This is a humorous essay.
It contains the advice or opinions of one or more Wikipedia contributors and is made to be humorous. This page is not one of Wikipedia's policies or guidelines, as it has not been thoroughly vetted by the community. Some essays represent widespread norms; others only represent minority viewpoints. This essay isn't meant to be taken seriously.
|This page in a nutshell: Ignore all essays, except this one.|
It is already established that one should ignore all rules. Some essayists believe we should ignore all dramas, others think we should ignore all uses of "ignore all rules". Other things we should ignore all of include rules, except for the one about consensus, or maybe ignore credentials or even more radically ignore all users.
There is a much simpler and easier thing to do: just ignore all essays! This is much easier to follow: you just don't read essays and ignore appeals to them. It won't affect editing articles or fighting vandals or any of the other things you do on the site.
But this may present something of a paradox. If you ignore all essays, you are following the advice given in this essay, and are therefore not ignoring all essays. Hence, it is common practice to follow the advice in this essay, thus ignoring most essays, but not this one. Wikipedians, you have your own liar paradox! Enjoy it until some mathematician or philosopher makes it disappear in a puff of logic.
- Wikipedia has established the policy of Wikipedia:Ignore all rules.
- Rules are more formal than essays, and represent the opinions of more users (sometimes, however, that doesn't matter; see Wikipedia:Ignore all users, which is, admittedly, an essay)
- Thus, we should establish the policy of Wikipedia:Ignore all essays.
Hazards of essays
- Wikipedia:Newcomers are delicious, so go ahead and bite them: encourages cannibalism, and may cause permanent scarring, especially to minors.
- Wikipedia:Don't stuff beans up your nose: through reverse psychology, will encourage people to stuff beans up their noses, causing suffocation and death.
- Wikipedia:EPD: encourages an obsession with edit counts which could lead to dehydration, poor eye health, and would be detrimental to social relationships.