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Ten Selected Species of WikiFauna
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There are several articles online about the different types of people on a wiki -- you know, WikiDragons and that kind of thing -- but they're all kinda small and incomplete, and they miss some really obvious things. To remedy this, I have compiled a list of strange species you can find on wikis. It is mainly about Wikipedia, and in fact most of these things don't exist on RationalWiki or Conservapedia. I hope you find it helpful.


The Furious Reluctant Time Traveler arrives with a bang, registers a complaint on a talk page that does not make sense or appears to be largely fantasy, and then disappears forever. Godspeed, furious traveler.


The Officer of the Department of Encyclopedias does not need to read about Wikipedia policies, because he has better ones. He will revert you, and talk to you politely about it, and explain the policies he is using, and you will eventually realize his policies are written on an imaginary roll of papyrus in his head. Expect him to cite policies like 'articles shouldn't offend anyone.'


The Suddenly Inflating Plaintiff regrets to inform you that he will initiate court proceedings against Wikipedia unless they reinvent most of their policies. He is usually new to Wikipedia, and doesn't realize how clichéd this is. It’s fun to watch him disappear into obscurity.


The Wounded Rabbit Martyr is a special type of editor who can take lethal damage from ordinary things like conversations. One slight knock is all it takes, and then you have to read an endless block of text about how uncaring you are, and how your favorite rabbit is now leaving forever and there’s nothing you can do about and it’s all your fault. Wounded Rabbits are almost always nice people. They just happen to randomly explode. Mei is in favor of rabbits but not in favor of explosions.


The Timed Explosion Kid does not understand any policies, and will eventually get angry about it. Timed Explosion Kids go through several phases.
  2. Sorry I didn't mean any harm. Look I’m typing in lowercase.
  3. It’s all cool.
  4. I’m being helpful now.
  5. Can I be an admin?
  6. Why can’t I be an admin?


This guy has eventually reached the momentous conclusion that some things on Wikipedia might be wrong. He is appalled that Wikipedia is so much more successful than infallible encyclopedias, like the Encyclopedia Britannica. He knows that few people have heard of the Encyclopedia Britannica, so it is important to tell them what is is and why it is better. The Beautiful Enlightened Cynic is much more intelligent than you, so do not take offence if he slyly sends up your naivety whenever he talks to you. He’s not trying to be rude, it’s just that he’s so intelligent.


In a nutshell: a Nazi who doesn't realize the world is mainly full of people who aren’t Nazis. The Sheltered Nazi arrives and starts correcting articles in order to make the important point that Churchill was a race traitor, and will then be genuinely stunned when people revert him. Expect comments like “you mean you seriously don’t think the Jews are in control of our economy????”.


The Protoss Zealot is a proud, fierce warrior of internet arguments. He will argue for years about the same thing, and will engage anyone who will hear him out, but unfortunately he does not live in the real world. His arguments are internally consistent but bear no actual resemblance to reality. They are like a parallel universe made of words. There is no point trying to understand or reason with this person - you will just hurt your head and gradually erode your keyboard. The Zealot is usually not hostile, but can make other people hostile by sheer weight of repetition.


The Cenobite is happiest when hurting people. This is their casual state. They are allowed to do this because of free speech. Don’t ever vaguely insult or tell off a Cenobite though, because they will go absolutely fucking mental because it’s against the law.


The Self-Collapsing Unit of Irony wants you to know that it is sad to edit a wiki with your free time. He wishes you to consider getting a life, and will explain that he personally does have a life, and it is much better than yours, you sad little wiki editor.

--13:19, 18 March 2010 (UTC)

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Totnesmartin (talk) likes this. 13:28, 18 March 2010 (UTC)
Thanks! You are officially my favorite Martin. It's only been about an hour since I had this idea though, so there is still lots of time for me to decide it was actually a terrible mistake. That has happened before. -- Mei (talk) 13:39, 18 March 2010 (UTC)
This is brilliant, Mei! It deserves its own funspace article. Tetronian you're clueless 13:41, 18 March 2010 (UTC)
I agree. Funspace would enjoy meeting this list. Since you already have a StarCraft reference in there, might I suggest "Zerg". The Zerg is one person using their arcane powers of proxies to give the appearance of a group of skilled hackers using their skills to edit the site that everyone can editTM --ConcernedresidentAsk me about your mother 19:21, 18 March 2010 (UTC)
Zerg Overmind -- some guy pretending to be lots of people with the same opinions. Heh. -- Mei (talk) 15:53, 20 March 2010 (UTC)
Heh heh. Perhaps we need to make a bot named Kerrigan? She could deal with the Overmind. I'll have to prod you elsewhere to get your opinions on StarCraft 2. Perhaps a bit off-topic for this thread. --ConcernedresidentAsk me about your mother 16:03, 20 March 2010 (UTC)

"most of these things don't exist on RationalWiki or Conservapedia" - you are wrong: I've seen most of these on CP & all of them at RW. Anyway, this is excellent stuff. Is it all your own work, or compiled from other such lists? ŴêâŝêîôîďWeaselly.jpgMethinks it is a Weasel 10:20, 20 March 2010 (UTC)

It's all mine. I only know one other list, really - this one: [1]. Last time I looked I swear there were only about seven entries, but now there are dozens. And the thing is, I just read them all and I only saw two that reminded me of real people ([2] & [3]). Sadly there is nothing about time travelers or exploding kids. Get it together, Wikipedia. -- Mei (talk) 15:53, 20 March 2010 (UTC)


I don't know, I'd be kinda sad if the first actually good post I wrote here had to be moved away. Cunning Log is so inconsistent that it seems like it needs all the good ideas it can get.

Also: removing this one would mean that I am Mei hear me roar would be at the top of the page again. Do you really want to be responsible for that? I wrote WikiFauna mostly because I was ashamed at writing that one. -- Mei (talk) 15:53, 20 March 2010 (UTC)

Fair do's. I might nick one or two ideas though for the Help material. --ConcernedresidentAsk me about your mother 16:25, 20 March 2010 (UTC)
how about not moving it to fun, but copying it there? ħumanUser talk:Human 01:55, 21 March 2010 (UTC)
I don't think anyone wanted to steal it, just copy it. Tetronian you're clueless 02:57, 21 March 2010 (UTC)
How about a fun page that simple transcludes it? I think I'll do that... ħumanUser talk:Human 03:03, 21 March 2010 (UTC)