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The Reference Desk is Wikipedia's very own version of Yahoo! Answers, the site for every 13-year-old boy who is naive enough to believe that truth can be found through Google, Web 2.0, Everything2 and the collective knowledge of the masses. The exploitable Reference Desk also shares a common trait with Yahoo! Answers - it is a great, even awesome place to conduct acts of trolling.
Since the internet is not a library, and people like NawlinWiki are lost and confused without order, hierarchy and structure (i.e. most of the internet), the volunteers who answer people's inquiries at the Reference Desk are generally nerdy asspie unemployed, university or school student boring fucks with IRL social anxiety problems, who will bawwwwwww if you try to verbally attack them. The views of these people are also conservative and retarded because Wikipedia encourages censorship, conformity and restriction of free thought through the rigidly enforced NPOV, notability and criteria for speedy deletion policies. Hell, even 420chan's "intelligent" boards are probably better places to gain knowledge than the Reference Desk, because at least they can inject some humor (since this is an American website, there's no second "u" in the word 'humor') into what they do whilst retaining the ability to discuss matters of serious business. The reference desk also violates Wikipedia Policies and Guidelines, because it involves the encyclopedia being used as an offtopic discussion forum.
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The pop culture section is a place where 13-year-old boys like to congregate and talk about the trivia and cruft that gets regularly purged from Wikipedia articles. They also ask for the answers to their school homework, but Wikipedia tells them to 'do your own homework', and also doesn't give out medical or legal advice, because these amateurs who give out advice at the Reference Desk are insufficiently qualified to act as an authority on such information.
Actual questions asked at the Reference Desk
- The following are actual questions asked on the Reference Desk. For added lulz, ask them again as often as possible.
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