online communities

Decoding Extremism

Learn to Decode the Secret Language of the Incel Subculture

Experts have a tough time with these enraged, sex-obsessed men because they literally can't understand what they're saying.
Allie Conti
6.26.18
Internet

The Women Pioneers of the Internet Say There Have Always Been Trolls

A new book released this week tells the untold stories of the internet’s early days.
Kaleigh Rogers
3.8.18
in the comments

Mallory Ortberg's Internet

A toast to feminist site The Toast, and to making the internet a better place.
Sarah Scoles
6.13.17
The Internet Dustbin of History

Watch Club Penguin’s Heartbreaking Final Moments Before Disney Pulled the Plug

RIP iceberg and all
Samantha Cole
3.30.17
Squared Circle

A Community of Mega Fans Won't Let This Decade-Old Pro Wrestling Game Die

The people of Fire Pro Wrestling Arena bring a whole new meaning to the word "dedication."
Bryan Rose
3.17.17
Commence Handwringing

DeviantArt Community Worries that New Corporate Overlords Will Ruin Everything

The internet’s clearinghouse for budding artists is under new ownership, but not all of its members are sold on the idea.
Roisin Kiberd
2.24.17
tech

Wikipedia Is Being Ripped Apart By a Witch Hunt For Secretly Paid Editors

With undisclosed paid editing on the rise, Wikipedians and the Wikimedia Foundation are working together to stop the practice without discouraging user participation.
Oliver Lee Bateman
2.1.17
tech

Wikipedia Is Being Ripped Apart By a Witch Hunt For Secretly Paid Editors

With undisclosed paid editing on the rise, Wikipedians and the Wikimedia Foundation are working together to stop the practice without discouraging user participation.
Oliver Lee Bateman
1.22.17
Donald Trump

‘Spezgiving’: How Reddit’s CEO Tried And Failed to Troll the Trolls

“TIFU by editing some comments and creating an unnecessary controversy...”
Roisin Kiberd
12.5.16
Sports

How Pro Wrestling Fans Watched Foreign Matches Before the Internet

Back in the day you had to suffer to watch fake fighting.
Bryan Rose
11.28.16
Music

Spotify Will Never Replace What.cd

“A complete shame to lose such a treasure,” one former member noted.
Nicholas Deleon
11.18.16
Culture

'I Look at a Cloud and I See It as Me’: The People Who Identify As Objects

Otherkin are known for identifying as animals and mythical creatures, but some people in the community controversially say they identify as weather, plants, and abstract concepts as well.
Callie Beusman
8.3.16
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