The Three-revert rule (or 3RR) is an official policy which applies to all DrumCorpsWikians.
The policy states that an editor must not perform more than three reversions, in whole or in part, on a single DrumCorpsWiki article within a 24 hour period. This does not imply that reverting three times or fewer is acceptable. In excessive cases, people can be blocked for edit warring or disruption even if they do not revert more than three times per day.
For the purposes of counting reverts, these are excluded:
- correction of simple vandalism
Using sockpuppets (multiple accounts) to avoid this limit is a violation, and the policy specifically does not apply to groups. Any reversions beyond this limit should be performed by somebody else, to serve the vital purpose of showing that the community at large is in agreement over which of two (or more) competing versions is correct.
Reverting, in this context, applies to undoing the actions of another editor in whole or part, not necessarily taking a previous version from history and editing that. It may apply to as little as a few words or, in some cases, just one word that is continually added and deleted. Use common sense; don't edit war.
Rather than exceeding the three-revert limit, please discuss the matter with other editors. If any of them come close to breaching the policy themselves, this may indicate that the page should be protected until disputes are resolved.
The policy is independently applied to each page; reversions are not counted cumulatively across multiple pages. For example, if an editor performs three reversions on each of two articles within 24 hours, that editor's six reversions do not constitute a violation of this policy.
This policy does apply to repeatedly moving, renaming, deleting, undeleting, or recreating a page. All of these, if done excessively, are forms of edit warring.
Intent of the policy
The three-revert rule is not an entitlement, but an "electric fence"; the 3RR is intended to stop edit wars. It does not grant users an inalienable right to three reverts every 24 hours or endorse reverts as an editing technique. Persistent reversion remains strongly discouraged and is unlikely to constitute working properly with others. The fact that users may be blocked for excessive reverting does not imply that they will be blocked. Equally, reverting fewer than four times may result in a block depending on context.
Some users recommend spacing out your reverts to one per day:
- The other person might see the light of reason.
- You might realize that the other person was right!
- Others can easily step in and try to help.
- A day is much easier to apply than a 24-hour period. By limiting yourself to one revert per day, you avoid the risk of accidentally reverting four times in a 24-hour period.
Blocking is always preventative, not for punishment. Historical incidents are of no interest - please do not report anything other than current and ongoing problems.
Reverting and vandalism
If you find yourself reverting a considerable amount of edits by a banned user or a vandal, it may be appropriate to block the user or IP address. If you are not an administrator, you should list the person on vandalism in progress. If you are an administrator, you should block the user in accordance with the blocking policy.
The 3RR is generally not enforced against editors reverting changes to their own user page space (this includes associated talk pages and subpages), on the principle that although you do not own them, your user space is "yours" (for project-related purposes). Exceptions to this rule-of-thumb can occur in the case of editors identified by administrators, the arbitration committee, or developers, as sockpuppets, where the sockpuppet tag is continually removed from the user page by the user. Another exception is the repeated removals of valid warnings still in effect from user talk pages. The 3RR rule may be enforced in these situations.
It is usually considered bad form to remove comments (other than personal attacks) from your Talk page except to archive them.
Except in cases of spam and vandalism, an administrator should not block users for 3RR if they themselves have reverted that user's edits on that page. Instead, administrators in this situation should make a request at the administrators' noticeboard if they believe 3RR has been broken.
This rule is enforced by:
- Educating users who may not be aware of good DrumCorpsWiki practice in the matter.
- Peer pressure and leadership by example.
- Where pages are protected due to revert wars, admins may protect pages on the version disliked by those who have engaged in excessive reverts. See protection policy. The admin also has the option to protect the current version, thereby maintaining a sense of neutrality.
Violations of the three-revert policy can be brought to the attention of administrators at the Administrators' noticeboard.
Administrators blocked under this provision must not unblock themselves.
Blocks may be lifted at admin discretion if the infringing editor expresses regret for having broken the rule.
I've been blocked under 3RR! What do I do?
First, check if you actually did make a fourth revert in 24 hours or very close to it.
- If you didn't, you should email the admin who blocked you (or another admin), politely point this out and ask to be unblocked.
- If you did, you should either wait the 24 hours or email the admin who blocked you (or another admin), acknowledge your error, and ask to be unblocked. (They may, of course, choose not to.)
Some admins look at the quality of the edits in question; others do not.
Note that historically, public denunciation of the blocking admin has tended not to gain sympathy. You can, however, report cases of egregious misapplication of this rule to DrumCorpsWiki:Administrators' noticeboard/3RR; for more serious cases, to the "use of administrator privileges" section in DrumCorpsWiki:Requests for comment.