Ignore all rules
"Ignore all rules" is a rule to set rules aside.
The stance of ignoring all rules is itself a rule, constituting a paradox. A scholar on Immanuel Kant's view of genius states that this critical stance is accordingly transcended by the autonomy of genius: "Genius demonstrates its autonomy not by ignoring all rules, but by deriving the rules from itself."
"Ignore All Rules" is a "favorite" rule of the English-language open content encyclopedia, Wikipedia. Its formulation is generally (emphasis in original), "If a rule prevents you from improving or maintaining Wikipedia, ignore it." Wikipedia has a tradition of treating rules skeptically, except for this rule. The philosophy or mantra was championed by Larry Sanger (a co-founder of Wikipedia, active 2001–2002), who made it the first of a set of site guidelines (but later rejected it); it continues to be disseminated by Jimmy Wales (the still active co-founder of Wikipedia).
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