Everipedia, Inc. (ev-ree-PEE-dee-a) is a located in the neighborhood of . It is best known for its , Everipedia, which aims to use to reward users with . These users curate and submit content to its database (the Everipedia Network) and get rewarded in the form of IQ tokens.
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Everipedia's encyclopedia is recognized as the largest online encyclopedia, with over 6 million articles, including all articles from the English . It has been labeled as an '' and '' to Wikipedia, as it provides a significantly larger range of articles than the English . This is due to Everipedia's lower threshold for notability and emphasis on inclusive criteria.
Everipedia's name is a of the English words 'everything' and 'encyclopedia.'
The concept of Everipedia originated in December 2014 and launched in 2015. It was founded by , , , and . Kazemian serves as , Forselius serves as , Moghadam serves as , and Moore serves as . , the co-founder of Wikipedia, joined the company as in December 2017.
Everipedia was founded by and at 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 's co-founder '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 ":
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, Sam Kazemian and Theodor Forselius have talked about the idea that Wikipedia's Notability Guidelines hinder their ability to aggregate important information. Kazemian stated the following on the :
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?
Everipedia's official mission is to modernize, consolidate, and decentralize governance of the online encyclopedia. They aim 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 .
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's users could create additional pages for people, organizations, and other subjects that are not found on Wikipedia.
On December 6, 2017, Everipedia announced that they were building "the first encyclopedia on the blockchain." Using technology, they stated they are working on a token called IQ. Not to be confused with IQ points, IQ tokens are intended to vote on protocol upgrades and further submissions or modifications to the Everipedia's database of articles.
The decentralized database creates an incentivized network (known as the Everipedia Network) for submitting, curating, and governing a database of encyclopedia articles. It is fully governed by IQ token holders, who can approve edits, create network-wide rules that govern the encyclopedia, as well as buy and sell services for tokens on the network. This will work on Everipedia's website, as well as any website or applications built with its own to interact with the Everipedia network (or a subset of the network).
In addition, IQ tokens play a central role in the consensus protocol of finalizing data entry into the network.
Everipedia's discusses three modules that interact within the network:
IQ Token Module
Everipedia's token module is responsible for making changes to the IQ token balances of addresses. This includes the transferal of tokens, application of , the minting of new tokens, and locking tokens for the article consensus process.
Everipedia's article module is used to propose edits and submissions in the database. Each edit proposal is sent and stored in an node (InterPlanetary File System); there will be IPFS hashes pointing to the immediate parent version and an IPFS hash pointing to the new version.
To propose an edit, users must put forward a small amount of IQ tokens as , which is returned if the edit is approved. This serves as an incentive for people to propose accurate and valuable edits and a disincentive to propose edits that contain , as well as prevent incidents.
Everipedia's module refers to any object which has scope to make changes to the network itself. Any governance-related changes approved by the community will reflect on every module, including the governance module.
The purpose of the governance module is to allow the the community to come to social of the rules that govern the network as a whole. If approved, the new code can be deployed on-chain in a trustless manner.
Governance actions can modify the software for any of the three modules, but not the databases containing token balances and articles.
In January 2018, at an EOS meetup in , Sam Kazemian announced that Everipedia was IQ tokens on EOS's distribution list.
On March 7, 2018, Kazemian announced that the airdrop will take place in June 2018:
We are officially announcing the airdrop snapshot method as the EOS genesis snapshot tool for initial token balances. In the off chance that there is not an EOS mainnet or accepted genesis balance snapshot by June 15th 23:59:59 UTC, we will take the snapshot of registered token balances ourselves, otherwise we will adhere to the mainnet genesis snapshot for balances of EOS to airdrop to. This is the official and final decision. This essentially means that our intent is to airdrop IQ tokens on the allocation of EOS balances from the snapshot of EOS mainnet itself.
In July 2015, Everipedia received seed funding from . Shortly after, Everipedia received its first outside investment from prominent angel investor and plastic surgeon . It also received funds from multiple other angel investors that year, including and , the co-founder and CEO of .
In 2016, Everipedia received $130,000 on , a which connects with online. They were valued at $22 million.
On February 8, 2018 Everipedia announced that they had received $30 million of funding from a group of strategic investors in a led by 's Ecosystem Fund.
In November 2015, Mahbod Moghadam stated that Everipedia had 10,000 pages on their website.
By March 2016, Everipedia had published 200,000 pages.
In August 2017, Everipedia changed its 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.
and co-founded Everipedia in December 2014.
In April 2015, joined Everipedia's team as a co-founder and their .
In May 2015, , also known as his alias "Maboo" on (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, joined the company as the .
On December 6, 2017 co-founder 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 blockchain.
Everipedia is primarily used for reading, creating, and editing collaborative articles online. The pages are , 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. ).
Blockchain and Decentralization
In late 2017, cofounder joined Everipedia as Chief Information Officer. 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. On December 6, 2017 Everipedia announced that they would be moving the entire process of editing and storing articles onto the blockchain and .
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 to reward contributors on the site with IQ tokens on the blockchain. These tokens will allow contributors to vote on protocol upgrades and further submissions or modifications to the database of articles.
Notifications & Inbox Messages
Inspired by '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.
Everipedia uses 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.
Las Vegas Shooting (October 2017)
On the night of October 1, 2017, an Everipedia editor misidentified the shooter of the . They stated that a man named 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.