Help:Wiki University--Patrolling Guidelines
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What to look for when patrolling[edit | edit source]
- Namespace is not missing, is properly written and spelled
- All links are blue (working)
- SEO properly written
- Category(ies) present and correct
- Wikitext and format generally working
Content[edit | edit source]
Content is consistent with Wiki guiding principles.
Cases requiring special handling[edit | edit source]
Before you begin patrolling, you need to know that some pages are handled differently than the mainstream. Here's a list of the ones you will run into most often:
|Type of Article||Handling Guidelines|
|FamilySearch Historical Records||
|British Research Pages||
|Family History Centers||
|Sandboxes and user pages||
|Norwegian pages (primarily adding new names)||
|Foreign language pages||
|Page in Progress||
Note: serious content problems trump the special instructions above (don't forget, anyone can edit a Wiki page, add links, etc.)
Handling problematic content[edit | edit source]
|Broken or incorrect links||
|Content on a person's own genealogy or biographies about specific individuals.||
|Specific doctrine or information of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint that is not research related.||
|Unnecessary historical or background information||
|Other inappropriate content, e.g.
|User making repetitious errors or "messing up" Wikitext format||
|Viral text may be included without the user knowing it.
Other actions you may want to take at any time:
- Post to Yammer > Wiki911 group with copy of URL information and description of issue
- Email user (link under "Tools" in the left sidebar on the user's page) or put comment on the user's Talk page if warranted.
- Refer user to guiding principles.
- Educate by referring to lessons in Wiki University.
- Add to watchlist. (Be sure to take it off at some point!)
- Refer for temporary or permanent blocking if issues are extreme or issue repeats after emails.
Patrolling Talk pages[edit | edit source]
On Article and User Talk pages, after ensuring that the policies and guidelines are followed, we are also looking for:
- Questions that patrons ask
- Problems, concerns, or other issues that may need to be resolved
- Trends that may indicate larger concerns or issues to resolve
Your patrolling resources[edit | edit source]
These are a few of the resources, references and tools you can use to help you patrol:
People[edit | edit source]
Ask questions of your mentor, instructor, companion or anyone on the Yammer groups (Wiki Missionary or Wiki 911).
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- Try another wiki
- Message Boards
- [[Category: Compiled_Genealogies]] or search specifically by geographical location and compiled genealogies
Patrolling Aids[edit | edit source]
- Maintenance templates
(for issues that need to be handled by someone else)
(to flag an article to monitor future changes)
- User information
User page, Talk page, User contributions, User email link
- Major article changes
- Move page
To retitle correctly. First check pages that link there and ensure you won't be creating a double redirect. You must have authority to move pages. Ask if unsure.
Cancels all changes made by the most recent user back to the prior user. This is helpful for issues such as a blanked page or significant format corruption. Caution: cannot be undone.
- Move page
- Block user
Refer user for temporary or permanent blocking because user does not comply with Wiki guiding principles. Generally only done after warnings and failure to comply, although in egregious cases (advertising or pornography links, etc.) may be done immediately. Must be done by a designated administrator.