Everipedia: the pay-to-play encyclopedia

Everipedia founders left to right, Mahbod Moghadam, George Beall, Travis Moore, and Sam Kazemian

Someone who claims to be from Everipedia has been making the rounds of the Wikipedia criticism sites trying to drum up business for a new encyclopedia. No one has yet been able to figure out their angle.

On Wikipedia Sucks, for example, they claim that “Wikipedia sucks but Everipedia doesn’t – it pays you!” But there is an old saying that “if you’re not paying for the product, you are the product”. I will explain more.

But first allow me to introduce myself.

I am Gender Desk’s Evil Twin.  Genderdesk has a number of twins, but as far as I know, I am the only Evil one.

Actually am not all that evil, because I am also lazy busy doing Stuff, and don’t have time to accomplish even a fraction of the Evil I have in mind.

I first appeared here during the Rogol spam crisis (see Renée is the new Rogol), basically because Gender Desk wanted to go to the beach or picnic or whatever, and Rogol was being interminably boring.  At the time I awarded myself the title Chargée d’Merde, after Anna Stillwell, Wikimedia’s Chargée d’Affaire, who was in charge of responding to Rogol’s endless and intentional spam on the Wikimedia mailing list.

Anna Stillwell thought she had to be nice to Rogol.  But unlike Stillwell, who had unlimited access to the C-suite and a salary to match, I am an unpaid volunteer, so I just put Rogol in the dungeon, went to the beach, and had such a lovely time that I completely forgot to let him out again.

So the other day I felt a Disturbance in the Force and sure enough, some guy named Paul Bedson from something called Everipedia was saying nasty things about me here (see “I am now a reliable source for Everipedia“). So I have abandoned my nice quiet comfort zone and come out of hiding to respond.

Paul: “I had visions that you were a war room of analysts with big screens, tracking Wikipedia, like battleships.”

A: Yeah that’s pretty much how we do it, except we prefer small screens because you can get more of them in one war room.

The Gender Desk war room.

Paul: “…so your evil twin can’t escape again.”

A: Uh, no. I have the keys. Usually other people want to escape from *me*.

Paul (at another place): This means that you can create articles that can’t be blocked in China or Turkey, etc.

A: To quote the Jimbo, “utter fucking bullshit”. That’s not how IP works.

Also noted:

  • The article on Drmies is hilarious “https://everipedia.org/wiki/michael-aajj/ Presumably Professor Aaij is free to cruise by and write his own article, spelled correctly, for a nominal fee.
  • Snob appeal: you have to be “invited”. Note that you have to do it through their Telegram “social network”. From the FAQ everipedia(DOT)org/wiki/everipedia-faq/
  • Instant friendz. Hang out with the Kool Kidz.  Or is it? Looking at his YouTube channel, Paul “Crypto Dunker” seems to be more of a shill for a range of products and invented words, Everipedia is just the end use for the blockchain one.  So once they have your money, maybe you don’t get to hang out with him after all. [Note: this does not seem to be Paul after all, it was only added to the FAQ by Paul.]
  • Is it free? It is free to read.   If you want to log in, you can buy $20 worth of cryptocurrency.
  • The 20 bucks will only get you a random user name, but once you have that, you can ask for a username of your choice.  No word on bulk discounts for socks.
  • And a tutorial on their markup. The dashboard is pretty intuitive, similar to WordPress, but much simpler. But note that the edits are not instantaneous, they have to be approved by someone before they go live. Even this Paul guy can only make 15 or 20 edits before someone in the back room checks up on him.
    https://youtu.be/NhiURRYHkMQ

So basically that’s it.  You pay them in real money, presumably with credit card that reveals your identity, and they pay you even more in cryptocurrency, some time in the future, when they figure out how to do it. What could possibly go wrong?

All the dudes from the Wikipedia criticism sites are probably all rushing over there right now to make articles about their grandkids’ garage bands so they don’t have to use Jimbo’s Wikia.

Next time: the Everipedia Gender Gap

[Since Renee has commented on this before, I would invite him to step back, take a little vacation, and give someone else a chance for a while.  Sorry to mention this publicly, but for some reason he doesn’t seem to have left an email address.]

UPDATE:

WAIT WAIT WAIT
It looks like Paul is this dude and not the YouTube guy. His Twitter is here.
Paul Bedson

Believe Wikipedia over an art major?

“The Cell Block Mansplaingo”, a riff on Chicago‘s classic “Cell Block Tango” by LA comedy team Tiny Muscles.

But he insisted it was Picasso because, ’I looked it up.’

[Source.]

(Note: if it says “Video unavailable” you can probably right-click and copy paste it directly into your browser, or as a last resort, it will probably play in Facebook)