YMMV / Wikipedia


  • Acceptable Targets: There are a lot of people on the Internet who think that acting as though Wikipedia is always wrong is the cool thing to do... ignoring the fact that the pages most likely to be used for research projects are lockednote .
  • Archive Binge: Occurs as per the page quote, and referenced by xkcd.
  • Archive Panic: Its goal is to be an encyclopedia. Encyclopedias are often upwards of twenty volumes. Most encyclopedias don't have over five million articles, many of them very, very, very long. Current estimates put the English Wikipedia at a bit over 2200 volumes. Even better, the rate of growth is such that no human, no matter how fast a reader, could start now and read all of it.
  • Broken Base:
  • Browser Narcotic: Losing time and opening way too many tabs is awfully common.
  • Common Knowledge: The pop-culture version of Wikipedia is overflowing with ridiculously phony and inaccurate information ("George W. Bush is a time-traveler from the year 3000 sent back in time to fight the Martians from the planet Venus!") Quite unlike the real-life version, it appears to have no blocking, user regulations, or vandalism policies whatsoever.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: For any editor, seeing the article they've worked on reaching Featured Status, specially when it appears on the main page.
  • Fair for Its Day: Nowadays, Wikipedia is mostly reviled for being easy to edit and having inaccuracies and typos. Most school teachers tell students not to browse it when looking for help with their homework.
  • Measuring the Marigolds: Wikipedia sometimes feels like this with its articles on inherently emotional or funny topics, such as rice burners.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • [citation needed] note 
    • The "A personal appeal from Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales" donation banners are commonly snowcloned into "A personal appeal from <website> founder <name>". Most people just click on the little "x". Meh.
    • Mentions of Fernando Lugo on discussions about pictures on the Main Page.
    • Comments on especially witty put-downs will often include the link "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_burn_centers_in_the_United_States".
    • For the list of serial killers: "This list is incomplete. You can help by expanding it."note 
  • Narm:
    • This essay is full of it. All essays have plenty of Narm, but that one is the one with the most Narm.
      • Although this has plenty of intentional comedy (such as the usernames of the examples, i.e "LoveGarageBandz" and "Porn enthusiast").
    • Crops up in some factual articles, such as the ones explaining common objects in detail. Also evident in articles on sexual practices.
  • Never Live It Down: When Wikipedia is discussed in popular culture, it's usually its inaccuracies that get mentioned.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The formal, scholarly tone can lead to this on some of the more creepy articles. It's like the SCP Foundation, but much worse for being real.
  • Sequel Displacement: Not the first wiki, but synonymous with wikis in the public imagination.
    • Even in terms of encyclopaedias Jimbo has made. Nobody remembers Nupedia, the site that it was supposed to be a submission bed for.
  • “Stop Having Fun” Guys:

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