⚠️ Encyclopedia Dramatica is currently being restored by automated scripts ⚠️
There's been a lot of questions as to what's going on with the site and what comes next. So we have this (ordered) roadmap of what's being worked on and what's to come. This will be updated until the roadmap is complete as Æ has a lot of missing features and ideas that I'd like to fix in regards to its offerings before I implement big plans for the site's popularity and well-being in 2021.
Content restoration (Mostly done, few things missing that will be restored sporadically) Image restoration (Being run in background, nothing I can do cept wait)
Æ Imageboard (Currently being worked on)
Mediawiki upgrade and backend fixes
.onion domain for Tor-friendly editing and viewing
CSS overhaul (Fixing things like the videos on mobile, and overall a rehaul of the wiki's look to be more friendly to readers)
Paid bounty board for new articles (Won't be managed by me for legal reasons however I will ensure it runs smoothly)
Anonymous phone # service for those seeking ban evades from Twitter as well as a phone number not tied to their name (more details at launch)
Currently we are nearing our annual LLC renewal fee ($650) as well throwing the funds required for these other changes and aspects. If you would like to support Æ consider purchasing a copy of The Hustler's Bible or securing some Merch. Donating is also appreciated however I would rather give something back as per the two options above.
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Here's to setting the world on fire in 2021!
You've noticed spam on the internet flooding from bots at some point or another, right? It's estimated that 99.9999% of all email is spam. How did it get this way? It's thanks to a little thing called the CAPTCHA.
In the old days, websites had intelligent limits based on IP addresses and heuristics and all that. Now, they just use CAPTCHAs. For what reason? GodJesus only knows because they're not stopping the spambots. FACT: No human has ever gotten past a CAPTCHA, ever, not once. Eventually the human just gives up, goes to The Pirate Bay, downloads XRumer, and has that program solve the CAPTCHA for them.
Types of CAPTCHAs
ReCAPTCHA (and how to fuck it up)
reCAPTCHA holds the potential for unmitigated lulz. Last Thursday, some geek decided it would be a fabulous idea to turn CAPTCHA into a method of obtaining nigger labor. Here's how it works; lots of people and companies want to scan books, but computers aren't very good at reading text, especially old shitty, blurry, text. They could hire people to read the words the computer can't, but are far too busy guarding their joo golds. Instead, they've decided that relying on the drunken, mischevious, volatile hordes of internet users is a good idea.
Unlike a regular CAPTCHA, reCAPTCHA's have two words, and that logo you see over there. One word is a regular CAPTCHA, the other (usually the second) is a word scanned from a book. You have to get the CAPTCHA right, but since the computer has no idea what the fuck that other word is, you can type anything you want there. Some helpful suggestions: fag, goatse, nigger (extra points if it's someone's name or an adjective), lolwut, longcat, goatse, etc... For all the computer knows, it really says that and it's stupid enough to take your word for it. You don't get to see the result of this yourself, but you do get the satisfaction of knowing that someone out there is reading an ebook about how Sherlock Goatse raeped Professor McNiggertits with his pointy porksword. Though four people must type the same word and nigger is the common one people type for the scanned word--this is called re.
In the original reCAPTCHA it was easy to tell which word is the scan and which is the CAPTCHA, the scan would be clear and have a line through it while the CAPTCHA would be wavy. Thanks to massive trolling to protest CAPTCHAs they've changed it a little; now both words look mostly alike but the discerning troll can still tell the difference. The scan usually has slightly blurrier edges, and is usually an old and/or weird word, a name, or verbose math terms with symbols. In the example above, the scan is the first word.
Recently, Google has begun replacing the CAPTCHA words with bizarre letter combinations that vaguely resemble words, but aren't really words. In fact, you can almost guarantee that if you see an actual word, it's the book word, not the CAPTCHA.
PROTIP: These are disappearing in favor of the brain-raping version three detailed below, fill in as many of these as you can while you still can.
Your common MySpace CAPTCHA.
A typical Free Republic CAPTCHA.
Seen during Google signup.
If all else fails...
Captcha speaks the truth
- Craigslist capcha word castrate.jpg
- ReCAPTCHA says these are wrong.jpg
reCAPTCHA says these are the wrong answers. Can you determine the right one? The only way how is with software to read it. So much for telling if someone's human.
Wikipedia and Wikia both use CAPTCHAs for registration to prevent vandalism. This actually works because most vandals (as opposed to Grawp) are too lazy to download a software to read the CAPTCHAs. And in fact, our very own beloved Encyclopedia Dramatica uses CAPTCHAs for just about fucking everything, to maintain our lofty standards of quality.
On some sites, every single step you make requires solving a CAPTCHA
MySpace is the typical example:
- Changing their password
- Registering a new account
- Sending comments
- Friend requests
- Logging in, even if the password is typed correctly.
- Modifying profiles
- Sending someone a message
- Calling 911
- Every time you click a page no matter what
...but if you have a cell phone, you can text MySpace so you no longer have to do CAPTCHAs.
On eBay, you have to solve a CAPTCHA to send yourself a test message and sometimes even to view your own feedback profile if you're logged in. It also has CAPTCHAs all over its website, and sometimes these are broken for days, rejecting all correct answers.
reCaptcha on /b/
Recently, moot finally got sick and tired of all the spam that had been recently "Engulfing the whole site". The spam purportedly came from some random people in an IRC channel with a homebuilt spamming script and a huge list of proxies, posting VALVe video game characters.
/b/tards are spamming reCaptcha with the word nigger, they call it Operation Ebook
- 1. ask for an audio clip
- 2. type in "nigger nigger nigger nigger nigger nigger nigger nigger nigger nigger"
- 3. Bypass captcha
Soon we will be reading books about Professor Niger raping Mrs. Goatse.