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[[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Main_Page Rational Wiki]] is a skeptics' wiki. It was created as a negative reaction to Wiki/{{Conservapedia}}, but has since moved more into the direction of debunking, refuting, or poking fun at pseudoscience, religious fundamentalism, authoritarianism and other things that it doesn't like, per its stated mission statement:
# Analyzing and refuting pseudoscience and the anti-science movement.
# Analyzing and refuting crank ideas.
# Explorations of authoritarianism and fundamentalism.
# Analysis and criticism of how these subjects are handled in the media.

Functionally, it's more like a group blog than an encyclopedia (which they themselves acknowledge), though it also has quite a lot in common with Robert Todd Carroll's [[http://www.skepdic.com Skeptic's Dictionary]]. It also has a page [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/TV_Tropes about TV Tropes]].
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!!It contains examples of the following:
* AntagonistInMourning:
** Wiki/{{Conservapedia}} administrator TK passed away in December 2010, eliciting this response on [=RationalWiki=].
** RW noticed his absence and did the legwork to learn of his passing, while CP only seemed to learn of it afterwards (so quickly that it appears that they learned from RW), but have barely even noted the passing of one of their most prolific editors and authoritarian admins.
* ArchEnemy: Conservapedia is portrayed as this (the site was created as it's opposite), though it's obvious that Rational Wiki views them as a loud annoyance more than anything.
* ArmouredClosetGay: Described as part of [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Haggard%27s_Law Haggard's Law]], which states, "The louder and more frequent one's objections to homosexuality are, the more likely one is to be a homosexual." It even has a link back to the Armored Closet Gay trope page.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
** The article on types of people that go to hell states that on the lowest circle of hell you find traitors, child molesters, and [[{{Firefly}} people who talk in the theater]].
** Also smokers aren't looked upon too highly and mentions of the dangers of smoking seem to pop up in the most unlikely of places.
** The Animal Liberation Front's tactics include "[[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Animal_Liberation_Front vandalism, arson, threatening people involved with this (or family members of theirs), and removal of test animals from laboratories."]]
** [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/H._P._Lovecraft HP Lovecraft]] had a laundry list of phobias, and the greater part of his work was influenced by his fears of women, foreigners, people of color, and seafood.
* BasementDweller: They coined the LogicalFallacy [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Argumentum_ad_cellarium argumentum ad cellarium]] concerning the frequent accusations of this on the Internet. [[HypocriticalHumour Of course, that doesn't stop them from using it themselves.]]
* CatchPhrase: Goat. This is probably a reference to Matthew 25:31-46, where Jesus says that in the end times he will separate the sheep (his followers) from the goats (his detractors). Or maybe it's just because goats are awesome and tasty. Take your pick.
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: They actually (jokingly) mention the term in their [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/France France]] article.
* ChuckNorrisFacts: {{Subverted}}. Their [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Chuck_Norris article on the man]] includes a few claims in the style of the meme, but instead of making him look badass, they make him look pathetic, mostly focusing on his well-known hostility to the subject of same-sex marriage. In fact, [=RationalWiki=] is probably the only place on the whole Internet where Norris ''isn't'' treated as a MemeticBadass. Most of this is prompted by Norris' support for creationism, promoting bible study in public schools, homophobia, and other almost stereotypically religious conservative positions.
* ClusterFBomb: [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/George_Carlin Their article]] on GeorgeCarlin, [[SirSwearsalot appropriately enough]].
* CursedWithAwesome: If you've been around long enough (a few weeks or days) and are generally thought to be [[Wiki/{{Conservapedia}} trusworthy]], you will be demoted to janitor (i.e. sysop). (Frivolous block wars are common, and encouraged; fortunately, in addition to non-serious block reasons (such as one that outright says "block war") there are options to make said blocks last only a few seconds, which help differentiate them from serious blocks.) If you anger the gods sufficiently, you may even be further demoted to the lowly, despicable position of bureaucrat.
* DeadpanSnarker:
** In the [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Global_flood#Fossil_layers article disproving a global flood]]: "How was the fossil record sorted in an order convenient for evolution if they were laid down in the turmoil of a single flood? That is usually dismissed with a hand wave by saying the animals quickly sorted each other out based on their ability to compete for the shrinking high ground. The theory also fails to take into account fossilized plants, which show the same type of order as animal fossils, and which are not noted for their ability to flee rising floodwaters."
** A similar example of deadpan snark is found on the page regarding the [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Peanut_butter_argument Peanut Butter Argument]] that life should arise naturally in a jar of peanut butter if evolution is true: "Critics of the argument have pointed out that sealed jars of peanut butter are not, generally speaking, billion year-old volcanic environments rich in ammonia and methane, being bombarded by high energy cosmic rays."
* DontShootTheMessage:
** In-Universe, despite the sites' general left-wing leanings, their article on Creator/MichaelMoore is rather critical, claiming the only difference between him and RushLimbaugh is that Moore supports universal healthcare. Similarly, despite being a heavily atheistic site, they don't find the arguments of Creator/ChristopherHitchens very convincing. (In Hitchens' case, it's partially due to his pro-war and pro-life positions, but his religious positions come under fire as well.
** They treat left-wing cranks like [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Globalresearch.ca Globalresearch.ca]] just as harshly as they do right-wingers like WND, although they do perhaps have a numerical bias - likely due to the general leanings of their contributors - towards attacking the right. Even Noam Chomsky is criticized for his "highly questionable statements" regarding genocide at Srebenica, Kosovo, and Rwanda, and his quasi-defense of Holocaust denier Robert Faurisson.
** They've treated people like Thunderf00t and The Amazing Athiest very critically, due to both's views on UsefulNotes/{{Feminism}}, and the former's views on UsefulNotes/{{Islam}}.
* DystopiaIsHard[=/=]FascistButInefficient: {{Discussed}} in their analysis of authoritarianism and [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Dictator dictatorship]] and used an example of why authoritarianism is ultimately a bad idea.
* FanNickname: They makes up names for all of their friends at [=Conservapedia=].
** Aschlafly is referred to as Assfly
** Conservative is referred to as Kendoll, or simply Ken
** Karajou is referred to as Karajerk or Kowardjou
** Jinxmchue is referred to as Jinx
** There were numerous names for TK, including [=TeamKiller=], [=TrollKing=] and [=TheKnife=]
* EditWar: On RW, edit wars and even wheel wars are extremely common. So common, in fact, that ''accidental'' edit wars have become an issue - sysops assuming vandalism where there is none and performing knee-jerk reverts of edits without reading them, the original contributor re-adding the edit, and things kicking off from there.
* TheFundamentalist: Described [[http://rationalwiki.com/wiki/Fundamentalism here.]]
* FurryFandom: Has a surprisingly (and ''refreshingly'') fair and level-handed page about them [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Furry_fandom here]]. Quite possibly one of the more accurate descriptions of the fandom to be found on the internet.
* HarmlessVillain: The wiki lampshades how Conservapedia and the modern iteration of the Ku Klux Klan are basically this.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: The original iteration of the site, which was a wiki with a strong, intentional political bias focused primarily on criticism of one website...created to counter [[Wiki/{{Conservapedia}} a wiki with a strong, intentional political bias]] focused primarily on criticism of [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} one website]]. [[SubvertedTrope Over the years, however, as Conservapedia has continued to fall into irrelevance, RationalWiki has mostly moved on from its obsession with Schlafly's site, and most of the many articles on Conservapedia minutiae have been consolidated or deleted.]]
* IceCreamKoan: They refer to such statements as [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Deepity "deepity"]], in full BuffySpeak form (the term was coined by a teenage girl, even).
* IfJesusThenAliens: The article on [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Crank_magnetism crank magnetism]] provides a [[JustifiedTrope justification]] of the trope, arguing that people who believe in one fringe religious/scientific/political viewpoint are inclined to believe a whole host of them due to the psychology that leads people to such positions in the first place.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Described in their page on "[[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Not_even_wrong Not Even Wrong]]", referring "to any statement, argument or explanation that can be neither correct nor incorrect, because it fails to meet the criteria by which correctness and ''in''correctness are determined." Given their skeptic and debunking mission, they run into this kind of thing a lot.
** Similarly, their page on [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Fractal_wrongness fractal wrongness]]:
-->''You are not just wrong. You are wrong at every conceivable level of resolution. Zooming in on any part of your worldview finds beliefs exactly as wrong as your entire worldview.''
* InsufferableGenius: Like TVT, RW encourages humor in their articles, and, like TVT, the comedic talents of their contributors vary wildly. Given that RW is usually censorious[[note]]Part of it's mission statement is, after all, the ''refutation'' of crankery, worship, and propaganda.[[/note]], sometimes their articles cross the border between "witty" and "smug".
* JustForPun: A regular feature
-->"[[http://rationalwiki.com/wiki/Indigo_child Indigo child]]" is not to be confused with "In dingo child", which is what your child might become if you misplace it in Australia.
* KickedUpstairs: Any user who sticks around for a while and regularly makes edits will be saddled with the tedious responsibility of being a (ugh) Sysop.
* TheLabRat: Rational Wiki consists mainly of science geeks (with a few actual scientists and physicians scattered here and there). It is sometimes referred to as Rat Wiki, and its members are supposedly referred to as 'Rats' by those opposed to the site, although there is precisely zero evidence of anyone actually using this terminology.
* MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext: As described in the ''ComicBook/ChickTracts'' article:
--->This panel from a Chick tract makes even less sense in context. (It really does, [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0094/0094_01.asp check if you don't believe us]].) Also, goats.
* MyCountryTisOfTheeThatISting: Pretty much the only countries that aren't criticized heavily are those in Scandinavia, though most editors are not from there. [[{{Eagleland}} The United States]] gets hit particularly hard-- it is practically obligatory to criticize it every time it is mentioned, though the vast majority of editors are American.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/User:Ironclad Ironclad]] describes himself as a "liberal, homosexual, socialist, atheist, black, British, history-degree-educated [=PhD=]-level academic bodybuilder".
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: On their article about [[Wiki/{{Conservapedia}} Andrew Schlafly]], to let us know that he really wants to make his own translation of Literature/TheBible, as he thinks that every current translation is too "liberal", applying CanonDisContinuity by removing some verses that are the basic tenets of Christianity in the process, even though he admits to having no knowledge of the original languages.
* NotSoDifferent: They call it the [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Horseshoe_theory "horseshoe theory"]], the idea that the more radical a political group on either end of the spectrum gets, the more its worldview and rhetoric come to resemble that of the other side as opposed to the moderate center. Examples cited include [[DirtyCommunists the Communist Party]] vs. [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic the John Birch Society]], [[StrawFeminism transphobic radical feminists]] vs. [[StrawMisogynist MRAs]] and [[TheFundamentalist the religious right]], and the pigs in ''Literature/AnimalFarm'' becoming exactly like the humans they originally opposed.
* OverlyLongGag: [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Ted_Haggard Ted Haggard's article]] constantly states that he is [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday not gay]].
* PoesLaw: [[http://rationalwiki.com/wiki/Poe%27s_Law Here]].
* PromotedFanboy: Editor Pal MD is a fairly well-regarded medical blogger, first on Science Blogs and now on [[http://scientopia.org/blogs/whitecoatunderground/ Scientopia]].
* RoguesGallery: The site has a [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Category:Pissed_at_us page]] devoted to people who have attacked it, many of them after themselves being attacked in [=RationalWiki=] articles. Amongst them are...
** DesignatedVillain: Conservapedia
** TheRival: LessWrong
** ThoseWackyNazis: Metapedia
** CloudCuckoolander: Dennis Markuze
** VampireHunter: Seán Manchester
** ProudWarriorRaceGuy: The Anglo-Saxon Foundation
** ConspiracyTheorist: YouKnowIAmRight
** StrawFeminist: Cathy Brennan
* RuleOfFunny: In full effect.
* RunningGag:
** Goats
** Referring to Conservapedia as Schlafly's blog.
** Ironclad's rebuttal of Conservapedia's World History Lectures makes constant references to liberals eating kittens.
** [[BarackObama Barack HUSSEIN Obama.]]
* SarcasmMode: Prevalent, for example, in the article [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Fairies "Fairies"]]. Often these tend to be BlatantLies followed with the marker [[superscript:Do You Believe That?]] to hint to the reader that the author didn't actually believe that.
* ScienceIsBad and MeasuringTheMarigolds: Completely inverted.
* SelfDemonstratingArticle: [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/English-only_movement Notably once inverted.]]
* SelfDeprecation - Edited by [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Wiki#Comparison_chart "Drunk rationalists, goat fetishists"]].
* SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness: It's somewhere between TVTropes & Wiki/{{Uncyclopedia}}. The main article on [[Wiki/{{Conservapedia}} Andrew Schlafly]] is one of the few that is explicitly stated to be intended to be completely serious, though a parody article on him also exists. Regardless of the silliness or seriousness of a specific article, unless it's in the separate 'Fun' or 'Essay' sections of the site accuracy is non-negotiable (at least in theory).
* StayInTheKitchen: Their page for that is [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Kinder,_K%C3%BCche,_Kirche "Kinder, Küche, Kirche"]] which is [[GodwinsLaw German]] for "Children, Kitchen, and Church". Since they do a lot of analysis of fundamentalism, authoritarianism, and individuals with very firm ideas about traditional gender roles, this gets cross-linked a lot.
* StrawFeminist: Averted. The site goes out of its way to delineate between the more agreeable and academic parts of the feminist movement and extremists like Cathy Brennan and Andrea Dworkin, while also criticizing the arguments of the men's rights movement and other anti-feminists. That said, they have little love for the more [[HeteronormativeCrusader transphobic and sex-negative elements]] of second-wave feminism.
* TakeThat:
** Mostly against fundamentalists and authoritarians, though no one is completely spared, not even [[SelfDeprecation the site itself]].
** The wiki's origins as an anti-Conservapedia site still tend to show clearly in any article about a right-wing politician or political position; they don't even pretend to be neutral.
** Even ThisVeryWiki is subject to a little criticism, most notably a rundown of Administrivia/TheSecondGoogleIncident. That said, the article used to be ''much'' more critical than it is now, even after the Incident.
* ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet: Addressed in [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Essay:Gender_and_Sysops Gender and Sysops]], which aimed to encourage a more balanced gender representation.
* ThingOMeter: The [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Irony_meter Irony Meter]]
* {{Understatement}}: "Critics of [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Peanut_butter_argument the argument]] have pointed out that sealed jars of peanut butter are not, generally speaking, billion year-old volcanic environments rich in ammonia and methane, being bombarded by high energy cosmic rays."
* TomeOfEldritchLore: Their article on the [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Necronomicon Necronomicon]] which comes complete with their characteristic [[DeadpanSnarker Deadpan Snark]]:
-->"Since the time of [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraft]], several real books have been written and published under the name Necronomicon, though none are known to have the mystical powers attributed to them by Lovecraft’s stories. This is generally thought to be the maximal-utility state of affairs by those who prefer not to have soul-eating [[EldritchAbomination eldritch cyclopean gibbering madnesses]] called into our world out of indescribable gulfs beyond all sane conceptions of space and time."
* {{Troll}}: Marcus Cicero, LBHS Cheerleader, TK, Rob Smith, D Morris, take your pick. The site's dangerously lenient ban policy results in it being a veritable troll heaven--it takes weeks for the site's members to even decide that they might want to possibly ban someone, and even then it's pretty much always a short-term block that does little to actually stop the troll from vandalizing the site.
** RW itself discourages replicating this behavior in kind on Conservapedia, as that site is [[PoesLaw funnier when it's genuine stupidity and not invented]]. Nevertheless, they indulge in it on their ''own'' site quite frequently; for instance, referring to Conservapedia sysop Karajou as "Kowardjou" because it annoys him.
* TVTropesWillRuinYourLife: Their now-deleted article Conservapedia:Boycott listed visiting TV Tropes as an alternative to reading Wiki/{{Conservapedia}} and laughing at it. They added the comment "Kiss your spare time good-bye."
* TheWikiRule: There's a wiki called '[[http://rationalwikiwiki.org/wiki/Main_Page RationalWikiWiki]]' which exists to catalogue and analyze the history of the [=RationalWiki=] community; it exists mostly as a joke, but has still managed to accumulate several hundred articles. There's even [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Fun:RationalWikiWikiWiki RationalWikiWikiWiki]]. That one exists ''entirely'' [[RuleOfThree as a joke]].
* TuringTest: They [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Turing_test#Turing_Test have an article on it.]] They also mention it in the context of a TakeThat to purged CP sysop [=RobS=], saying he is the only human to fail one:
-->''"Trying to engage in a rational discussion or argument with [=RobS=] is an exercise in futility. Rob may be the only human ever to fail a Turing test, in that after reading a couple of his replies you will be left believing you are actually arguing with a poorly designed computer program that takes keywords from what you posted and fashions pre-generated responses that have little to nothing to do with what you actually said to him. It can also be compared to arguing with a magic 8-ball containing an icosahedron in which every side mentions Communism."''
* WikiVandal: They call it [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Wandalism Wandalism]].
* WordSaladPhilosophy: They accuse famous libertarian philosopher Murray Rothbard of as much in their article on him.
* WorthyOpponent: The general RW opinion of former Conservapedia sysop [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Conservapedia:JessicaT JessicaT]], the TokenGoodTeammate of CP's admins. ([[http://cpmonitor.wordpress.com/2011/02/09/he-who-laughs-last/ Who turned out to be a sockpuppet]] for RW user Psygremlin.)
** They also seem to have, if not affection or respect, then at least a degree of sympathy for CP users who genuinely try to contribute some original conservative thought before their dreams are pissed upon from great height by the Assfly.
* YouAreWhatYouHate: The wiki does not like Web 2.0 at ''all'', claiming that it is [[NewMediaAreEvil dumbing down society]] and promoting pseudo-intellectualism, despite or perhaps [[SelfDeprecation because of]] the fact that, as a wiki, the site is part of Web 2.0 by definition.