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Wipipedia is a web-based free-content encyclopaedia about the fetish and BDSM lifestyle. It is "maintained by the fetish community for the fetish community," and is a wiki, written collaboratively by volunteers: anyone can create and edit articles about any area that they feel they have knowledge about or a valid contribution to make, although editors must be logged in and have a registered e-mail address (anonymous edits are not allowed). It helps to provide an education to those new to the lifestyle, or simply wanting to know more about it, and applies equally to men and women of all sexualities.
The site was begun in March 2005 by the creators of the London Fetish Scene website. Although hosted in England and written in British English (not American), it strives to cover topics around the world.
The name derives from a portmanteau of "whip" and "Wikipedia".
The Wipipedia is published under the GNU Free Documentation License also mirrored by the (non-wiki) Informed Consent website, where it has been called the 'Encyclopervia', and is currently called their 'Dictionary'.
The Wipipedia has over 1500 articles; it also includes advice, stories, and descriptions of real-life experiences by Wipipedians. The Wipipedia attracts about 10,000 page views per day. It attracts visitors from around the globe, and is quoted or referenced by other web sites.
Where reference is made to more general topics in Wipipedia, it often links to topics in the English Wikipedia or specialist wikis. For readers interested in finding out about the fetish / BDSM lifestyle, Wipipedia is a good source of information, willingly linking elsewhere when needed.
- BME Encyclopedia (BDSM - Piercing)
- LatexWiki (BDSM - Latex)
- SM-201 (BDSM - english)
- SMiki (BDSM - german)
Wipipedia does point out that some of the practices described are dangerous. Doing BDSM with strangers that you only know from the Internet is obviously potentially dangerous. It is also potentially dangerous to get yourself tied up and have sexual things done to you with a prostitute that you don't know and with a pimp in the background. People with unusual sexual needs have always involved themseves with prostitutes since well before the Internet began. Users of Wipipedia and of WikiIndex are urged to be extremely cautious unless they have trusted partners.
Wipipedia's advice about online dating safety.