Wiki edit wars summed up in one image macro
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An edit war is when an editor on any kind of wiki (such as this one or Wikipedia) makes an edit and someone quickly reverts that edit or changes it completely, and the two (though the number can grow) editors go back and forth reverting each other in an immature manner. Some reasons for edit wars include insisting that their version is the "right" version, hiding personal vices from the public, and other such forms of immaturity.
Edit warriors will often try their best to ensure that their edits prevail, often by calling on friends (or socks) to assist them or engaging other edit warriors in places other than wikis. Edit wars can be reduced to childish "Yuh, huh!" "Nuh uh!" battles, in which nobody wins until a parent - or in this case a mod - gets involved and arbitrarily declares a winner so the general sense of an edit war can be escaped.
Usually, the best way to prevent an edit war would be reasonably discussing the matter on the respective user's talk page or over on chat clients, as opposed to being brash and reverting edits.
The first edit wars can be dated back to 2001 on Wikipedia.
An Example of an Edit War
—22.214.171.124 (talk) 05:08, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
—Tacosunday (talk) 10:36, 4 March 2009(UTC)
—126.96.36.199 (talk) 16:29, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
Edit wars are inevitable and will never cease to happen as long as there are wikis.