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I am an admin on a wiki and am looking for a more effective way to "patrol" edits. What I am currently doing is keeping a tab on the Recent Changes/Recent Activity Special Pages and check out the history of each edit to make sure it is a legitimate edit. But I don't think this is scalable. If there are more admins, how does each admin know if the edit has not already been checked? I have been googling and there seems to be many different tools to get the job done, but I am not sure which is best. What does Wikipedia do? What does Wikia do? cheers —This unsigned comment is by Boy.pockets (wallcontribs) . Please sign your posts with ~~~~!

Effectively it depends on your wiki's size. If you haven't got that many pages, you can simply check all the pages in RecentChanges, while you can pretty much ignore edits from qualified users like admins. Another handy tip is to add sometimg to Special:MyPage/global.css here at Central.
importScriptPage('AjaxRC/code.js', 'dev');
This will place a box on your RC feed which when checked will autorefresh the RecentChanges, which will make it easier to patrol the edits. ~>ђ tคlк 08:51, September 16, 2011 (UTC)
The red ! should be removed when you click mark as patrolled. That's how admins know what to patrol (you can ignore the edits without the !). - Tjcool007 (Talk) 10:01, September 16, 2011 (UTC)
Thanks - I did not know about the 'patrol' functionaliy'. This help page was useful. I am able to mark a new page as patrolled, but I am still not seeing any "!" in the recent changes. Is there another help page that will give me a better overview? --boy.pockets talk 11:40, September 16, 2011 (UTC)
To correct a few things, the patrol system is not active on any wiki I know of other than here. It is not very helpful. The above code that Woganhemlock gave you is the best idea. However that goes in your global js, not global css.--GodPray  12:55,9/16/2011 
So are you saying that there is nothing to help admins avoid checking edits that have already been checked? So I guess my question is 'how do medium-sized wikis check that edits are legit? Other than the recent changes page' (where by medium-sized, I mean 5+ active admins). Cheers --boy.pockets talk 16:31, September 16, 2011 (UTC)
Having to mark new pages as “patrolled” is operational on our wikis. — SpikeToronto 22:19, September 16, 2011 (UTC)
Yes, as noted above, I was able to do this, but I still don't know how to manage recent edits. GodPray says that it is not very helpful - so what is the best way to go about it? boy.pockets talk 14:32, September 17, 2011 (UTC)
About the Ajax auto refresh code, is it working? Because it doesn't work to me.
// Ajax auto-refresh
/* Options */
ajaxPages = ["Special:RecentChanges","Special:Watchlist","Special:Log","Special:Contributions"];
/* Script */
importScriptPage('AjaxRC/code.js', 'dev');

leviathan_89 22:12, 18 September, 2011 (UTC)

Sorry it seems it's working now. leviathan_89 16:16, 19 September, 2011 (UTC)
Grunny is a good person to contact, if you encounter a real bug with AjaxRC. -- Fandyllic (talk · contr) 19 Sep 2011 10:06 PM Pacific

Popups add-on

I used to just look down the recent changes list with the Popups add-on from wikipedia active and you could 'see' the history for articles and look at the diff's for suspect edits without actually opening the page as it Pops up in a box, but the diffs function have stopped working recently so you canot see what has been changed. It also allows you to quickly seeing what else the editor has been changing/editing especially usefull for checking IP's & others with suspect edits without laboriously opening and closing pages. -   BulldozerD11   talk    contribs    email   17:36, September 22, 2011 (UTC)

See the discussion at Wikipedia talk:Tools/Navigation popups#DIFFS: What happened?. Thankfully, they’re maintaining talkpages so we can still track down, locate, important threads like this. — SpikeToronto 07:22, September 27, 2011 (UTC)
Thanks Spike - so not just me !!
Also have a problem at moment when editing (trying to) - Click edit button or link and editor window appears but then have to wait 30 sec + & if click within edit box all wikia part of web browser image goes blank with just Firefox toolbars & border showing - Processor goes into overdrive & canot swap window focus. Then after 30 + sec edit window appears back. FF was showing a script error popup message box with continue or cancel for a bit. message showed eith wikia image link or a wikia JS file link. is this related ???? (also tried under another browser & similar delay to editing) -   BulldozerD11   talk    contribs    email   00:33, September 29, 2011 (UTC)
Bulldozer, for the editor question, it would be best if you opened an entirely new forum thread. Thanks! — SpikeToronto 10:02, September 30, 2011 (UTC)