Help:Patrolled edits

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Patrolled edits are a feature of which allowing specific users to mark items in recent changes as having been "patrolled" or "approved". By default this is only available if you have sysop permissions.

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

Marking edits as patrolled

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.



Set $wgUseRCPatrol in LocalSettings.php.

$wgUseRCPatrol = true;


In MediaWiki 1.5 and later, patrolled edits are enabled for sysops. Use the $wgGroupPermissions configuration variable for this.

For instance, to create a patrollers group:

$wgGroupPermissions['patrollers']['patrol'] = true;

Automatic patrolling

MediaWiki contains an "autopatrol" right, assigned only to sysops by default. Also, non-sysop users cannot mark their own edits as patrolled.


The formatting of the unpatrolled edit marker can be altered using CSS.