Illogicopedia is an English language wiki dedicated to nonsense, surrealism and surreal humour. It began on January 1, 2006 and has since accumulated over 4,000 articles, qualifying it to be featured on Wikia's "Big wikis" page. It has recently expanded into the Dutch language and the French language.

History[edit | edit source]

Illogicopedia was founded in January 1, 2006 by three pseudonymous people: Silent Penguin, Nerd42 and Hindleyite; all of whom were previously active Uncyclopedia users[1][2][3], and one of which is still currently an Uncyclopedia admin[4]. The site was created as the founders felt that Uncyclopedia was too strict on deletion of articles, and that many of the articles deleted on Uncyclopedia were interesting or of redeeming value. They dedicated the site to random humour, but the main objective was to provide content that was "interesting to look at, or even read"[5].

Illogicopedia moved from their Editthis.info host to Wikia in April 2007. They have since achieved around 500 active users who between them have created around 4,000 articles.

Content[edit | edit source]

Illogicopedia's content is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License[6]. Most articles on the site are entirely original, but some articles are originally deleted articles taken from Uncyclopedia which a user felt was appropriate for the site.

Illogicopedia has a more lax content policy than most on its content. Where Uncyclopedia has comparatively strict rules with regards to humour and satire, Illogicopedia has far fewer rules beyond basic rules such as those prohibiting spam and cyberbullying. As a result, very few articles are deleted from the site[7], and very few users are banned[8]. Much of the rules are often joked about, such as the banning of users. Banning is referred to as "chinese burning", and reasons for banning are often changed to humourous reasons such as "because I don't like you" and "being a pointless pain in the backside".

Illogicopedia also has many subprojects that are directly analogous to Wikipedia and Uncyclopedia:

Illogicopedia project Uncyclopedia project Wikipedia project
IllogiBooks UnBooks Wikibooks
IllogiNews UnNews Wikinews
IllogiDictionary Undictionary Wiktionary
IllogiQuotes Unquotable Wikiquote
IllogiMusic UnTunes iTunes
No equivalent project, but many articles begin with "HowTo:" HowTo wikiHow

It also has various user subprojects, such as a parody of RuneScape, called IllogiScape.

Criticism[edit | edit source]

Illogicopedia is frequently cited when the issue of spoof information on online encyclopedias is mentioned[9][10][11][12][13], alongside other sites such as Uncyclopedia, Stupidedia, Falsipedia and Kamelopedia. The main criticism of Illogicopedia, however, is that the site is presented as juvenile and makeshift. As a contrast to Uncyclopedia, many of the articles on Illogicopedia are very short, giving the appearance of minimal effort, alongside the frequent use of images and ideas created roughly on Microsoft Paint[14]. Many users chose to counterpoint this argument by creating long, narrative prose articles[15], much of which was featured on the front page. The community of the site is often fully aware of the presentation of the site[16][17] and regularly debate methods of improvement.

Encyclopedia Dramatica also has an article on Illogicopedia, stating:

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Illogicopedia in other languages[edit | edit source]

Illogicopedia is also available in Dutch, where it is called "Irratiopedia", and French, which is called "Logimalpédie". A system is available on the main English site where users can request for Illogicopedia to have equivalents in other languages[18].

References[edit | edit source]

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External links[edit | edit source]

  • http://uncyclopedia.org/wiki/User:Silent_Penguin
  • http://uncyclopedia.org/wiki/User:Nerd42
  • http://uncyclopedia.org/wiki/User:Hindleyite
  • http://uncyclopedia.org/wiki/Special:Listusers/sysop
  • http://illogicopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Illogicopedia:About
  • This can be found at the bottom of every article on the site.
  • http://illogicopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Special:Log/delete
  • http://illogicopedia.wikia.com/index.php?title=Special%3ALog&type=block&user=&page=
  • http://www.tipandtrick.net/2008/spoof-wikipedia-websites/
  • http://www.bangkokpost.com/gadget/gadget.php?id=441
  • http://www.mainpost.de/nachrichten/journal/Journal;art6164,4366754
  • http://www.expatica.com/ch/articles/news/Hoax_-Wiki_style_-Internet-encyclopedia-spoofs-mock-reality-.html
  • http://in.news.yahoo.com/indiaabroad/20080318/r_t_ians_tc_internet/ttc-hoax-wiki-style-internet-encyclopaed-935afea.html
  • http://illogicopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Microsoft_Paint_gallery
  • http://illogicopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Category:EPIC
  • http://illogicopedia.blogspot.com/2008/01/i-have-nothing-to-say-going-down.html
  • http://illogicopedia.wikia.com/index.php?title=Forum:The_Problem_With_Illogicopedia&t=20080518215115
  • http://illogicopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Illogicopedia:Languages
  • Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.