Dialogue is the main element of audiovisual narrative, even of silent movies. Though the voices of the silent film characters were not heard, they spoke to us.
Jerónimo Labrada, academic director EICTV San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba
Most of the challenges facing dialogue editors are the result of decisions made on the set. Location mixers must make choices about sound, story, sample rates, timecode, and note taking, all the while vying with the rest of the crew for precious space and even more precious time. These decisions will irrevocably affect the future of the production tracks and hence your way of working.
You can't undo incorrect sample rates, weird timecode, or improper time base ...