For as much as I rant and rave about OhNoTheyDidnt (ONTD) being my most favorite celebrity gossip blog ever, I think it's about darn time that I actually wrote a review about them. I'm not exactly sure how I found ONTD, but I know that I stumbled upon them about five years ago, which is just about when the blog started, either through a Google search or just snooping around LiveJournal (LJ). I used to be a really active LJ user, so I understood the format and got into it straight away. Plus, their having awesome content and commentary didn't hurt either.
What I love about ONTD is that most of their approximately 150 a day posts are worth reading. They're all generated from the community's 50,000 members (no, that's not an exaggeration in number). Sometimes the content is from first hand experience, but most of the time, they're from other celebrity gossip blogs (posts from Perez Hilton are, however, not allowed. Hmmm, I wonder why!) and various pop culture sites, and are only posted after being approved by a moderator for quality control measures. They've even broken some news stories, such as Peengate 2006 and Jaime Lynn Spear's pregnancy.
You know what's even more awesome than the blog itself though? The community within it. Five years ago, it was mostly really active LJ users commenting on the posts, but as the blog started gaining more popularity, it pretty much became a free for all with many people seemingly creating LJ accounts just to comment on ONTD. The latter fact doesn't really promote much user accountability, yet oddly, most of the people who comment aren't trolls, and when there are actual trolls, they stick out like a sore thumb. But I digress. Here's more of why I think ONTD is awesome:
The Comments -- Each post gets at least 100 comments. Others, thousands. Most of the comments are hilariously snarky and witty. How people can come up with that stuff, I'll never know, but I love it. Sometimes instead of words, an image such as a lolcat, a gif such as the one of Michael Jackson eating popcorn in the Thriller video, or a Youtube video will be used.
How T.I. Can Do Anything and "Remains Sexy While Doing So" -- The running joke is that no matter what T.I. does in any post, whether he appears in court, films a new video, or goes the gas station, he still manages to remain sexy while doing so.
The Fan Signs -- When ONTD folks run into celebrities, they always try to get the celeb to pose for a picture while holding a sign that says, "I <3 ONTD". Believe it or not, ONTD has a whole album of these pictures. Good job, ONTDers!
The Twilight Fans -- I, for one, have never watched Twilight before and don't really care to, but it's amusing to watch these ONTD peeps go all fangirl and fanboy over it. Knowing them though, something tells me that most of them are in on the joke over the hype. Still hilarious though. A lot of comments with sparkley text get posted.
FFAF -- Free For All Friday (hey, that's today!), where users can go crazy and post whatever they want in the comment section of that FFAF post. Well, except for porn or spam, and no fighting. Sometimes they're themed. Usually pretty entertaining though.
With all that said, I leave you with the most amazing ONTD post. Ever. I present you with... Kermit Bale. Warning: it's pretty epic.
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Oh No They Didn't, also known as ONTD, is the largest community on LiveJournal, with almost 90,000 members. The community focuses on celebrity gossip and pop culture, with most of its posts taken and sourced from other gossip blogs.
The community publishes an average of 150 member posts per day, each post getting between 100 and 300 comments on average. The blog boasts over 300,000 page views daily, according to Popmatters. The community moderators post a weekly post called Free for All Friday which allows members to post off-topic comments. When LiveJournal increased the comment limit on posts from 5000 to 10,000 comments, ONTD contained the first post to reach this new limit.
In addition to members submitting the posts themselves, ONTD relies heavily on user participation in the comments section, where members can express their opinions on posts. Members often illustrate their reaction to a particular news item by posting an animated GIF image which represents their feelings. After the death of Michael Jackson on June 25, 2009, according to MSNBC, "users expressed their collective grief by posting a Fantasia Barrino gif, in which the American Idol star wails and flails her arms wildly," while other users expressed concern over the continued use of a popular GIF taken from "Thriller" music video featuring a scene of Jackson eating popcorn, an image that is frequently posted on the community in anticipation of a controversial or "flame-worthy ...