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Essay:Why RationalWiki is so great

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Inspired by Wikipedia:Why Wikipedia is so greatWikipedia


  • RationalWiki has few rules. Good arguments are valued more than rules or authority.
  • All regular editors are sysops, and can easily do common administrative tasks (like moving pages) or take action against vandals (without waiting for a moderator to take action).
  • There is a democratic, meritocratic, egalitarian system. Anyone who has a work ethic and provides high-quality editing can work his/her way up.

Content and style[edit]

A goat, yesterday.
  • RationalWiki is not neutral, and not subject to a balance fallacy.
  • The writing style aims to be humorous and a fairly "light read".
  • Topics are selected on mission relevance rather than notability; so obscure topics that don't have Wikipedia-quality sources can be covered well. (Sometimes resulting in a Wikipedia article,Wikipedia if an intermediate Reliable Source cribs the RationalWiki article!)
  • Contains large quantities of goat.

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