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This article defines official ED Policy.
Done in the spirit of Ambrose Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary, Encyclopædia Dramatica's purpose is to provide a central catalog for the e-public to view parody and satire of drama, memes, e-pals and other interesting happenings on the internets. The goal is to provide comprehensive, reference-style parody, to poke fun at everyone and everything on the internet, as well as an archive for online communities to document and reference deviant users.
While the articles themselves are mostly satirical jabs at Internet users (both individually and in groups,) sites, and phenomena, bear in mind that the Encyclopædia Dramatica itself is a parody of a much less funny online encyclopedia. As such, ED articles tend to make fun of the supposed objectivity and accuracy, elitism, and stupid edit wars of such sites. In other words, expect blatant, biased lies, and expect boring truths to get deleted quickly.
ED's third purpose is to catalogue Internets phenomena. In this role, it's actually a fairly good reference for dramatic events and things like memes and netspeak, provided you bear in mind the first two purposes and take what you learn with a Girlmecha-sized grain of salt.
Encyclopædia Dramatica was created December 8-10th 2004 while girlvinyl was impatiently awaiting the delivery of her new ibook. ghettofinger and girlvinyl were outraged and amused at the ill-treatment of internet celebrity jameth by the moderators and nerds at wikipedia. Girlvinyl decided it was time to present an alternative to the fascist hold they had over information on the internets.
Creation of the project was swift and is under constant development. December 10 was the inaugural install and first operational night of Encyclopedia Dramatica. ED has since peaked at a an alexarank of approx. 1800, not counting the RFJCLE fiasco which put ED on the national news and crashed our servers back when they sucked.
In April of 2011, Girlvinyl shut down ED, replacing it with OhInternet, an unfunny SFW encyclopedia about internet and tech-related things. Ryan Cleary mirrored lots of articles and created an ED mirror, encyclopediadramatica.ch. With help of several people, the new ED recovered almost all of its old content. And now, ED.es is not a mirror of ED.com (girlvinyl's), now is an independent community with its own rules, articles, forum, IRC, etc.
In March 2012, after a slight hiccup with domain registration of ED.ch, the site moved to encyclopediadramatica.rs. In September 2013, another slight misunderstanding with the .se registrar caused the moving of ED to encyclopediadramatica.es, where it resided for several months, until our Swedish overlords returned control of the .se domain in September 2014, where Encyclopedia Dramatica currently resides, snug as a bug in a rug.
All users are welcomed to create and modify content to more accurately reflect the internets and help archive the never ending supply of hysterical e-drama. Please continue to add articles so that the Encyclopedia Dramatica will provide answers to questions like "What the hell is mediacrat?" and "Where are the lulz?".