Y'know, I gotta wonder, what are other people saying about this? People nowadays are such goddamn sheep that they're probably all mindlessly flocking over there and eating from OhInternet's slop trow, right?
"The result of your "fixes" made a funny website into a Web 2.0 abortion. Fuck you and fuck Sherrod and her sellout whore ass."
"I assure you I will try and help support OhInternet.. but really just see just where your traffic is going to go with this new format.
Prediction: No where but down.
Except for idiots like me who think they owe some sort of "fealty".
To what, some may ask.."
"Exactly what I'm thinking. Encyclopedia dramatica, 4chan, anonymous, and everything else dealing with the internet hate machine as a whole were founded on the basis of NO INTERNET CENSORSHIP. Now Sherrod's talking about making this into some new "toned-down" fucking piece of shit website, which is the entire goddamn opposite of what it was supposed to be from the beginning? I don't know about everyone else, but I think Sherrod is a 100% pure grade A selllout worthless sack of horse shit, and should be treated as such."
"1st. It will be back. In one form or another.
2nd. Theres no need to replace ed with ohintenret. Both can live together aimed to different publics.
3rd. Fuck you!
4th. Its just a marketing thing. They make people talk about it. Then ED is back, and OHI had publicity."
"OhInternet is going to die on it's arse mate. You're going up against the already established Know Your Meme (with a very popular web show) in the realm of SFW meme-whoring. You think that everyone will flock to your site because you're the team behind ED? Think again, you'll only ever be seen as the guys who caved under pressure and deleted their site, replacing it with a sanitized safe-for-work pile of garbage."
"are you serious?? You "fixed" EXACTLY what was right with site!! What you have left behind is boring, uninteresting, re-hashed, tired and quite honestly pathetic... bad move"
"Congrats, you resurrected as a toothless pc bastard that is doomed to epic failure. Hope u enjoy it u bovine pig-snouted bitch!"
"æ was our history books. If you don't want to host it anymore, give us a copy for historical reference. Make a goddamn torrent, do something before you start this SFW bullshit site..."
"I worked writing those ED articles for years. As did many other Anons. They are the product of our collective work. They took them down and refused to release the archives (of our work). So we started gathering cached back ups these will be posted on a new-ed at some point. Sherrod threatened to sue if we do. But I dont think we give a shit."
"Wow, OhInternet is truly horrible. They've taken all the joy of memes and sucked the funny out of it so hard. It's what the internet would be if Disney were running it. I figured maybe it was just a tamed down version of ED but I can't even find a fuck to give a fuck about."
"The new website is awful: The articles lack any informtation, substance or comedy whatsoever and the desire to make it safe for work completely destroys any entertainment value.
The old one was offensive, yes; but the authors' completely "I don't care who I offend" take on everything was part of the reason it was funny. I spent countless hours reading through random articles just for some laughs or entertainment.
This new "ohinternet" is going to be a complete failure. I say good riddance when it falls."
"When I heard about this, I figured "okay, no big deal. ED without porn and gore.
Then I went to the website and... christ it's terrible. The articles are completely flavorless. They're little fact blurbs. Where did the humor go?"
"The only thing ED stood for is censorship in the other direction. I say good fucking riddance."
"it's like i'm really reading a dumbed down uncyclopedia!
I hope the past users recreate ED again. Good luck to you on doing so, hey guise. I salute you."
"You know it's funny to see all these people saying how the people who visited ED are those who have no life or simply are immature. What are you? An 80's sitcom? The world isn't so black and white anymore, which makes me think that maybe it is those who are saying this that truly haven't gone out from their basement since the Reagan years. Yes, while it's true that a HUGE majority are losers, a lot of us are just as outgoing as any douchebag you see with his ironic t-shirt and sideways cap. We came to ED because the internet is full of shitty attempts at humor. Many people enjoy the homophobic, racist attitude that the ED articles used to have. Sure I could have done without the nudes [which are 90% penises], but the lulz we had were of an epic nature. There really was no reason to delete the database and replace it with an uncyclopedia clone [only less funny if that was possible]. I'm not saying the creators are sell-outs, but you DID just went to the safe-work route and went against the "for the lulz" you so proudly had as the motto. I'm hoping somebody WILL come up with a new ED as sometimes, after a horrible day in college/work, all you really need is a healthy dose of seeing a fat person being called a whale. Thank you ED for the wonderful memories, but I will not be sticking around OhInternet. Enjoy your new fanbase of christian 9 year olds, because I'm literally Getting The Fuck Out."
And probably my favorite one of the lot:
"The comments from the former ED owners / current OHINTERNET overlords seem incredibly self serving and hypocritical. The OhI admins are already on record as saying they don't WANT former ED users on their new site. That's a wonderful way to build up user base... purposefully alienate the people who made your site popular. There's no reason in the world why they couldn't have given control of ED over to sysops who still wanted to keep it running and and still launch their new site, complete with the ED domain redirect, to keep their traffic up. Doing it this way seems just purposely spiteful. To say the your new site is there to document internet culture when you yourselves just erased seven years of that very culture... not cool.
Sure, ED was 90% crap. But 90% of Wikipedia is crap, too. Sturgeon's Law applies in all cases. If Jimbo decided tomorrow to blank Wikipedia and redirect to a new site, the response from the Internet would be nothing short of cataclysmic.
As has been noted, there are already SFW places for people to learn internet culture. There is no other ED (well, yet... I suspect a fork will be running soon). No one was forced to visit ED. The shocking content was not foisted on people unwillingly. Lots of people hated it, but lots of people liked it. No matter how the powers that be frame it, its an underhanded move. Having the right to to something does not make it right.
Son, I am very dissapoint."
Update: For all you people saying Oh Internet is just a cheap knock-off of Know Your Meme...you, sir, are ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. Now that the site's situated a bit, I decided to take a bit more of a gander at it, and yes, it's basically a such cheap carbon copy of Know Your Meme that it borders on plagerism. If you want to know about memes, got to Know Your Meme. If you want the biggest troll target since Chris-chan and Conservapedia, go to Oh Internet.
Oh, by the way, their TV Tropes page? The thing that started this big, long mess? It sucks and is completely pointless. Fisherman Eddie would be proud.
In case you're a blithering idiot who can't be bothered to do some basic background checking, I fucking hated Encyclopedia Dramatica. It, as Oscar Wilde would put it, sucked. It was unfunny and lame, and I've called them (or, in hindsight, maybe just Sherrod DeGrippo) out on shit that they went too far with. I cannot make it any more clear that I am not a friend of Encyclopedia Dramatica or anyone who likes it.
But you see, there's this crazy thing called "character". When I learned about OhInternet and its homogenization of ED, I didn't see it as a victory. I was, ironically, offended. And I was shocked to learn that despite all the weird, illegal things I would have done if I did them (which I didn't, forensics proves that), I actually have some character. I'm actually offended out of principle.
...My God...it's ingenius. That's what they were going for, weren't they?! The next generation of shock sites! Offend people not with gross pictures or slurs, but with unprincipled behavior! Instead of goatse pictures, there will now be pictures of blatant advertising in movies and games! Instead of making fun some fat kid from DeviantArt, they'll make fun of sites that don't let you comment through a Facebook account! It offends me, but in an exciting new way!
IT'S INGENIUS, I TELL YOU! INGENIUS!