Wikipedia:WikiOgre

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WikiOgre
Temporal range:
Middle Nupedian (2001) – Recent
Poucet10.jpg
A WikiOgre who has ventured out of his cave, advancing on five unsuspecting Wikipedia stubs.
Conservation status
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Hominidae
Tribe: Hominini
Genus: Homo
Species: H. orco
Binomial name
Homo orco
Homo Sapien range.png
Possible range of Homo orco (green)

A WikiOgre (feminine WikiOgress) is a mythical WikiCreature, typically yet not always accurrately depicted as large, hideous and manlike. It usually goes for long stretches making few or no edits, but for short periods of time and in brief spurts makes large edits, complete rewrites, or even new articles. A WikiOgre may otherwise make minor edits, such as copyediting or vandalism reversion, over the course of everyday perusal. The reason for this lifestyle is often a busy offline life.

In other words: Every once in a while the WikiOgre goes on a rampage, but most of the time he or she is content to sit around in his cave and eat the random passerby.

Some Wikipedians have an expectation that others will always respond to them in a timely manner, leading to frustration and disappointment when dealing with WikiOgres. They are advised to either get over it or to offer to pay the WikiOgre in exchange for agreeing to meet their arbitrary deadlines.[0]

Identifying WikiOgres[edit]

To advertise your WikiOgrishness on your userpage, add:

or

Another way for WikiOgres to identify themselves is to display an ogre at the top of the page next to the User's name. The following code should produce a small ogre at the top of the page {{WikiOgre}}.

There is some overlap with WikiDragons, in that to the casual observer, both appear to be making a massive amount of bold edits. They are driven, passionate, and goal-oriented, with little niceties such as dotting i's and crossing t's being given a secondary priority to getting "actual work" done. The difference is that WikiDragons do not have the long absences of WikiOgres; WikiDragons are like WikiOgres that are just "turned on" all the time, with no periods of relative inactivity. Also, WikiOgres are occasionally driven to go on a burst of squashing swarms of minor irritations such as poor reference citations or spelling mistakes, doing the work of a dozen WikiGnomes in the space of a day. WikiDragons usually ignore such menial tasks unless there's absolutely nothing else left to do.

Gallery[edit]

The WikiOgre banner: An ogre reaches out from its cave to snack on a passing Wikipedia article. 
A WikiOgre in his cave, perfectly contented after his previous binge editing. Note the WP:WikiCat on lower left. 
A sculpture of a WikiOgre. 

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