What is Encyclopedia Dramatica?

2016-05-17 07:43
Encyclopedia Dramatica is a wiki that is practically run by internet trolls for internet trolls. It prides itself in documenting memes, recording internet drama and hosting shock content as well as attack articles against ordinary people who would be of no significance in real life.

For an example of the trolling and shock content, look no further than an article it has on Nikki Catsouras, an 18 year old girl who died in a car crash after she decided to go drink driving. Foolish indeed but worthy of having her name slandered after death with a picture of her gruesome death displayed for trolls to mock? Hardly. For years the parents of Nikki waged a battle to have the site removed from Google's search index as when her second name was typed in, the image of her death would come up, uncensored from the site. To date this content is still hosted on the site albeit under a different name.

Other content on the site includes "goatse" an infamous image of a man stretching his anus to a wide circumference. The image is included on at least half of the pages on the site and is something of a fetish for Encyclopedia Dramatica's users which only reveals their infantile humor.

So who runs this site? As said in the opening: internet trolls. For a little insight into the mindset of these trolls, we should look no further than one of their sysops, JuniusThaddeus who is a Wikipedia exile who was permanently IP banned on Wikipedia under his Michaeldsuarez alias when they found him attacking another Wikipedia user on Encyclopedia Dramatica. If we examine his edits we find that they are not as foul as the edits made by other trolls to the wiki but we see he has a long history of uploading personal information of living persons to the site to help its trolls to stalk and attack. Researching his edits on Wikipedia reveals he has a internet history stretching all the way back to 2007 that's filled with tons of drama all kick-started by him, that's a whooping nine years of internet trolling. Already we can see we're dealing with someone with no life who lives solely for internet drama, that's the type of people behind this site and trust me when I say it's impossible to reason with them. People have tried to get content from the site removed but it's not possible as we observed in the Nikki Catsouras case, neither self-efforts or legal threats prevailed here.

So what do we do with a site like this? Ignore it and ensure that when dealing with these trolls, you don't release any personal data or information which could lead them to find out who you are, enabling them to stalk and harass you.

It's interesting to note that Michaeldsuarez has himself been the victim of trolling, posts of him reveal him crying about personal information of his being leaked. What goes around comes around I guess.

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