Code of Conduct

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Revision as of 16:25, 7 January 2006 by DonRedman (talk) (simplified enormously, thanks to Nikki's post (Imported from MoinMoin))

Purpose: This Code of Conduct describes how AutoEditors (aka AutoModerators) should act out their privileges in a responsible way.

  • Be polite. Remember that there's another person on the receiving end. Treat people as you'd wish to be treated yourself.
  • Remember that everyone was new at some point, some new users have the potential to become automods themselves one day, given the right guidance, whereas many may never come back if they're insulted.
  • Don't abuse automod powers, including applying controversial changes without a vote or making edits another person is already making (although this does happen accidentally sometimes).
  • Don't get into flame wars, or at least try to keep a neutral position as possible.
  • Set an example for others.
  • In general, act responsibly. Automods are seen as a symbol of status, even if that wasn't the original intention, childish behaviour reflects badly on the MusicBrainz community as a whole.

Details and Discussion

Dealing With Open Edits

How should autoeditors deal with open edits, that they think are correct?

IIRC it was said, that autoeditors should not redo the same edit as an AutoEdit. While this might speed up the process of correcting MB data, it will make the other contributor's edit fail, and thus raise his FailedEditCount.

Making Disputed Edits

Autoeditors must never use their privileges to decide disputed edits in their favor.

alway check an items history before making a change that could be disputed. If you made an AutoEdit and then realise that it is disputed, you should:

  • Excuse yourself in a ModerationNote.
  • If you offended someone, revert your edit as a simple matter of courtesy.
  • Temporarily disable your AutoEditor privileges and enter the edit again as one to be voted upon.