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an ostensibly wonderful collaborative web effort, to define existing slang as well as coin new terms, which in reality is a scam that steals our contributions and prints them on mugs that cost $19.95.
the reason i posted that thing on urbandictionary.com was to make the most ironic purchase of my life.
by ms. communication July 26, 2009
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This.
UrbanDictionary.com
by D u b l i n January 26, 2010
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UrbanDictionary
UrbanDictionary is an online dictionary whose definitions are contributed by users. Most words featured on UrbanDictionary are slang, particularly ambiguous slang.
Site features
It has recently arranged its terms into categories in which people may search for terms. One of its main motives is to emphasise the defining of words how you want to define them, hence its slogan: "Define your world". Because of this, one word may return many definitions. Individual definitions can be voted on based upon a thumbs up/down scale, and a running tally of votes is kept for each definition. Visitors may also view a randomly chosen word to expand their urban vocabulary. Users can submit sounds of spoken words and images to give a clear, understandable feeling of a certain definition. This feature has been very helpful to some, although it has been sparingly used; many terms are unable to be visualized. Other recently-added features of the site include a "Word of the Day", where subscribers receive a daily email containing a select term, and a chatroom.

The "Urbanelite" and the "UD terrorist"
When authors submit their definitions, they are permitted to include a name or pseudonym, and more recently, their location, which appears underneath the definition. These names cannot presently be password protected, and some names are used by many authors (anonymous and unknown being primary examples), while other authors with unique handles gain some degree of notoriety from the number or popularity of their definitions. The authors judged to make the most notable contributions are sometimes known as the "urbanelite" and have intercommunicated with each other via chatboard style back-and-forth definitions. This has led to a series of on-and-off flame wars on the website. Disliked members of the urbanelite are often the victims of having extremely disagreeable definitions superimposed under their nicknames by other authors trying to discredit them. This was first seen large scale happening to the inarticulate PlayStation fan with the handle of "sony roolz". The handle "sony roolz" was used by several urban dictionary regulars to make the user appear an immature and illiterate sociopath, with the abuse even extending beyond urbandictionary.

Over time a group of users formed into a loosely organised attack group with the sole aim of commandeering the names of urbanelites and writing a plethora of definitions packed with objectionable content, including racist statements, offensive jokes, poems in support of necrophilia, zoophilia and child molestation as well as plenty of statements where the victim 'admits' to homosexual activity and hatred of non-white races. These claims are desultory and conflicting, as are most spatial attacks. One victimised author refered to the people behind these attacks as the 'Urbandictionary Terrorist', believing there to be just one culprit. The handle "ud terrorist" stuck, and today many of the definitions of urbanelite authors that used to contribute to the site have disappeared. Prior to the new deletion system, some of these authors have had all their definitions removed as their continued presence was likely to spark more trolling.

Quality control
In order to keep definitions accurate and non-offensive, a so-called "quality control" system was established. Should a user disapprove of a certain word, they could submit a complaint. The user was able to choose one of five general reasons for which the definition ought be deleted and to enter additional comments about the rationale justifying the definition's deletion (such as if the definition was incoherent or hateful). Deletion requests were added to a pool that was reviewed by users who choose to participate in quality control. Users participating in the system made a judgement whether to keep the definitions on the website or to delete them by selecting for each one either "it stays" or "it goes". If the user was unsure, a "don't know" option was also selectable.

However, the site's management did not believe that this concept was working as intended. Many people were not, in their eyes, using it to solely erase definitions from the site that were inconsistent with the site's terms of service. For instance, many users recommended definitions of users they did not approve of or those containing opinions they did not agree with. Because of this, a many definitions that did not meet the site's criteria for deletion were removed from the website. As this was happening repeatedly, a new system has been established. Though complaints are still submitted, the quality control system is now invalid, with executive editors now determining whether a definition should remain on the website or not. Now, the site is offering free, non-executive editing positions. Users now determine whether a definition is appropriate for publication, and if not, the definition will not appear on the website. This system had, at its' inception, what appeared to be several weeks worth of backlogs, and is still open to abuse despite the posted guidelines.

More than just slang
Urban Dictionary's content contains more than slang. The names of many well-known figures, computer games, and other commonly-used terms exist. Also, because of Urban Dictionary's informality and anonymity and its popularity among teens, some people define their peers' names, usually to insult or profess their love for them. Many people believe that this does not ruin the site; they believe that the site has drifted away from being solely a slang dictionary, but instead a slang dictionary and a source from which people can learn more about the general conceptions that people have of certain things in everyday life. But, most definitions are rather opinionated and not very useful.
See also
Wiktionary
External links
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1. A website designed to allow people whom are familiar with esoteric slang/colloquialism to write definitions of said words to aid others in their understanding, thus using the power of the internet user to better the world.

2. A great way for losers with some spare time to vent about a given subject under the twin, thin veils of half-arsed wit and vain pseudo-profundity. To qualify for this second meaning, it's important to have the first sentence clause ("clause" is used as most of the definition is the first, unending sentence) be a vague description of what the word really means and that the rest of the six paragraphs are what the loser in question has gathered about the subject from their own personal, anecdotal evidence and what their cool friends said about the topic. Objectivity is also a deal-breaker.
1. See: css

Cascading Style Sheets. An extension to HTML which are most often used to set default styles so that the equivalent HTML code does not need to be retyped. It is also used for its method of positioning- items can be set above others and screen-proportional settings don't apply. Among the tags that were deprecated in favour of CSS is the famous FONT tag, but it is so useful it will never be completely written out. Interesting, CSS does not set font sizes by HTML standards (1 to 7) but as pixel-based sizes, like those used in word processors. CSS can be specified in the HTML code itself in the head tag, or linked to from a separate file - a remote style sheet. As well as these to methods, a single element can be specified with CSS styles by using the 'style' attribute in the tag. This only affects the tag the attribute is used in that one time. As far as I am aware, CSS is the only way to set a division to overflow.
The structure of CSS is similar to that of HTML, except triangular brackets are replaced with 'squiggly' parenthesis - "{" and "}". The tag itself is outside of the brackets, however, unlike HTML. The equals-sign is replaced with a colon, and quotes are implied until a semi-colon. Attributes must be ended with a semi-colon, therefore.

"That's some fancy CSS..."

2. See: myspace

"Absolutely pointless "networking tool" that high school students overuse in an attempt to gain and then flaunt popularity ... it became a contest to see who could get the most "friends" added... (and by friends I mean other insecure teenagers adding you back in order to increase THEIR OWN friends count)." -urbandictionary.com

See: AFI

"afi stands for "a faggot inmybutthole". Their music can be compared to the sound of babies being devoured by lucifer, pigs being mass slaughtered, and emo kids crying as they cut themselves to sleep

Emo kid: dude i love afi
normal kid: dude, you think your life sucks? try being a vietnameese prostitute that gets raped every day and has to use coat hangers to perform abortions on herself. Then talk to me about your life
Emo kid: im to deep for you to understand! *runs away crying with eyeliner runing down face*"
by annoyed226 December 27, 2006
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A place where you can look up definitions for words, or post your own
definitions. Sadly, most people (including me) just post opinions, not definitions.
by person yo-yo August 21, 2003
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A site where people go on to look up definitions of street slangs, labels, stereotypes, etc.

Geeks or losers go on it to get info and bash on people on youtube or other sites otherwise known as a hater.

Posers and fakes go on to look how to be whatever label they're looking for.

People with no life

Someone like me whos wasting my own time writing this definition up.
Guy: Lets go look up stuff on urbandictionary.com

Loser: stupid idiot tried to diss me on youtube, *Goes on urbandictionary.com to look up slangs and gasngster terms*

Posers: Ima go on urbandictionary.com to learn how to be a scene kid and not be known as a poser.
by InfoGuy69 June 19, 2008
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Oh, come on! This doesn't need a definiton.
If you don't know what urbandictionary.com is, I think it's pretty safe to bet on the fact that you have recently been cracked in the back of the head with something heavy. Verrrry heavy.
by GinnyPotter August 03, 2007
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