Crockers Rules

Crocker's Rules is a best practice in online discussion and deliberation, and often included in wiki best practices

Although refered to as Crocker's Rules, there is really only one rule:

1. Accept full responsibility for the operation of one's own mind.
2. (a corollory) If I become offended, it's my fault.

Adopting this rule is advantageous because:

  • other people don't need to worry about being polite to you (being polite may waste time).
  • you get the most, most direct and most unbiased feedback. (which in the long run makes you smarter)

People will offer to operate by "Crocker's Rules" because they appreciate feedback in its most direct form. They realize that the best way to improve ones thinking is to have someone else come along and destroy their favorite ideas. By Adopting thise rules, other people are allowed to optimize their messages for information, not for being nice to you. One of the big problems with in many cultures is that everyone's afraid to tell you you're wrong, or they think they have to dance around it.

Crocker's Rules only work one way - toward you. One can't impose these standards on other people. Adopting Crocker's Rules is not an excuse to be rude (though some trolls claim it is). Crocker's Rules are a discipline, not a privilege.

simplest definition of trolling

Two people using Crocker's Rules should be able to communicate all relevant information in the minimum amount of time, without paraphrasing or social formatting. To third parties observing, those two will definitely be considered trolls.

One objective of wiki troll culture is to spread the Rules to everyone, so instructional capital may grow as fast as scientific method allows, without concern for what they contemptuously dismiss as niceness and feelings.

How to adopt Crockers Rules

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"Crocker's Rules" are named after Lee Daniel Crocker who first adopted them to deal with anonymous trolls using Wikipedia.