Welcome to the Explain XKCD wiki
The latest comic is number 1090
All the comics (so far) are here.
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 web comic, it should be in here.
If you need help with the wiki syntax, Mediawiki has a great wealth of information to help you the syntax right. In particular, their instructions on Navigation and Editing are strongly recommended (but do be aware that these links take you to their site; you'll have to come back here to participate. ;-)
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:
For example, on the page for 1045 is:
That allows the users of the site to search via the comic number or the name of the comic.
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Wondering which comics haven't been started yet? There's a list over at Explain XKCD:Checklist. Pick one and get started!
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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.
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