MediaWiki extensions manual
Release status: unmaintained
Implementation Skin
Description Makes "Recent changes" on the sidebar link to unpatrolled edits, for sysops
Author(s) יוסף שמחtalk
Latest version 1.2 (2009-08-30)
MediaWiki 1.15.0+
PHP 5.3.0+
License GPL
Download Code here
$wgSsbAdd, $wgSsbAddTxt, $wgSsbSection

Slight modification of Sidebar . For sysops only - makes "Recent changes" link to recent changes list of unpatrolled edits. Easier control and access to managing edits and patrolling them.

Usage edit

Log in as sysop, and click on the link :)

Download instructions edit

Please cut and paste the code found below and place it in $IP/extensions/SysSidebar/SysSidebar.php. Note: $IP stands for the root directory of your MediaWiki installation, the same directory that holds LocalSettings.php .

Installation edit

To install this extension, add the following to LocalSettings.php :


Configuration edit

Note: all parameters are optional. Extension works also if you don't set any of them.

$wgSsbAdd: If you would like the Unpatrolled Edits link added to the navigation box, not coming instead of regular Recent changes, set this to true in LocalSettings.php

Default setting: false

$wgSsbAddTxt: If you set $wgSsbAddTxt to true, this optional parameter sets the text for the new link added. Set in LocalSettings.php

Default setting: "Unpatrolled Edits"

$wgSsbSection: Which section the "Recent changes" link is in, or should be added to. Set in LocalSettings.php

Note: If link is not found in section the link will be added - even if $wgSsbAdd is set to false. In such a case link will be added according to $wgSsbAddTxt rules as written above, and in section specified (if none specified and it doesn't exist in neither navigation nor site the link will be created in navigation).

Default setting: navigation (detects "site" too)

Code edit

# Alert the user that this is not a valid entry point to MediaWiki if they try to access the special pages file directly.
if (!defined('MEDIAWIKI')) {
        exit( 1 );

/* Future functionality - internationalization
$dir = dirname(__FILE__) . '/';
$wgExtensionMessagesFiles['sysSidebar'] = $dir . 'sysSidebar.i18n.php';
$wgExtensionFunctions[] = 'wfSysopSB';
$wgExtensionCredits['other'][] = array(
	'name' => "SysSidebar",
	'description' => "Sidebar for sysops - recent changes automatically refers to recent change list of unpatrolled edits",
	'version' => '1.2',
	'author' => "Happy Joe",
	'url' => "http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:SysSidebar",

$wgHooks['SkinBuildSidebar'][] = 'wfSysopSB';
function wfSysopSB( $skin, &$bar )
	global $wgUser, $wgSsbAdd, $wgSsbAddTxt, $wgSsbSection;

	//Checking which bar section is wanted or availible
	if ($wgSsbSection)
		$ssbBar = &$bar[$wgSsbSection];
		if (isset($bar['site']))
			$ssbBar = &$bar['site'];
			$ssbBar = &$bar['navigation'];

	if ($wgUser->isAllowed('patrol'))
		$ssbUrl = Title::makeTitle(NS_SPECIAL, 'RecentChanges')->getLocalUrl() . '&hidepatrolled=1';

		if ($wgSsbAdd) //If set to true - adding new link
			if ($wgSsbAddTxt)
				$ssbBar[] = array(text => $wgSsbAddTxt, href => $ssbUrl, id => 'n-sysSidebarUP', active => '');
				$ssbBar[] = array(text => 'Unpatrolled Edits', href => $ssbUrl, id => 'n-sysSidebarUP', active => '');
		else // Modifying existing link
			$ssbKey = -1;

			foreach($ssbBar as $key => $nav) //Searching for existing link
				if ($nav['id'] == 'n-recentchanges')
					$ssbKey = $key;
			if ($ssbKey != -1) //Modifying existing link
				$ssbBar[$ssbKey]['href'] = $ssbUrl;
			else //Default link not found. Adding link.
				if ($wgSsbAddTxt)
					$ssbBar[] = array(text => $wgSsbAddTxt, href => $ssbUrl, id => 'n-sysSidebar', active => '');
					$ssbBar[] = array(text => 'Unpatrolled Edits', href => $ssbUrl, id => 'n-sysSidebar', active => '');
	return true;