WEEK 29: IGNORANCE IS NO EXCUSE (IGNORE ALL RULES)

Today's installment focuses on one of the more peculiar, even paradoxical, of Wikipedia's rules. It's called "Ignore all rules" (or IAR) and it sounds like an invitation to anarchy. However, the (full!) text of this policy reads as follows:

If a rule prevents you from improving or maintaining Wikipedia, ignore it.

You may recall that the fifth pillar of Wikipedia states "Wikipedia has no firm rules". This is its counterpart in the actual ruleset. IAR doesn't mean you don't need to learn the rules, but it does mean you should think critically about them. If something doesn't seem right, perhaps the status quo is worth revisiting.

In practice, this almost never happens. The list of things IAR is not for is much longer than the list of what it is. It's important to know in context of Wikipedia's philosophy, but you're unlikely to find an IAR situation in everyday editing.