Encyclopedia Dramatica

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Encyclopedia Dramatica
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URL encyclopediadramatica.se
Project status Online!
Archiving status Saved! pre 2011, but images not rescued for post-2012
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Encyclopædia Dramatica (often abbreviated to just "ED") was a satirical open wiki that used MediaWiki software. Launched on December 10, 2004, it lampooned both encyclopedic topics and current events, especially those related to or relevant to Internet culture. It was frequently utilized by a socially fluid and dynamic Internet subculture known as Anonymous. The site celebrated a subversive "trolling culture", having documented significant incidents of underground internet events such as mass organized pranks (trolling events they termed as "raids"), large scale failures of the Internet infrastructure and security, and criticism of some more conservative Internet communities they accused of self-censoring their own content in order to garner prestige, positive coverage and commentary from traditional and established media outlets. Wired described Encyclopædia Dramatica as a "vast parallel universe of Anonymous in-jokes, catchphrases, and obsessions is lovingly annotated, and you will discover an elaborate trolling culture: Flamingly racist and misogynist content lurks throughout, all of it calculated to offend". Ninemsn described Encyclopædia Dramatica as: "Wikipedia's evil twin. It’s a site where almost every article is biased, offensive, unsourced, and without the faintest trace of political correctness. A search through its archives will reveal animated images of people committing suicide, articles glorifying extreme racism and sexism, and a seemingly endless supply of twisted, shocking views on just about every major human tragedy in history."

The original site shut down without warning on April 16, 2011, and relaunched itself as Oh Internet, leading to criticism from parts of the ED community.


Whilst Oh Internet mysteriously disappeared in 2013, ED relaunched officially on * encyclopediadramatica.se under new management. It has switched TLDs often, starting with the Swiss .ch, then to the Swedish .se, then to Spain's .es, and then back to the Sweden's .se.

Contents

Current Backups

Try to make an XML article text backup every few months. It's pretty easy, the article text adds up to just a few hundred megabytes. just use the Wikiteam scripts.

Warning: For now, only make XML (full page text) backups. These are just a few hundred megabytes. ED's current image collection is over 2 Terabytes in size and growing, so image backups have to be done by the admins. Hopefully we can connect the ED admins to the Internet Archive, since they can easily take in archives of that size in special cases.

The Encyclopedia Dramatica used to make regular text backups themselves, but they must have forgotten about doing it over the years.

2011's Operation SaveED

The original site shut down without warning on April 16, 2011, and relaunched itself as Oh Internet, leading to criticism from parts of the ED community.

Whilst Oh Internet mysteriously disappeared in 2013, a group of anons, including Edgeworth E. Euler and Zaiger, relaunched ED at encyclopediadramatica.se under new management. They used these backups to restore every single article and it's history from an XML dump (which was recovered by a research group studying Operation Payback) and some portions of the image collection, though not everything.

It has switched TLDs often, starting with the Swiss .ch, then to the Swedish .se, then to Spain's .es, and then back to the Sweden's .se.

Sources

2011-06-22 backup

An unofficial backup of the pages on encyclopediadramatica.se can be downloaded from http://www.multiupload.com/T7IO7EK1BW :

The file is a tar archive compressed with `xz(1)` from 674MB to 39MB. It contains the complete revisions of each page in MediaWiki XML format, so should be importable into a new MediaWiki installation. It contains metadata for all of the images, also in XML format. The images themselves are packaged separately--see below.

Every full-size (i.e. excluding thumbnails) image has been saved under its SHA1 hex digest. There are over 10GB of image files in total so they have been split over 16 archives, organised by the first character of their filename. Each archive also contains metadata for all of the images which allows mapping the SHA1 digest to their original filename. As above, the archives are in .tar.xz format.


2010-01-13 backup

The Internet Archive also got a full backup at the start of 2010. It's a bit old (or at the height of ED's heyday, depending how you look at it) but it's complete, including images. Not certain about page history, though. 12GB total:

http://www.archive.org/details/2010-01-encyclopedia-dramatica

Announcements

Anonnews.org

  • Anonnews.org - OpSaveED - You can't throw Encyclopedia Dramatica away!
  • Anonnews.org - A formal status update on the Encyclopedia Dramatica revival movement

Ohinternet.com

  • TODO

External links

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