Time-sink alert: The Cutting Room Floor is a site dedicated to unearthing and researching unused and cut content from video games. From debug menus, to unused music, graphics, enemies, or levels, many games have content never meant to be seen by anybody but the developers — or even meant for everybody, but cut due to time/budget constraints.
posted by Artw
on Oct 28, 2013 -
is a catalog of fighting manuals and other primary sources related to historical European martial arts.
posted by zamboni
on Dec 26, 2012 -
There's something distinctly off about the Wikia for Doug. For starters, I doubt the veracity of these 'extended universe' books.
And, maybe I'm wrong, but I think the "theories" section on Mr. Dink is in desperate need of citation. The Hamburger Boy
article is, frankly, a mess of half-cooked conjecture, the This Doug Live page
is filled with spurious information... a whole page for Lardy the Fat Cell?
... don't even get me started on the editorializing in the Chalky Studebaker article
. The culprit appears to be Skeeter Valentines Day Massacre
, the rapscallion. Other users
have noticed this problem, and the effect it's having on the credibility of the Doug Wikia community. If you want to get your facts straight, you can check out some real info
over at the Doug (previously
) Wikipedia page.
posted by codacorolla
on Sep 28, 2012 -
is a simple tool for telling stories
, and a public library of human experience
, incorporating text
, and characters
. These are the Sagas so far.
posted by Potomac Avenue
on Jun 13, 2012 -
is a wiki site set up by The Center for Media and Democracy which posts and chronicles leaked documents including more than 800 model bills drafted and approved by corporations during ALEC meetings. The documents have been analyzed and marked-up
for clarity. Journalists along with the general public are invited to download the documents and sift through
in order to help map the connections back to their own state legislation and legislators. [more inside]
posted by stagewhisper
on Jul 14, 2011 -
is a free political simulation game founded by author Max Barry
back in 2002 (previously
). Loosely based on his dystopian corporate thriller Jennifer Government
, the game starts
by asking players to provide some national trappings and answer a few civics questions, then generates a virtual country with a matching political outlook. Periodic policy decisions
like mining rights and compulsory voting allow players to further modify their country along axes of social, political, and economic freedom
, arriving at one of twenty-seven colorful government types
like Tyranny By Majority or Scandinavian Liberal Paradise. There's also a healthy roleplaying community -- players can discuss current events in the General forum
, practice wargaming in International Incidents
, form cooperative Regions to debate internal affairs (many of which form their own communities
), and elect Delegates to send to the World Assembly
(so renamed after an amusing cease-and-desist from the real-world U.N.
). Their collective history is thoroughly recorded in the 35,000-article NSWiki
, which provides a detailed legislative record
, gameplay guide
, and profiles on many of the 90,000 active nations
, 8,000 player regions
, and countless characters
that currently make up the game world.
posted by Rhaomi
on May 9, 2011 -
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 -
Based on a quirky animated short
that charmed MeFi four years ago
, Pendleton Ward's Adventure Time
is arguably the most delightful thing in animation right now. Following the surreal adventures of 12-year-old Finn and his magical dog Jake in the fantastical post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo, the series has breezed through two seasons and secured a third
-- while generating a devoted fandom along the way (partially through savvy callbacks to things like 4chan's Courage Wolf meme
and Kate Beaton's pudgy Shetland pony
There's an exhaustive wiki
, an active discussion board
, oodles of fan-art
, and AdventureTi.me
, a fan-made repository of previous episodes (complete with a mobile version
) that makes catching up a cinch. Want more? Then check out the show's bountiful production diaries
, its equally in-depth blog
at Frederator Studios, catch some official clips
, follow Pen Ward on Twitter
, or buy
your own awesome Finn hat (though not necessarily what lies beneath
). Oh, and a new episode is airing... oh, right now. Totally math! [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Jan 24, 2011 -
Everybody knows TVTropes
is the best and most time
way to learn about the clichés and archetypes that permeate modern media. But dear reader, there is so much more
. Enter Useful Notes
. Originally created as a place for tropers to pool factual information as a writing aid, the subsite has quietly grown into a small wiki of its own -- a compendium of crowdsourced wisdom on a staggering array of topics, all written in the site's signature brand of lighthearted snark. Though it reads like an irreverent and informal Wikipedia, its articles act as genuinely useful primers to complex and obscure topics alike, all in service of the project's five goals: "To debunk common media stereotypes; to help you understand some media better; to educate, inform and sometimes entertain; to promote peace and understanding (maybe); and... to facilitate world domination." Sounds about right. Click inside for bountiful highlights... if you dare. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Dec 26, 2010 -
Do you like manuals? Do you like Wikis? Do you like open source software? Check out FLOSS Manuals
for wiki-fied manuals for popular and fun open source software, including PureData
, among others. Taking a page from programmers, the group endorses "book sprints
", where creative writers, editors and artists work closely together to complete an online book in a short, intense burst of effort.
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Oct 1, 2010 -
are open resources for community, group, or solo work on digital media, electronics, robotics, and art installations. Many allow drop-ins, and are run on a voluntary, non-profit basis - there’s likely one near you
. Just want to repair something by yourself? iFixit
, previously known for their teardowns of Apple products, have launched an open wiki to create manuals on how to repair everything
from vehicles to household appliances.
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul
on Sep 3, 2010 -
Davis, California is a small town by almost any measure, yet is home to one of the busiest local wikis in the world.
The Davis Wiki chronicles the mundane
and the bizarre
, but also serves more practical information, such as lunch specials, housing guides, news events
, and the hours of the local bike collective
. In recognition of the outstanding success of the Davis Wiki, the founders were recently awarded a $350,000 grant to develop their Local Wiki software
for more general application, including intensive development of wikis in a number of pilot communities. Many communities already have a wiki,
though only a few have really taken off; with luck and a bit of a kickstart, the experience
of the Davis Wiki founders can be applied to make this invaluable resource available in more cities.
posted by kaibutsu
on Jul 29, 2010 -
, a project of the German Federal Cultural Foundation, is a wiki aimed at identifying the over 3500 films declared orphaned or lost in their archives. Other archivists and the public can go to the Identify
section and look at surviving photographs, film fragments, and documents, as well as comment and upload any materials of your own, just in case you had promo materials for some unidentified 1915 German war buddy comedy just lying around. (Via Slate
posted by Weebot
on Jul 9, 2010 -
Play Pen -
It's a Wiki-based pixel-art user-created point-and-click freeform adventure game/story/experience. Look, just go there and do
posted by Jimbob
on Apr 20, 2010 -
"...and as we have an endless abundance of MP3’s (we fucked up and made too many of them), anything you take from the library is yours to keep. You will not be notified if you fail to return something on time, and you will not lose your library privileges if you share selections with friends."
In 2003, Conor Oberst
(wiki) started the independent record label Team Love
(youtube). Offering the latest in the free music revolution, Team Love has established the Team Love Library
, offering up all of their albums for free.
posted by Lutoslawski
on Dec 12, 2008 -
. Works on robotic systems that shouldn't kill you unless you are named John Connor. And, maybe not then. Cyberdyne
. Works on robotic systems that could actually help you walk
Does it help any that they named it HAL?
posted by dwivian
on Oct 8, 2008 -
is a collection of slightly controversial opinions about a variety of subjects. We offer you the chance to buy a fleeting sense of self-satisfaction at the small cost of alienating your friends and loved ones."
posted by PM
on Sep 5, 2008 -