A bad edit is one that does not or should not last.
All editing is about getting good edits to "stick" and making bad edits to go away.
A bad edit can be any of the following:
- removes a good edit without explanation. See:edit comment
- violates the three-revert rule
- adds misleading information or rhetoric
- omits vital information, or employs spin (replacing factual assertions with advocacy)
- does not help others develop their own opinion on the topic at hand.
- one which weakens a position.
- reorganizes a page in a way that is not among the wiki best practices
Certain forms of weak edit can become bad if no effort is made to clarify how they relate to open politics itself:
- too wordy.
- irrelevant to the page, or out of scope for open politics in general.
- uses too much jargon, or eccentric language.
The "bad"ness of an edit has nothing to do with whether you disagree with the position taken or dislike the person taking it. A common bad edit is one that undermines or ridicules an unpopular position, and facilitates groupthink, censorship, or reinforces a political bias. Another common bad edit is a crony attempting to protect a party leader or leadership candidate from criticisms or concerns.
Please repair a bad edits wherever you see them, even if, ESPECIALLY IF, the author happens to be extremely influential.
See also:editor guidelines, guidelines,wiki etiquette, content over community, political wiki, political bias