Wet van Cunningham

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De Wet van Cunningham luidt "De beste manier om het goede antwoord te krijgen op het internet is niet door een vraag te stellen, maar door het verkeerde antwoord te geven."

Het concept is vernoemd naar Ward Cunningham, uitvinder van de wiki software. Volgens Steven McGeady,[1] de schrijver van de wet, is Wikipedia misschien wel de bekendste manifestatie van deze wet.[2]

De Wet van Cunningham kan worden gezien als de internetversie van de Franse stelling "prêcher le faux pour savoir le vrai" (preek het foute om het ware te weten te komen). Sherlock Holmes gebruikt dit principe ook een aantal keer (in The Sign of the Four.[3]) In "Duty Calls" van xkcd komt een vergelijkbaar concept ("Someone is wrong on the Internet") te pas.[4]


  1. "Weekend Competition, reader comment 119". Schott's Blog. The New York Times. 2010-05-28. Retrieved 2014-03-08. Cunningham's Law: The best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question, it's to post the wrong answer. N.b. named after Ward Cunningham, a colleague of mine at Tektronix. This was his advice to me in the early 1980s with reference to what was later dubbed USENET, but since generalized to the Web and the Internet as a whole. Ward is now famous as the inventor of the Wiki. Ironically, Wikipedia is now perhaps the most widely-known proof of Cunningham's Law. 
  2. "Fritinancy: Word of the Week: Cunningham’s Law". Nancyfriedman.typepad.com. 2010-05-31. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
  3. "The main thing with people of that sort," said Holmes as we sat in the sheets of the wherry, "is never to let them think that their information can be of the slightest importance to you. If you do they will instantly shut up like an oyster. If you listen to them under protest, as it were, you are very likely to get what you want."
  4. "xkcd 386: Duty Calls". xkcd. 2008-02-20. Retrieved 2014-03-08.