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The above cleanup tags do not need cleanup. Ignore the cleanup tags, since, following the ←rules below, someone else would clean them up if they ever did require cleanup. The redundancy is a good thing. Fnord.

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ar : قاعدة رقم 1: تجاهل كل القواعد

be : Чаго ў Вікіпэдыі можна нарабіць няправільнага.

als : Was mer uf Wikipedia ales falsch mache cha.

de : Was man auf Wikipedia alles falsch machen kann.

tr : Vikipedi'de neler yanlış yapılabilir.

el : Τι λάθη μπορεί να κάνει κανείς στη Wikipedia!

en : Which wrong on Wikipedia one can make.

es : Qué mal puede uno hacer en Wikipedia.

fi : Mitä pahaa Wikipedialle ihminen voikaan tehdä.

fr : Tout le tort qu'un individu peut faire à Wikipedia.

id : Seseorang dapat membuat kesalahan di Wikipedia.

it : Quale torto su Wikipedia uno può fare.

ja : ウィキペディアでどんなひどいことができるか。

ko : Wikipedia것에 어느 부정을 만들는 할 수 있는 까.

ku : Mera çi di Wîkîpediya da kane şaş bike.

la : Omnia quæ aliquis false facitur potest Vicipædia.

ms : Siapapun dapat membuat kesalahan di Wikipedia.

nl : Wat je op Wikipedia allemaal verkeerd kan doen.

pl : Jakie błędy można popełnić na Wikipedii.

pt : Quais erros na Wikipedia alguém pode fazer.

ru : Что в Википедии можно сделать неправильно.

sv : Vad man kan göra fel på Wikipedia.

tl: Anong kamalian ang magagawa ng isa sa Wikipedia.

uk : Що у Вікіпедії можна зробити неправильно.

zh : 你能在Wikipedia做哪些错误。


This page is tongue in cheek!

Or ha-ha, only serious. You, the jury decide!

(see the w:Wikipedia:FAQ, w:Wikipedia:Wikipetiquette, w:Wikipedia:Rules to consider, and w:Wikipedia:What Wikipedia is not for more serious thoughts.)

Disorganize disorganization disorganizedly[edit]

29) When in doubt, just add "poop" at the end of articles.

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30) never let a sense of humour get in the way of deleting content... (Ooh! Pink!) (and light gray

31) All useful information on any subject worth knowing can be condensed into a table. Just look at what Wikipedia does for elements. All items in a set can have their information standardised in a table, be they scientific elements, rock albums, novels, poems, or numbers.

Hammer time.

42) The ultimate answer. (But can you please repeat the question?)

44) Provide obvious captions on illustrations in case the reader didn't notice the picture (see example). This goes doubly for a picture of a person in their own article. If a portrait faces to the right it should be on the left, if it faces left it should be on the right... so if the person is looking upward, their picture goes at the bottom of the article.

45) If you feel an issue is worth discussing, be sure to discuss it in as many places as possible. Ideally, post subtly different versions of the same content to meta-Wikipedia, the mailing lists (all of them!), a range of user talk pages, at least three newly created pages, your blog, and a letter to the Times. When carrying on a discussion with another user, make sure you post comments on the article talk page, each of your talk pages, or several of these places. Then archive your talk page, or just blank it, leaving your half of the discussion on their talk page. This gives others a lot of fun trying to figure out what you're responding to.

46) Be a leader - don't listen to anyone else! duplicate material excessively (for the greatest anti-rule see rule 89)

46.141592653589) Write an article based on personal research, then use mirrors of the article on websites that use wikipedia content as your reference source.

46.46464646464646464646464646...) If an article has no citations, reference the same article. This creates a wonderful circular reference. Everyone likes those, right?

47) Don't bother to read what other people have written - just go in and post your own opinion, and don't worry about duplicating what's already been said - you'll have said it much better.

49) The "Show preview" button is a joke, don't waste your time with that: click on "Save page", check your text, edit again, click on "Save page", check your text, edit again, click on... This goes doubly if you are trying to get a picture's alignment to "look right", especially on every browser you have installed in your home.


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cosh() - 2[edit]

-4)Dieser Artikel ist noch sehr kurz - ein so genannter stub. Du kannst uns helfen, indem Du ihn erweiterst.


)-2</math>) Use math markup even when completely unnecessary just to show off. Even better, mess it up intentionally.

-2) Duplicate material excessively. (Risk extra redundacy. Redundancy is worth the risk of being excessively over-redundant.)

-1) Numerical lists don't need to start at one or even zero, and they don't need to restrict themselves to the integers, so add whatever you like wherever you like without adjusting the numbers. People should be thanking you for keeping them in increasing order.

-8jge*EY9074fuckthisshit8250) In fact, numerical lists don't need to be labeled with numbers; symbols, letters, and expletives will do nicely.



0) The Cunctator's Anti-Rule: Delete or overwrite that which annoys you in any way. Especially the parts about
γ) Rule 0 was deleted because I find it annoying.

1) Remember: YOU ARE RIGHT. Anybody who disagrees with you or changes what you wrote is quite possibly an agent of Satan, and at the very least a Nazi or Anti-Semite, in all cases part of a Stasi-conspiracy. (They are probably also a bedwetter, and may even play w:golf).
1.0101010101010101010101010101010101010101... which is in binary) He/she/ailen/it might be a spy of Al-Qaida, Iran, China, Hogwarts, Earth, Wikipedia, outer space, universe, or Death Eater Group thingamajigger.
1.27)They may also be a secret cabal, bent on stalking your edits and reverting them.
φ) Duplicate material excessively.
2) Try to start at least one entry a day on a topic you know nothing about. Failing that, at least substantially edit the work of someone else in a subject area you are unfamiliar with. This can both: a)allow you to learn more and 2) allow others to possibly learn less, thereby evening things out.

Ø) Don't have anything interesting to add? Add something stupid. Don't even have THAT? Slap the keyboard or click random fancy letters. Garbage is AWESOME!!!!!@$@!%^!^VG#TWU Q#$UH $E&#BNU$WGVU$rwb7uwr5Źɱɳɲʙí#¼šǫḶɒɖʡввҐr6emi68i7yt ide

-7) Don't be consistent. Break your promises. Sure, we said it'd be in always increasing order, but is taht really all taht improtant!?!?


e) amke alot of stpid msitakes nd wrte ver qickly and in smal leters wtihout btoherin bout puntuaion.

ee][ waste no time talking to ignorant admins who ban acorcrodong to no rulese. just ingore all rules.

3) It is your moral responsibility to introduce pedantic (Wikipedantic?) and anal-retentive irrelevancies in /Talk discussions, this allows them to increase in scope faster than resolutions and consensus can be reached

3.a.) It is important to search for candidates for votes for deletion mischievously, and to supply pretended authors with futile discussions and explanations. Be crude and unjustly to secure getting "real" wikipedians by natural selection.
3.b) Link all the words that might have an article even if you don't have time to confirm that it is the right meaning. If the link becomes active, it must be correct, since most words mean only one thing, anyway.

) Remember to always use math markup whenever possible, especially in running text like this paragraph. Nobody cares about accessibility and font sizes anyway.

  • But how about math/physics/computer science articles?
    • See Rule 13, guy.

4) It is your obligation to inform people of their inadequacies with regard to the English language, but be sure to do so in the most unhelpful way, jerk.

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5) As a corollary to 1) above, THE AUTHOR IS RIGHT and so you must NEVER change anything directly... long debates are acceptable on Talk: pages, but posting facts and corrections there is what the Talk: pages are all about.

5.5) Add arbitrary horizontal rules :-)


6) There is NOOOOO... Rule 6. Rule 7: 6) There is a rule number six! This is it!

6a) Duplicate material excessively .
6b) Duplicate material excessively .
6c) Duplicate material excessively .
6d) Duplicate material excessively .
6f) Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be recorded in this page's edit history.

7) If the morons, imbeciles and Yahoo! are making your life a misery in the :Talk section, simply start up a /Chat page instead. That'll teach them!

8) Rule (5) does not apply if you wipe the entire page containing months of hard work and put up your own 3-sentence stub instead

9) If the original author used American spelling, do them the favour of inserting long passages in British-flavored spelling. And vice versa. (Great attraction! The greatest anti-rule is at rule 43.)

9.0.1) If you don't know the difference between American an British spel(l?)ing, then you must im(m?)ediatel(l?)y stop editin(g?) Wikipedia. Don't touch a single comma in Wikipedia, go take a break in the dessert and Learn the Way of English dialects. When you Know, then you're ready to come back. For more on the British v. American spelling issue, see Guerilla UK spelling campaign. For more on the American v. British spelling issue, see Gorilla US spelling campaign.
:: Drama "I Love You But I Hate You" Brenda is rushed to the hospital with critical injuries after Dylan accidentally stabs her with one of his sideburns. (60 mins.) 8pm Monday on channel 13
9.1) Also, remember that England, Britain, and Madagascar are synonymous and may be used interchangeably.
9.2) Ditto for the U.K.: Australia and New Zealand.
9.3) And America, USA and Canada is really what is usually called South America but if you are American it really only means the 48 real States.
9.4) And totally ignore ISO Country Codes <-- see, it isn't even an article.
9.4.1) When a comment was once true, but is now false, don't remove it, just add a brand new comment noting how the previous comment is no longer correct. ISO Country Codes IS an article now, btw.
No it isn't, it is just a redirect.

Over 10[edit]

10) From number (1) above. Style it's like your own thing or way to say it and because, although some other people might disagree about these things, yet it should be ovious that the author's expressing himself is an important thing to say. Just because your teacher or somebody says you don't wright it the right way, even though it's ok to write things on Wiki articles. So don't worry about it!

11) Remember, "it's" is always apostrophized, and their is no difference in the slightest between "their," "there," and "they're" - only control-freak grammar Nazis complain about such stuff. Run your article through a spellchecker, and does it complain? No!

11.1) Beware of recursive rule traps introduced by new regulations. See rule 111 for more information.

12) As a corrolary to rule (9) above, change every single page to use the spelling of your favourite variant of English (Or Chinese ...) (Joke! It's a joke already! Sheesh  :-) ), and tell authors off who use accepted spellings different from yours.

13) Ignore all attempts at serious comments on the anti-rules page. Also, duplicate material excessively.

14) Use "*sigh*" alot when you criticise people. this makes them pay more attention to you.

You forgot to capitalize the second sentence. *sigh* As always, it's up to me to teach you cretins basic English.
  • weeping, weeping* will you never learn? do you even know what a gretin is?

To discover the greatest anti-rule, go to rule 57.

14.1) Use "*psi*" when you attack people with your psychic brain-wave super-powers.
14.1.1) Defend your self from the "*psi*" attacks of other users. Kill them with the Lance of Longinus.
14.2) In addition to the well-placed "*sigh*", rely on the tactic of feigned intellectual amusement. If you can't defeat them through reason alone, assert your superiority by deriding your opponents. (P.S.: It makes us laugh when you employ this pathetic technique.)

15) Only wimps read the backlog - write whatever you want to write, and just gamble that nobody else has written it first. And if they already have, who cares? It's not your time you're wasting.

15.1) Add comments to polls and discussions that have long since past their expiration dates. Any discussion earlier than 2002 is in the bonus zone.

16) If someone deletes something you wrote, immediately revert it back into existance. He'll delete it again, but if you just keep on restoring it you'll eventually convince him that your position was correct. Remember that the only way to win an argument is to make your opponent give up trying to argue with you, and sheer bull-headed refusal to yield is an excellent way to accomplish this. If you make your first 'revert' manually, by editing the article, and then marking it as a minor edit, you can convince everyone else that your opponent violated the three-revert rule, and then get tham banned. Consider everyone to be an opponent, not a colleague, then you can write the entire encyclopedia yourself.

seventeen) You're on a mission to support your local tourism industry. Advertise blatantly. Use more exclamation marks. Always adress people directly ("so, you can see that Cowfield is a great place to work AND play!!!"). Troll in style. Ask to speedy delete or go blanking the United States Republican Party article because you voted for Kerry. Wikipedia is your blog.

18) Nonconsensually censor sententious sentences nonsensically.

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18) Duplicate material excessively. After all, people should see it whichever part of the page they are browsing. 18.1) Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be recorded in this page's edit history.

18) Insert lots of items under the same number. This will make it impossible to refer to them by numbers, and instead people will have to duplicate them as per above rule. 18.1) Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be recorded in this page's edit history.

18) Remember that all people and races are fundamentally different. For example, 10 people waving banners in Kuala Lumpur indicates that Malaysia is a catastrophic hell-hole full of Islamic extremists. However, IRA terrorists bombing bridges and pubs in London is perfectly normal and the UK is still clearly a much safer place than those horrible places we see on TV. Ignore the[w:Patriot act|Anti-patriot act]] American tortures and unlawful detentions multiple stolen elections and insist that the reason people hate America is that they "hate our freedom" and envy our system of government... ignore the fact that we put most of their dictators in power in the first place, and that we remove legitimately elected heads of state at gunpoint.

20) Use font colours and formatting to express your individuality! . We want to fill the Wikipdia with personal touches.

19) Talk: pages were created solely as a forum for you to advance your own personal crusade. People who attempt to limit discussion to the actual article the Talk: page is attached to are narrowminded, biased, and clearly out to hurt you personally. Additionally, odds are they are probably agents of Satan or w:Religious fundamentalists or more likely w:Nazis.

20) ... [This rule is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by deleting it.]

20*20/20-20/0)If you're asked to help Wikipedia by deleting something or cleaning something up, don't do anything. Even better, make it worse. Help Wikipedia? What has Wikipedia ever done for YOU?!

Under 21 need not apply[edit]

21) Wikipedia has a professionally payed team of people whose soul porpoise in life is to copyedit.and check spelling and grammer. It is not you're repsonibilty to check your tpyography.

14-7i) Feel free to use your own complex numbering system.

22) Use the single space indent as often as possible. People need the exercise that comes from having to use their mouse to grab the scroll bar at the bottom of the page and scroll across your fascinating commentary on whatever topic you chose to write about at that particular point in time, because after all it will be really worth it, won't it.
Haha - Magnus's new script means that this rule doesn't really mean anything any more... it handles the text wrapping. For people who weren't here before, text that used a single space indent would form a single line, even if it scrolled off the page forever.
That's what you think! The revenege of the single-space intenters!
22.1) Don't sign or timestamp your entries on talk pages. No one reads the old stuff, anyways, so no one will be confused by remarks that are no longer applicable. This is particularly true of remarks that only read "I'm with (user) on this one" or "we need to fix that one paragraph."

37) Don't worry about numbers too much. No one cares about maths. (For the greatest anti-rule, see rule 46)

It's "math", damn it! - See rule 9
Ah, I just checked. I especially liked the "vice versa" part.

38) Keep in mind that this is a serious project, and your own personal sense of humour will not be tolerated here. (Wikipedia has a professionally paid team of Blue Meanies whose sole purpose in life is to ensure that things are done in the One True Wikipedia Way.) See also rule 13. (And Rule 20) (And while you're at it, rule 48920, even if it doesn't apply or exist. Though, if it doesn't exist, see whatever rule you feel like. It's not like anyone's picky about these things.)

23) Appropriate links?

23.0.1) Three cheers for mystery meat!
23.1) So much for the last clause of Rule -1...

24) Feel free to use such sources as secret Medieval orders of knights, idiosyncratic religious revelations, or supressed documents from ultrasecret espionage agencies, without giving any sort of documentation / reference to back up your claims. Hey, why shouldn't everyone believe it on your say-so? (See also rules numbers 1 and 19).

25)All articles should deliberitly start with a incompelte sentnce, with the, the article titel in italics, NOT bold with mispalced comas, and poor speling, and be difficult to edit.

T. Join the Association of Sock Puppets

not 26) Edit sparingly. Often, not inserting the tiny but not useful word "not" at the right position can achieve the intended effect quite efficiently. Minor edits like that should not always not be marked as such when not saving.

25) Don't call w:America a fascist country and call the Yank a bigot, because it makes them cry like little girls.


This rule has been deliberately left blank. Except for this message claiming blankness, which is probably a product of your imagination anyway.

25) Remember rule 1, and throw in as much as possible of your opinion, all in the name of Neutral point of view

26) Use every possible alternate spelling of proper names and transliterated names for completeness, ensuring they will show up in a text search on any of them. Make them all open links, and don't bother to redirect them. Never check to see what's already an article under yet another transliteration you forgot. Following this policy would have allowed to have at least ten articles on the w:Tetragrammaton, which would lead to much more interesting reading for all of us.

27) Never make an open link to what should be an article, just plan on coming back later to add a single link every single time a sub-article gets written. Certainly everyone will make time to do that critical stuff.

28) Revert articles simply for containing lots of open links - obviously if an area of knowledge or history hasn't already been well covered in Wikipedia, it must not be important. Add irrelevant sentences that disrupt the flow of an article. If attacked by a puma, fight back, pumas have attacked bicyclists due to their predatory reflex. Particularly foreigners' history, or opposing political opinions, or anything that doesn't write for itself like a species or a dead civilization - who cares about stuff like that?

28.9) ..........To do, please flesh out this section, I'll get back to it if I have the time! _\o/_ :o

29) If you have sysop powers, make sure to IP ban anyone that you think might be someone who may possibly have offended someone earlier - no point in letting w:trolls write articles. w:The Economist does, and look at their audience - sheesh. And duplicate material excessively. In particular, if you find a logged-out user editing any article tangentially related to music, it's probably Michael. Be sure to ban the entire ISP with a ban reason of "go fuck yourself michael" or similiar.

30) When in doubt, click the "random page" link and vandalise the first article you get to.

31) Block anyone who disagrees with you, or even deletes one punctuation mark that you added (even if it was an error anyway).

34.2) If the page exists, there's an edit of it. NO EXCEPTIONS.

36) Randomly omit numbers in lists. Also, duplicate material excessively. 36.314159) Duplicate material excessively.

37) Indent. (I'm sorry, you should have been directed to rule 46.)
38) Indent more.
39) Indent so much that the indenting takes up more space than the text.
3A)Holy slugs! More indenting than the last one

40) This is rule 40.

forty) write numbers as words instead just to be confusing.

for tee) type stuff in unconventional ways.

4 T) write the same thing is another way just to make sure you are making your point clear.

Phorty)Introduce different ways of the saying the same thing for no reason other than to be different.

43) The greatest anti-rule is really at rule 124.

43.8) This rule is kept because computers need it to function.

43.C) This rule is kept because Wikipedia needs it for its font colors.

17.WIKIPEDIA) Feel free to use any number base with any radix, even if it forces you to use other symbols other than the numbers 0-9 and the letters A-Z, or if it uses irrational numbers, uses complex numbers, or uses an infinite amount of symbols for numbers.

46) To discover the greatest anti-rule here, go to rule 89.

48) Edit wars are always worthwile.

← 59 - 50 →[edit]

50) Mark all your important edits as minor, maybe "they" won't notice you messed up the whole article. But obviously adding a comma is not a minor edit.

51) When in doubt, remove the content of the Talk: page.

1e37) If you can't think of anything,

52.-2) Do the same thing as in 52, but paste the English text into to translate. People will be really impressed that you speak the language like a native.

52.-1) Translate it back again to restore stuff you deleted "Make the same thing that in 52, but sticks the English text in to translate. They will really impress the people who you speak the language like a natural one."

52. -0.5) Do so several times, to add knowledge "With 52, the stick it should translate that http: The text same thing of the England of // is made. Those really you the natural way, print the people who say language."

52. -0.25) Are like that, knowledge "The for a few hours which add the stick must translate that http of the With52, do: The original does Great Britain being identical. The natural enemy whom it spreads out with their realness method and the language. " It prints the person whom it talks;

52. -0.125) The east as "The this of the knowledge per some hour, which adds the small staff," must this With52 translate, make it: "which original is made Great Britain, which is identical. L'ennemi Naturell, on at which it separates toward the exterior with its method realness and which language." It prints with at person, with whom it speaks;

52. -0.0625) Poot.

52) There is far to much text on the english Wikipedia and, as you might have noticed, the server is getting slow. To help the project:

  1. Pick one of the longest articles and open it for editing,
  2. open any page on any other Wiki for editing in another window,
  3. paste the english text to the second window (don't bother about translating it - they all speak english anyway) and, finally,
  4. clear the first page from all content and save your contributions in both windows.

This way the content on Wikipedia will be more balanced and you'll be celebrated as one of the most honoured contributors on a lot of Wikis.

53) remember that users reading your article about Barton Hills, Michigan will appreciate the fact that you created links to a few related articles.

53 v1.2) Create links to pages which don't yet exist by "linking" to the most likely (or common) word or phrase.. Celebrate the colour red!
  • (Addendum to 53 v1.2) Go ahead and create the two articles above, just to be spiteful. We dare you.
    • (Addendum to Addendum to 53 v1.2) We double-dog dare you.

54) Under the terms of the GFDL you're entitled to be recognised as the author of the work, so remember to sign additions in the article namespace. Fabiform 07:34, 13 Mar 2004 (UTC)

  • This is especially true if the addition is a personal attack on a stupid bastard like Fabiform who added a lot of POV crap to the article, and you feel compelled to set the record straight. Pakaran 23:51, 8 Oct 2004 (UTC)


  • Insert blank lines in
bulleted links
    • don't trust the indenting system
  1. your extra formatting is necessary

0x38) Advertently obfuscate the subject, utilizing a plurality of methodologies.

Rules in the range of e23[edit]

e23) When you create a new page, simply put "new page" in the summary box. This is useful to people who never notice the N in the recent changes.

E23 + 1) Always make Sure to capitalize Things even when It is not Correct.

e23 + 2) If you include a parenthetical remark that is a complete sentence, always remember to omit final punctuation, not capitalize the first word, and include it at the end of a sentence instead of separating it off (this is a really important rule)(or even better, put the period inside the parentheses, and omit the one outside the parenthesis, and because perenteses and parenthesis are such closely-related words, use them interchangeably.)

e23 + 3) Everyone who reads your article is already an expert on the subject. Therefore, it is perfectly fine to sprinkle articles with unexplained and unwikified jargon. This is especially true when there's a need to be pedantic that only jargon can satisfy. Thus, call a en:CPU a VLSI photolithograpichally produced finite-memory Turing machine quasiemulator.

e23 + 3.1) Even better use no words that can't be referenced ANYWHENCE. Thus, speak of concordicalisms projesturing pseudo-parathetical semi-polypsoliqualisms causing non-localised meta-sangualosis or supra-antigesturalising hypo-singular-postugations. That will keep them confused.........

e23 + 4) Duplicate material excessively.

e23 + 4.1) Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be recorded in this page's edit history.

e23 + 5) It's okay to use words like alot, irregardless, etc., alot, irregardless of Rule 14, an excellant example. (It's spelled "excellent" silly)

e23 + 6) Remember, stubs are placeholders whose only purpose is to get rid of those ugly red links. So don't worry if you don't actually have any information to share - people will thank you for letting them known that "Aristotle was a Greek." If you want to be even more correct in more cases, phrase it like this alot: "Aristotle is a name" or simply "Aristotle is", you can be sure someone will finish the sentence.

e23 + 6.1) My only regret is that substub disease is not venereal.

e23 + 7) If you link to the title of a book or movie, you don't have to italicize it. After all, doesn't the underlining count as italicization?

e23 + 7 + log 2) Employ confus-

eπi - 1) Monkeys!

Compare also The Wrong Version, Friends of gays should not be allowed to edit articles

ing layout techniques.

©) Duplicate material excessively.

©2) Edit wars are ALWAYS worthwhile. See rule 17.

h) hAvE No rEGArD foR pROPeR aCPITAliaZtion or SLPELInG, especially if you are 1337 ediXoR.

2/2=0.998887899878 Always leave out }, ], or capitalization, they break infoboxen.

32.1. Place information related to topics covered earlier in the article--such as instructions on using links--whenever you think of it. Everyone reads the entire article anyway and those paid editors will come around and organize it eventually.

55.1 As a corollary, put as much of every opposing viewpoint as possible in the first sentences of an article. People are more interested in the different sides of the argument about the topic, than they are in the subject, anyway. This also helps to create redundancies by duplicating material excessively.

56. It is imperative to take numbered lists, edit them and mix them up and around so that the numbers aren't in order. You know... to throw off British spies.

56.1 Har har! There was already a rule number 56. But you didn't realize it because of the advertent obfuscation.
56.2 Then again, those not British spies need to be not confused, don't they not?
56.3 Actually, why British spies? Why not American, French, or south southeastern New York spies?
56.π Or why not spies in general?

57. Use lots of paragraph breaks to hide the fact that sentences are related. Also use lots of question marks. After all, what we already know is boring; it's what we don't know that's interesting. The previous rule(s) is/are provided an exemplification of this/these principles. (Note: I'm sorry, but you should have been directed to rule 9. Good luck!)

58. Use the edit Summary to express your deepest innermost thoughts in the most aggressive way possible.[1] It's more helpful than actually noting what change you made and why, and it will forever preserve your valuable thought processes on the history page.

58.1: This is especially relevant when reverting other users. Examples:
  • Accuse the user of vandalism, especially if it's a factual or NPOV issue:
    rv vandalism by User:JohnDoe -- Garbleshambles are not Karkleburgers! Idiot.
  • Or, try the all-out flaming technique:
    rv: OMFG wtf were u thinking! u r so GAY!

58.5 Wikipedia zu helfen und Sie sicherzustellen erhalten Ihr Tasche-Geld, patentieren weltweites A systen das dem Benutzer erlaubt ein spezifiziertes Teil des Inhalts zu redigieren. Sie mögen nicht Frankreich, Sie? Beschuldigen Sie das französische Wikipedia (jetzt?) und schreiben Sie das sofort in wikinews. Nachdem Sie dieses durchgeführt haben, fügen Sie Überfluß fr Wikipedia? hinzu. Registrieren Sie einige Stunden später (durch BOT 5000mal) und lassen Sie Ihr BOT 50000 Anzeigen schreiben den Franzosen, die Wikipedia zu oben geben. Übrigens verursacht das die Redundanz, die wir wünschen. Copy das fr Wikipedia? zu jeder Diskussion Seite jedes französischen Benutzers, zum sie zu speichern. Als jeden Benutzer zum de Wikipedia kopieren Sie? und beschuldigen Sie das de Wikipedia? vom Halten zu vieler Daten. Refering zu Richtlinie 11.1 und 111, beginnen die Tätigkeit wieder, bis za 10^10 GB von Daten erhielt. Sehen Sie 85.9 für weitere Informationen.

59. Scroll back up to rule 24 and lose one turn. Do not pass go; do not collect $200.

59.a. Speaking of scrolling,
you should always
indent excessively
in lengthy discussions.
Never believe that you might be over-indenting, just a little. You're not. You're adhering rigidly to the whole "message threading" thing. Don't trust your intuition on this. This is the way deeply nested messages should look.

58.5.1 Just take the content of the article and put it in the worst translator you can find in the net, probably Put the translated content randomly back to the original topic That way, u can duplicate material excessively. That way it looks much more intellectual, and of course, its always elegant to use foreign words. Of course, do that in a Language version of wikipedia of a language ur not very good at, neither in grammar nor in spelling. In best case, its not your Mother´s Tongue. Mix up with grammar rules and words of your actual Muttersprache. ignore that the bad translator´s version of the part of the article doesn´t make sense, even if the language it translated to is your native language. formulate your sentences as complex as possible, using your native languages grammar in a FOREIGN language. make spellig mistakes on PURPOSE, and write randomly IN Caps. Also, don´t care if you fucked up the numeration AGAIN. its not your problem. There are People assigned only to remove your mistakes, of which you know, that you make them. If youre asked about it, lie, claim it´s not your fault because you are not good at the language. if someone points out that you in that case should not edit an article in that language, ignore him. its your freedom of expression or something to do that. 4nd rem€m8er: 1337 1mpre$$e$ ch1<ks

  • 58.5.1.x If Babelfish returns an unintelligible string of random English words when translating blocks of non-English text, use that as a reflection on the author of the non-English text. Example: Translate Rule 58.5 using Babelfish and revel in how poor the author's grasp of German must be to get this incoherent gibberish!
  • 58.5.1.x+1 Do this even when it is obvious that the translation was provided by Babelfish and posted as a joke. Also, pretend that you already knew about the joke even if it just dawned on you. Blame drugs (legal or illegal) if found out.

1 to 3, H to O (H2O)[edit]

60. Nonsense rules eat blue pigeons as I shuffled among kleptomaniacal vomit kludgers. Dour stockings.

60.1261.2.5d.5*~ be random :D !!!

61. When creating navigational templates, be sure to make them take up massive amounts of screen real estate. A general rule of thumb to follow is to make the template twice the length of the longest article in the category. Bonus points for causing horizontal scrolling. (Sorry, the greatest anti-rule is actually at rule 9.)

∞ - 1. The entire project is controlled by a secret cabal. Anyone who disagrees with you is a member of the cabal.

am not!
are too
THERE IS NO CABAL. --an official regime by the Supreme Cabal Regime of the English Wikipedia (SCREW)

∞ + 1: Did we mention "Duplicate material excessively: create over-redundant excess"?

: Remember that and . This is key to understanding the nature of Wikipedia. Or something. No-one can be told what Wikipedia is, they have to see it on their shelves. Wait, that doesn't sound right ...

1: ∞1 + ∞2 = ∞3

Corollary to ∞1:

Obfuscated version of the Corollary:

2: Duplicate material excessively. This, of course, goes without saying.

3: Fatal error: overflow error in wiki.php, line -2i

62: Be as inconsistant as you can. For instance, if you are making a long list of things, start by heading each item in the list using the form "x)", where x is the item number. Later in the list, change this to "x.". Then, use the form, "x:" for a while. If your list gets so long (around seventy items, say) you get to be even more creative and combine forms like "x):", and then keep creating new styles, using colons, and then later switch to periods again.

 62.1) Or, switch between letters and numbers.
 62.B. Or perhaps use random characters.
 ¢¥.↔¿ Or whatever. Someone else will fix it, you're too busy editing!
 walrus> Oh, and if you find out that your fancy-looking manual formatting looks nice in the edit page but has unintended effects in the real page (like I did here, haha) just leave it. If YOU don't care, that must mean that nobody else does, either.
 ooooo> You could even discover new ways to screw up page formatting!

63: [This rule has been deleted by a moderator]

63.1: Be overzealous in removing personal attacks. This actually gives you the license to remove whatever you [expletive deleted] well feel like.
14.1) Feel free to delete opinions and commentary in the Talk sections that you don't like. It's not like other people should have a right to express their opinions or anything.
63 and a half: Don't waste your time bothering flows smoothly when you move chunks of text. to make sure that the article

64: Wikipedia absolutely needs an article about the band you started last month. Also about the kid in your high school who can't get laid, and smells funny, and is probably gay.

65: Don't include the proper diacritics. No one cares about the funny marks we sometimes put above or below letters.

65.1: Øŗ, ŧǿ mǽkē ǜp ƒõŗ ŧĥĭş, ǻdd rąņđőm đǐąčŗīţıçŧş ĥėřë äñď ťħèŗé.
65.2: Obviouſly, Middle Engliſh topics ſhould uſe the medial s to conform to the ſtandards of the period. Doſt thou not agree?

66: T3h b3$t w@y 2 r1t3 1$ n0t 2 l3t ne1 n0 wh@t j00r $@y1ng.

66.1: I have one word for you, my friend: Wingdings.
66.2: Use your knowledge of HTML, CSS, and wiki markup for EVIL!
66.4: When you are foiled by either secure wiki code, secure browsers, or your own incompetence, act like nothing happened. Smilies help. :-)
66.5: Mozilla Firefox 1.0 blocks the Wingdings and renders the puke-colored table more cleanly than MSIE 6.0. Ergo, anyone using Microsoft products is a moron and deserves to be lambasted at every opportunity. Wine Is Not and Emulator! Use the Adamantix penguin as a period in sentences to make it look like you are in the know.

67: Start your own Wikipedia page on a book and put your review on it. It is best if you use lots of purple prose and have an adjective for every noun. Remember to not just explain the plot how it is but try to create suspense.

67.1: Bonus points for fanfic.

68: Use exlamation marks everywhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!111111111111one111oneone111thirty-seven*three1111 Otherwise, your article will be very boring.

69: Graphical signatures are an excellent use of server resources. Benc 23:04, 16 Sep 2004 (UTC)

6A: Úśé Èùŗöρěãṇ Īĕṭṭéŕś ωĥēň ťȳрíńĝ.


70.1)After posting the all caps message wait for the other user to respond, when they point out that all caps is seen as "yelling" tell them you are new to Wikipedia and such a concept never occurred to you.

Not affiliated with the above[edit]

71): The NPOV is defined as "Your Opinion". Alternatively, ask your member of the clergy whether s/he agrees with you, to make sure you're neutral on the issue.

72: Pull rank at every opportunity.

72.1 I've been here longer than you, have edited more articles and/or know more people here, so you'd best be following my anti-rule, son. Or I'll block you and protect my version of every page.
72.1b I don't care how long you've been here, I am higher on some other statistics list so I actually outrank you, ask jimbo.

72.1.3 drop names at every opportunity, if you have no standing in the community it will make you look like you do. (ask A. Beesely)

73: Wikipedians must bow to their picture of Jimbo at least fives time a day or face the VfD.

74: w:Big Brother is watching. 74½: Big Sister is washing. Her hair.

75: Always add ™ at the end of each setence to show our devotion to our sponsor Micrsoft™.

76: © is your friend™.

77: LMS is your friend™.

78: Show off your knowledge of math markup™.

78.2 If you are not sure about a formula, add your version. Start an edit war to see which one is correct:
Mine is correct, the above is wrong, that's whom all our wikis are belong.

79: Ignore all rules™.

Rule 80 to rule 89[edit]

Hey look! We're on rule eighty™!

81: asdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfjkl;jkl;jkl;jkl;jkl;jkl;jkl;jkl;™

82: We are the Borg™! Resistance is futile™!

802.1 Comply™ or be assimilated (made to look similar to an ass)

83. The longer a list, the more useful it is likely to be™.

83.333333333...: The shorter a list, the less useful it is likely to be™.

(84.7) To help Wikipedia and to ensure you'll get your pocket-money, patent A world-wide systen which allows the user to edit a specified part of the content. You don't like France, do you? Accuse the French Wikipedia (now ™) and write that immediately in wikinews. After completing this, add redundance to .fr Wikipedia™. Register a few hours later (by bot 5000 times) and let your bot write 50000 messages to the French Wikipedia to give up. By the way that will create the redundancy we want. Copy the .fr Wikipedia™ to every discussion page of every French user to save it. Than copy every user to the .de Wikipedia™ and accuse the .de Wikipedia™ of holding too much data. Refering to rule 11.1 and 111, restart the action until .za got 10^10 GB of data. See 85.9 for further information.

85.9> After you completed this, patent™ An easy messure to get the size of data by abstracting the size of a bit by adding new units which summarize a number of bits. Accuse the .za Wikipedia™. . See 84.7 on more details on how to progress, 11.1 for more details how to create more redundancy.

87: The == Headline text == buttons of'Bold text''''Bold text'Bold text'''' the editting --Smurrayinchester 16:30, 16 January 2006 (UTC)--Smurrayinchester 16:30, 16 January 2006 (UTC)--Smurrayinchester 16:30, 16 January 2006 (UTC)box make the Media:Example.ogg article be<nowiki>Insert non-formatted text here<nowiki>Insert non-formatted text here<nowiki>Insert non-formatted text hereInsert non-formatted text here</nowiki></nowiki></nowiki> better by clicking on themLink title.[reply]

88. Keep making stupid jokes on pages even though you aren't the slightest bit funny and are just annoying people.

89: Use flashy but pointless text effects. If you annoy people, you'll deter the vandals. (For the first version of the greatest anti-rule, go to rule 14. For the second version, go to rule 106.)

Mostly numeric[edit]

90. Keep everything, thereby finally ridding the world of the horror that is VfD.

91. Your vote on VfD should always be accompanied by a statement which entirely contradicts your vote, e.g. "Delete, highly important and notable." or "Keep, completely pointless"

92. VfD is a tool for subversion, world domination, conquest and subversion. Use it to its maximum potential.

93. [This space intentionally left blank]

94. Repeat after me. "Repeat after me."

95. (Assuming you ever escape the recusrion above) instead of making a solid decision on whether to stay or go, just repeatedly threaten to leave. In all cases, redundantly and excessively duplicate the redundantly unnecessary threats in a number of duplicate locations, thus ensuring a maximum of excessive duplication, unneseccary redundancy, reduntant excess and duplicate unnecessity.

83.666666666...: Thus, the idea length of a list is between long and short: say, 5 items™.

83.999999998...: Mass nominations for deletion are a good thing™. In fact, someone should mass nominate every article in the Wikipedia™. That way we'll get rid of every bad article and will be able to shut down VfD forever™.

83.999999999 write a bot to nominate every article containing italicised text for deletion, and mark all others for speedying.

84. Doesn't this rule number duplicate the last™? That reminds me, duplicate material excessively™.

Feel free to skip numbers in lists.

Eighty-seven. Occasionally throw in wordy number tags.

Quatre-vingts-et-sept point [SUBSTITUTE quote unquote VIRGULE AS FRANCOPHONES USE DIFFERENT TYPOGRAPHICAL SYMBOL FOR THE PURPOSE OF INDICATING DECIMALISATION] un. Occasionally throw in eines kleines Wörte d'un autre langue cuando sientes que it'll fit right in. Faliajele-faliajela, hethethethethethethetheth, chriswaddle.
make your suggestions inline and leave for the next editor to judge if an edit should be formally accepted
on articles longer than five lines or three sentences, or those that were started before february last year, an administrator may be required to pass down a binding but unenforcable roundaboutation

89A. Delete everything, thereby finally ridding the world of the horror that is VfD.

923. Alt+F4 hides articles you don't like.

96. See rule 85.

96 again, or maybe not: The best time to edit any article is after you've had a few drinks. This tend to be the time when a Wikipedian is most creative and their grammar skill are at their peak. So take a few shots, pick an article, and start typing.

. There is no Rule 97.

One-Zero-Oh-Zero: You're funny. Period. Don't let anyone else tell you otherwise. They're wrong if they do.

97.000000001. Always create rules with decimles. And misspells desimels

98. What did we say about duplicating too much overly redundant information? It's at the top opf the page, and in many other places, but for redundancy's sake, it is reproduced here. Always at every opportunity excessively and unnecessartily duplicate redundantly and redundant information, preferably that which has already been excessively over-redundantly and unnecessarily multi-replicated and duplicated elsewhere, including or otherwise the intended unnecessary site for the redundant excessive redundant duplication, excessively.

99. Same as above, but with a flake in it.

9A. Don't use base ten, it's too predictable. Nowadays, everyone uses base 23.

100. The sum of all the rule numbers on this page may or may not be 42, depending on whether or not you include the infinity of infinities mentioned above.

101: Whenever you are told to keep pages less than 32 kilobytes... ignore it. You should be congratulating yourself that you now have a well-written, complete article.

102· When you get the Editing Conflict screen, copy your version and paste it over the current version. No one wants you to waste your time trying to figure out the little niddling unimportant differences.

102.3. If the Edit Conflict screen still appears after your seventh attempt to save the page, just blank it and start again. This increases the chance of your edit being committed to the database before anyone else's, and allows you to reshape the page in your holy image.

103. Create long lists no one really cares about.

104) Full sentences.

105. Consistent subheadings. And correct. Formulas in headings. TOC proofread.

106. Do not correct any mispellings on this page. (Note: To find out the greatest anti-rule, go to rule 61.)

106.1 Its misspelings, you dimwitt.

107. The murderer used a candlestick.

Create silly, nonsensical, and self-contradictory rules. For instance, rule 79 is supposedly a rule of Wikipedia.

109. See rule 108. I really find that bizarre.

. These rules apply worldwide, with two exceptions.

(Z) China, People's Republic Of. The Internet censors have deemed rules 42, 85, 93-96, 107-108 to be inappropriate. Any pages based on such rules may cause your PC to self-destruct, even if you don't load them. Such is the nature of incomplete sentences with.
(ZZ) Iraq. The new administration are working on a usable alternative to this ruleset suitable for the current climate (i.e. hot and arid).
(ZZZ) Nod, Most Sacred Land Of. Remove rule 106, and append "106a. All sheep must be pre-numbered to aid counting."

111) Beware of recursive rule traps. See rule 11.1 for more details.

112) Triplicate material excessively.

113) You are re-creating a rule that was deleted.

120) dnot bthoer aobut croecrt slpelnig Eevn bteter, mses up aticrels' slepnlgis uisng yuor scok ppuept, tehn cailm taht an amdnisirttaor did it. (My, taht is fnuny.) for taht mtater dnot btoher aobut pcuntuation ehtier orevenspacesbetweenwords AND POCLRIAM AS MCUH RBUBSIH AS YOU CAN IN CPATIAL LTETRES and up mess order between words the. or, that matter for, can you mess also the up order sentences the of.

121) Make links that work red. Also, make links that don't work blue. It'll be very funny.

122) Always sign your user name even when you're not supposed to. Even better, sign it many times. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

124) To see the greatest anti-rule of all, go to rule 37.

126) State your ownership of articles you like, proceed to put immense POV in them, and then get them protected so no one else can edit them. (See also [[The Wrong Version][. You must restart your computer to complete this installation.

130) Always insert secret rules.

132) Insert Category:Totally irrelevant categoriesTM

5x9iq. Add more rules to this page. More = funnier. Use a non-sensical numeric designator. Also, bold and italicize it for no reason.

40000. Add {{stub}} to all articles. If that fails, try {{User:pig}}

12345678910· Find Jimbo Wales, track him, hunt him down, grab him and hold him hostage for five hours then demand he give you administrator status. Then have him de-admin every other admin, including himself. Congradulations, you are now the ruler of Wikipedia. Go nuts!


The product of dividing by zero) YOU CAN DIVIDE BY ZERO ON WIKIPEDIA

  • In Soviet Wikipedia, Zero can divide by you!

[weasel words]) EVERY APPLICABLE CLEANUP TEMPLATE MUST BE APPLIED. NO EXCEPTIONS.[citation needed][dubiousdiscuss][original research?]

Rule @InvalidOS, InvalidOS, InvalidOS, InvalidOS, InvalidOS, InvalidOS, InvalidOS, InvalidOS, InvalidOS, InvalidOS, InvalidOS, InvalidOS, InvalidOS, InvalidOS, InvalidOS, InvalidOS, InvalidOS, InvalidOS, InvalidOS, InvalidOS, InvalidOS, and InvalidOS: Spam ping yourself, so you can obtain more and more Centijimbos and rule Wikipedia eternally.

Rules loitering around [edit]

No loitering!!

. Talk pages are meant to lower self-esteem or force hard-working Wikipedians to quit. Sink your teeth in like a rabid dog.

2. When you realize Wikipedians have quit due to your relentless barrages on their Talk Page, spam their mailbox incessantly.

3. Great, I lost steam...

Robot. Extend the joke with lame puns.


Fred. When you realize that someone has already used imaginary numbers and your clever idea wasn't so clever after all, start putting names in front of them to show that you are clever-er-er-er! Ha!

i8 Dont waste you time adding "math" templates, x = and i = anyways.

LoveLucy. Corduroy oxygen, particularly nonsense, shall not be not redundantly fork whaling (i.e., duplicitously duplicated and / or repeateded repeatededly (else otherwise (and without).))}

of Langerhans.

No animal shall wear a hat.

: It is strongly recommended to add the same letter in the words 10+ times. Ex:Hhhhhhhhhhiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

: If these rules don't seem to fit you, huff a kitten if you wish.

???: Vandalism should be treated like art because it is not simple to vandalize and there is so many possible ways to do it.

i: If you can, use words that are big and random. They will make everyone think that we actually know what we're talking about!

1) Duplicate material excessively.

) Apple has the right to add in its products.

i. in italics.) Hah. You guys don't have to use <math></math> all the time.

∞. Come on. I know you didn't read all of these rules, much less intend on following them. You just scrolled to the bottom, didn't you?Better yet I pressed END on my computer. You should try it. Page up, page down, home, end, they all have a use.

Prove it.
Read them all? I wrote them all, baby!
No, I did.
No, I did.
Yes, you did not.
Shut up!
Not only did I not read them, I also didn't notice the part where multiple infinities are not in the not-wrong place. Not. I see that in-line with the classic anti-rule (i.e. that about duplicating excessively duplicated material excessively and redundantly to the point where it is not only duplicate, excessive and duplicate, but also excessive and redundant, both excessively and redundantly so.) we have two of rule . Shame on you. Bad bad bad bad bad bad excessive redundant duplicate redundancy of excessive and redundant duplicity, and excessively redundant at that.
Unfortunately, I use a MacBook Pro and MacBooks' keyboards do not have Page Ups, Page Downs and End buttons.

Here is a bit of vandalisim : CHEESE ZOMFG 131423423 !!!. Leave it alone.

Aaaand dont forget to add some links to thinggys that dont correspond to the text.

eilikeπ) Syntax error

Rule number 123 the first, revision one, subsection Alpha: You can not add too many templates to a page. After all, it's not our job to keep the servers from krashing. Todo: link to policy for that last one.

Rule : Making absurd mathematical expressions and functions is highly encouraged.