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(As of: 7 Nov 2014)

SuicideWiki was an online repository of suicide reasons, methods and miscellany.

It was founded on 18 November 2013 by Nathan Larson, who had noticed that there were not any other suicide-focused wikis with an OpenEdit edit mode. The site features suicide-related articles, quotes, essays, videos, and other content, including memorials of people who have committed suicide.[1] All of the contents of ASH were imported, with the exception of some talk pages with too extensive histories (e.g. due to spammers) to be easily imported. The forum of the website is called the Hotel Room.[2] Rather than logging in or logging out, users "check in" or "check out". The logo is a stock black-and-white photo of a room with a noose, with a caption reading "SuicideWiki" in Mike Larsson's Suicide font. This site is not to be confused with the International Suicide Prevention Wiki. On 19 June 2014, the wiki was taken down, and on 7 November 2014, it was brought back up, before being taken down once again on 12 December 2014.

Reception

After an announcement of the wiki's establishment was made at alt.suicide.holiday, and the site's purpose was explained as helping promote better public policy, enable people to make more informed suicide decisions, facilitate people's finding others to talk to about their suicidal feelings, etc. the general sentiment expressed in response, circa 23 November 2013, was "oh just like the millions of others that do the same thing".[3] However, the views of the alt.suicide.holiday regulars are not necessarily to be construed as representing those of the suicide community as a whole; many opt for more moderated forums.- SuicideWiki has no regular users other than the owner. On 18 January 2014, someone asked at Suicide-Methods-Hideout, "what happens when you inevitably stop paying for the hosting? is it mirrored at some free wiki hosting operation? —obviously, there's less return-on-investment, for editors and their time, if the site disappears after a while"[4]

Some concern was also expressed on 18 January 2014 by a SMH leader over SuicideWiki's listing detailed information collected from various publicly available websites concerning suppliers of suicide-related items: "i think the detailed informations about the chinese supplier of N (the only supplier of powder N that exists at the moment), available to the general public without any restriction, could scare him and, as allready happened with all other chinese powder suppliers arround mid 2012 when they were mentioned in the PPeH or other forums, he may stop supplying this item. Needless to say what a great loss that would be to those seeking this drug to peacefully end their lives. Do you think it is possible for you to remove, or at least to restrict the access to those informations?

"I know authorities have all the means to get access to the PPeH, the forums, and other sources of informations about people like us but i think the effort would be worthless, they have better jobs to do. What i'm afaid most, is some do-gooders may use the informations to threaten the suppliers or even give the details to institutions (inlcuding media) that might take some actions, and the last thing we want is publicity. Unless, it's something very important, they don't take action untill someone reports the issue. Let's not make their job easier."

As a compromise, the information was encrypted using mw:Extension:ROT13; however, this was deemed insufficient as sophisticated users could still bypass this security measure and access the plaintext, so the information was deleted.