Negentropy is more

Negentropy is more

On a different sort of editing:

There’s a term in physics, negentropy, which means a reduction in entropy resulting in an increase in order. Most editing is a kind of negentropy because editors generally try to make things orderly.


[T]here is another kind of editing which is not very negentropic: editing public signs. Some are polite, suitable corrections, some are plainly just graffiti, and some, when graffiti “edits” other graffiti, are not only violating social mores and laws against graffiti, they’re adding anarchy.

Rather than getting passive aggressive, we’re much better off erring on the side of negentropy than more.