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Am 08.10.2012 06:46 schrieb Joel Madero:

2. Telling me I have to do an edit summary (no clue what that is)

IMHO it's a matter of courtesy to provide an edit summary (one word is often
enough) with any change, even small corrections.

People watching the Page who get an email notification can read the summary line
and so get a quicker feeling what has been done on the Page.

Imagine bugzilla messages: there you can see the bug number, but also, what
action has been done to the bug. The wiki equivalent is this "edit summary"
field, which unfortunately must be entered by hand. Other wikis allow a diff to
be sent with the notification, but MediaWiki AFAIK does not.

It's also easier for Spam detection: If you look at the Recent Changes page, it
also displays the edit summary line. So you can often detect spam quicker. (And
btw get a better feeling what has been done (and when) to a page.)

My 2¢


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