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June 8, 2007

Touting themselves as the “trustworthy” encyclopedia, Conservapedia is rapidly getting noticed in the media as the conservative online encyclopedia that is taking on Wikipedia and it’s liberal supporter Google.

In a stroke of brilliance, this “little encyclopedia-that-could” has gotten our attention with its rather alternative point of view. Unlike Wikipedia, it’s not trying to claim it’s unbiased. This social networking site revels in its narrow view of the world. Claiming that its content is “educational, clean, and concise,” Conservapedia has set forth a set of Commandments for its editors:

  • Everything you post must be true and verifiable.
  • Always cite and give credit to your sources…
  • Edits/new pages must be family-friendly, clean, concise, and without gossip or foul language.
  • When referencing dates based on the approximate birth of Jesus…

Okay, that’s where they lost me. I was fine with the first couple of “commandments” but then they had to bring Jesus into it.

I foresee the next couple of weeks as being very busy for Conservapedia. Bloggers will either vilify the conservative view point or support the conservative view with an almost religious zeal. However, once the media fury has ended and bloggers move on to the next big thing, will Conservapedia continue on? Only time will tell. I wish Conservapedia all the luck and give them Kudos for a brilliant marketing ploy.