Wikipedia:Use common sense
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Wikipedia has many rules. Instead of following every rule, it is acceptable to use common sense as you go about editing. Being too wrapped up in rules can cause you to lose perspective, so there are times when it is better to ignore a rule.
Even if a change violates the exact wording of a rule, it might still be a good change. Likewise, just because something disruptive is not forbidden in a written rule doesn't mean it's a good idea (e.g., don't disrupt Wikipedia to illustrate a point). The principle of the rules is more important than the letter.
Invoking the principle of ignore all rules on its own will not convince anyone that you were right, so you will need to try to prove to the community that your actions improved the encyclopedia. A skilled application of this concept should ideally fly under the radar, and not be noticed at all.