Wikipedia:WikiOgre Information

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Temporal range:
Middle Nupedian (2001) – Recent
A WikiOgre who has ventured out of his cave, advancing on five unsuspecting Wikipedia stubs.
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorhini
Infraorder: Simiiformes
Family: Hominidae
Subfamily: Homininae
Tribe: Hominini
Genus: Homo
H. orcus
Binomial name
Homo orcus
Homo Sapien range.png
Possible range of Homo orcus (green)

A WikiOgre ( feminine WikiOgress) is a species of WikiFauna, typically yet not always accurately depicted as large, hideous and manlike. It usually goes for long stretches making few or no edits, but for short periods of time and in brief spurts makes large edits, complete rewrites, or even creates new articles. A WikiOgre may otherwise make minor edits, such as copyediting or vandalism reversion, over the course of everyday perusal. The reason for this lifestyle is often a busy offline life.

In other words: Every once in a while the WikiOgre goes on a rampage, but most of the time they are content to sit around in a cave and eat the random passerby.

Some Wikipedians have an expectation that others will always respond to them in a timely manner, leading to frustration and disappointment when dealing with WikiOgres. They are advised to either get over it or to offer to pay the WikiOgre in exchange for agreeing to meet their arbitrary deadlines. [0]

Identifying WikiOgres

To advertise your WikiOgrishness on your userpage, add:


Another way for WikiOgres to identify themselves is to display an ogre at the top of the page next to the User's name. The following code should produce a small ogre at the top of the page {{ WikiOgre}}.

There is some overlap with WikiDragons, in that to the casual observer, both appear to be making a massive amount of bold edits. They are driven, passionate, and goal-oriented, with little niceties such as dotting i's and crossing t's being given a secondary priority to getting "actual work" done. The difference is that WikiDragons do not have the long absences of WikiOgres; WikiDragons are like WikiOgres that are just "turned on" all the time, with no periods of relative inactivity. Also, WikiOgres are occasionally driven to go on a burst of squashing swarms of minor irritations such as poor reference citations or spelling mistakes, doing the work of a dozen WikiGnomes in the space of a day. WikiDragons usually ignore such menial tasks unless there's absolutely nothing else left to do.

In the other world ogres are quite similar to trolls, on Wikipedia this is not the case.


See also