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The Short Rant: Edifess

Edifess is a platform we are all far too aware of. Barely a day goes by where I don’t have to read some inane bullshit posted by some up-themselves ‘yaah’ or facetious prick who’s decided that they, and only they, can solve all the world’s ills – and they can do it via anonymous submission. […]

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Top Fan Banned from Edifess

Hope Conway-Gebbie, a student who has become famous in Edinburgh for her frequent comments on the university confessions page ‘Edifess’, has been banned from the page.  The third year student, by her own estimation, commented on half to a third of Edifess posts every day before the ban. She said it was “often enough for […]

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University lecturer accused of biased marking

Correction: This article has been edited to remove the claim that Professor Thin marked down dissertations as after further investigation, there was insufficient evidence backing these claims. Recent posts on Edifess, an anonymous confessions page on Facebook, pointed to various controversial statements made by a University of Edinburgh social anthropology senior lecturer, Neil Thin, on […]

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The ways in which J.K. Rowling’s critics silence trans voices

Content warning: discussion of misogyny and transphobia; mentions of domestic abuse and sexual assault There are few current issues which inspire as much rancour as the debate over trans self-identification, and no individual, surely, who receives as much vitriol for their views on the subject as the author J.K. Rowling. She has been involved in […]

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Talking to the secretive figures behind Edinburgh’s anonymous internet confessions pages

In recent years, anonymous ‘confession’ pages, most common on Facebook, have proliferated in Edinburgh. The biggest player: Edifess. Founded in June 2018, the page is closing in on 16 thousand likes but is no stranger to controversy, having faced a stream of racism allegations. The Student spoke to an Edifess admin, who acknowledged a problematic […]

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‘Edifess’ post confession referencing Holocaust extermination camps

Only a week after Holocaust Memorial Day, ‘Edifess’, the Edinburgh Anonymous confession Facebook group posted a crude confession referring to the bus commute to the University of Edinburgh’s King’s Buildings Campus as ‘doing its best impression of little Auschwitz every twenty minutes’.  The post received over 130 reactions and nearly twenty comments, most appalled at […]

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Defending online racism as ‘banter’ is a joke

Last week, students of colour at the University of Edinburgh raised concerns about a racist joke on the Facebook page ‘Edifess’. This page publishes anonymous submissions, some of which are jokes, centered around the university. Another page, ‘Edimeme’, which publishes anonymous memes, has been called out for similar racist humor in the past. The burden […]

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Minority societies and BME Officer reflect on BME Campaign

This October has been marked with events revolved around Black History Month, run in partnership with Edinburgh University Students’ Association’s Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Campaign and the African and Caribbean Society. In light of this, The Student spoke to cultural minority student societies this week as well as the BME officer. They spoke about […]