Friday, 13 March 2009

Don't let the Credit Crunch get you down

Oh dear, it seems Illogico is down right now, so I will have a bit of a rant here.

It's a sad fact, but the Golden Age of the satire wiki is over, killed off by the Credit Crunch and the associated 'downfall of capitalism'. Some might say Uncyclopedia was rapidly declining in quality long before this, but I'm inclined to disagree - sure, the old guard are out and the new guys in, but article quality is not suffering as a consequence.

The basic problem is that too much hate and bureaucracy currently surrounds the Uncyclopedian climate. Sure, the punters are still coming in and enjoying the top selection of current featured articles, but the overall community spirit and atmosphere has waned somewhat.

I place the blame squarely at the feet of Wikia. When Chron accepted Jimbo's offer of free hosting (and let's face it, who wouldn't?), little did he know the uproar it would cause. Wikia has taken it upon themselves to move Uncyc from its spiritual home at www.uncyclopedia.org to their own servers in order to further their own advances. With that, a huge part of Uncyc's soul -- its independence -- died.

Uncyc has always been about being radical and "out there". But it has moved back in with its mother, relegating it to the uncool league.

There's still hope for the parody wiki yet, however - Uncyc, though the big cheese, is by no means the only kid on the block. Keep it Illogical in 2009 for a homely, welcoming and most importantly non-corporate humour wiki.

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