The T in Coont
KikiPedia is created by a singular developer based, unfortunately, in Boston, MA. Obviously, the focus is going to be on the New England area, but we're more than willing to populate it for other areas with some help from the locals.
We were born from an idea of half of the former Drunk Grindr (that one still runs the @drunkgrindr twitter).
The initial concept was "like craigslist, but for gay bars". Which we ran with until we realized the following:
1. Craigslist kinda sucks.
2. Existing sites that catalog gay bars are slightly more painful to look at than ours
3. Most people know their way around a hookup app.
4. 35% of those people will deny ever using one.
5. 77% of those people are or were headless torsos or had no photo.
So obviously it took on this look instead (which is still very much a work in progress because UI/UX is meh).
The gay bar is an threatened species, the girl bar is an endangered species, and our trans siblings find it even harder to find safe, inclusive spaces these days.
Sometimes what people have been looking for has been under their nose the whole time.
Our goal is to help remedy this as best we can.
Let's face it. A lot of LGBTQ+ spaces cannot advertise, aren't good at advertising, or think they don't need to worry about it. On top of that, managing the big 3 (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) on top of what is probably a 10+ year old template website is a nightmare. Especially when the social media sites are actively trying to suppress you.
On the other site of the spectrum, some LGBTQ+ spaces are unable to publicly advertise, or need to make their facades discreet for the safety of their patrons.
Frequently Asked Questions
- When are you going to make this an app?
Probably never. It's a responsively designed web page. You can add a shortcut to it to your phone's home screen and pretend it's an app.
We'd rather focus on features, content, and cross-platform usability rather than wasting our lives being slaves to Apple and Google's strict specifications on wording, content, and censorship by any other name for the apps on their stores.
- Why aren't you using the domain "kikipedia.com"?
Someone is parked on it. I tried going through a domain buyback program, and they wanted a few thousand for it (I don't make money doing this, so it's not worth it; I think my SEO is good enough not to have to worry). So I figured, let's wait til we're popular, register a trademark, and then try to sue for it on grounds of the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act.
- My city is not listed on your site yet! EXPLAIN!
I mean, I can add it, but you'll have to populate it. There are very few people working on this, and we'd like to keep it that way. We want to keep it crowdsourced, but we don't want it to be a disaster, so we're still trying to find a happy medium.
- I don't like the description/photo/review on my bar/event! Change it!
To change the photo of an event, there's an 'update poster' button. For venues, just tap/click the image at the top of the detail page (next to the address and such).
To change the description of something, tap the pencil in the upper right corner of the description.
You can't change reviews, however. We're not Yelp; you can't pay us to remove stuff (trust us, nobody reads those anyway, and we might drop them for something a bit more convenient and helpful).
- Why don't you just scrape events from Facebook, or crawl bars' sites?
It's not that easy. Facebook actively tries to prevent you from doing that, and we're not about to waste resources on crawling old web sites made using a wordpress version from 2006. Besides, Facebook is horrible.
- Can I help you with this?
If you want to help compile bar/venue/event lists for different cities, please feel free. If you want to help with branding/marketing/SEO, let us know and we'll figure something out. If you want to help with coding... let's keep that to me for now- I know I may not have a lot of time, but I like this to be my playground for web development as bad as that sounds.
Keep in mind, we're not doing this for money, so all we get is some very meager ad revenue, some of which goes to local LGBTQ events, and the rest goes to (but does not cover) hosting costs.