Udaff

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Udaff.com
Udaff logo.png
Web address udaff.com
Registration Optional
Available in Russian
Created by Dmitry Sokolovsky
Launched 2000
Alexa rank negative increase 53,130 (April 2014)[1]
Current status non-active

Udaff.com (Russian: удавком), or the resource (Russian: ресурс) is a Russian Padonki counter-culture site devoted to publishing short stories. Although technically anything can be posted on the site, it is pre-moderated by its creator, so boring or homosexual-sympathetic stories will most likely will end up in "/dev/null". Most stories contain outrightly obscene and grammatically incorrect language, as well as scenes of nudity, violence and alcohol/drug consumption, although this is not a must. On the other hand, the content of the site can boast a number of gems and talented authors who feel that censorship and the lengthy approval process in more conventional magazines affect their freedom of speech (normally, Udaff.com publishes new articles within 48 hours of submission with few formal requirements). The only strictly enforced policy on Udaff.com is intolerance towards homosexuals specifically, although this doesn't mean a total ban on homosexual-related topics. The stories shouldn't be sympathetic towards gay people, not necessarily avoiding the topic altogether.

Udaff.com started in 2001 as a brainchild of Dmitry Sokolovsky, an electrical engineer from Saint Petersburg, nicknamed "Udav" (Удав, translated as "boa"). The domain name parodies old English transliteration of Slavic last names which replaced last "v" with "ff". The old logo of the sign was the famous illustration from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince of a boa constrictor swallowing an animal; however, later it was replaced with original design as the site became something more than a personal hobby Web page.

Since the very first days the whole operation of site was surrounded with controversy, due to explicit language, content, homophobia, lack of racial tolerance policy and unmoderated message boards. Since the very beginning and in the spirit of Russian counterculture movement the site was positioned as an antagonist of gay.ru (famous Russian gay site of the time), thus spurring a message board war between the two that lasted for some time.

Although it can be said that the whole site stands on homophobic and conservative agenda (at least, as conservative as you can be while defending underage sex, alcohol abuse and writing gore stories), the creator successfully separates declared freedom of speech from private opinion. The page publishes essays with the views opposing the official policy, however, in such cases the anonymous comments might be forwarded to submitter's email and the work might be sent to the colleagues and/or supervisors.

Despite all of the above, the whole movement seem to have a noticeable impact on modern Russian culture and language. Several authors elevated from "huyators" (authors on Udaff.com) to more conventional literature, and the whole site proved to be a commercial success.

In 2004, the site started running a "news column", which posts links to real news with lengthy "news descriptions" by authors who found those articles. These descriptions might and do include profanities, racial slurs and complete misinterpretation of original sources, although they should be at least loosely based on original news item. Link to the source is a must.

Language influence[edit]

Main article: Padonkaffsky jargon

Unmoderated discussion boards under stories provided visitors with a unique ability to express freely. Although these comments were largely obscene, several of the less rude gems entered current Russian slang, and, judging by their influence, some of them might settle there for a long time. Russian edition of Newsweek ran an extensive article on this influence in May, 2005, discussing the impact of this slang. The article ignited a discussion about the role of slang and obscenity in the development of the Russian language, bringing back a figure of Ivan Barkov as an author of highly erotic verses and one of the authors of modern Russian language.

Examples of Udaff expressions[edit]

  • КГ/АМ (креатив говно/автор мудак) (KG/AM) – "Your creativity is shit/Author is a fucker", strong disapproval of someone's point of view, akin to SOB.
  • Аффтар жжот! Пешы исчо! – Distorted Автор жжёт! Пиши ещё!, "Author rocks! Write more!", an extreme approval of the posted article.
  • Аффтар - аццкий сотона! – "Author is Satan from Hell!" (автор - адский сатана), the highest approval.
  • Низачот - distorted незачёт (Nizachot) – "Credit failed", disapproval.
  • Ниасилил - distorted не осилил (Niasilil) – "didn't cope with (to read in full)" (не осилил), the text is too long or boring, too hard to read it all, akin to TLDR.
  • Ф Бабруйск, жывотнае! – "To Bobruisk, animal!" (В Бобруйск, животное), a plea for the author to remove himself to the god-forsaken town of Bobruisk, Belarus. Similar to "send to Coventry".
  • Ф газенваген! – "To the gas wagon!", extreme disapproval.
  • Аффтар, убей сибя ап стену – "Author, go run into a wall to kill yourself" (Автор, убей себя об стену), anger, extreme disapproval.
  • Превед (Preved) – Distorted "привет", "hello". Originated in a picture of a bear catching two lovers during the act in the middle of the forest and saying "Preved!" In the original, English, version of the picture by John Lurie the bear was saying "surprise".
  • Кросавчег – Distorted "красавчик", "handsome man", means the person labelled as such is someone great, "cool guy". Probably a worthy example for others to follow.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Udaff.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 

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