Wikipedia Through the Looking Glass/3RR

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In August 2004, a new rule was proposed to address problems about edit-warring over the name of the Danzig (German)/Gdansk (Polish) article, between German and Polish editors. "An editor must not perform more than three reverts, in whole or in part, on a single page within a 24-hour period." Jimbo opened a poll on it on 14 November 2004 and it was passed 28 November.

"I am personally endorsing and promoting this proposal, because I think that revert warring has become an absurd drain on us, and it has not worked for it to be a mere guideline of politeness, nor has it proved effective for the ArbCom to consider every single case of this. Violation of the 3RR is widely considered to be a problem in the community, even by those who are the worst violators. Jimbo Wales 03:05, 14 Nov 2004 (UTC)."
"The purpose of this proposal is that the arbitration committee members (as a whole) want to reduce the load of 3RR violation cases we see.
  • If you violate the 3 revert rule, sysops may block you for up to 24 hours. In the cases where both parties violate the rule, sysops should treat both sides equally.
  • This poll will last for 2 weeks, ending at 03:00 on November 21, 2004."

The 3RR rule proved to be such a popular tool for abusing opponents, in January 2006 it got its own special noticeboard.

As of 2015 this board has accumulated 268 archives, for an estimated 67 megabytes of argumentation. Many of Wikipedia's worst patrollers and insiders appear on the 3RR board routinely, reporting an editor they wish to be rid of. As is usual for such "administrative pages", no studies of the 3RR reports and resulting blocks or page protections has even been done. Because the board is little known outside the Wikipedia community, most blocked users never even know it was used in their cases.