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|“||I will see to that website's demise, or my name isn't Christian Weston Chandler.||”|
|Christopher Weston Chandler|
Encyclopedia Dramatica (a.k.a. ED and æ) is a satirical wiki and the home to the Chris-Chan page that introduced Chris to the world at large in 2007 and made him a popular target for trolling. In complete violation of common sense, Chris added lots of unwanted personal information to their article on him, which naturally made himself a bigger target. That move, along with Chris's other shenanigans, eventually led to the creation of the CWCki once the ED page became too long and unwieldy for a single article.
ED discovers Chris
In late October 2007, Chris drew the attention of the folks in a forum at Something Awful, a comedy website. Shortly thereafter, the good people at 4chan also trained their lasers on Chris. Topics of discussion included his Sonichu comic, his website, and his MySpace page. Anna's blog story, "The Tale Of The Crazy Pacer", was also uncovered. The wealth of information and its lulzworthiness prompted the Anon later known as Jason Kendrick Howell to create the original Chris-chan page on Encyclopedia Dramatica, on 3 November 2007. Within two years it underwent over 5,000 revisions and became arguably the most popular page on the site.
Chris discovers ED
Almost immediately, Chris discovered his ED page, during what he called "the worst weekend of my life". He was horrified by the explicit fan art, what he would later call "Dark Parodic Shit". He was especially enraged by the inclusion of a recent photo of himself, surreptitiously taken at The GAMe PLACe by Mimms and uploaded to 4chan by Lucas. "A hacking terrorist group, Anonymous, and 4Chan are somehow involved in that page as well", he intoned.
Chris's initial response to this character assassination was civil. He uploaded a video on 7 November, addressed to ED, requesting that the page be removed on the grounds that it misinterpreted his noble and innocent person. Within a few days, however, he opted to take efforts to personally delete or edit the page.
After a considerable amount of bitching, Chris posted this gem on the ED talk page:
|I AM ADDING THE POSITIVITY THIS HELL-HOLE OF A WEBSITE NEEDS; you just do not appreciate the POSITIVITY I AM ADDING TO THE PAGE. What I am doing is a STAND against OFFENSIVE, UNNATURAL, UNREQUIRED Additions to ANY Female Image. What I am doing is a STAND for EVERY SINGLE WOMAN Everywhere, because NO WOMAN would EVER want such a Horrific Twist of Fate. What I am doing is a STAND against the VERY THING that is NOT FUNNY AT ALL!!!!!!!
Sincerely, Christian Weston Chandler, A Man For The Women, For the Women's Rights, For the Women's Justice, For the Women's Peace.
Chris then returned, admitting defeat after his tard rage:
|Months ago, I have found from this page being the first of a number hate against me, Christian Weston Chandler. *sigh* Among the number of you all, my name has been dragged through the mud, my e-mail and MySpace have been hacked for the e-mail information and random information that have been twisted into mockery of my person, my integrity, my honesty, my compassion, my heart, my soul, my being. Not only that, but the names of my two best gal-pals, Megan Schroeder and Anna McLerran, and my Electric-Hedgehog Pokemon, Sonichu and Rosechu, have also been dragged through the mud of mockery along with mine. Not only were my feelings were hurt greatly, but also those of Megan and Anna, and a number of my acquaintances within my small social circle were shocked and terrified that such cruelty, such mockery, such hatred was built from the number of those who have added more and more to this disgrace of a description of my being.
For a while, I was angry and enraged, and I shoved information and drawings regretfully drawn beyond my personal boundries down the throat of the webmasters of the page, in attempt to kill the hype and hatred against me. But No More, I give up on trying to edit the page to be more positive, or to delete the page altogether.
But I have ONE Question, that I put unto you all, the individuals who have taken part in creating this web page, and I would appreciate an Open, Detailed and Honest Answer from each of you in simple e-mails or reply on this discussion page.
What did I do against you to cause the hatred against me? What physical or emotional harm have I ensued unto you? Why do you hate me for being myself in this world full of people who can't help but be themselves? I've had nothing against any of you. I don't even know any of you personally, as far as I know. I have nothing that any of you have already, so Why?
I leave you with that to ponder and ponder again over.
Christian Weston Chandler.
Trying another angle, Chris also encouraged ED to muster as his personal army to go after Joshua Martinez. Obviously, nobody did what he asked He also tried to create a page on ED for his "CCWC's Fanart of Horrors" (see: troll art), but a sysop immediately caught it and redirected it to an anti-Semitic template.
Chris's meddling with ED was a key reason for the destruction of his relationship with Megan. On 11 November 2007, in an attempt to "shove so much information down their throats and drown them into taking the page down," Chris uploaded five pornographic drawings to his ED page, including the infamous ShecameforCWC.JPG. When Megan found out about the drawing in March 2008, it was the final straw. Chris made more furious efforts to scrub the images from ED, but to no avail. Of course, Chris blamed ED for all of this.
By late summer 2008, Chris had largely given up on direct involvement with ED. Around the spring of 2009, he may have posted one or two comments on the ED talk page referring to Clyde Cash. The first is below. It was deleted fairly quickly.
|I have learned that there was a connection between her and a state in Washington where some of you have been lurking, and that she was not found in any public records. It took me a week to recover from the crestfallen emotions, but I am moving on with my life.
Peace-Out, Christian Weston Chandler
--ChrisChanSonichu 22:54, 14 May 2009 (UTC)
There was some dispute over it actually being Chris until he himself confirmed it in the post that followed:
|Hey, CLYDE, you JERK. I said "IN REAL LIFE", not Playstation. Also, why don't you be the man you CLAIM to be and face me yourself? You keep sending out your prawns to do your dirty work, you coward. >:-(
According to Clyde, the above entry was deleted after roughly a minute, probably due to Chris realizing that if he were to ever arrange to meet Clyde, he'd only send his parents anyway.
1 April 2009
On April Fools' Day 2009, the Chris-chan article was taken down and replaced with a message.
|“||This afternoon, we at Encyclopædia Dramatica have independently decided to remove the Chris-chan article about Christian W. Chandler from our site. We have also removed all references that slander, vilify, demean, or are found to be overly offensive. In plain terms, this ordeal has gone on far too long and gotten far out of hand. We have unfairly focused on him to the point of intruding in his private life and causing him great personal grief, which no person should ever have to endure. This behavior is not in line with our site goals, and we never wanted something like this. Still, we must take complete responsibility for all our actions, both public and private. And that is why we are speaking to you today. But we say to you now that at no time did we ask anyone to lie, hide, or destroy evidence, or to take any other unlawful action.
We know that his public comments and his silence about this matter gave a false impression. We misled people, including even his family. We deeply regret that. We can only tell you we were motivated by many factors. First, by a desire to protect himself from the embarrassment of his own conduct.
He was also very concerned about protecting his family. The investigation moved on to his family and friends, then into his private life. And now the investigation itself is under investigation.
This has gone on too long, cost too much, and hurt too many innocent people.
Regardless of any public pressure to reinstate the article, it must be stressed that our intrusion on Chris' private life will cease, and we intend to reclaim his family life for his family. Even internet celebrities have private lives. It is time to stop the pursuit of personal destruction and the prying into private lives and get on with our national life. Our website has been distracted by this matter for too long, and we take responsibility for our part in all of this. That is all we can do.
Now it is time -- in fact, it is past time to move on. We have important work to do -- real opportunities to seize, real problems to solve, real matters to face.
And so tonight, we ask you to turn away from the spectacle of the past two years, as we return our attention to all the challenges and all the promise of the next century.
Thank you. And good night.
Not surprisingly, the page was put back up on 2 April.
Chris-chan was a subforum of the Encyclopedia Dramatica forums (commonly referred to as EDF). It was created such that the talk page for the Chris-chan article could be used for its rightful purpose to discuss improving the article.
Chris indicated in his 13 September 2009 video that he had read the ED forums and had discovered a plan to photoshop images so they looked like they were from a Sonichu game. Chris firmly believed this forum to be the main hub for trolling activity, despite other forums and websites (such as this one) having far more significance.
|“||I do think it is a little behind cwcwiki [sic] on a few things, though, but that is to be expected.||”|
|Jason Kendrick Howell on the ED article two years after its creation|
For several months prior to the events of the BlueSpike saga in early 2009, many thought that Chris had dried up, that Chris could go no further down the rabbit hole. The FCTC's posting of new pics of Chris's bent duck in December 2008 prompted an ED admin to lock the talk page and demand satisfaction.
Encyclopedia Dramatica’s coverage of Chris and Sonichu became a victim of its own success: despite having many sub-pages to reduce pressure on the main article, ED could not cope with the continued growth of interest in Chris, especially in the aftermath of the FCTC posts. ED also experienced problems with misinformation on Chris, occasionally removing false or exaggerated rumors such as the claim that Chris attempted to molest Patti, or that Ivy was just a blow-up doll.
On 25 January 2009, five days after one of Chris’s biggest revelations, the CWCki came into existence: those interested in Chris’s antics quickly found the CWCki to be more accurate and less biased than ED, with TV Tropes once describing the CWCki to be "more accurate and slightly more SFW" than ED.
ED’s coverage of Chris continued to get updates until April 2011, when ED relaunched as Oh Internet: Oh Internet was an attempt to raise the revenue required to stay online by removing NSFW (Not Safe For Work) content that would deter advertisers. However, the move also reduced coverage of Chris to a single page, and left out much of the crucial content that defined Chris, such as CWCville.
In October 2013, Oh Internet quietly went offline following internal disputes and divisions over the 2011 relaunch, and work began on rebuilding Encyclopedia Dramatica by scraping articles and images from archived websites: ED then struggled to stay online through numerous domains over the years. As of 2020, ED and their coverage of Chris and Sonichu barely cling on to life, with most of the information long superseded by this very wiki.
As for Chris himself, the ED page bothered him for years, and presumably still does, but he rarely mentions it anymore. An entire page of Chris's website, established in December 2009, was dedicated to "correcting" the evil ED article with his own True and Honest take on the situation. Naturally, it was all about how Chris isn't remotely responsible for anything he has done wrong, and how it's all the fault of his autism or those DANG DIRTY TROLLS. Gradually, however, Chris's focus on ED died down. He made occasional references, but his depression and focus on other enemies caused his anger to flag.
- Megan emails, 2008
- Jason Kendrick Howell interview
- Chris emails 2007#November
- June 2012 Facebook posts#Dark parodic shit
- Mimms and Lucas Q&A
- Chris dispels videogame rumors
- Jason Kendrick Howell interview
- "MINE: What this talkpage is. If you guys continue your faggotry after this protection expires today I will lock it down longer, and then eventually permanently."--Arguecat3, now former ED sysop, 4 December 2008. "I say we just delete it. Along with the archives"--Zaiger, now former ED sysop, 5 December 2008. "Fuck this article and it's talk page. Stupid discussions unrelated to upkeep and editing are the only thing keeping this shit interesting. You guys take this shit WAY to srsly. Find another retard to stalk fgts"--Zaiger, now former ED sysop, 10 December 2008.
- Chris-chan on Oh Internet
- July 2012 Facebook posts#E.D. is back up
- Chris-Chan (CWCipedia)
- List of Christian's edits to Encyclopedia Dramatica
- You know what, I HATE ME TOO!!!
- Jason Kendrick Howell interview
- 4-cent garbage
- Chris-chan (forum)
- Christian's sex joke
Google Cache of Chris's ED article(dead link as of Jun 2014)
- Chris's page on the "new" "new" "new" "new" ED
- Chris's ED account
- Oh Internet article (SFW!)
- Earliest archived version of the "Chris-chan" page on the Wayback Machine.