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{{site infobox
|name=The Infosphere
|image=[[File:The Infosphere front page as of 15 September, 2013.png|225px]]
|image text=The front page of the Infosphere as of 15 {{September}}, [[2013]]
|type=Knowledge bank
|launched={{date|30 January}}, [[2006]]
|first appear=
{{redirects|The Infosphere|the [[brain spawn|Brain Spawn's]] memory bank|Infosphere}}
'''The Infosphere''' is the largest ''[[Futurama]]'' knowledge bank on the [[internet|web]].  It started on {{date|30 January}}, [[2006]], as a side project of [[User:Buddy13|'Buddy13']]. It is now being overrun by a sexy lady nown as diarrea.
The Infosphere still garners the attention of the [[fandom|fan base of ''Futurama'']] as the best source for trivial, trivia and encyclopædic information about ''Futurama''.
== History ==
[[File:The Infosphere frontpage.png|225px|thumb|left|The second skin of the Infosphere]]
The Infosphere originally started as a minor side project by 'Buddy13' as a place for him to store anything he knew about ''Futurama'', after finding that many ''Futurama'' fansites overspecialized or had gaps in their information. He decided on the MediaWiki platform, because it was at the time one of the simple solutions offered by DreamHost, the Infosphere's former host.
The Infosphere grew in popularity, and generally appealed to more and more of regular members from [[PEEL]], who would contribute to the wiki. The increase in popularity led to a change in URL as the then-current URL (futurama.overt-ops.com) was difficult to remember for the average visitor.
In late [[2007]], the site saw a layout change and standard change, which introduces infoboxes to the wiki as well as minor design changes for the wiki to keep it more stylish.
=== Server problems ===
During [[2008]], DreamHost took down the Infosphere because it was using too much CPU time on their servers, which were shared with others. The site was quickly moved to a short array of servers as a result. The Infosphere was moved back to DreamHost after an attempt was made at optimization, but it still wasn't enough, as DreamHost could not provide the required CPU usage the site needed.
The Infosphere was temporarily placed on a server at the [[Germany|German]] Hexonet, hosted on a dedicated machine. Later that {{cat|year}}, the site moved to a virtual machine, hosted from the same data centre.
=== Wikia's offers ===
The only competition to the Infosphere has remained Wikia's [http://futurama.wikia.com/wiki/Futurama_Wiki Futurama Wiki].  Wikia has at least twice proposed a partnership between themselves and the Infosphere.  One of the arguments used by advocates of the Wikia supporters are better servers and lack of competition.
However, the editors of the Infosphere have denied a possibility of a partnership with Wikia's Futurama Wiki, because it would involve too many restrictions for the wiki as it is.  A key issue with the deal has been for the Infosphere editors the fact that Wikia is a for-profit organisation, which issues ads on its wikis, something the Infosphere would not like to see on its own wiki.  The Wikia supporters on the other hand, suggested that the ads would encourage people to sign up and become a contributor, as the ads disappear when you log in.
The Infosphere editors also moved that, despite their occasional server issues, they were doing rather well and were not in need of Wikia's servers. However, they did specify that the lack of competition would be nice, but also moved that the content of Wikia's wiki was too weak for the quality standard of the Infosphere, and sharing that content would best be avoided. Not to mention that the Infosphere's founder, Buddy13, still harbors resentment to the fact that the Wikia wiki made a habit of stealing their images directly from the Infosphere. It is unknown whether this practice continues.
=== Stability ===
Since late [[2009]], early [[2010]], the Infosphere has remained in relative stability as its efforts to deliver a comprehensive guide to all things ''Futurama'' continue.  However, the Infosphere has grown far more prominent in [[I:ITP|the press]] as a result of ''Futurama''{{'}}s [[second run|return]] and its increased popularity.  In fact, its prominence has gained the attention of [[writers and directors|writers]] of ''Futurama'' itself for reference purposes.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://twitter.com/#!/erog23/status/62892012986306560 |title=answer 2 question: we use the infosphere at least once a day in writers room. |author=[[Eric Rogers|Rogers, Eric]] |date=2011-04-26 |accessdate=2011-05-06 |site=[[Twitter]]}}</ref>
== Additional information ==
=== Trivia ===
* In "[[The Why of Fry]]", {{Nibbler}} says that the [[brain spawn|Brain Spawn]] have been constructing the Infosphere for a thousand years, which suggests that the Infosphere was created around [[2004]]. This wiki was created in 2006.
== See also ==
* [[Infosphere:The Infosphere in the press]]
== References ==
[[Category:Knowledge banks]]

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