Wikipedia:Revert notification opt-out

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The Wikipedia notification system can inform you that an edit you made has been reverted. Sometimes, this can seem like a problem that you must deal with promptly, even if it isn't.

The process of reverting edits is a fundamental and necessary part of editing Wikipedia. Sometimes, you will have good reason to revert another user's edit. If you have edited here for any length of time, you very likely have had some of your own edits reverted by someone else.

In the normal process of creating content, these reverts are simply a step in a process of discussing and improving an article. It should not be anything personal or adversarial. It should not make you feel bad. Your first impulse should not be to revert again to restore your edit. You may be able to find alternative solutions to the edit. In particular, you should carefully read the edit summary of the revert, to understand the other editor's concerns. All these things take a bit of time.

An editor who has opted out of revert notifications enjoying the tranquility

The Wikipedia notification system lets you know about various events that may be of interest to you. Some of these things, such as being mentioned or thanked by another editor, can be very pleasant news. However, the system can also alert you that an edit that you made has been reverted. Getting such an alert can make you feel like you are being notified of something urgent, something that requires your attention right away. Because the editor who reverted your edit disagreed with you, this in turn can feel like there is an urgent problem with someone criticizing you. The notification tends to exaggerate the significance of the revert. If you respond quickly at the page where the revert happened, you may feel like there is a bigger problem than there actually is. Feeling that way is counterproductive to editing Wikipedia, because you may not yet have fully considered the ways in which you and the other editor might reach consensus, and you might be tempted to edit war. It can also diminish your enjoyment of editing, by needlessly giving you a false feeling of conflict. In this way, a notification of a revert (unlike a notification of thanks for one of your edits, or of a mention by another editor) may be something that detracts from your editing.

How to opt out[edit]

Depending on when you began editing Wikipedia, your user preferences may have been set with notifications of reverts enabled by default.

To opt out, click on Preferences at the top of the page while you are logged in, and go to a tab labeled "Notifications". Un-check the box named "Edit revert". (There are other notification changes that can be made there, and you may want to look at them at the same time.) Save your changes, and you are done!

You will still be able to find out about reverts when you check your watchlist, so you will not be uninformed. Instead, you simply will not be presented with the reverts as though they were something urgent.

If you want, you can also add this userbox to your userpage, to tell other editors about it. Just enter {{User RNO}} on your page.

This user has opted out of revert notifications. You should, too!

There is also this version. Just enter {{User RNO alt}} on your page.

This user has opted out of revert notifications. Try it!

You may just find that editing feels more peaceful after you do this!

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