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This page contains policies and guidelines related to Edit Summaries.

See Saints Row Wiki:Policy for other policies and guidelines.
  • These pages document how things are currently done on the Saints Row Wiki.
  • Some are common sense, while others are responses to specific situations.
  • Where possible, examples and reasoning is included.
  • If there is anything you do not understand, use the talk page.
  • If there are changes you would like to propose, use the talk page.
  • No-one is expected to memorise everything before their first edit.
  • No-one will be punished for not knowing these guidelines.
  • New editors should be linked to policies when relevant, so that they can improve.
  • Once informed of a guideline, users are required to follow that guideline.
  • Most guidelines are common sense, so most users will never need to be linked here.

Basics[]

  • Always use an Edit Summary
  • Edit Summaries are not for discussions
  • Do not ask questions in Edit Summaries, use the Talk page.
  • Do not leave snide comments in Edit Summaries

Edit Summaries are for...[]

Edit summaries are about what you have done, and why you have done it.

Well written Edit Summaries can be prefixed with "I", "I am", or "I have".

As in: "I (did this)", "I am (doing this)", or "I have (done this)".

... Description[]

A simple summary of what was added: as in what you have done.
  • Example: (I have) "Added trivia about source of name"
  • Example: (I have added information about) "source of name"

Descriptions of the edit are mostly used when adding information, so that it's easy to find the edit in article history later.

Without an Edit Summary, it's hard to track down who added that information.

... Justification[]

The reason for the edit: as in why you have done it.
  • Example: (I am) "Removing duplicate information"
  • Example: (I have edited this because) "This is incorrect"

Justifications for the edit are mostly used when removing or changing information, so that the edit is not mistaken for vandalism.

Without an Edit Summary, it's not always immediately apparent why information has been removed, and the edit may be reverted.

Undoing another user's edit without an edit summary will also likely be considered vandalism.

Edit Summaries are not for...[]

... commentary[]

Edit Summaries are not for commentary.

Edit summaries are about what you have done, and why you have done it, and are not for making comments about content or edits.

If you have a comment about improving the article, use the talk page.

... discussions or arguments[]

Edit Summaries are not for discussions or arguments.

Edit Summaries should be used in order to avoid edit wars, but it is not appropriate to use them to argue back and forth.

... personal attacks[]

Edit Summaries are not for personal attacks.

While it is acceptable to state "This is incorrect" when removing something, it is unacceptable to write "Whoever wrote this crap is an idiot", and anyone doing this may be blocked from editing.

If you wish to tell someone your opinion of their edit, contact them directly.

... questions[]

Edit Summaries are not for questions.

If you want to ask a question about the article in general, use the article talk page.

If you want to ask someone about something they added, use their user talk page.

... storing information[]

Edit Summaries are not for storing information that belongs in the article.

If the information is worth stating, it is worth stating in the article. If the information is not worth stating in the article, then there is no reason for it to be in the Edit Summary.

Edit Summaries are also not intended to store References. References are to be added via the {{ref}} template.

... extended explanations[]

Edit Summaries are not for extended explanations.

Edit Summaries should be concise. If something requires an extended explanation that is not suitable to be included in the article itself, use the talk page to write the reason out in full, and add "see talk page" after the short Edit Summary.

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