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Encyc is a free, concise, general-interest encyclopedia written by volunteers using collaborative "wiki" software. It was founded in January 2008 by an experienced Wikipedian. As of August 2016 it has around 3000 articles.

Founder viewpoints[edit | edit source]

Encyc's founder asserts that he loves Wikipedia, and uses it all the time. However, there is a need for more than one wiki encyclopedia. Encyc users state that they make the internet a more diverse and interesting place. One big website tends to get homogenized, whereas a bunch of little ones can bring unique perspectives.

Nature of the project[edit | edit source]

Encyc is a kinder, gentler wiki encyclopedia. Very few users are blocked or banned, and new articles are usually welcome.

Critical reception[edit | edit source]

The project was roundly panned on Wikipedia, Wikipedia Review, and Wikipediocracy. Common criticisms were that it was poorly managed, run by an anonymous person, and that it needed to focus on a specialty topic in order to be able to compete with Wikipedia.

However, in its many years of existence it has been used by scholars such as Dariusz Jemielniak, who quoted from Encyc in his book, Common Knowledge: An Ethnography of Wikipedia.

Contrast to Wikipedia[edit | edit source]

Encyc has many fewer articles, and orders of less traffic. Encyc has fewer templates and regulations. Overall there are less reverts and more edits stand as they are made. Encyc is written at a high school reading level, targeted to read similar to the newspaper USA Today. Encyc is appropriate for young readers.

Additional information[edit | edit source]

  • name = Encyc
  • commercial = No
  • type = Internet encyclopedia
  • registration = Optional
  • language = English
  • content license =CC-BY-SA 3.0
  • author = various
  • launch date = January 2008
  • revenue = $0
  • current status = Active

References[edit | edit source]

  • Common Knowledge?: An Ethnography of Wikipedia, by Dariusz Jemielniak. Stanford University Press. p53, 278. ISBN 0804791201, 9780804791205. May 14, 2014.
  • Genre Analysis of Online Encyclopedias: The Case of Wikipedia, by Anna Tereszkiewic. Wydawnictwo UJ. p241. ISBN 8323328137, 9788323328131. 2013.

External link[edit | edit source]

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