Wikipedia:Revert only when necessary: Difference between revisions

* Do not revert a large edit because much of it is bad, and you do not have time to rewrite the whole thing. Instead, find even a little bit of the edit that is not objectionable and undo the rest. (To do this, you can use the "undo" button, then type back in what you want to keep). If a supporter of the reverted edit wants to save more of it, that editor can re-edit in smaller pieces and the article can converge on a consensus version that way.
* Reversion is not a proper tool for punishing an editor or retaliating or exacting vengeance. No edit, reversion or not, should be made for the purpose of teaching another editor a lesson or keeping an editor from enjoying the fruits of his crimes.
* Do not revert an edit as a means of showing your disapproval of the [[Help:Edit summary|edit summary]].
* Do not revert an edit because you need more time to determine whether you agree with the edit.
* Do not revert an edit that you believe is an improvement. If you support an edit, but you think others will object, or you believe that the consensus will favor reverting, then let the people who object revert the edit. This is necessary to make the [[Wikipedia:BOLD, revert, discuss cycle]] work. BRD is based on negotiating compromises with the person who makes the revert, and it breaks when the reverter's reason is "I like your edit, but I reverted it because I thought Bob would object". Also, you might be surprised to discover how often other people's views line up with your own.
==Alternatives to reverting==