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.
- Related changes: Special:Recentchangeslinked/Pagename
- User contributions: Special:Contributions/User