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This page is an official policy on GuildWars Wikia.

It has wide acceptance among editors and is considered a standard that all users should follow. Please use the talk page to propose changes.

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Summary

  • Do not revert somebody else's reversion on an article. Discuss the issue on the talk page instead.
  • Do not revert anybody's re-reversion that breaks this policy. Kindly inform them about the policy and point them to the discussion on the content.
  • 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.
  • This does not apply to obvious vandalism that cannot be attributed to (potentially misguided) good-faith.

Details

Articles on the GuildWiki contain both facts and opinions. This is a good thing, as our goal is to be a guide for the game and often both kinds of information are useful to the reader. For example, we have not only raw data on a skill, but also best practices for using that skill, good combinations with other skills, commentary about why the skill is better or worse than another, etc. Such a comprehensive treatment of a subject is one of the strengths of the GuildWiki.

We encourage editors to be bold in editing pages, but not all edits are of equal value. An edit may introduce erroneous data, or give poor advice, and these should be removed. We highly value the quality of information in articles, so, by tradition, editors are allowed the freedom to revert a good faith edit of another editor if they believe that edit to be incorrect.

However, such reversions may be used at most once.

If you find your edit was reverted, take your case to the article's talk page. Explain why you believe your edit was good and belongs in the article. Complete agreement is not necessary: as long as there is a general consensus in favor of your edits, they will eventually be returned to the page. Note that they may not return in precisely the manner you desire, nor will your contributions be immune from being edited mercilessly by others. Strategy and opinions change over time, and new contributors to the GuildWiki bring with them new perspectives.

The revert rule applies to the article, not the person.

No revert wars

When you see somebody breaking this policy (ie, an article getting reverted twice), do not revert it back to the only-reverted-once state. Just leave it alone and note the occurrence in the talk page.

Corollary: Do not re-revert, do not re-re-revert, do not re-re-re-revert.

Exception: A first revert without any explanation conflicts with GuildWars Wikia:Assume good faith, is not protected by this policy, and may be fair game for re-reversion. However, remember to assume good faith of the conflict with the policy, and do not simply re-revert any unexplained edit without reviewing both versions of the article.

Breaking this rule

Breaking the "only revert once" rule can subject the user to banning. This is not an automatic ban: an administrator will examine the user's actions and justification.

See also

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