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  • Acceptable Targets: Because it's easy for articles on the site to be edited with either inaccurate information or no citations at all, there are a lot of people who think that Wikipedia is always wrong. As such, it's an easy target for its detractors.
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  • Archive Binge: Occurs as per the page quote, and referenced by xkcd.
  • Archive Panic: Encyclopedias are often upwards of twenty volumes. Most encyclopedias don't have over six million articles, many of them very, very, very long. Current estimates put the English Wikipedia at over 2,700 volumes, and all editions of Wikipedia at over 20,000 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.
  • "Common Knowledge": Going by pop culture, you would think that Wikipedia is overflowing with ridiculously phony and inaccurate information. Quite unlike the real-life version, it appears to have no blocking, user regulations, or vandalism policies whatsoever.
  • Fandom-Enraging Misconception: It's "Wikipedia", not "Wiki." A wiki is merely a style of website that can be edited by other people.
  • Memetic Mutation:
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    • The "A personal appeal 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".
    • Mentions of Fernando Lugo on discussions about pictures on the Main Page.
    • Comments on especially witty put-downs will often include the link to the List of burn centers in the United States.
    • Any incomplete list article that says, "You can help by expanding it" — "expand" is here intended to mean "add article on existing examples", but can be read as "perform the act listed so we can write an article about it". When attached to articles like "List of school massacres", "List of socialist revolutions", or "List of war crimes", the joke is that the article is commanding readers to kill people.
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    • The audio reading for the cock and ball torture article (NSFW) is popularly used in pranks, especially in middle and high schools. In early 2019, however, the reading gained a massive surge in popularity after CBT: The Full Experiencenote  was uploaded to YouTube.
    • One common joke is how fast Wikipedia editors update someone's page when they die.
    • Wikipedia asking for three dollar donations.
    • Example on Wheels! Note on wheels! 
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  • Moment of Awesome: For any editor, seeing the article they've worked on reaching Featured Status, specially when it appears on the main page.
  • More Popular Spin-Off: The site was launched to develop content for Nupedia, but quickly took on a life of its own.
  • Narm:
    • This essay is full of it. All essays have plenty of narm, but this is the one that has the most of it.
    • Crops up in some factual articles, such as the ones explaining common objects in detail. This is also evident in articles on sexual practices.
  • Never Live It Down: When Wikipedia is discussed in pop culture, it's usually its inaccuracies that get mentioned the most.
  • 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.
  • Periphery Demographic: While the Simple English Wikipedia is geared towards children, people with learning difficulties and people learning English as a second language, it's also popular with native adult English speakers without any learning difficulties because it explains technical topics simply.
  • Sequel Displacement:
    • While it isn't the first wiki, Wikipedia is synonymous with wikis in the public imagination.
    • In terms of encyclopaedias Jimmy Wales has made, nobody remembers its predecessor, Nupedia.
  • Squick: You may not want to look at the pictures for certain articles on medical conditions while you are eating.
  • "Stop Having Fun" Guys:
    • The deletionist editors.
    • To a lesser extent, the humorless editors, though this is usually justified.
    • Any participants of an Edit War.
    • Overzealous editors who act like any minor edit is vandalism.


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