Ignore all rules

Recently, I noticed that one of Wikipedia’s policies is rather interesting: Ignore All Rules.

If a rule prevents you from improving or maintaining Wikipedia, ignore it.

Seems like a rather interesting way to encapsulate exceptions and common sense as part of an official policy, and well as introducing a touch of rambunctious energy and freedom into what could otherwise become a stodgy bureaucracy.

I like it.

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4 Responses to Ignore all rules

  1. Gijs says:

    Yes, some things in Wikipedia are hilarious yet effective. Also note, in case you didn’t know about it already: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Lamest_edit_wars
    (warning: may waste you an hour or so)

  2. If only wikipedia editors were more familiar with this rule.

  3. Abi says:

    Love this rule!

  4. Sadly this “rule”, despite its emminent common sense in a project like wikipedia, is probably one of the most ignored..

    Ah. Sweet irony.

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