I had a content dispute with someone. I tried discussing the issue with them, but they weren't interested in discussing it, and kept on reverting without any discussion.
Now it's been locked at The Wrong Version.
What should I do?
Addressing just the question here on meta, and not the incident which spawned it (emphasis mine):
I tried discussing the issue with them, but they weren't interested in discussing it, and kept on reverting without any discussion.
The bolded text indicates where the problem really started.
If you make an edit to someone's post, and they revert it, don't make any further edits.
What should I do?
Attempt to engage them in discussion, and refrain from taking further action on the question or answer until you and the author reach an agreement.
If you cannot reach an agreement, or the author does not respond, flag for moderator attention, select "Other", and describe your suggested edit (preferably with a link to your discussion if it was outside of the comments).
Make a careful explanation why your way is the correct way, and try to convince others of it.
In the case that started this meta question, both you and the other party gave little to no explanation of the reasons. Not much of comments about it, just constantly war on and edit over and over, and calling each other names in comments.
If the other party is stubborn, lacks arguments, is a sexist and racist etc, it will show through discussion, and other people and mods will see it and support your stance.
Making a single line of cryptic explanation doesn't make either party look better, then it just looks like a sandbox fight.
My take on general question is:
In my opinion changing a question without valid reason and without author's consent constitutes vandalism.
StackExchange edit policy is following:
- We welcome all constructive edits, but please make them substantial. Avoid trivial, tiny one-letter edits unless absolutely necessary.
- fix grammatical or spelling errors.
- clarify meaning without changing it.
- correct minor mistakes.
- add related resources or links.
- always respect the original author.
- this site is collaboratively edited, like Wikipedia.
The edit in question clearly contradicts point 6. and while none of the previous ones apply.
The author of the question should have a right to protect it's integrity, even if you don't agree with the question. And even though questions are CC-BY-SA, this still applies:
Article 6bis of the Berne Convention: Independent of the author's economic rights, and even after the transfer of the said rights, the author shall have the right to claim authorship of the work and to object to any distortion, modification of, or other derogatory action in relation to the said work, which would be prejudicial to the author's honor or reputation
As for particular case you're referring to:
Calling the author "douchebag" in comments does not constitute "trying to discuss the issue".