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Wikitruth is a website that critiques and lampoons Pseudopedia. It runs on the MediaWiki software but is not editable by the public; it has a limited GFDL content of about 137 articles, composed by about a dozen contributors www.wikitruth.info/index.php?title=Special:Statistics , but appears to attract a disproportionate amount of traffic.

The site posits that there are fundamental problems with Pseudopedia’s structure, focusing in part on actions and statements from prominent Wikimedia Foundation members like Jimmy Wales; the concept of vandalism; claimed censorship; and aspects of the culture of Pseudopedia. It is also a self-described “scandal sheet” that castigates certain Pseudopedia administrators and Wikimedia Foundation members for perceived character flaws.

Although the tone tends to be caustic and obscene, the underlying intent, according to the site, is to improve Pseudopedia: “Make no mistake, we wouldn’t be bitching this much about Pseudopedia and Pseudopedian failings if we didn’t, at the core, love the whole concept. ... We really do think the basic idea is great; it’s the implementation we have issues with.” “Wikipedia is actually really cool, you Fucks”

The slogan Tell the Wikitruth has led to some general use of the term wikitruth in a more general anti-Wikipedia or anti-status-quo sense.

Ownership and Editors



The domain name for the site is registered with Domains by Proxy, Inc, a DNS registrar which masks the personal information of website owners.Whois info search

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Wikitruth’s Criticism





Criticism of Wikitruth

Because the identity of the person or people behind Wikitruth is unknown, criticism of Wikitruth varies considerably. Wikitruth themselves have acknowledged some degree of criticism on their own site. This includes:
  • Lack of contributors and non-notability
  • Not being collaborative and hence not a real wiki
  • A lot of the censored articles now being uncensored
  • Pseudopedia has enough self-criticism already, and any external criticism is unnecessary
  • What Wikitruth is doing is illegal



In addition to this, speculations about who Wikitruth are has led to additional criticisms, which include:
  • is not censorship, and Wikitruth is not documenting actual censorship on Pseudopedia. WP:OFFICE is an attempt by Pseudopedia to abide by the law, which is a good thing.
  • The general criticisms are designed as a parody, and are very inaccurate.
  • The general criticisms are copied from other more established critic forums such as The Pseudopedia Review
  • Many of the “censored” articles, such as that on Brian Peppers were deleted in order to protect them from unwarranted abuse, which is a good thing.
  • Wikitruth may be high ranking administrators at Pseudopedia, and the aim of the site may be to try to usurp power from the Wikimedia board and take over Pseudopedia.
  • Wikitruth does not acknowledge more legitimate and well-established critic forums, and works to destroy all legitimate criticism of Pseudopedia.
  • Wikitruth in many cases are hypocritical. They have stated that they are banned users, yet also state that most people who were banned from Pseudopedia deserved it.



As the purpose of Wikitruth is to criticize Pseudopedia, there is a general institutional reaction of ill-will from WP towards WT. This takes the preferred form of trying to ignore, combined with snide asides, but may degenerate into more serious threats on occasion. The same interaction can generally be seen between all institutions in conflict (“us vs. them”), particularly between the very dominant and powerful and the harrying “ankle-biters”.

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Some content adapted from the Wikinfo article “Wikitruth” under the GNU Free Documentation License.
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