Founded in 2004 as a place to catalog LiveJournal drama rejected from Wikipedia, Encyclopedia Dramatica
rapidly became the premier site on the web for all manner of lulz
. Intended "in the spirit of Ambrose Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary,"
ED grew into a sprawling crowdsourced compendium of memes, subcultures, communities, personalities, and the endless feuds and controversies spawned by 4chan
and other anonymous imageboards
. While comprehensive, the site developed a reputation for nastiness -- full of "ironic" (?) racism, gratuitous porn, organized attacks on other sites, and disturbingly thorough dossiers on perceived enemies, all dripping with vicious snark (just check out their entry on MetaFilter
). But now, after more than six years, it appears the troll has become the trolled. Founder Sherrod "Girlvinyl" DeGrippo, allegedly disillusioned
by the site's legal woes
and nihilistic trajectory
, has permanently shuttered the site
and replaced it with OhInternet
, a slicker, cleaner, Web 2.0 effort modeled after more respectable internet guides like Know Your Meme
(which recently sold to Cheezburger Networks
for a cool $N million
, discussed here
). Backups and mirrors abound
, but as for the source? Pool's closed... forever
posted by Rhaomi
on Apr 15, 2011 -
Here’s what we think the Editor Trends Study tells us: Between 2005 and 2007, newbies started having real trouble successfully joining the Wikimedia community. Before 2005 in the English Wikipedia, nearly 40% of new editors would still be active a year after their first edit. After 2007, only about 12-15% of new editors were still active a year after their first edit. Post-2007, lots of people were still trying to become Wikipedia editors. What had changed, though, is that they were increasingly failing to integrate into the Wikipedia community, and failing increasingly quickly. The Wikimedia community had become too hard to penetrate.
- The Wikimedia Strategy March 2011 Update
discusses wikipedia's declining ability to retain new editors. Meanwhile the case of the deletion (and restoration)
of the article on the remarkably notable Old Man Murray
highlights the bad decisions that can occur when insular admins and editors favor deletionist sentiment and bureaucratic rule-waving over the input of outsiders and a basic level of research.
posted by Artw
on Mar 11, 2011 -
A complete guide to digital security for advocates and human rights defenders (and for you too!). It includes all the info and tools you'll need for anything related to personal digital security.
: Tools and tactics for mobile advocacy.
: Everything you need to make and distribute your own media.
: Set up you NGO using free and open-source software. [more inside]
posted by lemuring
on Feb 28, 2011 -
"Unlike the link ... likes are arguably easier to create. Moreover, they are explicit endorsements rather than implicit ones. Therefore, they carry more weight once they are pulled through the lens of our friends. More so than links, this new network of signals allows content to find you, rather than you having to go find it. The rise of likes, just as links before it, will create all kinds of new businesses. And we're just getting started." Are likes poised to replace links as the Web's primary signal?
Then again, it just might be getting out of hand
posted by bayani
on Feb 22, 2011 -
Social news site Reddit
recently held their "Best of Reddit 2010" awards
honoring key players in the site over the last year, including the progenitor of the Rally to Restore Sanity
, the clever drive-by cartoonist Sure_Ill_Draw_That
, unofficial image host Imgur
, and feel-good story of the year "Today you, tomorrow me."
But perhaps most interesting was the winner for Best Big Community: FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU!
Originally inspired by 4chan's popular Rage Guy meme
, F7U12 (for short) is a clearinghouse for user-made web comics, slice-of-life affairs that tell a story
or share a common frustration
using a small collection
of crudely drawn yet highly evocative facial expressions. Several have become small memes in their own right -- the wily Trolldad
, the doormat Okay
, the prideful Fuck Yea
, the melodramatic Gasp
. And one comic
, inspired by the warped text randomly generated by reCAPTCHAs
), has given us Lord Inglip
of a dark religion
now rivaling FSM
whose cryptic commands
marshal loyal armies
, and... canary
into exploits both monstrous
). Obey him -- or else!
More fun with F7U12: rage face origins
, rage faces in real life
, Twitter feed
, search comics
, create your own
posted by Rhaomi
on Feb 8, 2011 -
IPv6, a newer version of the Internet Protocol that most of the net will convert to during the next few years due to "address exhaustion" with the current IPv4, (previously
) has a variety of advanced security features in it. Once IPv6 is fully rolled out and all the technical people are familiar with it, computers connected to the internet will be much safer from some kinds of hacking - but until then we may be in for a bumpy ride
posted by XMLicious
on Feb 1, 2011 -
The final tranches
of the net addresses used by most people are about to be allocated, raising the prospect of a web that isn't world wide. In the next few days
the last big blocks of the net's dwindling stock of addresses are about to be handed out. These are the days when IPv4
dies and is replaced by IPv6
. The deadline arrived a little earlier than expected (previously
posted by twoleftfeet
on Jan 29, 2011 -
As you may know, January 15th will be our 10th anniversary.
Unfortunately, Plastic will shut down a month from then, around February 15th (exact date to come)." [more inside]
posted by iviken
on Jan 17, 2011 -
Superguy was a forum for the posting of original, comedic fiction based loosely on superheroes and related concepts. ... It existed during the birth of the modern Internet culture, and survived much longer than many similar groups, diminishing in activity only when the webcomic trend became widespread. ... It is one of the longest running collaborative shared universe projects on the Internet.
posted by Joe Beese
on Jan 13, 2011 -
We expect even more rapid innovation in the web media platform in the coming year and are focusing our investments in those technologies that are developed and licensed based on open web principles. To that end, we are changing Chrome’s HTML5 <video> support to make it consistent with the codecs already supported by the open Chromium project. Specifically, we are supporting the WebM (VP8) and Theora video codecs, and will consider adding support for other high-quality open codecs in the future. Though H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal is to enable open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our resources directed towards completely open codec technologies.
- Google's Chrome is will be joining Firefox in no longer licensing the MPEG-LA H.264 video codec
favoured by Apple and Microsoft for use in the HTML5 <video> tag (previously
). Not everyone is seeing this as a good thing
posted by Artw
on Jan 13, 2011 -
"Now that there's no escaping the digital world, research is getting more serious about what happens to personalities that are incessantly on."
posted by zarq
on Jan 12, 2011 -
, I type many things – sincere and not – that I would never say in person because it’s easy, when typing certain things into a box, to forget whom you are typing to." From Thought Catalog
, writer Caroline Bankoff lists 45 things she thinks about when she thinks about google's chat service. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue
on Jan 6, 2011 -
"We tried to pick images that quickly became popular, generated hundreds of thousands of views, were interesting, and/or somehow changed the Internet as we knew it."
has become the standard among social news and media websites for sharing images. With the weight of 20 billion annual views, Imgur presents The Best Images of 2010.
(Anti-memesters beware, the list is full of 'em)
posted by Taft
on Dec 30, 2010 -
These days, with Christmas getting more and more commercial, it's occasionally hard to keep track of all the reasons to celebrate. One of the big reasons though is a very special birthday. The birth of something that changed the world. I'm referring, of course, to the birth of the world wide web
. [more inside]
posted by sarastro
on Dec 24, 2010 -