2018, it got two new users, possibly showing it finally gaining some life. This proved not to be the case when it proceeded to die again. For a while in late May to early June 2018 it had something of a revival, although most of the edits were by Oliver D. Smith making pages about himself and his many online enemies, some of whom were notorious RationalWiki trolls. Not surprisingly, that led to some trollish edits on the wiki, which in turn led to the controversial (to the four people who acknowledged the wiki existed) move to ban IP editing.
On October 11, 2018, Bigs' confident claim that the new version of the wiki couldn't die turned out not to be true after all when it was shut down by Wikia staff. They decided that a wiki about another wiki and its users was not something that they should be hosting and that some of the pages about those users (the trolls, presumably) were not very nice at all. You see, the new
Wikia FANDOM Fandom is all about fans proclaiming how much they love stuff. That is all.
- Fun:RationalWikiWikiWiki - Any more meta and the Universe might explode.
- Category:RationalWikiWiki - RWW pages that RationalWikians decided were worth saving.
- Rationalwikiwikiwikiswiki, consisting solely of spambots spamming back and forth (perhaps a sign of the Universe exploding?)
- RationalWikiWiki analyses RationalWiki, which analyzed Conservapaedia, which
- Sometimes much more when some bad shit was going down.
- http://rationalwikiwiki.org/w/index.php?title=Special%3ALog&type=rights&user=Hans+Johnson&page=User%3APunky+McPunkerson&year=&month=-1 Log of MNpunkboy's promotion.
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