Help:Tracking changes

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Recent changes shows the latest changes to articles, file uploads, deletions and page moves

MediaWiki offers a collection of special pages and tools to keep track of what is going on in the wiki. So you can watch for example:

  • recent changes to all pages
  • newly created pages
  • the contributions of one specific user
  • the revision history: all changes made to one page

The most interesting special page is Special:Recentchanges. It displays all edits, file uploads, page moves, deletions and other actions done in the wiki. In the menu on top it offers a collection of links to customize your display: limit the number of changes shown, the number of days or restrict it to edits to a certain namespace. You can also hide edits marked as minor (don't forget that major changes can be flagged by a user as minor anyway).

One line in recentchanges consists of several links:

  • diff displays the difference to the previous revision of the page,
  • hist links to the revision history of the page. The link with the full title of the page brings you to the current version.

Next is a flag describing the article modification type:

  • N signalizes a new page,
  • m a minor edit.

Following the timestamp the user is mentioned with a link to his user and talk page. In italic follows a comment if the user has submitted one.

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