[Foundation-l] [WikiEN-l] "Wicked-pedia"in today's Daily Mail

Peter van Londen londenp at gmail.com
Wed Apr 25 11:02:07 UTC 2007

Also the Dutch Wikibooks work with the patrolled edits feature successfully.
Although not used on other projects? it was developed further so that:
*possibility to check as patrolled was added on different types of
difference pages, for example also checking the difference out of pages from
your watchlist.
*the patrol-function was also added to the changes put out on IRC (this
information can be used with vandal-fighter programs like the one from
*Henna in cooperation with Valhallasw developed a programm, so that all the
edits in a history of an article between certain dates, can be marked as
*as mentioned by Andre: once an admin does a revert, the previous
vandalistic change gets automatically marked as patrolled (this feature is
active in MediaWiki); this was an important enhancement.

Patrolling on the Dutch Wikipedia and Wikibooks is limited to anonymous
changes only; edits by users can be patrolled, but this is mostly not done.

Marking as patrolled is a lot of work, but compared to the possibility that
every change is controlled by 10 different patrollers, you can be much more
efficient this way.

We can only recommend this MediaWiki feature as a very useful tool against
vandalism (with its limits off course, if someone falsely marks an edit as

The Dutch community can help admins/communities from other Wikipedia
projects to start with this.

Kind regards

2007/4/25, Andre Engels <andreengels op gmail.com>:
> 2007/4/25, Anthony <wikilegal op inbox.org>:
> > Kinda sorta a little.  But, most importantly, it should be a counter
> > instead of a flag.  This would make it reasonable to open it up to
> > more than just admins.
> Actually, on Dutch Wikipedia it is currently open, and to all logged
> in users (existing more than 4 days, I think).
> > I was also thinking of something which didn't require clicking on
> > "mark this as patrolled".  Simply viewing a diff would increment the
> > counter, if you're a member of the examiners (at the least this would
> > be restricted to logged in users, but more likely require users to
> > have been around for a while and have a lot of edits).  I guess this
> > introduces both an implementation problem and a privacy issue, a list
> > would have to be kept of which users viewed the diff, at least until
> > the counter maxed out, maybe at 10 users.
> I would not be a great proponent of this. It sometimes happens when I
> patrol that I have doubts but am not in the ideal position to check
> them. In those cases I find it useful to be able to say "I will keep
> this unchecked and leave the problem for someone else".
> An improvement that I would very much like to see is that one gets the
> information whether an edit has been patrolled, and the option to
> patrol an edit, also when getting the diff from the page history
> instead of the recent changes. Another improvement would be to be able
> to get a patrol button from a diff between two versions, marking all
> edits between those two versions as patrolled. Finally there has been
> a call by several people on nl: to add a functionality to admin
> rollback that automatically flags the edit(s) rolled back as
> patrolled.

> Andre Engels, andreengels op gmail.com
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