[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

> 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


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