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Wikipedia:Rage quit

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A rage quit (or a threat of rage quit) typically occurs when an editor finds that conventional dispute resolution channels are either not timely enough or fail to yield an acceptable outcome to that person.


A typical rage quit occurs as follows:

  1. Inciting event — Sally does something "inexcusable" to Joe, but typically only controversial to others.
  2. Rabble phase — Joe gets angry and can't understand why others aren't as angry as Joe is. He proceeds to rabble about it in a high-visibility venue in order to evoke a certain action (The Only Solution™) to be taken against Sally. Either insufficient or no action is taken against Sally, thus prompting Joe to give even more of a f**k.
  3. Threat of rage quit or The Ultimatum — Joe demands that either The Only Solution™ be taken, or Joe will cease editing forever.
  4. Ellipses phase or (...) — The ellipses phase happens when Joe still doesn't get his way and people are standing around waiting for Joe to either accept a compromise, back down, or make good on his promise.
  5. Rage quit — At this phase, one of several things typically happen:
    1. Joe throws up a {{retired}} template on his user page and stops editing forever;
    2. Joe throws up a {{retired}} template on his user page, keeps complaining, but eventually gets over it; or,
    3. Joe just won't give it a rest, and ends up having The Only Solution™ ironically taken against him for his disruption

This is by no means the only progression or situation, but one of several. For instance, the topic might not be over Sally's behavior but over a particular policy or guideline.


Much like a legal threat, an editor may simply make a rage-quit threat (RQT) in hopes of using it as trump card to win an argument. However, this is frequently unsuccessful due to its highly coercive nature and typically results in embarrassment when people refuse to completely acquiesce to the quit threatener's demands. This leaves the threatener in an awkward position of trying to save face and leaves everyone else involved in the dispute with the task of trying to ameliorate the heightened anxiety and fundamental anger experienced by the threatener. This can even result in a backfire effect, whereby the perceived hostility of the threatener, alone, puts them at-odds with achieving their intended outcome.


Several preferable alternatives exist that avoid rage quits.

  • Not giving a f**k — In all reality, whatever's pissing you off will probably piss others off and the problem will solve itself without your future intervention—just give it time.
  • Taking a break — Taking a break allows others to deal with the problem, and if you're right, allows sufficient time for a greater sample size to develop for your argument.
  • Finding another area to help out in — There are soooo many other things to do here. The Backlog, for example, has tons of areas you can help out in. You don't even have to be a wiki-expert, for example, to use Special:Random to find some random article that might need your assistance. Even if you're just helping provide input, things like articles for deletion and in-the-news are always in need of some neutral commentary.
  • Randomly choosing one of the 4.6 million other WP articles — There are lots of other pages to work on

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