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Adapted from...[edit]

Initial text adapted from Wikipedia:En:Wikipedia:Recent Changes. --Maveric149 01:26, 7 Sep 2003 (UTC)

Patrolled edits[edit]

What are "patrolled edits"? Brianjd 07:58, 2005 Jan 2 (UTC)

RSS Recent Changes Tracking[edit]

I have rediscovered RSS readers. I find using a RSS reader like NewzCrawler to be very convenient in it's presentation of changes. HOWEVER... Is there a RSS reader that can use colors to present the ACTUAL changes down to the character level.. like a text compare program does?

Or perhaps the RSS feed could be 'hacked' to bold/colorize the differences for the benefit of RSS readers. I gotta tell you that it is easier to monitor changes in RSS mode that watching emails. What is missing though is ease of identifying where changes occurred.

I was just fishing around and added WikiMedia Recent Changes to my newsfeed. As I was looking at recent changes in MediaWiki, I noticed that one of the changes included a LINK to the diff.

In the RSS reader item it contains:

since that is on 1.5, I can't make myself an admin there anyway

(Difference between revisions)

The (Difference between revisions) is a link to: diff

Why does this link appear there and not other recent change entries?

red exclamation point in my wiki's Special:Recentchanges?[edit]

I'm playing around with an install of mediawiki, and am noticing something odd: In all my recent changes listings, I'm seeing a red exclamation point (!) just before the name of the page in the recent changes. (If there's an 'm' for a minor edit, the red exclamation point comes between that 'm' and the page title.) Any ideas what that means? I don't notice it in the Recent changes pages at wikipedia. I'm running mediawiki 1.4.6, if that makes a difference. -- John Callender 18:19, 22 July 2005 (UTC)Reply

See Help:Patrolled edit.--Patrick 20:09, 22 July 2005 (UTC)Reply

Way to mask edit from certain users / show only edits for a group of users?[edit]

Is there way to mask the edits by a certain user? For example here we have one guy who does 90% of the edit, and can be trusted. The last 10% is equally important but need to be verified by an admin (pattrolled). It would be a lot easier if in the recent page we could indicate a list of user to exclude or include. Is there any way to do this? Cheers!

Make him a bot. I did on my Wiki for myself because I am in the same situation as he is. Paul Barkley 16:49, 23 August 2006 (UTC)Reply


bugzilla:05009 – "Update 'showhideminor' in Messages.php"

  1. add dependecy of MediaWiki:Showhideminor from MediaWiki:Rclinks
  2. add dependecy for Help:Patrolled_edit
  3. add section abou "my edits"

What is the audience of this page?[edit]

I'm a bit confused about this page. It seems to be written with Mediawiki administrators in mind. But on the English Wikipedia, it's being used as enduser documentation. I don't think it's very appropriate as enduser documentation; beginning Wikipedia users shouldn't have to know what "Mediawiki" is. I was going to change the version on the English Wikipedia, but it looks like that version is periodically copied from here. How should I create a Wikipedia-specific "Help:Recent changes" page? -- Creidieki 00:22, 20 March 2006 (UTC)Reply

Wikipedia:Recent changes patrol[edit]

Is there a way to add W:Wikipedia:Recent changes patrol to the en:Wikipedia version in a See also section?

Yes, it can be put in w:Template:Ph:Recent changes, I have done that.--Patrick 22:36, 16 July 2006 (UTC)Reply

Is it a score?[edit]

(diff) (hist) . . N Project 0‎; 18:48 . . (+944) . . Aahannah (Talk | contribs)

In my recent changes I see a plus or minus score in parentheses as evidenced in the previous line. What is that? Aahannah 13:39, 17 February 2007 (UTC)Reply

Change in size.--Patrick 15:22, 17 February 2007 (UTC)Reply
ahh... I was wondering that too. that should probably be added to the page. Is it by characters? 10:13, 2 April 2007 (UTC)Reply

Default Namespace[edit]

Is there any way to change which namespace is shown by default? I'd like to set my wiki to default to showing only the Main namespace in Special:RecentChanges, but looking through the code, I can't find any way of doing it. Surely this has been done before, but I can't find any examples of it. Can anyone help me avoid reinventing the wheel, here?

I'd like to join this thread. Can anybody explain how to configure this? Thx --Kasaba 10:01, 22 April 2008 (UTC)Reply
When linking to [[Special:RecentRechanges]] could it take a namespace argument? I'm trying to provide a link to the Recent changes in the Talk namespace, and so far the only way I've found is Recent changes - Talk which shows as an external link. --Peculiar Investor (talk) 15:19, 28 November 2012 (UTC)Reply

Web feed to big[edit]

Hi, I have a very simple script which makes a banner out of a RSS feed [1] but it doesnt work with medaiwiki's feed: [2]

and its basically because there's too much stuff in the feed. Is there someway I can cut the descriptions out?


Changes Older Than 30 Days[edit]

Is there a way to view the changes that are older than 30 days? Even if you can't do it through the UI, is there a log file somewhere or a MySQL table I can dump that contains this information?


-- 19:49, 20 November 2007 (UTC)Reply

You can at least do with by trixing a little with your url. If you put your Recentchanges to display latest 500 edits the last 30 days, your url will be something like ... if you change the "&days=30" part to e.g. "&days=70", you will display recent changes the last 70 days ... you might also need to change the "&limit=500" part too. E.g., try to past in (it then displays the last 1000 edits, up to 70 days back). Good luck! --EivindJ 20:51, 1 August 2008 (UTC)Reply
Does not work for changes older than 30 days, even when specifyibg "days=70", at least with MediaWiki 1.15.1. Is there another way? -- 13:40, 30 June 2010 (UTC)Reply

I have the same question. Except I'd like to view more than the 1000 edit limit, more like 3000. But it seems like the maximum number of edits that you can view is 1000 regardless of whether or not you specified a larger number in the URL. Is there a way to circumvent this or view the complete log or mentioned MySQL table? Thanks. -- 19:06, 11 November 2009 (UTC)Reply

Bolding of large changes[edit]

Large negative changes are bolded in a default MediaWiki installation; however we have more of a problem with large additions of spam links (in the 8-15k character range). What specialpage/tweak needs to be done to make the colors and such happen correctly? 16:48, 21 October 2008 (UTC)Reply


Isn't there a live recent changes IRC channel? -- OlEnglish 05:43, 11 May 2009 (UTC)Reply

Recent changes without anonymous access[edit]

Is it even possible? I tried using $wgWhitelistRead and including "Special:RecentChanges" and even "Special:RecentChanges&feed=rss" directly.... any ideas? Login is required to view all pages in the wiki (except for account request and main page) email me at Gmail. user adam65535mtl

RSS for recent changes of a given page?[edit]

It doesn't look as if there's any way (even with an extension?) to export recent changes from a particular page into an RSS feed. Is this correct? Andersem 17:05, 16 July 2010 (UTC)Reply

Try ... is that what you're looking for?

== How do I Get notified by email when someone changes on an article I'm working on or if someone writes on my talk page. Thanks65.35.76.202 03:20, 15 November 2011 (UTC)Reply

How to hide admin edits?[edit]

Is it possible to hide edits made by administrators in recent changes? It would be powerful tool to fight against vandalism in small wikipedias where some logged users made sometimes crap edits?--Bioneer1 (talk) 15:22, 9 March 2012 (UTC)Reply

Hiding a Certain User from Recent Changes.[edit]

Hi, I think that it would be nice to be able to hide a certain user from recent changes. This would have two advantages; first one is to hide a vandal who is using bad language from our own sight and the second one: when a user applies semi-automatic changes (hotcat, admin mass deletions, massive stub creations, etc.) it becomes very hard to distinguish between good edits and bed edits. So if could hide that particular user's contributions, we would be much better in terms of recent changes patrolling. Thanks --Alperen (talk) 18:47, 23 March 2012 (UTC)Reply

How can I hide the end user written text in wiki page for some time duration (Let's say 3 hour's) till it is confirmed that Written text is relevant?[edit]

How can I hide the end user written text in wiki page for some time duration (Let's say 3 hour's) till it is confirmed that Written text is relevant?

Please reply it as soon as possible If any extension available to do this. Sanjay

Additional Filters[edit]

I'm sort of new but have found immense pleasure in reverting vandalism via Recent Changes>IPs' contribs. I wished to have new filter options added to the Recent Changes screen as I introduced and discussed found in this link provided.

It was said that a change to wikimedia would be required. I feel it would be a wonderful addition. With that said I have found a new need to fight vandalism. I think we can all agree the majority of vandalism is via anon IP's and I want the ability to add IP's to my personal watchlist. I don't want to watch pages I want to monitor activity of IP's. Sort of like a Domain IP Deny manager. I would also think it advantageous wherein I could just add 102.55.xx.xx and any IP editing within that range will trigger my watchlist to notify me to check whatever page that IP modified. I also don't want to get into the murker waters of user scripts so would be ecstatic if these were implemented. Thanks for reading :)

Geremy.Hebert (talk) 22:54, 10 February 2013 (UTC)Reply

Moving or rewriting for inclusion in MediaWiki help[edit]

We'd like to make MediaWiki link a help page for RecentChanges for all users of all MediaWiki wikis, see gerrit:194418. Currently doesn't have such a help page, so we need to move this or (better) to rewrite it from scratch at at mw:Help:Recent changes. Any volunteer? I don't have time in the coming days to figure out the import of a translatable page like this. --Nemo 15:04, 22 April 2015 (UTC)Reply

Changes within a certain time range?[edit]

I would like to view changes made to English Wikipedia from 20-23:00 UTC on April 5, 2016.

It seems that this recent changes tool is designed to start at the present, list edits going back. If I am seeing things correctly, changing the URL to give a different search means that somehow I would need to scroll through a week of edits to finally arrive at the end date.

Instead of "recent changes", is there a way to see "edits in this time range" or a reverse order of recent changes going from a particular time and getting more recent as the list goes on?

The situation is that I hosted a Wikipedia event and some users did not sign in. I want to follow up with them and think that I could find their contributions if only I could scan through a certain time range of edits. Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:48, 11 April 2016 (UTC)Reply

New filters for recent changes[edit]


The Wikimedia Foundation Collaboration team is ready to release a set of new filters for Recent changes.

These filters will be available as a beta feature by the end of the month on Portuguese and Polish Wikipedias. We plan to roll-out this new feature progressively, still as a Beta feature.

The new filters will include user intent prediction filtering on wikis where ORES is enabled. They will also include result highlighting, to help recent change reviewers.

If you have any question or feedback, the discussion page is open!

Best, Trizek (WMF) (talk) 11:00, 22 March 2017 (UTC)Reply

Just getting the page titles filter[edit]

I don't think there is a filter to just show a list of n pages that have been edited. Is there such a filter? Would it be added as an extension or an update to the special page?

something like


Thanks! 16:54, 28 April 2017 (UTC)Reply

changes for entire wiki within a period of time[edit]

Where is possible ? which tool ? --Oance (talk) 19:55, 18 April 2018 (UTC)Reply

Hello Oance
Recent changes, as they are now, are limited: all edits during the last 30 days, or the last 500 changes.
It is possible to query changes in History using the API. Some tools exist and they are many more unlisted.
Trizek (WMF) (talk) 08:15, 20 April 2018 (UTC)Reply
Thanks a lot Trizek (WMF). so i think it should be an native function.

Display of recent changes[edit]

Is there any way to edit the way the recent changes are displayed? LEt´s say I want to link the Recent Changes to the startsite and I want them to look like follows:

- name of the article - (date it was changed)

That means no editor name, no grouping, no version history link, etc... Can anybody help me?

Now it looks like this:

6. November 2019     15:07  	Hauptseite‎‎ (2 Änderungen | Versionsgeschichte) . . (-12 Bytes)‎ . . [JohnWayne(2×)]

I want it to look like this:

Hauptseite (6.11.2019 15:07)

Thanks — The preceding unsigned comment was added by Victorwiki82 (talk)

Hello Victorwiki82
Are you familiar with Cascading Style Sheets? You can use it to hide elements you don't want to see.
However, you would loose a lot of information.
Trizek (WMF) (talk) 15:35, 6 November 2019 (UTC)Reply
Hi Trizek (WMF),
well that is a way to do it but without good performance. I mean, the site would still be loading all that unnecessary information. Maybe i was not clear enough, sorry for that.
What I mean is if there is any Extension (still maintained if possible) that shows the recent changes. I do not need the size of the changes, the link to VErsion history, etc...
Maybe you know other way? Thank you for the answer anyway :)
I'm afraid there is no other option than CSS to hide things you don't want to see. And there is no extension I'm aware of that would do what you wish to accomplish. Trizek (WMF) (talk) 13:40, 18 November 2019 (UTC)Reply

Facilitating easier of use of Special:Recent Changes[edit]

I would like to recommend that clicking/tapping any link on the Recent Changes page opens in a new tab or window.

I monitor Recent Changes on en-wiki almost every day, checking and reverting bad faith edits. I find the ORES colour display really helpful, and participated as an interviewee in the recent university research study on this. A few months ago I suggested somewhere how helpful it would be to users of mobiles and tablets if, when clicking any diff or history link there, got a completely new window or tab opening up, instead of taking the user away from the recent changes page within the same window. This was enabled almost immediately and worked really well for a month or two. But recently, that functionality was reversed, and I would like to recommend its reinstatement.

For desktop users with a keyboard, it's hardly any issue at all to press Ctrl before mouse-clicking to open a new Tab to check an individual edit. But for mobile or tablet users, this lack of functionality really demotivates me from my monitoring work. To take me away from the page seem totally counter-intuitive as it requires me to go back and wait for the live updates to reload all over again (and who on earth want to check only one edit before leaving Recent change?). Not only that, the diff | hist links are so close together that on a small phone screen it's virtually impossible to correctly click the right link every time (often getting the one above or below), so I then have to return and wait for the Recent Changes page once again.

Please advise of this is the wrong venue to complain about functionality of Recent Changes on en-wiki. I will gladly go somewhere else to moan, if needs be! Nick Moyes (talk) 10:11, 3 February 2020 (UTC)Reply