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Use bullet points (asterisks), add yourself at the top, try to keep it brief, and please sign your entry (with four tildes, like this: ~~~~)!

It would also be fun if you would tell us which article was your "landing point" here.

[edit] July 2014

  • I've made comments awhile back here on the cosmology page, anonymously since I had problems then opening an account. Originally I found RationalWiki from a search engine maybe regarding the same subject. I also consider myself a skeptic of many assertions/ theories in modern Physics. I also pride myself in "rational examination." Hope to make a few more valuable contributions to RationalWiki. regards! — Unsigned, by: Forrest Noble / talk / contribs
  • I've been reading RationalWiki for a few years now. I consulted it to find overviews of pretty diverse topics such as LessWrong, MRA and other fringe movements which are perhaps less blatantly "out there" than YEC, but still need a good critique from a skeptical and progressive perspective. I've also been doing a bit of reading about Ayn Rand and Scientology. I've edited Wikipedia for a while, but the community there is (perhaps understandably) paranoid that anything could be construed as POV-pushing. In the past year or so I got more interested in the topic of metrication (in particular, why the old ways still cling on in some places) and I thought I could start off by contributing to the article on the metric system, hopefully turning it into a good resource for people who want to help "advance the cause". Of course, there's no end of stuff in need of a good rational examination. A skeptic's work is never done! Archon 2488 (talk) 13:11, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
  • I browse RW occasionally and have made a minor edit or two without ever feeling the need to create an account. I've done edits in fandom wikis before and I appreciated the high quality here. Came for the autism/vaccines type pseudoscience (on which this is an incredible resource). The snark kept me sane. I found myself mostly coming back for discussion of various movements (MRA, Objectivism, etc.) that are in vogue on forums I frequent, Decided to become more of a contributor when I ran across an article that was way off base.User:Kelseypiper.

[edit] June 2014

  • I've been a long time reader,(sevral years now) I remeber the site beeing extremly SLOW, I decided to join up when reading "wolf hysteria" page, as it mirrors very much what is happening back here in Norway. I'll try and edit that page with a norwegian perspective, just got to find all my sources first. I'll try not to be biased, but can't promise it 100% as I really despise the norwegian sheep farmer. Gunfreak (talk) 19:47, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
  • I found this site while searching Conspiracy Theories. Since then, I found it to be VERY reliable to get away from all the wingnuts.--TemplarJLS (talk) 01:55, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
  • It was a while ago. I was thinking of the Amazing Atheist and what a total fucking dingleberry he is, and wanted to read an article documenting what a hilarious tool he was, is, and will continue to be until his rapist fat ass finally has the decency to have a heart attack. I believe ED was down at the time, but low and behold, RationalWiki had a page on him. I thought it was hilarious, so I decided to check out the other articles. Some of them were great, but others I felt needed improvement. So I decided to become a contributor. I intend to add the best content my ability allows.*Asterisk* (talk) 20:18, 29 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Last month I was linked to rational wiki during a debate on the minecraft forums. Since then I have used this regularly and got an account last week. Bazer63 GMT 11:34 28th June 2014
  • For at least the last couple of years I have often come across RationalWiki when googling likely woo and peddlers of woo, as well as rationalist memes. Often very helpful. --Chriswaterguy (talk) 14:28, 26 June 2014 (UTC)
  • This page linked me here http://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php?title=1166:_Argument&oldid=67639 This actually happened a while ago like last month-ish but I just found this page today in the recent changes list. edit: landing point was Pseudoscience --NonPerson (talk) 00:41, 26 June 2014 (UTC)
  • In a world where deranged idiocy is taking over, Rationwiki is a bastion of sanity. I googled "John Hawkins" and "right wing" in order to find out about an author and Rationwiki told me he was the "batshit-crazy wingnut who runs the website Right Wing News." Awesome! I have lots I can add to this website on batshit-crazy wingnuts and conspiracy theorists. LMM (talk) 20:52, 25 June 2014 (UTC)
  • I was checking the credibility of a writer, examining their references in an interesting but sloppy article which provided several citations supporting its statements, one of which sent me far beyond my comfort zone of suspended disbelief. The references were lame: mainly links to Wikipedia entries which I did not bother with. Rather than go to the source of the other reference -provided for that most 'woo' statement and the most suspicious link (it went to 'infowars' -which rang a dissonant bell) I searched elsewhere for a good hit on 'infowars' which brought me here, where my suspicions were confirmed by reminder that that ...that is that creepy Alex Jones website I found myself on momentarily once many years ago; coming quickly to the same conclusions represented here.--Greeneggs (talk) 04:48, 23 June 2014 (UTC)
  • I was looking for the intelligent equivalent of Conservapedia. I searched "Conservapedia" in Google, and ended up in the page titled "Conservapedia" on RW. DrunkBrain (talk) 08:04, 17 June 2014 (UTC)
  • I was looking for a site that had detailed breakdowns and rebuttals against AiG and stumbled on this RationalWiki. By far the best place to see things from a rational lighting in a long, long time. I would never in a thousand years regret going here.--MedicalCyanide (talk) 23:01, 6 June 2014 (UTC)
  • I was searching for some really nutty conspiracy theories a couple of months ago, so I did a Bing search for "Tin foil hats to protect the brain". This was the sixth or seventh site to come up and the first one not to deal directly with the construction of Tin Foil Hats. The landing page was Tin Foil Hat. — Unsigned, by: Ed Swanson / talk / contribs
  • Found the place while looking for a source to educate somebody on why the Friend argument is fundamentally flawed. Azuno (talk) 21:57, 3 June 2014 (UTC)
  • I found RationalWiki after having read the entirety of the Time Cube cult-spiracy, which was brought to my attention by a friend claiming it was an educational resource. I knew, after the first word, that Time Cube was not educational at all and might have dropped my IQ by several points, but I read the whole thing because I found it rather funny that someone had dedicated time to that nonsense. I found RationalWiki while searching for Time Cube on google, and it sounded like a great place to find out about even more crazy ideologies without having to go to a website founded by followers of those crazy ideologies. It most certainly was, and it even helped me dispute some more common ideologies too. Quesosama (talk) 13:48, 6 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Found it years ago when searching up on various logical fallacies. NonameAllgame (talk) 15:35, 8 June 2014 (UTC)

[edit] May 2014

  • Prize from box of cereal ROPChain (talk) 10:49, 31 May 2014 (UTC)
  • I've been lurking here for a while now ant decided to make an account randomly. I'm pretty young (14 as of typing) and thanks to this and various other sites I already have an above-average grasp of theoretical sciences (Philosophy, Politics,Economics etc.) so hopefully i'll have some sort of insight.--Goven (talk) 16:50, 30 May 2014 (UTC)
  • Long-time reader, first time editor. Grew up in a homeschooling, Independent Baptist home. Currently attending a fundamentalist diploma mill (trying to transfer). I guess I'm a deep-cover conservative IRL so I figured my experience could be useful. Plus I've read RW so much I feel like I owe something to the community. AugustusCaesar (talk) 02:53, 30 May 2014 (UTC)
  • A year ago, when I was still a christian and a hardcore conspiracy TRUTHER, in a discussion about 911 being an inside job someone linked me to the corresponding page here at RW. All those bullet points, each one refuting my beliefs, one by one. So I simply ignored it. I couldn't handle the pressure and mindblow. Then, months later I was already too much questioned, making my beliefs weak. I decided if I couldn't answer some simple counter-arguments, my belief was pure BS. So I jumped in this marvelous place. Within a month or two, I became an atheist and an antitheist and stopped believing in black magic, the Illuminati, chem trails, hollow earth, ancient aliens, homeopathy, and a whole lot more insane shit. I am very thankful for this awesome project. I was even able to bring more people to the skeptic side of the force, such as my sister and a lot of friends. Just recently I registered and decided to help here a little. ~epixSay What? 15:31, 29 May 2014 (UTC)
  • I was just Bing'ing it (the new Googling. Hey, it's a thing!) for one of my favorite things ever: debunking pseudoscience and... bam! Very funny! I can' believe how funny it is! And informative. Figured I'd lend a hand in the copy-editing. Kassorlae (talk) 19:05, 28 May 2014 (UTC)
  • My chemistry professor told us about it when we were discussing denialism. I am overcoming Christianity and interested in learning more about creation science from a skeptical perspective. Wabansia (talk) 13:19, 27 May 2014 (UTC)
  • I found it ages ago via Google search while searching for info about kooks such as Andrew Wakefield and John Best, as autism is relevant to my interests. I was then hooked, but finally decided to register now. CassieHikari (talk) 03:49, 27 May 2014 (UTC)
  • Badgered into returning. Also, my leechblock was erased when I reinstalled the OS. Aldon (talk) 18:44, 26 May 2014 (UTC)
  • I was guided to it by God, who, it turns out, is a great enthusiast. Glynhughes (talk) 18:42, 26 May 2014 (UTC)
  • I had been aware for the website for some while, mostly as it provided a less conservative representation of issues regarding gender and race than Wikipedia did. I decided to start editing after receiving off-website threats by a racist editor concerning work on articles relating to Lee Rigby. I hope my edits are appreciated --Drowninginlimbo (talk) 19:33, 21 May 2014 (UTC)
  • I follow some pages on Facebook where people debunk pseudo-sciences, anti-vaccination and other woos. A few day ago, they highlighted the legal threats sent by the guy behind Natural News to a reporter and a news websites (Forbes, if I remember). Within the article, there where a link to this wiki, on the NatNews page. And in a bat of an eye, I was in love with the wiki. If I may not contribute often, I'll put this wiki to good use, having an awful numbers of woo believers within my friends and family. Science rules! Killiox (talk) 12:58, 19 May 2014 (UTC)
  • Back in April I was looking for a discussion about Otherkin as I was completely confused... The discussion I read was dynamic on both sides, something you don't see much on the internet! Or at all, in general. Due to the interesting terms littering the pages I got curious. This place is awesome to put it bluntly. Even though I thought I was a well educated liberal I have a lot more to discover. (Knowledge is power!) I have shown this wiki to a few of my friends and we all love it. Keep on rolling, guys. Almighty Wholegrain (talk) 03:22, 15 May 2014 (UTC)
  • I knew the infamous conservapedia long before RationalWiki (for fun, needless to say) and decided to seach a bit further for Cp's criticism. On the WP page, I saw "RationalWiki was created in reaction". Hey, what about peeking a look for this wiki's CP page? . Hey, but the whole thing is quite interesting! Let's create an account! Towerator (talk) 11:48, 9 May 2014 (UTC)
  • I was searching for critical articles about crank climate denial arguments, and found a wealth of information here. What a great resource, hope I can contribute from time to time. Andrew McLaren ([User talk:Andrew McLaren|talk]]) 21:24, 8 May 2014 (UTC)
  • I was looking for something about denying moon landing and found the article here, now I check the content of this Wiki every day. Manki (talk) 01:24, 8 May 2014 (UTC)
  • I was googling Conservapedia and found this on some article that linked to it. I browsed around and found it very interesting. Logiblocs (talk) 12:39, 6 May 2014 (UTC)
  • I found RationalWiki after a friend of mine posted an article to RationalWiki's corresponding facebook group. The article in question, "Homosexual agenda", caught my eye and I spent the next 90 minutes flipping around from article to article, taking in the majesty of this shining beacon of a website. For an atheist, feminist, asexual, ultraliberal skeptic (yay for labels!), this is a wonderful haven. It's the best thing I've discovered on the internet since pandora. Thanks for existing. Alphaomega2112 (talk) 10:01, 1 May 2014 (UTC)Alphaomega2112 (talk) 22:06, 1 May 2014 (UTC)Alphaomega2112

[edit] April 2014

  • I have known of RationalWiki for some time. I've been teaching about skepticism (as a psychology professor) for many years. JRicker (talk) 21:15, 20 April 2014 (UTC)JRicker
  • Found this place by trying to evidence to debunk various conspiracies theories. Specifically the racist/anti-Semitic conspiracy theories like white genocide and the International Jewish Conspiracy. Also finally found a good place that called out Mark Dice's bullshit and various other fundie conspiracy theorist. — Unsigned, by: 98.181.34.36 / talk / contribs 2014-04-08T01:16:25
  • Followed a link to http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Laura_Knight_Jadczyk in an alt.religion.scientology usenet post by Hartley Patterson. Hartley maintains the ars FAQ and is a consistently balanced and informative participant in a newsgroup that is otherwise all but overrun by trolls, spammers, and kooks. His links are worth following, so here I am! Riley the Atheist Dog (talk) 16:11, 2 April 2014 (UTC)
  • It was multiple reasons, but I think I saw things like "Galileo gambit" in Google search results. Naturally, my curiosity got the better of me, and the wiki's bias supports my own bias (nothing to do with my username, by the way). The Fun articles also entertained me, especially some of the crap from Conservapedia, and I've also wanted to add some stuff (like death row worker psychology in Capital punishment). So, I just decided to create an account and log in here, for ease with my editing. LeftyGreenMario (talk) 20:19, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

[edit] March 2014

  • Looking up for more info on Scientology BS... Vas (talk) 03:56, 23 March 2014 (UTC)Vas 23:53, 22 March 2014 (UTC)
  • While looking up logical fallacies... Stephen (talk) 06:12, 19 March 2014 (UTC)
  • I blundered into its TV Tropes page a few weeks ago. --Optimusjamie (talk) 21:43, 15 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Was researching on some definitions, decided to see if there was an in-depth definition of the word Cisgender. Interesting, to say the least! Iruki (talk) 19:02, 3 March 2014 (UTC)
  • I've been using RationalWiki for several years now, but just registered. I probably first came to it from Randi.org or Doubtful News. I've been a contributor to Wikipedia for many years, mostly on scientific, skeptical, and social/political topics. Today's visit was prompted by the article on Kent Hovind reached from Doubtful News. By profession, I'm a largely retired scientist, educator, and technical writer/editor. JonAK (talk) 16:01, 4 March 2014 (UTC)
  • After a day of being dumbfounded by people and whatever the hell is wrong with quite a lot of them, I performed a search on 'what the hell is wrong with some people'. The Essay:What_The_Hell_is_Wrong_With_People? explained to me exactly what is wrong with some people. My faith in humanity is currently being restored page by page. Ubee0173 (talk) 10:25, 7 March 2014 (UTC)

[edit] February 2014

  • Doubtful News! I saw discussions on pseudoscience and thought this would be a good place to find updates.Dwsalter (talk) 14:12, 2 March 2014 (UTC)dwsalter
  • I was looking up the term "MGTOW" via google when I found the Fun:Manosphere glossary page. Larry Wumpus (talk) 18:23, 23 February 2014 (UTC)
  • I joined the community of the church of the flying spaghetti monster on googlePlus and found a link of the subject there. I read the article and was immediately charmed by the concept of Rationalwikki. Love it!--Carlo Landzaat (talk) 17:12, 17 February 2014 (UTC)
  • Bedridden and bored out of my mind, I read the blog of someone applying David Icke inspired conspiracy theory to my home town, and just kept following conspiracy links, credulous or skeptical, until I ended up here on the Washington, D.C. street design conspiracy theory page. HelenCampbell (talk) 10:23, 15 February 2014 (UTC)
  • I was reading Schizo by Ivan Brunetti and searched for some things he spoke of there. Ended up here. First article was Godel's Incomplete Theorems. 23:49, 14 February 2014 (IST)
  • I went to Google and found Jesus-is-savior. After having read what I clicked on, I immediately decided to search for 'jesus-is-savior batshit crazy' and the name RationalWiki stuck out like a sore thumb. I've loved reading the articles on here ever since. AConservativeGod (talk) 2:03, 14 February 2014 (UTC)
  • I was looking for the antithesis to Conservapedia and a source for information on logical fallacies. It all lead me here. Grifguz (talk) 16:59, 13 February 2014 (UTC)Grifguz
  • I am writing a book in Serbian about logical fallacies and Google brought me here. No idea which article was my first.-- Pedja  (speak up, contributions) 21:16, 8 February 2014 (UTC)
  • I found this wiki trying to find a way to contact the admins of Conservapedia after I was banned for bringing up logical point that counter their claims (I MAY have also mentioned something about their wiki's logic making me feel humanity is doomed. Maybe.) I think I ended up on the main page. Can't remember for sure.ZeroIsLogic (talk) 03:05, 26 February 2014 (UTC)

[edit] January 2014

  • I was a contributor to StealThisWiki until it vanished. I was doing a websearch on it, trying to see if it had popped up elsewhere, when I found a discussion on it on this very wiki. I've been contributing ever since. Unidyne (talk) 02:11, 28 January 2014 (UTC)
  • I actually found RationalWiki a year ago when I first heard about Conservapedia. I found RationalWiki to be a nice refuge from the clusterfuck that is Conservapedia. I lurked for a year and here I am now! dietrich pls (talk) 23:13, 26 January 2014 (UTC)
  • Two words: Lenski affair. --Rakovsky (talk) 07:15, 20 January 2014 (UTC)
  • Cracked.com, "The 5 Most Terrifying Bastardizations of the Wikipedia Model" led me to CP, the desire for more information about which led me here. Subsequent reading suggested it was worth joining. Frostbyte (talk) 08:26, 19 January 2014 (UTC)
  • My research placed me here so with its name (Rational) I empressed and joined the URL. I belief rationalism is a true religion and submissiveness towards lack of knowledge. Nannadeem (talk) 12:59, 15 January 2014 (UTC)
  • I already knew of Uncyclopedia and was curious if there are more sites out there similar to Wikipedia. Someone referred a few sites in Yahoo Answers and RationalWiki was among them. I was in a bit of a belief crisis by then and RationalWiki helped me figure out what i wanted. The first page was something related to Atheism. Earthling (talk) 04:56, 15 January 2014 (UTC)
  • I came here from Reddit's /r/skeptic subreddit, but I don't remember what the page was. Frederick♠♣♥♦ 07:27, 14 January 2014 (UTC)
  • I think I was looking for critiques of Bitcoin several months ago and stumbled upon this wiki, but I then found stuff about gold-buggery, the problems with Austrian economics, and then many other types of woo; at one point I had more than 100 tabs open on this wiki. Lewisje (talk) 05:29, 14 January 2014 (UTC)
  • In the course of pulling some articles from the web I stumbled across the Institute for Noetic Sciences, which appears to be a collection of really gullible people, and specifically an article about identical twins and psychic powers associated with Psi. My stomache hurt so bad from laughing so hard that I googled "natural healing woo" which had the RationalWiki article on "Nature Woo" as the top hit. Now I'm hooked and I think I'm going to like this place. As an aside, I did battle against the Creationists at talk.origins in the mid nineties and more recently I have been on the warpath against the vaxxers and the GMO hysterics - but always the Happy Warrior in the tradition of Hubert Humphrey. FriendlyScientist (talk) 11:45, 12 January 2014 (UTC)
  • I've been reading and referencing this wiki for long enough that I cannot honestly remember what first brought the site to my attention. In line with the new year, I thought I might (eventually) contribute to the place. What really spurred me was recent discussions on the (related?) facebook group, followed by reading the to do list. Essentially, I take my time, and about five or six other persons while I'm at it. So it goes! Aachen (talk) 22:26, 4 January 2014 (UTC)
  • I have recently been exploring the profoundly terrible "Spirit Science", and all the often hilarious rebuttals of it, as I enjoy satire of pseudo-science. Following exhausting all the rebuttal videos on Youtube, I googled this to see if there were any definitive rebuttals (all the videos just address a few points each, and my thirst for mocking stupidity had not been sated), to land on the page for it on this website, and I have since spent about 6 or 7 hours combing through mathematic, scientific and engineering related articles, enjoying the sheer mocking of some people, and also reading articles about American politicians, and have enjoyed the few references to Australian examples (being Australian..). In closing, I'd like to say I disagree with the question I just answered, asking which value is easiest to calculate, and sin(pi/3) is easier to calculate than a logarithm or arctangent..--Skenvy (talk) 12:37, 4 January 2014 (UTC)
  • I was looking up information about Wind Turbine Syndrome, and other terms for this used by wingnut groups, for a dissertation involving community renewable energy schemes; this bullshit is a major obstacle to wind farm construction, so this seemed relevant to my dissertation as a problem that a community scheme would mitigate. I stumbled upon this website while I was researching this "disease" and was immediately intrigued. I didn't cite it because I knew that a freely editable wiki wouldn't be accepted as a source for an academic paper, especially since the people running the course had, quite rightly, hammered in the point that peer reviewed journals are far more acceptable sources than wikis from day one. However, I still found the website funny and informative and since then, I've found reading the well-reasoned idiot-mocking and rebuttals to pseudoscience quite addictive. Being British, I've also enjoyed reading the Britain-related articles, especially the articles about our politicians. ThroningErmine8 (talk) 16:21, 6 January 2014 (UTC)
  • I had been using Google to search for various nutty terms, I can't remember the first and every time I came here I wound up clicking on more and more links until my browser was full; I am fairly sure this is common but I lack statistics for this fact however that won't stop me proclaiming it to be beyond doubt and scoffing at those who request evidence to back up my claims :). What finally got me to keep coming back was a recent controversy on The Guardian online regarding a batshit crazy Freemen article that was printed in their Comment is Free section. I had read a number of legal blogs pointing out the lunacy but they never had enough detail on what the Freemen actually believed and why (if there is a reason why other than someone told them and it didn't contradict their worldview). Two separate blogs pointed to the RW article (one with a warning that it should be for background use only, fair enough). I went back to the RW page and was pleased to find that it had been greatly expanded with many details, cases and wit, as well as links to court judgments. I read the one published by John D. Rooke that looked at the Freemen claims, peddlers and general tactics and practices (fascinating read, I highly recommend it). Since the Freemen article has expanded and included more detail there is no shortage of online articles and posts and a Wikipedia article (that borrows heavily from RW, though I imagine that RW and WP has a lot of crossover among editors), I attribute a lot of this new information to RW to an extent- without a place where information covering so much of their activities is easily available then it stands to reason that so many other people would not know what they are about due to their habits of hanging around their own internet hidey holes- likely due to the scorn they would receive on the internet at large. Admiralty law! Man overboard! Jesus Christ, what a load of shit. Anyway, I think what first drew me hear was Blogs for Brownback- I don't recall what drew me there and I would prefer not to remember, though, if truth be told, I was certain it was legit and not a Poe. Live and learn, I guess. Stefanzi (talk) 01:01, 7 January 2014 (UTC)

[edit] December 2013

  • Many years ago, I edited some pages on a wiki called the SkepticWiki. This wiki had a lot of pages about evolution, but pitifully little else. One day some years back, I went to look at the SkepticWiki again to see if there'd been any updates, and much to my dismay it had disappeared! The old page simply pointed the reader to this weird wiki I'd never heard of before called "RationalWiki". I noticed that RationalWiki had articles on Wilhelm Reich and orgone energy (subjects I'd made pages on the old SkepticWiki about), but they needed my (ahem) golden touch. Incidentally, if you visit "skepticwiki.org" today, you get a website that tries to sell you automobile insurance. --Tracer (talk) 21:09, 30 December 2013 (UTC)
  • I went to google "homicide bombing" and found your page. I seem to have stepped into an odd universe that's part Wikipedia, part MSNBC afternoon programming, part Encyclopedia Dramatica. :) But you at least helped me on this one so kudos where they're due. Janosz (talk) 19:04, 30 December 2013 (UTC)
  • Found it accidentally. Now I need it to keep me sane through all the muck, lies and bullshit on the internet. Without it, I would've devolved into a conspiracy spouting, paranoid wreck.—Aya (talk) 04:11, 27 December 2013 (UTC)
  • I have been increasingly disgusted with Wikipedia, or the "Christian History Restoration Project" as it should be rightfully called. The "religion of Adolf Hitler" page put me over the top, and I got lucky tonight. Thank you to those that made this site.--Brendan Liam (talk) 11:14, 24 December 2013 (UTC)
  • Was trying to find out who put out the BS claiming 1E6 people died from Chernobyl, was quite succesful. But then I surfed over to Michael Mann's Hockey Stick. It was what I DIDN'T see there that convinced me not to come back to rational wiki192.212.253.128 (talk) 21:57, 22 December 2013 (UTC)BigFish92672
  • Google fueled serendipity.
Via RW article Pyrrhonism.
Via Wikiquote William James...
"There is but one indefectibly certain truth, and that is the truth that pyrrhonistic scepticism itself leaves standing, — the truth that the present phenomenon of consciousness exists."
Via Susan Blackmore giving James props—in passing—in The Self Illusion.
i.e. Google fueled serendipity. :  }
--DaKev (talk) 08:35, 19 December 2013 (UTC)
  • Just bad luck — Unsigned, by: Allyo123 / talk / contribs
  • TvTropes, same link as two below (Dystopia => problems with dictatorships). Having worked on Dkosopedia I am in awe of what you've achieved here. No other comparable site has reached the "critical mass" where a reader can "wiki-walk" all day, nor has anyone managed such a balance between educational value, readability, organization, and plausibility. PatriotismOverProfits (talk) 00:26, 5 December 2013 (UTC)

[edit] November 2013

  • Was googling Jack Chick for Wikipedia or TvTropes probably. A short Wiki Walk later I found the Fun category aaaand uhhhhh weeellllllll I-uhhh... kind of got hooked on Fun:You have two cows. --Pex (talk) 18:31, 2 December 2013 (UTC)
  • TvTropes got me here, actually. Their article on how Dystopias are difficult landing me in the reasons why a dictatorship is less sustainable than a democracy. I fell in love. I usually find shape to my thinking by putting it into words, and these informal essays just put me in the frame of mind to tackle and recognize where I stand, whenever I think "Yeap, exactly" or "Humm, no... I think...". That they are fun is just the cherry on top. --Zanahoria 03:01, 21 November 2013
  • I've always loved reading about nutjobs and crackpots, and used to revel in SomethingAwful and more recently TV Tropes (tvtropes.org), but had sponged up most of their content and was looking for another informative, skeptical, humorously-written wikia-style site to feed my ravenous need for information and entertainment... I googled the words "conservapedia insane" and wound up on the Conservapedia page here, and then just started wiki-wandering throughout the site. I usually go under the handle OtherSyde on forums/wikis/game networks, except on XBox Live I use OtherSydes because somone had already taken the former. 138.163.128.42 (talk) 17:50, 20 November 2013 (UTC)
  • When I first met my wife (a Southern Baptist preacher's daughter) she was on the fence about everything. RationalWiki helped me complete her corruption. --Dowdicus (talk) 02:48, 17 November 2013 (UTC)
  • The concentrated awesome that was Non-materialist neuroscience was my landing point here. I found it when I was discussing at a forum (don't ask, I left it). --Ray´s Super Fun Hellhole! g͘͡r̸̀a̸̶̡n̶̶͜ţ̡ ̀҉̴̨͡m̀͘͜͢e͡ ̸͟҉̷̢ỳ̸̡̀͞ơ̡̢̡ų̧r̴̀͡͝ ̡҉҉̧̛s̵̕͏̡ǫ̀́͢ų́l̵̕҉ 17:50, 12 November 2013 (UTC)
  • Google searching for an example of a Godel statement 96.241.52.187 (talk) 21:54, 7 November 2013 (UTC)
  • I was on a Runescape Wikia (I edit on various Wikias under the name "Harmonex"), and someone mentioned that Conservapedia didn't look too kindly on the gods of the game. Googling the site after trying to figure out what the Hell I just read led me here. Good times. 76.106.251.87 (talk) 05:31, 6 November 2013 (UTC)

[edit] October 2013

  • Watching BBC Sunday Morning Live, I was a little shocked that David Vance was showing an un-christian attitude about Gypsies. I then made the mistake of looking at his website and went down the rabbit hole of what seemed to be crazy nonsense. Thankfully, RationalWiki restored my faith in sanity and my own [detector]. Then made the mistake of reading on and on and on. Great site. --Barryjon (talk) 19:59, 31 October 2013 (UTC)
  • While having too much time on my hands, and remembering some bad things that arrogant religious people have done, I did various web searches, and after some of the results were from AiG and JiS, I felt compelled to find something that debunked them. Been an avid lurker/reader for months, but I thought it was time that I set up a login and discussed other whackos I've come across. Super Saiyan Musashi (talk) 16:08, 25 October 2013 (UTC)
  • I came across it in the bottom page of a DuckDuck Go page, after getting over interested in the Elevatorgate Drama, and have found it a handy reference manual, the added humour and fun pages, just adding to it. I edited wikipedia as an Undergrad and got irked at the 'Balance and Neutral Voice', of the ranroids that run it, also I got into Guitar again. 11:35, 24 October 2013 (UTC)
  • I was reading the TV Tropes page on Troll Fic, which makes a reference to Poe's Law in the introduction. Not being familiar with this, I followed the links which directed me to this site's entry on Poe's Law. I already contribute proofreading and fact-checking edits to both TV Tropes and Wikipedia (I know, losing battle, but unprofessional writing and misinformation bug the hell out of me, and I'd rather light that single candle than just curse the darkness), and I'm looking forward to being able to do the same here. Quantumpanda (talk) 01:39, 8 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Back in June or July I think, I did a Google search of Heterophobia after listening to a bit of Caiden Cowger's bullshit. (who I was surprised we didn't have an article about back then). I registered in September, but my editing has been a bit slow due me not knowing that much about science beyond evolution and global warming, general laziness and my poor understanding of MediaWiki formatting. I'm still too used to the simple format that TV Tropes uses. Nuclearneo577 (talk) 21:55, 04 October 2013 (UTC)
  • I was on TV Tropes and, after searching Troll Science and going through a page or two of search, I found Conservapedia. Around 20 minutes ago I made an account and corrected the Adolf Hitler page with something that wasn't complete idiocy, and got subsequently banliterated. I read a bit further on their article on TvTropes and thusly found you, and made an account. Thankfully, I've dabbled in MediaWiki and I know stuff from most fields of science, especially physics. That and I want to find the Conservapedia bashing I was promised. MisterTrope (talk) 23:14, 6 October 2013 (UTC)
  • I was getting into constant arguments with a couple of friends over conspiracy theories. They believed in the Illuminati, had begun to listen to Alex Jones and had taken to regurgitating whatever nonsense was in vogue in such circles at the moment. Although I was capable of gutting their views on a logical level, I was in need of some factual refutations of their speculative silliness about 9/11 as an inside job. Lo and behold, RationalWiki had already compiled a beautiful repertoire of arguments against 9-11 conspiracy theories already, not to mention on a whole range of other conspiracy topics. Although I was ultimately unable to convince them to join the world of empirical reality (at least not entirely, and not yet,) I did find this delightful little wiki. Baronvladdy (talk) 13:16, 14 October 2013 (UTC)
  • I found Conservapedia via ED, and then subsequently checked out its TV Tropes entry, which mentioned RationalWiki. I checked it out and read some articles, and decided to join. I've been correcting little errors what with my OCD-ish tendencies and whatnot. Anyway, beautiful stuff ya got here. Meltyface (talk) 15:45, 14 October 2013 (UTC)

[edit] September 2013

  • I used the term “false dichotomy” in an essay I was writing and then began to wonder whether the meaning I intended by that term is, in fact, what the term means. So I Googled it and followed a link that landed me on your False Dilemma page. There I discovered “woo” (I don’t get out much). I proceeded to the “Style Over Substance/Pseudoscience” category for an engaging and helpful explanation of "woo"—thank you! Ann Arbor (talk) 00:11, 1 October 2013 (UTC)Ann Arbor
  • I discovered this site watching a couple of those 'Freeman-on-the-land'/'Sovereign Citizen' videos on YouTube, I wanted to find out who was responsible for starting the nonsense and how it has changed as it has moved from country to country. Mr whiskers (talk) 18:27, 11 September 2013 (UTC)
  • I unfortunately discovered this site from a google on Thomas Szasz and read this atrocious misrepresentation of a genius. http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Thomas_Szasz Although some changes have been made since I started my protest. But I am passionate about science and rational thinking and despite my multiple bans I return from time to time.. --82.2.75.224 (talk) (aka User:Dirk Steele) 06:21, 10 September 2013 (UTC)
  • I discovered this site looking desperately for something that could offer an intelligent refutation to this smug libertarian on a site I frequent (he's a Rand-inspired one, the worst kind). He's the guy who taught me to hate John Stossel and Peter Schiff (more so the latter one for being a grade-A con artist). I stuck around and made an account, because you guys seem very intelligent, unlike the plethora of rank-and-file lefties who talk out their asses in the blogosphere. ConfusedLiberal (talk) 07:43, 5 September 2013 (UTC)
  • I discovered the site through a YE creationist's attempt to list 101 reasons to believe in a YE. I then found the article debunking all of those reasons, and happily read through them, enjoying the explanations and rational arguments. Scord (talk) 16:24, 9 September 2013 (UTC)
  • I discovered this site in a Google result searching for "Alex Jones" (the resulting article was my landing point). If I recall correctly I was watching Immortal Technique music videos on youtube, and someone commented that there was a sample of "Alex Jones" in the track, and someone else commented that their favourite Alex Jones prediction was the one that didn't happen, i.e. all of them. I found that amusing so googled Alex Jones, and here I am (several amusing videos later).JT 06:03, 10 September 2013 (UTC)
  • I found this Wiki a while ago. I was looking up porn or something, and this just happened to be there, so I thought "Sure, why not?" Messiah of Doom ( For me, thou shalt fall) 12:04, 15 September 2013 (UTC)
  • I discovered this site while Googling information questioning the historicity of Jesus. Bzero (talk) 18:58, 24 September 2013 (UTC)
  • RationalWiki was cited by Char42 on the debate of Damsels and tropes: Re: MrRepzion Damsels Part II -- Non-User:PLG

[edit] August 2013

  • Looking for info on qualia. A friend is a philosophy major and I'm trying to keep up. Philhersh (talk) 01:59, 2 September 2013 (UTC)
  • I think Andy Schlafly's an asshole, so I started looking for Conservapedia's enemies to join. Found em :) (PS i'm not really jimmy wales) --Jimmy Wales (talk) 19:39, 22 August 2013 (UTC)
  • I frequently debate Creationists on YouTube, and I saw a fellow Atheist provide a link to RationalWiki's article "The Fine Art Of Baloney Detection". I decided to follow the link, and learned a lot of counter-arguments in the process. I've been a frequent visitor ever since. Teraku (talk) 21:24, 12 August 2013 (UTC)
  • My younger brother introduced the site to me, and after reading the article on Logical Fallacies, I became hooked. TokenSkepticMagician (talk) 17:59, 20 August 2013 (UTC)
  • When some quacks and politicians ended up in the news, I noticed that people tended to cite their "records" on RationalWiki. Wykked Wytch (talk) 03:32, 29 August 2013 (UTC)

[edit] July 2013

  • I saw a reference to Rationalwiki on P.Z. Myers' Pharyngula site and thought I would take a look. JHobson2 (talk) 18:53, 30 July 2013 (UTC)
  • I was researching Buddy Holly and Richie Valens deaths and came across RationalWiki's article about the "27 Club"; those musicians who supposedly died at the age of 27. It was such an enjoyable read overall that I shared it on Facebook. Excellent job. Thank you! ~~ Ann Webb
  • Following recent news (and a racist petition on the White House website) I was investigating the people behind "White Genocide" propaganda, and ended up with RationalWiki's critique. --Yisfidri (talk) 23:23, 22 July 2013 (UTC)
  • I was investigating whether WorldNetDaily is a trustworthy news site because I got linked to their article on Microsoft's 'NSA key in advapi.dll' and ended up reading RationalWiki's article on them. It seems like a rather interesting site, so I went on to read more articles. Nullahnung (talk) 10:30, 16 July 2013 (UTC)
  • A friend pointed me to CP for a good laugh, and I followed my way here, landing at the CP WIGO page. - GrantC (talk) 22:21, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
  • TV Tropes, where else? Madama Butterfly The shadow remains cast! 20:10, 6 July 2013 (UTC)
  • Years ago, I was recruited to Wikipedia by User:David Gerard. Followed his blog about the place, found some of the articles amusing, and finally made an account, even though I'm skeptical about all the wrong things. - Smerdis of Tlön (talk) 03:53, 26 July 2013 (UTC)
  • I was reading an article on Salon.com and they linked to an article here. What I saw was both funny and depressing, but I was sucked in.DarthBinky (talk) 20:01, 26 July 2013 (UTC)
  • Googled "Poe's law". Kamizushi (talk) 00:21, 5 August 2013 (UTC)

[edit] May 2013

  • I was googling for lesswrong.com criticism. 79.104.6.228 (talk) 01:14, 31 May 2013 (UTC)
  • I was searching for 'Pleiadians' on google and then I found the pleiadians article on RationalWiki Lalumierebleue (talk) 15:19, 21 May 2013 (UTC)
  • I Googled Breatharianism', which linked me to the RationalWiki article on the subject. Roseofjuly (talk) 23:56, 13 May 2013 (UTC)
  • I googled 'Water powered car" which brought up Rational Wiki article on the subject.
  • By reading the Wikipedia article on Conservapedia. Faunas (talk) 12:19, 9 May 2013 (UTC)
  • Was looking for articles that handled libertarianism and related economics in a non-hagiographic way. Needless to say the thrashing of said things made me extremely pleased. Mathetesalexandrou (talk) 02:47, 5 June 2013 (UTC)
  • I was looking for critical analysis on the subjects of aspartame and acupuncture. They relate to rather personal matters, but at least I got the low-down on the subjects (which was pretty much in line with what I already knew). --Trar (talk) 19:47, 12 June 2013 (UTC)

[edit] April 2013

  • I think I found this site via Wikipedia. I had probably visited you before, but I can't remember exactly when I did. I am 13 years old, and goddamn this is a good site. I don't mind the opinions here. I won't follow them blindly, because on both sides of the coin (the other side being CP, naturally) that is stupid. Although for me for some reason CP is convincing, at least when you don't think about them (which obviously is probably what most wing nuts there do), and read them casually. But I digress. This site is good. Nobody's an extremist, the logo is clever, and it doesn't even get you sucked in when you read it casually! Keep up the good work. 198.53.40.249 (talk) 14:05, 9 April 2013 (UTC)
  • I googled 'Cristina Rad wiki" which brought up her name and the Rational Wiki Namby (talk) 14:55, 19 April 2013 (UTC))!
  • I found RationalWiki from the TVTropes page on you. Soon I got addicted to RationalWiki instead of TVTropes. -- Icon atheism.svgssfly 22:57, 10 April 2013 (UTC)
  • I was searching the web for a better understanding of 'negative energy' specifically in the case of virtual particles involved in Hawking radiation. I remembered Hawking saying in 'A Brief History of Time' that the virtual particle with negative energy will fall into the black hole reducing its mass but I couldn't find much on what kind of energy would be negative and contribute to the total negative energy of one of every pair of virtual particles. Anyway a Google search brought up your rather cranky page on how virtual particles break thermodynamics and I was intrigued by you.EricSaumur (talk) 15:17, 6 April 2013 (UTC)

[edit] March 2013

  • Blame User:David Gerard. I suppose it was only fair turnaround - I got him into Wikipedia, so it was probably inevitable that he'd be the one responsible for sucking me into RationalWiki. Arkady (talk) 12:57, 24 March 2013 (UTC)

[edit] February 2013

  • Pashley is one of the more intelligent, erudite and calm editors at en.wikivoyage.org and so I was interested to take a look at some of the other wiki's where he participates. Since many of the topics discussed here are way above my level of education, I'll probably just lurk in the hope of learning something. --singaporeAlice 05:00, 2 February 2013 (UTC)
I'm sorry - I forgot to say that Richard Stallman was the first article I read here. --singaporeAlice 05:03, 2 February 2013 (UTC)
  • Ahahahaha! You're never gonna believe this... In a random twist of FateI was actually searching for the full lyrics to "Where Has All the Jelly Gone... Custard's Just Not the Same" (for reasons that will probably not become apparent again at this time) and lo and behold, this was one of only four (4!!) websites that would even mention the song. *shakes head* Those must be some heinous lyrics. They are mentioned around midway down of page 38 in the 2009 archives for the Bar. AISecurityAll the Artificially Intelligent Security you can stand! 06:26, 5 February 2013 (UTC)
  • I learned of RationalWiki from reading the wikipedia article on Conservapedia. I was relieved to find that some people use their brains!
  • Google search for The Daily Mail. Found RW's article fair and balanced. Evolutionismist (talk) 13:19, 16 February 2013 (UTC)

[edit] January 2013

  • I was alerted to it on Twitter, because of the article on Errol Denton JoBrodie (talk) 22:20, 7 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Found RW when looking for the biggest rational number described in 100 letters or less paradox. Article was ... mathematical paradoxes, I guess? -- Anonymous
  • Was looking at conservapedia and thought someone had to be challenging this madness. Turned out I was right. - Al
  • I found this totally rad website from my bro dudes. Dudeman (talk) 22:35, 18 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Somebody (I can't remember who) summoned me here to help them with an article whose title I can no longer remember. I always answer calls for help. The Absent-minded Hero (talk) 08:47, 26 January 2013 (UTC)
  • I was reading about William Lane Craig on Wikipedia and followed a link a found there. (Andr0idThePoet (talk) 17:37, 28 January 2013 (UTC))
  • I found a link on Facebook, decided this is a worthy effort, and joined. JohnTaylor (talk) 19:22, 30 January 2013 (UTC)

[edit] December 2012

  • I was googling Hutchison Effects for researching Dr.Judy Wood's theories related to 9/11 dustification involving clean nuclear generating radio waves of many frequencies that when done in a static field like a hurricane or thunder storm provides a way to demagnetize nuclear forces to cause cold pyroclastics. PhT (talk) 03:56, 10 December 2012 (UTC)
  • I saw it on my friend's computer screen in the middle of class. — Unsigned, by: 130.64.179.142 / talk / contribs 2012-12-11T00:44:55
  • I was researching some delusional beliefs a mental health patient under my care has expressed; things relating to Judge Judy as a kind of "queen of the Illuminati", the 2012 Mayan Apocalypse and Freemasonry. --ProjeKtWEREWOLF 12:07, 12 December 2012 (UTC)
  • I was searching on Google for an article to try to explain to my daughter the crackpot theories regarding water fluoridation, when I found your article on same. I had a good long laugh at the gif describing the evidence for those theories - I think I love you. :-D — Unsigned, by: LarkintheAM / talk / contribs 2012-12-18T00:57:26‎
  • Found tvtropes's article on youse guys. Good stuff. — Unsigned, by: CarthAnne / talk / contribs 2012-12-19T05:43:59‎
  • Stumbled on Conservapedia during a random Google search, read it for awhile, laughed myself into severe chest pain from how insanely nutty it was, heard this website exists to make fun of Conservapedia's insanity, so I decided to join up Arcane (talk) 02:19, 21 December 2012 (UTC)Arcane

[edit] November 2012

  • I found it on a trolling forum, someone said what a piece of shit RattionalWiki is and how fun it is to troll. Angela Blake (talk) 15:26, 3 November 2012 (UTC)
  • David Gerard's Dreamwidth. Hydrogen and Time (talk) 14:49, 22 November 2012 (UTC)
  • Got a "tip" from a regular reader of my Vermont Secession blog. ThomasRowley (talk) 18:53, 25 November 2012 (UTC)
  • Found through repeated citations on Reddit (usually during discussions involving alternative medicine or scams)ikinone
  • Wikipedia's article on CE/BCE lead me to its article on Conservapedia, and it mentioned RationalWiki, so I decided to check this place out. ShadowFan-X (talk) 01:28, 28 November 2012 (UTC)

[edit] October 2012

  • I came across the debating technique Gish Gallop while doing my usual browsing, which I half-intend to attempt in a school debate. The site caught my attention and I browsed through material on creationists, gay marriage and the like until I decided to join up. I think that this is a decent place to test my ideas and keep up with the crazier side of politics. TheIslander 14:11, 2 October 2012 (UTC)
  • I actually came across this site a while ago. I don't remember what I was looking up at the time. I enjoyed reading the articles, and often come here to read random articles when I get bored at work. I first made an account when I came across a minor typo in one of the articles, and decided to correct it. Mcnamara12 (talk) 15:09, 3 October 2012 (UTC)
  • I was researching the 'Gish Gallup', the argumentative fallacy employed by Mitt Romney against Obama last night (not that I watched a debate between two corporate megahorns). I shortly discovered the article on 'Red-Letter Christians', surfed to the article on Mormons and discovered your wonderful sense of humor! ````
  • While responding to a Youtube troll someone referred me to Gish Gallop
  • That was a long time ago, maybe while searching information about a logical fallacy or a crank, something I usually do since eons. At that time I didn't think of registering, but the article on Zakir Naik,being so small, I decided to practice my English a little (I'm French) and write something to rebuke all his nonsense. Tough job, there's so much. There's a good chance that I will fail miserably by procrastination. Sultan Rahi (talk) 13:00, 6 October 2012 (UTC)
  • I was directed here by a pro-Creationism troll (I'll leave him unnamed to protect what is left of his dignity). After spending a few minutes giggling about it I spent the next two hours hitting random page and giggling some more, and decided it would be silly not to be part of the community. Foxytastic (talk) 02:05, 11 October 2012 (UTC)
  • I popped in to see what the Wiki is about after reading some posts by an admin here in the MediaWiki-l mailing list. My first exploration was the Conservapedia:Conservapedian relativity article, I then went to the mentioned Conservapedia page and got some belly laughs over their idiocy, then returned here for a few hours of great mirth over the absurd things some folks wish to believe.Wzrd1 (talk) 02:31, 14 October 2012 (UTC)
  • I found RW when I was doing some research on chemtrails because I was doing a lot of research into conspiracy theories (mostly for lulz). I got hooked instantly, and I sometimes spend all my free time at work hitting "random page", or I'll look up something specific, and just follow related links in the article. RW has really helped me with my understanding of logical fallacies, which I understood as a concept (I knew when an argument didn't make sense), but until RW I couldn't identify the fallacies and know how to properly rebutt them. Reverend Lucifer (talk) 19:18, 18 October 2012 (UTC)
  • Was searching for a debunking of the Freeman of the Land movement after someone showed me the "It's An Illusion" video. — Unsigned, by: Stu stu / talk / contribs 2012-10-19T15:24:58

[edit] September 2012

  • I was browsing Twitter and saw this tweet. Thus the first article I read was Poe's Law. From there I went to the main page, then to RationalWiki, and then straight to the "Add RationalWiki (en)" option in my search engine sources. Sure, it may be a wiki, but it seems more trustworthy than certain other places... 86.15.236.184 (talk) 08:49, 9 September 2012 (UTC) (registered as TQM (talk))
Trusworthy? Scream!! (talk) 08:55, 9 September 2012 (UTC)
I would never accuse RationalWiki of being trusworthy. Mostly because I have spell check. :P TQM (talk) 07:56, 10 September 2012 (UTC)
Fuck, I wouldn't even call RW trustworthy, I know because I wrote half of it! Scarlet A.pngssholeModerator 14:55, 10 September 2012 (UTC)
  • I was doing research on "revealed religion", trying to determine whether there is or is not such a thing as an "unrevealed religion" or would those more properly be called a "philosophies" or something. Googled "revealed religion" and this wiki was the 2nd hit (the 1st was a dictionary definition). Pretty impressive that you guys have the #2 hit for "revealed religion"! Marteau (talk) 06:00, 25 September 2012 (UTC)

[edit] August 2012

  • I was browsing TVTropes, when I decided to look up Conservapedia's article, which lead me to a link here. I greatly enjoy the site, and even though I am Roman Catholic, I relate more to a humanist viewpoint (and certainly don't agree with Fundamentalist beliefs). I'm studying in Electrical Engineering, and want to move into Aerospace or Aeronautical Engineering (which doesn't help me here, given that article with the Engineers who think they are experts on all sciences and tend to be hardcore fundies...). Thanks for reading, hope I didn't bore anyone. DavidBascombe (talk) 07:19, 3 August 2012 (UTC)
  • I was using a procrastination tool and saw a link on another user's page. The first article I read was RationalWiki, because it seemed the rational thing to do. I registered and started editing within minutes of discovery, and my first one involved lobsterish zoomorphic deities [1]. --Peter Talk 05:29, 16 August 2012 (UTC)
  • I was on Facebook, and was linked to some dumb conversation by a bunch of Creationists, and they mentioned how rude, vulgar and wrong about "God's Creation" Evowiki and RationalWiki were, so I had one of my "sounds legit" moments and found my way here. I liked what I saw. Many thanks! --Rob 15:37, 16 August 2012 (UTC)
  • I was trying to explain to someone just how big of a flake Mike Adams is, and RationalWiki had the most succinct summary of the woo-slingin' dingbat I could find. — Unsigned, by: Leonard Schneider / talk / contribs
  • I first discovered Rationalwiki when searching for articles about the claims made by conspiracy theorists that there would be a fake alien invasion at the London Olympics, which of course didn’t happen, and was never going to, to see what sort of response they would have in view of this non-event. Curiously, or perhaps not, they seem to have gone rather quiet on the subject, but one can presume that instead of feeling slightly foolish many of them are probably congratulating themselves on foiling the evil and fiendish plot instigated by the evil Illuminati, NWO, Freemasons, Lizard People, Women’s Institute or whatever ( I can imagine the evil high command sulking in their secret base under Denver airport muttering in a manner reminiscent of the cartoon villains in Scooby Doo that they’d have gotten away with it if it wasn’t for those meddling kids with their laptops). Whilst doing this web search wading waist deep through conspiracy drivel I found a link to the Rationwiki page on Ian R Crane, one of the leading proponents of the fake alien invasion idea, amongst many other loopy theories he endlessly expounds upon out there in the realm of the paranoid, the deranged and the deluded. Finally I’d found a site that cut through all the rubbish being spouted with intelligence, insight and the occasional hilarious put down. So thank you for some sanity in the face of so much irrationality.

[edit] July 2012

  • I was scouring the internet for a relatively left-wing (I loathe such terminology I must add), rationalist encyclopædia (gotta love the pretentious ligatures xD) that would satisfy my philosophical, scientific and psychological interests. Stumbling across this site, I found it pleasingly noetic and suitable for my requirements, hahaha. I hesitated to inaugurate myself for years, but I feel I have some decidedly idiosyncratic ontological and.poetical contributions to make. Peace and love. Kalokagathia (talk) 03:09, 2 July 2012 (UTC)
  • Angel Gabriel directed me here to witness to the heathens. Ratwiki (talk) 23:20, 2 July 2012 (UTC)

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  • I used Dogpile to look up "prayer" and found you. eknhok Eknhok (talk) 04:11, 3 July 2012 (UTC)
  • Saw a friend use it. Winter Whisper (talk) 01:25, 13 July 2012 (UTC)
  • I was reading an article on the New York Jewish community's cover up of child sex abuse when one of the article comments directed me to check out the incredibly absurd Conservapedia. If I had had a gun in my hand I would have ended my life because of the content and loss of faith in humanity that that site brought me. But in Googling it, I found this site and my faith was restored. So thank you RationalWiki for saving my life...albeit I still would have had to find a gun. CounselorUSN (talk) 14:51, 18 July 2012 (UTC)
  • Saw this site was full of butthurt atheist lefties who can't think critically to save their lives, so I thought I'd try to make the place a little more rational and a little less retarded. Information (talk) 11:38, 29 July 2012 (UTC)
  • I was Searching Hard for the longest time for a place to Express such Creativity And Wit that I produce inside my own Autistic head and I believe this is now the place where Truthful, Honest, REASON can be shown to the world. Thank you!!! Christian Weston Chandler (talk) 17:25, 29 July 2012 (UTC)

[edit] June 2012

  • Westonbirt (talk) 20:52, 15 June 2012 (UTC) : By Conservapedia. Then I found it was a good compromise between Uncyclopedia huge *ssholes and Wikipedia tight-*sses.
  • I found out about RW from Pharyngula, which many of my friends read. I've been reading this site for over six months, and I decided to join this morning. TheLateGatsby (talk) 13:25, 19 June 2012 (UTC)
  • Long time lurker forgot where originally. TheShade (talk) 02:01, 20 June 2012 (UTC)
  • Found this via National Atheist Party website! Derfboy (talk) 06:45, 24 June 2012 (UTC)
  • I googled for "esowatch", because I couldn't reach esowatch.com and wanted to know why. Consequently, the first article I read was EsoWatch. 79.245.108.168 (talk) 22:28, 30 June 2012 (UTC)

[edit] May 2012

  • I found it through a forum post on the Citizendium. I first looked at the RationalWiki articles on astrology and theosophy. Scireigns (talk) 20:30, 3 May 2012 (UTC)
  • I found it via a Facebook post that pointed to this article: "The Heartland Institute Sinks to a New Low", Discover Magazine Jdavis ls (talk) 00:04, 5 May 2012 (UTC)
  • I found it several months ago on Encyclopedia Dramatica on an article about the Gish Gallop and finally decided to hop aboard. ...your faithful student, Twilight Sparkle. (talk) 09:09, 15 May 2012 (UTC)
  • Came here from a post on JREF. Don't remember the topic. My goal is to keep from going crazy, apply Strunk & White, and end apostrophe abuse. Nowhere Man (talk) 03:24, 17 May 2012 (UTC)
  • I followed a link from the reference list at the bottom of the Skeptoid.com article on the Rothschild conspiracy. Colincbn (talk) 02:41, 24 May 2012 (UTC)
  • I saw Conservapedia discussed on, I think, rpg.net. Like any good troll, they got me angry so I was very happy to find a place to bash them... Dr. Nöthigenfalls (talk) 15:38, 25 May 2012 (UTC)
  • I was searching for info on William Lane Craig after watching some of his debates on youtube.Madscientistjaidev (talk) 12:21, 26 May 2012 (UTC)
  • I have been visiting this site for about two years, after a Google search for Conservapedia's "kangaroo" article. I had heard about Conservapedia when Andy Schlafly was on NPR. I finally joined up when I saw an outdated reference to Graptolithinia. Ckozeluh (talk) 16:58, 1 June 2012 (UTC)
  • I legitimately can't remember how I found RW, but it was via something to do with Conservapedia, and I quickly found WIGO:CP and the rest of the WIGOs, and then I started reading other articles. This is maybe... a year, year and a half back? Ochtonaprinceps (talk) 05:04, 7 June 2012 (UTC)

[edit] April 2012

  • TIME CUBE Dr Cow (talk) 12:06, 15 April 2012 (UTC)
  • By following the (lack of) progress on the Citizendium site and then increasingly on here. RW's coverage is quite impressive given that CZ looks likely to sink within months. Lurked for a while and finally registered an account. Obvious (talk) 15:24, 15 April 2012 (UTC)
  • I landed here because of TimeCube and started pissing around. Working on cleaning up some of the economics articles. Longnameislonger (talk) 13:38, 16 April 2012 (UTC)
  • Found a link on the Wikipedia talk page about Conservapedia. Thank God I am glad that this site exists. Alan Liefting (talk) 01:32, 17 April 2012 (UTC)
  • After discovering Conservapedia, I searched for opinions, reviews, etc of the "encyclopedia". (I think this happened by Googling "Conservapedia"). --Radoslav Georgiev (talk) 21:16, 17 April 2012 (UTC)
  • One word: Google. I've sort-of followed Conservapedia for a while and this site kept coming up in relation to it, so I decided to create an account. Prodigal (talk) 20:40, 22 April 2012 (UTC)
  • I didn't find this site with Google. I found it with DuckDuckGo. But I'm not really new. Actually I have been here for quite a while. Under another name. Can you guess which one? SteveQuigibo (talk) 20:43, 22 April 2012 (UTC)

[edit] March 2012

  • I am an eternal critic, and I thought I was safe when I took a Great Books of Asian Literature class... but when the professor began trying to prove to us that humans have plant telepathy, that eating or transplanting cardiovascular tissue would give one the memories of the tissue's previous owner, that pyramids focus energy fields, that churches are built to channel space vibrations and resonate one's frontal lobe into thinking religious feelings, that NASA was somehow connected to the word 'Nazareth,' that western medicine was evil and yoga can cure anything... well you can imagine my reaction. To distract myself from trying to argue him in-class (futile; he'd use 'holding the class captive' as an excuse to move on to the next woo) and the fact that everybody else was clueless and just accepting his ramblings as fact, I began fact-checking him via internet in class. It was in this way I found RationalWiki. I left the professor a scathing review and moved on with my life and forgot RationalWiki for a while... until my human biology professor this year began rambling on how the government was trying to kill us with food, homeopathy is the only good medicine, how stem cell research would 'cause little girls to get pregnant and then get abortions to sell the dead babies,' and how 'cheap white wine grapes are sprayed with antihistamine so they retain water and can be sold at a higher weight, but the wine you drink will make you stuffy because it contains medicine in it," all of which are just Not Even Wrong. Although he's had some (read: maybe one or two) valid points about health, a lot of his ramblings have been plain ridiculous and a fair share of them are already on the site. He's even showed us a horrible documentary that, after some homework of my own, I found misrepresented data, historical context, and even the diets it was promoting. So I figured it was about time to contribute and put to death some of this madness one and for all. --KnightOfTL;DR (talk) 16:15, 3 March 2012 (UTC)
  • One morning after my daily injection with purified kombucha (made from kombu the seaweed, not russian yeast), I experienced a spiritual journey-vision wherein my totem-guide lead me to a vast, grassy field. There, perched atop a turnip, I met a parrot with the face of a Kevin Bacon. The Bacon Parrot instructed me to go forth and introduce the internet to the glories of kelp juice and scientific sarcasm. I woke up in a pool of my own sweat and drool on the floor of my kitchen, my injection paraphernalia scattered across the floor. When I went to clean up the paraphernalia I found, scrawled in my various bodily fluids, a single message: "rationalwiki.org". So here I am. If you're a boring person you could preferentially believe that I stumbled across a blog article making fun of conservapaedia regarding the Lenski Dialogues, and wound up here after trying to get my lulz from CP and getting too frustrated to handle it undiluted, but come on, how boring is that. Erk (talk) 18:24, 5 March 2012 (UTC)
  • Sometime in 2008 I found Conservapedia, which I resented greatly from the start and quickly earned myself a 5 year ban. I forgot about it until I bumped to it again in TVTropes.org. From there I was linked to RationalWiki and here I am. I have been lurking around for a few months, pretty much read every single article on this Wiki until I now registered to correct errors and perhaps write something about my country, Finland. Hilavitkutin (talk) 09:24, 9 March 2012 (UTC)
  • Looking for definitions of "right-wing activist" and lists of those considered to be same. From the main wikipedia was directed to RW, which gave me just what I was looking for!(unfortunately, no epiphanies like Erk above, not even a man standing in the midst of a flaming apple pie screaming "you shall rationalise your wikiness")122.61.6.130 (talk) 03:06, 14 March 2012 (UTC)Kevin Ward
  • I found conservapedia 1st, and assumed there must be some sort of "rational-pedia". So I typed in variations of that theme and crash landed here. Afterwards I started editing conservapedia. This confirmed my belief that nonsense > fact as far as they are concerned, and would be a source of fun were my insane contributions not widely accepted. Now it's more worrying than fun, but I keep it up 194.176.105.150 (talk) 16:29, 14 March 2012 (UTC)


  • I went to conservapedia from a link in wikipedia....from there i found ref's to rationalwiki, from here i found uncyclopedia(I edit there occasionally)...I think it was the conservapedia article on atheism that actually led me here...so I do owe them a certain amount of thanks...until rationwiki, I was unable to truly articulate my reasons and validation for a lack of belief in gods(+1, thank you Mr. Dawkins...)...I find the level of education here superior to mine, but i hope i can help out....Dorianin (talk) 01:03, 23 March 2012 (UTC)
  • I came across the radiation hormesis link, seen rather soberer description than that on the wikipedia, but less complete, and decided to contribute some citations to make the article more complete and more accurately debunk the relevant pseudoscience. Something that is not very doable on wikipedia given the commercial interest of anyone who is selling e.g. radioactive healing stones, tickets to radon springs, or the like, to obfuscate and confuse the issue. Dmytry (talk) 10:19, 26 March 2012 (UTC)
  • Think I found it by a comedy website called Conservapedia Bevo74 (talk) 15:14, 26 March 2012 (UTC)
  • Have been aware and reading for a while, came here specifically from Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True Blog for the rebuttal to the 101 YEC Arguments NoAstronomer (talk) 14:56, 29 March 2012 (UTC)
  • I happened upon the site some years ago, though by now I don't remember how. I hadn't visited in quite some time, but that (obviously) changed recently. Due to my interest in the darker parts of Wikipedia, I've been exploring other Wiki-ish sites as well. A link to RationalWiki popped up on twitter, and it hit me that I hadn't been here in ages (and when I was I never did more than lurk). Registered because this way it'll remind me to stick around and contribute. Q0 (talk) 01:57, 31 March 2012 (UTC)
  • I came across the site a while ago, but I can't remember how I found it. Then a friend got an account here, and I came back more often to read more articles because I found them fun and interesting. Eventually, I was urged to stop lurking and create an account.Goggie Knight (talk) 00:00, 1 April 2012 (UTC)

[edit] February 2012

  • Saw a discussion of conservapedia on wikipediareivew.com that mentioned rationalwiki. As I've recently become specially interested in Cold fusion, I read your article, and some other articles where I have unusual knowledge, and decided to make some contributions. I was user Abd on Wikipedia, banned for ... for ... you want the real story? For following policies and guidelines and successfully challenging admins who did not follow them. 'Nuff said, not really relevant here, but I will mention I'm Abd ul-Rahman Lomax, and Martin Gardner once referred (approvingly) to my work. I sat in the two years of lectures by Richard P. Feynman at Cal Tech that were used to create the well-known physics text, and consider Feynman to have been one of the most important influences in my life. <--- Shameless name-dropping. Don't fool yourselves. --Abd (talk) 20:58, 12 February 2012 (UTC)
  • A friend posted a link to Natural News on facebook and I thought it seemed like woo.— Unsigned, by: Yosterika / talk / contribs

[edit] January 2012

  • Stumbled onto the site while using a search engine to look up info about major-seventh chords, which led me to a user's Talk page; from there I began browsing through the more-regular set of articles. Odd since I'm neither a musician, nor do I know a whit about music theory. Also because I'm a lifelong skeptic who somehow hadn't encountered the wiki before. Note that I also have deeply-held spiritual beliefs. This tends to result in my being mocked by skeptics as a religious fanatic, and mocked by the faithful as an atheist.Drone5 (talk) 08:01, 6 January 2012 (UTC)
  • Hanging out in an unrelated IRC channel, someone mentioned Conservapedia. Hours of frenzied research ensued, and by the end of it all I'd figured "sure why not" and signed up here. Plus I get mad at people that don't have a clue what they're talking about, especially with things like pseudoscience... anyways, that's my brief intro done. Telnaior (talk) 16:33, 6 January 2012 (UTC)
  • I had a vision where I walked into a green valley, and came upon a team of horsemen who were arguing about where to buy a hammer. Their argument was disrupted by a small blue ferret named Lionel, who kept shouting "Yea verily, for I shall corrupt their seed and smear dung upon their faces". At that moment the heavens opened and God spake unto me, saying "thou shalt not continue to eat that nasty stuff at the back of the fridge, it causes hallucinations". Then I googled. Voxhumana (talk) 04:24, 11 January 2012 (UTC)
  • Looked up "H20m new age bullshit" Copperhead (talk) 19:18, 12 January 2012 (UTC)
  • Uncyclopedia, really. I was reading some seriously random stuff, and ended up here.Z3100x (talk) 05:35, 19 January 2012 (UTC)
  • writing a sociology paper, looking for bizarre examples of Political Correctness, which is where i landed.Egwalker (talk) 03:36, 6 February 2012 (UTC)
  • Found through the article on Lubos Motl Pewfly (talk) 08:56, 11 February 2012 (UTC)

[edit] December 2011

  • I honestly don't remember how I first found RW. It was some years ago, and I only signed up as an editor this past month. I have an account on Wikipedia (with a much more substantial user-page) with the same UserName (or nom de clavier as I like to call it.)--WickerGuy (talk) 02:06, 13 December 2011 (UTC)
  • From a Facebook group called "Christians vs. Atheists (Discussion Board), where it was linked to me with the responses to CMI's vapid "Question Evolution!" campaign. Ever since, it's become part of my daily reading.--ChrisB (talk)
  • Simply poking around the few unblocked sites on the school computers. RW came up, and I've been hooked ever since. — Unsigned, by: Da Orky Man / talk / contribs
  • I'm a philosophy undergrad, and I was wondering if there was a contrast to creationist wiki.
  • Heard on the grapevine this website had a Maratrean infestation. Looking to cleanse this place of his stench. DELETE MARATREANISM (talk) 04:23, 22 December 2011 (UTC)
  • I think I heard of it several months ago, but I decided to get involved in it to try to translate some contents to Spanish. There are very few options for providing a reference or reading material in other languages! Today I got here from a post in Reddit about the lame "15 questions" from the Creation Ministries. --Ljvillanueva (talk) 19:10, 27 December 2011 (UTC)

[edit] November 2011

  • I can't remember how I found this place, I think I was looking for refutations to YEC to debate my wing nut colleagues with and found a great load of the stuff right here. I've bee lurking around for a while... I like to lurk...Cwon (talk) 08:13, 4 November 2011 (UTC)
  • I honestly can't remember. It was at least a year and a half ago, probably more. I lurked. A lot. Then I sorta forgot about it for a while, and then remembered it this spring, which is when I registered. I then made a couple of edits and disappeared until a couple of days ago, stumbling upon it again and deciding to try to actually get involved. Time will tell if that actually happens. HolyKatana (talk) 21:12, 5 November 2011 (UTC)
  • I first became aware of the site through TVTropes. The content, especially the fierce criticism of the idea that autism is something to be cured, and the debunking of heterosexist arguments, made me interested, and I lurked for a few months before finally joining. --Opheliac (talk) 11:21, 9 November 2011 (UTC)
  • My philosophy lecturer mentioned something called WikiSkeptic or something, while he was going on about the freeman thing, and how WS was wrong about hating on it. Sounded like my kind of thing, so I searched for it and accidentally ended up here. --I came, I saw, I shat (talk) 14:49, 13 November 2011 (UTC)
  • Got pointed to Salem Hypothesis here because it got deleted from Wikipedia. 76.117.247.55 (talk) 17:05, 15 November 2011 (UTC)
  • I was researching Jason Lisle. After finding article after article of how "great" he is, I stumbled upon his entry here, read the quote and thought, "How can anyone buy this drivel???" Upon reading the rest of the entry I realized that the quote was satirical, lurked for about two highly entertained days, and decided to get stuck here. I'mhome (talk) 20:17, 17 November 2011 (UTC)
  • I looked under my carrot, and there it was! PintOfStoutTalk Good people drink good beer. 21:17, 21 November 2011 (UTC)
  • First came across this site while reading about Schlafly's bitch-slapping from the evolution experiment (cannot remember the name of the slapper at the moment), then got connected here by TVTropes, and decided that I would stay, perhaps set up a little basket in a corner or something. GerardKalmbach (talk) 06:29, 22 November 2011 (UTC)
  • I came to RationalWiki as a recovering fundmentalist/conservative after taking several science and philosophy courses as an undergraduate. RationalWiki was the perfect response to Conservapedia. Enitaseni (talk) 23:13, 22 November 2011 (UTC)
  • I don't remember where I found this site from. Might have been from TV Tropes... but I think I found this a while back (around eight months ago). --Lolchocobo (talk) 21:00, 23 November 2011 (UTC)
  • Found RationalWiki years ago Googling for some atheism-related stuff. I was reminded of it this morning by a post on Reddit. I decided to register with a view to maybe contributing a thing or two. NukeThePope (talk) 18:04, 25 November 2011 (UTC)
  • I was looking for DiagonalWiki and made a typo About two years ago, I was doing some study about Andrew Wakefield via Google. Kungo Gumi (talk)
  • From TVTropes' list of wikis. Q4 (talk) 23:45, 29 November 2011 (UTC)

[edit] October 2011

  • I don't know how I first found RationalWiki...I'm going to guess googling some skeptical topic and RationalWiki was one of the top hits in the results. But I love looking at WIGO Clogosphere and posting its outrageous contents to my home skeptic site, and I also made my first addition to it today.--WolfBird (talk) 20:44, 27 October 2011 (UTC)

[edit] September 2011

  • A link from the Wikipedia Signpost. Stifle (talk) 22:01, 3 September 2011 (UTC)
  • After seeing a rerun of History Channel's Ancient Aliens I Googled Erich von Däniken and Giorgio A. Tsoukalos and landed here. Rational0120 (talk) 09:25, 6 September 2011 (UTC)
  • Just as the above - that guy with the weird hair brought me here. Queenie (talk) 09:53, 11 September 2011 (UTC)
  • I found it linked to from Wikipedia on the "Conservapedia" article. Nice to know I am not the only one who still believes in common sense! Barts1a (talk) 10:10, 11 September 2011 (UTC)
  • As I recall, I Googled, "Andy Schlafly is a tit".Spud (talk) 15:39, 14 September 2011 (UTC)
  • Reviewed "Ice Age Now" website. Searched background on Robert W. Felix. Got a 1st page hit and found you. I'm hooked. Moxohol (talk) 18:20, 21 September 2011 (UTC)
  • I downloaded a dedicated wiki-reader app thing on my phone and this was on the list of wikis that it could display. So I guess my first page would be the home page. Xeonneo (talk) 20:00, 22 September 2011 (UTC)
  • I was looking up info on the Lenski dialogue and somehow came upon the site. WeaselNation (talk) 13:47, 23 September 2011 (UTC)
  • Saw someone use it in an argument with me. Talsley (talk) 13:49, 23 September 2011 (UTC)
  • I was trying to find a website that argued my point of view, and came upon this.— Unsigned, by: The smoking weasel / talk / contribs
  • On an audio-related forum which I host, somebody linked to the most excellent Audiophile page. Kay (talk) 15:41, 29 September 2011 (UTC)
  • I don't remember exactly where, or how, but I was led here by the Proof All Odd Numbers Are Prime joke. BacchusBaccalaureate (talk) 19:56, 29 September 2011 (UTC)
  • I found it on the internets. Years ago. Finally decided to do something about it.--Ashonal Icky (talk) 16:12, 30 September 2011 (UTC)
  • Found it when I had a laughing fit over at Conservapedia; I checked Wikipedia's article on it, and found RationalWiki.--Toasterstrudel64 (talk) 01:47, 5 April 2012 (UTC)

[edit] August 2011

  • Wikipedia's Conservapedia page. I wanted ammunition to show how ridiculous they were, and found out about RW. It was one of the most important days of my life. Nwebster84 (talk) 04:39, 6 August 2011 (UTC)
  • The WikiIndex page. FokkerTISM (talk) 08:00, 8 August 2011 (UTC)
  • Looking for more people to buy my books. Richard Dawkins, King of Atheists (talk) 09:37, 8 August 2011 (UTC)
  • My prophet, Zarnancy misinterpreted my vibes, so I came to correct him. The Goddess Maratrea (talk) 12:30, 8 August 2011 (UTC)
  • Googled for "A Day in the Life of a Conservative."Bald Michael (talk) 16:43, 14 August 2011 (UTC)
  • Stumbled upon this one dark and stormy night, considerably drunk, and linked from /r/atheism on Reddit. This site is a treasure trove of reason. Sharun (talk) 19:40, 14 August 2011 (UTC)
  • I found You a few years ago but not joined in Your Quest for RationalWiki. Thank You for the opportunity to write. It is very much appreciated. TLOS (talk)</Talk> 20:09, 20 August 2011 (UTC)
  • Was linked to it by TVTropes. Crane (talk)
  • Been following it for a while after I was introduced to the craziness that is Conservapedia. Nets awesome (talk) 18:21, 22 August 2011 (UTC)
  • I think I googled about Jehovas Witnesses from a neutral objective view, to find a proof (for Wikipedia) that they cannot reasonably be called Christians, since they condemn and call "Satanic" other groups calling themselves "Christians", but realized that with Wikipedia's policies, this isn't doable, since I have to WP:SYNTHesize that them calling other groups implies the other not being of the same religion. That sucks, and in that googling I found a link to this site, and since it's rules (including the "mobocracy") agrees completely with my evil skepticism (bouahahaaa!) and my hands-off-from-science opinion, I registered. Rursus (talk) 11:01, 24 August 2011 (UTC)
  • Known about it for a while from Google results, just joined Darkstar (talk) 15:28, 27 August 2011 (UTC)
  • Word of mouth. ArchieGoodwin (talk) 21:42, 28 August 2011 (UTC)
  • I think that I was linked here through the FSTDT front page? It's been awhile, so my memory is a bit fuzzy. Smedley (talk) 05:22, 29 August 2011 (UTC)
  • Mark Crislip's stuff, I think... Who knows? I would've found out sooner or later though. Eye on the ICR talk, or type, or whatever... 05:52, 29 August 2011 (UTC)

[edit] July 2011

  • I found the wiki via a reader's comment in Andrew Sullivan's "The Daily Dish" on July 4 (appropriate!). The reference was to the "deepity" entry herein. — Unsigned, by: Keizerbob / talk / contribs 17:16, 4 July 2011 (UTC)
  • Lurked a lot, figured I may as well register an account so here I am.  Aldy  08:30, 14 July 2011 (UTC)
  • Conservapedia's sysops complaining. I checked and found this this lovely site75.155.214.245 (talk) 19:53, 15 July 2011 (UTC)
  • I've checked out articles now and then. The idea is a really good one. I registered to whinge about our "unfair treatment" (by which I mean Illogicopedia, where I am also Gruntled), and to see if there were an article about chiropractic. Cheers! Gruntled (talk) 12:35, 17 July 2011 (UTC)
  • I looked up "Skeptics Wiki" and this was the first no-wikipedia hit. ArJay (talk) 12:09, 18 July 2011 (UTC)
  • Former Conservative blog by way of Slacktiverse TrogL (talk) 17:27, 26 July 2011 (UTC)

[edit] June 2011

  • I was in an online debate regarding gay marriage (I have no qualms with same sex marriage, by the way). They made the age old point: "The legalization of marijuana gay marriage would mean that it would allow people to marry their pets or anime body pillows". I exclaimed that this was Ad hoc reasoning and that the two had no correlation. They still did not seem to understand the concept of what Ad hoc reasoning is, so I ventured all the way to Google and proceeded to try to find them an in-depth definition. I popped my RW cherry on the Ad hoc article. When I took a minute to actually look around the site...well, it was love at first...site (awwww yeeeee). Don't believe me? Take a look at my Wikipedia User Page ...all of my colorful userboxes are in my eyes the epitome of the foundations of this site (check the history, it hasn't been edited). I'm a 17 year old student living in the American South. I needed RW more than you could ever imagine. Hope to have many laughs, gain (and contribute!) objective insight, and watch the world burn with you guys. TetraEleven (talk) 07:15, 9 June 2011 (UTC)
  • A friend was asking about "NASA's Blue Beam Project". Seeking a quick Wikipedia Synopsis, I discovered "here" -- looks promising at first glance. HalFonts (talk) 12:28, 9 June 2011 (UTC)
  • I actually found Conservapedia first when it was referenced by a friend, and used it to waste time reading all of the ridiculousness when I was supposed to be researching for a project. Found RW during some related search that I can't remember exactly. Been lurking around on the WIGOs and articles since then, made an account in response to ShockofGod's horrid videos. Eeshwan (talk) 03:14, 10 June 2011 (UTC)
  • Like the above user, I found Conservapedia first, by means of a humor website that was making fun of it. They provided Liberapedia as a satirical alternative, and I intended to join, but quickly found that the site was basically dead. Luckily, I found a link to the Conservapedia articles on here. I'm glad, too--RationalWiki is excellent. Facepalm (talk) 16:50, 16 June 2011 (UTC)
  • I'm pretty sure I also found Conservapedia first. Somehow (probably Wikipedia) I found RationalWiki next and found it was a nice antidote to the nauseous feeling I got when seeing Conservapedia's opinions.Socal212 (talk) 00:18, 21 June 2011 (UTC)
  • I'm no different from most a' these lads n' lasses; I found Conservapedia first. For about three weeks I believed that it had to be a parody site created by liberals to point out conservative fallacies. When I realized it was real, I cried. Then I found this site by searching "conservapedia" on Google. Now I'm happy again. ConcernedCitizen (talk) 16:21, 22 June 2011 (UTC)
  • I wandered in a while ago from Citizendium where I'm a moderately active editor.Pashley (talk) 06:42, 23 June 2011 (UTC)
  • I found the wiki a year or two ago via Google, but lately I've been drawn to it like a Conservapedia editor is drawn to the letters "ATHEISTS ARE FAT." Ank (talk) 05:02, 26 June 2011 (UTC)
  • Funny enough, I could write exactly the same as user Carcinate above, because my story is identical. I was also wondering what's up with Citizendium these days, since there's no more news and the other wiki (yeah, I've picked that up from TV Tropes) doesn't say much about the latest developments, either. Needless to say, I'm not particularly saddened to find that Citizendium isn't faring any better these days than CP is. Despite a couple of things that annoy me on WP (I wish they'd finally introduce pending changes like in the German edition, as I keep finding entire sections of articles are missing or other vandalism has remained unrepaired sometimes for years, when the vandalism is less obvious to the reader who doesn't rummage through the revision history), I still find the criticism (mostly by outsiders who don't understand the way WP works, and the usually solid reasons behind its concepts and policies) massively and ridiculously overblown, and quite hypocritical in fact. So when rival projects and forks fail, I can't help feeling a certain satisfaction. Just one complaint: You are too addictive! Damn you, wikis! (BTW: My first impression of RW was quite different from my impression now – it seemed quite SERIOUS BUSINESS at first, but then I realised that there's a lot of silly but entertaining stuff and the informal and irreverent tone is really a lot like TV Tropes.) --84.151.185.90 (talk) 23:50, 30 June 2011 (UTC)
  • I searched correlation does not equal causation on Google. I was about to click the WP article, when I saw that the second link has «RationalWiki» in its title. I wondered why would the site be named like that and clicked it instead. Nemerux (talk) 13:19, 17 July 2011 (UTC)

[edit] May 2011

  • I swear our Dungeon Master kept this site in a tab all day. He would use it all the time to point out the stupidity of creationists and alt med practitioners. I think he has an account here, I haven't talked to him in a few months. Z-Rex (talk) 15:49, 6 May 2011 (UTC)
  • Long-time lurker, finally decided to make an account. I forget how I found it, but the page was the Irony Meter. Augster (talk) 16:25, 9 May 2011 (UTC)
  • Lenin told me, lol. Really, I hated Conservapedia's entry on Communism so I found this website. Leninist123 (talk) 20:57, 13 May 2011 (UTC)
  • Occurred to me that a scarlet A would be a suitable emblem for USian atheists. Googled. Learned of the Out campaign and baptistsforbrown2008.wordpress.com . Googled the latter together with "Poe's Law" because that's got to be a parody, right? I mean, right?? Landed on this very page. Zapakh (talk) 22:41, 20 May 2011 (UTC)
  • I saw it used as a reference in a presentation about Atheism. Your FAQ page, to be exact. John Childermass (talk) 19:52, 25 May 2011 (UTC)
  • My blog was referenced in an article here. Lady Catherine (talk) 00:27, 26 May 2011 (UTC)
  • Comments on FSTDT referenced this wiki. I joined after being a regular lurker, and occasional anonymous editor. Jerenept (talk) 04:18, 27 May 2011 (UTC)
  • I was first introduced to it by a couple of friends way back in high school. Never got into RW.... Then I was re-introduced to it by a friend who actually had an account. After a while of reading the articles and viewing the dynamic RW community, it seemed interesting. So I joined.--Dumpling (talk) 04:25, 27 May 2011 (UTC)
  • I found the site when I was conducting a search on atheism, so I guess that would be my starting point. I'm a de-convert from Baptist Fundamentalism (it's been a gradual process over the last few years) so I've found the articles here quite refreshing, very informative, and much more rational. LeRajah (talk) 08:40, 27 May 2011 (UTC)
  • If I recall, it was looking for "Next to Nil" page (I apologize if that's not the name of the page) because it had a great example of extremely long odds (The deck of cards order.) I just kept reading because it was funny and got me thinking about cranks and such. (I wanted those odds because I was arguing with somebody about science... in Final Fantasy 7...) Revolverman (talk) 23:53, 27 May 2011 (UTC)
  • I was on the pending changes wiki when I found this one...--Storm2 (talk) 14:07, 29 May 2011 (UTC)
  • Quite randomly, i came across this fine piece of crock science, linked it on my Facebook profile, ended up mentioning the venerable Time Cube in the discussion that followed, wanted to find a page nicely summarising mr. Gene Ray's fine "work" for a friend and landed on the Time Cube article. And then proceeded to waste a few hours browsing through RW, when i should've been working on my thesis (due June 10th). Now if that's not quality procrastination, i don't know what is. Orcinus (talk) 02:19, 19 June 2011 (UTC)
  • I was going on a too interesting, must open moar tabs mania on tvtrope and RationalWiki was linked for further reading. Good day.
  • A friend and I were laughing about CP in school, and he ended up showing me RW. While I read extensively since then, I didn't actually join until several months afterwards. Even now, I'm mostly a lurker.
  • I found Conservapedia and RationalWiki about half a year ago on TVTropes. I finally registered for an account today after having lurked all this time. RJaguar3 (talk) 04:04, 31 May 2011 (UTC)
  • I found RW by chance reading some of the scientific articles. Love the vibe here, too much idiotic bullshit in the world... Markedc (talk) 15:59, 7 June 2011 (UTC)
  • Can't remember, been reading it for ages before finally getting an account :) Natman (talk) 19:58, 8 June 2011 (UTC)

[edit] April 2011

  • I can't even remember how I first found the RW, but it was probably through Google. I've visited the site quite a bit in the last few years, during my eye-opening and liberating "fall" (I should say rise) from faith to atheism. Viva la Evolution! Sartorius (talk) 06:05, 8 April 2011 (UTC)Sartorius
  • I've been lurking for about a year. I found this site while hunting my... my prey. DexterM (talk) 02:03, 19 April 2011 (UTC)
  • I found it after reading Denialism by Michael Specter. Funken drumble (talk) 00:27, 25 April 2011 (UTC)

[edit] March 2011

  • Conservapedia has been a great source of humor for me for a while now. I found out about RationalWiki from the Conservapedia page on Wikipedia. --Tabrcg23 (talk) 04:07, 2 March 2011 (UTC)
  • A search phrase sent a friend to RW and sure enough, there it was: Chronic Oxygen Debt Syndrome -- a made up term (and yes it is). I had to comment, since it's my product/sciene brought to question, and am highly entertained by the site. Oxygenorchard (talk) 00:02, 3 March 2011 (UTC)
  • I joined 2 weeks ago (technically I should add myself in february), but I've been lurking rationalwiki since last year, after andy schlafly started his "conservative bible project" (I first read about that at slacktivist blog)

(talk) 01:39, 4 March 2011 (UTC) It's 20:39 in Colombia.

  • I was nosing around some talk pages on WP, reading about some old sysop/admin controversy fm 2007 [Nobs01], and saw a link I thought would take me to CP, and here I am! I think I'll be much happier here than at Conservapedia.

Ragityman (talk) 06:07, 9 March 2011 (UTC)

  • I googled Citizendium looking for reviews of it, because I am interested to see if it will fail, as I privately predicted when it started - because Sanger is a clever guy but when it comes to the crunch, he doesn't understand how to manage people and is too driven by ideals and ambition to start a successfull online encyclopedia, even after three tries. The fifth hit was RationalWiki's article on it, which I found to be extremely interesting and well informed. It gives several different credible indicators of progress, all of them pointing down. Carcinate (talk) 00:04, 11 March 2011 (UTC)
Welcome to RW!Citizendium is an interesting little project. I just joined over there. Definitely much more of an encyclopedia than Conservapedia will ever be. Might I ask your impression of RW as of far?--Colonel Sanders (talk) 00:09, 11 March 2011 (UTC)
  • I'd be getting the lulz from Conservapedia for several months and I felt that I needed to find a place at which I could take the piss out of it on a global scale. --Ozdemocracy (talk) 09:13, 16 March 2011 (UTC)
  • I originally found this wunderful website via the daily telegraph's online article about the rules of the internet. Oops sorry, I've already broken something. Liberalbritishtroll (talk) 15:15, 16 March 2011 (UTC)
  • I first found RationalWiki last summer when I was doing a paper on homeopathy for my English course. It was very much anti-homeopathy, which is not a popular position to take in Santa Cruz, California and didn't do well. Totally worth it though. :-P I've been reading the site ever since and have made a few anonymous contributions (mostly fixing typos) but haven't registered til now. --Roofus (talk) 03:18, 21 March 2011 (UTC)
  • I think it was TV Tropes' page on Conservapedia that led me here. I may be mistaken.Insert non-formatted text here — Unsigned, by: 98.83.43.248 / talk / contribs 31 March 2011

[edit] February 2011

  • I was looking around the web when in Wikipedia I found about the Creationism vs Evolution Theory debate. One of the links brought me here, and I discovered that this Wiki was both hilarious and serious. I once also checked on Conservapedia and I saw that it was hilariously bad. I study Physics, so I think this is probably one of the places I can contribute most. RationalSpanish (talk) 19:50, 3 February 2011 (UTC+1)
  • I've known about this site since last year, but decided to join just now. I learned about Conservapedia through Uncyclopedia, tried to laugh at it, looked it up on Wikipedia, then found Rationalwiki. So I've been jumping around here and there. JabberwockDownTheHole (

talk) 20:48 6 February 2011 (UTC)

  • Actually been a reader for long time. Initially found through link on The Blasphemer's Bible site. Can't say what my fav article is. Grim
  • I operated a user account on Conservapedia for a while, and somewhere along the line I found Rationalwiki through the connection, so to speak, between the sites. I've been reading RW for years now, though, and finally got around to creating an account. αTalk 13:04, 12 February 2011 (UTC)
  • Found this site via TVTropes. The Lenski Affair also lead me here as well.--Seiryuu (talk) 01:39, 15 February 2011 (UTC)
  • I did a Web search concerning Conservapedia and found Conservapedia:Best of Conservapedia. ... of liberals? (talk) 19:02, 17 February 2011 (UTC)
  • I'm not 100% sure, but I think it was through a link to the Encyclopedia of American Loons which someone posted on one of the Scienceblogs. Nebuchadnezzar (talk) 19:43, 17 February 2011 (UTC)
  • If I remember rightly, I found about it by reading Citizendium forums. --Analytikone (talk) 02:10, 18 February 2011 (UTC)
  • Found it on Wikipedia when reading about Conservapedia. Rationalize (talk) 01:10, 19 February 2011 (UTC)
  • Bought The Greatest Show on Earth, by Richard Dawkins, which mentions the Lenski experiment, and the name Andrew Schlafly. So I looked him up in Wikipedia, redirected me to the Conservapedia page, where it mentions RationalWiki. The rest, as they say, is history. Danoso (talk) 07:20, 19 February 2011 (UTC)
  • I honestly don't remember. Long-time lurker; first-time poster. MadameHardy (talk) 05:41, 22 February 2011 (UTC)
  • My friend who knew what I worked on sent me a book by Denyse O'Leary titled By Design or by Chance? I read it and wanting to advise the author on her problems I typed author's name into google and this way I found myself in RW, noting that contrary to my suspicion based on my experience with my university populated by believers rather than thinkers this planet is not inhabited exclusivey by idiots as Carl Sagan said about possible impression of an extraterrestial looking at our planet. JimJast (talk) 14:13, 26 February 2011 (UTC)
  • I don't remember entirely, either tvtropes or some people on Nation States talking about it.Skittles (talk) 17:46, 26 February 2011 (UTC)
  • I joined 26 Feb 2011. I was looking for somewhere to spread the word about my religion, and somehow I ended up here, I forget how --Zack Martin HolyMaratreanSigil.png 09:20, 16 March 2011 (UTC)

[edit] January 2011

  • This guy eventually dragged me here. Mr. Berty talk~stalk 11:00, 3 January 2011 (UTC)
  • I looked down into my toilet bowl... and there you all were! --Idiot number 59 (talk) 17:30, 3 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Don't recall to be honest. I think I followed a link in a comment from a website to here -- EWildman (talk) 19:40, 12 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Another one from FSTDT - I've been a long time lurker here though Battlescar (talk) 21:38, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
  • I stumbled across RW a while ago, I don't remember when... I was kind of building up this thing with atheism, which lead me to naturalism/rationalism and I think a blog I was keeping up on referred to the site. What RW's helped me to realize is being "rational" has nothing to do with what pretensions I hold or whose side I'm on. I hope that's gone toward making me a better person. Aphoxema (talk) 21:54, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
  • To make a long story short; I first arrived a day or two ago. I don't remember exactly what page it was, but somewhere on TV Tropes they mentioned RW. I looked at their article on it, then came here. Gameboy (talk) 03:37, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
  • PZ Myers mentioned Poe's law in a blog post, and naturally, like most other things I've never heard about, I googled it. NVSBL (talk) 20:48, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Well, after reading Conservapedia for a good year or so, I noticed the CP page here on a yahoo search and clicked. --Mikalos209 (talk) 15:43, 27 August 2011 (UTC)

[edit] December 2010

  • After a now inexplicable multi-day obsession with Alex Jones, I found RationalWiki as the first result for a Google search for the terms Project Blue Beam. Reading the article for .34 seconds was enough to snap me out of the trance that my first ever exposure to conspiracy theory ramblings put me in. Thanks, yall! Kahman95 (talk) 18:29, 2 December 2010 (UTC)
  • Someone emailed me the address for this site on my Conservapedia account. Wow. N (talk) 19:11, 2 December 2010 (UTC)
  • Spent ages laughing at Conservapedia at school and then found this place. Pegasus (talk) 18 December 2010
  • My AP World History teacher showed my class this website, specifically the Dick Cheney page. Information on the Sith Lord was surprisingly accurate. HungryHypocrite (talk) 20:54, 22 December 2010 (UTC)
  • My friend told me he had just found a website constituting as proof for Einsteins' Theorem of Intellectual Relativity: "The only difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has limits." He then told me it's web address: www.conservapedia.com; i took one look and was overwhelmed by the stupidity, so i googled "Conservapedia nutjobs," and Rationalwiki was the first link that came up. I've been hooked ever since.--Lairju1 (talk) 18:46, 17 February 2011 (UTC)
  • I too discovered RationalWiki by Googling "Project Blue Beam". Instantly fell in love with this site. - VezzyRattlehead (talk) 14:11, 25 December 2010 (UTC)
  • I googled Peter Hendrickson Bobhurt (talk) 21:15, 31 December 2010 (UTC)
  • I searched "EvolutionWiki"--Bertran (talk) 12:20, 3 January 2011 (UTC)

[edit] November 2010

  • Found RW when linked to the Lunar Bukkake Theory by an atheist/Satanist friend of mine on a Bible page on Facebook. InconspicuousBarrel (talk)
  • I am fairly active on Citizendium and found RW because of discussions there. Pashley (talk) 12:55, 22 November 2010 (UTC)
  • I googled evolution as a result of Nova broadcast on same, believe evolution rational but prefer people who don't.Gsb63 (talk) 00:21, 24 November 2010 (UTC)
  • I came across Conservapedia by chance, and, insanely, decided that I wanted to take polite issue with its characterisation (on anti-feminist grounds) of Gone With the Wind as a conservative film. I created an account, and was blocked almost immediately by TK for no readily apparent reason. "Bye" was all he wrote. Despite this apparently quite common discourtesy, I remained obsessed with the site and its multifarious absurdities (New Conservative Words, the Bible Project, and Aschlafly's "history lectures" are especial favourites) so you will appreciate how delighted I was to discover RationalWiki, though I regret to say that I no longer remember precisely how this came about. The amount of time I have frittered away flitting between the two sites does not bear thinking about. Tylersboy (talk) 11:22, 25 November 2010 (UTC)
  • It was linked to by the front page of FSTDT. I've known about it for about a year but I was too lazy to make an account until now. Satosi (talk) 19:09, 25 November 2010 (UTC)

[edit] October 2010

  • I googled Conservapedia, saw the part about Rationalwiki, and I've been following this site for about a year now. I'm glad I finally decided to sign up! Churro (talk) 09:23, 5 October 2010 (UTC)
  • I found RationalWiki's TV Tropes page and just couldn't resist. Flametail von Karma (talk) 20:46, 16 October 2010 (UTC)

[edit] September 2010

  • I found this site at Wikiindex, which I discovered through a Google search. --Gabe (talk) 11:05, 2 September 2010 (UTC)
  • Just by surfing forward from a comment thread in Pharyngula. JHM (talk) 16:23, 4 September 2010 (UTC)
  • Not entirely sure. I think I was Google-ing for a rebuttal to a claim on Conservapedia. reichhol (talk) 16:25, 6 September 2010 (UTC)
  • Somebody was talking about it in the pub. WSC (talk) 22:23, 16 September 2010 (UTC)
  • Linked from Wikipedia's article on Conserva(crap)apedia. Orion3T 22:03, 22 September 2010 (BST)
  • To show I am a person of integrity, I will reveal that I have previously registered here under the name "PardreObe". I reregisted as I have noticed that this is nearly (and would be if I had spelled "Padre" correctly) an anagram of "Pedobear" a web character with which I'd rather not be associated. This would explain some odd comments I received when I used that name, including someone calling for me to be banned. It was meant to be a vague reference to the Stars Wars character and I would not have used it if I'd noticed the near-anagram. I hope I will be allowed to use this name and the other username can be deleted. Tx. OldCoppernose (talk) 03:32, 23 September 2010 (UTC)
  • Googled "vaccination hysteria", feels lucky here. What's with the four tildas? 151.56.180.141 (talk) 23:36, 28 September 2010 (UTC)
  • Wanted to see if Thunderf00t had a Wikipedia page! --LOL Foliver LOL
  • Was surfing the topic of currents in the Bosporus and happened on an article about the Flood Myth. I find it heartening to find some light of rationalism in these Dark Ages of information overload. 216.99.218.100 (talk) 17:23, 2 October 2010 (UTC)

[edit] August 2010

  • I went to the Conservapedia article on Wikipedia, and it talked about this wiki. -User:Mectrixctic
  • A friend shared this image Internet_argument and I looked for the article source. -User:Feralbeagle
  • Could not remember the name of Poe's Law, so I typed relevant terms into Google until RationalWiki popped up. Quantheory (talk) 23:46, 26 August 2010 (UTC)
  • I was browsing uncyclopedia one day and a came across a political site called liberapedia, I browsed there for a while before finding this place. --Sir Onion Kneel before my vegetable might! 00:32, 27 August 2010 (UTC)
  • A link to the Citizendium article by User:David Gerard on the Wiki foundation-l mailing lists - of all places. Peter Damian (talk) 14:23, 29 August 2010 (UTC)
  • After browsing Conservapedia for lulz, I googled Rational Wiki to try to find an opposite viewpoint that I could agree with!

[edit] July 2010

  • SusanG invited me to vandalize this website. --Idiot number 59 (talk) 14:53, 3 July 2010 (UTC)
  • I was browsing through some outside views of Conservapedia (Unencyclopedia, Encyclopedia Dramatica, and other trustworthy and reliable sites of similar nature), and stumbled across RW. ~SuperHamster Talk 22:20, 8 July 2010 (UTC)
  • Liberalpedia. I'll admit to lurking for a few months before signing up. --Thunderstruck (talk) 21:32, 9 July 2010 (UTC)
  • I googled something about Conservapedia and found you guys, great job! 116.71.173.181 (talk) 04:34, 24 July 2010 (UTC)
  • I did a google search (illuminati conspiracy) which led me home to rationalwiki.com u.d. Bensali (talk) 16:20, 27 July 2010 (UTC)
  • Wikipedia. I was stalking a facist, cheerleader-hating CONservapedian when I saw people talking about it on WP:Talk:Conservapedia. Ex-Troll Cheerleader (talk) 16:29, 27 July 2010 (UTC)
  • Via google by way of Conservapedia. I seem to be obessed with seeing what various nutjobs think of my ilk.--AMassiveGay (talk) 21:31, 28 July 2010 (UTC)
  • A friend is a 'crat Him (talk) 19:45, 30 July 2010 (UTC)
  • I followed a link on FSTDT a few months ago, and have been entertained ever since. -1=e 02:58, 31 July 2010 (UTC)

[edit] June 2010

  • Well.... I stumbled across Conservapedia, not aware of what it was. I saw a couple (too wildly understate it) errors in the Barack Obama article. I registered, tried to correct the "birth name" on the article, pointing out on the talk page that Soetoro cannot possibly be Obama's birth name, considering that his mother didnt marry Mr. Soetoro until several years after he was born. Lo and behold the honorable TK blocked me for Liberal trolling or some such nonsense. I went to WP to figure out what CP was all about, and found my way here. :D DenaChemistry (talk) 04:12, 5 June 2010 (UTC)
  • The Wikipedia entry on Conservapedia led me here (link About in footnote 63). Since RationalWiki on Wikipedia redirected to RationalWiki's section of the Conservapedia article, I linked the first prose mention of RationalWiki to the Main Page.   — Jeff G. ツ 06:24, 11 June 2010 (UTC)
  • I found this site a month or so ago, whilst laughing at creationists. I know it's not their fault that they were dropped on their heads and kicked around the room at birth, but I can be cruel sometimes. (Young_Earth_Creationism) JonnoHurl Abuse Here 00:59, 13 June 2010 (UTC)
  • I was on TVTropes and read about Conservapedia, then went to the RW page, and then came here. InsaneBookBadger (unleash the badger) 02:50, 16 August 2010 (UTC)
  • I somehow got to the TVTrope page on Conservapedia, then went to the RW page and followed the link here. Just like the guy above me i guess. BDota (talk) 14:44, 17 June 2010 (UTC)
  • I really don't remember. I think someone linked to a logical fallacy article from a site I frequent, like Kotaku or something. I've been unable to leave since then. My wife is getting pissed at me for spending more time editing RW than talking to her. Quaru (talk) 15:32, 17 June 2010 (UTC)
  • Been here for some time actually, stumbled here via fundies say the darndest things and stuck around. I've contributed once or twice but anon and finally decided to register. Oldusgitus (talk) 12:01, 29 June 2010 (UTC)

[edit] May 2010

  • StumbleUpon, on a dreary night of yore.Enviroby (talk) 07:44, 1 May 2010 (UTC)
  • Sigma 7's userpage on Wikipedia. Moydow (talk) 18:18, 3 May 2010 (UTC)
  • Went to check what wikipedia has to say on conservapedia, and thre it was, rationalwiki. Roberto.sallier (talk) 14:12, 4 May 2010 (UTC)roberto.sallier
  • I think i found the Dawkins article when googling the supposed "stumping" question. Lacrimosus (talk) 05:13, 5 May 2010 (UTC)
  • I started reading CP for laughs about a month ago. Then I found rationalwiki through a google search for CP.Mr. Swift (talk) 00:11, 10 May 2010 (UTC)
  • Wikipedia article on conservapedia --Slugboy (talk) 04:09, 10 May 2010 (UTC)
  • Via Google query "shoo tag" DewiMorgan (talk) 10:39, 16 May 2010 (UTC)
  • Like a lot of people above, I found it from looking up stuff on Conservapedia, but stayed for the conspiracy and pseudoscience articles. Ozznova (talk) 09:04, 18 May 2010 (UTC)
  • I followed a link from an entry on PZ Myers' blog "Pharyngula" to the article here titled "Lenski_affair". Myers was congratulating Lenski on his experiment reaching the milestone of 50,000 generations.DancingHorses (talk) 02:21, 20 May 2010 (UTC)
  • I've been chasing down some scammers that sell a thing called ShooTag and it lead me here. I'll update the appropriate entry with my findings. User: anaglyph talk

[edit] April 2010

  • I followed a link here. I think it was from IssuePedia. Fyrius (talk) 08:06, 3 April 2010 (UTC)
  • Googled poe's law. Pacodog (talk) 23:22, 4 April 2010 (UTC)
  • I was surfing Uncyclopedia and somehow ended up on their entry about Conservapedia. Curiosity brought me to your page on them, naturally. — Unsigned, by: 86.168.11.169 / talk / contribs 18:25, 14 April 2010 (UTC)
  • The link from User:David Gerard's Wikipedia user page. Ro Thorpe (talk) 23:30, 17 April 2010 (UTC)
  • Discovered this site through a TVTropes link to the Lenski Affair. Rodlen (talk) 23:33, 17 April 2010 (UTC)
  • Found it on /b/ someone wrote "if 50 people vandalize this site I will show more skin". 64.255.180.67 (talk) 17:14, 18 April 2010 (UTC)
  • Facebook DirectLink — Unsigned, by: 70.45.118.110 / talk / contribs
  • I have been lurking here for a while, decided to make an account to comment on the lolz @ CP.SlayDogg (talk) 16:50, 27 April 2010 (UTC)

[edit] March 2010

  • User:SRQ girl told me about it on a private irc. She found it when looking for Wiki sites to troll and fell in love with one of the users here. Brianna (talk) 00:10, 3 March 2010 (UTC)
  • I found it a bit dull BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!--Radioactive PIzza (talk) 22:02, 15 March 2010 (UTC)
  • Was looking for a place on the Internet that debunked pseudoscience. --Stilldeciding (talk) 03:25, 22 March 2010 (UTC)
  • I found it through looking up opposition to Conservapedia. BorgesetKafka (talk) 23:01, 31 March 2010 (UTC)

[edit] February 2010

  • I am addicted to Conservapedia, and any google such for that site also brings up RW links as well. PrincipalScudworth (talk) 15:59, 5 February 2010 (UTC)
  • I searched conservapedia on Google and found this. I am glad I did!!!! Tommy0210 (talk) 23:24, 18 February 2010 (UTC)


[edit] January 2010

  • Honestly, I cannot remember. Was briefly on CP before I came here though, so that's probably how I ended up lurking, many months ago. Decided to register at last no idea why. We'll see where it goes. - H. Randolph Twist (talk) 00:01, 3 January 2010 (UTC)
  • I was looking on list of wikis on wikipedia, and i found this and Conservapedia. בכסווושלמ 03:37, 5 January 2010(UTC).
  • I found RW while looking for info on Andy Schalfy a while back, and just now got around to creating a user account! StealthBadger (talk) 21:27, 5 January 2010 (UTC)
  • I was so terribly entertained by Conservapedia that I ended up here upon further research. ScientificRigor (talk) 01:25, 9 January 2010 (UTC)
  • Wikipedia pointed me to Uncyclopedia, Uncyclopedia pointed me to Conservapedia. Then i read an article on wikipedia aboud conservapedia and there was a link to RationalWiki on Wikipedia. Mr.Orange (talk) 12:36, 10 January 2010 (UTC)
  • I Googled Venomfangx and found his info here. Lonius (talk) 21:26, 21 January 2010 (UTC)
  • I am somewhat of a techno peasant and am trying to figure out the new social media. I just finished reading Wikinomics and am excited about the whole idea of collaboration for my website. I googled "criticism of myers-briggs" and wound up here. I wanted to see how it all worked. Davewood9 (talk) 01:21, 27 January 2010 (UTC)
  • I, err, followed the tumbleweed out of the desert, and to the main page of RationalWiki.--𐄡 (talk) 21:12, 2 February 2010 (UTC)
  • Mentioned by User:Android in the League of Reason IRC chat. I decided to check it out. rfranknj (talk) 07:15, 17 February 2010 (UTC)

[edit] December 2009

  • I found this site a little while ago by following a link on Uncyclopedia.
  • I found my way here after somehow stumbling upon Conservapedia. I have no idea how I came across that storehouse of ignorance, but it changed the way I look at things now. My faith in the human race has suffered. TKEtoolshed (talk) 04:29, 9 December 2009 (UTC)
  • Not sure how I got here. Probably from a link on RichardDawkins.net. I found Conservapedia from Fundies Say the Darndest Things, so it's possible I found this place from there. Anyways, great find. PardreObe (talk) 07:28, 9 December 2009 (UTC)
  • I found out about RW from the Wikipedia article about Conservapedia. Stanley Moon (talk) 02:55, 12 December 2009 (UTC)
  • I, too, found out about RW from the Wikipedia article about Conservapedia. MarcDLS (talk) 14:40, 14 December 2009 (UTC)
  • Used to write implausible phylogenies about animals that don't exist at CreationWiki. Heard about Conservapedia on the Colbert Show. Found RW after I googled some of these morons (Jpatt, Karajou, JacobB, Aschlafly) to figure out if CP is for real. I'm still not sure. Chest Rockwell (talk) 16:12, 16 December 2009 (UTC)
  • I learned of RW from Wikisource, not long after learning of Conservapedia the same way: through the Lenski dialog published on WS. I enjoy copyright problem-solving, and I am still scratching my head over the "freeness" of Conservapedia:Copyright, which to me says, in essence, "everything on here is absolutely free--until we decide it isn't." Except for revocability, the license is quite, well, liberal. --LarryGilbert (talk) 18:45, 21 December 2009 (UTC)
  • During a search for al-med information and issues Citizen Deux (talk) 20:19, 21 December 2009 (UTC)
  • Tvtropes! Former Neocon(that lasted about 3 months after I got unmonitored internet access) who unfortunately lives in Louisiana. Read the site, liked it. -User:Tyrannis 05:05, 29 December 2009 (UTC)

[edit] November 2009

  • I was laughing at Conservapedia, and realized lots were laughing along with me. PhillipA 06:15, 10 November 2009 (UTC)
  • I think I was searching for ID (which I believe) and found this site mocking it. That kind of pissed me off, but then I read the rest of it. I lurked for am while, but finally created an account. At this point I'm trying to figure out whether this site has more bias than CP. Lilfut
  • Turned left at Greenland? Okay, no, really, the truth is I have no idea. I've been lurking here (moar?) since Einstein and Hammurabi went disco-dancing. Only recently have I been sufficiently inspired (read "bored") to make any mischief. I expect to be banned any second now for a 99-44/100ths violation or whatever it's called. --12.17.54.50 00:49, 14 November 2009 (UTC)
  • Stumbled onto christwire.org and found myself deep inside a case of what I now know as Poe's Law (which as hit #1 on google for "Poe's Law" became my landing page here).
  • William Dembski linked to an article on his Search for Search paper at Uncommon Descent and I clicked on it! Dvunkannon 02:33, 16 November 2009 (UTC)
  • Was a "fan" of the "history" "lectures" at Conservapedia a while back, but never delved any deeper into the site. Then the Bible Project brought me back to that great site and discovered the total insanity that it is. Googled the owner of that site and found this place. Lots of fun. Internetmoniker 13:28, 20 November 2009 (UTC)
  • A commenter on Wonkette made reference to "Poe's Law", which I hadn't heard of, and when I Googled it, one of the responses was Rational Wiki, so here I am.Trigley 22:38, 21 November 2009 (UTC)
  • I found this site in the search results of a search engine. I then clicked the link to find out more. I was a science major, so I think I have this site’s point of view. The first page I found was the main page. Chuck marean jr 07:00, 22 November 2009 (UTC)
  • I spent hours banning idiot trolls from this place over at CP, it would've been harder not to find it. --TheRealMarkGall 14:13, 23 November 2009 (UTC)
  • I found the articles on Scientology and Muhammad here to be better than those on CP, and it seemed easier to join here.
    :-D
    Civic Cat 20:11, 23 November 2009 (UTC)
  • I noted that neither SourceWatch nor Wikipedia had a page on the Gish Gallop, and someone clued me into RationalWiki.
  • Trent recommended that I drill a 3/8" hole in my skull to relieve the pressure causing my headaches, thanks Trent! Nuckkin Futz 16:31, 25 November 2009 (UTC)
  • I followed a link from RationaWikiWikiWikisWiki[2] to RationalWikiWikiWiki, which had a link to RationalWikiWiki, and from there I drilled down to an even lower level wiki called RationalWiki.

[edit] October 2009

  • I was doing research on logical fallacies a while back, and was hooked. (An Anonymous Coward)

[edit] September 2009

  • Heard about CP via Lewis Black on Daily Show, typed "Is Conservapedia a joke?" into Google afterwards and found this site. Unfortunately discovered it was not a joke :(... Ren (talk) 01:56, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
  • I was reading Conservapedia for the lulz, and some of my Google searches pointed me towards RW. I can't recall the landing article, but it would have been one of the Conservapedia articles.--Concernedresident 16:34, 19 September 2009 (UTC)
  • I searched Google for information about the Lenski affair. I had read about it in Richard Dawkins' new book The Greatest Show on Earth. Previously I had thought that Conservapedia was merely a somewhat conservatively biased site (a bit like Fox News perhaps). But now I can see that it's a full-blown creationist site and an intellectual black hole. Danish 09:04, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
  • I was shopping for a book on amazon.com, when by pure chance i stumbled upon a heated argument re: the Lensky e.coli paper. One author mused that another author 'possibly has ties to Conservapedia' - which was the first time i ever heard about that site. Took it for a parody at first, btw - and had quite a good time sampling all that seemingly delectable, subtle humour over there. Well - one link led to another, and eventually this page was mentioned somewhere.
  • Probably from WP's CP page. Lost in the fogs of alcohol. CS Miller 20:12, 2 December 2009 (UTC)
  • I found a wiki about Harry Potter, that led me to Wiki and Wikia led me to Uncyclopedia, Uncyclopedia led me to Conservapedia. I had never imagined that something so insane could exist, I searched for some extra information and soon I found Rationalwiki... --Earthland (talk) 21:21, 2 February 2010 (UTC)

[edit] August 2009

  • I kept seeing all the references to a "Vandal Site" on CP, did some research and found all you guys! Still trying to make up my mind whether you're actually serious or not, but anything that takes the piss out of CP as much as you do can't be all bad. SuspectedReplicant (talk) 17:44, 3 August 2009 (UTC)

[edit] June 2009

  • stumbleupon [3] --Scamp 18:25, 6 June 2009 (UTC)
  • I was reading a Cracked article about bastardizations of Wikipedia, which of course had Conservipedia, which lead to Liberalpedia's article on it, which led here. Zeus 20:27, 7 June 2009 (UTC)

[edit] July 2009

  • RationalWiki had my baby. Web (talk) 04:13, 9 July 2009 (UTC)
  • Told by a friend after laughing at Conservapedia for a day. This was the first page I found. 130.216.53.228 22:53, 14 July 2009 (UTC)
  • Looked up "abortion" and "homosexuality" on Google while bored with a philosophy paper. The latter lead to Conservapedia, which was hilarious to no end. Eventually I searched for "Conservapedia" and found RationalWiki. ~ Kupochama[1][2] 21:26, 26 July 2009 (UTC)
  • Found it a while back (6-9 months) through a link on Liberapedia. Which I in turn found through Uncyclopedia.Cade Skywalker (talk) 20:53, 29 July 2009 (UTC)

[edit] May 2009

  • Recently my non-AP History class (it is very common for people with any ambition at all to enroll in AP classes at my school, whether they are capable or not) had a 'debate' on evolution and my somewhat-intelligent-yet-total-wussy teacher decided that every viewpoint was equally valid, including a lot of the ID stuff some chick was spewing. Then one of my best friends (very intelligent yet woefully ignorant Christian) starts talking about how he believes the universe was created in 8 days (whatever happened to 6?!?! 'Good point,' was his response when I pointed this out) and when I start presenting him with arguments to the contrary he says he'd rather not think about it. He even thinks his viewpoint is more logical. Needless to say, I went straight to somewhere where I might find a group of anybody resembling rational people. The name RationalWiki suggested itself. Clepper 14:05, 5 May 2009 (UTC)
  • On my userpage on another wiki, I was creating a link in the style of Uncyclopedia, where it links to something related to, but not the same as, the link text. I decided to make the word "ridiculous" link to the Wikipedia article about "Conservapedia", and it was on that article that I read about this wiki (in the context of its opposition to Conservapedia). -- Sorceror Nobody 18:33, 5 May 2009 (UTC)
  • Ace told me too, and he scares me. But the site gives me many a laugh and something to do at work.....instead of work. Rad McCool 07:18, 7 October 2009 (UTC)

[edit] April 2009

  • PZ - PalMD - here! (but with a lot of lurking)Silvermute 07:09, 5 April 2009 (EDT)
  • RW found me! In June '07 I called a certain Andrew Schafly an "Utter Idiot" and somehow wasn't shot on the spot. I did however find an invitation to join RW on my talkpage doorstep. It lasted about 14 seconds before disappearing, but I began lurking here then. AlanE 20:30, 20 April 2009 (EDT)
  • Someone posted the (in)famous Youtube-Banana-vid on a Dutch atheist site (www.godvoordommen.nl). I dropped the expression 'Poe's Law' and looked for a good explanation via the Ixquick search engine. Well, here I am! Rette-que-tette 15:39, 26 April 2009 (UTC)Rette-que-tette
  • While reading Wikipedia's article about Conservapedia... "Several editors, including Lipson, started another website, RationalWiki." SJ Debaser 14:49, 5 May 2009 (UTC)

[edit] March 2009

[edit] February 2009

  • I think i came across Conservapedia through a link on Twitter. After reading some of the articles on there just made me want to smash all of their heads in with a fossil. I'm afraid right wing christian insanity makes me furious. I am studying geology at the moment so their "Age of the Earth" BS entry tipped me over the edge. Being worried that the rubbish and lies was going unquestioned while searching I came across rationalwiki. Dread to think of the consequences of impressionable children reading their lies and misinformation. 12:01, 8 February 2009 (EST) AngryDarwin
  • I'm fresh off the boat from Uncyclopedia. Fuck this wiki. At least ours is about something. (I'm reading some essays now, and liking them. I may make an account, I may just keep reading.) 173.79.3.121 17:43, 24 February 2009 (EST)
  • I heard about Conservapedia from the Wikipedia IRC channels. I then searched for the site to see what it was about. I peeked in and was horrified by their blatent lies. I went back to the Google results and in the results this website caught my eye.--Ipatrol 22:22, 22 April 2009 (EDT)

[edit] January 2009

  • After discovering Conservapedia, a Google search for 'liberal encyclopedia' somehow brought me here. Upon reading the Guide for the Newly Deconverted, I was hooked. Zaku 07:54, 4 January 2009 (EST)
  • Shortly after the foundation of RW2 - but I can't remember the link.--False Flag 09:33, 4 January 2009 (EST)
    • I hit "reload" 37 times until it came back! ħumanUser talk:Human 02:02, 7 January 2009 (EST)
  • Found this place a while back from the Encyclopedia Dramatica entries on Conservapedia/Andy Schlafly, liked what I saw, and finally decided to join up.
  • I found it after googling something like (Conservapedia) AND (idiots). Perhaps it might have been "Schlafly is an idiot". I can't remember exactly but I'm sure you get the idea. JoeDuffy 05:20, 27 January 2009 (EST)
  • Conservapedia came up in my A-Level Politics classes three years ago, and it was only a matter of time before I found out about RW. Finally decided to create an account this month.KlapauciusEsteemed Constructor 10:42, 27 January 2009 (EST)
  • After coming across Conservapedia, I decided to do some research on Wikipedia to find out what kind of..."people" would bring that mutant wiki-offspring into being. The Wikipedia article on Conservapedia mentioned a counterwiki called RationalWiki, as well as a small and very intriguing origin story. ~Ttony21(talk, contribs) 13:15, 28 January 2009 (EST)
  • In a fit of online boredom, I was browsing FSTDT and came across a quote from Conservapedia. Being the naturally inquisitive person I am, I looked up Conservapedia on Wikipedia, and then found here. brielle 02:34, 29 January 2009 (EST)
  • I was looking for Conservapedia laughs when I stumbled upon the "guide to the newly deconverted." I joined up almost immediately.JSLeitch 12:38, 1 February 2009 (EST)

[edit] December 2008

  • The E. Coli chap who gave Brother Assfly and the Conservapedos such grief with his wonderful letters. Matty the Damned 03:03, 19 December 2008 (EST)
  • Someone emailed me a link here on the first day I signed up for CP. FernoKlumpMr. Assfly! Don't forget about this petition!] 01:50, 23 December 2008 (EST)
  • A friend prefaced his rant with "you won't believe this shit," and somewhere along the way "Conservapedia" was thrown in the mix. Checked out Conservapedia, indeed could not believe that shit, and went on scooting around Wikipedia for further info. Stumbled across RationalWiki as a result. A.Ha 21:29, 23 December 2008 (EST)
  • Followed a link to Poe's Law from the JREF forum - as I suspect many do. Worm(t | c) 08:52, 9 October 2009 (UTC)

[edit] November 2008

  • It was listed in Wikipedia's article on CPTheemperor 22:10, 17 November 2008 (EST)
  • Same. Bluefish 17:23, 21 November 2008 (EST)
  • I was browsing Uncyclopedia for lulz, when I came across their article on Conservapedia. I checked out the equivalent article on Wikipedia, which led me to this site. -RedbackG'day 14:08, 22 November 2008 (EST)
  • Found it through a link on Fark[4], in a reference to Poe's law. (Damn, everytime I go online, seems like there's a new something-wiki. . . . — Unsigned, by: 70.149.182.200 / talk / contribs
  • Through Google - I think I searched for "Conservapedia Bugler".--Kriss AkabusiAAAAWOOOOGAAAR!!1 05:00, 19 December 2008 (EST)
  • Saw it mentioned as an anti CP site on wikipedia. EternalCritic 17:30, 13 March 2009 (EDT)
  • searched Conservapedia. Never knew I'd find this. Great site. --"ConservapediaUndergroundResistormesa likesa Starsa Warssa 21:21, 3 January 2009 (EST)
  • Googled something about CP, or possibly the WP CP article. EddyP (talk) 16:48, 27 July 2010 (UTC)
  • Reading Wikipedia, I followed the chain "Criticism of Wikipedia" → "Conservapedia" → "RationalWiki" (eventually; I was using cp:Template:Mainpageright as a wingnut news-feed as early as 2007). I made a number of anonymous edits before Bob invited me to join, which I did. Mjollnir.svgListenerXTalkerX 04:54, 27 May 2011 (UTC)

[edit] October 2008

  • I was just googling Poe's Law, and found this delicious home of sanity InaVegt 19:02, 15 October 2008 (EDT)
  • To be honest, I have no idea, although it could have been via the CP Wikipedia page. I've been laughing at CP for a while, but never editing. Linkthewindow 04:53, 17 October 2008 (EDT)
  • The Grauniad, I think. Yes, after a bit of fact-checking, this piece lead to CP where I watched and laughed for a couple of months, and did the same at RW, then I created accounts at both within a few days of each other.--Stunteddwarf Jabba de Chops 19:21, 17 February 2011 (UTC)


[edit] September 2008

  • PZ Meyers' blog, I think. Might've been StumbleUpon. --Purple George!YossieSpring in Fialta 22:12, 2 September 2008 (EDT)
  • StumbledUpon Lenski dialog. Fell in love with website when I saw WIGOCP. MIP 23:51, 3 September 2008 (EDT)
  • Chance encounter with a hilarious website called "Republican Faith Chat" http://baptistsforbrown2008.wordpress.com/important-site-news/ and read that RationalWiki is "going to hell" hahaha. What non-sense dribble Christians spew. I love RationalWiki!
  • 'twas whispered to me in fearful tones, as part of my initiation into the last Cabal of the Temple of the Illuminati, of which none may speak on pain of their ultimate punishment: No Biscuits At Coffee Break. Insert Name Here 12:10, 10 September 2008 (EDT)
  • I discovered RW over a year ago. Wow. Too bad I wasn't active. I believe I found RW using Google, and the first page I found was WIGO:CP. --Zelandoni 23:16, 11 September 2008 (EDT)
  • Found it om JREF forum.62.251.102.185 05:20, 14 September 2008 (EDT)
  • I gots banned from Conservapedia, for lulzing, so I came here. --Capercorn FLAME! what? 22:04, 17 September 2008 (EDT)
  • I got caught teabagging Phyllis Schlafly by Andy at a prayer breakfast with the homeshoolees and was subsequently banned from Conservapedia despite impeccable Conservative contributions. I've been stalking WIGOCP for awhile now. Teabag 06:52, 27 September 2008 (EDT)
  • I discovered Conservapedia after hearing Andy pitch it on a local Seattle radio talk show and contributed 324 edits in the first two weeks of April 2007. I even earned "Edit of the Week". Then I was invited to the Rationalpedia, and I did quite a few edits there, and even attended the IRC channel associated with that place. Ed Poor somehow wormed his way into the IRC channel associated with that wiki, and started throwing his weight around, and kicked me from that channel. I discovered RationalWiki after checking up on CP via WP. RatWiki was only about three months old at the time.Teresita 02:50, 29 September 2008 (EDT)
  • I was banned from conservapedia for suggesting that it might be full of propaganda and deception. I looked up CP on WP and ended up here to vent. Bingosherlock 16:58, 29 September 2008 (EDT)
  • I joined awhile back, and am on and off a lot. But, I joined after reading about CP on Andrew Sullivan's blog, and when I went to look up CP again, the highest link on Google was RW. Looked around, liked it, stayed on for a bit. Now, I'm here and gone a lot. Researcher 19:37, 29 September 2008 (EDT)
  • I came here from WP's article on CP, and lurked for a while (I can't remember how long). God only knows how I ended up there. Word cubic Phantom Hoover! 20:33, 23 November 2009 (UTC)

[edit] August 2008

  • From a link about Lenski on Richard Dawkins site.--Rupert 17:06, 1 August 2008 (EDT)
  • Discovered Conservapedia through a comment on a Wikipedia talk page. Amusemement soon turned to horror. Discovered RationalWiki through Wikipedia's entry on Conservapedia. Weaseloid 12:16, 4 August 2008 (EDT)
  • Mentioned by a commentator on Pharyngula blog so here I amJwthomas 00:27, 24 August 2008 (EDT)fyreflye

[edit] July 2008

  • That dude with the E. coli and his letters to Conservapedia. Daecon 01:30, 3 July 2008 (EDT)
  • StumbledUpon the page about the Lenski affair --Ruffnekk 11:01, 3 July 2008 (EDT)
  • Skeptics Guide to the Universe > Pharyngula Lenski affair > Conservapedia Lenski affair > Wikipedia > Rationalwiki --Jaxe 09:15, 8 July 2008 (EDT)
  • Trent's Mom gave me the address at lunch last Saturday. CharlotteAZ 12:53, 8 July 2008 (EDT)CharlotteAZ
  • I wanted to refute the creationists' "white hole theory". Google led me here. --JoJo 17:01, 13 July 2008 (EDT)
  • I found it through Liberapedia. --Dagoth Ur, Mad God 06:20, 17 July 2008 (EDT)
  • Read about it in Wikipedia's Conservapedia article. 122.105.217.62 07:03, 23 July 2008 (EDT)
  • From a blogpost on denialism. It helps make life in this redneck of the woods bearable70.245.187.12 21:53, 30 July 2008 (EDT)
  • In the bottom of a cornflakes packet. I nearly ate it. Weirdbeard 04:10, 5 August 2008 (EDT)
  • My roommate was all into this site, and after reading some of the articles I signed up. I'd never even heard of CP at the time. Aboriginal Noise with 4 M's and a silent Q 18:40, 6 June 2009 (UTC)

[edit] June 2008

  • I was looking for goat porn and Google listed this place as #1. I am still looking for good goat porn...--TimS 15:52, 3 June 2008 (EDT)
  • I read a Register.co.uk article about Conservapedia which mentions RationalWiki. I also have a track record of visiting different websites since around late-1995, such as HotBot. UnopposedToThumbs
  • I found it via the 'Lenski affair'. Schlafly's stupidity was linked on the SomethingAwful forums, and it was pretty much follow the bouncing ball from there. Starshark
  • I heard about Conservapedia and spent about 3 days reading it and laughing hysterically. That lead me here and I've been reading RationalWiki since it's inception and check and vote on the WIGO pages all the time. Jim Rational 02:11, 11 June 2008 (EDT)

[edit] May 2008

  • I was reading "Just one more note on Expelled" by PalMD on denialism blog earlier today, and there was a link to this wonderful site. ---TheNerd 17:15 1 May 2008 (EDT)
  • Someone told me about conservapedia.com, and when I had stopped laughing, I researched a bit. And here I am... — Unsigned, by: 77.185.92.234 / talk / contribs
  • Stumbled across Conservapedia after reading some excellent articles about it by ...oh I forget now... on www.smirkingchimp.com, about how sinister it was (Hitler was a liberal, and Pinochet died to make China British, or something). That led me to RW, which I've been happily following for months now, but finally decided it was time I dipped my toe in. I've been active on Conservapedia too, periodically. Mostly fighting the good fight on the Dawkins page. He really is a professor, you know. Charles SubLunar (mr) 18:37, 14 May 2008 (EDT)
  • I lurked at Uncyclopedia for a while, and their Conservapedia article led me to that travesty but also led me here. Lurked here for a while, now it's time I actually do some work *sigh*. Cranial Suppositorypull your head out of your ass 15:50, 16 May 2008 (EDT)
  • From a link on richarddawkins.net/forum... enjoy sanity and reason? You should come joing us! randomblink 11:14, 19 May 2008 (EDT)

[edit] April 2008

  • I honestly don't remember how I found it. I was browsing the internets in a semi-drunken state and I happened upon it. 69.109.120.216 02:45, 12 April 2008 (EDT)
  • I met a guy on a blind date who told me about it. Never saw him again (he was way too ugly).  Lily Ta, wack! 14:22, 20 April 2008 (EDT)
  • I was referred here from The Panda's Thumb section regarding the film "Expelled", glad I found it!Wikinow2008 02:51, 29 April 2008 (EDT)

[edit] March 2008

  • Searching through Internet, I found Conservapedia. I looked at a few articles and was appalled. Personally, I thought their positions were ridiculous. I found a link to this site from Wikipedia. Fred Lu March 01, 2008
  • Can't remember. Probably had too much Jack Daniels floating around in the system. Will learn to use wiki code eventually... Armondikov 19:28, 09 March 2008 (GMT)
  • Read about Conservapedia and Creation Wiki on Wikipedia. Than I learned about Rational Wiki. Saved me from insanity. Ekulwyo 18:57, 12 March 2008 (EDT)
  • Probabally should have signed in for this, but bleah. I found this wiki from a brief mention on Wikipedia. Javascap Sometime of day, 13 March, 2008
  • google searched my name "Ryan" and it came up with User:Ryan. i looked round here a bit then stayed --RyanB 06:14, 14 March 2008 (EDT)
  • I read about this site on Wikipedia. I have taken a look at Conservapedia and I feel pity for those people. They tend to forget that there are other people. Meursault2004 06:50, 21 March 2008 (EDT)
  • from scienceblogs denialism to white coat underground to here (I liked the brain logo)--Warty 07:33, 27 March 2008 (EDT)
  • Found a link on WP and followed it here. Interesting but ... --BostonTeaParty 11:16, 29 March 2008 (EDT)
  • Through mutual acquaintances. LB 10:30, 30 March 2008 (EDT)
  • I can't actually remember to be honest. I had a couple of socks here for brief periods. I think god told me. AceMcWicked 05:25, 7 October 2009 (UTC)
  • Here there be Lyra Belaqua [sic]. Found CP through Lewis Black on the Daily Show, then Liberapedia, then RW. Picon small.pngLiquid Blue 05:04, 10 September 2010 (UTC)

[edit] February 2008

  • Google. It was the second hit returned on a search for "Conservapedia" at the time. -Pretzel 05:15, 3 February 2008 (EST)
  • Somebody told me that this place was far, far better than Conservapedia. Barikada 00:48, 4 February 2008 (EST)
  • Found a link while reading teh Wikipedia article on Conservapedia for lulz. Googoogjoob 14:40, 7 February 2008 (EST)
  • Found my way here from a (short-lived!) entry on someone's Conservapedia talk-page, having stumbled into CP from its WP entry. I have started editing on CP - much more fun than Wikipedia. Gnusmas 17:16, 15 February 2008 (EST)
  • I found Conservapedia, and came here from from the CP wikipedia entry. I made some edits on CP and was banned for inserting random commas and claiming diamonds fuel liberalism (which seemed pretty logical over there) burnse
  • I was divinely directed here. I now do God's edits. --e|m|c [TALK] 17:43, 16 February 2008 (EST)
That was me - got an account now (-: Brianetta 20:05, 23 February 2008 (EST)
  • Recommended by a friend... Lost an entire (sundown to sun-up) night to happy reading. Figured I might as well see if I can chip in with some simple spelling/grammar corrections, too... so here I am ;) Adny 21:17, 21 February 2008 (EST)
  • Got here via a cite on Wikipedia. Stayed for the clam chowder. Rylon 02:04, 22 February 2008 (EST)
  • According to my earliest IP edit I have been here since February. I found it through a link on the Conservapedia page at Wikipedia. When I was frustrated by the stupidity I found at CP and went to WP to check for second that back in the real world people thought Conservapedia was as moronic as I did, then I found here and felt right at home. \approx\pi
  • Google search after the Lewis Black segment. I lurked for a while and finally joined because of an incident I found particularly troubling. Arcan ¡ollǝɥ 14:44, 15 November 2008 (EST)
  • Here be Mei. (From wikipedia) -- =w= 22:42, 18 November 2009 (UTC)

[edit] January 2008

  • Previous user linked me. I get all his Wikipedia stuff secondhand! ^^' Assume a!=a 21:03, 4 January 2008 (EST)
  • Saw the website listed on CP in a fit of wandalism to recruit others, and I wouldn't have stayed if it weren't for the cute walking brain. <3 NorsemanWassail! 11:07, 2 January 2008 (EST)
  • Witnessed CP, made a few edits here and there...but so far, I perfer it here. Much better company. CodyH 20:10, 7 January 2008 (BST)
  • Some guy named Andrew Schlafly recommended. 8-) Jimaginator 14:49, 7 January 2008 (EST)
  • I was asked to take a look at CP by a friend (who is quite religious, but had been offended by the right-wing content of CP) to see if I could "help". But it proved pointless. Spica 05:48, 14 January 2008 (EST)
  • I found it one boring day in college after googling "Conservapedia" for no particular reason (it was just a random disambiguation I came up with to search for). That led me to the Wikipedia article on CONservapedia, from which I found the term "RationalWiki." I then googled "RationalWiki" and instantly became hooked, especially given that my Statics for Engineering instructor had converted the class from a math class to a Bible class. Reckless Noise Symphony (talk) 10:49, 9 September 2012 (UTC)

[edit] December 2007

  • Found Conservapedia through Lewis Black on the Daily Show, Trolled around for a while and found the (LA Times?) Article that mentioned RW... Looked in, liked the crowd. SirChuckBCall the FBI 16:09, 10 December 2007 (EST)
  • I found Conservapedia from a post on Slashdot joking about the origins of Kangaroos. I've played some in their sandbox, but I'm happy that I found RW, where rational thought prevails. ALL HAIL THE RELIGION OF REASON! *laugh* I bet they'll have a field day with that... --Eira 02:00, 11 December 2007 (EST)
  • Found Conservapedia from Andrew Sullivan's blog, actually. Couldn't find it again later, googled it, and found this. Been here since. Researcher 19:54, 17 December 2007 (EST)
  • I came here via the Jon Swift blog post and the ensuing fallout. Kirkburn 13:57, 21 December 2007 (EST)
  • From the cp column. How I found that, I have no idea.-- Offeep 22:08, 29 December 2007 (EST)
  • Andy told me this was a very evil place full of wicked secular humanists promoting liberal deceit, and if I visited he would give me a spanking before his homeschooling class on Satanism and Intelligent Design. That's how I found it. Secret Squirrel 22:09, 29 December 2007 (EST)
  • I found it on Wikipedia. Where else? assume a=a 22:00, 29 December 2007 (EST)

[edit] July 2007

  • Probably the Wikipedia article, which I looked at because of Lewis Black's Daily Show rant. Came for the goat, stayed for the... well, for the goat. Which we need more of. ThunderkatzHo! 06:58, 15 March 2011 (UTC)

[edit] Root

(Some of these comments refer to RW1, a potted RW history can be found here.)

  • I help founded it...so maybe you could say...RationalWiki found me. tmtoulouse heckle 16:13, 23 November 2007 (EST)
  • Trent (Tmtoulouse) invited me to RW 1.0 while I was frustrated over at Conservapedia and a few of us thought we were starting a little "sane people's club". It turns out there already was one here. humanUser talk:Human 16:14, 23 November 2007 (EST)
  • Read about it in a New Zealand blog which I have never been able to find again. Susan... miaow ... 16:23, 23 November 2007 (EST)
  • By complete chance looking for random wikis-Shangrala 16:30, 23 November 2007 (EST)
  • Tmtoulouse invited my friend Helios to RW 1.0 who then told me about the site. - Icewedge 16:38, 23 November 2007 (EST)
  • I don't remember. I may have been drinking. Actually, I wish i had kept some notes about that. I know it was pretty damn early. If anyone remember who sent me this way... I remember having a lot of fun creating mocking articles at RW 1.0.--PalMD-If it looks like a donut, eat it 18:57, 23 November 2007 (EST)
  • Was invited to RW 1.0 by some cabalist (Ames?) soon after the Night of the Blunt Knives. Totally denied my knowledge of the site to Andy, and stayed at CP for four months. --Ζωροάστρης 19:02, 23 November 2007 (EST)
  • Got invited to RW1 by tmtoulouse himself just after it was founded, if I recall correctly. I'd have to check my old mails, but I'm pretty sure it was him. --Sid 19:15, 23 November 2007 (EST)
  • Was invited by a sock of AmesG after handing Andy his ass on the Main Talk page, resulting in it being briefly shutdown. See the complete text on my user page. Stile4aly 20:09, 23 November 2007 (EST)
  • Invitation at RW1 inception from TM.--Bobbing up 04:43, 24 November 2007 (EST)
  • I think it was ColinR that invited me to RW1.0 April or May 2007. CЯacke®
  • After being labelled the first "terrorist" at CP, TK told me to "Go and join your friends at rationalwiki". So I did, but that was the first I'd heard of it. Genghis Khant 06:30, 24 November 2007 (EST)
  • I've lived through it all ~ I was there when Ken joined, and when he was sysopped. I remember TK's first brown-nosing edits. I remember Trent's brief reign as sysop, and my own hilarious yet ultimately failed (although much-supported... thanks guys!) run for sysop. I remember letting my invitation to RW1 languish in my inbox for a while, but I was there when we were "reported to the FBI." And I've been here ever since....-αmεσ (soldier)
  • Found some "site that must not be named" talk at CP and used Google somehow.--Bayesupdate 04:42, 25 November 2007 (EST)
  • Was invited to RW1.0 by Trent, before the Night of the Blunt Knives. airdish 15:11, 25 November 2007 (EST)
  • I was welcomeded at CP by Leopeo, who was then banned (I think he's back on now)- he recommended RW while I was blocked for "breaking" the 90/10 rule (by, er, contributing to the debate pages. Go figure). At roughly the same time I was invited by SusanG on my Wikipedia talk page. not sure which came first. Totnesmartin 16:23, 25 November 2007 (EST)
  • I emailed human through CP email, asking what the Cabal (there is no cabal) was, and he had Trent invite me to RW 1.0. ΓHammer and Sickle text gold.svgδλεσςΛιβεραλ 17:47, 25 November 2007 (EST)
  • I honestly don't remember how I found it. But I'm glad I did. --Star of David.png Radioactive Misanthrope 08:49, 18 February 2008 (EST)
  • Don't know why I never posted on this page ... I was booted by TK in May '07, as part of the Night of Blunt Knives, because I enjoyed pointing out his lack of wiki-knowledge and general retardation. Jrssr5 09:51, 1 April 2008 (EDT)
  • (September) I found it on Wikipedia's article on Conservapedia (or its talk page, can't remember.) NightFlare 19:35, 23 December 2007 (EST)
  • One day hanging out in #conservapedia, a RationalWiki recruiter had a table set up with cookies. I like cookies. --Interiot 00:14, 4 September 2008 (EDT)
  • Can't say as I really remember, but I'm in this timeframe. I think I was reading various articles on Wikipedia about right-wing this-or-thats and somehow got here. --Edgerunner76Tah-daaaaaaah!
  • Colin and Trent sold their souls to me for a server. Phallus of Satan 22:48, 21 November 2009 (UTC)
  • I started watching CP back during the initial blogrush started spreading around Andy's early crazy, and got hooked. I never did sign up for an account or sock, but I kinda got to be a fan of the antics of the actually intelligent people who bedevilled the site and generally argued rings around Andy, Ken and company. So in March '07 I sent a couple of messages just to say how much I appreciated the entertainment, and ended up invited to the original RW 1.0...two days before it was trashed in favour of RW 2.0. So I guess I was the last person to join before the whole thing went bye-bye. Still haven't made an account on CP, though, although TK occasionally seems to think I have. --Kels (talk) 14:22, 4 May 2010 (UTC)
  • I first heard the name Rationalwiki from Karajou on Conservapedia's private mailing list (5/15/07). We previously refered to Rationalwiki 1.0 on the SDG as the "Icewedge cabal" (appears about 5/1/07). However, it was at Wikien-1 that I heard about the massive vandal attacks and Conservapedia from User:David Gerard. Rationalwiki was so effective even then at limiting Conservapedia's user base, registration was shut off and I could not create an account. So I contacted Roger Schlafly privately, whom I tag-teamed with earlier in Wikipedia, to request an account. Having just come from Wikipedia and experiencing Will Beback, SlimVirgin, Chip Berlet, and wp:User:Ruy Lopez's sockpuppets & meatpuppets, and watching what happened to my good friend Mongo (whom I secured the votes necessary to get him sysoped), and sharing my experiences with Danial Brandt at WikipediaReview, I thought Ratwikians (as we came to call them) were somewhat amatuerish and old school. Highly technically minded, but hopelessly simple & partisan in ideological outlook. nobsViva la Revolución! 02:45, 26 May 2011 (UTC)
  • A friend asked me to come help him with some info on an article AllonY (talk) 22:38, 25 December 2011 (UTC)
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