Cunningham’s Law

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Cunningham's Law states "the best way to get the right answer on the internet is not to ask a question; it's to post the wrong answer."

Source: Wikipedia


The concept is named after Ward Cunningham, father of the wiki.


According to Steven McGeady, the law's author, Wikipedia may be the most well-known demonstration of this law.

Related sayings

Preach the falsehood to know the truth.

French proverb

Sherlock Holmes has been known to use the principle at times (for example, in The Sign of the Four.


XKCD is a random domain name created by web comic Randall Munroe. It’s randomness came a point of attention.

Actually the domain name came after the instant messenging screen name, which I picked late one night. Five, six, maybe seven years ago, I was tired of having names that meant something. Skywalker4, Animorph7… I wanted to pick a name that I wouldn’t get tired of. That would just always mean me. So I just went down combination of letters that weren’t taken, until I could find one that didn’t have any meaning, didn’t have any pronunciation, and didn’t seem like an obvious acronymn for anything

Randall Munroe, In an interview with redhat...