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"Ignore all rules" is a rule to set rules aside.[1] In 2001, Stephen King made "ignore all rules" the second rule of reading in his autobiographical On Writing.[2]

The stance of ignoring all rules is itself a rule, constituting a paradox. A scholar on Immanuel Kant's view of genius states that this critical stance is accordingly transcended by the autonomy of genius: "Genius demonstrates its autonomy not by ignoring all rules, but by deriving the rules from itself."[3]

"Ignore All Rules" is a "favorite" rule of the English-language open content encyclopedia, Wikipedia. Wikipedia has a tradition of treating rules skeptically, except for this rule.[4] The philosophy or mantra was championed by Larry Sanger[5] (a chief organizer of Wikipedia, 2001-2002), who made it the first of a set of site guidelines;[6] it continues to be disseminated by Jimmy Wales (its community founder). Sanger rejected his former stance of "ignore all rules" when launching Citizendium, another free content encyclopedia of which he is editor-in-chief.[5]

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"Ignore all rules" is a rule to set rules aside.[1] In 2001, Stephen King made "ignore all rules" the second rule of reading in his autobiographical On Writing.[2]

The stance of ignoring all rules is itself a rule, constituting a paradox. A scholar on Immanuel Kant's view of genius states that this critical stance is accordingly transcended by the autonomy of genius: "Genius demonstrates its autonomy not by ignoring all rules, but by deriving the rules from itself."[3]

"Ignore all rules" is a rule of the English-language open content encyclopedia, Wikipedia. Wikipedia has a tradition of treating rules skeptically, except for this rule.[4] The philosophy or mantra was championed by Larry Sanger[5] (a chief organizer of Wikipedia, 2001-2002), who made it the first of a set of site guidelines.[6] Sanger rejected his former stance of "ignore all rules" when launching Citizendium, another free content encyclopedia of which he is editor-in-chief.[5]

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