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Help Define the Policy

  • The "three-revert rule" is described in Policy document as reverting any page or any part of a page more than 3 times in 24 hours. Does this definition need expanding to include a "large number of reversions" to multiple pages, not just a single page?
  • The consequence stated for violation of this rule is that action might taken against your account by an administrator. What action will be taken?


Help Define the Procedures

  • How should the three-revert rule be reported, and to whom is the violation reported?
  • Who should evaluate the reported violations of the three-revert rule?
  • How is the evaluation completed? What has to be evaluated?
  • What is the time frame for follow-up on reported violations?
  • What recourse does an author have when they have been reported for violating the three-revert rule?
  • If the reporting of the violation is done through the author's user page by using a template/flag, does the template ever get removed from the user's page? What if the issue was fixed right away by the author?

Development Needed

  • Create a fully functioning template (flag) for the three-revert rule. This is more than just a simple flag. The template needs to automate the process of referencing which page or pages in the wiki the notice is for.
  • Create a category for the three-revert rule.
  • Both the wiki code process and the simple process should be implemented and described in the documentation.
  • Document the procedure for escalating reported violations to administrators so necessary action can be taken.
  • Administrators should be able to monitor reported violations of the three-revert rule. (Wikipedia does this through a noticeboard.)

Wikipedia Examples

When defining the policy and the procedures for the three-revert rule, the current practices at Wikipedia might be helpful:

  • The user is notified of their violation of the 3RR by adding the 3rr template to their user page.
  • When a user in Wikipedia is notified that they are possibly violating the 3-revert rule, the notice they are given states:
"You currently appear to be engaged in an edit war. Note that the three-revert rule prohibits making more than three reversions on a single page within a 24 hour period. Additionally, users who perform a large number of reversions in content disputes may be blocked for edit warring, even if they do not technically violate the three-revert rule. If you continue, you may be blocked from editing. Please do not repeatedly revert edits, but use the talk page to work towards wording and content that gains a consensus among editors. If necessary, pursue dispute resolution." (See Template 3rr for full Wikipedia documentation.)