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This used to be above the contents section[edit source]

This is definitely the tradition now; I think it's maybe okay for a regular user.. but not an admin. Every time I check the list of edits and see something like:

  • 12:01: (some admin) rolled back Article:Sticking People With Sword
  • 12:00: (user, maybe anonymouse) edited Article:Sticking People With Sword

..with no intervening Talk:, it gets my hackles up. A lot of the time, there isn't even a Talk: afterwards! That's just flat-out rude. If we assume the edit was made in good faith in the first place, it especially behooves an admin (who, special powers or not, is the only obvious rank we have in this society) to take the time to say, "Hey, I'm not sure this edit is okay?" And wait at least a few hours to see if anyone responds about it. THEN revert it. This has been bugging me for awhile. --Nunix 04:38, 10 January 2006 (UTC)

I would absolutely love it if this guideline changed; I was only trying to document the current state of things.
Oi! Policymongers! Come discuss this!
More seriously, I think it's good for "regular users" because they use update comments. With our rollback feature, there is no update comment, so there's no documentation on why an edit was reverted. I think the ideal change for the GuildWiki is just making us admins revert non-vandal edits with the edit button and a meaningful comment. —Tanaric 16:19, 10 January 2006 (UTC)
I think this tradition is quite bad to have now. "Quite bad" as in: a while ago, I found myself unable to justify continuing to contribute to the main namespace until this changed. Does anyone know the specific examples that prompted adopting this tradition in the first place (I'm assuming it didn't appear in a vaccuum)? --Rezyk 22:17, 10 January 2006 (UTC)
Yes. Well, fairly certain. But it wouldn't really be productive at this point to say, "This person started doing it, so everyone else did also." As long as it's seen as a bad thing that needs to change, I'm content with that. --Nunix 22:41, 10 January 2006 (UTC)
Hmmm. Well, there's the revert and then there's the explanation of the revert. We need to be clear about which one we are talking about. If the issue is the powers of an admin to revert a bad/lousy edit. I think this power is in the hand of every user. We should give guidelines as to when a revert shoud be used and explain that it should really be used scarcely. I must add that since the beginning of this wiki, every admin I am aware of has been reverting extremely trivial edits without much debate. The most offered is a quick explanation in the comments line.
If the issue is that Admin X reverted and did not explain his revert. Well, there are a few points to note:
a) As Tanaric said, we could require that everyone explain at least in the comments line why they made a revert. We can even define a rule that any unexplained revert (by anyone) will be reverted within 15 minutes. I personally believe that is overkill, such as in this case.
b) I believe there is a certain amount of trust that's supposed to be given to Admins. The kind of trust that Rezyk did not believe existed in the wiki during our famous Hex clash. Just like if a Police Officer attempts to arrest a citizen, a citizen must go along, EVEN if he know he is innocent and the officer is wrong. Resisting an arrest is an offense itself. Likewise, when an admin reverts, I believe it's different than when a user reverts. And I think a user should not revert an admin's revert unless the issue has been discussed in the talk page or the admin offered no explanation. Even if the user believes the admin is dead wrong or even if he hates the admin's guts. It's part of having a process.
c) I also believe there are consequences to this trust. If an admin reverts and explains why he made his revert and the user keeps reverting simply because he is mad or is on a pride trip, then I think that user should be banned for a week or so. And yes, I am clearly referring to the exaple of Rezyk's conflict with me. If an admin states why he made the revert, and his complaint is legitimate, then the User butting heads with the admin should be banned for a short while to cool off. If the admin does not explain then he deserves getting childish treatment. But if the Admin explains, I think the User acting childishly and trying to impose his version on admin is not something to be taken lightly. This is something I have run into twice now, once with Rezyk and once with that user who was mad about "The Frog" vs "the Frog."
d) This trust comes with a responsibility. If an admin makes an unexplained revert or a revert with poor rationale, this revert will always show up in the history of the articles and other users and admins can check the revert and seek removal of that admin if he is abusing his powers. Making a proper, but unexplained, revert is obviously not grounds for removal, but making several reverts against the reversion policy is certainly grounds for removal.
Limiting the powers of an admin to revert below those of a regular user is illogical and ignoring the fact that a person is made admin primarily because of their contributions/didication to the wiki is unwise. --Karlos 03:20, 11 January 2006 (UTC)
One of these days, Karlos, we're going to get you to participate in a discussion without adding a screen of text. =p And please refrain from citing names. Going forward is better for all involved, as opposed to mucking about in what has passed.
Since the discussion is how to handle reverts, and not edit wars: Tanaric's suggestion that admins only use rollback for vandalism suits me fairly well. And since the cry around here is often, "Admin are just regular users," let's not muck about with additional "powers", as it were: no one reverts without explaining it in the comment. If the comment field is not enough, it must go to Talk:. If a user adds something, and it's reverted, they should never have to go and ask why. Information should already be there. --Nunix 04:34, 11 January 2006 (UTC)
Is this just your opinion or are you telling the rest of us how it's going to be. Here is what I am seeing: I am proposing these points (and I am okay with you stating your disagreement), but what I read in your response is you deciding we will not discuss (muck about with) my proposals and that admins will not revert without explaining in the comments. Am I mis-reading your response or is the discussion over?
With regards to an admin = user, that is true, an admin's opinion equals a user's opinion. If the admin reverts article X because he thinks the last edit was not objective, and three users post they disagree with him, then he loses. Simple. A clear majority against his edit. This does not mean that an admin's edits are treated the same as an anonymous user's edits. At least I would like to think so.
I use names to give clear examples. I don't beat around the bush. I don't understand how you can sit there and say nothing when Tetris writes his assault on my person (and in fact go cheerleading on his talk page) then tell me now to "not name names" for the greater good. With all due respect, I find that incredibly hypocritical. As such, suggestion is rejected. --Karlos 05:30, 11 January 2006 (UTC)
Karlos: I agree with Nunix that the discussion about additional admin powers/authority/respect belongs somewhere else, as it is not directly related to this discussion. I would love to discuss it, though. :)
Since everyone seems to agree on at least "Only rollback vandalism", I'll wait a few days for disagreements and then add another traditions article with that title. —Tanaric 14:53, 11 January 2006 (UTC)
Oh, and Karlos, I disagree completely with your rollback of Sapphire. I've edited it myself to reflect that. —Tanaric 14:56, 11 January 2006 (UTC)
I find myself ... deeply disturbed by this. I'd like it to be absolutely clear that, in complete contrast to various stuff above, I have never been in a revert war with an admin. The Hex clash was between 2 non-admins, one of whom was later promoted to admin. If anyone still has the slightest doubt about this, do not hesitate to speak up. Otherwise, let's just please move on. --Rezyk 16:44, 11 January 2006 (UTC)
I don't think Karlos intended to tarnish your reputation. Nothin' but love, Rezyk. :) —Tanaric 17:33, 12 January 2006 (UTC)
For what it's worth, this was actually quite informative. I've been around long enough and yet sporadically enough to know about some of this stuff, but my initial reading of Karlos's description led me to believe exactly what Rezyk clarified. I'm not trying to disparage anyone, but I found the wording misled me.
Also, since I'm not sure if the discussion has happened somewhere else (this is what happens when I don't have time to read Recent Changes thoroughly every day!), I'm quite in favor of the default that presumes Admins should act like Normal Users unless there's been specific reasons to act otherwise. Additionally, it would be wise for admins to note when they have their Admin Hats on, versus their Regular User Hats on (and I've seen some admins doing this), whenever it might be ambiguous. I do not presume admins should necessarily be given more respect than any other named user (I'll make exceptions for first-time anonymous posters), especially in general. Presumably admins are more trusted by the people who made them admins. However, I certainly couldn't name all the admins on GuildWiki. When I interact with just about anyone, I treat them as I would treat any other user, because I don't know otherwise. This is not a legal system, and I think it's unreasonable to assume that users know which other users are Admins (unless we start making it stand out everywhere an admins name is, or something, akin to Purple Text). If this conversation has happened elsewhere, I'd be happy to know where it led. =) --JoDiamonds 05:50, 8 March 2006 (CST)

Name change[edit source]

I disagree with the proposed name change to "GuildWiki:Do not revert another revert". It doesn't need a longer name and I suspect that the propsed move is a reaction to the current revert war. I don't think that changing the policy name would have stopped this argument or help prevent future ones. --Xasxas256 21:39, 15 June 2006 (CDT)

It's a reaction to a standing observation that some ppl seem to think the "Only revert once" means it's ok to revert it the 3rd time to the version of the first reversion. It is sparked by the most recent revert war, but it's been bugging me for months. It probably wouldn't have prevented this one, but that's not the direct intention anyways. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 21:41, 15 June 2006 (CDT)
I also disagree with the name change, the current title is accurate and doesn't need to be changed to one that's longer. The suggestion confusion is because Wikipedia uses a 3rd revert rule, so wikipedians come over thinking that applies here as well. Once they are reminded we are not wikipedia and see the guildwiki policy, they recognize thie variance. If more emphasis is viewed as needed, then I think it's better to add the proposed new title as a corollary within the text of the policy. --- Barek (talkcontribs) - 21:45, 15 June 2006 (CDT)
A note needs to be added to state clearly that an explained revert of your work warrants a request for administrator assistance. This goes without saying. 1RV right now is being abused like a childish "he touched me, he touched me first." I revert your good work and then I pull a 1RV on you and let the article languish in an inferior state because I am too stubborn. An RV without explanation is NOT subject to the 1RV rule in my opinion. See the long thread above about how people felt when I did it. And I agree totally with that thread even though I was the culprit. --Karlos 22:10, 15 June 2006 (CDT)
I largely agree with Pansola and would really like the title changed, as it is simply unclear (and always has been). I believe the rule should be to never, ever do a double revert until there is discussion and consensus is reached between the involved parties. Anyone tempted to followup a revert with another revert should stop themselves and discuss instead. There's already a problem once someone feels the need to do that. Even if it's someone else's problem, the solution is to talk about it, not to start a war. There's no excuses here for typical reverts. (This presumes some common sense, and obviously doesn't touch page wipes or vandalism.) --JoDiamonds 23:05, 15 June 2006 (CDT)
I do not agree with the name change. It is fine as it is. If you want to change it I suggest just "Do not Re-Revert", whatever you do, keep it simple. --Draygo Korvan 23:10, 15 June 2006 (CDT)
I'd much prefer Do not Re-Revert to the current title Only revert once; I'm not in favor of a really long name per se. I merely think the current title doesn't explain the goal. The page does explain, but the title is vague. --JoDiamonds 23:24, 15 June 2006 (CDT)
I do prefer Do not Re-Revert over the originally proposed Do not revert another revert. They mean the same, but I prefer the shorter version. Although I'm indifferent between the title Do not Re-Revert and the current title. --- Barek (talkcontribs) - 23:27, 15 June 2006 (CDT)

Changed the move tag to "Do not re-revert". -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 00:29, 16 June 2006 (CDT)

Suggested additions to the 1RV policy[edit source]

After issues with this policy that were brought out in Talk:Game updates/20060615, some proposed additional wording for this policy has been made. To reduce confusion and eliminate perceived loop-holes, adding these in should help going forward:

  1. All reverts must at least have an explaination in the edit summary. Unexplained reverts will not be counted towards the only revert once limitation.
  2. If you disagree with a revert, and attempts at discussion have resulted in no replies or in only the two parties replying, then an admin can be notified on their talk page asking for their attention in the matter.

I think this should address the perceived shortcomings. If I have time, I'll type up a full policy draft later today (I'm leaving for a camping trip this afternoon, so feel free to draft one yourself if you agree with a change being needed, as I may run out of time to do one myself before leaving). --- Barek (talkcontribs) - 12:24, 16 June 2006 (CDT)

Okay, I ran out of time on writing a draft, and I'm leaving now for a camping trip east of the mountains. I see the scrapping discussion received all the comments today, while the ammendment proposal received none. Not sure if that means no one supports the ammendments, or if the drama of the other post is too distracting at the moment.
Whichever it is, I'll be back Sunday, and can work on a draft to get some feedback at that time unless someone else does one over the weekend. --- Barek (talkcontribs) - 15:39, 16 June 2006 (CDT)
As noted below, these proposed changes are largely wrapped up into GuildWiki:Assume good faith now. Personally, I'm happy with this outcome as far as any revisions to this policy are concerned. --JoDiamonds 22:34, 18 June 2006 (CDT)

I propose scrapping this policy[edit source]

The only workable policy for a site this size is, in my opinion, "Only revert vandalism". It will have the following exceptions:

  1. Sysops may revert anything
  2. Any user found violating this rule will be statutorily blocked from editing with the block periods increasing with each subsequent violation

The first exception gives it an escape valve, and the second gives it teeth.

In case of an editorial dispute, the only avenue open to normal users should be to take it to the talk page. If no consensus is possible, it should be brought before a sysop. A normal user may not revert the work of another normal user, even on matters of factual inaccuracy.

As regards the recent revert war, I find Stabber 100% in the wrong. He was being disruptive to illustrate a point, which is several times worse than a disagreement over content. I know he will not be banned, nor even suffer any consequences, but if he does ever return to the wiki I will simply revert all of his edits summarily and dare him to re-revert.

Karlos' actions in this event are irrelevant because he is a sysop and therefore is not, and should not be, subject to normal policies. The policy that sysops are bount to is GW:DID, and that's basically it. Editorial opinions of normal users do not, and should not, hold as much sway as those of sysops. Authoritarianism is the only policy that can work for a site this tiny.

If two sysops get into an edit war, then the wiki is doomed. Therefore, it is meaningless to plan for that eventuality. 70.17.169.122 12:40, 16 June 2006 (CDT)

Sysops are also bound to GW:YOU. --Draygo Korvan 12:55, 16 June 2006 (CDT)
I think the intention of "one revert" is to allow the freedom to revert mistakes considered trivial. If anyone disagrees with the revert, then we have a real dispute. That's what I believe the original intention behind the policy is, and may or may not represent my personal opinion on this matter. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 13:10, 16 June 2006 (CDT)
i've watched this develop, and i think there is a lot of smoke for such a small fire. i like stabber, SHE has been quite helpful on many articles. i like karlos, he's been a fair and judicious admin.
in this instance, both of them ignored GuildWiki:Assume good faith, but i can understand the circumstances. it was in the heat of an update, both of them saw their work disappear and started defending, rather then making an attempt at understanding. none of this means the policy is flawed or should be scrapped.
with an idealist project like this, people who (for whatever reasons, valid or not) ignore the ideals are already operating outside the policy. all that can be done is to foster trust in the ideals and exclude those who blatantly ignore them. neither stabber nor karlos blatantly ignored the ideals, neither should be punished/banned/flamed in these talk pages. I'm sure they both understand where their mistake was, and will make every attempt to not do that in the future, because the believe in the ideals, otherwise they wouldn't have donated all their time and effort for so long.
GW:AGF means there are going to be problems, because the wiki "fails open", that is, it allows first and prevents for cause. part of that is subjecting the EVERYONE to EVERY rule, and enforcing those rules with a forgiving hand. if your not comfortable with correcting those wrinkles, either intentional vandals or honest misunderstandings like this, then you should go elsewhere. i hear IGN.com has a good database, dreadfully out of date thou. --Honorable Sarah 14:26, 16 June 2006 (CDT)
I've been watching from the sidelines but I think I should speak up now. Permissiveness like the above comment is why creatures like Stabber thrive in a wiki environment. If any revert policies are to exist at all, they must be enforced, and they must have penalties. This is not the first time Stabber has been the principal party in a revert war. It is an escalation, because the last time he fought with a normal user, and this time he fought with an admin. Karlos should have blocked him instead of prolonging the fight. The way I see it, Stabber once again is escaping with absolutely zero consequence to his flouting of the rules. His contributions, whatever they are, are not necessary for the functioning of the wiki. Stabber is not valuable. Maybe he was once, but he is no longer valuable. He brings only drama. 194.29.137.67 15:04, 16 June 2006 (CDT)
I have a major disagreement with the above statement, I feel an impartial admin should make the block if one is to be adminstered, the admin involved should at most put a ban notice on the userpage of the user involved. In addition Karlos is guilty like a normal user, just because he is a sysop does not mean his way of doing things should take priority over normal users. Also remember that I like to think guildwiki is very forgiving. While Stabber and Karlos were participating in a revert war, I think we can move beyond that in light of its resolution. --Draygo Korvan 15:11, 16 June 2006 (CDT)
So now F G is on a mission to cause chaos and destruction in the wiki. Scraping the policies is not a way to handle problems. Can't we allready get rid of you F G? (I know I shouldn't have said that)
If I were like F G, accusing people for using sockpuppets, I would say that 194.29.137.67 and F G are the same person. Why does a new anon IP just pop up to a discussion like this? (He has only one wiki contribution, its 2 days ago) But because I'm not like him, I believe that the anon is probably a long time wikipedia contributor who has just recently found guildwiki, or something similiar. For a new user the anon is pressing a little too far and he nor F G aren't thinking like the rest of the people in the guildwiki. This community does not grow and succeed by waging war but accepting other peoples flaws and trying to make the best of evrything with them. --Gem-icon-sm.png 15:26, 16 June 2006 (CDT)
it is interesting that the most vocal (the ones calling one party or another "evil", placing ban tags, calling for draconian policy changes) are anon. --Honorable Sarah 15:42, 16 June 2006 (CDT)
Who would want to stain his/hers user name with such questionable acts? It could be anyone really behind any IP, even me. :D --Gem-icon-sm.png 15:50, 16 June 2006 (CDT)
*shifty eyes* — Skuld Monk 16:00, 16 June 2006 (CDT)

I have been making contributions to the guildwiki for a long time. Long before you were here, Gem, Draygo and Sarah. Long before Stabber was here. Long before everyone in this thread (save for Skuld), and, as a matter of fact, before this "policy" existed. If anything, fighting on the wiki has subsided a lot in recent months. Who else remembers Olij's time here? Or the Hex war? Or the Dragon war? Or the Tank war? All this time I have contributed from behind an IP-anonymizing network, and even I can't determine all the articles that I have touched. In all this time, I have never seen an invocation of 1RV end amicably. I have never seen it enforced. I have never seen anyone penalised for violations. It is safe to say that this policy has never functioned well. The particulars of this present fight do not matter; this is not the first revert war on this wiki, it will not be the last, and it certainly was not the worst (which is yet to come). What good is a policy with no enforcement? Please end it. Arrowsmith 16:10, 16 June 2006 (CDT)

AGF is never enforced either. if it was, everyone spitting bile in usertalk pages would have been banned months ago, but it's worth is not in it's enforcement. it's worth is in it's ideal. i'm assuming your really who you claim to be, dispite all my networking experience screaming bloody murder on randomized IPs, because i'm assuming good faith on your part. that's what stops me from picking apart your post like a vulture, and instead addressing your arguement.
on the other hand, i work in an environment where i have to assume hostile intent, so maybe i enjoy not having to do that in my personal interests, or maybe it's because the security guard searched my english muffin this morning incase i brought an explosive to my place of employment of the two years. --Honorable Sarah 16:31, 16 June 2006 (CDT)
Ah, Ollj, he was certainly a menace. He made me despair. Does he ever contribute these days? I don't know who you are, 84.9.35.164, but I have to say you coaxed me out of the woodwork by saying "Long before everyone in this thread"...
Ok, first things first, when it comes to revert wars sysops are no different from normal contributors. If a sysop gets into an edit war with someone then they are in the wrong. Perhaps they are even further in the wrong; as a sysop they have been entrusted to look after the wiki's best interest, not their own, or what they think will be the best choice for the wiki. Producing an article is a community project and as such all opinions need to be included.
There are occasionally people who want to do things their way and either won't listen or don't understand (hi, Ollj!) and these people should be reasoned with. I don't think they should be banned.
I don't think Stabber gets away with more than anyone else. No one has been banned for revert wars, as far as I'm aware, so it's not like Stabber has been given any special privelege.
I believe there should be a policy for revert wars, but I don't think it should be anything as restrictive as "only revert vandalism" or "only revert once".
In my opinion if a revert war takes place it is up to either party involved, or an impartial 3rd party, to remove any references to the offending subject in the article itself (if possible) and add a notice of some sort to the article, something like Template:Debate, and add a note on the user's talk page encouraging discussion on the article's talk page.
In summary: I don't think we can say that the only allowed reverts should be for vandalism; there are plenty of instances where people add incorrect information and a simple revert makes sense. Equally I don't think we should go the other way and get rid of this policy all together, because it has its merits. If someone reverts a contribution that someone has made then they deserve an explanation and they deserve the chance to argue their case.
I hope that makes sense. <LordBiro>/<Talk> 17:00, 16 June 2006 (CDT)
Just because we don't ban ppl for breaking the policy doesn't me we aren't enforcing it. I enforce the policy by requesting people to cease breaking it. Be sure that if the revert wars do not stop after a reasonable amount of request on both parties to stop, I would've pulled the ban. I prefer to give people chances before pulling the hammer, even if it is not the first occasion they break the policy. Graffiti and vandalism do not count. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 17:04, 16 June 2006 (CDT)
Hi 'IP randomizer'. I didn't mean to insult you by saying that you are F G. I was just trying to make my point with an example. (What point?, I might ask) I have never really understood people like you (if your speaking the truth, but I seriously believe you do) who do not make an account, and in addition hide behind a changing IP. It makes taking part in these discussion so much easier when others know you are not a sockpuppet or whatever. I really recommend making a user name.
I know it's not really in the spirit of the wiki, but I myself do not hold an IP on the same level as anyone with a username. For me anyone with a username is more reliable than an IP and even more so if they have a lot of contributions. If you seriously want to help the wiki there is no reason to hide behind randomised IPs with no user name. --Gem-icon-sm.png 17:28, 16 June 2006 (CDT)
Sorry, I have made exactly two comments on this talk page: this one, and the one directly at the root of this present thread. Please don't confuse me with the other anonymous contributors. To clear matters, I have registered a username for this thread alone. Arrowsmith 17:43, 16 June 2006 (CDT)

*Sigh* I just want to remind everyone that this policy was made because *I* (Karlos) reverted an edit of someone (was it Rezyk or was Rezyk just advocating?) and did not explain why. (I believe the whole history is up there.) I thought being Karlos, the contributor/admin, people should assume good faith in my edits. I have, since that discussion, seen the other side of the argument. No matter how leet I think my edits are, the other person probably thinks his edits are just as leet. So, for people to come in now and argue that this rule (which, as it stands, violates the incident it was made to address) is so enforceable is just ridiculous.

I remember very clearly that a side decision of that discussion is that even admins must explain their reverts. How and why this never made it into some GW:XYZ abbreviated policy is unknown to me. But I remember that unexplained reverts where the biggest issue this was trying to address, and for everyone to try and enforce this hollow rule even though it is missing the boat is just wrong.

I believe that an admin's actions should weigh more than others, but I believe that in my case with Stabber, I voided that weight by acting like her. So, my first revert of her revert was more authoritative (and I was in a clearer mind set, and I asked for why), the rest was just as childish. When I went there, I took away my own authority as an admin and made myself a user. --Karlos 17:34, 16 June 2006 (CDT)

Yeah I remember it being the debate where none-explained reverts were big issue. It also felt heavier when the rollback feature is used, and the automated message feels so impersonal, and felt (to me the new user) like a graffiti or spam was being reverted. I would've even welcomed an hand-typed "RV." as the reason over the rollback message.
Anayways, I've added "Explain your revert" as a collary of GW:FAITH. I hope it makes sense. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 17:45, 16 June 2006 (CDT)
I had actually posted here suggesting an ammendment to 1RV (see above, section titled "Suggested additions to the 1RV policy"; but all discussion shifted to the more dramatic proposal to scrap it. As the items in my proposal appear to be included in GW:FAITH now, I won't bother with the new draft here. --- Barek (talkcontribs) - 19:56, 18 June 2006 (CDT)

Quick Note[edit source]

The reason nobody's ever seen the only revert once policy work is because when it works, you don't see it. It is designed to cover the common case that covers probably 97% of all content disputes -- small scale changes that aren't justifiable or correct. The big revert wars we've seen would exist no matter what this policy was named or how many reverts it allowed. —Tanaric 07:12, 28 July 2006 (CDT)

Anyone play go (chinese old old game)?[edit source]

This so reminds me of the "ko" rules. (Not a fifty five 02:38, 10 September 2006 (CDT))

Not Taking the Policy Seriously[edit source]

We need to either start taking this policy seriously or make amendments to it, up to and including a complete revamp or dismissal of it. Everyone seems to have an excuse for sidestepping this, while admins seem to think it doesn't apply to them. And all the while, action isn't being taken against people for disregarding this policy. This morning, Fyren reverted a revert on the Ryoko article. And yesterday Skuld, who knows better, did the same thing to a couple skill articles. I know that it's a pain in the ass to note a talk page and invite discussion on a topic prior to reverting. I understand that it's a cumbersome procedure. I also understand that many of us revert reverts unintentionally, or even with good intentions. I think there either needs to be better adherence to this policy (enforced by admins), or we need to consider changing it.--Ninjatek 09:40, 13 June 2007 (CDT)

Breaking The Policy[edit source]

Numerous times today, anonymous users have broken this policy. What is supposed to be the correct course of action to take after a revert war has already broken out, the user has been notified properly on their talk page, and yet the problem still continues? --Aggro Isk8.png Sk8 20:12, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

Banning, I'd assume. —♥May♥Wick♥ 20:10, 19 March 2008 (UTC)

Interpretation..[edit source]

as far as I can see, it doesnt specifically say; Does the limit apply to the article, or the person in question? I've always interpruted it as the person, but.. —♥May♥Wick♥ 20:10, 19 March 2008 (UTC)

I always thought of it as the article. Why? If 10 different people start reverting an article up to 10 times, it's okay. No frikken way. If an article is RV'd and you disagree, take it to the talk page. If it is bumped out of RC, go ask an admin for an opinion to bring it back, or place some other small message below, idc. --- VipermagiSig.JPG-- (s)talkpage 20:19, 19 March 2008 (UTC)
What I mean of it is it applies to the User AND the Article. Aka, you can revert somthing somone has removed, they cant remove it back, and no more reverts can be made until a decision about it has been made. —♥May♥Wick♥ 20:21, 19 March 2008 (UTC)
Then it's "Only revert twice", because in your sentence it's: <add c**p>, <rv>, <rv>. --- VipermagiSig.JPG-- (s)talkpage 20:23, 19 March 2008 (UTC)
And then a forth person comes along and re-re-reverts it. That woudn't work. --OrgXSignature.jpg 20:23, 19 March 2008 (UTC)
What I mean is the revertation of the revert. So really, its actually only 1 revert on the actual subject. —♥May♥Wick♥ 20:24, 19 March 2008 (UTC)
The "actual subject" starts with the first edit: Adding stuff in. --- VipermagiSig.JPG-- (s)talkpage 20:25, 19 March 2008 (UTC)
(edit conflict) And that's better than making a talk page addition in what way? --OrgXSignature.jpg 20:26, 19 March 2008 (UTC)
Its not, but if theres a note which is viable and its been removed, its better for it to be there then it is to not until the discussion has finished. —♥May♥Wick♥ 20:27, 19 March 2008 (UTC)
This reminds me of the cynn's panties image issue over on official guild wiki. --Lann-sf2.jpg Lann 20:28, 19 March 2008 (UTC)
What? —♥May♥Wick♥ 20:29, 19 March 2008 (UTC)
Such discussions are closed soon, usually. Also: What if a note is removed? Side note: We had the Cynn underwear discussion too :P --- VipermagiSig.JPG-- (s)talkpage 20:32, 19 March 2008 (UTC)
Cynn panties trivia. Someone uploaded image on article. Revert wars between two groups. The point is, the info should be left in until the discussion (talk page) is resolved and a decision has been made. --Lann-sf2.jpg Lann 20:33, 19 March 2008 (UTC)

If you think you're ugly.jpg<---shes going to rape you if you revert 2x Lost-Blue 20:34, 19 March 2008 (UTC)

Okay, the whole point of this policy is to prevent revert wars and pointless conflict. Setting a "1-revert limit" on each article seems to create more conflict than it prevents. So I would propose that it be changed to "revert sensibly, using your best judgment" rather than a solid and inflexible one revert. Felix Omni Signature.png 20:35, 19 March 2008 (UTC)
Thats what I think. —♥May♥Wick♥ 20:36, 19 March 2008 (UTC)
I think that picture is disturbing. --Lann-sf2.jpg Lann 20:37, 19 March 2008 (UTC)
(edit conflict) Yes, but revert wars start because people act after their best judgement on the subject. Also, AdBlock Pro ftw.--OrgXSignature.jpg 20:38, 19 March 2008 (UTC)

(Reset indent) That would be more in like with the other policies of GW:AGF and GW:YAV. A one-revert limit is less of a policy and more of a regulation. And blue, don't spam serious topics. Felix Omni Signature.png 20:38, 19 March 2008 (UTC)

I think you mean PLEASE dont spam serious topics, Felix. And thats exactly what I mean. —♥May♥Wick♥ 20:39, 19 March 2008 (UTC)
No, I am telling him quite imperiously not to do it again. Felix Omni Signature.png 20:40, 19 March 2008 (UTC)
serious topic? It's just a site about a video game, no offense to anyone but I think y'all are taking this WAY out of context. irl you don't settle things like this, you take a vote or elect a leader now stop being irrational and solve the problem without making it seem like you're trying to save the Earth.
Votes don't let people with an insight have a greater say. Insight is good. Lord of all tyria 20:42, 19 March 2008 (UTC)
Serious-ish, then. LoaT, the fact that Insight is actually mainly (IMO) your idea of what things is may contribute to the fact insight isnt taken in. —♥May♥Wick♥ 20:44, 19 March 2008 (UTC)
Insight = electorial college. Inepititude = the people. --Lann-sf2.jpg Lann 20:46, 19 March 2008 (UTC)


Lann, can you elaborate on Setting a "1-revert limit" on each article seems to create more conflict than it prevents.? -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 20:47, 19 March 2008 (UTC)

People can start trolling others over the removal/readding of a section/piece of information because they cant readd/reremove it? —♥May♥Wick♥ 20:49, 19 March 2008 (UTC)
That was actually me, and certainly. Most of the time when GW:1RV is broken, a person reverts again and says on talk page "You've broken GW:1RV." However, that person just broke it too. Then an argument ensues about what constitutes a revert, how many were actually made, and who's correct in the end. The only time I've ever seen GW:1RV be useful is when admins need an extra policy to tack onto a user's ban notice. Felix Omni Signature.png 20:55, 19 March 2008 (UTC)
Show me a case of a triple-revert without a discussion ,and I'll agree with you. So far, I've seen 2 rv's and then discussion. The main confusion is wether this counts for an article or a person. That needs to be clarified. --- VipermagiSig.JPG-- (s)talkpage 20:57, 19 March 2008 (UTC)
I'd rather one person ignorant of the rule break 1RV by doing a 3rd RV and leave a note on the 2nd Reverter's talk (and hopefully prompt a discussion), than having that same person doing the RV (obeying a 3RV rule) without leaving a note on the 2nd Reverter's talk (which may lead to 4th and 5th RVs before discussion happens). The design of the 1RV policy was per article, and if ppl find it unclear, please help clean up the wording on the policy article. Trolling ppl who violate policies is an entirely different matter of itself. Within the limits of AGF, we should kindly inform ppl that they are breaking policy, instead of trolling them, and this should apply to ALL GW policies. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 18:14, 20 March 2008 (UTC)
The problem is, people disagree on certain issues, and thus revert others additions/notes/statements. The issue should be discussed on the talk page relevant to the article. I believe the policy should be amended. --Lann-sf2.jpg Lann 21:52, 20 March 2008 (UTC)
I am not sure how the problem you stated above favors removing the hard limit of 1RV (my paragraph which you are responding to was intended to support the "Only Once" limit in the current policy, so I assume your response is meant to provide supporting rational for removing the "Only Once" limit). -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 02:31, 21 March 2008 (UTC)

Addition[edit source]

Perhaps add to not bring up the breaking on the article's talkpage, but rather on the user's talk page. This will prevent unneccesary cluttering of the articles talk page about questions and comments on this policy. What do you think? --- VipermagiSig.JPG-- (s)talkpage 18:22, 20 March 2008 (UTC)

I am neutral to this. It makes so much sense to me that I believe it ought to be common sense, but if you see a need for being explicit, I am not going to stop you. However, if you do add it, then you might want to further clarify that the discussion on the conflict of content/opinion should be on the article talk page. In other words:
  • Discussion on the breaking of 1RV (or lack of) goes to user talk page instead of article talk page
  • Discussion on the content in dispute goes to article talk page instead of user talk page.
-User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 18:26, 20 March 2008 (UTC)
The point is, it's being brought up on the article's talk page. That's why I brought this up. I'll add in those 2 lines to clarify. --- VipermagiSig.JPG-- (s)talkpage 18:34, 20 March 2008 (UTC)

What to do when there is no discussion?[edit source]

The policy mandates that an edit be discussed on the talk page until a compromise is reached. What should I do when there is no discussion, or not much of it? Bring it to the attention of an admin? Break the rule? Conclude that noone cares for my edit so it's useless anyway (but what about GW:YAV)? This situation is extremely frustrating, even half a year later, seeing as GWW has actually added the info that was to be in the edit. mendel 15:34, 26 May 2008 (UTC)

If there's no discussion, try and start one. What edit are we talking about here, anyway?Entrea SumataeEntrea [Talk] 16:52, 26 May 2008 (UTC)
Actually, not an edit must be discussed, but the reverting of an edit. Also, it doesn't matter if there's something on GWW but not here; in fact, we mayn't copy from them. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 16:58, 26 May 2008 (UTC)
Ah, no, you see my edit was before GWW put the info in, and it was reverted, and the argument against it was, as I understand it, "no need to write that here", with the GWW editors obviously seeing the matter differently (as it turns out). I understand that GWW decisions don't guide policy here, but it adds to the feeling that if GW:YAV was taken seriously, the editors here would have noticed some of the value the GWW editors were obviously able to find. That is all water under the bridge, but the question is: what ways are there to raise discussion? If there are few people who read recent changes, and the page is not that important, there won't be much, but the frustration is still quite real. I can see how people start a revert war out of that, and that leads to more discussion, but there must be other ways. mendel 20:19, 26 May 2008 (UTC)
OK, the scenario is, I edit, someone reverts, I start a discussion, but noone participates except to say "we don't see it that way", in about as many words. So "try and start one" is not helpful unless you tell me what I can do to start one (I did post one or two paragraphs arguing for the edit). So what can I do? (It's not a recent edit, but I'd still like to know. What would YOU do?) mendel 20:19, 26 May 2008 (UTC)
There's no need to accomodate people who are intentionally being obstinate. Simply say "If no one gives me a damn good reason in the next x days, I will be adding y to the article." Felix Omni Signature.png 20:29, 26 May 2008 (UTC)
To which edit are you referring? Special:Contributions/M.mendel All your edits listed there are either talk pages or your user page, either of which should only be reverted by someone else for vandalism. Quizzical 20:32, 26 May 2008 (UTC)
Mendel actively contributed to the wiki as an anonymous IP for years; he only created an account extremely recently. Felix Omni Signature.png 20:33, 26 May 2008 (UTC)
Thanks Felix, now I (and everyone who reads this) will know what to do in the future. Given that two people have now inquired about the edit, posting an obscure reference to it on a highly visible page might also be an unorthodox way to raise discussion. I probably could also have posted on the reverter's talk page. Oh, and I haven't even been playing GW for a whole year, but thanks for the support, Felix. ;-) mendel 00:43, 27 May 2008 (UTC)