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Encyclopedia Dramatica gone for good

Encyclopedia-Dramatica

While sites like Know Your Meme have since popped up and given web users a source for internet meme history and general information, Encyclopedia Dramatica’s brash, offensive and not entirely accurate style of meme-cataloging is no more forever, says primary contributor Sherrod DeGrippo.

ED was not necessarily an unbiased or even readable source of information, but it also distilled the culture surrounding memes and internet humor in all its unapologetic, hateful, dramatic, anti-everything glory. (As it was near impossible to single out the site as being offensive to a single group, as it made horrific fun of everyone from gay people, black people, old people, emo people, Jewish people and fat people equally- it still was the target of some banhammers, big government ones, too.)

The site that formerly cataloged the wealth of drama and attention whores on the internet now redirects to a sanitized, entirely different site called OhInternet. DeGrippo cites an impetus to move away from the racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia and offensive graphic pornography that defined the old site:

DeGrippo says that the biggest difference between OhInternet and Dramatica is that the new site has moved towards “a more toned down content style and a streamlined design: Shock for shock’s sake is old at this point and we’re looking forward to the future and how things are evolving … when you put user experience first, the language becomes highly important and that’s what we’ve done.”

ED’s fanbase doesn’t seem to be easily converting to the newer, friendlier version of ED, and Geekosystem reports that OhInternet’s Facebook page was littered with offensive, pornographic comments in response to the new site. Will you be sad to see the horribly offensive site go, or did you have secret lulz when browsing its salacious pages?

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33 Responses to “Encyclopedia Dramatica gone for good”

  1. Derrick Moses

    the thing about the site iI liked the most was they weren't afraid to say anything about anybody…as in no BS beat around the bush topic…just cold hard and…lulzy…sometimes to the point…just look up their freakin mathematics page…tell me you can't learn something there.

  2. Anonymous

    Oh sure, Ed wrote racist articles about Black people and Jews…but it did the same for white people as well. It talked crap about Atheism and Christianity. It was so biased against everything that it eventually became un-biased. And that's what made the site so great. I support the.ch revival. Long live ED.

  3. Derrick Moses

    Encyclopedia Dramatica
    Ok the wiki will probably be down till the morning. Sorry for any fear or anxiety this may have caused. We realize you guys have PTSD that is triggered whenever ED goes down, so we hate to do it. The results will be better for everyone when we come back online. See you tomorrow.
    11 hours ago<<<<<from their facebook page

  4. Keaton McMonagle

    you know I used to think that TVTropes and Know Your Meme were full of smegma. Then I saw Oh Internet. Now I realize the other two are at least nicely informative.

  5. Sam Caires

    There was never anything wrong with ED.
    And I too, am for the.ch revival, ED is the site of internet frequents, and its humor makes me laugh more than real life.
    And yes, I have no soul.

  6. Andy Kennedy

    It's pretty typical to 'accidentally' when commenting on a site like ED. greatfox42 already said and I feel it needs emphasising, ED considered all to be fair game. There was no victimisation or singling out.

    Both the passive and aggressive forms of censorship at work here are precisely the sort of thing that the internets community will not stand for.

  7. Grahame Luck

    So OhInternet is a faggot version of ED? In other news: Birds can fly!

  8. Vanessa Neves

    You know you make it to the top when they say you are dead…for the 100 th time.

  9. Tim Gutmann

    "DeGrippo says that the biggest difference between OhInternet and Dramatica is that the new site has moved towards “a more toned down content style and a streamlined design"

    No, the BIGGEST "difference" between ED and OI is herself.

  10. Metatron Singletary

    FROM THE ROTTEN BOG AND CRUMBLING SOILS OF THE DEPTHS OF THE INTERNET, I HEREBY RESURRECT THIS THREAD IN THE NAME OF THE FESTERING PESTILENCE OF NURGLE.