One rule to rule them all

DRAFT a later version will be contributed to Wikipedia

Ignore All Rules draft-1, Pen on paper

We don’t have a perfect collaborative model for visual work. And unlike the model for collaborative writing, it would probably not be dozens of participants editing the same canvas together.

Wikipedia realizes that there’s room for its rules to further evolve, and like any Wikipedia article they are a work in progress. Therefore one of the Five Pillars of Wikipedia claims that Wikipedia does not have firm rules. The “Ignore All Rules” rule in wikipedia (WP:IAR) states:

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

We have to ignore some of the rules that do not fit visual collaboration to find ways of breaking the individual creativity vs. networked collaboration deadlock.

This is us trying.

The Pied Piper of Hamelin by H. Kaulbach

For this first sketch for the Ignore All Rules illustration I have quoted an old etching illustrating a scene from “The Pied Piper of Hamelin“. In that scene the children follow the piper enchanted by his tune. The subtle addition to this sketch, is that all of them are looking at you.

The stance of ignoring all rules is itself a rule, constituting a paradox.


"Ignore All Rules" is a "favorite" rule of the English-language open content encyclopedia, Wikipedia.[4] Its formulation is generally (emphasis in original), "If a rule prevents you from improving or maintaining Wikipedia, ignore it."[5] Wikipedia has a tradition of treating rules skeptically, except for this rule.[4]
Jan 28th, 2011

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