So it’s finally happened. No, Conservapedia hasn’t closed shop, but probably the next best thing to it.
Now it’s been noticed that for the past few weeks “account creation” has been switched off for almost the entire day, and when it is on, it’s usually during the times that Conservapedia is in “night mode” – those late night US hours, when only those with editing rights can contribute.
Now there was a certainly logic behind this. It would give admins like Terry Koeckritz the ability to run checkuser against the new sign-up’s IP address, to see if somebody using the same address had been blocked on CP before. Of course, this resulted in virtually every new user being blocked. One can only assume that this method was some sort of compromise to Terry’s ongoing demands to have flagged revisions – i.e. edits would only become visible after being approved by an admin – installed. Needless to say, incidents of vandalism have fallen away, but so has the number of editors. At present, that stands at 37 individuals having made edits in the last 7 days.
Well, in the latest development, Andrew Schlafly has been convinced to turn off automatic account creation all together. Now, Conservapedia’s main page boasts the following:
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request for an account
Yes, now you have to e-mail an account (presumably managed by Terry Koeckritz) before you’re allowed to edit on CP. So much for the Best of the Public. I’m willing to bet – I haven’t put their registration process to the test yet – that it won’t just be a matter of e-mailing them. No, they are going to require some proof of their bona fides before passing muster.
Either way, it’s final proof that instead of being the bastion of conservative thought, Conservapedia has become a laughing stock, manned by a small clutch of delusional morons, and a scattering of parodists.
It might not be time for the Last Post just yet, but you can start polishing your bugle.