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Monday, September 29, 2008

On This Day In LG15 History: Sept. 29, 2006 - LGPedia Debuts

Two years ago today, on Sept. 29, 2006, the LGPedia debuted. This picture shows the first edit.

Before the LGPedia, you had to comb through the Breeniverse to try to find whether clues or strange things in the videos had been discussed previously. Or just to find out what the show was about! And transcripts? Good luck! Even LG15Today did not exist yet (it was created in February 2007). So, the LGPedia became an immediate success as fans flocked in to create a single comprehensive source of information about the show, its history, and fanfiction spinoffs.

The word "LGPedia" first appeared on the lonelygirl15.com website on Sept. 12, 2006 (the same day Jessica Rose was discovered to play Bree). It was noticed as a new non-functional link after the site came back up after an outage. On September 25, the Creators announced that the "LGPedia", a wiki, was coming soon.

See how the LGpedia has evolved: (intense geekdom follows, links take you to old versions of lgpedia pages)

By end of the day on Sept. 29, 2006, the first day the wiki went live, a basic explanation of what the LGPedia is, plus a single broken link to a page for "lonelygirl15", is available.

End of day 2 - Sept. 30 - A list of characters and all videos is already up.

Nov. 9, 2006 - Warning put on main page due to vandalism to LGPedia surrounding the alleged firing of Yousef Abu-Taleb from the show. Shortly after this event, JayHenry is made an admin of the LGPedia due to his help during the crisis. At some point, Jay becomes head admin.

Dec. 20, 2006 - Pictures of characters are added to the main page for the first time.

Jan. 5, 2007. Blue box mimicing the current Thelema-based design of lonelygirl15.com added, along with thumbnails in the videos list on the right column.

Jan. 24, 2007. LGPedia hits 1,000,000 page views.

Mar. 28, 2007. Already up to 2,000,000 page views.

April 1, 2007. Cassieiswatching takes over the LGPedia on April Fool's day. (see prior This Day in LG15 History post for details).

June 2, 2007. Taylor and Sarah are added to the main vlogger picture row.

July 11, 2007. JayHenry steps down as head admin and Zoey ascends.

July 15, 2007. Main page changes completely, showing both Lonelygirl15 and KateModern, with links to separate portals for Lonelygirl15 and KateModern.

Sept. 26, 2007. Almost two months after her alleged death, Bree is finally moved from the top vlogger spot on the lonelygirl15 portal to the bottom. She is later made black & white.

Oct. 1, 2007. KateModern portal gets nicer header.

Jan. 17, 2008. Charlie replaces Kate as the top vlogger on the KateModern portal. Kate goes black&white.

April 1, 2008. April Fool's Joke reports new remake of lonelygirl15 starring Jessica Rose, Zac Efron, and David Hasselhoff.

May 11, 2008 Redesign of lonelygirl15 portal officially goes live. All traces of the old lg15.com thelema-based design are now removed.

May 16, 2008 Redesign of KateModern portal goes live.

Aug. 15, 2008. LG15:The Resistance portal begins to take shape.

Aug. 31, 2008. Section for LG15:The Resistance integrated into the main page.


  1. The early days were quite remarkable. Out of those humble beginnings it has grown into an amazing community built resource.

    Go LGPedia.

  2. That was pretty thorough. Nice job milo.

  3. And I hope that This Day in LG15 History becomes a regular feature :P

  4. thanks jen

    this tinyurl links to a google search that should pull up my prior "this day in" posts:


    i guess if people wanted, and mm tells me how, i can somehow make these posts readily accessible.

  5. I can't take full credit for this idea. But I always thought a good idea would be DrunkLG15History.

    Got the idea from this:

    Lauren on comments (who I haven't seen since she won the bench) got me into it.

    This was one of the few times I was serious about making a video and actually posting it. But since I have a very low tolerance for alcohol, I always went straight to the sick stage and completely bypassed the funny stage of being drunk.

    But if someone else can pull off DrunkLG15History, do it.


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