this is an information page.
it describes the editing community's established practice on some aspect or aspects of wikipedia's norms and customs. it is not one of wikipedia's policies or guidelines
, as it has not been thoroughly vetted by the community
|this page in a nutshell: when editing, be sure to summarize your contributions.|
an edit summary is a brief explanation of an edit to a wikipedia page. when you edit a page, there is a small text entry field labeled edit summary located under the main edit box and above the publish changes button:
edit summary (briefly describe your changes)
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it is good practice to fill in the edit summary field, or add to it in the case of section editing, as this helps others to understand the intention of your edit. edit summaries are displayed in lists of changes (such as page histories and watchlists), and at the top of diff pages.