Ignore all rules

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"Ignore all rules" is a rule to set other rules aside.[1]

"Ignore all rules" is a rule of the English-language open content encyclopedia, Wikipedia, and also some other localized editions of Wikipedia. Its formulation is generally "If a rule prevents you from improving or maintaining Wikipedia, ignore it." (emphasis in original)[2] The philosophy or mantra was championed by Larry Sanger,[3] a co-founder of Wikipedia, active 2001–2002, who made it the first of a set of site guidelines, but later rejected it.[4][3] It continues to be disseminated by Jimmy Wales, the still active co-founder of Wikipedia.[2]


  1. ^ Shapiro, Haim (1995-07-14). "Matters of Taste". Jerusalem Post. Archived from the original on 2012-10-20. Retrieved 2008-06-04. 
  2. ^ a b "Wikipedia:Ignore all rules". Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. 2012-04-13. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  3. ^ a b Heather Havenstein (2007-04-02). "Wikipedia founder rejects his 'ignore all rules' mantra in new online project: Larry Sanger launches Citizendium". ComputerWorld. Retrieved 2008-06-04. 
  4. ^ Schiff, Stacy (2006-07-31). "Know It All: Can Wikipedia conquer experience?". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2008-06-05.