Help:Wiki University--Patrolling How To Patrol

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HOW TO PATROL[edit | edit source]

  • Login to FamilySearch Wiki.
  • Go to Recent Changes page and begin patrolling from the bottom of the list.
  • Patrol NEW ARTICLES by clicking on the article name. (Note: article name and page name is used synonymously.)
  • Patrol the changes made to EXISTING ARTICLES by clicking on the diff or numeric value representing the number of changes made on the page.
  • Review all additions and changes and verify that Wiki standards and policies are being met. Refer to the "reference materials" found in Wiki Guiding Principles.

Handling of changes that meet Wiki Standards[edit | edit source]

  • If the changes on the page meet with Wiki standards, mark the page patrolled.

-For additions of NEW ARTICLES, click on the "ARTICLE NAME, review the article, then click on [Mark this page as patrolled] found at the bottom right hand corner of the page.

Mark as Patrolled for a New Page.JPG

-For changes in EXISTING ARTICLES, click on the "diff" or "# changes", review the blue changes on the right, then click on [Mark as patrolled] found at the top right side of the page.

Mark as Patrolled for Changes.JPG

-Marking an article "patrolled" will REMOVE the exclamation point (!) from that recent change line and the line will disappear from the recent changes list. It is not deleted or lost. You can still view all lines that have been patrolled if you modify the Recent Change Options to "Show patrolled edits"

Handling of changes that DO NOT meet Wiki Standards[edit | edit source]

  • If the changes on the page does not meet with Wiki standards, you will perform one or more of the following steps:
 - CONTACT the User via their talk page and/or their email
> explain the issue or problem to the User;
> attempt to understand what they are trying to do and help them if you are able;
> refer them to Wiki standards and policies, as needed;
> invite them to make the correcting entries;
> flag the page to show up on your "watchlist";
> mark page as patrolled;
> follow-up in a few days to be sure the User acted upon your instructions;
> always follow-up (get back to the User) with a thank you message for their corrective action.
 - REFER the issue to another missionary for resolution
> copy Username, article name, and URL for the "Difference between revisions of..." page and paste it into Yammer > Wiki 911;
> add an explanation of the issue or problem;
> indicate if you already contacted the user and what happened;
> indicate whether you marked the page as patrolled or not;
> post the message and watch Yammer > Wiki 911 for responses by other missionaries;
> always follow-up with thanks to those who helped with issue resolution;
> learn by the final action taken.
 - TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION by removing offensive material from the article
> immediately remove all code from an article containing vulgar and offensive language, images, etc;
> immediately remove all links to pornography or other non-compliant sites;
> report all such cases in Yammer > Wiki 911 providing Username, article name, and URL of page.

Patrolling Multiple Edits by the Same User[edit | edit source]

Remember that at this time each edit must be marked as patrolled. You can't just patrol the last change and assume that all the others were marked as well. Sometimes you have to go backward to go forward!

  • New Pages
    • The first edit of a new page is made by clicking on the name of the page, then scrolling to the bottom of the page and marking it as patrolled.
    • If there are other edits to the page you will need to go back to the patrolling page and click on the number of edits, then mark each as patrolled.
    • You may have to do this several times to get them all.

  • All Other Pages
    • Click on diff or the number of edits to get to the diff page. Just above where the differences are compared, there will be this line:

(One [or however many] intermediate revision by the same user not shown)

  • In order to see the "intermediate revisions," go backward once by clicking on Older edit on the left side of the page. This will take you back one edit.
  • Now, click on Newer edit on the right side of the page. You should now be able to mark all of the edits as patrolled one after the other.

Patrolling Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Patrolling is a great way to learn about the Wiki and you should patrol whenever you come on duty.
  • In patrolling, check the changes themselves and confirm that every newly-added link is for a legitimate site. In addition, check the rest of the article for tone, structure, and broken links.
  • If an article is being changed while you are patrolling, back off and give the contributor some time to complete the work. Otherwise, you may both be trying to edit at the same time, and you may be trying to make corrections that the contributor is also making.

In the next lessons, you will learn more about specific patrolling situations and how to deal with them.

Try these out[edit | edit source]

Quick Quiz
  • If a "New" page meets with Wiki Standards, the patroller will click on [Mark as Patrolled] found at the top right side of the page.
  • In the following circumstances indicate whether you would (A) mark the article patrolled, (B) contact the user and follow-up, (C) post the article in Wiki 911, or (D) remove the changes myself. Note: There may be more than one correct answer.
1. The contributor made one edit and entered a link to a cosmetics site.
2. The contributor added a good link but formatted it incorrectly and it is garbled.
3. A new contributor made 4 inappropriate edits in one day.