Changing another editor's talk page comment
Welcome to Wikipedia. Everyone is welcome to contribute constructively to the encyclopedia. However, talk pages are meant to be a record of a discussion; deleting or editing legitimate comments, as you did at Talk:Atheism, is considered bad practice, even if you meant well. Even making spelling and grammatical corrections in others' comments is generally frowned upon, as it tends to irritate the users whose comments you are correcting. Take a look at the welcome page to learn more about contributing to this encyclopedia. Thank you. JamesBWatson (talk) 10:37, 14 September 2013 (UTC)
- Did you even bother to look at what the change was or look at the change comment? In fact I didn't change the other users text at all, I just removed an automatically inserted edit conflict template and properly indented the users text in the thread. The End. 18.104.22.168 (talk) 16:40, 14 September 2013 (UTC)
- Certainly I looked at what the change was, and looked at the "change comment".
- What gives you the impression that the edit conflict tag was put there automatically? I have never known them to be placed automatically, and it therefore seems to me much more likely that it was placed there manually. However, even if it was put there automatically, it's for the editor whose comment was affected to decide whether to leave it or remove it.
- You indented Scjessey's comment to the right of the immediately previous comment, which was placed there by Röbin Liönheart. That made it look as though Scjessey was replying to Röbin Liönheart, whereas in fact he/she was replying to your last comment. (That is clear both from the content of the comment, which addressed a point in your comment, not anything in Röbin Liönheart's comment, and also from the "edit conflict" tag, which shows that the message was written before seeing the last message, i.e the one from Röbin Liönheart. That is what an "edit conflict" tag is for: to explain why an editor's latest comment does not take into account other comments which pre-date it, but they had not seen when they wrote their comment.) That means that Scjessey was right to indent the message just to the right of your comment, to make it clear that that was what it was a reply to. Thus your attempt to "correct" the indentation was in fact mistaken, though I am sure you had good intentions. If you think another editor has made a mistake of this sort, it may be better to consider posting a message on their talk page, suggesting that they change it, rather than doing it yourself, just in case they have a reason for it that you are not aware of. JamesBWatson (talk) 20:25, 14 September 2013 (UTC)
OK. I've not generally seen this interpretation of the indentation and been editing as long as you have apparently but accept it as factual. Anyway tired of this and not going to edit this site any more, time to move on. 22.214.171.124 (talk) 21:40, 14 September 2013 (UTC)
- I no longer have this address (as well as having given up working this site) so any edits from it are not from user:lycurgus. 126.96.36.199 (talk) 10:16, 21 October 2013 (UTC)
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