Relying largely on humorous list articles, Cracked has become rather famous on the internet. Its lists, which can be written by anyone (hence these notes indicating inconsistency), are rooted in fact (usually) and coated in humour (mostly), dispensing interesting (often), historical (sometimes), and scientific (occasionally) trivia surrounded by jokes (always). It has about a half dozen full-time columnists on payroll, who dish out weekly and biweekly articles on serious subjects ranging from the cultural effects of the Internet, to Gamebook Gonzo-style articles about visiting the zoo while on an amount of drugs capable of killing most men, to action reporting while getting kidnapped by pirates, to on-scene journalism of warzones.
Small-time celebrities, including Seanbaby and Michael Ian Black, have written articles for Cracked, with Seanbaby now part of the column staff.
The website plays host to numerous Internet sketch groups, published occasional webcomics when their artists were actively posting on the forum (such as Nedroid and Daisy Owl), and had its own caption contest (now running successfully on the forum). It formerly published an encyclopedia known as Cracked Topics, where Cracked readers submitted articles on a variety of subjects, from Steven Seagal to Punk Rock (including one about TV Tropes) which still turn up in site searches but often with wonky formatting and broken image links.
Cracked also runs 5 weekly contests consisting of reader submitted content for cash prizes awarded by Editorial: humorous image manipulations called "Photoplasty" and Macros containing sourced facts or observations. The contest forum is here and is open to any members of the site.
For tropes relating to the original magazine, see Magazine.Cracked.
Who's who on the current column writers:
- Chris Bucholz (2006-)
- Wayne "Gladstone" Gladstone (2006-)
- Ian Fortey (2007-2010, 2012-2017)
- Sean "Seanbaby" Reiley (2009-)
- Luke McKinney (2007-)
- Brendan McGinley ( 2011-)
- Kristi Harrison ( 2007-)
- Felix Clay (2012-)
- Christina Hsu (H.) (2009-2012, 2013-note )
- Winston Rowntree (2013-)
- Cezary Jan Strusiewicz (2013-)
- C. Coville (2013-)
- Luis Prada (2013-)
- Kathy Benjamin (2013-)
- Mark Hill (2013-)
- Amanda Mannen (2013-)
With frequent non-columnist posters:
- Jacopo della Quercia
- David Christopher Bell
- Evan V. Symon
- Adam Wears
- Ryan Menezes
- David Dietle
- Sam Jackson
- David Wong (Senior Editor, also the author of John Dies at the End, This Book Is Full of Spiders, and Futuristic Violence And Fancy Suits) (2007-2020)
- Jack O'Brien (Editor-in-Chief) (2005-2017)
- Ross Wolinsky (2006-2008)
- Michael Swaim (2006-2017)
- Adam (Tod) Brown (2007-2016)
- Robert Brockway (2007-2020)
- Soren Bowie (2009-2017)
- Dan O'Brien (or DOB) (2007-2017)
- Cody (Johnston) (2009-2017)
- John Cheese (2008-2017)
- J. F. Sargent (2013-2017)
- Tom Reimann (2013-2017)
They also have video content. The videos range from cultural to just random topics.
Video contributions include:
- Cracked TV (now Does Not Compute) hosted by Michael Swaim, whose content comes primarily from lists compiled by the Cracked forums.
- Cody Johnston produces somewhat esoteric standalone videos, though in 2017 he released the weekly series Some News, and after being laid off, continued with a Spiritual Successor called Some More News.
- Agents of Cracked, Cracked's main comedy web-miniseries, starring Michael Swaim and Daniel O'Brien.
- After Hours, set in a diner where Soren Bowie, DOB, Swaim and Katie Willert discuss pop culture. Following the layoffs, Michael Swaim created a Spiritual Successor called Off Hours.
- People Watching, an animated Slice of Life series by Winston Rowntree.
- Rom.com, a Work Com set in the offices of a major dating website.
Cracked also has a weekly podcast, usually hosted by Jack O'Brien in which he discusses various topics with other members of the Cracked team or invited guests in a sound booth, or live on stage in front of an audience.
In December 2017, the company that owned Cracked laid off most of the L.A.-based writers, including the entire video team and some of the site's more prominent personalities. In January of 2020, even more layoffs hit the fledgling comedy site, as they pivoted to primarily freelance work, housing hardly any regulars any longer.
On top of the regular columnists, Cracked accepts articles from anybody who wants to write one: all you have to do is create a forum account, read this, and follow the link at the bottom to get access to a forum where you can pitch your own potential articles. As such, some of their articles are written by denizens of This Very Wiki.
Reading and/or general association with Cracked.com will also make you irresistibly sexually attractive.