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PatentNonsense

Patent nonsense, particularly on a wiki, falls into a just few general categories:

* Literal nonsense, i.e., text that, usually intentionally, has no assignable meaning at all.  This tends to be created after the consumption of too much adult beverage, for example, or under the influence of immaturity and/or stupidity.
* Stuff that, while apparently meaningful after a fashion, is so completely and irremediably confused that no intelligent person can be expected to try to make heads or tails of it.

The following, while often regrettable, is not patent nonsense, and therefore according to a proposed rule on the WikiPediaProcess page, should not for ''that'' reason be deleted (but some suggestions for improvement are included):
* Really badly-written stuff.  (So correct it.)
* Partisan screed.  (Make it hedged or add qualifications in order to make it less biased.)
* Religious excogitations.  (Make it factual.  Yes, there are ways of doing this; e.g., add phrases like "Followers of X hold that...")
* Mere opinion, masquerading as fact.  (Remove it to an appropriately-named page, or reword in order to make it fact-stating.)
* Incompetent and/or immature stuff.  (Well, it's not nonsense but perhaps it does deserve to be greatly improved.)