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== The Recent Changes Page ==
 
== The Recent Changes Page ==
  
<p>All new pages and changes and additions to existing pages, no matter how trivial, are listed on a page named [[Special:RecentChanges|<font color="blue">'''Recent Changes'''</font color>]]. This page can also be accessed through "Special Pages" under "Tools" on the left toolbar of every Research Wiki page.  You may wish to set a bookmark or desktop icon on your PC to accesses the page directly.</p>  
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<p>All new pages and changes and additions to existing pages, no matter how trivial, are listed on a page named [[Special:RecentChanges|<font color="blue">'''Recent Changes'''</font color>]]. This page can also be accessed through "Special Pages" under "Tools" on the left toolbar of every Research Wiki page.  You may wish to set a bookmark or desktop icon on your PC to access the page directly.</p>  
  
 
<p>You <font color="blue">''must be logged in''</font color> to the FamilySearch Wiki to view the changes needing to be patrolled; i.e. those with a red exclamation mark displayed before the pagename for each line.</p>
 
<p>You <font color="blue">''must be logged in''</font color> to the FamilySearch Wiki to view the changes needing to be patrolled; i.e. those with a red exclamation mark displayed before the pagename for each line.</p>

Latest revision as of 08:19, 30 September 2020

What Is Patrolling?[edit | edit source]

Patrolling
One of our major responsibilities as missionaries is to ensure that articles comply with Wiki policies. Changes to the Wiki go live as soon as they are saved. For this reason, patrolling recent changes and new pages is critical and needs to be done all through the day. This is our first priority even before editing or adding to the Wiki. We must make sure the Wiki shows the highest standards of language and content. It is a reflection on us and the Church if we allow substandard material and language in the Wiki. (We missionaries are the Meerkats of the wiki and the first line of defense.)

The Recent Changes Page[edit | edit source]

All new pages and changes and additions to existing pages, no matter how trivial, are listed on a page named Recent Changes. This page can also be accessed through "Special Pages" under "Tools" on the left toolbar of every Research Wiki page. You may wish to set a bookmark or desktop icon on your PC to access the page directly.

You must be logged in to the FamilySearch Wiki to view the changes needing to be patrolled; i.e. those with a red exclamation mark displayed before the pagename for each line.

You are to patrol the earliest or oldest change first (so start from the bottom of the list). This takes care of the oldest edits made that haven't been marked as patrolled yet.

All changes on the Recent Changes page must be patrolled with only a few exceptions which will be explained in Lesson 15-Patrolling Guidelines.

Setting Your Recent Changes Page Preferences[edit | edit source]

Select Preferences at the top right side of your screen above the Search bar, then click on the Recent changes tab. You will be provided with selectable options on how recent changes are displayed when you patrol.

It is recommended that you specify how many changes you want to see at a time and how far back they should go. It is also recommended that you check or mark the following options before you begin patrolling:

  • Hide patrolled edits in recent changes
  • Hide patrolled pages from new page list

Sample of Recent Changes page[edit | edit source]

Here is a sample of eight entries from the "Recent Changes" page.

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Let's take the second from the top of the example and break it down into its parts.


Kind of edit[edit | edit source]

m ! 20:06 Gardendale Alabama Family History Center ( diff | hist )..(+87)..Rickgwilliams ( talk | contribs | block ) ( Opening Hours and Charges for copying ) [ rollback 1 edit ] (Tag Visual edit)


Kind of Edit - "N", "m", "b" or blank.

  • N - stands for new page. If the article is new, there will not be a "diff" entry and the reviewer will need to click on the name of the article.
  • m - stands for minor edit.
  • b - stands for a bot edit or one that is done automatically by the system.
  • blank designates the edit as a major change. Edits default to major unless you click the "minor edit" box. (Whether an edit is a major or minor change is a judgment call. Many times the user is unsure as to what it is and as a result doesn't check anything).


Has it been checked?[edit | edit source]

m ! 20:06 Gardendale Alabama Family History Center ( diff | hist )..(+87)..Rickgwilliams ( talk | contribs | block ) ( Opening Hours and Charges for copying ) [ rollback 1 edit ] (Tag Visual edit)

Checked or not - ! means the edit has NOT been checked or patrolled.

Why is this important?
If you are seeing articles that do not have the !, you are either not signed in or need to change the page settings (or your personal settings) to hide patrolled edits. Note: Edits by Wiki missionaries and other users who have been given moderator privileges show as "patrolled (automatic)" on the patrol list.


Time of edit[edit | edit source]

m ! 20:06 Gardendale Alabama Family History Center ( diff | hist )..(+87)..Rickgwilliams ( talk | contribs | block ) ( Opening Hours and Charges for copying ) [ rollback 1 edit ] (Tag Visual edit)

Time of edit - 20:06 is Greenwich Mean Time in England using a 24 hour clock.

Why is this important?
The time displayed will be according to the time zone you selected in your "Date and time" preferences. If you do not select a time zone, the time will be the time on the server which by default is Greenwich Mean time or sometimes referred to as Zulu time.


Article title[edit | edit source]

m ! 20:06 Gardendale Alabama Family History Center ( diff | hist )..(+87)..Rickgwilliams ( talk | contribs | block ) ( Opening Hours and Charges for copying ) [ rollback 1 edit ] (Tag Visual edit)

Article title - "Gardendale Alabama Family History Center" is the title of the article that has been edited or changed.

Why is this important?
Often, you will see that the title is for a user's user page or sandbox page. Since what users put on their sandbox pages is not seen by the public, we should give a lot of leeway in judging what they have put on their page. Often users are experimenting with material to see how it looks. If something looks strange but is not offensive, just mark it patrolled.


diff[edit | edit source]

m ! 20:06 Gardendale Alabama Family History Center ( diff | hist )..(+87)..Rickgwilliams ( talk | contribs | block ) ( Opening Hours and Charges for copying ) [ rollback 1 edit ] (Tag Visual edit)

diff - means "difference" (not shown on new pages). Clicking on "diff" will open a page that shows the change(s) made. Here is a sample diff entry:

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  • Left side is the original section before any changes.
  • The area highlighted in light orange on the left side shows what was changed.
  • Right side shows the changes or additions made.
  • The area highlighted in blue on the right side are the changes made or new material added.


Why is this important?

  • The "diff" screen allows the patroller "a quick look" of the wikitext coding before changes are made (left) and after the new code was added (right) allowing the patroller to identify problems.
  • Below the "diff" screen, the whole article is displayed with the new changes in place.
  • In most cases, changes are minor corrections to the text or some new material added. However, some changes involve whole pages. Occasionally you will find a page with no changes; this occurs when the user does not make changes and saves the page rather than canceling the edit.
The next two chapters will address common problems you may see in this "quick look".
  • You can search for the change within the article body by pressing the down arrow key to do a manual search or quickly locate it by:
(1) highlighting the keywords or phrase to be searched;
(2) holding down the Ctrl key and clicking the F key; then,
(3) copying the highlighted keyword or phrase to the box that came up in the top right hand corner of your screen;
(4) click the down arrow key to go to the next item if there are multiple "hits".


hist[edit | edit source]

m ! 20:06 Gardendale Alabama Family History Center ( diff | hist )..(+87)..Rickgwilliams ( talk | contribs | block ) ( Opening Hours and Charges for copying ) [ rollback 1 edit ] (Tag Visual edit)

hist - clicking on "hist" allows you to see all edits made to this page since its creation. (Reminder: you can also access the history of the article through the "View history" tab at the top of the page.)

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Why is this important?
Looking at the history of a page will give you relevant information to help make a decision, including the following:

  • the original author of and main contributors to the article
  • the particular edit where an error was introduced
  • how long ago a certain edit was made


Added or substracted material[edit | edit source]

m ! 20:06 Gardendale Alabama Family History Center ( diff | hist )..(+87)..Rickgwilliams ( talk | contribs | block ) ( Opening Hours and Charges for copying ) [ rollback 1 edit ] (Tag Visual edit)

Size of edit - (+87) the "net" number of "bytes" added to (+) and/or subtracted from (-) the article. Generally, a byte equates to a letter, number, or space. In this example, the value +87 represents the balance of bytes added and subtracted from the article during the edit.


user name[edit | edit source]

m ! 20:06 Gardendale Alabama Family History Center ( diff | hist )..(+87)..Rickgwilliams ( talk | contribs | block ) ( Opening Hours and Charges for copying ) [ rollback 1 edit ] (Tag Visual edit)

User name - name of the user who made the edit. If the name is in blue, there is something on their user page. If in red, the user page is blank.

Why is this important? By going to the user page you can:

  • Learn more about the user who made the edits and the user's area of expertise or interest.
  • If you need to contact the user, you can by sending a message through their talk page or by generating an email through "Email this user" on the left tool bar under "Tools."
  • Check the user's other contributions by identifying them through "User contributions" on the left tool bar under "Tools."


talk[edit | edit source]

m ! 20:06 Gardendale Alabama Family History Center ( diff | hist )..(+87)..Rickgwilliams ( talk | contribs | block ) ( Opening Hours and Charges for copying ) [ rollback 1 edit ] (Tag Visual edit)

Talk page - links to the user's talk page. If the link is blue, the page has been created. If the link is red, no messages have been sent to them or they have sent no messages from it. (Generally, shortly after a user begins contributing, the welcoming committee posts a welcome message that creates the talk page.)

Why is this important?

  • Through review of the talk page, you can determine whether the contributor has received the welcome message and links to training.
  • You can use the contributor's talk page to post a message to the contributor.
  • You can review the contributor's talk page to determine whether there has been previous communication that is relevant.


contribs[edit | edit source]

m ! 20:06 Gardendale Alabama Family History Center ( diff | hist )..(+87)..Rickgwilliams ( talk | contribs | block ) ( Opening Hours and Charges for copying ) [ rollback 1 edit ] (Tag Visual edit)

contribs - this links to a page listing the contributions this person has made to the Wiki.

Why is this important?
Checking other contributions can be one way to determine whether there are patterns of errors or failure to observe Wiki guiding principles as well as what their interests are in the Wiki.

block[edit | edit source]

m ! 20:06 Gardendale Alabama Family History Center ( diff | hist )..(+87)..Rickgwilliams ( talk | contribs | block ) ( Opening Hours and Charges for copying ) [ rollback 1 edit ] (Tag Visual edit)

block - This block only shows up when the person patrolling is an authorized administrator. If blocked, the user is prevented from adding more material to the Wiki. This step would only be taken if the contributor repeatedly violates Wiki guidelines. Unless the edits are very extreme, the user should be contacted through the user talk page to explain the issue. If the user doesn't respond, refuses to fix the problem, or continues to add inappropriate content, consult with mission leadership.

Why is this important?

  • A support team member without administrator privileges can recommend a user be blocked by posting on Yammer for an administrator.
  • If, in the future, the user agrees to follow Wiki policies and guidelines, the block can be removed.


brief summary of changes made[edit | edit source]

m ! 20:06 Gardendale Alabama Family History Center ( diff | hist )..(+87)..Rickgwilliams ( talk | contribs | block ) ( Opening Hours and Charges for copying ) [ rollback 1 edit ] (Tag Visual edit)

Summary - If a brief statement was entered in the summary box describing the edit to the article, it shows up here. If no entry is made, the section header where the change was made will be the default entry.

Why is this important?
A summary helps the patroller understand the purpose of the edits. When researching the history of an article, summary entries help you find a particular change.


rollbacks[edit | edit source]

m ! 20:06 Gardendale Alabama Family History Center ( diff | hist )..(+87)..Rickgwilliams ( talk | contribs | block ) ( Opening Hours and Charges for copying ) [ rollback 1 edit ] (Tag Visual edit)


Rollback - By clicking on "rollback 1 edit" you revert the page back to the way it was before the edit was made.

  • If you clicked on the little arrow and it is pointing downward, you will see more than one edit. It could display "rollback 4 edits". Regardless of the number, by clicking on this, you will reverse all the edits of this user to the previous user at once.

Why is this important?
This is helpful for changes such as an erroneously blanked page or significant format corruption.

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Be very, very careful using rollback. Once you click on rollback, you will not receive a message asking for confirmation--it just happens. A rollback cannot be reversed, however, a workaround using an earlier change version in the article history might be used to reconstruct the lost information.

Tag Visual edit[edit | edit source]

m ! 20:06 Gardendale Alabama Family History Center ( diff | hist )..(+87)..Rickgwilliams ( talk | contribs | block ) ( Opening Hours and Charges for copying ) [ rollback 1 edit ] (Tag Visual edit)


Why is this important?
If you do not see the Tag Visual edit, the edit was done in Wikitext.


In the next lesson, you will learn HOW TO PATROL.


Try these out[edit | edit source]

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Quick Quiz
  • Text highlighted in orange on the left of the diff page represents the original wikitext code.
True
False
  • The changes in the text are in blue.
True
False
  • When you see the N it means the user is new to the Wiki.
True
False
  • The size of an edit is shown inside parentheses and may have a plus or minus front of it.
True
False
  • You can learn about a user if the user name is in red.
True
False
  • If no reason for the change is displayed, the user failed to type in a reason in the Summary box.
True
False