On Wiki websites, refactoring refers to the process of rewriting and reorganizing text to shorten it while preserving content. This particularly applies to discussions, which thus can be made accessible to people who are interested in the arguments made in the discussion, and the information to be gleaned from it, rather than the history of the discussion itself. Refactoring can be difficult to do in such a way that it makes all participants of a discussion happy.
Anyone who has suggestions about refactoring articles on this wiki -- or who can share good examples with dates and versions from the history of a particular page, that we can compare for our edification -- is encouraged to note them here.
- This text was excerpted from the Wikipedia article on the subject, most of which is concerned with refactoring programming code, which is not relevant here.