Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Where is Conservapedia?

[Update 2009-01-27 20:03] Looks like I put the whammy on things. The site appears to be coming back up, slowly. See the Comments.

As of this moment, Conservapedia, the "Trustworthy" (i.e., wingnut) version of Wikipedia, is missing from the Web. I'm not just getting a "site busy" or "server taking too long to respond" message; I'm getting a message saying that the name itself is unknown. (Try it.)

Would it be irresponsible to speculate? As those who might favor Conservapedia would say: It would be irresponsible not to speculate!

Tony Sidaway and The Pagan Temple both think it has to do with the posting on Conservapedia of a hit list of Democratic Senators, first reported by Wonkette.

Total Drek, after detailed analysis, thinks the site owner (yes, Phyllis's son) is trying to turn back the clock to better days:

Folks, there is only one possible conclusion: Andrew Schlafly is attempting to go back in time to when Barack Obama was not president and conservatives* had not been utterly repudiated by the masses. My best guess at this point is that he'll keep going until Reagan is in office.

A backup site, conservativeencyclopedia.com, supposedly containing a static (non-editable) version of Conservapedia, appears at this moment to have vanished, too. That URL now only shows a generic parked page, as though hosting bills have not been paid.

There's a timeline of recent events on the watchdog site, RationalWiki.

Developing ...

2 comments:

Twin said...

I'm getting a directory listing at the domain address, and finding the wiki here.

I assume this is more than you were getting at 5:20 when you posted.

Brendan said...

Thanks, Twin. Yeah, they appear to be bringing the site back up.

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