On Behalf Of Todd Allen
Sent: Monday, August 13, 2007 9:25 AM
Subject: Re: [WikiEN-l] Time for a rant
It depends on the circumstances (there have been times
when I've certainly
very knowingly engaged in BRD, and
was well aware that the R was going to happen as part
of the road to D).
Regardless, reverting anything but blatant vandalism
should merit at
-minimum- leaving a note on the talk page
as to why the revert was done so that the issue can be
This is good advice for the "B" part of BRD as well as reverters. If the
initial edits are at all major or likely to be misunderstood, then I'd tend
to assume "what people don't have explained and might not be sure what's
going on, is probably fair to assume they might revert". A refactor or major
edit or cleanup can be quite hard to check if its genuinely good or what's
happened, for a third party just looking at the DIFF. I suspect it helps
other editors a lot to create a summary of changes and an explanation on the
talk page, linked from the edit summary, up front, posted at the same time.
But to sympathize with the main point, blanket "I don't like this" reverts
of good faith plausible edits, are usually far less helpful than discussion,
or revert + discussion.