Hate Wikipedia? Start Your Own

Have you all heard of Conservapedia? It bills itself as “a conservative encyclopedia you can trust,” and it is pretty fascinating. It has a strong pro-Christian, anti-liberal (and especially anti-N.Y. Times) bent, and is just one of several user-run encyclopedias that have taken root in response (or tribute) to Wikipedia. (Here are our previous posts on Wikipedia). These also include Uncyclopedia, a comic site that mocks Wikipedia with entries that contain not a single correct fact.

I hadn’t heard about Conservapedia until reading Alex Beam‘s piece in the Boston Globe, which calls it “the online encyclopedia for right-leaning wing nuts.” I am guessing that the folks who write Conservapedia would take issue with this, as least the “wing nut” part; they probably consider Beam, the Globe, and Wikipedia to be the real wing nuts.

Here are Conservapedia’s “Commandments,” or rules for posting. Among the more interesting rules:

Commandment No. 1: Everything you post must be true and verifiable. Do not copy from Wikipedia or elsewhere unless it was your original work.

And, perhaps the best barometer of the site’s aesthetic:

Commandment No. 4: When referencing dates based on the approximate birth of Jesus, give appropriate credit for the basis of the date (B.C. or A.D.). “BCE” and “CE” are unacceptable substitutes because they deny the historical basis.


ravager

A.D. is anno domini- in other words, latin. I thought conservatives were English only? After all, why learn the language of the people who killed Christ?

Conservapedia is a joke. Jimmy Wales even states in a Time article

(http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1601491,00.html)

that Wikipedia has a conservative bias. So is Conservapedia like an ESB? Extra Special Bitter to Wiki's Miller Bitter Beer Face?

egretman

"Darwin's theory was the specific characteristic of Nazism"
-Conservapedia 2007

yoshi

it should also be noted that conservapedia has a US -centric bent to it.

chimp

It is interesting that the word "Monica" does not appear in the Bill Clinton article (as of now).

Nathaniel

Everybody knows reality has a liberal bias.

Nathaniel

LOL, right on the front page: "The liberal New York Times printed this photo of a toothless opponent of the immigration bill as a cheap way of trying to discredit all opponents."

Thank God they only post things that are true and verifiable :)

egretman

Also on the front page, is that John and Yoko passing a joint?

Micheal

More interesting to me is how journalists seem to have taken Conservapedia at face value as "the" online encyclopedia for conservatives, based on the website's own PR. My understanding is that it was started as a class project at a private high school. The only people I've ever heard mentioning the website are columnists or bloggers taking a "Can you believe this?" tilt. Granted, I don't listen to Rush or Hugh Hewitt, but are there conservative voices (other than Conservapedia, of course) telling people to avoid Wikipedia? How many people actually use or contribute to Conservapedia? My expectation is that most conservatives who use online encyclopedias are just as likely to use Wikipedia as any other Internet user.

elfy

Their take on the Miranda warning, from the 'today in history' bit:

* 1966 - The Warren Court set free many criminals when it announced a new rule prohibiting the use of many confessions in Miranda v. Arizona.

hoppdawg

This is entertainment.

http://www.conservapedia.com/Ketchup

http://www.conservapedia.com/Emu

frankenduf

response to yoshi- it's because Jesus also visited North America (duh)- if you don't believe me, check out Witnessapedia.com

Tfunk

Wow, Thanks hoppdawg for pointing to those entries. I think I almost got fired for laughing so hard...

I wonder which universities allow students to use conservapedia as a reference?

LiteraryMonkey

Hoppdawg, those links are the funniest things I've seen online in a while.

Who would've thought ketchup was guilty of not only partisan politics, but funding abortion, terrorism, homosexuality and communism. I must immediately switch to mustard, since this -pedia is the whole truth and nothing but the truth!

palmd

They LOVE the Boston Globe article. See here: http://www.conservapedia.com/Talk:Main_Page#Boston_Globe_article

egretman

My sense is that religious conservatives are beginning to slink back to the shadows where they were before Karl Rove released them to give us the "best president in the history of the world".

A sort of "I'm taking my ketchup and going home" kind of thing.

egretman

...or until the second coming and god releases 144,000 to heaven and the rest of us have to suffer untold agonies and I-told-you-so's.

palmd

Well, after that scary comment, Im gonna take Pascal's Wager...see ya in church!

palmd

Wait, Im Jewish...I guess ill see you in shul.

kip

Everyone does realize Conservapedia is a humor site, making fun of conservatives, right? Kind of like how The Colbert Report isn't really a conservative TV show...

Snyds

Had to check this out, and of course make some changes... It took all of 30 seconds for another user to block my ability to edit. Apparently, I'm a vandal. What really struck me, though, is that there are a good number of pages that are not editable. The evolution page, for example, is complete BS, but it is locked. Too bad, I was hoping to help educate the ignorant masses...