Laws to be guided by (and copied directly from Wikipedia) - No. 1

Bradford's law is a pattern described by Samuel C. Bradford in 1934 that estimates the exponentially diminishing returns of extending a library search.

No. 2

Betteridge's law of headlines: "any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word 'no'".

I think it should be:

Headlines which are questions are false.

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No. 3

Kranzberg's laws of technology: The first law states that technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral.

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No. 4

Benford's law: In any collection of statistics, a given statistic has roughly a 30% chance of starting with the digit 1.

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No. 5

Reilly's law of retail gravitation: People generally patronize the largest mall in the area.

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No. 6

Segal's law: "A man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure."

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No. 7

Brandolini's law: The amount of energy needed to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it. Named after Italian programmer Alberto Brandolini.

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No. 8

Benford's law of controversy: Passion is inversely proportional to the amount of real information available.

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No. 9

Atwood's law: Any software that can be written in JavaScript will eventually be written in JavaScript.

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No. 10

Andy and Bill's law describes how, when a computer chip is released, new software will be released to use up all of its power. Named for Andy Grove, then CEO of Intel, and Bill Gates, then CEO of Microsoft.

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No. 11

Acton's dictum: "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men [...]"

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No. 12

Chekov's gun, states that nonessential elements of a story must be removed.

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