An edit war occurs when editors who disagree about the content of a page repeatedly override each other's contributions. This is caused by a dispute among the editors' information gathered from a source or the credibility or opinion regarding the edited information on a page. It takes at least three reverts for an edit war to happen, three reverts on any page causes an edit war. Edit warring is non-constructive and creates animosity between editors, making consensus harder to reach. Users who engage in edit wars risk being blocked or even banned. An editor who repeatedly restores their preferred version is edit warring, regardless of whether those edits are justifiable. Due to this reason, it is considered a toxic move.
Why They're Rotten
- First and foremost, the main issue with users edit warring is them fighting over the validity of information or justification of the edit.
- Some people who do edit warring are trolls who vandalize a wiki's page with false information or nonsensical edits completely out of subject.
- Speaking of trolls, some cause edit wars simply for their own amusement or if they think it's the right to do so.
- Some people involved in edit wars can be butthurt fanboys, little kids, immature teenagers, hackers, manchildren, racist, sexist, homophobic, heterophobic, SJWs, moral guardians, xenophobes, cartoonaboos, weeaboos, transphobic, koreaboos, normies, westaboos, incels, cyberbullies, opinion disrespecters, and toxic haters who put false/nonsensical information and attack the admins/other editors on the summary. They also vandalize the pages because of their apoplexy on what they see.
- Opinion lashing is present with the editors' warring each other as they present their opinions on information like they were facts. In fact, they make a bunch of fights about an opinion.
- Those who wage an edit war on a wiki cannot accept criticism directed at them, even if it's constructive and not derogatory.
- They give some wikis a bad name thanks to their undoing edits.
- Almost virtually every wiki (Wikipedia, FANDOM, etc.) has edit wars waged on every article they had. Miraheze is no exception, as this website specifically, had a terrible history of edit warring and vandalism, like the controversial SJW page.
- Some users who do edit wars tend to make insulting or derogatory remarks on the edit summaries, often directed against other users or editors/volunteers, tarnishing the page history's reputation even further.
- Edit wars are known to cause bad records on the page histories of the articles that the users edit.
- Because it is their own undoing, the users involved in edit wars write themselves a bad record on the edit histories of articles in many wikis, which are virtually irrevocable unless a page is deleted.
- This also gives innocent users, admins or beurocrats bad records (if they fight the edit warriors). If you are a very ruminative person, expect that your activities will forever be etched in your contribution history and the only way to eliminate this is to start over.
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