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Edit conflicts are annoying[edit]

Just wanted to say that. I often encounter them during WP:RPP, WP:AFD and similar types of pages which are being continually edited. It can be a real pain during AfDs because sometimes it actually makes me rush the comment, and my thoughts about the subject may come out faster and with less care if I wasn't expecting a possible edit conflict. Can anyone relate to this? --h i s s p a c e r e s e a r c h 05:00, 16 November 2007 (UTC)

Problems with doing two things at the same time[edit]

Today while improving the article on the 2010 Chile earthquake I noticed that I cannot do two things at the same time. In two different instances I tried to repair and expand a phrase but I got warned that an edit conflict occurred repeatedly, even while no one edited since I started editing. This happened five times in a row, then I got tired and used two edits instead to do the same thing with no problems.

I think the problem may be that part of the phrase is altered, and at the same time a wikilink is made or changed. For some reason unknown to me, I cannot replace ((aaaa)) with ((bbb|aaaaccc)). While sometimes edit conflicts cannot be avoided, it seems annoying to me that edit conflicts are reported when in fact no one even touched the section you were editing.

Finally, it may be that edits happened elsewhere in the article, but the only difference (as in, the diff that is shown by the edit conflict page) turned out to be my ((bbb|aaaaccc) replacing the ((aaa)).

I am not exactly sure where to go with this problem, as it seems to be a bug in Wikipedia editing itself. Comments or advice anyone? Andreas Willow (talk) 18:39, 27 February 2010 (UTC)

Swedes Article[edit]

There is a user named Maunus who keeps editing the Swedes article based on his own point of view. He basically keeps adding Finns (the Finnish people) as a related ETHNIC group to the Swedes. This is not fact. They are unrelated ethnically. The Swedes are a Germanic peoples who speak a Germanic language and are genetically related to other Germanic peoples, while the Finns are a Finno-Uralic peoples who speak a Uralic language and are completely unrelated to the Germanic peoples. Can an Admin please do something about this? TheGoodSon 20:14, 10 September 2011 (UTC)

This is a content dispute, and does not go here. Brambleclawx 20:16, 10 September 2011 (UTC)

more advice needed[edit]

It would be good if the page had more advice about how to deal with an EC. The usual situation where I hit one is when adding a comment to a discussion page. My old approach was to use the "back" button to return to the edit screen, then copy my new comment to my browser's cut buffer, then reload the talk page, click "edit" again, and then paste my comment to the new window. With the new WP interface that becomes a lot harder, because clicking "back" pops a warning dialogue asking if I really want to leave the edit window without saving the comment. It's possible that I've been doing this the wrong way the whole time, or it could be that some software change to make merging easier could be useful. Any advice? (talk) 18:39, 19 May 2010 (UTC)

A week ago I asked the Wik team to fix a slanderous statement on Bachir Attars' biography and a few corrections to Bachirs' and my biography (Cherie Nutting). The scandalous statement was removed and I was told that the Wik editors are volunteers and too busy to help with this. I was told to edit the bios myself. I did this using Bachir Attars' name as my entry seemeed not to work.Bachir was happy for me to do this as he does not write well in English. Neither of us are very good at using the net and so we never enter bios to edit as we feel unable to do this well. I was so pleased to find that I learned how to do this and so edited our bios hoping to help these busy volunteers' as advised by Joe Daley. Soon both Bachir and I were both deleted from the Wik bios. All info added by me was totally true and can be backed up by contracts and actual literature,as well as references sent to the Wik by those who could confirm my edits were true. We have been on the Wik for many years.Suddenly we are deleted for doing no wrong and adding correct information. Rather than delete someone, would it not be better to be sure the edits were false before deleting an honest editor? Is there some bias here? We are all totally confused. We do hope that someone will fix this wrong deletion.I am happy to provide contracts, book refs or anything else needed to validate my very few entries.Most edits I made were typos. Cherie Nutting, manager and photographer for The Master Musicians of Jajouka since 1988. People to contact re refs.

Jeffrey Miller- In Touch...Farrar,Strauss and Giroux - Paul Bowles' book of letters and his bibliographer Rodrigo Rey Rosa (paul Bowles' Estate) Stephen Davis Joel Rubiner Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and Ron Wood and Jane Rose Peter Gabriel David Fricke (RollingStone Magazine) BBC Bernardo Bertolucci David Cronenberg Randam House, Roy Finamore "Yesterdays' Perfume"

Bill Laswell among many others. Adresses can be provided. 

Augusta Palmer and her fathers' articles for Rollingstone "Blues and Chaos" Scribners Sincerely,

Cherie Nutting —Preceding unsigned comment added by Bachir Attar (talkcontribs) 19:53, 29 May 2010 (UTC)


Am not particularly stupid, myself, but I don't quite grasp what this page is about.

Calamitybrook (talk) 06:56, 1 July 2010 (UTC)

the edit conflict is based on me my bad can you overlook it please — Preceding unsigned comment added by Anthonybex (talkcontribs) 21:47, 6 July 2012 (UTC)


This whole page is written as if Alice is Bob and Bob is Alice. That's funny, but confusing. Listroiderbob (talk · contribs) 12:45, 8 August 2012 (UTC)

Agreed. Can someone who has more history with this page take a stab at fixing this problem? The four-bullet summary at the top says that Bob's edit has been saved and that Alice is seeing the Edit conflict screen, but then the rest of the story talks about the choices that Bob will need to make. That doesn't make sense. As a newbie to this page, and never having experienced an Edit conflict, I'd rather not be the one to make a wholesale revision to the page. It needs help, though.Jonesey95 (talk) 01:09, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
Responding to myself. This problem is isolated to the summary section at the top. Alice and Bob are reversed. If you compare the stable version from 2009-2011 with the current version, you will see that Alice and Bob are reversed in the summary section. There was a goofy edit in mid-2012 that changed these names to Emma and Cody. That edit was reversed correctly, but then on 3 July 2012, User:Cdctmom6712 switched Bob and Alice. This switch was incorrect, and the page has stayed incorrect since then. That change on 3 July 2012 needs to be undone without reverting the rest of the edits since then. I edited the page summary to make this change. Jonesey95 (talk) 01:26, 3 January 2013 (UTC)

Check for identical edits?[edit]

Sometimes, I accidentally hit the save button twice. This triggers an edit conflict. Is there any way someone could work a check into the 'trigger' that determines wether the edits/servers are identical?

TheUnknownNinjaNN2(Talk,Always willing to discuss this subject) 20:20, 1 June 2013 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 24 February 2014[edit]

The order should be changed from Alice-Bob to Bob-Alice. (talk) 11:23, 24 February 2014 (UTC)

Not done: as your request is unclear - the phrase "Alice-Bob" does not appear on the page, so it cannot be changed.
If you want to suggest a change, please request this in the form "Please replace XXX with YYY" or "Please add ZZZ between PPP and QQQ. - Arjayay (talk) 11:50, 24 February 2014 (UTC)
See the section I wrote above. Bob and Alice were reversed in at least one of the sections, and I believe that I fixed it in January 2013. If you see a problem with a specific sentence or section, please explain your confusion here. Thanks. – Jonesey95 (talk) 22:11, 24 February 2014 (UTC)
For no apparent reason, and without discussion here, Bob and Alice have been switched. Because of the complex nature of this article, a couple of he/she pronouns were missed, and in at least one location, Bob and Alice were not switched when they should have been. I believe I have fixed those errors.
Discussion on this Talk page is strongly encouraged before further changes to this page are made. There is a history of unexplained and unnecessary edits on this page. The topic is confusing enough without us well-meaning editors making the situation worse. Not to mention that Carol and Ted are getting a little jealous. – Jonesey95 (talk) 18:32, 25 February 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 13 March 2014[edit]

ziad jreij

Ziad jreij (talk) 17:17, 13 March 2014 (UTC) [[Image:lebanon beirut mansourieh bedran

{{cite web | title = my life | publisher = mr.jreij | url = | accessdate =

I Ziad jreij wich my uncle as i haven't in february 11,2000 and i live in lebanon"beirut inthe same building with my cousin. my mom have 3 brother who loves me but i like the most is 3 mr.bechara because he introduced me to the christian life and i love them because he talk to me about the christian life and the bible and the life and sice this second i discovered that life is not a one-time for the one believes in jesus christ,life twice on the ground and in the jana and i prefer that the peoples think like me

Not done: it's not clear what changes you want made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format. — {{U|Technical 13}} (tec) 17:24, 13 March 2014 (UTC)

User script to automatically resolve edit conflicts[edit]

I made a hacky user script that adds a button to edit conflict screens to try to automatically resolve edit conflicts. I would be interested to know if its useful to people. To try it, add to Special:MyPage/common.js the following:


Thanks, Bawolff (talk) 05:51, 30 November 2014 (UTC)

Mistakes in the Mistakes section[edit]

In the Mistakes section, it started with Alice experiencing the edit conflict and merges her major improvement into Bob's version, however she accidentally overwrites one of Bob's minor improvements. The second paragraph said that when Bob sees Alice's version with his improvement left out, he should not revert to his version. However, starting in the third paragraph, it became "what Alice should do", where it should have been Bob, because in this scenario it was Bob that made the minor improvements. Bob can edit Alice's (newer, major) revision and add back his minor improvements. I have made the according changes in the section.--Joshua Talk to me What I've done? 16:15, 16 March 2015 (UTC)

Your changes look right to me. The Bobs and Alices were all correct when I fixed them on 2 January 2013, but people are obsessed with changing this story. The page's history is loaded with useless changes to this complicated tale. See my notes on this Talk page, above.
At this point, it looks like Bob and Alice have completely reversed places since my edit over two years ago. Good cleanup work. – Jonesey95 (talk) 16:54, 16 March 2015 (UTC)

Template:Edit conflict[edit]

I'm not sure if this template is a great invention. One time I had an edit conflict, and when I returned to the page I saw someone else's comment with this template at the beginning, presumably to show me what caused the edit conflict. Fine so far. However, when I wanted to add my comment for the second time, I again face an edit conflict. The reason was that the other editor had removed this template from their comment, possibly to tidy up their comment. So this template can lead to even more edit conflicts. Gap9551 (talk) 19:25, 10 December 2015 (UTC)