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Welcome to the Explain XKCD wiki


Please sign up for an account and contribute to the Explain XKCD wiki! We need explanations for comics, characters, themes, memes and everything in between. If it is referenced in an XKCD comic, it should be in here.

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If you need help with the wiki syntax, Mediawiki has a great wealth of information to help you the syntax right. Navigation. [2] Editing. [3]

Getting started

For new comic pages:

1. Every registered user can upload images.

2. Put the comic number, the date it was posted and a link to the comic above the photo.

3. Put the image text below the photo.

4. Explain away below that.

If you are setting up a new page for a new (or old) comic, please make sure you also redirect the comic number to that page as well.

The syntax for redirects is:

#REDIRECT [[pagename]]

For example, on the page for 1045 is:

#REDIRECT [[Constraints]]

That allows the users of the site to search via the comic number or the name of the comic.


Don't be a jerk. There are a lot of comics that don't have set in stone explanations, feel free to put multiple interpretations in the wiki page for each comic.

If you want to talk about a specific comic, the Discussion page is perfect for that.

If you have a message for an admin, feel free to leave a message on their personal discussion page.

The Admins are here.