Help:Recent changes patrol

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Patrolling the recent changes allows specific users — administrators by default — to mark items in the recent changes list as having been "patrolled" or "approved".

This feature is useful when reviewing recent changes for undesirable edits, copyright violations, link spam and vandalism. This allows people to coordinate their patrolling activity, such that edits get checked over once, with less wasted effort (different people checking the same edit).

Marking edits as patrolled[edit]

To mark an edit as patrolled
  1. Access Special:RecentChanges
    Changes which are not patrolled will be indicated with a red exclamation mark (!)
  2. Click the (diff) link next to an edit
  3. To mark the edit as patrolled, click the mark as patrolled link

Hiding patrolled edits from recent changes[edit]

Patrolled edits can be hidden from recent changes by adding &hidepatrolled=1 to the URL in the following form:



The patrolling functionality is disabled by default on ShoutWiki. To enable it for your wiki, please contact ShoutWiki staff.

Automatic patrolling[edit]

Users who have the autopatrol user rightbots, administrators and ShoutWiki staff by default — have their edits patrolled automatically, without requiring anyone else to patrol them.


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 span.unpatrolled class.

See also[edit]