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Available inEnglish
Created bySherrod DeGrippo[1]
RevenueAdvertising and donations
Alexa rankDecrease 22,982 (As of 28 April  2019 (2019 -04-28))[2]
RegistrationOptional (required to edit pages)
LaunchedDecember 10, 2004; 16 years ago (2004-12-10)[1][3]

Encyclopædia Dramatica is a website that stored mostly articles that make fun of people or things. The pages satirize current events, and many events on the internet. Encyclopædia Dramatica has been described as a "snarky (sarcastic and nasty) Wikipedia anti-fansite".[4]

The site is a wiki that runs on MediaWiki software.[5][6] The site often shows its content in a disrespectful way[7] and often abusive style.[8] Many articles are written in a satirical way to upset those who take the content seriously.


This wiki has been described as "an online compendium of troll humor and lore".[9] Its articles relate to news, current events, gossip and other "drama" topics from across the Internet, controversial article content, forums, fansites, Internet subculture, users of web services,[4] and online catchphrases are satirized in a manner described variously as coarse, offensive and frequently obscene.[7][10][11][12] Articles at Encyclopædia Dramatica are notably critical of MySpace[12] and administrators of Wikipedia.[4]


It was closed on April 16, 2011, and relaunched as Oh Internet. Not all of the users of Encyclopedia Dramatica liked the decision.[13] Many non-users didn't like the decision either, and hacked and attacked the Facebook fan page with "hate messages and pornography".[13][14] But now, ED is back open.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "About Encyclopedia Dramatica". Encyclopedia Dramatica. Retrieved January 5, 2018. 
  2. " Traffic, Demographics and Competitors - Alexa". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2019-04-28. 
  3. " WHOIS, DNS, & Domain Info – DomainTools". WHOIS. Retrieved October 25, 2016. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Dee, Jonathan (2007-07-01). "All the News That’s Fit to Print Out". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  5. Chonin, Neva (2006-09-17). "Sex and the City". San Francisco Chronicle (Hearst Communications): 20. Retrieved 2008-05-14. 
  6. "Privacy". Warren's Washington Internet Daily. 2006-09-12. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Davies, Shaun (2008-05-08). "Critics point finger at satirical website". ninemsn. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  8. Peckham, Charles (2008-02-01). "Encyclopedia Dramatica". Chico News & Review. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  9. Schwartz, Mattathias (August 3, 2008). "Malwebolence". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved August 1, 2008. 
  10. Douglas, Nick (2008-01-18). "What The Hell Are 4chan, ED, Something Awful, And 'b'?". Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  11. "2 Do: Monday, December 26". RedEye Edition (Chicago Tribune): 2. 2005-12-16. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 Mitchell, John (2006-05-20). "Megabits and Pieces: The latest teen hangout". North Adams Transcript. 
  13. 13.0 13.1 Popkin, Helen A.S.. Notorious NSFW website cleans up its act. 
  14. Robert Quigley (2011-04-15). "Encyclopedia Dramatica Becomes OhInternet". Geekosystem. Retrieved 2011-04-15.