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Wikipedia:Randy in Boise

Randy in Boise is the archetypal uninformed but relentless Wikipedia editor. Randy in Boise rose to fame in an essay about Wikipedia in Wired:

The Wikipedia philosophy can be summed up thusly: "Experts are scum." For some reason people who spend 40 years learning everything they can about, say, the Peloponnesian War—and indeed, advancing the body of human knowledge—get all pissy when their contributions are edited away by Randy in Boise who heard somewhere that sword-wielding skeletons were involved. And they get downright irate when asked politely to engage in discourse with Randy until the sword-skeleton theory can be incorporated into the article without passing judgment.[1]

Wikipedia's policies are apparently all Greek to Randy in Boise; hearing about something somewhere does not qualify it for inclusion in Wikipedia articles. The situation is not altered if Randy claims expert knowledge. As Wikipedia:Expert editors says: "Wikipedia has no formal structure with which to determine whether an editor is a subject-matter expert, and does not grant users privileges based on expertise ... No editor is exempt from fundamental Wikipedia policies; in particular, the policies of no original research and verifiability along with guidelines such as reliable sources apply to expert editors just as well".


  1. ^ Sjöberg, Lore (19 April 2006). "The Wikipedia FAQK". Wired. Retrieved 21 October 2017.

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