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I was a little surprised at your unexplained reversion of my edit to the lead of this article, as I am the Good Article reviewer and am working on the basis of the overall effect of the article which I am assessing to help bring it safely through.
I note also that you have already been warned about the 3RR rule for edit-warring on the same article, so you should be aware that discussion is the required alternative.
Could you possibly explain why you believe your edit is an improvement to the article text? As you know, the lead text is supposed to reflect the main body of the article, and in my judgement as a reviewer this first sentence did exactly that. I do not understand why language should be regarded as a tendency; its description as a human capacity (something that we humans are capable of doing) appears to me to be exactly correct. All the best, Chiswick Chap (talk) 12:50, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
Human beings have the capacity to acquire written language. However, anybody defines written language as "the human capacity for acquiring writing systems". All the best, James343e. 10 September 2014 (UTC)
The article "Language" is based on spoken language. Human beings have the capacity to acquire and use both written and spoken language, so the definition "language is the human capacity for acquiring and using complex systems of communication" is problematic. If we accept this definition, then language cannot be characterized as an instinct or mental organ. We agree that there is no such thing as an instinct or mental organ for written language (a cultural system of communication), so I assume we can revert the text. Thank you. James343e. 10 September 2014 (UTC).
I haven't broken the WP:3RR rule. According to this rule "An editor must not perform more than three reverts on a single page—whether involving the same or different material—within a 24-hour period". I only have performed three reverts on a single page, not more than three. James343e Chap (talk) 20:09, 10 September 2014 (UTC).
- 3RR is a way to allow for preventive blocks to nip certain disputes in the bud. Editing so that you stay just below the minimum of four edits in 24 hours to avoid immediate block is considered to be a way of gaming the system.
- Btw, language covers written language. I suggest reading through the entire article before getting too opinionated about the lead.
- Peter Isotalo 18:58, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
Regarding your removal of discussion regarding language: the general rule at Wikipedia is that discussion directly related to article issues should be left for posterity (see WP:TALK for guidelines). The only reason to remove posts would be personal attacks, off-topic discussion and the likes. You have much more freedom in removing discussion on your personal talkpage.
I don't see anything particularly bad or negative about the discussion you removed, btw. It doesn't reflect poorly on you or anything like that. You stated your case, and I and two other users disagreed; consensus was not for your changes. This happens all the time. There have been discussions about the wording of the lead before, so keeping discussions might avoid having to repeat the same arguments over and over.
Please stop your disruptive editing. If you continue to blank out or remove portions of page content, templates, or other materials from Wikipedia, as you did at Talk:Language, you may be blocked from editing. Thank you. Theroadislong (talk) 13:38, 11 September 2014 (UTC)
- Is there any particular reason for you to remove these discussions? Do you feel something's amiss? Maybe there's been some miscommunication. I just think it would be unfortunate if you got blocked for keeping up the deletions.
- Peter Isotalo 13:44, 11 September 2014 (UTC)
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