On en:, and other wikis, the rate of edits per day is so high that it's hard for any one person to check every edit. And, really, that's not necessary: typically only one experienced user needs to check any edit to see if it's OK.
I'd like to enable a feature built into MediaWiki that makes it easier. It's called recent changes patrol. Next to every new change in Special:Recentchanges would be a little red exclamation point. When an administrator has looked at the change and decided it was OK by clicking "mark as patrolled", the exclamation point will disappear.
Admins checking Recentchanges for the first time each day can quickly see which changes need to be reviewed, and which have already been checked by another admin. As far as I'm concerned, the admin isn't responsible for fixing grammar, spelling, bad information, or whatever in the change. It's really just about spam and vandalism.
I plan to roll this out on a wiki-by-wiki basis. Barring objections, I'll start on en:, which has the most volume of changes, and if it works OK we can roll it out on other languages. If there are problems, it's a one-line change to the configuration file to fix. --Evan 10:27, 14 December 2006 (EST)
- I've always wondered why this isn't enabled on Wikipedia -- do you know the reason why? Is there some hidden dark side? Eg. the Finnish WP used to have this, but it was turned off after a few weeks. Jpatokal 10:43, 14 December 2006 (EST)
- I'd guess that it is because things are a lot more political on Wikipedia. — Ravikiran r 12:46, 14 December 2006 (EST)
- I'm not sure. I asked brion on IRC, and he said, <brion_work> haven't gotten round to testing it. So, y'know, that's that. I've tested it on my testing machine and it seems to work pretty well, and doesn't seem to interfere with our caching system (although other people seem to be much better than I am at finding caching bugs). --Evan 17:39, 14 December 2006 (EST)
- What's the definition of OK? Not worth reverting? Consistent with MoS? (I'd suggest the former.) -- Jonboy 15:55, 14 December 2006 (EST)
- Yeah, my feeling would be that you either roll it back, or mark it as patrolled. Anything that would take more than one click to fix shouldn't be handled.
- The response seems to be pretty positive, so I've enabled this on en:, and let's see how well it works. --Evan 17:39, 14 December 2006 (EST)
- This seems to be working pretty well on the wikis that it's being used on, so I'm going to enable it on all Wikitravel language versions. If anyone wants to have it turned off, please let me know here. --11:55, 23 March 2007 (EDT)