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Rational Wiki is a skeptics' wiki. It was created as a negative reaction to Conservapedia,note  but has since moved more into the direction of generally debunking, refuting, or poking fun at pseudoscience, religious fundamentalism, authoritarianism, and other things that it doesn't like, per its stated mission statement:

  1. Analyzing and refuting pseudoscience and the anti-science movement.
  2. Analyzing and refuting crank ideas.
  3. Explorations of authoritarianism and fundamentalism.
  4. 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 Skeptic's Dictionary. It also has a page about TV Tropes.


It contains examples of the following:

  • Accentuate the Negative: Many articles on personalities and websites. The Reddit article, for instance, cites mainly subreddits known for their bigotry and ultranationalism, provocativeness, or stupidity.
  • Altum Videtur: They have an article on this trope, which offers a suitable response to this trope:
    Vide merdam tauri!
  • Antagonist in Mourning: 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 afterward (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. In a truly surreal example of irony, asking about TK's death on Conservapedia can result in a permaban."
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  • Apocalypse How: The pages on of the end of the world, that lists dates for the said event that have come and go (and still have to arrive), and especially this other where the ways the Universe could end according to science are described in detail.
  • Appeal to Worse Problems: They call this the "not as bad as" fallacy.
  • Arch-Enemy: Conservapedia is portrayed as this (the site was created as its opposite), though it's obvious that Rational Wiki views them as more of a loud annoyance more than anything. The site's articles on Conservapedia and Schlafly's antics often read like the history of the Soviet Union under Josef Stalin.
  • Armoured Closet Gay: Described as part of 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.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
  • Ass Pull: They call this kind of reasoning PIDOOMA, or "Pulled It Directly Out of My Ass", as well as argumentum ex culo.invoked
  • Basement-Dweller: They coined the fallacy argumentum ad cellarium concerning the frequent accusations of this on the Internet. Of course, that doesn't stop them from using it themselves, including on the very page.
  • Belief Makes You Stupid: The wiki has a complicated relationship with this trope. On one hand, the wiki criticizes creationism and religious fundamentalism, and many older articles even laud atheists for publicity stunts downright forcing people to deconvert. But, on the other hand, the wiki opposes anti-Semitism and Islamophobia firmly and even has a (rather helpful) Annotated Bible, obviously intended for those who wish to understand what each verse means or even convert to Christianity with the prospect of knowing each verse's meaning.
  • Bread and Circuses: Their article on this concept takes a very dim view of people who bring it up in modern contexts; they argue that, while there is a historical basis for such a thing happening, modern accusations of bread and circuses are often a product of baseless, paranoid conspiracy theories.
  • Broken Pedestal: The "New Atheism" movement, and its "Four Horsemen" (Richard Dawkins, the late Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, and Sam Harris) in particular. When the site was founded, the creators clearly identified as part of the movement, and the Four Horsemen were seen as heroes. Now that most of the movement has moved in the opposite political direction as the wiki, this has changed. The end of their article on Julian Assange goes as far as to say that Hitchens “used his [debating] talent for evil” (though that may have been a joke), and the Four Horsemen appear on the list of examples of personality cults. The pedestal can actually be seen breaking in the articles on the Horsemen (Dennett less so than the others). The early parts haven't been revised and thus are still pretty laudatory, while the issues that were initially treated as "inverse stopped clocks" now take up most of the articles.
  • Canada, Eh?: With English-French bilingual topic headers, no less.
  • Capitalism Is Bad: The wiki has a complicated relationship with this trope. Some articles vehemently denounce capitalism, while others treat denouncing capitalism as grounds to reject someone as an extremist crank. This is probably because the wiki is home to editors of varying political opinions, or, more innocently, that the supporters and opponents of capitalism being denounced might have bad arguments.
  • 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.
    • They consider Goat Simulator to be the "greatest game of all time." (The abbreviation of that entitlement is GOAT.)
  • Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: They actually (jokingly) mention the term in their article on France.
  • Clickbait Gag: The article on clickbait is a Self-Demonstrating Article entitled "This MUST-READ page on clickbait written by a local mom will CHANGE your life!!!" The article continues to demonstrate exaggerated titles like that in its headers, which are all in the style of "Mindblowing COMMON EXAMPLES of Clickbait that can't be unseen."
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Their article on George Carlin, appropriately enough.
  • Conspiracy Kitchen Sink: They use "crank magnetism" to refer to the tendency for a person who believes in one conspiracy to believe in many others at the same time.
  • Crapsack World: Out of the nearly 200 countries in the world, almost all of which have articles, maybe four or five are not subject to Accentuate the Negative. Moreover, the articles on Logical Fallacies and crank beliefs have an air of desperation, as it’s implied that the people who can see through them are a tiny minority. Therefore, the forces of good and logic must always fight an uphill battle.
  • Creator Provincialism: There is a lot of coverage on the United States and (to a lesser degree) Canada and the United Kingdom. Continental Europe and other parts of the world — not so much. Just guess where almost all the editors come from.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Discussed in the stopped clock article.
  • Cursed with Awesome: If you've been around long enough (a few weeks or days) and are generally thought to be trustworthy, you will be demoted to a 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 "mob" (as they call their userbase) enough, you will be further demoted to a moderator.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • In the 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 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."
    • The official point of view is SPOV, which stands for both scientific point of view and snarky point of view.
    • One of the best (and darkest) examples they have is in their article on George Tiller, an abortion provider who was murdered by a pro-"life" gunman in a church.
      "Dr. Tiller was in his 267th trimester."
    • On "vaccinosis", an alleged illness supposedly caused by vaccines:
      WHO defines vaccinosis thusly: "Your search for vaccinosis did not match any documents." The CDC, on the other hand, define vaccinosis as: "No pages or documents were found containing 'vaccinosis'."
  • Democracy Is Flawed: Downplayed and justified without Values Dissonanceinvoked: their page on the subject lists its flaws, but calls it "the least bad system of government ever devised by humans."
  • Dirty Communists: Despite being very left-leaning, RationalWiki doesn't make ANY kind of attempts to make excuses for communism in general, particularly when it comes to dictators like Josef Stalin, Mao Zedong, or Pol Pot. On its page about Reddit, it goes over particularly bad subreddits and has a sub-heading dedicated to "Commies" (a term that is not often used by those on the left), listing various communist subreddits.
  • Don't Shoot the Message:
    • In-Universe, despite most of the site's users having liberal/progressive political opinions, their article on the democratic socialist Michael Moore is rather critical, claiming the main things that makes him better than the nationalist-neoconservative Rush Limbaugh are his support of universal health care and that he tells "some form of truth." Similarly, despite being a heavily atheistic site, they don't find the arguments of Christopher Hitchens very convincing. In Hitchens' case, it's partially due to his pro-war position, but his religious positions come under fire as well.
    • Their stated mission to trash arguments with poor logic and/or use of evidence means that they have written much more material criticizing the lies of powerful figures in the USA, who are disproportionately neoliberals and neoconservatives. But they treat anarchist/populist cranks like just as harshly as they do the nationalist/Christian-fundamentalist World Net Daily (WND). Even the anarchist intellectual Noam Chomsky is criticized for what they consider "highly questionable statements" regarding genocide (it's not a well-defined term, and Chomsky's interpretation is valid but little-used) at Srebenica, Kosovo, and Rwanda (they deny the placement of the article about him in the category "Extreme moonbattery", though for a long time they didn't place him in the "Left of reason" category either, see Only Sane Man for details).
    • They've treated people like Thunderf00t and The Amazing Atheist very critically, due to both's views on Feminism and the former's views on Islam.
  • Dystopia Is Hard: Discussed in their analysis of authoritarianism and dictatorship and used as an example of why authoritarianism is ultimately a bad idea.
  • Edit War: 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.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: They title their article on the former proto-state "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" as "DAESH" rather than "ISIL", "ISIS", etc. (though they did use the last initialism for a while): the pejorative used in the Arab world sounds similar to two Arabic words that describe someone who "tramples" upon others (i.e., oppresses), and the group reportedly hates the name.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Their article on Josef Stalin notes that he started as a basic thug, organizing bank robberies and kidnappings for the Bolshevik cause.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Essentially what their Stopped clock article is about, whenever a bigot, fraud, or woo promoter finds some kind of crankery that they cannot endorse, and may even understand enough of why it is wrong to debunk it. Just like our own wiki's policy, cases of Pragmatic Villainy and incompatible beliefs are excluded from being considered stopped clock moments, because such cases are either self-serving or expected from the beginning.
  • Fun with Acronyms: In addition to the PIDOOMA example above, the "See also" section of their page on A Storehouse of Knowledge, a creationist wiki that handily abbreviates to aSK, has a lot of fun with this trope. For example, Conservapedia is called the Creationism Runs Awry-type Place (CRAP), and RationalWiki itself is called a Storehouse of Science (aSS).
    • Plus, they say "DAESH" should stand for "Dumb Asshole Extremist Shi'a Haters."
  • The Fundamentalist: Described here.
  • Furry Fandom: Has a surprisingly (and refreshingly) fair and level-handed page about them here. Quite possibly one of the more accurate descriptions of the fandom to be found on the internet.
  • Godwin's Law: They cite it among the many, often ill-advised, analogies to Those Wacky Nazis.
  • Gravity Is Only a Theory: All instances of such logic being used seriously are viciously torn apart. Anti-Intellectualism in general is subject to a slam.
    • The Deepity "The Theory of Evolution is only a theory" is also slammed on the Deepity page: the first read assumes that the speaker uses the word "theory" as a "well-established scientific explanation" but the second read shows they mean "Gravity is just an unsubstantiated guess", which is an Equivocation.
  • Harmless Villain: The wiki lampshades how Conservapedia and the modern iteration of the Ku Klux Klan are basically this.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: 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 a wiki with a strong, intentional political bias focused primarily on criticism of one website. Over the years, however, as Conservapedia has continued to descend into irrelevance, RW 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.
  • The Horseshoe Effect: They call it the "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 the Communist Party vs. the John Birch Society, Che Guevara vs. Ayn Rand, transphobic radical feminists vs. MRAs and the religious right, and the pigs in Animal Farm becoming exactly like the humans they originally opposed. They're also just as likely to be as critical of the far left as the far right.
  • Ice-Cream Koan: They refer to such statements as "deepity", in full Buffy Speak form (the term was coined by a teenage girl, even). By definition, a deepity is when a statement that is "seemingly profound but actually asserts a triviality on one level and something meaningless [or false] on another". One example they give is the saying "Love is just a word": the letters l, o, v, and e do spell just a word, but on a deeper level, the saying is completely false. A lot of other examples include wordplay like this.
  • If Jesus, Then Aliens: The article on crank magnetism provides a 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.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Andrew Schlafly is the son of Phyllis Schlafly, the woman who fought so hard against the Equal Rights Amendment, claiming women would find freedom in their role as a homemaker. Anyone would grow up to be like Andrew in a home like that. The problem is, he shouldn't have been given Internet access. The denizens won't cut him any slack, even with that in mind.
  • Insane Troll Logic:
    • "Not Even Wrong" refers to "any statement, argument or explanation that can be neither correct nor incorrect, because it fails to meet the criteria by which correctness and incorrectness are determined." Given their skeptic and debunking mission, they run into this kind of thing a lot.
    • Similarly, their page on 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.
  • Insufferable Genius: Like TV Tropes, RW encourages humor in their articles; also like TVT, the comedic talents of their contributors vary wildly. Given that RW is usually censorious,note  sometimes their articles cross the border between "witty" and "smug".
  • Insult to Rocks: Of North Korea, they write:
    Comparing it to Nazi Germany would actually be unfair to the Nazis; at least they fed their "Glorious Aryan Master Race"!
  • It's All About Me: One of their biggest criticisms of the Mandela Effect is that the theory relies on the idea that the world revolves around the people that believe in it and not realizing that human memory is extremely faulty and can be fooled.
  • Jump Scare: Their article on Vladimir Putin has a nasty surprise: if you stick for too long on the front page, Putin will blink. It doesn't help that the image caption has the words "Always watching".
  • Just for Pun: A regular feature.
    "Indigo child" is not to be confused with "In dingo child", which is what your child might become if you misplace it in Australia.
    Pseudoscience. Not to be confused with "Sudo: science", when you ask Linux to do experiments and it goes too far.
  • Kicked Upstairs: Any user who sticks around for a while and regularly makes edits will be saddled with the tedious responsibility of being a (ugh) Sysop.
  • The Lab Rat: 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 zero evidence of anyone actually using this terminology.
  • Makes Just as Much Sense in Context: As described in the Chick Tracts article:
    This panel from a Chick tract makes even less sense in context. (It really does, check if you don't believe us.) Also, goats.
  • My Country Tis of Thee That I Sting: The Scandinavian countries are easily the least heavily criticized on RationalWiki, though most editors are not from there. Eagleland gets hit especially hard — it is practically obligatory to criticize it every time it is mentioned, though nearly all editors are American.
  • New Media Are Evil: The wiki doesn't seem to like Web 2.0 on the explanation that it's making people less smart.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot:
    • Ironclad describes himself as a "liberal, homosexual, socialist, atheist, black, British, history-degree-educated PhD-level academic bodybuilder" on the wiki.
    • They mock the Barack Obama conspiracy theorists by noting on his page that he is a devout Christian, Muslim, Jew, Nazi, Marxist, Hindu, gay, Satanist, atheist, Martian, and Egyptian-British-Russian Antichrist.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: In their article about Andrew Schlafly, to let us know that he really wants to make his own translation of The Bible, as he thinks that every current translation is too "liberal", applying Canon Discontinuity by removing some verses that are the basic tenets of Christianity in the process, even though he admits to not know the original languages.
  • Only Sane Man: Until they were cut in February 2021, RationalWiki had categories called "Right of Reason", for political nationalists, conservatives, and classical liberals with enough reasonable viewpoints that they can be taken seriously,note  and "Left of Reason", for the socialists, anarchists, and social liberals with enough reasonable viewpoints that they can be taken seriously.note 
  • Overly Long Gag:
  • People's Republic of Tyranny: They don't even try to be subtle, with North Korea called the "The People's Free Democratic Republic Where We Will Quite Literally Kill Anybody Who Does Not Like the Fair and Equal System of Our Glorious Leader" and crossing through every reference of "Burma" from the Union of Myanmar.
  • Pluto Is Expendable: The site readily embraced Pluto's demotion and mocks people who insist it should still be considered a planet. Their pages on both Pluto and Ceres note that what happened to Pluto is Older Than They Think.
  • Poe's Law: Here.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: Discussed in the political correctness page (naturally). Complete with a Sarcasm Mode-filled diatribe on how to raise your children in a politically incorrect environment that includes heavily enforcing gender roles, deliberately showing your children racist children's books and cartoons, and even getting your children to smoke as early as possible!
  • Poor Man's Substitute: They describe evangelical preacher John Hagee as "Poor Man's [Jerry] Falwell."invoked
  • Portmanteau:
  • Quote Mine: They have an article on it. See also Nutpicking (the practice of citing crazy and/or stupid people to discredit their opinion).
  • Rice Burner:
    • The "Kookmobile" article discusses the extensive use of signs, stickers, ropes, flags, and ornaments in cars that are designed to promote the driver's political views. As the article points out, the amount of these items is often so extensive that it can be very dangerous to drive them around.
    • The use of large spoilers in consumer cars is Deconstructed in the "Automobile" article which points out that putting a giant spoiler on a consumer car, especially a front-wheel-drive hatchback, is only going to reduce its performance.
  • The Rival: RationalWiki makes fun of Less Wrong while actually sharing some of their user-base and cross-linking each other's favorite material.
  • Rogues Gallery: The site has a page devoted to people and organizations who have attacked it, many of them after themselves being attacked in RationalWiki articles. Among them are: Conservapedia, Less Wrong, Metapedia, Dennis Markuze, Seán Manchester, the Anglo-Saxon Foundation, YouKnowIAmRight, Cathy Brennan and the Free Republic.
  • Rule of Cautious Editing Judgment: An Averted Trope. True to its name, a rationalist point of view is non-negotiable in the articles, and the site is not above criticizing any other site which does have this policy, accusing them of pandering to the Lowest Common Denominator by committing the Golden Mean Fallacy. On the other hand, they aren't above locking pages and banning users who get too troublesome. RW used to be rather lenient in allowing users with opposing political views, but unfortunately, it has taken to being quicker with bans against users they politically disagree with. Usually for something totally unrelated to their views.
  • Rule of Funny: In full effect.
  • Running Gag:
  • Sarcasm Mode: Prevalent, for example, in the article "Fairies" as Blatant Lies followed with the marker Do You Believe That? to hint to the reader that the author didn't actually believe that.
  • Scary Black Man: Discussed in their article on the "Black brute" stereotype. They even link to the Unfortunate Implications page.
  • Science Is Bad: Completely inverted, as one of the site's goals is to refute pseudoscience and people who really think Science Is Bad. Indeed, many of the articles defend the advances of science against people who dismiss or outright deny them, from climate change denialists to opponents of vaccination.
  • Self-Demonstrating Article: Notably once inverted.
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • Their wiki comparison table asserts that their intended editor base is "rationalists", while their actual editor base is "Drunk rationalists, goat fetishists".
    • Their article on stereotypes has a long list of examples, the last of which is that RW users are "immature nerds," which they then admit is true.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: RationalWiki's assessment of Communism, arguing that not only did it fail to end plutocracy while still costing millions of lives, but that in the last powerful country to call itself communist, working conditions are just as bad as those that inspired Karl Marx to become a political activist in the first place. “Nothing has changed except that a few ineffectual people are now dead” doesn’t even begin to cover it.
  • Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness: In between Wikipedia and TV Tropes. Articles tend to vary from serious to silly. However, 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).
  • Smart Ball: Their Stopped clock article discusses this.
  • Smart People Know Latin: Discussed in the Latin article.
  • Smug Snake: They call this The Dunning-Kruger Effect. This is when a little knowledge gets to someone's head and they end up thinking they're an Instant Expert.
  • Some of My Best Friends Are X: They call it the "Friend argument", and they do not think highly of it. (They also link back to our article.) They also propose a "Boomerang Bigot fallacy", that someone who speaks ill of members of a group of which they are a member can't be bigoted against it (with the surface message of Stop Being Stereotypical often being used as thin cover for such).
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Their page for that is "Kinder, Küche, Kirche" which is "Children, Kitchen, and Church" in German. (Which happens to have been a Nazi slogan.) 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.
  • Straw Feminist: Averted. The site goes out of its way to delineate between the more agreeable and academic parts of the feminist movement and those they consider unreasonable extremists, like Cathy Brennan and Andrea Dworkin. They also have little love for the more transphobic and sex-negative elements of second-wave feminism.
  • Straw Misogynist: Conversely, the site has little more than contempt for the men's rights movement and similar or related movements/individuals (or even ones they perceive as being similar or related).
  • Take That!
    • Mostly against fundamentalists and authoritarians, though no one is completely spared, not even the site itself.
    • The wiki's origins as an anti-Conservapedia site still tend to show clearly in most articles about nationalist or conservative politicians or political positions; because reality rarely conforms to the USA's definition of political centrism or 'neutrality', they don't either.
    • Even TV Tropes is subject to a little criticism, most notably a rundown of The Second Google Incident. That said, the article used to be much more critical than it is now, even after the Incident.
    • Their tag for blatant sarcasm is "Do You Believe That?" Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron's original Way of the Master video begins with Cameron giving a gross misrepresentation of the Big Bang theory, and Comfort then exclaiming, "Do you believe that?"
    • Their Web 2.0 page isn't exactly soft on the site but they do give a bit of humor at the end. The "See also" doesn't hold back the vitriol either as they link to "Stalking, Copyright infringement, Narcissism, Big Brother, Red State Wingnuttery, Nosy Neighbors, and Mafia Protection Money". See "You Are What You Hate" and their page for more.
  • There Are No Girls on the Internet: Addressed in "Gender and Sysops", which aimed to encourage a more balanced gender representation.
  • Thing-O-Meter: The Irony Meter.
  • Tome of Eldritch Lore: Their article on the Necronomicon which comes complete with their characteristic Deadpan Snark:
    "Since the time of 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 eldritch cyclopean gibbering madnesses called into our world out of indescribable gulfs beyond all sane conceptions of space and time."
  • Trade Snark:
  • Troll:
    • Marcus Cicero, LBHS Cheerleader, TK, Rob Smith, D Morris, take your pick. The site's dangerously lenient ban policy results in it being 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.
    • The wiki itself discourages replicating this behavior in kind on Conservapedia, as that site is funnier when it's genuine stupidity and not invented. Nevertheless, they indulge in it on their own site often; for instance, referring to Conservapedia sysop Karajou as "Kowardjou" because it annoys him.
  • Turing Test: They have an article on it. They also mention it in the context of a Take That! 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."
  • TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Life: Their now-deleted article "Conservapedia:Boycott" listed visiting TV Tropes as an alternative to reading Conservapedia and laughing at it. They added the comment "Kiss your spare time good-bye."
  • Two Decades Behind: On "Trans-exclusionary radical feminists" and their rejection from third-wave feminists:
    Back in the 1980s, TERF ideas were at the absolute pinnacle of the tree of ideological soundness and political correctness (early enough that that term was only used approvingly by those supporting it). During this period, transgender people were only beginning to become the subjects of political awareness. They can't quite understand how the same ideas — let alone their actions — in the 2010s are considered odious bigotry.
  • Understatement: "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."
  • Un-person: While the wiki traditionally had very lenient ban rules, negative experience with trolls as well as the fact that next to everybody is given sysop rights (which includes banning any given user) and changes in the userbase have led to some users being banned and new users being banned for so much as resemblance to any banned user. This is particularly the case for any "Avenger-socks" so named after one user banned for their opinion on Israel.
  • Warhawk: The wiki frequently calls out politicians and pundits who either didn't serve in the military or did so in positions where they didn't see any combat and still call for an aggressive foreign policy as "chickenhawks". Pages on these individuals usually feature an image of this patch, coupled with the text: "They so proudly wear this insignia".
  • Wiki Vandal: They call it Wandalism.
  • Word Salad Philosophy: They accuse libertarian philosopher Murray Rothbard of as much in their article on him.
  • Worthy Opponent: The general RW opinion of former Conservapedia sysop JessicaT, the Token Good Teammate of CP's admins, (who turned out to be a Sock Puppet 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 the Assfly pisses upon their dreams from a great height.
  • You Are What You Hate: The wiki does not like Web 2.0 at all, claiming that it is dumbing down society and promoting pseudo-intellectualism, despite or perhaps because of the fact that, as a wiki, the site is part of Web 2.0 by definition, something they Lampshade at the end.
  • Zero-Approval Gambit: The supposed modus operandi of deep cover liberals.


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