Edit War

On wiki, you can't stop your opponent's edits. They can wipe out yours, and you can wipe out theirs. If you wind up on the other end of a debate with a RefactoringWildMan, this can take a lot of energy!

MakeRoomForAllViewpoints. Once this is done, your opponent will have a page for their utter nonsense and foolish dogma, and you will have a page for your obvious goodness and correct thinking. And the two of you will have a page to slug it out that will not be overly repetitive, and from which whatever skerricks of signal occur can be easily extracted. And it will be much easier for you to eventually reach a ModusVivendi.

Observe DeleteOnceRestoreOnce. If a change you make is undone or if the text you deleted is replaced, leave it. The community will end up choosing the better idea.

Use ExponentialBackoffEditing. (a variant of DeleteOnceRestoreOnce)

Reply, don't delete. If you have to alter someone else's content, do it only to clean up personal insults, place into context (avoid off-topic), or consolidate repetition.

WikiPedia has a similar problem. See observation in http://www.weblogsky.com/archives/000301.html (BrokenLink: 2008/05/25) (ArchiveOrg? link: http://web.archive.org/web/20061116061843/http://www.weblogsky.com/archives/000301.html )

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See FunnyWikiProcesses | WikiWar


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