h2g2 is a website founded by the genius that was Douglas Adams way back in 1999, and it was envisaged as the Earth Edition of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It is, however, much more than an online encyclopedia; an active and passionate membership do write the Guide, but the site also has a unique community spirit. In spite of - or perhaps because of - the wide range of members' interests and backgrounds, warm and long-standing friendships are easily made. As well as contributing articles on subjects ranging from How to Compile a Quiz and Hold a Quiz Night through The Joy of Third Nipples to So You Want To Be a Nun, the community hosts a variety of activities, from fantasy sports and virtual beerfests to live role-play and scientific debate. The strength of the community is borne out by the fact that, almost a decade after the site's conception, its regular London meets are still attended by community members from all over Europe.
The chief focus of h2g2 has always been creativity, though - whether that be researching 'Entries' for the Edited Guide, creative writing and poetry or photography. These creative outpourings are overseen by a small staff and a whole host of volunteers, who give a mind-boggling amount of their spare time over to the site. Some welcome new Researchers to the site, some edit and correct mistakes in the Guide, others select the best writing for the Edited Guide, the UnderGuide or The Post.
All this makes h2g2 more than just another website; it really is a living, breathing online community, and it is a pleasure to be part of it.
So much so, in fact, that it bore this site.
So if you haven't found this extraordinary oasis in a desert of banality, why not take a look at the h2g2 Front Page?