Wednesday – Wiki Life: 10 ways to become the most hated Wiki ninja on the planet


[DISCLAIMER]

I'm done with it.

Yes, you heard: ABSOLUTELY DONE WITH IT.

All these effort to be the best Wiki Ninja in da house…

Why the hell would you comply to the rules of the game?
It's just a lot of fun the have your butt kicked, after you spent hours on writing a Wiki article.

So let's build a top 10 of actions, you should respect to guarantee the worst Wiki article EVER!


WHAT IS THE EASIEST WAY TO END YOUR FRESH WIKI LIFE?



1. REGISTER WITH A FAKE ONE-TIME-USE ACCOUNT, BE ANONYMOUS
Just make sure there is no way people get to know you. Don't Fill out your profile.
And you don't like to build a positive community, you're not made to cooperate.

Please remember Wiki: Things That Destroy Community and forget about Wiki: How to Build Community

2. NO NETIQUETTE, JUST USE BOLD ALL UPPERCASE. WITH SOME NICE AND BRIGHT SHINING COLORS
START SCREAMING AND YELLING. YOU'LL MOST CERTAINLY GET EVERYONE'S ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY.
Certainly for a short while, before they start shooting you, on CAPS LOCK DAY.

3. Try to invent the LONGEST, MOST MEANINGLESS tag ever.
This way you're article will not be found, you'll not show up in the search engines, and you have the most certain guarantee you break the Wiki
Because if you use short, repetitive tags, they might start to like you..  (BOOOOOOO!)

4. DO NOT EVER DISCUSS A MICROSOFT RELATED TOPIC
Get off-topic as soon as possible, there are tons of items you can't discuss on the Microsoft TechNet Wiki, capiche?
Make sure you memorize the commandments of the TechNet Wiki: https://aka.ms/notforTNwiki.

5. MAKE SURE TO USE THE WIKI AS MARKETING PLATFORM
Start selling product, discuss the perfect stock exchange strategy!

6. PRODUCE THE MOST USELESS COMMENTS
Good. Nice. Thx. Useless. Thank you. Comment. [Badly translated Thank you]. [In een taal die je toch niet verstaat]. 
If you think you can boost your profile points with nice constructive comments, think twice.

[EDIT]
If you mass publish a lot of short, useless, similar, or identical, comment. You simple indicate your NOT INTERESTED in the content.
It does cost some effort to explain why a "Thank you" comment actually means "Greatly appreciated, this helped my a lot because it safed me a lot of trouble.".
That's what makes the difference from a autoposted, spammer, fraud, useless-quick-comment-to-get-a-points-on-my profile type of comment.

7. GET PERSONAL.
Take the first opportunity to attack someone with absolutely irrelevant feedback. A fearless Wiki ninja uses all his power to make people fear.
If someone is editing your article, start to panic, the worst thing that can happen on the Wiki: improving your article.

8. DON'T HELP, don't offer help, never ask for help. (Crap, you forgot to bookmark the tnwiki(at)microsoft(dot)com?)
And you want to violate the Wiki: Code of Conduct, ASAP, right?
Why do we have the Advisory Board, the Community Council,  and a series of other governance bodies that help to decide the right course for the community?

9. Start translating articles in a foreign language you don't master, nor speak, and you don't know.
Simply pull the bits and pieces of an article through an online translator, all at once, without revision. Don't spend too much time on an article.
It's absolutely useless to build a quality article, that requires multiple revisions.

And last but not least

10. Produce shortest article ever, simply add a link to a 3rd party platform.
If you create a single link page on a very specific topic, with no or limited added value, and only a link to your own video on a 3rd party platform, there is no way the community can edit the article or add value to it.
And that is in contradiction of the open spirit of a wiki (not only Technet Wiki).

Of course, the easiest technique to violate all these rules at once, is pirating someone elses content.
Just crawl the internet for innocent victims, copy their content without any source reference, put your name on it and publish it on TechNet WIKI. (NOT !!)

[Add-on, dd 6 oct 2015]

11. Steal content from some one else, as much as possible!
The most hated Wiki Ninja on the planet

  • loves to duplicate content,
  • loves piracy, copyright violations,
  • disregards privacy rules
  • hates to comply to rules, guidelines and Wiki Governance… 

Anyway, if you need more food for your hunger as the most evil Wiki Ninja, better not check this out.

Comments (21)

  1. Just follow these steps and you could be hated too!

    Ha! Good sarcasm. And colorful! Wait, don’t do that color in your Wiki articles. =^)

  2. pituach says:

    LOL 🙂
    I loved it !
    "Sometimes the fast way to go forward is to go around". Maybe this will work in our case 🙂

  3. I have got vertigo reading the highlighted sentences! 😀
    Are there really articles which use these type of highlights?

  4. LOL 😀
    Excellent post!!! Nice title 🙂

  5. Saeid Hasani says:

    A person with such behaviors is not a Wiki Ninja!
    Thanks Pete for nice post! 🙂

  6. To expand onn point 3, using the article title as a tag has no value.

  7. Durval Ramos says:

    Wow a rainbow!!! Well, thereafter… Excellent post Peter !!!

    I believe that give thanks a good article is something healthy to create a relationship between members of the community, but when it becomes repetitive (just using CTRL + C and CTRL + V) becomes a big spam.

    =^|

  8. Ed (DareDevil57) says:

    This is very loud and clear. Thanks Peter. hopefully it will help people posting in future.

  9. Shanky_621 says:

    Such a bold post was required and who else can Peter do this. With chain of events where couple of users went on ‘Nice Article’ and ‘Thank You’ spree this was very much needed. But I have a question how would you qualify a general thank you note on a Technet
    article by user to whom article helped greatly. Can we even not put thank you for the great help article provided

    Ha!! Ed took the colors seriously

  10. Very very good question Shanky.

    If you simply explain why a "Thank you" comment is actually "Greatly appreciated, this helped my a lot because it safed me a lot of trouble.", then people know it is honest, truthful and helpful. That’s what makes the difference from a autoposted, spammer,
    fraud, useless-quick-comment-to-get-a-points-on-my profile type of comment.

  11. Shanky_621 says:

    That’s great, thanks for pointing the difference. May be you can include this useful comment in the Blog just in case if user skips comment part.

  12. Payman, yes, unfortunately. There are Wiki articles with this annoying color problem. I kind of want to turn highlights off of the Wiki editor. So we might lose this feature/annoyance in the future. =^)

  13. Shanky and Peter, yes a descriptive Thank You is more helpful. Like, wow, "This is my problem, and I just found your wonderful article!" — Anything is better and more helpful and more obviously true when there’s some detail.

  14. Added a reference to the short comments in the article, as suggested by Shanky.

  15. Anonymous says:

    This article is an editorial to think through some more ideas around Peter Geelen’s #6 topic (Comments

  16. Thanks Peter! it made me laugh

  17. Anonymous says:

    Due to some practical issues while switching screens during presentation, the recording of the screen

  18. Anonymous says:

    Due to some practical issues while switching screens during presentation, the recording of the screen

  19. Totally awesome….
    Constructive but with a twist…loved it!!!!!!

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