How to Determine if a wikiHow Article Qualifies As Dangerous

Two Methods:Dangerous StepsDangerous Tips

Do you have trouble determining if a wikiHow article is dangerous? Answering the following questions will help you determine if a wikiHow article is dangerous, or if only a step or tip can be repaired (or deleted) to right the article.


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    Know if the article encourages (by direction or tone) readers to take violent action against a person or group of people. If so, it should be treated as a dangerous article. It would be appropriate to direct an administrator's attention to the article via the forum, or on their talk page, requesting deletion.
    • Example: "Step 1: Place an explosive device in a movie theater." (Not only is this illegal, everywhere, it promotes random violence as a form of entertainment.)
    • Example: "People who are of (fill-in-the-blank) religion are evil and must be wiped off the face of the earth. Make the world a better place following the steps below." (The tone of this statement clearly promotes violence toward others.)
    • Example: "How adding cyanide to your diet can build your immune system." (Cyanide consumption can prove lethal. To advise the use of it in one's diet may prove fatal to a follower.)
    • Example: "Step 5: If your boyfriend/girlfriend won't answer your calls, sit in your car in front of their home/apartment building and wait for them to leave for work/school, then rush to them before they can reach their car." (This instruction promotes stalking and the idea that one should pursue someone who doesn't wish to be bothered.)
    • Example: "Pro-choice advocates are evil and worthless. Killing doctors who perform abortions should be praised! Follow these steps to put a stop to the massacre by killing abortionists!" (This statement incites others to commit murderous acts based on philosophical beliefs.)

Method 1
Dangerous Steps

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    Know if there is an inaccuracy in the article that might cause someone inadvertent harm. If so, the specific inaccuracy may be corrected through the edit feature, then marked as patrolled.
    • Example: "Step 5: Pour bleach hair lightener into a non-metallic bowl, add 40 volume developer, mix thoroughly, and apply to hair starting at the scalp and working toward the ends of hair strands." (This step, if followed, might cause the follower to use a developer - 40 volume - that may result in serious chemical burn injuries to scalp and/or ruining their hair.)
    • Example: "Step 2: Test-fire the gun after turning it, briefly, so you can inspect the barrel for obstructions." (Turning a loaded weapon toward oneself to examine contents of the barrel could lead to serious injury, or even death, should the gun go off while in this position.)
    • Example: "Step 7: Hold the cat facing you as you dip them into warm water bath." (Following this tip may cause follower to suffer scratch injuries if the cat is not agreeable to a bath at that moment.)
    • Example: "Step 11: Send the talcum-powder-filled envelope to your senator to show your displeasure with their work; that'll get their attention!" (Following this tip will likely result in a prison term for the follower and it encourages others to frighten those who disagree with them.)

Method 2
Dangerous Tips

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    Know if there is a tip that would create danger if followed. If so, a tip may be removed (deleted) through the edit page, or you can make a comment on the discussion page requesting that an editor make corrections to, or remove, the bad tip.
    • Example: "Pour a cap full of bleach into pet's drinking water to eliminate worms." (This may cause the death of a beloved pet, if followed.)
    • Example: "Tickle a girl who has menstrual cramps to distract her from pain and cheer her up." (Following this tip will likely result in, at the very minimum, a challenged friendship/relationship, and at worst, serious bodily injury to the tickler.)
    • Example: "Children should treat abusive parents with disrespect! They didn't earn it, don't give it!" (Though unintended, this tip, if followed, may cause the follower to suffer serious injury if their parent truly is abusive.)
    • Example: "Aim a pellet gun at security guards to convince them to let you pass, without actually hurting them. Say, "Just kidding!" and laugh, once you've gained access to the backstage area." (Following this tip might get you arrested or even killed.)


  • Philosophical disagreement with an article does not equate to an article being dangerous.
  • When in doubt about a dangerous tip, step, or article, consult with another editor using their talk page, or the forum.


  • Articles can be dangerous if a step is missing, misleading, or is deleted.
  • Allowing a dangerous article to remain unchallenged (unreported) may lead to harmful consequences.

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