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April 2021[edit]

  • I learned of this website 3 years ago when I was searching conspirary theories for entertainment and found this site. I joined because I enjoy this site and want to be a member. -- Daemonspudguy (talk) 12:22, 9 April 2021 (UTC)

March 2021[edit]

  • I learned of RationalWiki roughly a decade ago – don't remember exactly when – when Illogicopedia users active here linked to it there. Now, I've joined mainly for a different reason, a more recent interest and concern with cults and related matters (mind viruses and how they work). I'm not a materialist, but I don't see an inclination towards mysticism as a reason to support BS (mysticism in itself is categorically distinct from dogma, deception, pseudoscience, and other things which may destructively use and abuse mysticism). Rational inquiry and a dose of skepticism are needed the most when human tendencies are the most likely to result in tangled-up mental activity and results thereof. --ApooftGnegiol (talk) 08:06, 23 March 2021 (UTC)

January 2021[edit]

  • Found an article here about GamerGate. Exaskliri (talk) 07:36, 29 March 2021 (UTC)
  • I liked the atmosphere, and the satire. thought i'd like to contribute to the wiki* Kenobisen (talk)
  • Like it for quite some time, decided to register after some edits as an IP. A bit behind Wikipedia in editing convenience and tools (I am an editor there), but still quite good. Meow (talk) 16:53, 24 January 2021 (UTC)
  • Was browsing aritcles about Last Thursdayism and thought the category names were comedic, and found myself looking around some more. Decided to finally sign up! Moria. 04:45, 4 January 2021 (UTC)
  • I re-discovered RationalWiki while reading Wikipedia's article describing "hat collecting" (w:Wikipedia:Hat collecting), and then re-re-discovered it when I discovered Sievert 81's actions on Wikipedia, which led to me becoming quite angry, and then officially moving to RationalWiki. JJP...MASTER![talk to] JJP... master? 19:43, 11 January 2021 (UTC)
  • I discovered RationalWiki when I created a Wikidata property for this site. I really like it. --Rapunzel 05:37, 21 January 2021 (UTC)
  • Quite a while ago (2 years?). I discovered this site soon after discovering Conservapedia while reading Wikipedia. I signed up to make little edits here and there, and to counter more vandals. CommanderOzEvolved (talk) (contribs) 12:39, 29 January 2021 (UTC)
  • I discovered the wiki around 2017 by accident while browsing the net as I usually do, so basically I had known the wiki for several years and made a few anonymous edits, but following the day someone made an article about Michael Coombs on my own wiki pointing out the fact that he relentlessly vandalizes RationalWiki and harasses scientists on Twitter, I got curious about that nutcase and started lurking around here to gather information relating to or involving Michael Coombs and the other trolls who come here frequently to cause havoc such as David Morris. Later on, I noticed there were more and more vandals/sockpuppets popping up, so I took notes on them and added them into a new article specifically for them. Eventually, I decided to create an account to help the wiki since I got more and more interested in RW itself rather than the trolls who vandalize it on the daily-basis. MarioSuperstar77 (talk) 12:57, 29 January 2021 (UTC)


December 2020[edit]

  • Browsing UPs on WP. Found Tmtlouse's. Was curious. Lurked for a while, but am now joining. Qworty (talk) 18:06, 18 December 2020 (UTC)

November 2020[edit]

  • I registered this time, but I found it sooner - from reading literally million articles about free will xDD which lead me everywhere! Empleat (talk) 23:58, 6 April 2021 (UTC)
  • One day I was in a website about science and they have putten the url of the "Lists of creationist scientists" then I was interested so I clicked it. St. Pestage (talk) 17:28, 25 November 2020 (UTC)
  • A fellow editor at Illogicopedia likes to vandalize this place. (talk) 14:54, 24 November 2020 (UTC)
  • As the U.S. Ex-President Elect continues to fire government agency officials left and right over their failure to support his allegations that the election was rigged, specifically the chief of cyber-security claiming that it was the most secure U.S. election ever, I begin to wonder what could be done (in theory, at least) to improve U.S. legal and administrative safeguards against the outgoing administration doing substantial harm to its own country. America is still quite far from the situation in Belarus or Turkmenistan, but I don't like the mere direction of where this is going. Googling for "alternate constitution" I found Essay:Alternate Constitution of the United States at the very top, and while I don't think rewriting it from scratch is a good approach (I would rather look at specific institutions and how they operate in their current context), RationalWiki strikes me as a very appropriate place to bring up this topic and a few related ones. --SM5POR (talk) 09:34, 18 November 2020 (UTC)
  • It's because I HATE conspiracies! ... mainly, some truly bizarre, wild conspiracies that seeks to discredit every last man, woman, and child who holds to any form of moral dogma. Aka, religion! Specifically here, the evangelical kind. Ja, I do not like it. The mission of the wiki, to (let's be honest and boil it down) fight any form of spiritualism and intellectual humility is great for me, since I can finally read pages of work without wondering if I've condemned what God has not. This place doesn't hide behind their claimed god(s), it doesn't even hide behind a universal system of morality! It's pure, unadulterated whack! I've never been so happy that there was a place which I could disagree with more without annnnnyy burdens at all. Beautiful (in my heart, of course, it's important to be collegiate~). Now, if only I could find the make article button... ThisSiteRuxExDee (talk) 08:18, 11 November 2020 (UTC)

October 2020[edit]

  • I found RationalWiki during a time when I was researching fallacies starting in October. Sure enough by sheer accident, I found RationalWiki. It's changed my opinions of many people, and the mission of the wiki to combat Totalitarianism and refute woo is just perfect for me. Ultimately, the amount of knowledge this site has given me is something I am thankful for. ThyFluffyDolphin 8:50, 18 October 2020 (BST)

September 2020[edit]

  • I was looking for the source material for a Logical Fallacies poster somebody put together and came across fallacyfiles.org, and when doing some lateral checking to gauge that as a source, I came across RationalWiki. I am trying to establish a project to help inoculate against disinformation, particularly of the sort Russia likes to use. The core goal is to swing the tides of isolationism or at least highlight that as an important topic. Dopatap (talk) 02:31, 29 September 2020 (UTC)
  • Over the past 10 years, a brilliant PhD friend of mine has been sending me many articles, some of which, cause me to pause and question my knowledge basis. I am a skeptic at heart and almost invariably will challenge quacks, conspiracy theorists and self proclaimed scientists, seeking out the source of any claim contrary to my understanding. Not having a PhD and never having taught graduate level physics as he, I was taken back when he touted Dr. Malcolm Kendrick's views on the morbidity of Covid-19 and expected it would be easy to debunk. Crazy at it was, there are only a few sites which have tackled Kendrick's misstatements, this being one. I was frankly surprised and very pleased that this resource has been put this together. Pierrevz (talk) 17:01, 9 September 2020 (UTC)
  • Used it to debunk conspiracy bullshit and communist propaganda. Joined in to call out Grayzone and Qiao Collective crankery. Noobmaster420(talk) 18:24, 12 September 2020 (UTC +8)
  • I am currently reading the book Outliers in one of my classes, Christopher Langan is mentioned so I looked him up. It turns out he is a 9/11 truther and white genocide conspiracy theorist. 9:30, 9 September 2020 (UTC -6) — Unsigned, by: Kobalt762 / talk / contribs

August 2020[edit]

  • Since last December, I've been witnessing a family member become obsessed with elaborate conspiracies, from Q Anon to Bill Gates's secret plan to put microchips in the COVID vaccine. In the process of trying to debunk and bring her back to reality, I also found out a friend was getting quietly radicalized through the Intellectual Dark Web and his own gullibility/confirmation bias into an extremist worldview. It's scary losing people to this stuff, but I thank this site for being a resource that examines the individuals and tactics that are used to untether people from reality. (Arugula (talk) 22:33, 31 August 2020 (UTC))
  • i discovered rationalwiki by accident when i was researching the "freedom fries" debacle and stumbled across the joke article on the subject. i started obsessively reading the ufology and pseudoscience articles sometime afterwards, which helped me understand some of the crap my dad believes in (seriously he watches ancient aliens all the time). the political articles are also nice too, and the logic articles are very helpful for learning how to be a sceptic. Autumncheney (talk) 06:58, 31 August 2020 (UTC)
  • I live in a small town in England that is obbessed with the anti-5G conspirary, anti-vax rubbish and the cult Falun Gong. I was getting more and more fustrated with the state of things and the circular arguments I encounted down pubs or around town, even more so since I had just finished my masters degree. Rationalwiki helped me remember that there are...well rational people on planet earth and even lead me to learn new concepts like the Dunning-Kruger effect. This website is an absolute joy and I'm happy to edit for it. Thank you rationalwiki and I'm sorry if my future self edits out or puts in the wrong thing. Junfa (talk) 22:16, 2 August 2020 (UTC)Junfa
  • I found a link to the page on Freemen on the land somewhere on the internet, I can't remember exactly where though. Kiko4564 (talk) 00:19, 4 August 2020 (UTC)
  • I've visited this site for years, finally decided to make an account and try to make some contributions. There's a huge amount of conspiratorial/pseudoscientific belief among people where I live in the US of A, and Rationalwiki has been a great resource for all sorts of topics. Bigwiggler (talk) 16:48, 7 August 2020 (UTC)
  • I live in a suburb near Oklahoma City. My family is all religious, but I was never really interested in church, so I asked one of my friends why he didn´t go. He said it was because he was an atheist. Not knowing what this meant, I googled it, and arrived here. This resulted in me becoming an atheist, less than an hour later. I really love this site, it´s funny, smart, and something that I want to be a part of. I´ve been reading it for a while, and finally decided to join. I´m glad I can follow in the hoofprints of Lord Goat.

._. (talk) 13:18, 28 August 2020 (UTC)

July 2020[edit]

  • I first stumbled upon Rational Wiki about two years ago, having developed a deeper interest in politics and critical thinking. My landing point on the site was the article about Logical Razors, which is a term I read somewhere in an internet argument and decide to google. I liked the sense of humour and the info, so I decided to type Ben Shapiro into the search bar, and was not disappointed by what I found. Asking around on the internet I was told this place is either the greatest place on Earth, or a leftist shithole. Both sounded pretty good to me. Rairyu75 (talk) 14:24, 25 July 2020 (UTC)
  • I accidentally ended up on rationalwiki the other day and ended up on the site for multiple hours. I love the wit and the scandal. I thought I could add my two cents into some areas of my own interests (Psychology, History, Culture, Evolution, Politics etc.). I know how easy it is for pseudoscience to creep into fields and also how easy it is to miss out on important context.

(<Vernin>Vernin (talk) 14:43, 19 July 2020 (UTC)</Vernin>)

  • I discovered rational wiki while trying to debunk far right black supremacist talking points. In my life I’ve encountered Extremist black nationalist groups that tend to use sloppy racialist pseudoscience and pseudo history or more accurately mythology to push certain agendas and schools of thought within the black community. The Ancient Egyptian race “controversy” being the worst of it as many of these groups like to claim that Ancient Egyptians were “black” (As we understand the term today) and by extension all ancient civilizations were secretly black people and that’s there is a mass conspiracy to “hide the truth”. I’ve always questioned the validity of these claims but had trouble properly debunking these claims until I stumbled upon RW article on Melanin theory. Safe to say that I not only enjoyed the debunking but the level of snark used in it as well. After that I researched black supremacy and the rest is history as they say.SensaurC-137 (talk) 02:43, 12 July 2020 (UTC)
  • While in grad school I was working on a short essay assignment about critical thinking problems and pseudoscience. Obviously, searching the Internet for examples of flaws with pseudoscience lands one at RationalWiki rather quickly. I'm glad for that. AreaChickie (talk) 23:33, 1 July 2020 (UTC)AreaChickie

June 2020[edit]

  • I was looking for a magnetic stirrer/hotplate on Amazon and a reviewer of an item I was interested in mentioned that he needed to do 'a lot of stirring' because he made something called 'Ormus' which I had never heard of. Turns out Ormus is pseudo-scientific nonsense, as RationalWiki helpfully clearly and amusingly confirmed. RationalWiki immediately struck me as an essential resource. Ormus was my landing point...I landed here today, and created an account today Quantumfly (talk) 20:34, 23 June 2020 (UTC)
  • I wandered in here 3-4 years ago, most likely from Slashdot and/or Encyclopædia Dramatica on a long, cold, & boring winter's night in Sweden while I was still living there. I think I started with the evolution and alt-right articles. Finally created an account in early 2019. Zontar (talk) 03:46, 23 June 2020 (UTC)
  • In search of truth(s), the makeup of true TINfoil was a mystery. The stumble upon your site has led to a much greater understanding. A true TINfoil Fedora should be referenced sparingly. For this alone, I thank you. — Unsigned, by: SoEoHo / talk / contribs
  • i have reported this on June 2020. And then, I was searching for pareidolia and I inherited, and stumbled, and tested, into the RW. 2001:56A:774D:8F00:7D8D:85AA:374A:8B53 (talk) 03:01, 12 June 2020 (UTC)
  • I found RationalWiki on Unexplained Mysteries Forum and yes I'm the same Piney. The Token Indian who debunks pseudoarchaeology, pseudohistory, bad Biblical scholarship, false prophets, conspiridiocy, false information about Native Americans and medical woocrap......Sorry for the late introduction. Piney
  • I found RationalWiki when I decided to go there on another device (I CAN'T TELL YOU). Then I saw it and decided to make an account. Misc544 (talk) 21:51, 17 June 2020 (UTC)

May 2020[edit]

  • I believe I was looking for more stuff about Sargon of Akkad because he and I shared the same beliefs and I came across quite an extensive review of him as a person as well as his actions. What a weirdo. Rohitiyer1 (talk) 1:38, 4 May 2020 (CT)
  • I was looking up stuff on anti-intellectuals and anti-vaxxers and I stumbled into this website. After reading the articles, which I found to be quite good, I decided to create an account. Eggtime (talk) 00:41, 8 June 2020 (UTC)Eggtime

April 2020[edit]

  • I've come to RW many times for quick and easy debunking of climate denialist/YEC claims over the years, and over the past few months started just reading while at work on my phone and finally decided to make an account. Sforzando (talk) 22:41, 1 May 2020 (UTC)
  • After hearing the name Paul Joseph Watson in a friendly jordies video, i looked him up to see who he was. first link i saw was rational wiki. (talk) 15:38, 21 April 2020 (UTC)

March 2020[edit]

  • First stumbled across this page in 2016, while I was a small government, pro-business Conservative. Dismissed the site as biased, and left. Returned intermittently before 2019, even as my views evolved. Lurked obsessively on the site before FINALLY making an account. Constantly grappling with limits on my own knowledge and rationality, while dealing with copious amounts of IRL bullshit. Rationalissimo (talk) 23:48, 31 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Lurking here for about a year. I'm a Kemetic pagan (I worship ancient egyptian gods, but I'm not into pseudoscience or woo and I do my research) and someone invited me to the House of Netjer. Suspecting it might be a cult, I decided to look into it before joining, and found RationalWiki's page about them and their Pharaoh, Tamara Siuda. Decided not to join, as it smells too much like cult for me. Would much rather do my own digging into my faith than pledge myself to someone who has the gall to claim she's a living Horus. FelisDraconis (talk) 09:04, 30 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Former lurker since last year. Was trying to research improving the public school system but having issues thanks to stumbling across multiple junk school indoctrination conspiracies rather than genuine research. Searched up "David Dees" and found this place. Want to start a YT channel on this kind of stuff, so...

Metazero (talk) 16:26, 28 March 2020 (UTC)

  • Actually signed up years ago, though I never posted on this thread. I think the impetus to come here, back then, was exactly the same as the one below for user Kaio shin! It was that crazy Quantum Gravity Research thing on YouTube! Judicious googling ensued, and here I am. Most recently I was driven here by someone waxing rhapsodic about the wisdom imparted to them by the 2006 film "What the Bleep Do We Know!?"OmneBonum (talk) 17:37, 27 March 2020 (UTC)
  • I was watching youtube videos from Quantum Gravity Research and it felt like pseudoscience so I decided to look up some more information about this person. Kaio shin (talk) 15:35, 16 March 2020 (UTC)

February 2020[edit]

  • I was searching for criticism of "Ancient Aliens", as I am infuriated by the continued broadcast of this wretched TV programme. I have recently become a UFO sceptic, after years of indecision, having been irritated by so much poor low grade UFO research, and there being absolutely no substantial evidence. 24 02 2020 Saucer Fury (talk) 12:32, 24 February 2020 (UTC)
  • I received a bizarre piece of strangely worded junk mail promising me all the secrets of self fulfilment from "The Network" for an initial payment of $99. The mail was posted in Prague and the payment was to be made, by post(!) to a PO Box in Canada, "by Friday" (there was no date on the letter). The only clue to the origin was an email address of neo-tech.com. After seaching for neo-tech on Google the first relevant page was on Rational Wiki. I am now enlightened. — Unsigned, by: / talk
  • I was talking to a fundamentalist who claimed that the Quran only contained scientific truths. Google led me to our article about scientific errors in the Quran.Max (talk) 10:54, 13 February 2020 (UTC)
  • I bought it on the street corner. Oxyaena Harass 10:58, 13 February 2020 (UTC)
  • Found this website after looking up Examples of God personally killing people -- xxezrabxxx (talk) 00:55, 23 February 2020 (UTC) xxezrabxxx
  • Late 2016, I was watching CuteFuzzyWeasel, and he made a "Feeding the Trolls" on The Vigilant Christian, when Weasel was making fun of how he found Marvel to be a satanic company who used their superheroes and distort biblical stories to drive them away from Christianity. I was a bit of a fundie around early 2017 to late 2019. I am not religious anymore, and I do visit this site semi-frequently. — Unsigned, by: Patty Pat / talk / contribs

January 2020[edit]


December 2019[edit]

  • I discovered Rational Wiki via a fb user's post regarding Autism $peaks — Unsigned, by: 2600:1:b00d:9e00:596b:3a7c:cd02:4dd9 / talk / contribs
  • I discovered this website through reddit, specifically r/anarchism. leSanoi (1talk)
  • I discovered it by looking for wiki that’s tries to refutes pseudoscience.User:An Rational Macaw
  • I got here whilst challenging my employers' opressive firewall and trying to get anything at all on the general Internet - this site strolled through as if there were no firewall at all!User:Arthur Foxache

November 2019[edit]

  • Paul Krugman published a typically incisive editorial in the New York Times which linked to a RW article on "wingnut welfare." I had never heard the term and after chasing the link I spent the next couple of hours reading around. Chisel58 (talk) 01:34, 23 November 2019 (UTC)
  • You might be surprised if I told you I found out about RW in Encyclopedia Dramatica. I expected it to be terrible and, was somewhat surprised by what I found. As a somewhat conservative person, I disagreed with a lot of what I read, but I kept lurking regardless. At a certain point, every politics-related controversy that I read about, I ended up checking here to see what the opposition had to say about it. After months of this, I must say this wiki has prevented me from being radicalized, even if I am still conservative in many ways. So far I've learned a lot, so thank you. Leepdroon (talk) 22:15, 22 November 2019 (UTC)
  • I discovered this site while trying to find info on Black supremacy and the Nation of Islam. I have been lurking at this website since them, and took a break at one point to do other things. I have been back lurking again for about a few months now and have decided to join. I can't remember if I tried to join at one point in the past, but I will be here to stay. Crazymantis91 (talk) 21:40, 5 November 2019 (UTC)
  • I discovered this site trying to find info on Dave Rubin. Later I found out how easy it was to get information about people from the left and right of the political spectrum I am quite active on this server I might try to give more info for more obscure figures. David1033gd (talk) 23:50, 5 November 2019
  • I discovered this site because my obsession with operating systems led me to OS Wars. I liked a lot of the other Fun articles like You Have Two Cows. This is also how I found out about Conservapedia. Url8 (talk) 19:54, 16 November 2019

October 2019[edit]

  • I've been a reader of this wiki for several months but I've only recently become a "member." I believe I found this place when I was searching up fallacies. RationalHindu (talk)
  • Looking up if Josh Axe had a medical degree and where he went to school. I discovered he is a chiropractor who went to school in Kentucky and is not an MD. Among the search results was RationalWiki. — Unsigned, by: / talk
  • A year long lurker, only registered yesterday, but I suppose here I am. Discovered the site due to it's extensive account of Gamergate, and after that lurked for a while. Was initially drawn towards the site due to it's snarky tone, it's desire to not mince words in it's criticism, it's well sourced articles and largely due to it's easy to understand word choice (something I prefer over dry tomes like Wikipedia which throw jargon around like crazy). Decided to finally register because I think that I can help out in some sections. I hope to be able to make a positive contribution to the site. The Crow (talk) 10:08, 8 October 2019 (UTC)
  • So late for two years (account added September '17), but here i am now. Stumbled upon this site during the 2016 U.S. presidential election or before i made my account here, during the time when i started to doubt about what i had been believing before . Because of this wiki i preached rationality around that year and 2018, but i'm getting myself back now. I look to become more active in the future, especially concerning drafts around this website. When i work in it, i hope to finally become a sysop for RationalWiki and getting to learn about the role. I also would like to take care of this website in the future should established RationalWikians are retiring and quitting. Maybe i'm too ambitious, but who knows. SMB99thx XD 05:22, 6 October 2019 (UTC)

I was checking out a YouTube video by "Friends of Science". The speaker was an older woman playing the "grandmother knows best" card and using absurd assertions. When I checked into them I was directed to RationalWiki and like what I see. Grumpy24

September 2019[edit]

  • I stumbled upon this website while doing some research on a preacher that lives in my city named Steven Anderson and was delighted at how snarky it was. This man has made me considered moving several times just so I can be further away from the people who listen to him. After I thoroughly enjoyed reading the articles here I delved into the talk pages and was happy to see members fighting against misinformation and bigotry, all while still feeling kinda… fun? If that makes sense. Y'all are good people, and I thought I'd like to join you in editing articles and discussing the goings on. Gives me something to do when it's slow at work anyway.CAPSlOCKrOXX (talk) 19:20, 20 September 2019 (UTC)
  • About a couple months ago I got interested in watching on YouTube videos dedicated to debunking the Flat Earth theory. Later I would find a website dedicated to the same purpose, FlatEarth.ws, and they use RationalWiki as a source for some of their logic and facts. After lurking for awhile, now I have an account here! StrangerCoug (talk) 16:21, 14 September 2019 (UTC)
  • I was talking with my supervisor about artificial intelligence and how it was a threat to humanity and he made a joke about Roko's Basilisk. Intrigued, I asked him what he was talking about and he brought up the LessWrong community and how they were a smart bunch of cranks. Curiosity killed my cat as I googled the LessWrong community during down time at work. A lot of what they had to say made sense but I was confused by how someone I respect as an intellectual could think these people were cranks so I googled something along the lines of 'What's wrong with the LessWrong community' and I found a RationalWiki link at around the third result down. What followed was a rabbit hole of hours spent reading various topics on this website. This website has helped me greatly in my search for Truth. ~Cumulus (talk) 04:18, 13 September 2019 (UTC)
  • Yesterday was seeing the last Wingnut Roundup of Jeff Holiday (who i put sometimes for see the most strange woo) and suddenly appears the word "starseed" i get intrigued; someone claimed to be an starseed and an alien. Ended searching for the word in Google, because the term sounded kinda familiar, even pretty. So saw the name RationalWiki, so make me inmediatelly ok for try (the others had lot of more woo) and discovered who was the same thing who was before the Indigo childs (thing who was a boom in the 2000s, thing who hated too much)... And remembered why the name sounded in my memory (Starseeds are the cristals/souls of a sailor scout, in Sailor Moon Stars. They get inspiration of this show for create that name? who knows.) Ended reading and reading lot of stuff here, very interesting, kinda disturbing, (how many woo and lies in this world!) but well researched.

Thanks for your work. (talk) 05:35, 12 September 2019 (UTC) –VIVI

  • While doing some research on zionism for a history course a few years back, through travelling the deep web I happened upon the far right website (or webshite, as they're known here) Smoloko, which was so over the top with anti-semitism, blatant nazism and white supremacy, and just about every conspiracy theory that I pondered if it was some kind of parody (Poe's Law definitely applied to that hellhole). That lead me to carry out a bit of separate research, and the only Google result that wasn't the site itself or some other insane website or forum was RationalWiki. I found the information supplied interesting and amusing which lead me to explore entries on more crazy websites and individuals. And now, here I am. -Mr_Kaine, 18:11, Wednesday 4th September 2019 (UTC)
  • I don't know where I heard someplace that Mel Gibson's father was/is (IDK if he's alive and note I have not rabbit holed to google that) a member of a fundamentalist Catholic group that rejects Vatican II. After a few trials and errors, I eventually googled "Belief that popes since 1958 are heretical" and voila, I wound up on Sedevacantism, and from there wasted no time getting right to the Cadaver Synod. Love this stuff! — Unsigned, by: / talk

August 2019[edit]

  • I have a hobby of structured online debate (well over 100 straight wins, determined by the voters; here's a link if curious), and I saw this site on Google while trying to figure out what to call certain logical fallacies which were not listed on the list sites I used back then. It took me awhile to switch completely over, and longer still to begin to contribute, but on both I'm glad I have. Ragnar (talk) 15:10, 21 August 2019 (UTC)
  • Technically I made this account a year ago, but I didn't use it, so anyway: a while back, someone sent me a link to Time Cube, I thought "what is this?", googled it, and found this site. Vomitorium (talk) 04:00, 7 August 2019 (UTC)
  • I was looking up Ben Shapiro and I found this article. I found it amusing, & decided to another page here. Let's just say one turned to ten. -Hiryeoka (talk) 06:58, 2 August 2019 (UTC)

July 2019[edit]

  • Followed a link in a CritRoleStats write-up to the War on Christmas article. Article-hopped for approximately 16 hours (although I slept and ate during that time, too), then got up in arms about the Alexander Hamilton page enough to register and post. Esoteric24 (talk) 20:43, 29 July 2019 (UTC)
  • I'm writing a book of poetry about kooky beliefs and found RationalWiki's coverage of the Denver Airport conspiracy theories. It's nice to have kooky propositions and refutations in one place. -FTSharp (talk) 16:47, 18 July 2019 (UTC)
  • My crazy herbalist friend was talking to me about the world ending and that I would be thrown into a FEMA camp for not believing in herbalism. Little old me didn't know what a FEMA camp was, so I googled it and accidentally clicked on this website instead of Wikipedia. Enjoyed the snarkiness and the humor... so I stayed and read a few tens of articles about who knows what. Jungkook (talk) 21:21, 13 July 2019 (UTC)
  • I subscribe to YouTube OxfordUnion. Heard debate with Katie Hopkins (who?). Googled her name and RationalWiki was on the first page. Anything named "rational" is balm for my soul and mind. (southeast PA planet Earth)Cassandra (talk) 15:53, 13 July 2019 (UTC)
  • I saw something that said "Satanic Panic" in relation to D&D so I Googled it and found this place. (talk) 14:52, 11 July 2019 (UTC)
  • I look up "furries" on Baidu I find rationalwiki. 刺杀习近平 (talk) 22:17, 6 July 2019 (UTC)
  • I got it from taking too many mushrooms, the machine elves led me to this sacred place. Oxyaena Harass 18:28, 13 July 2019 (UTC)

June 2019[edit]

  • I saw a Dilbert strip today and it reminded me that a while back I heard that Scott Adams was saying Trump is some kind of genius(?) So I Googled "Scott Adams crazy" and this site was the 2nd result. koleslaw (talk) 19:32. 5 June 2019 (UTC)
  • Stumbled upon ( though I've heard of it before ) through an Atlantic article mentioned by Facebook; the article included a quote from William F. Buckley, and a Google search brought me to your article on him. Ghalbertmck (talk) 15:39, 4 June 2019 (UTC)
  • The Gospel of RationalWiki was revealed to me by the Lord Herself, everything you see here is the Word of the Lord, and She would not have it any other way. Oxyaena Harass 16:55, 7 June 2019 (UTC)

May 2019[edit]

  • Genius site. Found RationalWiki while researching angel cards. This article caught my attention https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Doreen_Virtue The tone and humour of the articles I’ve read thus far are spot on. Being forced to study the charlton angel cards as my ex wife is very much a convert.My children report that almost every daily activity is not undertaken until the angel cards have been consulted. I shit thee nay. Keep up the good work one and all. — Unsigned, by: Coltrane251 / talk / contribs
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  • I was looking through a YouTube comments section about gravity, and there was a dialogue between an eletectric universe subscriber claiming black holes and neutron stars don’t exist, and an individual defending proven scientific consensus. They gave two links, the pages on the electric universe theory and alternative cosmology. I clicked on alternative cosmology and knew I’d found the resource I’ve been looking for. ~ 7-hydroxymitragynine 10:15, 14 May 2019 (UTC)
  • About two years ago, I was one of those obnoxious anti SJWs you'd find on the internet complaining about "feminists" and "political correctness." I stumbled across your site to read your gamergate page, so I could cringe about it.
A month later, I decided to read a few more of your pages and I realized that you weren't the cesspit some of the people on the internet some of the reactionary ilk I was surrounded by said you were. Surprisingly for me at the time, I actually started to agree some of your points and question some of my previously held thoughts and ideals.
Over time, I started to really like your page, finding your articles funny and well sourced. And I appreciated how you tore apart wingnuts and extremists, as wikipedia usually stays neutral, even for the most abhorrent of people (your page ripping into Richard "totally not a nazi" Spencer is one of my favorite of your pages.
As of a few months ago, I've started really liking your site. While I do occasionally disagree with some of the things you say (as opinions on this site can differentiate between users on different pages), I appreciate how you try to bring attention to modern political issues and break down creationists/fundamentalist and MRA/anti-SJW rhetoric.
For this, I'd like to say thank you for helping me to break out of that destructive ideology and I hope this story could help fellow former anti-SJWs understand that just because someone is politically left leaning, they aren't some evil fucking communist hell bent on destroying the western world (as some cranks believe.)
— Unsigned, by: Aspieduck / talk / contribs
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  • I've been referring people to this site, along with yourlogicalfallacyis.com, for some time in a quixotic effort to point out some of the more ridiculous claims on Twitter. I can't remember when I first found RationalWiki, but it may have been about 5 years ago, when I was the administrator for a now defunct forum for the use of DNA in genealogy, and the board was raided by "race realists" from human biodiversity forums. CogitoNotStirred (via telepathy) 12:57, 9 May 2019 (UTC)
  • I found this website between late 2016 and early 2017. I had been exploring Christianity as an agnostic, and I was researching a lot about what the Bible said. But then it occurred to me: how do I know the Bible is the word of God? One quick Google search later, I found a Christian website which claimed that the Bible contained numerous prophecies which later came true. I believe after that, I went to Wikipedia's page on bible prophecies, but I can't find the specific revision I feel that I saw. Perhaps it wasn't Wikipedia at all! Anyway, at one point, the page said something like, "Most biblical prophecies are not accurate," with a link to the RationalWiki page on biblical prophecies. Reading through the page, I felt certain that the Bible could not be trusted as an accurate source of information. A few months later, I came to realize that I was an agnostic atheist rather than a pure agnostic. Since finding RW, I've been referring back to it often to sharpen my arguments against things like racialism and global warming denial. JoePines (talk) 14:29, 29 May 2019 (UTC)

April 2019[edit]

  • I have been rule-obsessed for the longest time. I plan on becoming a lawyer, and joining the Bundesgerichtshof, the German version of the Supreme Court in America. I'm not aiming for the Supreme Court in America because I hate it here. I figured that I needed people who can think rationally to discuss stuff with, so I looked, and I found this place. You guys have zero tolerance for idiocy and I like that, so I'm here. Tyrian (talk) 18:30, 24 April 2019 (UTC)
  • Completely sick of Nazis everywhere, even on Wikipedia. I think Rationalwiki is the best encyclopedia which gives zero tolerance to Nazi ideas. GlamourSICKLE 17:14, 24 April 2019 (UTC)
  • I'm a long time lurker of this site and I decided to finally make an account and help make RationalWiki even better. I found RationalWiki through googling Nixon if memory serves.ThaZeus (talk) 03:45, 15 April 2019 (UTC)
  • If I remember correctly, I was arguing with a creationist on either Facebook or YouTube and I wanted to debunk their arguments. I searched and found this site. --Rationalzombie94 (talk) 23:31, 17 April 2019 (UTC)

March 2019[edit]

  • I first discovered this wiki on the Kiwifarms thread, I decided to check it out and (surprise surprise...) then realized how absolutely hypocritical they were. The site had devolved from laughing at stupid people on the internet, to them whining about how transwomen are "rat kings". RockfordRoe (talk) 01:04, 14 June 2019 (UTC)
  • I was a fundie cdesign proponentsist, but this site saved me from my foolish ways. I found this site a year ago by random chance when I was looking for reasons that Astrology was dumb to use against a friend of mine who bought into it. After that, I read around the site out of interest, and discovered refutations of most of the arguments that I used to hold on to my already fragile faith. Eventually, I gained an interest in contributing to RationalWiki, and made this account. Baphod (talk) 14:37, 26 March 2019 (UTC)
  • I was dangerously close to falling into the GamerGate brigade until I found the page on it at random. I started sinking into it and completely changed my stance, so I can thank the wiki for saving me from a potentially dark path in my life. I also started reading up about the various conspiracy theories and such, but I was on and off for a number of years until Trump was elected President. Seeing the rise of conspiracy theorists, I took more time into reading it and it was only until recently I decided to join, namely because I'm an extremely anxious person. --CommanderTruthSeeker (talk) 20:20, 4 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Found this wiki when I thought RationalWiki was alternative Wikipedia since probably around 2015. The reason I join this site, today, is that RRW (not telling you what it is) has sent me to do a mission for investigating this wiki. Mar9122 (talk) 12:00, 28 March 2019 (UTC)

February 2019[edit]

  • I never really cared for the edgy snark, militant antitheism, schadenfreude, and whatever else here that I associate with the white male libertarian physicist/logician crowd that I don't get along with…yet I keep finding myself in front of this darn site. The earliest evidence of visiting here I have is a link to Pascal's wager#Correctness of worship which I used in an ethics course assignment from January 2015 (it was the first thing I found resembling my argument that theists are not safe from infinite loss due to the possibility their "polarity" of good and evil being opposite of God's), but I had been visiting this site well before then. I finally created an account (because I reject artificial anonymity and must squat on my mononym on as many online services as possible) so that I could fix some spelling mistakes in 2016 Democratic Party presidential nomination. Chrstphrchvz (talk) 13:38, 3 February 2019 (UTC)
  • I think I had the misfortune of encountering the Molymeme on twitter, and found my self addicted to looking up internet cranks and what makes them cranks so I found myself lurking around here. I also had a betting game for "race realists" which was how many days they could go without revealing they really just hated one race (most commonly black people). The average result, 1. The notion of white nationalism was one I found ridiculous as a European (the idea people act the same by skin colour). The whole "Identity this or that" groups spawning up annoyed me e.g. Identity Evropa (spelling u with a v, see!, they're essentially Romans and have every claim to their achievements) and to my horror they started appearing in Ireland in the form of twitter handles with names like "Aitheantas/Féiniúlacht Éire/Éireann". Basically I think people who think culture is linked to skin colour don't really have good grasp of what culture is. Looking up these groups brought me here too. Oh yeah I started getting involved in a talk page or two and thought I ought to make an account so people can know who they're answering. Féinléiriú (talk) 23:42, 25 February 2019 (UTC) Edited Féinléiriú (talk) 23:45, 25 February 2019 (UTC)

January 2019[edit]

  • I knew about the wiki for years but I wasn't really engaged in the "reading articles all night" loophole as I was in Wikipedia. But one day everything changed, that's when I noticed a weird phrase called "Lunar bukkake theory" in an youtube comment, right clicked 'Search it on Google' and bam! Here I was, in the nightly loophole of article reading, now on RationalWiki as well. Nikodemus (bully) 12:43, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Conservapedia is one of my favorite websites and I was reading what other people have to say about it when I found RationalWiki. I like to read what the opposition has to say. I do wish that CP didn't act like everybody who isn't homeschooled is an infidel or something. :( Public School Girl (talk) 13:53, 28 January 2019 (UTC)


December 2018[edit]

  • I was introduced to Rationalwiki when reading Tvtropes's article on Conservapedia a long, long time ago. I had an interest in science and rationalism even back then, but Rationalwiki helped nurture it. It's not an exaggeration to say that I would be an entirely different person if I hadn't found this site. Thank you. Parzival (talk)
  • I was first introduced to RationalWiki in 2017 when running into articles over YouTubers, such as Shoe0nhead and No Bullshit. I initially thought the website was just full of random circlejerk articles about certain people until I checked the rest of the website. I was certainly wrong and it provided much more than I thought. I then got immediately hooked, but never really took a chance to create an account until very recently. -𝓪𝓵𝓮𝔁 here! 17:00, 20 December 2018 (UTC)
  • I used to be a somewhat pro-gamergate individual, and when I heard about the supposedly shitty article RW had written on them, I decided to have a look for myself. Ironically, the article ended up opening a whole can of worms about the “movement” and their awful actions that I wasn’t even aware of, and after seeing the page debunking a bunch of their common arguments I ended up becoming heavily anti-gamergate. After that I became hooked on the site, lurking around for a bit and making the occasional ip edit, before making an account of my own. Wiseassmathematician (talk) 01:42, 14 December 2018 (UTC)
  • I received the revelation of the existence of RW in a haze after taking some of those drugs that allow you to become one with the universe. Oh man, that's some good shit. Anyways, I received the revelation from a divine messenger, a goat with the body of a man decked out in BDSM wear while preparing to ram a huge dildo into my ass, felt so fucking good, Ohhh, Oahhhh! Then the URL to RW appeared right in front of my face, like text floating across a screen but real. That was when I received a place in the psych ward the secrets of the universe itself, contained in the form of RationalWiki. Ɖøn Ĵuan Harass 17:07, 20 December 2018 (UTC)

November 2018[edit]

  • I was looking for the "Had it not been for the laws of this land" meme and Google decided I must be looking for info about the Freeman on the land. (talk) 20:15, 5 December 2018 (UTC)
  • This was the first hit on Google when searching for "lycanthropy in the Bible". — Unsigned, by: / talk / contribs
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  • I found RationalWiki because my friend sent me a link about a logical fallacy article
  • I found this website searching for info in my free time. — Unsigned, by: Doublethink / talk / contribs 22:30, 2 November 2018 (UTC)
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  • I originally found this website years ago (in the before-fore times) when I was looking up some background information on some extremely stupid people that someone on the internet was citing as experts on some ridiculous conspiracy theory, not even a half-decent conspiracy theory. I'm not saying I use RW as a primary source if I'm fact-checking something but I do often check it out to confirm my suspicions that someone is trying to feed me some bullshit. -- (talk) 16:51, 11 November 2018 (UTC)

October 2018[edit]

  • The reality gave me headache and Wikipedia doesn't really try to answer my questions, That's why I had to look for logical answers myself. And that's how I found this great community. -- RationalOrdeal (talk) 21:25, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
  • One day I was reading Urban Dictionary (an online crowd-sourced slang dictionary- don't ask) when I came across an article on Wikipedia's infamous evil twin. Curious, I decided to check it out, and when I read some of its articles (particularly the atheism and homosexuality-related ones), I laughed so hard that my head hurt! (although I was thoroughly nauseated by "Atheism and Obesity", "Atheism and bestiality", and especially "Atheism and Rape", as I am an atheist myself, and those are all a bunch of deliberate half-truths). When I looked up what others had to say about that truly atrocious, trusworthy, and heavily-biased wiki, then that's when I came across the CP-related articles on this wonderful wiki, and another of my favorites, RW's newly-deconverted atheist guide (which really kind of reflects what I myself had experienced more than a year ago, during my own deconversion process), and I almost instantly fell in love! I really enjoy most of RW's articles (except for the ones on "Islamophobia" and the one on Ayaan Hirsi Ali- no religion should be above criticism!), and after a few months, I even created my own account so that I can help improve this site! Since then, I have made numerous edits, and the day before I wrote this comment, I even created my very first new article- the first of many more soon to come! -BP9, October 16, 2018

September 2018[edit]

  • Once got frustrated with media and newspaper, so i started to dig what is been hidden from us by the so called 'media and newspaper'. Thus i found rationalwiki after a lots of forum. — Unsigned, by: Sirius / talk / contribs
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  • Found it sometime in November-December 2017. Don't remember how or what my first article was, but the first article I remember reading was about Milo Yiannopolous. (<ClintWayne>ClintWayne (talk) 20:50, 16 September 2018 (UTC)</ClintWayne>)
  • I stumbled onto RationalWiki about 3 years ago after finding a RationalWiki article on debunking a hard-green environmentalist book (the name I can't recall). Read a few more articles and have been a big fan ever since. Decided to join to show my appreciation and maybe contribute as well! Hoppy Kangaroo HoppyKangaroo (talk) 00:21, 2 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Fell into an internet hole after being on Reddit and reading about 'Pizzagate'. — Unsigned, by: / talk
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August 2018[edit]

  • I've been familiar with it for a while, but decided to make an account today because I feel that I could add a lot of useful insights. (something that isn't possible on authoritarian Cuckservapedia) Ambition of Truth (talk) 23:10, 27 August 2018 (UTC)

July 2018[edit]

  • I dunno. Maybe looking up creationism did it. --UglyRat (talk) 21:20, 6 July 2018 (UTC)

June 2018[edit]

  • I found RationalWiki through a friend who is an expert on esoteric events of the unusual kind (among other things) who mentioned it on IRC. This was I think about 6-7 months ago IIRC, I didn't consider actually contributing at the time, being busy admining on another wiki. I decided to get started here for real because there is no commentary here on some topics I am interested in, as it's a go-to destination for many things, why not contribute some stuff. Dysklyver (talk) 11:02, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
  • I found RationalWiki trying to find commonly used arguments against anthropogenic climate change so that I could understand them. Disagree with a lot of the politics here, but highly respect the "truth emerging through well-cited discourse" aspects of the site. CluelessWhiteKnight (talk) 5:32 18 June 2018 (UTC)
  • I found RationalWiki through a FaceBook timeline entry. Mason4057 (talk) 19:01, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
  • I was looking into the history and ...let's say questionable claims of GamerGate, stumbling upon RationalWiki's pages on the subject. I liked what I saw, appreciated the mix of sly sarcasm and clear-headed critical thinking, and stuck around. KurtOfCambridge (talk) 16:40, 9 June 2018 (UTC)

May 2018[edit]

  • I found RationalWiki while browsing Uncyclopedia, I'm slightly ashamed to say. I mostly stay here now, as the humour is better and more mature... and there's less by way of... mature images, shall we say. PrinceofAntioch (talk) 17:47, 7 June 2018 (UTC)
  • I was referred here by Miles Mathis. I don't know how I discovered Miles in the first place, but he's definitely one of the most entertaining sites on the internet. Personally, I think he's a fake sock puppet maintained by the intelligence community to discredit those who are blowing the lid off the real conspiracy. Pgramsey (talk) 14:00, 27 May 2018 (UTC)
  • A news article I was reading about Elon Musk meeting his partner Grimes mentioned they'd bonded over their shared belief in Roko's Basilisk, & RationalWiki's article on the topic was the first result when I Googled the unfamiliar term. LustStarrr (talk) 01:53, 20 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Reading on coming up events, an article on IDAHOTB lead me to search "transphobia", RW was the 3rd link after Wikipedia and merriam-webster. (talk) 09:14, 11 May 2018 (UTC)
  • I learnt about Godwin's Law from Discord, then after some Google searching, I stumbled upon a creationist site with a list of "Criminals who were atheists." As an Ex-Catholic atheist myself, the site made my blood boil with its nonsensical so called "proofs", so I set out to disprove them and found RationalWiki. Morgan Paradise (talk) 07:38, 8 May 2018 (UTC)

April 2018[edit]

  • I had initially been referred to Conservapedia by a friend of mine and noticed almost instantly the far-right, Christian bias that sought to prove how immoral gay marriage was and decided that it was not the proper resource for me. I then looked up, "Leftist equivalent to Conservapedia," and immediately stumbled upon RationalWiki. — Unsigned, by: Jaspifer / talk / contribs

March 2018[edit]

  • I found about it on Wikipedia. Felicia777 (talk) 01:51, 25 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Looked for a usable overview of altright and masculism. S. 16 March 2018 (UTC)—It's sort of unsigned, by
  • Arrived at your door late last year struggling to find a good explanation for what Confirmation Bias meant. Your articles were so helpful that now I'm here to stay.X4Unknown (talk) 20:52, 15 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Found this site years ago looking for links to logical fallacies to share with friends who were unfamiliar. Recently landed here on the page for James Damore when researching the extremely poor news coverage of his memo. Lans Ellion 05:30, 15 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Got tired of being a paranoid cranky idiot and started questioning (nearly)everything.(Catmandude (talk) 22:16, 13 March 2018 (UTC))
  • Came across this site when I looked for articles about logical fallacies.--Klaksozavr (talk) 19:02, 12 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Been reading for a while since a couple of years ago, after I was doing a search on-- (of course)-- Time Cube. The resulting page explained-- well, no. Didn't explain crap. But it didn't explain crap in a cogerent and entertaining fashion. This has, over a few years, become my go-to place for info on the latest in peusdoscience and crankery (if not politics, I'm afraid I'm a bit moreRight-center than most here) and the latest in the world of Dear God, WHY? WHY does anyone THINK that?!? Kencolt (talk) 07:33, 12 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Just stumbled across this years ago, edited anonymously for a while. Jerrytheman9 (talk) 04:33, 2 March 2018 (UTC)

February 2018[edit]

  • While reading Genesis, I wanted to learn about the geography of the Bible, and somehow I ended up on Köfels impact event. Jswise (talk) 23:35, 17 February 2018 (UTC)
  • I had stumbled across a dubious documentary on netflix titled "Patient Seventeen" and ended up here via readdit in my attempt to determine whether or not this was something along the lines of "The Blair Witch Project" without requiring that I stain my brain with it first.Rlneumiller (talk) 03:57, 6 February 2018 (UTC)

January 2018[edit]

  • I was trying to better understand the epistemological development of the scientific method and I found the articles in this wiki to be excellent. I searched to see if it incorporated pneuma in its article on the Holy Spirit and when I saw that it hadn't I discerned that this site could use my input and thus I became a contributor. AndyChrist (talk) 19:25, 27 January 2018 (UTC)
  • Got linked to this place from god knows where roughly 3-4 years ago. First page was the gold standard. At least, that's what my browser history says.YourLocal4chanExpert (talk) 11:58, 19 January 2018 (UTC)


December 2017[edit]

  • After updating a blog for about a year somebody suggested I start contributing here. I now have many hours of otherwise idle time to spend. Antigem (talk) 15:44, 29 December 2017 (UTC)
  • I was checking out some comments on my WordPress Lorenakoran blog that I had written several years ago titled 'What Johanna Michaelsen and other anti-occult “exposers” don’t want you to know.' A guy named Tony commented, "well you are in luck! a new rational wiki page has been written about Michaelsen http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Johanna_Michaelsen." To that someone using the name Free Rider replied, "rationalwiki?? Really?? That’s like asking the NAACP for a report on the KKK." Tony answered, "so a good thing right?" Naturally I had to check this Rational Wiki think out. I plan to share it with the Central Wisconsin Atheist Societies group. I think they'll like it as well. I'm a little lost on how to do this so sorry ahead of time if I did it wrong. User:Lorenakoran (talk) 18:14, 28 December 2017 */
  • Studying for phil, not totally sure what the first article I stumbled on was, but it led to about 99 more that night. As a staunch Chomsky reader, I was glued to the screen on the excellently written critiques of his writing and statements. Oddly, what made me join was not the breathtaking amount of work (bravo, comrades!), but the things I wanted to look up but could not find. The Neoconservatism page started this with it's Leo Strauss section needing just a little expanding and grammers here and there (I colleged the crap out of 4+ years of writing tutorship, which means I can fix your grammar, but not my own). And, despite username, I am as much a Platonist as Socrates' dog. SocraticrystalMethod (talk) 04:46, 6 December 2017 (UTC)

November 2017[edit]

  • I first found RationalWiki some five years ago, when in the process of dispelling my naive ideas about afterlife, spirits and the like. I may have even made an account back then, but I certainly can't remember what it was or how to log back in. Then, I had other things to do online up until rediscovering it this January. I binged for about a month as a lurker, but then moved away to Quora. Now, however, I began discovering pseudoscience there as well, and decided to rejoin this place to point it out and help refute it, as well as help out elsewhere. Bendazol (talk) 18:05, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  • I am in my mid 20s and, up until about 6 months ago, was a Christian. Even though I considered myself a Christian, there were always certain aspects about it that bothered me. But, since I was raised in a very sheltered Christian home, I would just try not to think about it, because that's "the Christian way." But, having lived independently for a few years now, I started watching television shows like Morel Orel, Wonder Showzen, and Penn & Teller's Bullshit, among other things. With everything I had been learning combined with my own personal experiences, I just couldn't deny the fact that Christianity (along with religion in general), is just a bunch of bullshit. Wanting to do more research, I searched "was Moses real". Of course, I knew he wasn't, but I wanted to find a good article to read. I found this website's page on Moses, and now I can't stop coming here. Not only am I learning a lot, but am also getting a good laugh at this website's clever humor. I sure am glad this place exists. -SG Segagenitals (talk) 08:03, 26 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Back in 2009 I was a stupid teenager who just discovered the New Atheist Movement on YouTube. I lost countless hours of my life from 2009 to early 2011 or so fully embedding myself in communities ranging from toxic (TAA, Thunderf00t, and their ilk) to fun and lighthearted (FSTDT). I came across RationalWiki back then and frequented the website a lot. I edited a bunch of articles and would lurk the saloon, but I never made an account and eventually a mod threatened me over an edit where I broke a link by mistake. As I grew out of my "embarrassing atheist phase" I stopped frequenting this place, but gradually came back in college due to the great articles on GamerGate and the like. Nowadays this place is back on my list of favorite places on the web, and hopefully I can contribute every now and then without breaking any links this time around. Jt7959 (talk) 17:10, 16 November 2017 (UTC)
  • I found Rational Wiki by fact checking some recent Instagram pages i had recently come across, conspiracy theories, hidden medicine/magic, and all the other stuff that comes with the things we talk about here. i gave a listen to what they had to say, then i decided to check if any of it holds water. Many conspiracy theories sound really viable when you read or hear them, but instead of just going with them i decided to dig further, and it brought me here. i was surprised when i realized i hadn't heard of this community before, especially because i look this kind of stuff up all the time. Anyway, its really great so far, and i hope to stick around for a long time, learn some new stuff and debate some stuff. ---- Happy truth-seeking all! ---- Carpetbomb911 — Unsigned, by: Carpetbomb911 / talk / contribs
  • I found RationalWiki from looking up some american slang from twitter, and lurked a long time before creating a profile. like a-year-and-a-bit long time. Thanks, RW! N6vi (talk) 02:07, 14 November 2017 (UTC)
  • I was looking for sources to justify my reflexive hatred of JonTron to my friend earlier this month, and I found that and much more. The snarkular and humorous way the information is presented (and how well the claims are sourced) lead me to stick around. Chess-z (talk) 17:56, 15 November 2017 (UTC)

October 2017[edit]

  • I discovered this website about a year ago, and I loved it. The work you guys do, and the way you do it with such humor, is what really drew me here. When I discovered your DysLexicon, I read Lurker, and realized I qualified as one. So, I made an account and wish to do my best to contribute.````— Unsigned, by: Doitforstate / talk / contribs
  • I discovered this website like I discover most websites: boredom and having no life. That being said, I love this website with the very fibre of my being, and I have for a number of years (even before I signed up), so all I can say is keep fighting the good fight and all that stuff. PearOfSalamanca
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  • My reason for joining was to assist in showing that cryonics is ridiculous nonscientific quackery, but apparently my initial edits were somehow misconstrued as promoting cryonics (or some company?) by someone who apparently didn't read anything I actually wrote. My "welcome to RationalWiki" moment was my edits all being reverted by this person and then a hostile, nonsensical message being left on my talk page. So instead of adding material and sources and making improvements, I guess I'll go elsewhere online. --Vital Forces (talk) 02:03, 13 October 2017 (UTC)
I'm really sorry about the rude welcome! I've done my best to amend the problem by adding your edits, which seem to be mostly harmless, back and I hope you will decide to stay here at RW. LynnR (talk) 02:27, 13 October 2017 (UTC)
  • I have found RationalWiki via casual switching from website to website whilst having a plethora of free time. Read a couple of the articles, enjoyed the content quite a significant amount and felt like some parts of the articles could be possibly improved. As a result, decided to create an account and do some work on the Wiki. Netytus (talk) 21:18, 28 October 2017 (UTC)

September 2017[edit]

  • I'm from Córdoba, Argentina. My father is always "challenging" me with crazy theories about everything, but the landing point was Homeopathy. I give my parents everything there is but they insist on it. Hope some day they will understand. A spanish RationalWiki would be great.— Unsigned, by: Livingtool / talk / contribs
  • I honestly don't remember when or how I found RW due to lurking for so long... I guess it was just one of the sites I'd found after discovering anti-theists on YouTube around 2013. It's one of the few products of 2000s internet atheism I still follow, due to much of internet atheism turning decidedly anti-skeptical. Capefeather (talk) 00:00, 1 October 2017 (UTC)
  • I was brought here by the Cats article. Rationalwiki is the start of many an internets rabbit hole for me. Love this place. Signed up just to add this. LOL. Sepplchikn (talk) 16:50, 28 September 2017 (UTC)
  • I've been reading and lurking for a solid year now. I honestly don't remember how I found it but I was probably researching woo out of utter boredom. I joined the discord as soon as I saw there was one and just registered. Ohnomorewoo (talk) 15:42, 25 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Via numerous internet searches over the years on subjects such as crackpots like David Duke, UFOs and the like. I can't remember the actual article, but I read one recently that had such a great "tone" to it. In context of the recent rise of banal media coverage concerning most of the idiots in the alt-right (the tragedy at Charlottesville notwithstanding), the tone of this one particular entry was spot on, and more helpful when compared to the way the relatively same info was presented on Wikipedia. So I did a couple of edits and signed up. Looking forward to hopefully contributing more as needed around here. Nycskeptic2017 (talk) 23:25, 24 September 2017 (UTC)
  • In Advisory at my school, two boys "introduced" Conservapedia and went on it. I checked it out; it's "About" page, "Benefits of Capitalism" (factual), and "How Conservapedia Differs From Wikipedia". When I was done, I went to the Wikipedia page on it and read the first few "parts". After I woke up from bed to check The Strain on IMDB, I read more "parts" on Wikipedia. To wrap this up, the phrase "It's too good to be true." prevails, and in the "Reception" part it states that this' made in responce to Conservapedia banning a doctor's and contributors' attempts to type in factual info and that it "monitors" it! — Unsigned, by: / talk / contribs

August 2017[edit]

  • I just Googled "Theta Healing" to see what it was. It sounded like woo, and of course it is. But the great thing is that I found this wonderful Wiki. I registered within minutes of loading the site for the first time. Awesome! BowlEcho (talk) 07:31, 25 August 2017 (UTC)
  • Four years ago, when I got banned from Encyclopedia Dramatica by the Alt-right in the on-going Phobosgate scandal, I saw Rationalwiki. I didn't, however made a single edit until now, 10 months after the election of Donald Trump, helped by Russia through the alt-right and the far-left. -- Bryan See (talk) 12:27, 13 August 2017 (UTC)
  • I've been lurking here a while, i find some articles useful for arguing with eejits, and some very funny, so i finally decided it was time i joined in a bit. Probably won't do much initially, till i find my way round more. Changeling (talk) 19:03, 5 August 2017 (UTC)

July 2017[edit]

  • I've been here a few times; it's fun to explore and read stuff, and there's many interesting thingies around here. I have made a fair amount of edits anonymously, fixing grammar and whatnot, so since I'm here I might as well create an account and claim credit for my corrections. And of course maybe add to pages that need it. -Xbony2 (talk) 12:46, 28 July 2017 (UTC)
  • I was looking through the offline offer of Kiwix and checking some of the proposed content and whether it was still online. By coincidence the main page was at that moment an article about the non-acceptability of Intelligent Design (ID). So I stayed a while to go through some of the stuff on this skeptics wiki... Jansegers (talk) 18:46, 22 July 2017 (UTC)
  • I was looking for some articles about Creationism and how it makes absolutely no sense and stuck around for the articles on Feminism and Men's Rights. Created account so that I can contribute to this great wiki (in my opinion). TB100 (talk) 20:10, 18 July 2017 (UTC)
  • I was looking for a good article on the Mandela Effect, and after i found it, i just started reading some stuff here, conspiracy theories, logical fallacies, etc. Also, i still felt the need to translate the wiki to Portuguese, so i created an account. Questgalleon196 (talk) 15:11, 3 July 2017 (UTC)

June 2017[edit]

  • I'm not entirely sure, but thinking back it might be from the Time Cube article. Did some reading around here, then forgot all about it. Came back (months) later, read even more, and decided register to correct various typos and other (hopefully more major) issues. —Kazitor, pending 06:56, 3 July 2017 (UTC)
  • I had gotten into Armoured Skeptic, and looked him up on the Googles. Rational Wiki gave me lots of good insight on him (and Sargon), and after seeing the Essay features (essays!!!!!) I figured I had to join. Thetruehuman (talk) 15:28, 26 June 2017 (UTC)
  • Once, I looked up Autism Speaks on Autism Wiki. Turns out, Autism Speaks sucks. So I looked it up again, and this website confirmed they suck. Out of curiosity, I looked at some more of the site, and found that it shares a lot of my views (though I still oppose its certain degree of antitheism). And I kept going, and followed it for months before finally creating an account. -Bigljbigl (talk/stalk) 20:14, 24 June 2017 (UTC)

May 2017[edit]

  • On a whim I Googled the term "Xenuphobia" to see if anyone had used it or if I had an original neologism. I got distracted by your article on Xenu, which I liked, except for one error which annoyed me. So I checked out your mission statement, then edited the piece accordingly. I loathe those that try to turn religion into science, and also those who abuse the authority of social science credentials without the slightest genuine scientific inquiry to essentially issue secular fatwas. The effect of these phony pseudoscientists on climate change denial, "wage gap" and other misinformation campaigns, makes them IMO far more dangerous than Creationists, who lost the war a century ago and are basically only hanging around to entertain us.— Unsigned, by: Pnutt / talk / contribs
  • I've been a visitor here for a long time and really appreciate the community of individuals who donate their time to dispelling pseudoscience and misinformation. As an attorney who works with scientific expert witnesses, I am becoming increasingly alarmed with the danger of pseudoscience and poorly-supported ideas working their way into American courts.— Unsigned, by: RationalAttorney / talk / contribs
  • The other day I was having a conversation with a friend about conspiracy theories. We talk about this sort of thing (science, politics, why people think the way they think) a fair amount, and I remember he brought up the favorite tactic of anti-vaxxers, flat-earthers, and the anti-Shillary crowd: Scary Infographics. I was so sure there was a name for it... Sure enough, à la Baader-Meinhof, here it was a couple days later. And then I remembered stumbling across RationalWiki a couple years ago when I was a conservative young-earth creationist sort, and I remember really hating that I wanted to like this place so much. The logic was good. The listing of fallacies was top-notch. The ideology was WRONG, because dogma is a sneaky critter like that, and so the site was Off-Limits to a Top Mind like mine. And... well, I let go of a lot of stuff, and now I'm back, and surprise, it sure grates a lot less now. Anyway, hello! Trambelus (talk) 15:28, 24 May 2017 (UTC)

April 2017[edit]

  • I'm always interested to see creationists and other pseudo-intellectuals get a karmic beat down, so I was bound to end up here sooner or later. I also enjoy a good logical fallacy :) Keithmeister55 (talk) 04:20, 11 April 2017 (UTC)

March 2017[edit]

  • I first discovered RationalWiki through a pothole on TV Tropes. I was a lurker for a long time before I signed up. CJ-Moki (talk) 02:16, 18 August 2017 (UTC)
  • Being very interested in cults, cult-like behaviour and fringe religious (creationist) extremes I ended up here years ago after noticing the Wikipedia article on 'the wedge strategy'. Cynihilapatheist (talk) 23:52, 7 April 2017 (UTC)
  • Googling "Stephen Moore" of the Heritage Foundation. Turns out that your Wingnut welfare article called him an economist, which he isn't, actually (look it up on Heritage's own site). --Calton (talk) 17:58, 30 March 2017 (UTC)
  • huffingtonpost.com -> university course teaching critical thinking -> Carl Sagan's baloney detection kit -> Google search -> Here! (talk) 19:53, 22 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Holocaust denial and the myriad of stupidity it encompasses. I was doing research on the subject for history (yes, I was a high school student at the time of this comment) and started looking into holocaust denial. While I am unable to cite this website as a reputable source, the article still summed it up for me in a helpful way to enhance my understanding of the subject. Twoandtwoalwaysmakesafive (talk) 05:22, 22 March 2017 (UTC)
  • I'd lurked a little bit a few years back, but the other night I ended up here somehow through Google. I read a bunch of articles of fallacies (a favorite pastime of mine) and then immediately created an account after reading the article on Drumpf. Papayaman1000 (talk) 00:02, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Found it a while back and used it as a gradually de converted myself. Did not like a good bit of it but since the arguments were annoyingly sound and logical i became a strong proponent.--That Imbecile (talk) 22:08, 16 March 2017 (UTC)
  • I was debating with a Hindu and not-so-subtly telling them that they were wrong for their belief in cyclic time and an infinite regression. I searched 'infinite regress fallacy' on the web to tell them of the formal logical fallacy that applied and found this site as a search result.Inyë (Carfa) 22:01, 13 March 2017 (UTC)
  • I landed here on the article "List of forms of government" when searching about different types of government on Google. 109 (talk) 02:54, 13 March 2017 (UTC)

February 2017[edit]

  • I followed a link from a friend's thread on Facebook about the Backfire effect. Happy to know about RationalWiki! --Jrbedford (talk) 18:48, 28 February 2017 (UTC)
  • I was enjoying the articles around here for around a month, my first one being the article on Mormonism, a real gem among Religions Bump On A Log (talk) 15:39, 24 February 2017 (UTC)
  • I was lurking for a while before I made an account but if I remember correctly I looked up something about fringe Christianity. Vorarchivist (talk) 19:15, 12 February 2017 (UTC)

January 2017[edit]

  • I googled invisible pink unicorn and this was one of the first results. Christopher (talk) 17:49, 26 January 2017 (UTC)
  • If I recall correctly(I've been doing a lot of lurking since then), I believe I first landed on the homeopathy article. Although I do remember it was off a Google search, and it seems unlikely that I skimmed through 5+ pages of crap to get here, so my memory might be clouded. I know, not very helpful. Still, happy to be here. Tma (talk) 16:30, 19 January 2017 (UTC)
  • Found it sometime 2 years ago? When looking for and excuse to laugh at the crappy Christian film "God's Not Dead" [ScholarHasSpoken] January 15, 2017 13:44 CT
  • AVG Yahoo search for "wiki of logic" brought me to the main page. Scp (talk) 03:10, 10 January 2017 (UTC)
  • Found this place through the article on anti-vaxxers. Rnizam (talk) 21:26, 1 January 2017 (UTC)


December 2016[edit]

  • I was on vacation at Myrtle Beach. I was spending some inside the hotel room, looking up some stuff about the existence of God, and somehow I ended up here. I lurked around for a while before joining at the end of 2016. — Unsigned, by: AlexanderTheGreat / talk / contribs
  • I used to truly believe [[PoeConservapedia was a joke site, and went there frequently. I wasn't aware Assfly was serious until I found the RationalWiki article on Conservapedia. Since then, this has become my favorite site. Asaac Isimov (talk) 18:11, 21 December 2016 (UTC)
  • I Googled Conservapedia, found the Rational Wiki entry, and promptly laughed my ass off. Pseudoscience4prez (talk) 02:10, 21 December 2016 (UTC)
  • I honestly don't remember. Perhaps it had something to do with Donald Trump. Stalin1953 (talk) 22:57, 14 December 2016 (UTC)Stalin1953
  • I'd been watching a lot of Alex Jones (ironically of course, the guy's hilarious) one day in November and whilst looking for an article or two I found his page on here. My activity on here then just turned into a slippery slope of reading a crap ton of articles on here about Focus On The Family, the elections, and so forth. PPRMasked (talk) 17:26, 13 December 2016 (UTC)
  • I was watching a football game while browsing Twitter. Someone tweeted about #aleppo, which led me to investigate the Syrian Civil War and its general awfulness. I spied an interesting contrarian twitter handle on the #aleppo thread, whereby I proceeded to vet her credibility online, to see if she was worth following. I started watching a video of her discussing Gamergate with Paul Joseph Watson. Unfortunately, it turned out she was also an alt-right conspiracy wacko, but at least I found RationalWiki. AgentBlackX (talk) 10:08, 13 December 2016 (UTC)
  • Got linked here by someone in an ExplainXKCD talk section, and stuck around because I found myself in a website full of people who actually seem reasonable. I'll admit, I was really put off-balance by the results of the 2016 US Presidental election, and finding a group of sane people around the same time really helped me get back on track. Menoshe (talk) 19:20, 9 December 2016 (UTC)
  • I was on another site (IT news etc.) and the Lenski Affair was mentioned and linked to your article here. Always glad to find a bastion of reason in a world infested with mysticism. (talk) 18:59, 7 December 2016 (UTC)
  • I can't remember the first time I came here, exactly. I remember someone on Reddit linking here as a source, and someone else pointed out the website (as if it was biased). I've been lurking here and reading Conservapedia as satire for a while. I started to contribute when I realized RationalWiki was more incomplete and more snarky than Wikipedia. Placebo1234 (talk) 13:04, 5 December 2016 (UTC)
  • I was lurking here for about 2 Years, when i was looking for something to counter Gamergate asshats. Benaresh (talk) 11:45 03 December 2016 (UTC)

November 2016[edit]

  • I got here from reading about visual thinking, and that somehow led me to the mandela effect article here at rationalwiki MariAdkins 21:59, 28 November 2016 (UTC)
  • I got here through arguing with an creationist and needing info.-BB-8 (talk) 00:34, 21 November 2016 (UTC)
  • I'm a long time lurker here, and can't remember exactly how I came to this site first though it was likely through looking for material whilst in an argument with a friend about the cause of 9/11. I have lurked here ever since ~teganski (talk) 16:19, 20 November 2016 (UTC)
  • I don't remember when I found RationalWiki, but during the last weeks I have used it a lot. Today I was bored and decided to start quacking around here. QuackMan (talk) 18:32, 4 November 2016 (UTC)
  • I don't remember well, too, exactly when and why I found this wiki but I think it was looking for an article about the many inconsistences that can be found on the Bible (EDIT. Probably was because of the TVTropes article that mentions you). After lurking some time reading articles, finally came both a wish to help the wiki editing articles -as per TVTropes and Wikipedia- as well as thanks to you a journey to the darkest pits of Fundamentalism, where growing stupidity and eventually brain damage await. --Panzerfaust (talk) 15:08, 18 November 2016 (UTC).

October 2016[edit]

  • I remember that, about a year ago, I was looking up information on the FEMA camps conspiracy theory, when I either came across an article that linked to our article on the subject or stumbled across our article directly. I thought it was great, so I continued reading the Conspiracy Theory section before branching out into the rest of the wiki. I eventually decided to create my own account, and now I'm here. RoninMacbeth (talk) 22:14, 29 October 2016 (UTC)
  • My memory is fuzzy, but it was at the time when I was starting to despite the atheist community, with The Amazing Atheist in particular. I wanted to find as many slam articles against him, and I found RW's page on him. I continued surfing the wiki due to interest and here I am; present day (Not to mention that it's full of articles that actually cite sources). Director Black (talk) 17:30, 23 October 2016 (UTC)
  • I found RationalWiki whilst searching for amusing things to use in a "debate" on an online forum discussing Donald Trump with batshit crazy Alex Jones disciples and foam mouthed right-wingnuts. Your articles on both Trump and Jones have proved extremely useful, as has the WIGO:Elections page. Obi-Jon (talk) 20:09, 15 October 2016 (UTC)

September 2016[edit]

  • I found RationalWiki once by searching a logical fallacy. Later I searched for "Sargon's law" and found a honest and rational evaluation of Sargon Of Akkad (here obviously). I spent weeks reading other pages :') User:TigreDeMetal 13:37, 19 September 2016
  • I found RationalWiki around three years ago while researching ways to dismantle conspiracy theories. I believe the first page I ever saw was the hilarious Alex Jones page. I've loved you hip cats ever since *smooches* Deadwing (talk) 16:34, 14 September 2016 (UTC)

August 2016[edit]

  • I found rational wiki when trying to prove to my friend that "Before It's News" was not an actual news site. To this day he thinks that story with the frozen dragon was real. *sigh* by User:WhiteWolf
  • I found rational wiki when looking for information about BS religions and political talking points. Landed on an article a few months ago on theism(funny) Greatest wiki I have ever read— Unsigned, by: Dretch01 / talk / contribs
  • Found the TV Tropes page on Conservapedia somehow, which had a link to the RationalWiki page. Checked it out, and I joined. YpsiFang (talk) 24 August 2016 (UTC)
  • I was in a bookstore a few months ago--April, I believe--where I picked up a book titled "Not Even Wrong" about the failure of string theory. After reading the back, I looked up the phrase and landed here. Tbump (talk) 01:53, 21 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Was looking for info on the Glenn Beck Boston Marathon defamation lawsuit. On the fifth page of the google search I found a great wiki on the topic as well as justice done on the subject's demagogic rhetoric and vain punditry. My next click was "Main Page" and the one after that was "Create Account." (Polemicist (talk) 14:18, 10 August 2016 (UTC))
  • I was making a point on Facebook and wanted to use Louie Gohmert as an example of the GOP's ilk that ends up in the HOR/Senate. Saw the RationalWiki link, used that entry and stuck around. This is place is now on my "Fave" ribbon.Abcbill (talk) 12:59, 14 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Found it originally when looking for good sources to explain to a friend why his latest conspiracy theory was crap. Stayed for the humor. I've been lurking for a couple years now and only recently made an account. Arawn Emrys (talk)
  • Found IronChariots a long time ago, that linked me here and after years of knowing about this place I've finally decided to make an account just to add something to the Kent Hovind page. Rivendellyan (talk) 21:03, 6 August 2016 (UTC)
  • There was a link to a RationalWiki article from ... place I forget. I started reading and then fell into a wikihole. I'm now making my way through the Annotated Bible. (Spoilers: Genesis is long and kinda boring...oh, and there's no way anyone should think it isn't an allegory.) — Unsigned, by: / talk / contribs
  • I found a link on a Facebook page (A Science Enthusiast) to a Rational Wiki article called Occam's razor... I started reading and exploring more and i absolutely love this place. Louiseiridium (talk) 02:18, 3 August 2016 (UTC)Louiseiridium

July 2016[edit]

  • I forgot how I found this website. I DO know that I've lurked around here a while, often going on 10-tab research binges spurred on by the WIGO section. Now I'm here! Chipbag01 (talk) 20:08, 23 July 2016 (UTC)
  • I was reading about Chile and I noticed a disturbing lack of links on the Salvador Allende article. I'm a fan of TVtropes, you see. I can't wait to contribute! Applesauce (talk) 21:03, 21 July 2016 (UTC)
  • On July 20, 1969, our astros landed on the Moon. They were able to perform this feet by using an intelligently designed apparatus made by other humans. The lunar lander and other artifacts used to enable this historic event didn't randomly assemble themselves. It seems self evident to me that Intelligent Design is an intrinsic part of the human experience. I don't understand why ID is not accepted as a fact of life. JohnFornaro (talk) 12:40, 21 July 2016 (UTC)
  • In my continuing search for an honest man, I was looking, after the police shootings in Baton Rouge and St. Paul and the sniper attack on police in Dallas, for the origin of the (to me) tendentious definition of racism as “prejudice plus power.” The Flying Spaghetti Monster reached out his noodly appendage and led me to the Prejudice plus power page here. Now that I’ve found this site, there is much, much more here that interests me beyond just that narrow original topic. I can see I’m going to be spending a lot of time here from now on. —Diogenes (talk) 18:46, 13 July 2016 (UTC)
  • I was doing research on sexual prohibitions and calls to violence in both the Bible and the Quran. There was a link to this website on one of the pages. Glad you're here and I am happy to be here.— Unsigned, by: Jack Flack / talk / contribs 20:56, 8 July 2016 (UTC)
  • I read the Conservapedia article on homosexuality, then saw RationalWiki on the Wikipedia article on aforementioned subject (Conservapedia, that is, not homosexuality). I came here to cleanse my mouth of that foul taste. Andralker (talk) 14:34, 21 July 2016 (UTC)
  • I was happily trolling some brainless fundie on Facebook. He suggested that I come here as I'd "[O]bviously be happier associating with your fellow travellers and other heathens. I pray that you'll spend an eternity roasting in the deepest pits of hell! I'd obviously proven him wrong to the point where he couldn't wriggle out of it no matter what he tried. I consider that a victory, personally. Now we may not agree on everything, but rest assured, it's going to be a delight debating the finer points of whatever is up for debate with people who will not plug their ears and go "Nanner nanner can't hear you you're going to hell lol". Personally, I REALLY look forward to rational discourse as opposed to what passes for rhetoric and debate in the various fora on the internet. Roger.lee (talk) 18:43, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

June 2016[edit]

  • I attended a dinner party in 2014 in which someone chatted me up about the blood type diet, which I had never heard of. Not knowing anything about it, I just nodded with growing suspicion. When I got home, I found that RW had a reasonably good description of it. Bongolian (talk) 20:42, 23 June 2016 (UTC)
  • Found this site after googling the definition of "innumeracy", my new favorite word!— Unsigned, by: So-crates / talk / contribs
  • I found this site almost a year ago while looking for LessWrong criticism from outside of LessWrong. I'm finally making an account to fix a spelling error. Nsjacques (talk) 00:49, 23 June 2016 (UTC)
  • Was linked via twitter some time ago, signed up to make minor corrections, think I ended up here in regards to the 'manosphere' (had no idea what it was, sounded like a monster from a doom mod) — Unsigned, by: Blknoisemachine / talk / contribs
  • I found the site researching the concept of "Social Democracy" and it practice in the Nordic counties, Which is have the the general believe is really Liberal corporatism. In doing so I came across the ideal of Social Corporatism from Rationalwiki site, and was rolling on the floor on the last part of the definition:
"Social corporatism"[wp] has sometimes been used to describe social democratic economic models, where both private property and labour interests are protected. While this has been used by some libertarians as "proof" that liberals are actually "deep cover fascists," it doesn't explain why Angela Merkel hasn't worn a toothbrush moustache, suspended the Bundestag and bombed Greece yet.

I still haven't stop crying. §Steeleagle01:13, 6 June 2016 (UTC)

  • I discovered this will months ago while doing work on a school project for Food, Inc while at the same time looking up why anti-GMO activists sounded like they had no idea what they were talking about. Boring fact: I never joined this wiki until I noticed someone offended for being blocked from it (and even suggested adding it to the record). Biologically Mad (talk)
  • Found this site while looking for for counterarguments to Global warming deniers. It proved very helpful, so helpful that I decided to stay. Kodak (talk) 21:27, 23 June 2016 (UTC)
  • I had a real enlightening conversation with some individuals who informed me that evolution was false because monkeys would not exist. It was so fascinating, that I had to read up on at a wiki that was rational. (Sovereign 15:15, 1 December 2016 (UTC))

May 2016[edit]

  • I found RationalWiki via their counter-apologetics section. I can't remember which page, however. Probably the cosmological argument or pascal's wager. Lord Aeonian (talk) 03:28, 28 May 2016 (UTC)
  • I can't remember how I first ended up here, but I remember I stayed because of your snarky point of view. I decided to create an account because I have some content to add. Chromanebula (talk) 00:16, 28 May 2016 (UTC)
  • I was bored during the science unit for genetics, so I searched "GMO conspiracies" to piss of my science teacher and ended up on the "List of Conspiracies" page.ChikinRamen (talk) 21:16, 24 May 2016 (UTC)
  • Fact-checking a Facebook meme, I googled "100 million Native Americans were slaughtered by the US government" and ended up here. —Peter Chastain [¡háblame!] 01:03, 17 May 2016 (UTC)
  • RationalWiki was mentioned in Sadri Hassani's excellent commentary in the May 2016 Physics Today. Nywxguy (talk) 20:30, 16 May 2016 (UTC)nywxguy
  • I somehow landed on the Climategate page and haven't left the site since. Demosn (talk) 15:40, 5 May 2016 (UTC)

April 2016[edit]

  • I have seen RationalWiki referenced several times on Facebook and other forums. XaurreauX (talk) 12:38, 28 April 2016 (UTC)XaurreauX
  • I've been reading RationalWiki off and on for a few months now. The first article I came across was Adolf Hitler when I was just doing some random reading about Nazi Germany, it's always been a curious subject to me. I made this account for fun because why not. What's with the goat anyway? Char.illum (talk) 13:26, 15 April 2016 (UTC)Char.illum
  • Been binge reading this site on and off for about two or so years now, discovered it through Encyclopedia Dramatica, which I had been reading with amused horror after an ex-acquaintance linked me to a truly awful image page. Made the account because there was a missing letter "p" in a word. I fixed it. InquisitorVevrain (talk) 07:35, 2 April 2016 (UTC)
  • My brother told me about it. He said 'Hey, check out RationalWiki,' and I did. And now I've got this cool account.— Unsigned, by: DoorCat19 / talk / contribs
  • I have been a lurker for quite some time. I discovered RW from researching/debunking myths and source checking wing nuts/crazies. Compliments to RW and it's users for making this site an intellectually appealing place! I look forward to contributing articles! — Unsigned, by: LincolnBrigadeMT / talk / contribs
  • I was reading about ethology and then checked out this video on silverfish. The video creator had a weird collection of videos on his YouTube page, so I Googled his name to see his background. RationalWiki had a page on his conspiracy beliefs. Joe (talk) 00:23, 26 April 2016 (UTC)
  • To my best recollection, I have bumped into this awesome wiki when I explored and questioned my past quack beliefs. You guys have done a GREAT deal of awakening the skeptic in me and outright debunking many of my past paranoid views on a vast amounts of conspiracy theories, for which I am super glad as it help me battle the depression the paranoia has fueled. Keep up the amazing contribution to the global rise of rational skepticism, Peace. ---Плуто-0-Пи- 02:47, 27 April 2016 (UTC)
  • I have been researching the subject of "red rooms" online, and came across a related article on RationalWiki. I thought, "I'd like to help out with that!" I look forward to doing more editing, and perhaps even writing an article at some point.— Unsigned, by: Facilinks / talk / contribs

March 2016[edit]

  • I found this site in because I wanted to see if Conservapedia was a joke. I decided to look it up and RationalWiki was mentioned on the Wikipedia page. I clicked the link and have been here ever since. Boatman17 (talk) 01:54, 31 March 2016 (UTC)
  • Knew of this site for years through Patheos and http://atheistforums.org. It was fairly recently that I became aware of a lot of noise between some very irrational and dishonest SJWs and Thunderfoot, who makes valid points despite the somewhat over-the-top and FauxNewsish tactical soundbite editing. The guy really does sound a little unbalanced, but his detractors are no better - I came here hoping to find some balanced straight dope on this dude's career, not fanboyism for that ignoramus and ass-licker PZ Meyers and his girlfriends who cook up steaming piles of bullshit just to advance their careers! Watson's story wasn't necessarily a page straight out of the chronic liar's playbook, and I'm not denying that women are frustrated by insensitive clods who don't understand how to relate to women, but she does no good service whatsoever to the millions of American women who have experienced true harassment and much worse with her polarizing and very self-serving positions. Whether that doo-doo pile on the elevator floor was from a male or a female, it stinks equally! There's simply nothing rational about those who cannot make their case without ruthlessly shouting down and blackballing all who disagree with them, there's no place on a site with this title for that, therefore I must dig in and help those who would sort out the ugly, stinking pile which it has been devolving into and make it rational again. Mister Shovel (talk) 08:05, 30 March 2016 (UTC)Mister Shovel
  • Somehow, friends found the site and I too found this interesting. Known about this for a nuber of years, though only now registered to edit Wakefields article on the bit about his film screening at Tribeca. Will be on and off. Infinitynoka (talk) 03:46, 27 March 2016 (UTC)
  • I know this site since December 2015. I was looking for facts supporting or weakening gun nuts' arguments.Paronomase (talk) 22:11, 26 March 2016 (UTC)Paronomase

February 2016[edit]

January 2016[edit]

  • I think it was a long Wodka fueled roaming of TVTropes that got me here. I was intrigued by some of the articles and enraged by others. I hope we can do something about the latter ;-) Pizzameister (talk) 02:23, 27 January 2016 (UTC)
  • Roamed the net about articles about logical fallacies, creationism, pseudoscience and political extremism and thanks to Skynet Google, I came to this site. Hope for a constructive collaboration.--Kugelschreiber (talk) 21:32, 25 January 2016 (UTC)
  • Internet search for rebuttals to local theist, creationist, conservative arguments in june 2011. landing page was the homepage.FAMAS (talk) 14:31, 24 January 2016 (UTC)
  • Having spent years nodding along with Thunderf00t's poorly informed nonsense about feminism, and then coming back to him with a more rounded world view, I started looking him up to see if something had changed. The man I remembered as a genius pundit had shifted into a reactionary moron. In the process I stumbled across RationalWiki's article on Thunderf00t and realised my youthful 'feminismz is badz and hates menz' philosophy had been what was wrong those few years ago, and Mason had always been that much of a -blam!-. Started reading more and more since then. This site's fascinating and a great source of information and has really helped me develop into a more rational, skeptical individual. Thanks, RationalWiki! --AdmiralBangle (talk) 20:50, 18 January 2016 (UTC)
  • I tried convincing my friend that Alex Jones was conspiracy and lies. It didn't work, because he's human centipeded to his bum-hole, but I found RationalWiki in the process. Read the Alex Jones article top-to-bottom, and in the process, couldn't leave. Thanks for trapping me in this truth prison. OrangeMint (talk) 13:15, 13 January 2016 (UTC)OrangeMint
  • During my teens I used read a lot of paranormal and leftist conspiracy theories and from time to time I used to encounter articles from this wiki. At first I didn't bother because this wiki dismissed those things as B.S. But then I noticed the B.S. and discovered the err in my ways. Now I can, in the words of the late Michael C. Ruppert, "separate the ice cream from the B.S.". Thanks to you guys. --InfoWorX (talk) 12:01, 13 January 2016 (CAT)
  • Pretty sure I was researching a woomeister for an article, a couple years ago. I think I next caught sight of the words "Batshit insane" as a category, and read my way through the alphabetical listings to R (I believe) whenever I had wifi and idle time. Got sidetracked by the fascinating history with CP and realized you lot would probably appreciate be able to tolerate me.Noah Snark (talk) 22:08, 9 January 2016 (UTC)
  • I was looking for information about logical fallacies and I ended up here to waste a lot of time, but in a good way! NameThatNobodyTakes (talk) 20:28, 9 January 2016 (UTC)
  • To troll, basically. :P Nekrif58 (talk) 04:34, 8 January 2016 (UTC)
  • I came here because I'm stupid and mommy says I should hang out with smart people. In all seriousness though, I came because I had to do this essay on pseudoscience, so I came here, started reading the articles, forgot to finish the essay and failed.--ProbablyStupid (talk) 12:03, 7 January 2016 (UTC)


December 2015[edit]

  • Well, some poor soul who was a professional blacksmith tried enlightening folks via Youtube about how ductile steel becomes starting at 1000 degrees or so, having heard one too many revelations that "Jet fuel doesn't get hot enough to melt steel girders!" with reference to 9/11. And of course that brought out the comment crazies, including one referencing the "peer reviewed" Journal of 9/11 Studies. Which I just had to Google. And now, here I am. Gzuckier (talk) 05:37, 27 December 2015 (UTC)
  • I was researching (i.e reading about all the times they screwed up and laughing) Fox news and came upon this site's article on it. I enjoyed it, lurked about the wiki, and finally decided to get an account Tfaddict (talk) 22:42, 4 December 2015 (UTC)
  • I think it was a random link that led me here during one of my factfinding google missions... or it could have been more in-depth research into logical fallacies. Anyways, hi! This seems to be a much better place than another site I frequent -- descentbb.net (seriously, wtf is wrong with that place?)Hallucion (talk) 03:11, 5 December 2015 (UTC)
  • I was researching possible right wing bias within Yahoo News and found a RationalWiki article about it only to discover they are often accused of a liberal bias. After that it turned into a downward spiral of being unproductive at work. So far, I'm addicted. TheGoose 01:52, 11 December 2015 (UTC)

November 2015[edit]

  • I went to a yoga class at a yoga studio, not at the gym, as I normally had. They had a flier up about how lucky we were to have the FAMOUS Dr. Whateverhisnamewas taking personal, one-on-one sessions for ONLY $75 for half an hour! He was an "Ayurvedic Practitioner." I had no idea what Ayurvedic meant, so I did Google, and ended up here! I often go down RW rabbit-holes, the wiki is an excellent time-waster.Household Six (talk) 04:57, 1 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Googled "politicalvelcraft.org" and found your pretty excellent article on this subject pretty high on the list. -- Egil (talk) 17:42, 26 November 2015 (UTC)
  • I googled "Things that are prohibited in the Bible" and the first link was a list of things that are prohibited in the bible from RW. dapperedavid (talk 21:53 22 November 2015 (CET, Bitchers)
  • I googled TERF and this was, I believe, the first link that came up. I liked the fun, and now I might be here to stay for a bit. Jules44 (talk) 04:51, 21 November 2015 (UTC)
  • I found Rational Wiki researching logical fallacies and stayed for the fun and detailed analysis of diverse topics. I created an account primarily to tweak a few historical and biographical articles that lacked detail or explanation. --Chris4957 (talk) 03:32, 15 November 2015 (UTC)
  • Wanted to add to the examples of Poe's Law page. Demonstrating theistic buffoonery, by holding up a mirror, is, I think, one of the best and most effective tools we have of dealing with the genuinely nuts.--John Zande (talk) 18:17, 9 November 2015 (UTC)
  • I'm a skeptic and I wanted to learn about ways that one can debunk creationism because they ignore science[citation needed]. While browsing the Internet I came across this site. First, I learned about logical fallacies. Then, I read about creationism, the New Age silliness, and soon, after doing a lot of lurking, I made my account! — Unsigned, by: Rlin / talk / contribs
  • I'm an avid skeptic and SJW and I've been struggling to find a site which bridges this gap effectively- a lot of social justice activists resort to and buy into woo, and a lot of skeptic pages and forums regard feminism with the same derision as antivaxxers etc. and even for those who do buy into feminism it's rarely intersectional. Seeing a skeptical/rationalist blog which also acknowledges genderqueer people, privilege and oppression dynamics and hits all the intersectional nails on the proverbial head is a nerd like me's wildest wet dream come true. Scar (talk) 22:38, 4 November 2015 (UTC)Scar
  • Googling "creepshame", a term I found captioning a screenshot in a music video for a song called "Never Go On Reddit" by Neil Cicierga. I've come across this site before, but I was greatly relieved to find a site that touches on frustrating topics... rationally. (insert namedrop sound effect here) Joshy (talk) 01:58, 4 November 2015 (UTC)

October 2015[edit]

  • Googling for "empiricism solipsism" (w/o quotes). Landed at Empiricism. Androclus (talk) 19:17, 28 October 2015 (UTC)
  • I'd actually been reading an arseload of articles on this site for quite some time now; long enough that I don't really remember when or where my 'landing point' was. I'd spent many hours checking out the WIGO pages and going on 'random page' browsing sprees before the idea of actually joining the site occurred to me. After a tentative anonymous edit, I finally decided to just bite the bullet and register. I may not have been on this earth long enough to know much of utility, but I've only had nice things to say about the site so far. What could possibly go wrong? Acquiesce (talk) 03:20, 27 October 2015 (UTC)
  • I can't remember; I think that I googled something and scrolled past the wikipedia entry. I like the liberal bias and the humor (Fun: Weapon of gun is brilliant). descartes talk
  • I actually stumbled onto this site when I googled Traditionalist Catholicism (I'm a former Catholic myself, so divisions of Catholicism still interest me) and found the link to the site a few below the Wikipedia article. I then stayed to read articles and use the sourcing on some to get a better understanding of topics I haven't done much research on before. Mostly still a lurker, I just put a name to the lurking so I could maybe edit or participate in discussions if I ever felt the urge. Quirk (talk) 04:59, 7 October 2015 (UTC)
  • The article that made me a reader of RW was the The Lenski Affair which I do believe I got to via reading coverage on the Expelled Exposed website, although I could be wrong. Since then, I've always enjoyed reading articles on various topics, namely stuff on gay rights, the continuous lampooning of Conservapedia, and of course there's numerous funny articles that I found through TV Tropes. Finally decided to get myself an account here after being a viewer for so long. Hope I enjoy the experience! Jon91919 (talk) 13:46, 22 October 2015 (UTC)
  • I've been coming here to to learn something and get a laugh when I need a distraction for several months now. Can't remember how I found it in the first place, probably while Googling information about Creationism or something. You're all excellent people and I thought it seemed like time to contribute. --Johnwallie (talk) 15:39, 22 October 2015 (UTC)

September 2015[edit]

  • Been in the fb group for a year or so. Just found the wiki xD. --Base (talk) 02:36, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I was looking for a definitive list of Old Testament capital offenses to compare and contrast to the Qur'an, just to see how dangerous a Jew or a Christian candidate for President was compared to a Muslim, based on what was in their holy scriptures (the idea being to either debunk or confirm the inherent danger of a Muslim being President of the United States of America, compared to a Jew or Christian). So I Googled "Bible death sentence" and here this was .Vfrickey (talk) 08:27, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I heard Chris Rodda on Bob Kincaid's H.O.R.N. "Prayer Meetin' Wednesday" and searched for lying for Jesus. 22:42, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I was searching to debunk Sorcha Faal and stumpled onto this, 14 September 10:57am GMT+8.
  • I was searching to see if a particular site was generally considered clickbait and ended up on Clickbait.
  • I don't know how. I just discovered this site on the 3rd. Through WikipediaTemplate:CN maybe? Larry! - (talk) 22:39, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I wanted to add Jesus Chatline into the Wiki, so I joined the site. The thread got deleted. Now I have no idea what to do. RichardBurnishFan101 (talk) 00:57, 14 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I did a google search for "what is going on in the world?". Amazing.

August 2015[edit]

  • I really don't remember. I've known about its existence for quite a while, but then I saw, that this is more fun for unhinged people like me than Wikipedia, although I always have a look at Wikipedia first chance I get. But they are stricter these days, more bureaucratic which is necessary but tedious. While I'm at it, I registered by Conservapedia conducting an experiment, that is how long it would take me to get thrown out, not using any impolite words. It took me to days. I was banned for six months but then I checked after a while, and history had been rewritten and I had apparently never existed. Sorte Slyngel (talk) 16:16, 30 August 2015 (UTC)
  • I was reading Malwarebytes Unpacked on adblockers, and they linked to an Adblock Plus forum. In there, Kevin Martin was asserting his right to give users with Adblock a virus. One of the other users posted a link here, and the rest is history. TheGreenWarrior (talk) 19:21, 28 August 2015 (UTC)
  • I used to browse FSTDT a lot, and Rationalwiki is popular with that kind of crowd, so they linked to articles on religion a lot. I came here from time to time to read what you think about various shady things and people. I'm hoping to add some info. Big R (talk) 12:11, 28 August 2015 (UTC)
  • I was reading, the "Encyclopedia of American Loons" Blog and saw the sources that linked to this site and after realizing this site, more or less agrees with my views on religion, I decided to join. --S.H. DeLong (talk) 06:15, 28 August 2015 (UTC)
  • A blog I occasionally post on had a link to the article on 9/11 conspiracy theories. AJ Canberra (talk) 20:16, 25 August 2015 (UTC)
  • I'd used RW to learn about #Gamergate last year and later really liked the Sam Harris entry b/c it recognizes that anti-woo is insufficient if a guy is a bigoted war-monger. Have used many time before last year to look up woo-woo stuff on cranks and such but the Gamergate entry was so excellent it made me stick around.---Mona- (talk) 23:58, 13 August 2015 (UTC)
  • I was looking on information on Megan Fox. (talk) 18:47, 4 August 2015 (UTC)
  • Friend suggested my migration from another site. Existential Toad (talk) 04:44, 10 August 2015 (UTC)
  • It's been a really long time, so I can't remember. And I also registered to port as many articles into Spanish (Mexico) as I can to show my (surprisingly) atheist grandfather when I finally move to MX. Zexcoiler Kingbolt (talk) 00:21, 20 August 2015 (UTC)Zexoiler Kingbolt.
  • While I can't remember when I first saw RationalWiki, I became properly familiar with it when a friend of mine added me to a rational sceptic group, and joined just now to update the page on the UK, as it's not been updated since we had a coalition. SaintJimmy13 (talk) 16:00, 20 August 2015 (UTC)
  • I needed a place to start documenting the woo of the Deep Web, starting with Takedownman whom I saw was highly influential in the area, after I ran out of secondary sources to use on Wikipedia. Deku-shrub (talk) 23:39, 26 March 2016 (UTC)

July 2015[edit]

  • I was reading some responses to a Daily Kos article when I read, "Never attribute malice where stupidity is a better explanation." Wondering who really said this, I googled the phrase and found " Hanlon's razor" and Rational Wiki. Texary (talk) 17:15, 26 July 2015 (UTC)
  • It's the anniversary month of the first moon landing so usually hoaxer activity heats up. Saw RationalWiki being linked in conspiracy forums as a tool to debunk the hoaxers I presume, wanted to check it out. Abyssal (talk) 07:10, 22 July 2015 (UTC)
  • I found and forgot RationalWiki in the past. I found again recently. Maybe from a thread on the Zététique group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/zetetique/ --OPi (talk) 12:58, 15 July 2015 (UTC)
  • I was researching stupidity and found this site! Finally, a site that debunks creationism and anti-environmentalism altogether! I even found a page that shows how God was going to kill trillions of people. Dandtiks69 (talk) 22:51, 20 July 2015 (UTC)
  • I found this site while watching a video about "Dr." Kent Hovind on YouTube. He was giving one of his Creation vs. Evolution speeches. I was blown away by the ludicracy of his arguments (e.g. "Evolution is a religion") and how he used cheap tactics to win over his audience (he showed kids how to shoot a rubber band at far distances to appear friendly to kids). I stopped watching the video after half an hour and looked up Kent Hovind on Google. That search led me to the RationalWiki page on Dr. Dino, where I instantly fell in love with RW's sense of humor and depth of information. Ever since then, I have been a regular visitor (I created this account about a month ago). NTDenmark (User talk:NTDenmark|talk]]) 11:20, 18 July 2015 (UTC)

June 2015[edit]

  • I found RationalWiki while I was searching information about David Icke. - Ander Garin - 8:50 (UTC), 10 July 2015
  • Through the RationalWiki page on TV TropesTwoGun (talk) 07:27, 7 July 2015 (UTC)
  • Via the unofficial Facebook page. Have been lurking for a long time. --TheroadtoWiganPier (talk) 04:02, 27 June 2015 (UTC)
  • I had somehow stumbled across the delusions of what appeared to me to be a crazy person (they can be found at startheory.wordpress.com if you feel like reading some truly entertaining green ink) and the crazy person mentioned Project Blue Beam as something that we all agree is true. So I had to look this thing up to find out what something that I had never heard of was so obviously true, and in the Google search I was fortunate to see a link to something beyond the propagated rantings of others... a link to the RationalWiki! Started reading things and can't stop. I'm hooked; I guess I always assumed that there were other people who thought about these things the way that I did, but didn't know how to find them. — Unsigned, by: Jjk2015 / talk / contribs
  • I've been lurking and reading on RW for a year or two and finally just had to make a comment. I don't know exactly what landed me here, but I'd bet it was articles on Young Earth Creationism, which I was trying to make heads or tails of having encountered it for the first time around then. (My family and their friends when I was growing up were all geologists and paleontologists, so YEC was really absurdly crazy to me!) Great site! Cat Not Included (talk) 20:17, 3 June 2015 (UTC)
  • I found it back in September 2014 when trying to explain my agnostic viewpoint to a friend, and because I thought Conservapedia was too far-right and extreme for my tastes (myself being a centre-leftist type person) I came here. And the rest, as they say, is a llama. LlamaPastor31 Fnord. 00:59, 8 June 2015 (UTC)
  • I found RationalWiki a long time ago while debating a Jehovah's Witness kid at school (back when I was still in high school) who was into creationism, and started trying to argue to me that the Sun would last forever because "it was designed that way." I was so frustrated with him and other creationists, especially Young Earth Creationists (which he was not, but seemed to have the brains and arguments of one) and he even used such things as the banana fallacy, denying evolution with "why are there still monkeys?" and "you think one animal can just turn into another?". I looked up creationism to try and convince him and ended up here. It was so entertaining and hilarious to me that I couldn't stay away from the site. QuantumDude (talk) 00:55, 17 June 2015 (UTC)
  • I have found RationalWiki by virtue of a gem of an article, that is Not even wrong. I have been immersed in RW ever since. Mustafabei 14:15, 18 June 2015 (UTC)
  • I discovered this site through another one that often has users go through numerous tabs of the browser known as TVTropes. Been lurking since I discovered it, but I'm now an official member of the community. :3 TheMyon (talk) 06:53, 28 June 2015 (UTC)

May 2015[edit]

  • A few years ago I was googling "colloidal silver", and thankfully RW was one of the top links. I have since read around 3/4 of the articles here and thouroughly enjoy RW's mission and stance/sense of humour. I mainly lurk, and occasionaly fix spelling and grammar errors, but will one day get around to creating an article or two. Cheers from Australia! dEcib3L 03:49, 29 May 2015 (UTC)
  • To be honest, I can't remember... I doubt anyone will really care, but for all purposes of this page, I wish I could have seen it earlier. I bet I was probably just looking for an article on pseudoscience or somethi-- WAIT, I REMEMBER! I googled science woo! Yay! I remember! I'm still senile, though, given that I am in my early 20s. Loc (talk) 02:26, 29 May 2015 (UTC)
  • Renewed interest in the natural sciences, studying formal logic and philosophy at university (and coming face to face with a lot of modern day woo), watching my best friend Hitchslap his way through the theological faculty, and revisting my past near-fringe experiences (more on that later) - all of these topics led me here, all in the past few months. RW unwaveringly provides much needed (!?) attention to the cranks and the fringes that respectable sites and people only provide a platform to by mistake. While I fully understand the motives that cause sane people to simply try and ignore the cranks, the lack of an active sceptical counter towards the mumbo-jumbo trash being spread around these days makes it hard to learn about these fringes without being forced to leave the sane web and set foot in them yourself ("on their terms" no less), often naively unprepared for their tactics (as I once was). And the mainstream "the-woo-is-lava" policy (often bordering on blatant disintrest) leaves the field open for cranks to claim that the "lack of mainstream reply" evidences how innovative their "interpretive models" surely must be, and fuels their "...any minute now!" mentality towards their own fevered dreams of achieving mainstream status (and/or of correctly predicting some kind of dystopic development). I was personally lured dangerously close to the fringe for no other reason than the fact that the cranks knew the mainstream version (of any given crank topic), but the mainstream didn't acknowledge the cranks at all - which LETS the cranks "build" on the existing theories, or gish gallop flaws, or claim to account for tons of things the mainstream doesn't. Googling and finding a wall of claims and not a single sceptical rebuttal to this flood of claims is enough to convert surprisingly sane people to fringe causes. RW however doesn't - and shouldn't! - fear the stench of any and all fringe movements and claims, rather it should (and does) act as a necessary, even vital, information drudgery up Nonsense Creek - working as intended just because it is purposefully immersed in fringe-dung in absurd supply (as is its nature). And here I am now, as an editor, rubber boots on - hoping to aid that very endeavour. Reverend Black Percy (talk) 16:42, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
  • I was googling "fractally" to confirm that it was a word (my spell check dictionary isn't up to date with the fractals, it seems). I found Fractal wrongness and have been spiraling out from there. Childofsol (talk) 19:11, 18 May 2015 (UTC), later restructured Reverend Black Percy (talk) 19:38, 29 July 2015 (UTC)
  • another long-time reader who'd like to turn contributor. Leighdf (talk) 15:55, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
  • I found RationalWiki last year shortly after Googling "FEMA concentration camps," wondering what they were all about. Found it pretty informative and funny, and began browsing other pages. Since then I've been lurking. I'm glad to be here. Also, if anyone could tell me where the best place to submit suggestions/ideas for new articles is, that would be grape. Crispy (talk) 21:14, 11 May 2015 (UTC)
  • been lurking/voting for years, just getting frustrated with the quality of some of the linked articles and not sure where/how to comment on them... figured I'd create an account and possibly contribute. Cheers. Condescendingwhat (talk) 10:08, 4 May 2015 (UTC)

April 2015[edit]

  • I have no idea how I heard of this place, but I am certainly not related whatsoever to any other user. SockTheory (talk) 15:27, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Ironically, it was through that asshat, TAA's, video on rape culture. A friend of mine showed me how "awesome" he was and I looked you guys up. Came back for a sociology paper and I have been lurking here since. --Owlman (talk) 05:57, 23 April 2015 (UTC)
  • I've been lurking here for a while now, so it's a little hard to pin down how I first became addicted to found RW. Probably involved some bizarre love-child of Science Based Medicine, TVtropes and research into creationism.
    Now if only I could work up the courage to add to the WIGO discussion I registered to add to ... FuzzyTurtle (talk) 03:58, 23 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Google while reading about conspiracy theories and their theorists. :) Justcool393 (talk) 17:31, 12 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Like most of the world - got here via Google :-} THIS site vastly more open than THAT other one. :-) Spelling and English here usually lousy which forces my mind to be a little more open. One big suggestion would be to add a highly visible vote-up-down key. Oh, and add a spellchecker which might reign in some of the more excitable posters!
    Got here by poking for a special Illuminati reference.
    Namasti, people! Himagain talk 22:07, 11 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Found RationalWiki while looking for a site address to put in a book I'm writing right now. It is a "realistic" sci-fi book where a sort of "club" of rational people is established in order to "fight" the mason-illuminati NWO plan. The fact that this website treats this argument in quite an extensive manner is sort of a strange coincidence, isn't it? Anyway, I feel a bit less lonely in my thoughts now. OUTSIDER (talk) 10:57, 7 April 2015 (UTC)
  • I've referred back to RationalWiki on several occasions, when I've heard religious people making stupid arguments. I wanted to know what the names for those different kinds of arguments were, and Google often brought me to your definitions. Tonight, however, I was reading and noticed a few punctuation errors, so I figured I'd contribute to what I often use, anyway. Great site, guys. Love it. KnowledgeBattle (talk) 04:41, 1 April 2015 (CST)
  • I stumbled across this website a few months ago and I thought that the articles were funny and I agree with most of the views found on the site. My starting article was income inequality and then I branched out from there. Random guy (talk) 10:28, 9 April 2015 (UTC)
  • I found RationalWiki while Googling, mainly about general anti-vaccine craziness. --Nabil (talk) 10:54, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
  • I found RationalWiki while looking up agnosticism and then i started looking at other stuff, in which i was hooked i especially like the conspiracy theory articles and ones on pseudoscience alternative medicine and the new age. Bubba41102 (talk) 15:50, 21 April 2015 (UTC)

March 2015[edit]

  • Hi; I'm from the future of 2015 (October, 2018) and I don't remember how I found Rational Wiki. Perhaps in my own personal timeline, I haven't yet. Najwalaylah 20:51, 6 October 2018 (UTC)
  • I've lurked here for so long it's hard to remember how I found this place. I've been a fan (perhaps fanboy) of this site for years. Amon (talk) 19:38, 31 March 2015 (UTC)
  • I was looking for Primal Scream Therapy. Just wanted to know about it and be more informative about the different type of things that exist or existed. Thats when I stumbled upon this page. (talk) 22:06, 30 March 2015 (UTC) VikasDon of Pantnagar
  • I was searching for logical fallacies as part of research I was doing on politics. Tomcal49 (talk) 15:20, 29 March 2015 (UTC)
  • I stumbled across RW when looking up a logical fallacy I can't remember right now ((sorry)) on google. FaceintheToast (talk) 01:45, 22 March 2015 (UTC)
  • I blame Lady Google. I once stumbled upon RationlWiki, was delighted, that the EveryWiki app does support it, too and read it ever since. Went from lurking to editing a few weeks back. --Arisboch (talk) 13:35, 15 March 2015 (UTC)
  • I found RW several months ago after reading an article on Science-Based Medicine and looking for more information about whatever particular woo they happened to be writing about. JayThree (talk) 18:51, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
  • I found RW a couple of years ago on a list of time wasters, been lurking ever since then and now going back to lurking with an account. Super Dude,Where's my car? 18:13, 4 March 2015 (UTC)

February 2015[edit]

  • I found the wiki through a series of links popped on TV Tropes. XY007 (talk) 09:34, 26 February 2015 (UTC)
  • i just stumbled upon it yesterday and then read it all day. Hooked. I will be back!— Unsigned, by: Jpurkis / talk / contribs
  • I first found the website somewhere in august of 2014, after a falling-out with a friend of mine whom I've always held in high regard, who quite unexpectedly played his 9-11 thruther cards against me after a few beers. While he didn't convince me, I wasn't really able to refute any from his Gish Gallop of statements, so I took to the internet to find a sound debunking of 9/11 truther theories. Enter Rationalwiki. I liked the style of the wiki, decided to stick around and at some point noticed that many articles on (non-UK) European subjects are somewhat short. I'm here to improve them to the my best knowledge and see what I can contribute to the community. (Tell Me What To Think)(I'll tell you what to feel) 08:47, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
  • Reading about the work of Richard Lenski led to myself finding out about Andrew Schlafly suffering from an unfortunate case of the Dunning-Kruger effect. To find out more, I eventually ended up on the Lenski affair page on this website. MisterBlueSky (talk) 00:23, 15 February 2015 (UTC)
  • I've been hanging around here for years, having originally arrived here to laugh at Expelled, but have only now made the move from lurker to account-haver. Anonyman (talk) 13:18, 11 February 2015 (UTC)
  • A Facebook group that I'd recently joined posted a link to your presence on the site, and as I'm a big fan of wikis in general (I've contributed to Wookieepedia & Halopedia), I simply had to check it out. I've found that the snark makes it much easier to read about many of these topics, as they require such an amazing degree of willful ignorance to accept that the only possible reactions to learning of their existence is to mock them relentlessly or to destroy all of humanity. Jwebb (talk) 10:16, 11 February 2015 (UTC)
  • I've come across RationalWiki many times over the years, mostly from internet discussions on religion. I was really introduced when one of my neocon friends mentined the "liberal, gay, atheist wikipedia". I thought, "Hey, that sounds like something for me". Converted From Conservatism (talk) 01:24, 9 February 2015 (UTC)
  • I've actually been following RationalWiki for a few months, but never contributed to it. But then I've seen that there are 2 articles in Hungarian and decided that RW should have at least three in Italian.Lehti (talk) 02:07, 7 February 2015 (UTC)
  • I was browsing Cracked.com, and it had a link to the Rationalwiki (the Conservapedia article) as it was making fun of conservapedia and stated that this site was to make fun of it.Omegagoldfish (talk) 01:16, 2 February 2015 (UTC)
  • Read Blogs4brownback and googled its staff, found Rationalwikis article in the results. Demaster (talk) 17:03, 3 February 2015 (UTC)
  • I don't really know, I've just been lurking here for years, and I just decided to get an account, pretty much on a whim. I hope it turns out well! Utter Lunacy (talk) 01:46, 4 February 2015 (UTC)
  • I came across RationalWiki after numerous references to it on various articles at Daily Kos. I'd heard of RationalWiki before, but decided to follow up on RationalWiki after repeatedly running into references there. I am glad I did: RationalWiki is a valuable resource for dismissing woo, faith-based claims, and general nonsense on the InterWebs.
  • After having my neurons scrambled by creationist bullshit, I decided to look up some other creationists to laugh at without getting dragged into conversations. I don't remember what I searched, by I found this site and (figuratively) fell in love. The writers continuously make material funny (unlike a certain other Wiki that is banned in some public schools) and I can still learn some things at the same time, even if they aren't as vast and detailed as the mentioned Wiki. It also gave me some new information to counter the creationist bullshit that I had trouble countering before, which is a massive thanks. I just try not to laugh at the articles after I finish tests :P. Great site User: BleacherCreature 9:51 PM, 21 February 2015 (CST)
  • I got here from LessWrong. No, wait, I got to LessWrong from here. No, that wasn't it either. This was many years ago... Pretty sure I found both sites separately (no idea how), and then I joined LessWrong after reading RationalWiki's complaints about it, and then I joined RationalWiki after reading LessWrong's complaints about it. So anyway, I'm here from LessWrong. Beware! Player 03 (talk) 07:58, 15 June 2015 (UTC)

January 2015[edit]

  • Was researching internet laws and found The Telegraphs article which linked to RW's article about The Lenski affair as an example of Danth's Law. After going through that and several other articles here, I found I liked this haven of sanity in the hellscape of ignorance that is internet. Coigreach (talk) 08:45, 30 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Followed a link from BoingBoing post on the neoreactionary movement -Jmcdaid (talk) 15:38, 29 January 2015 (UTC)
  • My friend showed me Andrew Schlafly's lectures and Rational's Wiki responses to them, and I needed to sign up as soon as possible. — Unsigned, by: Schlafyhater44414 / talk / contribs
  • In trying to find the origin of taxation and whether money has ever existed without taxation, I found it to not be considered coercion. Upon editing it to include this, was repeatedly met with reverts, contending first of the user not considering it coercive, and then of it not being a mainstream view. In asking where to discuss this, since if the mainstream view on 2 + 2 was 5 it would therefore be wikiable, was told that Wikipedia was an encyclopedia, not discussion forum. Accordingly, I now view it as immoral. You can see my explanation of this on my page at the site: shyguy76767. Somethingsea (talk) 22:27, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
  • I was trying to find a review for "The Dynamic Universe: Toward a Unified Picture of Physical Reality" on Google and found your article on alternate cosmology.
  • Many moons ago, I was reading the WP article on Conservapedia following Fuckerf00t's WDPLAC spat against PedophilimFail, and found a blurb on RW. I looked them up shortly thereafter. Space Turbo (talk) 15:36, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
  • I landed here from a search for 'euthyphro dilemma' that led to a search for 'objective morality' which landed me on your site. From there I went to your page on 'objectivism' and next to your page on 'murphy's law'. For the life of me I don't know how that happened. I noted the origin of Murphy's Law was incorrect and edited the page. I don't know if I was successful, we newbies exude ignorance. Cheers! The Blimp Buster. Theblimpbuster (talk) 20:40, 19 January 2015 (UTC)
  • I googled "McDojo" because I wasn't sure what it meant and it wasn't in the dictionary, and it was the easiest to read of the top 3. Then I was curious about the site. atomic tomoco (talk) 01:10, 17 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Perhaps a year or so ago. Never really had a chance to check it out but a climate denier cast dispersions on someone so I looked further liked it and signed up! Ikemeister (talk) 05:03, 9 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Couple years ago, Googled some stuff on propositional logic, found this site, improved my love life by 37.2% precisely. Mayo2017 (talk) 00:33, 7 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Found this site when doing a Google search for Richard Hoagland, and consequently discovered it's dedicated to refuting pseudoscience. Slings and Arrows (talk) 18:45, 5 January 2015 (UTC)
  • The first time I cam across this site, it was because it was on the second page for a google search for cracked.com as I wanted to find out whether others found it trustworthy. Since then, I've found the articles debunking alternative medicine, conspiracy theories, other pseudoscience useful, and decided to make an account. The Offwo (talk) 18:08, 5 January 2015 (UTC)
  • I found this site when I was looking up information about Anita Sarkeesian and found her RationalWiki page and thought it was well written. I'm a very logical and practical person so this site for me is a god send to refute exaggerations and hearsay. Shatto (talk) 23:21, 6 January 2015 (UTC)
  • I've always liked the site, and wanted to troll conservapedia while having a login here. RationalMan


December 2014[edit]

  • By looking up an article on Intelligent Design.--Palaeonictis (talk) 22:14, 27 December 2014 (UTC)
  • My first time here. Found a link while reading about the "Creation Museum" in Kentucky. I will definitely be spending some time here! Rat (talk) 08:59, 11 December 2014 (UTC)rat
  • I first saw this wiki at least a year ago. Found different articles from Google searches and links people posted in various online discussions. Recently set up account so I could comment on one of the talk pages :-) -Helvetica (talk) 09:31, 11 December 2014 (UTC)
  • After watching an episode of Ancient Uncyclopedia, on the channels of History. Exiled Encyclopedist (talk) 16:37, 31 December 2014 (UTC)

November 2014[edit]

  • I have been reading for several years off and on. I honestly forgot how I ended up finding it. I think that I was searching for articles on religion and skepticism some time in 2008, but don't remember exactly what. Arachne1988 (talk) 03:37, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Someone mentioned it on r/Atheism. Yeah. -Raian — Unsigned, by: Raian / talk / contribs 18:29, 15 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Long-time lurker. Found my way here a while back after rewatching Jon Ronson's documentary about David Icke. I love David Icke - he never fails to make me unbelievably angry. Furo ergo sum (talk) 07:55, 10 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Well i was watching some video on vsuace and it was talking about the "no cussing club". Interested i decided to go search for it on google and try and find a wikipedia page.I found you guys instead
  • I was reading a comment thread (CiF) on The Guardian's website yesterday, and someone had posted a link to a RationalWiki article (Creationist Argument Bingo). It didn't take me long to (a) bookmark the home page and (b) make an account. At last! I no longer need to rely on falling by accident across sites like Objective: Ministries:) ProblemChimp (talk) 20:01, 3 November 2014 (UTC)
  • I've been a lurker following RationalWiki for some time. I usually use the logical fallacies to learn about how to debate, probably most of my understandings come from RationalWiki. I recently created an account when I saw a lot of BSing on pages and not for comedy, sarcasm, irony or stupidity. My experience with most Wikia pages with agendas have been rather tedious and aggressive. The active users make it their duty to belittle and condescend new users. It grinds my gears, I tell ya.--PeachyPanda (talk) 13:36, 2 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Came here looking for retorts to my partners sister and her crank theories about 9/11, the shape of Bananas, Mein Kampf, hand signs thrown up by rappers, The Illuminati, The Rothschild's, Cat magic (oh yeah, Cat magic), what a Pentagram means and David Icke (to be honest I didn't need much help with rebutting his claims, such as sound waves traveling across a vacuum). Despite all of the articles on here about every crank theory she spat out, with well constructed arguments against and all the evidence cited, alas she is yet unswayed. This site is now at the top of the sites I use for news, Thanks Rational wiki contributes! -Anthony, UK.

October 2014[edit]

  • I'm the guy from Buttcoin and we receive an appreciable amount of traffic from the bitcoin article. I'm also one of the monsters who founded the original ED. For some odd reason I never bothered to sign up until today. KH »»What 23:20, 30 October 2014 (UTC)
  • I was googling rebuttals to conspiracy theories, sometime in 2012. I found the RationalWiki article on the topic. I became addicted to RationalWiki ever since. I was already good at debating them but, this is a great resource. I also live in rural PA so, I'm surrounded by Republicans and whackjobs. RationalWiki is a great way to retain my sanity.
  • I work as a tutor and have a particular issue with a lot of students being rabidly anti-GMO and wanting to argue with me over it. I already knew enough about them to argue back but Rationalwiki make a wonderful resource, and I just enjoyed reading the articles after that. Mikema63 (talk) 13:26, 20 October 2014 (UTC)
  • I started reading Rational Wiki a long time ago, well before I ever bothered to register an account. I've always been a dirty 'librul and Rational Wiki was just perfect for me.— Unsigned, by: Samstr / talk / contribs 17:54, 19 October 2014 (UTC)
  • In a common cold induced delirium I wrote an essay kind of like Essay:Potential For NOMA and then tried to find a place to post it. I googled NOMA and you came up. Serendipity! Bluetetrahedron (talk) 17:59, 10 October 2014 (UTC)
  • Living in Texas, I'm surrounded by YEC. I've asked several of them about the starlight problem and they just tell me they don't know, they just have a blind faith in creationism and that's that. Frustrated and wanting an answer from at least one YEC, I googled. This site, aka, breath of fresh air after 30 years in Texas, came up and now I'm hooked. It's nice to know I'm not the only one. Mstag (talk) 01:22, 12 October 2014 (UTC)Mstag

September 2014[edit]

  • There was a weird graffito on our boardwalk about "OPPT" and such. I googled it and found RationalWiki. Kodo (talk) 18:59, 11 September 2014 (UTC)
  • http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Fun:You_have_two_cows I was searching for a response to a Facebook post about: A banker, a tabloid reader and an immigrant. They sit together at a table. There is cake in 10 slices. The banker takes 9 slices and tells the tabloid reader, watch out the immigrant wants to take your slice. — Unsigned, by: Michielh / talk / contribs
  • Decided to delurk today- Found this place wanting to know more about the tomfoolery of Conservap**ia about three years ago. (does saying the name of the foul beast summon it?) Notnicenonny (talk) 10:58, 20 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Well, as far as I remember it was via Google, when I searched about "yoga flying". Science (talk) 17:23, 25 September 2014 (UTC)

August 2014[edit]

  • I've been an atheist Wikipedian for about as long as RationalWiki has existed and it has long been in my peripheral vision and occasionally a point of reference. Having just found need to make a minor edit to Islamophobia I've made my citizenship official. OGRastamon (talk) 23:54, 26 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Initially found out about it through Encyclopedia Dramatica's page on Conservapedia. From there I developed a "train wreck fetish" for finding out about prominent wingnuts in America. First article was probably Conservapedia related. Kempston Hardwick (talk) 05:49, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Don't recall when I first became aware of Rational Wiki. Probably a number of years ago. I follow science and cosmology closely as a profession. I eventually landed on the "alternative cosmology" page, then went to the talk section and left some comments there and upgraded some of the information on the talk page. Recently I added info from the talk page to the main page and added some new information. I also help Wikipedia from time to time, primarily with science related articles. Most of the added information to Rational Wiki was from pre-existing references. I will help update and upgrade information as time permits. Keep up the good work. August 15, 2014, regards, Forrest Noble
  • I've been reading RationalWiki for a few months, only bothered to make an account now. I'm not sure what the first article I read was, but it was definitely about creationists in some way. Libertyprime7 (talk) 00:01, 12 August 2014 (UTC)
  • I googled for a formal definition of "Nuremberg Defense" and found RationalWiki. In the end, it was the brain logo that snagged me. GrumpyTerrier (talk) 17:53, 3 August 2014 (UTC)

July 2014[edit]

  • I browsed this website for around a month before I finally registered here. The exact article I found I cannot remember, but initially I read about right-wing lunatics e.g. the BNP. JHolderness (talk) 00:42, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
  • I found RationalWiki when I ran a google search for rightwingwatch thearm ( thearm) 4:38, 27 July 2014
  • I found RationalWiki when I wanted to know more about GlobalResearch. This after my timeline on FB got spammed with conspiracy theories regarding the crash of MH17 (I'm Dutch)which I found very disturbing. This site restored my faith in humanity and common sense. Keep up the good work. Claudia (talk) 07:37, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
  • I found RationalWiki when it came up in a Google search for Time Cube. --Theoneandonlyduncan (talk) 13:06, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
  • 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.
  • I arrived here after trying to work out what some obscure references in a flame war meant. Stayed mostly for the snark. --Raider (talk) 12:47, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

June 2014[edit]

  • 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)
  • 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)

May 2014[edit]

  • 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

April 2014[edit]

  • 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: / 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)

March 2014[edit]

  • 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)

February 2014[edit]

  • 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 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)

January 2014[edit]

  • 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)
  • 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)


December 2013[edit]

  • 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)

November 2013[edit]

  • 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. (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 (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. (talk) 05:31, 6 November 2013 (UTC)

October 2013[edit]

  • 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)

September 2013[edit]

  • 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.. -- (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

August 2013[edit]

  • 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)

July 2013[edit]

  • 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)

June 2013[edit]

  • I guess I should belatedly write this up. I found what's now the Fun:Flying Spaghetti Monster page while searching for Pastafarianism prayers and decided to add some shitty and shittily-coded snark. It was all downhill from there. oʇɐʇoԀʇɐϽʎzznℲ (talk/stalk) 04:20, 27 October 2015 (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)

May 2013[edit]

  • I was googling for lesswrong.com criticism. (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)

April 2013[edit]

  • 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. (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)

March 2013[edit]

  • 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)

February 2013[edit]

  • 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)

January 2013[edit]

  • 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)


December 2012[edit]

  • 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: / 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

November 2012[edit]

  • 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)

October 2012[edit]

  • 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

September 2012[edit]

  • 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... (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)

August 2012[edit]

  • 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.

July 2012[edit]

  • 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)

June 2012[edit]

  • 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. (talk) 22:28, 30 June 2012 (UTC)

May 2012[edit]

  • 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)

April 2012[edit]

  • 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)

March 2012[edit]

  • 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") (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 (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)

February 2012[edit]

  • 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

January 2012[edit]

  • 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)


December 2011[edit]

  • 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)

November 2011[edit]

  • 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. (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)

October 2011[edit]

  • 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)

September 2011[edit]

  • 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)

August 2011[edit]

  • 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)

July 2011[edit]

  • 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)

June 2011[edit]

  • 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.) -- (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)

May 2011[edit]

  • 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)
  • 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)

April 2011[edit]

  • 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)

March 2011[edit]

  • 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: / talk / contribs 31 March 2011

February 2011[edit]

  • 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))) 09:20, 16 March 2011 (UTC)

January 2011[edit]

  • 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)


December 2010[edit]

  • 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)

November 2010[edit]

  • 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)

October 2010[edit]

  • 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)

September 2010[edit]

  • 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? (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. (talk) 17:23, 2 October 2010 (UTC)

August 2010[edit]

  • 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. --Oniontalk/edits 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!

July 2010[edit]

  • 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! (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)

June 2010[edit]

  • 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)

May 2010[edit]

  • 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

April 2010[edit]

  • 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: / 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". (talk) 17:14, 18 April 2010 (UTC)
  • Facebook DirectLink — Unsigned, by: / 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)

March 2010[edit]

  • 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)

February 2010[edit]

  • 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)

January 2010[edit]

  • 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)


December 2009[edit]

  • 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)

November 2009[edit]

  • 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. -- 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.
    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.

October 2009[edit]

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

September 2009[edit]

  • 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)

August 2009[edit]

  • 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)

June 2009[edit]

  • 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)

July 2009[edit]

  • 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. 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)

May 2009[edit]

  • 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)

April 2009[edit]

  • 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)

March 2009[edit]

February 2009[edit]

  • 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.) 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)

January 2009[edit]

  • 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)


December 2008[edit]

  • 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)

November 2008[edit]

  • 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: / 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. --"ConservapediaUndergroundResistorchief bickerer 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)

October 2008[edit]

  • 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 Spirit of the Cherry Blossom 19:21, 17 February 2011 (UTC)

September 2008[edit]

  • 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. 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. Bastard wisest Hoover! 20:33, 23 November 2009 (UTC)

August 2008[edit]

  • 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

July 2008[edit]

  • 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. 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 Oh, you want to hit people with garbage cans? 18:40, 6 June 2009 (UTC)

June 2008[edit]

  • 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)

May 2008[edit]

  • 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: / 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)

April 2008[edit]

  • I honestly don't remember how I found it. I was browsing the internets in a semi-drunken state and I happened upon it. 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)

March 2008[edit]

  • 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. Blue Talk 05:04, 10 September 2010 (UTC)

February 2008[edit]

  • 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)

January 2008[edit]

  • 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)


December 2007[edit]

  • 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)

July 2007[edit]

  • 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)


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 plague 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 (decider)
  • 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 afikomen Please ignore all my awful pre-2014 comments. 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)
  • 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)