Help:Recent changes patrol

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

Users can hide patrolled changes, allowing patrollers to coordinate their activity, such that edits get checked once, with less wasted effort reviewing recent changes for undesirable edits, copyright violations, link spam, and vandalism.

Marking edits as patrolled

To mark an edit as patrolled:

  1. Access Special:RecentChanges
    Changes which are not patrolled are 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

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

Users who have the autopatrol 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 selector.

See also