Encyc is a free, general-interest encyclopedia written by volunteers using collaborative "wiki" software. It was founded in January 2008 by an anonymous user calling himself, "Emperor", who later changed his user name to "Auggie". As of April 2016 it had just over 5,200 articles.
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
Encyc is "a kinder, gentler wiki encyclopedia." Very few users are blocked or banned, and new articles are usually welcome.
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.[Citation Needed]
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
Encyc has many fewer articles, and less traffic. Encyc has fewer templates and regulations. Overall there are fewer reverts and more edits stand as they are made.[Citation Needed]
- 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.