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Everipedia (ev-ree-PEE-dee-a) is a crowd-sourced wiki​ platform, online encyclopedia​, and knowledge base. Its stated aim is to modernize, consolidate, and decentralize governance of the online encyclopedia. Everipedia aims to do this by allowing more editorial decision making in the editing process while also allowing for a wider breadth and scope of content from traditional encyclopedia websites such as Wikipedia​.

 

It is based in the Westwood Villageneighborhood of Los Angeles, California​.

 

Everipedia’s platform allows users to create articles about anything that can be accurately cited. Its name is a portmanteau​ of the English words 'everything' and 'encyclopedia.' 

History

Mission

Everipedia was founded by Sam Kazemian​ and Theodor Forselius​ at UCLA in December 2014. The website was created as a side project out of Kazemian's dorm room.

 

Originally, they started the company with a mission to build a more modern version of Wikipedia. They were inspired by Y Combinator​'s co-founder Paul Graham's blog post published in 2008 entitled "Startup Ideas We'd Like to Fund." In his list of ideas, he called for "more open alternatives to Wikipedia":[64]

Deletionists rule Wikipedia. Ironically, they're constrained by print-era thinking. What harm does it do if an online reference has a long tail of articles that are only interesting to a few people, so long as everyone can still find whatever they're looking for? There is room to do to Wikipedia what Wikipedia did to Britannica.

 

On the user's side, Kazemian stated the following:[87]

Everyone knows what Wikipedia is - everyone uses it every day - but no one actually knows anyone that edits it. And anyone that actually looks for why that is quickly realizes that it is not an inclusive platform [because the site's editing process is] convoluted [...] What if there was a site that has all the information that Wikipedia has, has all that knowledge, but it was extremely easy to edit so everyone knows people who add stuff to it and reads it instead of this single-sided site where it's a household name?

With regards to content, Kazemian and Forselius have talked about the idea that Wikipedia's Notability Guidelines hinder their ability to aggregate information that could potentially be deemed as important.

 

Part of Everipedia's alternative was to import all of Wikipedia's content on their platform. This laid a foundation for people to add content to these pages that would not necessarily be accepted on Wikipedia's platform, such as links to their websites and social media accounts. In addition, Everipedia users could create additional pages for people, organizations, and other subjects that are not found on Wikipedia.

Statistics

In August 2017, Everipedia changed its domain name from Everipedia.com to Everipedia.org.

 

Within the months of 2017, Everipedia acquired between 2 million to 3 million unique users per month and an average of 3.5 to 5 million page views per month.

Seed Funding

In July 2015, Everipedia received seed funding from Mucker Capital​. Shortly after, Everipedia received its first outside investment from prominent angel investor and plastic surgeon Kami Parsa.​ It also received funds from multiple other angel investors that year, including David Segura​ and David Petersen​, the co-founder and CEO of Buildzoom​.

 

In 2016, Everipedia received $130,000 on Wefunder​, a crowdfunding service which connects start-ups with investors online. They were valued at $22 million.[75]​ 

Series A

On February 8, 2018 Everipedia announced that they had received $30 million of funding from a group of strategic investors in a Series A​ led by Galaxy Digital's EOS.IO Ecosystem Fund. [93]​ [94]

Community

Core Team

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The Everipedia team at Block-Con in October 2017

Sam Kazemian​ and Theodor Forselius​ co-founded Everipedia in December 2014.

 

In April 2015, Travis Moore​ joined Everipedia's team as a co-founder and their CTO.

 

In May 2015, Mahbod Moghadam​, also known as his alias "Maboo" on Genius​ (the website he co-founded), joined the company as a co-founder.

 

By late 2015, Everipedia hired multiple executive editors to enhance site growth, review content, and provide additional content strategies. Current executive editors include:

In September 2017, Suchet Dhindsa​ joined the company as the COO.

 

On December 6, 2017 Wikipedia​ co-founder Larry Sanger​ announced that he would be joining Everipedia team as the company's Chief Information Officer. On the same say Everipedia announced that they would be moving the entire process of editing and storing articles onto the EOS (cryptocurrency)​ blockchain. [90]

Features

Core Functionality

Everipedia is primarily used for reading, creating, and editing collaborative articles online. The pages are wiki articles, meaning the site's users can collaboratively edit the page's content and structure. In addition, they make it as easy as possible to create and edit the pages without knowing how to code; most online encyclopedias require you to know some form of code (i.e. Wiki markup).[85]

 

Blockchain and Decentralization

In late 2017, Wikipedia​ cofounder Larry Sanger​ joined Everipedia as Chief Information Officer.[92][91]​ Sanger and the Everipedia team claim to be working on using distributed ledger technology to create a peer-to-peer backend for the platform, including a tokenized governance system.[92]​ On December 6, 2017 Everipedia announced that they would be moving the entire process of editing and storing articles onto the EOS blockchain and IPFS​.

Everipedia IQ

On Everipedia, contributors (referred to as editors or scholars) gain IQ points when they add more content to a page. This is based on a metrics that are tracked within the platform. One must register for an account in order to contribute and, in turn, accumulate IQ.

 

The top three editors (and the IQ they earned, respectively) are displayed in the 'Top Editors' section of every page. In addition, the site's Activity Feed displays the top editors of the day, week, month and all-time.

 

Everipedia is currently building the infrastructure needed to convert the IQ earned on the site into utility tokens.

 

Notifications & Inbox Messages

Inspired by Facebook​'s notification system, Everipedia provides its editors with updates for any activities completed on pages and forum posts in which one has participated. 

 

Everipedia editors also have the option of receiving email notifications for pages. In addition, one can send and receive private messages to and from one's inbox.

 

Article Discussion & Voting

Everipedia embeds an Article Discussion section in every page created on the site; it is located near the bottom of any page. This is used to discuss the page's overall content: what is missing, a request to update a page, or to report misleading or inaccurate information.

 

Furthermore, scholars can comment and upvote/downvote specific reference links on a page. The idea is for them to upvote sources that editors consider accurate and/or useful and downvote the ones they find inaccurate and dubious.

Structured Data

Everipedia uses structured meta data​ to organize their pages in a graph relational manner. A future API release will allow querying Everipedia content by property attributes. Users can use the Google Rich Data Testing Tool (https://search.google.com/structured-data/testing-tool) to see the type of meta data stored in an Everipedia page.

Controversy

Las Vegas Shooting (October 2017)

On the night of October 1, 2017, an Everipedia editor misidentified the shooter of the Mandalay Bay Resort mass shooting. They stated that a man named Geary Danley​ opened fire from the 34th floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort at a crowd of people attending a concert. The article went viral, generating tens of thousands of views.

 

Once Everipedia editors noticed that Danley's page did not reference a source that proved Danley was the alleged shooter, they removed the content in question around 10 minutes of the page's original creation (taken from timestamps of edit history). They also attempted to clear his name by actively interacting with people on social media who continued to claim he was the perpetrator.

 

All information for Everipedia's wiki comes from the below links. Any source is valid, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Pictures, videos, biodata, and files relating to Everipedia are also acceptable encyclopedic sources.
This is a discussion about Everipedia. Concerns about the topic, its accuracy, inclusion of information etc. should be discussed here. Off-topic discussion not pertaining to Everipedia or this wiki will be removed.
  • Comment
    Sam Kazemian  •  04/14/2016 07:06:39 AM UTC
    When will Larry Sanger join this amazing project? Larry if you're reading this PLZ JOIN. 
  • Comment
    Sam Kazemian  •  04/14/2016 07:36:26 AM UTC
    Mahbod Moghadam wrote most of the EP page as of April 13th, 2016. The language is much sexier as you can see. 
  • Comment
    Mahbod Moghadam  •  04/14/2016 07:37:16 AM UTC
    WUZZ REALLY GOOOOD!!!
  • Comment
    John Tierney  •  08/19/2016 01:14:29 AM UTC
    Going to be a Billion Dollar company soon
  • Comment
    donaldDrumpf  •  10/04/2016 05:41:37 AM UTC
    really like the design and easier to use
  • Comment
    AbdullaAl-Homady  •  10/06/2016 02:02:54 PM UTC
    There is a student and a teacher inside every human. Thanks Everipedia for making the chance to knowledging each other.
  • Comment
    theScholarlySentinel  •  10/07/2016 07:56:23 AM UTC
    Thank you
  • Comment
    GregoryKohs  •  11/02/2016 09:46:46 PM UTC
    The article discusses the "infamy" of one of the site co-founders.  Does anyone have a dictionary around here?
  • Comment
    Larry Sanger  •  12/06/2017 06:36:10 PM UTC
    Your wish is my command Sam! I have joined this amazing project!
  • Comment
    Taiwan Brown  •  12/18/2017 12:50:00 AM UTC
    Hahaha, Sam you spoke Larry into existence!! NICE!!
  • Comment
    YuriGagarin12  •  12/31/2017 05:07:16 PM UTC
    Should we have a criticism part of Everipedia plus? Becuase I've heard criticism of it.
  • Comment
    Ezzo  •  12/31/2017 07:47:36 PM UTC
    @ YuriGagarin12, we've definitely heard the criticism of it, as well. (We have a section about it in our Criticisms of Everipedia ​ page.)

    I'm not opposed to mentioning Everipedia+ ​ in this page, though. What does everyone else think? Should it be a 'feature'? Should it have its own section? Let us know...
  • Comment
    Taiwan Brown  •  12/31/2017 09:23:46 PM UTC
    Ezzo, a section about + should be here with a link to its own page for further reading.
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