[Talk-GB] Footway to Sidewalk?

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Tue Aug 21 15:23:28 BST 2012


On 08/21/2012 03:32 PM, Tom Chance wrote:
> Out of interest, which part of the mechanical edit policy did this
> contributor not comply with? As he notes in that forum thread, he
> thought he had followed it to the letter.

I don't have an iron-clad rule here but I think it is something like:

"If lots of people complain after you made your edit because they didn't 
see it coming, then you have chosen the wrong venue for your discussion."

This may sound a bit harsh at first because rather than providing lots 
of checkboxes for you to tick, it requires that you have a feel for 
what's going to happen and what the reaction is going to be. But then 
again, that's *exactly* what this is about! If you do something that 
upsets lots of people then you have done it wrong, no matter how many 
policies you have followed to the letter; the very reason we need to 
apply caution with automated edits is that they have the potential to 
upset lots of people.


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