Matt posted up this great idea:

One of my favorite quirks about Wikipedia is the little [citation needed] tags that users can place in an article, indicating that a dubious claim needs a reference. One day an idea struck — what statements are more dubious or outright ridiculous than those in advertisements? In true wiki fashion, the final placement of the stickers is a collaborative effort, now distributed and anonymous. If anyone sees one somewhere, please make a photo! I’ve been tagging my photoset on Flickr with citationneeded and wikiffiti — more should start showing up in the next few weeks. I’m also providing the source Photoshop file (or as pdf) for anyone who wants to print their own batch.

Wikipedia [citation needed] stickers – Link.

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • Kris

    should read “one day I was reading XKCD…” rather than “one day an idea struck me…”

  • SomeBodyNew

    After reading this post I became confused – I actually thought for a moment that I was on BoingBoing. They’re more likely to encourage vandalism than Make. Yes, it is vandalism, even if it’s mildly amusing and it nails a deserving target – It’s a criminal act.

  • mig

    Are throwies vandalism? yes? Throwies were posted here many times. this is harmless vandalism. shut your yap.

  • bla

    even if it’s mildly amusing and it nails a deserving target – It’s a criminal act.

    Yeah, so is false advertising.

  • justDIY

    lets not forget MAKE’s posting about replacing brick pavers with transparent plastic boxes containing small drawings and leds.

  • Fred


    “shut your yap.” What a clever rejoinder to throw into a civil discussion. Oh, wait, you were promoting vandalism so, this is outside the normal rules of civil discourse and respect for persons and property.

  • James

    False advertising is a criminal act? [Citation needed] on that one, bud.

    False advetising may make one face civil liability, maybe. But criminal charges? No.

  • abrannan

    My issue is less with the criminal or artistic merits of such activity, and more with the fact that it’s not a “Make”. It’s printing a pithy slogan on a piece of adhesive. There’s nothing new or clever with the mechanics of that. At least LED Throwies had some basic circuitry involved.

    At best, this belongs on Craft, not Make.

  • The Thompson Five

    Make has always had an interest in culture jamming. The very act of controlling our environment and the objects in it can feel subversive these days, as anyone who has ever tried to bring a minty boost on an airplane can probably tell you. If there is any vandalism in the example above I say it is the acres of intrusive advertising the average person has forced upon them simply because they left the house. Anything that fights back against that is a public service in my book.

  • Rich

    If someone wanted to “up the anty” a little bit they should make a stencil and go spray paint it on something important or symbolistic.

  • foo

    Throwies are magnetic and easily removed; the glass bricks are adding to something without changing its functionality. Stickers aren’t easily removed and reduce the ad’s ‘functionality’ (its readability). They really aren’t in the same category. A funny response in chalk would be more like it. Or maybe if the sticker were smaller and placed in whitespace; it would probably stay up longer, too.

    It’s a double-edged sword. Anything that ‘ups the ante’ will provoke an equal or greater reaction, like spawning a new generation of advertising so obtrusive that it can’t be ignored. Plus, it sets a precedent: if you can do it, some ass is going do it, too.

  • Fred

    “Symbolistic” is not a word. Are you related to the gay goths who spray painted “Hail Satin” on a one hundred fifty year old Catholic church? They probably meant “Hail Satan” but, vandals are retards anyway.

  • regomodo

    christ! some people have no sense of humour. they must be germans

  • Alex

    Wow Fred you’re not just ignorant, you’re homophobic too!

  • Rich

    Ok, symbolic, sorry, I wasn’t thinking correctly at the moment, maybe you should find a creative sense of humor?

  • samurai1200


  • Ian

    The stickers are made with a removable adhesive. Lighten up, people.

  • speedkills

    @Kris: Should read “IDIOT” rather than “Kris”

  • bartax

    yo this is not graffiti.
    this is a social hack worth of a (re)([make])

    My other favorite is using aerosol based paints to write my name on walls.

    but seriously i’m going to have to agree this isn’t really a “make”.

    plus it’s usage is very un-clever, designers don’t need to cite something to state their design principles.

  • Kris

    @speedkills: I love you, man.

  • cde

    @Bartax: due to the placement of the sticker, they need a citation on the Palm being new…. Please, get new glasses.