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|This page in a nutshell: Don't-give-a-fuckism is the idea that attachment to things (articles, policies, AfDs, etc...) which are essentially beyond your control is a stumbling block to being a good Wikipedian.|
An example is at User:Antandrus/observations on Wikipedia behavior, Observation #60:
"It is easier to get a sincere 'thank you' for reverting 'ur a faggot' from someone's userpage, than it is for writing a researched, thorough, and referenced encyclopedia article on an encyclopedic topic. The best way to continue as a writing Wikipedian for many years is to be 'indifferent to both praise and blame.' Indifference to praise is a hard task for mere humans, but millions of potential anonymous readers demand it of you, for if you require praise you will burn out..."
Suffering (conflict and stress) is caused by attachment (giving a fuck) and can be relieved by detachment (not giving a fuck).
Not giving a fuck improves your quality of life significantly by drastically reducing your capabilities of giving a fuck.
Some variations of the phrase include "Don't give a rat's ass" or "Couldn't care less". The Irish regularly reject any possibility of anything bad happening with the expression "Ah sure, it'll be grand". This is a good example of not giving a fuck being far more than a reductive approach to stress. The origins of this phrase are shrouded in mystery, presumably because no one could be arsed to write it all down—and even if they did, sure, who'd give a fuck?
The phrase originated from England, and was used as "Don't care a rap for". A rap was a half-penny, or a very low denomination. "Don't care a — for" means that you wouldn't sacrifice even this very small thing for whatever it is you are talking about.
There are also some indirect variations such as DILLIGAF ("Do I look like I give a fuck?"), "You could cry me a river", "Blow it out your butt", "Tell somebody who cares", or "My heart is bleeding", basically meaning that any damaging of the subject's credibility is accepted.
One can even extend the wording by suggesting that you would rather do anything else but care, such as. This is the ultimate in don't give a fuckism.
Wikipedia and not giving a fuck
Contributors who couldn't care less help both Wikipedia and themselves in many ways:
- By not caring, they are far less likely to act on strong emotions and do something mindlessly stupid
- This detachment means they are not slaves to strong opinions they previously formed
- This freedom from pre-formed ideas means it is easier for them to see what is actually happening in front of them
- Detachment from strong opinions leads to neutrality, and neutrality is important on Wikipedia
- Not caring about an edit after you have saved it means if anyone reverts it, your inability to give a fuck will avoid the possibility of any edit warring arising
- Not caring reduces fear and inhibition, and lends itself to ignoring all rules and being bold
- Come on... really. This is not a big deal!
Bad ways to not give a fuck
Using apathy as rationalization for a dickish action is an abuse of the live-and-let-live ethos of don't-give-a-fuckism. Behaving like an angry mastodon, perhaps stemming from excessively possessive feelings toward an article you have created or edited, is symptomatic of caring too much. Take a deep breath. Count to ten. Consider moving on.
DGAFism is not to be confused with nihilism. You have to really care to commit deeply to a negative view of life. Likewise, being deliberately sloppy in your editing and sourcing is an abuse of Wikipedia, and has nothing to do with DGAFism.
Expressing your don't-give-a-fuckism
A true DGAFer is unlikely to bother promoting their position much, but if you would like to support this essay you can use one of these userboxes:
- Parkinson's law of triviality
- Don't be a dick
- Greyface (in Discordianism)
- Ignore all rules
- Ignore all dramas
- Let it go
- It's not the End of the World
- Somebody Else's Problem
- Nobody cares
- The World Will Not End Tomorrow
- Too long; didn't read
- Observations on Wikipedia behavior
- Marcus Aurelius
- Diogenes of Sinope
- Ownership of articles, the policy which is the basis of this essay
- Sexual abstinence: Long-term abstinence as a lifestyle, the literal concept, completely unrelated to the metaphorical one described here