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conservapedia is teh gay

so since this is my wiki love year, I checked out Conservapedia this week. The idea behind conservapedia is that since Wikipedia is edited by a bunch of sorry pinko liberals, the world needs an alternative viewpoint to maintain unbias. They claim to be the one Wiki that doesn't allow liberal bias to decieve the truth.

Anyway I normally wouldn't write about a site like this, but I came upon a revelation when I glanced at their list of longest pages: at over 170,000 bytes, "homosexuality" has earned the award of being their longest article. Wikipedia's article on the topic is only 115,000 bytes... nice try Wikipedia, but you've got some catching up to do in the homosexuality department. Your longest article is a 500,000 byte List of United States political families... not very homosexual.

I might sound immature, but if you have 170,000 bytes to say about gay people, I have to tell ya: u r gay. I don't mean gay like "bad" gay. I mean "gay" like "I wish I could be on that parade float in rainbow undies showing my true colors to all of San Francisco!" gay. You may not know it. You may deny it. But anyone who spends that much time thinking about homosexuality has got something not-straight about them going on. I hang out with gays, and they come in many different personalities, genders, occupations, religions, but one thing they have in common: they like talking about being gay. That's the first sign I look for these days.

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chezmax
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
I can't tell whether the site is satire, is not satire, or is satire and the people who contribute to it aren't all aware that it's satire.

The last one has the most appeal to me.

The statistics on their most viewed pages is totally awesome.

Strangely, the wikipedia equivalent is totally strange:
http://stats.grok.se/en/top

Removing the administrative/internal pages, you get Barack Obama (ok, makes sense), Valentine's Day (???), and Canine reproduction (???!!!). John McCain and sex take spots 4 and 5. I would like to know who uses wikipedia as a sex reference.

electroly
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
As far as I know it's totally 100% not satire, and really just a bunch of conservatives who want to write their own encyclopedia with their own biases.
kart
Apr. 22nd, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
It's a wiki. Some contributors take it seriously, others take it seriously.

The weirdest part of Conservapedia isn't the wingnut stuff, but the dry and uncontroversial articles: Vitamin C? No conspiracy. No leftist plot to poison babies with ascorbic acid. Just a metric assload of boring facts.
tiwonge
Apr. 22nd, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
I remember when I first heard about that a while back. I haven't visited there in a while, though.
electroly
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
Conservapedia is a pretty hilarious website. It's about as unbiased as Fox News: We Report, You Decide.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 22nd, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
I wonder...
I wonder whether it ever occurs to conservatives in the United States that when the whole world appears to have a liberal bias, the problem might lie with their own convictions rather than everyone else's?

Simon
discoflamingo
Apr. 23rd, 2008 05:28 am (UTC)
The Homosexuality:Talk page on Conservapedia is pretty impressive; I would go so far as to call it top-shelf entertainment, if you are the sort of person who enjoys watching enthusiastic arguments on the Internet.
chezmax
Apr. 23rd, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
That hurts my head. :(
clubjuggler
May. 3rd, 2008 03:50 am (UTC)
When Conservapedia first came out, a friend of mine signed up for an account and managed to get admin privileges on the site simply by spouting what the founders wanted to hear. He managed to stir up a lot of talk through the pages he worked on before finally coming clean and telling them he was just pulling their chain. The fact that he was granted admin privs so quickly is really indicative of the fact that Conservapedia is really, really shoddy work. If the main Wikipedia has any bias at all, it's reality. Of course, though, we all know that "reality has a well-known liberal bias". :-)
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