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Text adapted from en:Wikipedia:User Contributions. --Maveric149 20:30, 13 Nov 2003 (UTC)~

Automatic contribution count[edit]

Does anyone know of a way to automatically count the number of edits that you've made? Mike Storm 17:08, 23 Jul 2004 (UTC)

They are numbered, or at least shown as a certain number of pages, and you can click on "500-550" and if that is the last highlighted one, and if it reads 540, then you did 540..,, I guess that you are looking for a wiki variable that just tells you how many you want? There is a feature request page for more wiki variables like Template:Current version or whatnot too, I only know of page name variables.. AaronPeterson 11:10, 6 Sep 2004 (UTC)
Yep. It's called Kate's Tool, and it can be accessed here. It also provides useful information such as edits/page, number of individual pages, and how many edits in individual namespaces. But warning: editcountitis can be fatal. --Blackcap | talk 20:50, 2 October 2005 (UTC)

Feature requests are content.[edit]

besides, they were seporate before!! but you redirected the "feature request/definition page" to this page?! AaronPeterson 12:24, 5 Sep 2004 (UTC)

Not clear who "you" is.
I agree with Eloquence that discussing improvements can better be done outside the content page; if not on bugzilla then on a talk page or bug report page.
Interwiki works already. --Patrick 20:04, 5 Sep 2004 (UTC)
Sorry, "you" was supposed to mean Eloquence,
I've used bugzilla a lot, it's not that good... often times the person making the feature request doesn't know what they want to do, and often times users don't know that the feature could be implemented another way.
I am trying to develop some ideas before posting them to the bugzilla, because the bugzilla is a more formal, and cannot be edited, yet using the wiki allows for others to not duplicate the work.
My needs:
easy navigation between help on a feature, feature requests, and the feature definition /technical implementation details. And I know that I have to be able to edit my feature requests.
I am not able to edit feature requests on bugzilla, as I learn more of what I mean.
If a feature already has a page, I try to join with it (Sometimes I goof) If a feature has no analog, or if I finda feature request burried in related page, I make a link for that feature request, and put a note on the page.
My "feature request" notes that were "mixed with content", were eather directly related to that feature, expressing short commings of the feature, in a way usefull to the reader of the page, or were a note surrounding a link to a feature that wouldn't fit in with the page.
or, I made note of the feature request, and linked to it, keeping content and feature requests seporate but linked. (linking is the important part here for me, and linking without a small note, is disorienting)
For this page, I had two seporate pages, basically unintentionally, one in the help namespace and one in the main namespace. The help namespace provided the help, and the main namespace one had a description of it, and feature requests, the content was orthoganal, and the pages merged fine... but.. it's bad to list feature requests with content??? content with content??
Feature requests are content because they describe limitations of the system, or provide notice of a more efficient method of doing things, which will help the administrators and or editors.. and i guess readers too, but most of my feature requests are for administrators, and editors... who happen to be the readers of meta!
Audience, Yes, I agree with you that the content should target the audience.. Feature requests are not appropriate on wikipedia's main content pages, because they are for the masses, however, Meta is for the editors, sysops, wikimedia foundation people, and independant mediawiki administrators. Feature requests ARE INTENDED for Meta's audience.. (at least I intend, so I could be wrong, but I strongly doubt it).
I will link bugzilla and wiki pages together, so they don't get forked. A wiki page + a bugzilla page will help reduce the number of duplicated bugs because it provides the super great wiki navigation and linking of related objects, with the notification capability of bugzilla.
I actually have money making work to go do for once... I spent as long as I could editing my responce, I hope it is usefull AaronPeterson 01:38, 6 Sep 2004 (UTC)
The "Help talk:" pages are fine for discussing improvements in the software and seem to satisfy your needs, there are automatic links between them and the corresponding pages documenting the current situation. The "Help talk:" pages are also used for discussing the documentation, but this mix is less a problem, if things are kept in separate sections, them having a mix on the "Help:" pages .--Patrick 06:25, 6 Sep 2004 (UTC)
"Help talk" pages are kind of annoying to link to, and I suppose they could be added to a category, I haven't tried it yet.. but I have a feeling that having a bunch of help_talk: pages in a category wouldn't help alphabatised bullets in the category. I fail to see why people like namespaces so much for things that feel really general. Anyway, I had some work today, and I don't feel much like wiking, and, well, me chatting here is keeping me from screwing up the mix of things.. AaronPeterson 10:22, 6 Sep 2004 (UTC)

Feature request: Collapsed view[edit]

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this; if not, please feel free to move it or let me know:

It would be nice to have an option on the User contributions page where multiple revisions to the same page would be hidden, or collapsed into a single line with the revision count. In other words: a simple list of all the pages to which contributions have been made. --65.85.181.201 18:25, 22 Dec 2004 (UTC) (Wikipedia user:Theodore Kloba)

Yes, that would be nice. You can submit the request at http://bugzilla.wikipedia.org/ --Patrick 21:43, 22 Dec 2004 (UTC)

User contributions and namespaces[edit]

It used to be possible to check your own or other user's contributions namespace by namespace. Is this no longer possible, post 1.5 installation? The most important use of that function probably was checking someones (or your own) contribution in the Image namespace, and for that the new Upload log at Special:Log is a new and better replacement. But what about the rest of the function? Is it gone, or can be found as part of another feature someplace else? /Habj 14:14, 5 Jul 2005 (UTC)

It's still possible. Go to the userpage of the user whose contribs you wish to see, and click on "User conributions" in the toolbox (left side of the page, under the search bar). Then, once on the contribs page, use the pulldown menu at the top to select a namespace. Then, click "Go," which is directly right of the menu, and there you are. --Blackcap | talk 23:05, 22 October 2005 (UTC)
Actually, it is possible again - the featere was gone, but put back probably due to the wishes of many users. / Habj 22:35, 27 October 2005 (UTC)

(top)[edit]

Why does it say "(top)" when the person has made the most recent edit to the article? That doesn't make very much sense to me: why not something like "(last edit)" or a similar statement? Am I missing something? --Blackcap | talk 20:56, 2 October 2005 (UTC)

Special:Contributions/newbies[edit]

No mention of this? Could anyone add some info on this matter? I was looking whether there were any more of these useful features for Special:Contributions. Vildricianus 12:00, 7 April 2006 (UTC)

The new feature[edit]

Next to the edits I see on my watchlist (and on the recent changes page) there is now a number, positive in green, negative in red. It seems to indicate the likelihood that this edit is bad or something, but I haven't been able to find any information on it anywhere; I see this page's screenshot is not yet updated. What is it? How is it calculated? and why are my own edits at -10? 213.184.192.82 14:35, 29 January 2007 (UTC), vintermann on wikipedia

The number refers to the number of characters more/less in the article after the edit, compared to before the edit, with green meaning more characters and red meaning fewer characters. --Tim4christ17 23:56, 9 July 2007 (UTC)

IP range?[edit]

Is there a way to check for contributions from a range of IP addresses? 70.55.86.100 21:33, 8 November 2008 (UTC)

Yes, the search form on Special:Contributions allows you to put a wildcard asterisk on the end, such as 70.55.86.* - Frankie1969 14:47, 22 April 2009 (UTC)
Have you tried it? It seems not to work. Tân (talk) 15:40, 15 July 2009 (UTC)
Well that's confusing. It works on wikipedia but not on wikimedia. - Frankie1969 10:18, 27 May 2011 (UTC)

"User styles" section unclear[edit]

The present "User styles" section is hopelessly obscure, at least for this moderately-experienced user. Or has it been vandalized? Needs to be restored, or copyedited to plain english. Thanks, PDTillman 20:20, 9 March 2009 (UTC)

Search by Date *NEWER* ?[edit]

It would be extremely helpful for vandal-tracking if User contribution searches could filter by newness instead of oldness. For example, scanning an educational institution's /16 range for edits in the past few months. - Frankie1969 14:47, 22 April 2009 (UTC)

Search articles for IP address, NOT in user contributions[edit]

I apologize if this is not the correct place to put this. I have a mediawiki used in an intranet that, among other things, keeps notes on particular servers. Apparently, if I type in any IP address, rather than search the articles for information on that IP, it always defaults to the "User Contribution" page. Is there a way to keep that from happening? It doesn't seem to be a feature in my preferences. Haqui11a

IP vs. Created account[edit]

I was getting a lot of grief from a couple of users for having an IP account so I finally got around to creating an account with a username. However, all of the hundreds (thousands?) of edits I've done over the years do not appear as Contributions to this new, created account. I'm the only person using this IP address and anyone checking can see that my IP account and my created account have the same IP number.

I'd rather have a history present of pages I've worked on than have a username so unless this contribution history can be transferred to the created account, I'll deactivate it and go back to being just an IP account. I'd like to have both but, if not, I'll stay being a number. 69.125.134.86 16:27, 25 July 2013 (UTC)