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Wikipedia's logo, which is made from a wikideathstar blatantly stolen from Uncyclopedia's potatoe.

Wikipedia, "the content-free encyclopedia that anyone can edit," is a satirical parody of Uncyclopedia, though Wikipedia claims the reverse (and correctly claims that Uncyclopedia claims the reverse). The site was launched in January 2001 by Jimbo Wales (Jimbo) and an unnamed counterpart, and is claimed to be a project of the fictitious Wikimedia Foundation.

The unofficial mission of Wikipedia is for the Wikipedians, as its users are known, to make as many edits as possible. Therefore, experienced Wikipedians abstain from adding consistent sentences or even whole articles, since that utilizes an inappropriately large amount of time per edit. Common techniques of successful editors include Revert Wars (preferably with other power-users), splitting and rejoining of categories(this method often provides 100s of edits without unnecessarily influencing the content), grammar, spelling, and formatting offensives (properly administered, they can yield hundreds of the coveted one-character edits) and lengthy discussions of obvious topics, under the heading "request for comment". The latter of these, however, is seen as a last resource, since a paragraph of nonsense or repetitions will still take ages compared to more efficient ways.

The unofficial mission of Wikipedia to provide a NPOV, or 'nother point of view. This means that every visitor is urged to add another incompatible and highly exotic point of view. Also highly recommended are extensive discussions of word definition. But! be careful not to cite the usual (common usage) definition! This is generally considered chickening at WP; instead, assume the contrary of this definition and by ways of extended subordinate clauses and historic trivia. (This use was first reported in Western Tasmania on a note that the first mayor of Hogarth Ridge, Joe Doe, allegedly issued on the occasion of the Hogarth Spring Sweeping.) In the wiki format, however, it frequently deviates from this goal, and produces humorous articles with many innacuraces, bigotry and crackpot ideas, most of which are not necessarily any point of view. Humor of all possible categories enters the wiki, prompting an equally free-flowing response; for example, the originally-vandalistic classification of articles as "Childish Misogynistic Humor" became an accepted article categorization scheme.

Despite the open nature of Wikipedia, in which vandalism can be considered positive, the Wikipedia itself suffers from vandalism similar to that of other wikis. For example, occasionally vandals will blank entire pages, insert spam, enter actual factual information (considered one of the most gruesome and inconsiderate gestures possible there), or add messages that promote certain agendas such as spreading anti-Semitism, racism, and homophobia. The creation of humor turns out to be not entirely material to random acts of text insertion. Indeed, the effort required to write one article of good quality on Wikipedia may be the same, or even exceed, the effort required to produce a good article on Uncyclopedia. Although the site's editorial policies tend to be quite forgiving, Wikipedia's administrators are known to try to remove anything not up to their standards. They also ban vandals and other disruptive users.

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Screenshot of Wikipedia's main page on March 3, 2006. It has been changed to reflect a new version of Uncyclopedia's Main Page (which was not even in use at the time). It also thanks its users for creating the ten millionth article, just after Uncyclopedia had created one million.

Wikipedia was launched in January of 2001 by Jimmy Wales (Jimbo) as a satire piece on Uncyclopedia, originally as a response to the demand in Uncyclopedia's "Bad Jokes and Other Deleted Nonsense" pages (themselves parodied in Wikipedia's True Facts and Other Deleted Prose page) for a place to put their nonsense. However, it was not advertised at all on Uncyclopedia itself, and grew into a place for small satirical essays on assorted topics.

Wikipedia quickly outgrew its original webhost; on May 26, 2005, it was announced that Wikipedia would be hosted by Wikia, Inc.. [1] Its license and domain name remained unchanged.

Wikipedia's content is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 license. As with other Wikia sites, the full article database is freely available for online download. As of January 2006, Wikipedia contains over 17,000 articles, making it the third largest Wikia-hosted wiki.

Screenshot of Wikipedia's article on Pablo Picasso with an absurd illustration purporting to be one of his self-portraits.

edit Content

Wikipedia entries are often fictional, based loosely on reality but aiming to parody. Some articles are equipped with pictures which are either comic versions of the described item or an absurd illustration of the phenomenon.

A recurring joke is that of misquoting Oscar Wilde, either with a well-known but slightly edited genuine quote designed to parody the overuse of quotes, or with a phrase completely different from his style. There is an entire lexicon of fictitious Oscar Wilde quotes as well as an Wiktionary, an "ick!tionary" of one-liners and "daffynitions" covering a wide variety of topics, and WikiNews, the "source for up to the minute misinformation". (The latter two parody Undictionary and UnNews, respectively.)

Steve Ballmer also became a part of a similar joke, where he was misquoted on many pages threatening to kill the article's topic, as a parody of his threat to "fucking kill Google." Another joke is a category for "Things George Bush doesn't care about", parodying Kanye West's comment on how George Bush "doesn't care about black people." Consensus was reached that the overuse and widespread presence of these quotes reduced their comic value and they are now limited to only a few pages.

edit Common themes

The United States according to Wikipedia

edit MediaWiki

The site uses MediaWiki software to mimic Uncyclopedia conventions, and includes many templates that parody the wording or appearance of Uncyclopedia templates, including:

  • The random stub template:
This article is a stub. The article submitter may also have been smoking crack. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.

which parodies Uncyclopedia's:

This article is a stub. You can help Uncyclopedia by expanding it.
  • The wrong title template:
The title given to this article is displayed incorrectly because computers are trying to take over the Earth, so pretend it says Correct title.

which parodies Uncyclopedia's:

The correct title of this article is Correct title. It appears incorrectly here due to technical restrictions.
For those without comedic tastes, the so-called-experts at Uncyclopedia have an article about: Wikipedia.
  • Wikipedia's Uncyclopedia template (shown on the right), which parodies Uncyclopedia's sister project templates.

The Wikipedian answer to the Spoiler template is riddled with spoilers. The Endspoiler template, for its part, uselessly reads:

In addition, image description pages are branded under Wikimedia Commons, including a logo, mirroring the Uncyclomedia Commons (ex).

edit Main Page Holidays

Oscar Wilde showing contempt for the practices of Wikipedia.

There would be a tradition of celebrating various anniversaries (some fictional) with a Google-like reskinning of Wikipedia's Main Page, except that Wikipedia is run by Nazi FunHaters. These cabalists ensure that there is no fun to be had on the entire wiki. Like Puritans and Jehovah's Witnesses, they would rather spank their children on their birthday.

edit Notability

Wikipedia has been referenced online in the New York Times, The Boston Herald, The Guardian, The Register, and the Taipei Times.

Wikipedia has been seemingly excluded from Google.

edit In Other Languages
Eincyclopedia's logo.

Wikipedia has several "sister projects" in other languages. For example, Eincyclopedia (Hebrew: ????????????) is the Hebrew version, founded December 5, 2005. The word Eincyclopedia is a combination of the Hebrew word ??? ("Ein", meaning "void" or "non-existent") and encyclopedia. Eincyclopedia's version to the Oscar Wilde misquotes of Wikipedia are the misquotes of the claimed Messiah Sabbatai Zevi, who is also represented as the founder and main writer (through telekinesis) of the site. Similarly, Inciclopedia (started 10 February, 2006) is the Spanish version.

Also the English version of Wikipedia has several articles translated to Japanese using Babelfish

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