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How is it that you have locked me out of editing?

My definition of the words 'foreword' is not counter productive. It is, in fact, correct. Your points regarding the stylistics of the entry are also correct. Thus I suggest a compromise definition was follows...

an apt statement, usually written by someone other than the author, introducing the work itself.

I do not believe that you have a valid right to lock-out a correct definition...I believe that you are simply being territorial and asserting your superior wiki-powers.

It would have been more professional to open-up a discussion with me. It would have been more productive to accept the more accurate definition and place it into 'correct' stylistics...rather than simply undoing good work and locking-out superior definitive knowledge.

distinction with "preface"[edit]

i've read on wikipedia and in a book on writing books that a foreword is not identical with a preface. a preface is written by the author while a foreword is written by someone else. i'm not convinced that this distinction is widely known or followed, so i'm raising it here. probably it should be investigated by seeing what the various publishers do. Raichu2 (talk) 01:36, 5 April 2014 (UTC)

A simple Google search for "foreword by the author" comes up with hundreds of thousands of hits, so I share your skepticism. It would seem to me that a foreword and a preface are indeed different, and forewords are indeed more likely to be written by someone other than the author- but the fact of who wrote something doesn't determine whether it can be called a foreword or a preface. Chuck Entz (talk) 03:17, 5 April 2014 (UTC)