| This page documents an official ABC Wiki policy.
It is a widely accepted standard that should normally be followed by all editors.
Reverting refers to any action, such as the use of the undo or rollback functions, that reverses the actions of other editors, in whole or in part. ABC Wiki maintains a principle of minimizing reversions. Revert vandalism on sight but revert a good faith edit only after careful consideration. Edit warring is prohibited. Editors should provide an explanation when reverting in the edit summary. If the edit summary proves to be inadequate to convey the proper reverting reasons, reach out to the editor on their message wall.
When a user encounters a change they do not agree with or simply do not "like", they should follow through the following steps when considering whether to revert.
The edit was unambiguously made in bad faith (e.g. vandalism or spam).
- Verify that the edit was in fact made in bad faith. Vandalism only refers to a deliberate attempt to damage the usefulness of content for other viewers, and spam only refers to linking to or promoting other sites without our permission. In cases of advertisement spam, the promotion of external sites enticing viewers to buy something, also report this to the VSTF.
- Revert, possibly with the standard edit summary "Reverted vandalism" or with the rollback tool if it is available to the editor.
- Communicate with the contributor.
- Leave a polite message on the message wall of the contributor instructing them that their edit was probably not helpful to the wiki.
- In the event of your attempts to communicate having no effect on editing behavior, continue to revert and leave a report on the message wall of an administrator or the Wiki Manager.
- In the event of further incidents, continue to revert until an administrator or the Wiki Manager becomes available to take any further action deemed necessary. If they are not available, contact the VSTF.
- Do not engage in name-calling or other breaches of the discussion policy with the vandal. Vandals thrive on seeing the angered reaction of other users. Do not give them the satisfaction and just keep reverting their actions without losing your patience until someone with the ability to block them comes along. Do not talk about the incident elsewhere on the wiki. Vandalism and spam is not "a big deal" and does not deserve widespread attention.
The edit has even the slightest possibility of being made in good faith.
- Attempt to implement alternatives to reversion. Try to improve it—rewording is better than reverting. Try to modify only the part of the edit that is found to be problematic.
- If a way to improve it cannot be found, if the edit is clearly incorrect or if the edit contradicts previous consensus, undo the edit.
- An edit summary must be provided. Provide an informative explanation as to the edit should not stand and link to the relevant decision or policy if one exists. An explanation is important to maintain the confidence to edit further and the calm of the user who is being reverted. It also helps to avoid an edit war. Avoid simply using a standard summary or just stating the edit to be "unnecessary" or "incorrect".
- Do not use the rollback tool. There is no such thing as not having the time to carefully explain reasoning in every reversion of a good-faith edit.
- Especially if the user being reverted is a newcomer, consider posting a polite, more elaborate explanation of why you had to undo their edit on their message wall. Try to link them to previous discussions, decisions or relevant policies.
The edit was a reversion of my previous change.
- Check the reason for the reversion of the edit.
- If you are still not satisfied and still believe your edit is legitimate or correct, do not simply reinstate your edit, but leave the status quo up. The status quo continues to reign until a consensus is established in favor of changing it.
- Communicate with the user who reverted your edit, preferably via message wall or on Discord. Attempt to come to an agreement on whether there should be a change.
- If an agreement cannot be reached, propose your reverted change on the relevant article's talk page or comment section or bring it to the attention of an administrator or the Wiki Manager for mediation.
Edit wars refer to an occurrence where users in disagreement over a single issue repeatedly revert each others' contributions relating to the issue, rather than attempting to come to an agreement on it. They are regarded as harmful to a constructive atmosphere.
Never engage in an edit war. In the event of one, the page(s) will be reverted to what had been the status quo or the version with community consensus, and they will be protected temporarily from further editing at the discretion of an administrator or Wiki Manager. The party that instigated the edit war may be sanctioned.
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