Use and overuse of change bars to mark revisions


#1

I remember learning that when using vertical “change lines” or “rev bars”, one should not use them to signal trivial and obvious editorial changes, such as revision number (duh!) and the new Record of Revision entry (double-duh!).
However, I am unable to find a citable style guide reference that backs this up.

  1. Is this an advisable practice? And,
  2. Who says so?

#2

I’ve always used automated change bars, so every change is marked. I’ve never heard of this rule.


#3

Yep, I use the automated change bars, as well, but in MSWord, I accept the changes for the “obvious” editorial changes, so that they go away.
Both my Tech Writing prof and a former manager told me to get rid of dumb change bars.