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Recent changes by characters-per-edit[edit]

Swept in from the pub:

Just an idea for an option I think would be handy on the Recent Changes page. I've gradually become suspicious of single edits of over about 1000 characters because I often find them to be copyright violations. The higher the edit character count, the more likely this becomes; single edits of +10,000 are highly suspicious and should be checked thoroughly. Conversely, if someone removes several thousand characters from a page, I find that to be suspect as well-- it could be just vandalism or it could be a business owner stripping competition from an article, etc. I'd like to see an additional filter on the Recent Changes page that would make these easier to spot by allowing you to hide edits under certain increments, maybe 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000, or something similar. I think it would be especially helpful on some other language editions where there aren't such a large number of admins. I don't have the know-how to implement such a thing, but I'm sure someone around here does. Please comment! Texugo 00:59, 11 January 2008 (EST)

  • Good idea. Pashley 18:11, 26 June 2008 (EDT)


What does this thing mean?[edit]

Swept in from the Pub:

What does the number in brackets on RECENT CHANGES mean? like (diff) (hist) . . Talk:Edmonton‎; 16:48 . . (+259) . . Edmontonenthusiast (Talk | contribs) (→I was wondering about maps...Yeah, again crazy me... - ) See the bolded!Edmontonenthusiast 12:50, 26 October 2008 (EDT)

It means that that many characters (letters) have been added to the article in that edit. Negative numbers mean they've been deleted. And bold is used to highlight large changes in either directions. Jpatokal 17:42, 26 October 2008 (EDT)
Thanks, mate:)! Edmontonenthusiast 18:34, 26 October 2008 (EDT)

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