[OSM-talk] Commenting and thumbs up/down feature for changesets

Steve Bennett stevagewp at gmail.com
Tue Jul 26 01:49:19 BST 2011


On Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 9:48 AM, Anthony <osm at inbox.org> wrote:
> Really?  Whatever happened to "Bold, Revert, Discuss"?  In my
> experience a revert of a bad edit is a pretty common thing on
> Wikipedia.  It's not until you get to re-reverts or re-re-reverts that
> offending someone becomes likely.

That works for particular situations, where people are inhibited from
making changes due to complicated local history. It's not standard
editing practice. From the guideline: "Note that this process must be
used with care and diplomacy; some editors will see it as a challenge,
so be considerate and patient. This method can be particularly useful
when other dispute resolution for a particular wiki is not present, or
has currently failed...In a way, you're actively provoking another
person with an edit they may (strongly) disagree on, so you're going
to need to use all your tact to explain what you're aiming to
achieve."

> In any case, the Wikipedia model somewhat fails as there's no easy way
> to revert in OSM.  There's not even a good diff system.

Yeah. This is sort of what I'm agitating for: better visibility of
what others are working on, greater ability to manage changes etc.
Another reason BRD wouldn't work on OSM is that probably no-one would
even notice the B. And if they did, and did the R, probably no one
would notice that. And if those steps both succeeded, where would you
D?

Steve



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