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If you have a coffee-stained mug with a Wikipedia logo on it, you may be spending too much time on Wikipedia. Why not spend some more time and take this test?

If you're not sure whether you are a Wikipediholic or are unsure about the amount of Wikipedihol you took, then you should take this test. Be prepared to take at least 15 minutes because there are about 110 questions (or at least 220 if you count the sub-questions). The point value of answering "yes" to each question is listed in parentheses () at the end of the question. The higher the result, the more Wikipedihol you had! New questions and modifications are of course welcome—good questions are those that measure current addiction (e.g., "have you edited a page in the last week?", not "have you ever edited a page?"), on the hypothesis that Wikipediholism can be cured, or at least controlled to some degree. New questions should be added as #ENTRY (point value, additional notes) in order to be compatible with the automated version. There's an automated version if you don't want to add up the score yourself; legacy and modern versions are also available.

The test

  1. Have you ever used Wikipedia before taking this quiz? (5 - welcome!)
  2. Did you find this page? (3)
  3. Did you specifically search for this page? (2)
    • And rummaged through various user pages for a link? (3)
    • Because many Wikipedians have advised you to take this test for your own safety? (5)
    • Do you have this page on your watchlist or bookmarked so you don't have to search for it? (3)
  4. Have you taken this test before? (1)
    • Have you ever taken this quiz more than once simply to correspond with the most recent version? (10)
    • Do you plan on taking it again? (2)
    • Will you document the test results on your user page? (1)
      • Are you providing a manipulated score on your user page? (3)
  5. Do you typically use Wikipedia at least once a week? (1)
    • At least once a day? (2)
      • More than an hour a day? (5)
  6. Is more than 60% of your time online spent at Wikipedia? (20)
    • 75%? (50)
      • Exactly 100%? (100 - but how do you cite sources?!)
  7. Did you stop using your printed encyclopedia and start using this one instead? (2)
  8. Do you start new articles? (2)
    • Do you delete new articles? (4)
  9. Do you read Wikipedia on a public wireless Internet connection? (1)
    • Do you edit Wikipedia articles while on such a connection? (3)
      • Is that connection in a restaurant? (5)
        • Do you edit Wikipedia while waiting for your meal? (8)
          • During your meal? (20)
            • One hand on the keyboard, and one on your food? (100, that's it, we're driving you down to the next Wikiclinic for treatment.)
              • Do you stop eating to edit Wikipedia and then throw your meal away, because it spoiled while you were editing? (50 more points—you're a junkie)
        • Did you pick that restaurant because of the free wifi? (5 more)
  10. Are you on an aircraft with wireless access to the Internet during the flight? (5)
    • Because you can edit Wikipedia on it? (25)
      • Are you eating your meal on said flight while taking this test or writing an article? (40)
        • Did you choose this flight over another because of the access to Wikipedia? (100, and an additional point for every $10 more you paid for this flight than the one you would have taken)
  11. Do you talk in Wikipedia markup code? (3)
  12. Do you request that articles be created, improved, expanded, deleted, etc.? (2)
    • Do you fulfill such requests? (4)
      • Do you wish you could fulfill such requests? (4 - go try it!)
  13. Have you requested a new software feature or reported a bug in the last few weeks? (2)
  14. Do you make redirect pages? (1)
  15. Do you think you're using a significant portion of Wikipedia's bandwidth? (5)
  16. Do you click on "Random Page" at least once a day (or just because you're bored)? (3)
    • When you click on "Random Page" do you, more often than not, find an article you have edited? (5)
      • Written? (10)
  17. Have you ever gotten the same random page twice in a row? (3)
    • Are you upset that you only got 3 points for that last question, even though the odds of getting the same random article two times in a row are about one in 6,837,374? (1; that really is a ripoff)
  18. Do you check new pages every week? (1)
    • Every day? (3)
      • Every hour? (6 - nice)
  19. Do you check Recent Changes every day? (2)
    • More than ten times a day? (5)
  20. Do you have Recent Changes bookmarked? (1)
    • Set as your start page? (10)
  21. Do you check your watchlist almost every day? (1)
    • More than ten times a day? (4)
  22. Do you have your watchlist set as your start page? (4)
  23. Do you have more than 50 items in your watchlist? (2)
    • More than 100? (4)
      • More than 1000? (10)
  24. Is your watchlist mostly stubs? (3)
    • Do you plan to ‘’expand’’ those stubs? (10)
  25. Do you look at Did You Know, In The News, or other features of the main page daily? (5)
  26. Have you learned a new language or improved in one you already knew for the primary purpose of being able to read the Wikipedia in that language? (6)
    • Was it useful when you went to a country where that language is spoken? (12)
  27. Have you joined a wikiproject? (1)
    • More than 5? (3)
      • More than 10? (5)
        • Just to get the points? (-10)
  28. Do you occasionally promote Wikipedia, either in person or by mentioning it on social media, IRC, forums or message boards, web pages, mail signatures, etc.? (2 for each promotion)
    • Have you gotten someone to join and start editing? (10)
  29. Did you buy a Wikipedia T-shirt? (5)
  30. Do you find yourself writing regular text using Wikipedia link and layout conventions? (3)
  31. Is something you have thought was important—such as social life, career, or studies—suffering because you spend so much time on Wikipedia? (10)
  32. Do you spend time editing Wikipedia every time you get your hands on a computer? (10)
    • Even if you have some urgent work on your computer? (15)
  33. Do you sneak mobile devices into class because you want to read or edit Wikipedia? (4)
    • Did the teacher catch you using your mobile device and punish you? (10)
    • Or did the teacher commend you for reading/editing Wikipedia? (30)
      • Because the teacher is a Wikipedian? (55)
  34. Have you spent time editing Wikipedia instead of working on an important assignment? (3, add half the percentage points missed on assignment to score)
    • In class? (5)
  35. Have you ever failed a class because of Wikipedia? (We will pass you!) (100)
  36. Are you not getting enough sleep because of time on Wikipedia? (9)
    • Did you not get ANY sleep last night because of Wikipedia? (100 - we commend you for being that dedicated)
    • Are you sleeping during the day (as of 8 a.m.) because you edited Wikipedia overnight (add overslept time in hours)? (5)
  37. Do you forget to think twice before you say something to real people but re-check a hundred times what you have typed in before posting your comment in a talk page? (5)
  38. Do you judge people you know offline partly on the basis of their Wikipedia contributions? (6)
  39. Do you think quality of contributions to Wikipedia is an important criterion in choosing a partner for a close relationship? (17 and a crash course in dating)
  40. Do you subscribe to a Wikimedia mailing list (e.g., WikiEN-l, Wikimedia-l)? (2)
    • Do you actually read that mailing list? (20)
      • Do you find yourself refreshing the mailing list, hoping that something new has arrived? (5)
  41. Have you ever had a notification on a social media website and assumed it was from one of your Wikipedia edits being reverted? (4)
  42. Do you argue that contributions to Wikipedia are "productive" or "useful"—unlike "wasting time" playing games or watching football? (5)
    • Do you tell someone this whenever they do any of the things mentioned above? (10)
  43. Have you donated money to Wikipedia? (5)
    • Or do you refuse to do so because you have a personal vendetta against the Wikimedia Foundation (for example, due to the Fram controversy)? (10)
      • Would you donate, absent any personal vendetta? (5)
  44. Do you wake up in the night in a cold sweat wondering whether your latest submission was truly written from a NPOV? (6)
  45. Have you ever met up with another Wikipedian offline? (2)
    • Have you ever had sex with another Wikipedian? Sock puppet accounts don't count. (10 - ...)
  46. Have you bought a second monitor to edit more efficiently? (10)
  47. Have you ever looked for the [edit] link on an ordinary Web page? (3)
    • Have you ever instinctively searched for the [edit] link to correct an unfortunate wording while reading a newspaper or book? (4)
  48. Have you ever edited an article on Wikipedia while paying long distance charges to connect to the Internet? (5)
  49. Do you make edits while under the influence and find that nobody reverts your changes? (1)
  50. Have you ever edited Wikipedia while taking a bath because you found it made the experience even more relaxing? (5 - hope your editing device is waterproof!)
  51. Have you ever publicly declared that you've quit Wikipedia but found yourself lingering about anyway? (7)
  52. Have you ever requested to be a sysop? (2)
  53. Are you a sysop? (10)
    • Do you actually have sysop powers on more than one Wikipedia? (20)
  54. Are you a bureaucrat? (30)
  55. Are you a steward? (50)
  56. Did you translate the Mediawiki software? (3)
    • Did you program part of it? (20)
  57. Do you edit articles in your sleep? (17)
    • Do you curse out loud upon waking and realizing that you have to make all those edits over again? (2)
      • Or are the edits actually still there*? (100 points and the Randi prize)
  58. Do you have multiple accounts? (5)
    • ...are some of them sockpuppets? (-20)
      • ...meatpuppets? (-20)
        • ...are you viewing this test from one of these accounts? (5 for honesty)
    • ...or are they all legitimate accounts that comply with WP:MULTIPLE? (10)
      • ...are they all active? (3)
  59. Do you edit Wikipedia on a laptop? (1)
    • Did your laptop's fan go on by itself while you were on Wikipedia? (2)
      • Did your laptop melt (or show serious signs of melting) while you were editing Wikipedia? (100 points and a new computer)
  60. Do you edit Wikipedia with a mobile phone or tablet? (2)
    • Because you can't wait until you get access to a computer to add some obscure fact to Wikipedia? (4)
  61. Have you edited before 6:30 a.m.? (6)
    • Until 4 a.m.? (2)
      • Until 6 a.m.? (4)
        • Until 8 a.m. or later? (7)
  62. After reading the last question, did you give yourself 13 points because it is always 4, 6, or 8 a.m. somewhere? (13 points for cleverness)
  63. Do you edit Wikipedia at night (i.e., after midnight), consuming drinks to keep you up? (2)
    • Did you manage to stay up without any drinks? (5)
  64. Do you hold Wikipedia Nights, that is, nights when you intentionally go to bed late, after spending n hours editing Wikipedia? (5)
    • Do you get people to join you in such an event? (10)
  65. Whenever Wikipedia is mentioned by someone other than you when you're in a room with a lot of people, does everybody in the room look at you? (4)
  66. When you see abbreviations such as TW, GA and FA in real life, do you interpret them with their Wikipedia meanings? (5)
  67. Have you frowned upon a decision that was made in real life by a vote, because polling is not a substitute for discussion? (1)
  68. Do you have an urge to edit this nonexistent article? (1)
    • Did you immediately try to create the above nonexistent article? (5)
      • Did you actually create it before it was protected from creation? (25)
  69. From how many devices did you visit Wikipedia in the past 30 days? (1 per device after the first one)
    • Have you tried editing Wikipedia with more than one device at the same time? (9)
  70. Do you use terms like "dab", "sp", "revert", "blanking", "content", "NPOV", or other terms in their Wikipedia sense in unrelated contexts? (2)
    • Did you have to search for any of those terms because you didn't know what they meant? (-3)
  71. Do you scramble to G11 advertisements off wiki and then realize you're not on Wikipedia? (5)
    • Did you do it to have a better CSD log? (10)
  72. Have you ever thought about the social impact of Wikipedia? (1)
    • Did the above question give you the idea to think about Wikipedia's social impact, even though the points for checking it off is just 1? (-1)
  73. Has your Wikipedia contribution style/philosophy (e.g., WikiGnome, deletionism, inclusionism,*) shaped your real life personality and philosophy? (10)
  74. Do you have to exercise much self-restraint to act casual in a conversation when someone mentions Wikipedia? (5)
    • Do you often fail? (10)
  75. Have you ever browsed Wikipedia while communicating with your significant other? (5)
  76. Have you told your significant other something about Wikipedia during a conversation? (10)
    • Were they impressed? (5)
      • Or bored? (-5)
  77. Do you have NPOV issues with the negative score attributed to the previous questions? (5)
  78. Are you surprised when you click on a normal link and it doesn't take you to a Wikipedia article? (1)
  79. Have you broken some sort of rule just to visit Wikipedia? (6)
  80. Have you spotted a typo above and now have a crushing urge to edit that typo but dare not edit it because you won't remember where you read up to? (3)
    • Did you correct the typo anyway? (15)
  81. Do you use the shortcut keys when using Wikipedia? (2)
    • Do you hit Wikipedia shortcut keys more than any other shortcut key? (3)
  82. When you wake up in the night and can't get back to sleep due to some nagging worry, do you get up and start working on Wikipedia so that you will get tired and have something relaxing to fill your mind when you go back to bed? (2)
    • Did it work? (4)
  83. Have you, in your impatience for others to edit an article, brought an article all the way from a stub to featured article status? (10)
  84. Have you ever signed any email with ~~~~ (point for every email you have)? (1)
  85. Have you ever been reading a book and found information which you immediately added to a Wikipedia article? (3)
  86. Have you ever been reading a book and found information which you added to a Wikipedia article before the book was published? (1)
    1. Did it copy your wording? (5)
      1. Did it copy your entire article? (20)
      2. (Only half marks if it was actually a web page, no marks if it was actually forum.)
  87. Do you think your score is too high and maybe you'll do something about it after "a few more edits"? (6)
  88. Did you create an automated version of this test so you wouldn't have to add up your score? (100, and go respond to some bug reports)
  89. Have you ever bought a CD, movie, video game, book or other media product so you can write the article, scan the cover and upload it to Wikipedia? (5)
    • And have you paid full price or even bought it costlier from a second-hand retailer for it? (7.5)
  90. Have you joined a Wikipedia(ns) community on a non-Wikipedia website? (30)
  91. Have you ever argued with anyone over Wikipedia's accuracy? (5)
    • Did you win? (10)
    • Did you win, but you were the one saying it was not accurate? (-20)
      • Did you do that because of WP:RSPWP? (15 points back, but YOU ARE A TRAITOR!!!)
  92. Do you find yourself caught up in Wikipedia discussions a lot? (5)
    • More than discussions on other topics? (15)
  93. Do you know who Jimbo Wales is? (1)
  94. Have you made more than 10 edits in a month? (1)
    • 100? (3)
      • 1,000? (6)
        • 10,000? (12)
          • 100,000? (50)
  95. Have you made more than 500 total edits? (1)
    • 1,000? (2)
      • 10,000? (8)
        • 100,000? (20)
          • 1,000,000? (100)
  96. Have you ever accidentally edited Wikipedia while logged out? (1)
    • Were you horrified because it didn't count towards your edit count? (10)
  97. Do you feel ashamed if you performed fewer edits than in the previous month? (2)
    • Do you strive to resolve this mistake by vowing to make more edits this month? (3)
  98. Did you ever get repetitive strain injury from refreshing your watchlist? (10)
    • Do you think it's unfair that you only got ten points for that, when the damage was irreparable? (1)
    • Do you know there's a "Live updates" button now? (2 for dedication)
  99. Does Wikipedia appear as a recommendation when you type the characters "en" or "wi" into the address bar? (1)
  100. Is Wikipedia your browser's home page? (50 - you're an addict)
  101. Do you generally have several Wikipedia-related tabs open in your browser? (1)
    • More than 100? (10)
  102. Do you have a Wikipedia-related YouTube channel? (10)
  103. Do you have Spotify or other music platforms open to listen to while you edit Wikipedia? (5)
    • Do you listen to that music platform for the sole purpose of editing Wikipedia? (10)
  104. Do you want to overtake Steven Pruitt as the Wikipedia editor with the most edits? (10)
    • Have you seriously tried? (10)
      • Did you give up? (-20)
  105. Have you ever watched a video longer than ten minutes on Wikipedia? (2)
    • Longer than thirty minutes? (5)
      • Longer than an hour? (15)
        • ...two hours? (30)
  106. Have you ever killed someone so that you can use a non-free image of them? (100 for creativity)
  107. Have you ever dreamed about Wikipedia? (6)
    • Have you ever had a Wikipedia-related nightmare? (6)
  108. Do you have the urge to edit other people’s user pages? (3)
    • Did you actually do it? (5)
      • Was it counted as vandalism? (-10)
      • Or did the user thank you for it? (10)
        • Was it another user that wasn’t involved in the edit that thanked you? (20)
  109. Do you rely on Wikipedia to know what day of the month it is? (10)
    • ...week? (20)
      • ...year? (100)
  110. Do you have access to The Wikipedia Library? (5)
    • Have you ever used The Wikipedia Library? (5)
      • ...And have you ever used it to actually improve Wikipedia? (10)
  111. Have you ever taken a photograph/created an illustration/etc for the sole purpose of uploading it to Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons? (5)
    • Have you actually uploaded that file? (10)
      • ...but did that uploaded file get deleted? (-15, but at least you now know what not to do.)
  112. Do you read The Signpost, Main Page, or Portal:Current events? (1)
    • Daily? (2)
      • Hourly? (5)
        • Once every minute? (100)
  113. Is it your only source of news? (5)
  114. Is Wikipedia your only source of information (excluding sources)? (20)
  115. Is it hard for you to not bite the newcomers? (5)
  116. Have you added a question to this test? (10)
    • Have you added multiple questions to this test? (10 times the amount of questions you added)
  117. Were you insightful enough to add your scores up in a calculator? (5)
  118. Are you starting from the bottom just because? (2)
    • For some very smart reason beyond normal people? (3)
    • Are you feeling betrayed by how little points you got? (2 - Wikipedia never betrays)
  119. Are you looking at your score and wondering why you got such a high score? (5)
    • Are you thinking of decreasing it? (1)
      • Because you're NEW? (5 - welcome!)
      • Because you got a higher score than Steven Pruitt? (10 - maybe you're the next one!)
  120. Did you skip any questions? (-1 - we don't blame you, but can't give you a positive score for that)
  121. Do you ever dream of going over and correcting every article on Wikipedia? (15)
    • Have you tried? (3)
      • Did you give up? (-3, good try, it's impossible.)
  122. Do you know Vami_IV? (10)
    • Do you wish you knew them? (1)
      • Do you miss them? (5)
        • Are you a follower of Completionism? (20)
          • Did you offer condolences? (25)
            • Are you the person that made this article?(100)
              • Do you know why that question is even there?(100)
  123. Have you been to a Wikimania? (25)
  124. Do you have an urge to add a question right now? (10)
    • Are you planning on adding it when you are finished the test? (10)
      • Are you planning on adding it after answering this question? (20)
        • Did you already add it before even reading the last few questions? (50)

Interpreting your score

Score range Description
<0 (-1 and under) You must be a vandal!
0–9 You must have done nothing.
10–100 A well-balanced attitude that may benefit from spending more time here.
101–150 This is the optimal, most productive range.
151–250 You are addicted to Wikipedia.
251–450 You're a pro.
451–650 You are a candidate for rollback rights.
651–750 You are a candidate for admin rights.
751–850 You're a candidate for bureaucrat, rollback AND admin rights.
851–950 Were you a Nupedian?
951–1099 You're a candidate for steward rights.
1100–5000 You either played a part in creating Wikipedia or are a ghost. Good job!
>5000 (5001 and above) WP:AGF and WP:NPA forbid us to accuse you of cheating at this test.

Bonus questions

You don't get any points for these questions, since they may be redundant or not provide a good measure of current addiction. However the answers may provide useful information for your health worker:

  • Have you ever argued with a functionary?
  • Do you use your own name or some obscure nick (ScrofulousToad, Airigance 99, etc.)?
  • Have you ever removed outdated questions from this test?
  • Have you ever neglected to maintain personal hygiene in favor of Wikipedia?
  • Have you ever broken up with a significant other, because they didn't think Wikipedia was "all that"?
  • Have you ever had an edit conflict—with yourself?
  • Do you create your own Wikipedia words? (like "Wikidicted?")
  • Are you upset that...
    • ...you wrote an article on Wikipedia addiction and someone said it sounded "like the grammar and speech patterns of a Wikipedian"?
    • ...it got deleted by AfD?
  • Have you created a page full of red links, and then made a decision to put everything else on hold until you could (a) either fill in all the (red) blanks or (b) until your body could take it no further or (c) your computer couldn't?
    • are those other tabs saving edits and/or loading pages, right now?
      • all of them are either loading or saving a page?
  • Have you edited Wikipedia pages during intermittent power outages?
    • Are you considering the purchase of an uninterruptible power supply solely because you "lost a good edit" while doing so?
  • When someone says "dab" outside of a Wikipedia context[a], do you immediately think "disambiguation"?
  • Have you ever said "user page" instead of "profile page" on social media??
  • Have you ever gone on a 24-hour edit spree?
  • Do you wish for the end of the world so WP:Beyond the end can happen?
  1. ^ For Wikipedians in the future; nobody dabs anymore.

See also


You can use the {{User Wikipediholic}} template to display your score on your user page, using {{User Wikipediholic|(your score)|(revision id)}}.