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Patrolled edits is a feature which allows specific users to mark new pages and items in Special:RecentChanges as "patrolled", meaning "approved". By default this is only available if you have the sysop permission; many wikis grant a
This feature is useful when reviewing recent changes for undesirable edits, link spam and vandalism. This allows people (with permission to do so) to coordinate their patrolling activity, such that edits get checked over once, with less wasted effort (different people checking the same edit).
This feature also allows setting trustworthy users' edits to be automatically patrolled, so that the people who review recent changes need not spend time to make unnecessary review.
Marking edits as patrolled
Hiding patrolled edits from recent changes
Patrolled edits can be hidden from recent changes by adding
Note: this works only for users with the
In MediaWiki 1.4, patrolled edits are enabled for all users. To restrict this to sysops, set $wgOnlySysopsCanPatrol in LocalSettings.php to
In MediaWiki 1.5 and later, patrolled edits are enabled for sysops. Use the
For instance, to create a patrollers group:
In MediaWiki 1.6 through 1.8, there is a user preference available to users who are able to mark edits as patrolled. When set, this causes their edits to be patrolled automatically.
This option is not available if the patrolled edits feature is switched off.
In MediaWiki 1.9 this user preference has been removed and replaced by a new "autopatrol" right, assigned only to sysops by default. Also, users cannot mark their own edits as patrolled.
The formatting of the unpatrolled edit marker can be altered using CSS. The exclamation mark displayed on the Recent changes log is styled using the
Patrolling actions are listed in the Patrol log (example).