The Esperanto Uncyclopedia or Neciklopedio is one of the most active Esperanto-language websites on the Internet. Most of this activity comes from about five people, some of whom may be sockpuppets of each other.
Origin and influence of the Esperanto Uncyclopedia Edit
No one is sure how the Esperanto Uncyclopedia started. Its origins are shrouded in mystery. Uncyclopedia's historians believe that it was originally started as a joke, perhaps while someone was drunk. The very next day, some actual Esperanto speakers suddenly showed up out of nowhere and started working on it.
One of the first Neciklopediistoj, Markos, appears to have later been made a member of the Esperanto Academy in recognition of his work on the site. He went on to troll ordinary speakers of the language by suggesting gender reform. Oddly enough, the Esperanto Uncyclopedia has also been cited by one of the largest free Esperanto dictionaries, Reta Vortaro.
Quality of the Esperanto Uncyclopedia Edit
The quality of articles on the Esperanto Uncyclopedia appears to be slightly better than that of the Esperanto Wikipedia, which contains a much higher percentage of original research and personal opinions. This is partly because almost nothing on the Esperanto Uncyclopedia is actually original. In fact, much of the content seems to have been generated by people who were arguing seriously and unironically, and then was pasted to the Esperanto Uncyclopedia unchanged.
Notability within the Esperanto community Edit
Despite its fairly large size, the Esperanto Uncyclopedia tends not to be mentioned in Esperanto propaganda, which prefers to talk about Wikipedia, Duolingo, Facebook, Google, and other boring things.
Unlike the language itself, the Esperanto Uncyclopedia has never been accused of Eurocentrism, as there are no Europeans who edit the site.
Religious Perspectives Edit
Though Neciklopedio acknowledges the divinity of Oscar Wilde, he is a very minor deity there. Much more venerated is L. L. Zamenhof, creator of Esperanto; nearly every article contains at least one quote by him. The editors of the Esperanto Uncyclopedia believe that by writing satire that barely anyone ever notices, they are hastening the day when Esperanto will be spoken globally and the human race will live together in peace and harmony.
Similar Sites Edit
The Esperanto Uncyclopedia should not be confused with the Ido Uncyclopedia, which is also called Neciklopedio but is almost entirely empty, with most of the articles that do exist having been posted by spambots in some working-class British dialect of English.