Patrolled edits is a feature that allows specific users to mark items in recent changes as having been "patrolled" or "approved".
This feature is useful when reviewing recent changes for undesirable edits, like spam and vandalism. This allows people (with the necessary permissions) to coordinate their patrolling activity, such that edits get checked over once, with less wasted effort (different people checking the same edit).
Any members of user groups with the
autopatrol user right will have their edits automatically marked as patrolled. See Special:UserGroupRights for a list of all groups with this right.
Marking edits as patrolled
To mark an edit as patrolled:
- Access Special:RecentChanges.
- Unpatrolled changes will be indicated with a red exclamation mark (!).
- If using the new, JS-based interface, you may additionally assign a highlight color to unpatrolled changes.
- Click the
difflink next to an edit.
- To mark the edit as patrolled, click the
Mark as patrolledlink.
Hiding patrolled edits from recent changes
Patrolled edits can be hidden from recent changes by clicking the "Hide patrolled edits" link in recent changes options. If you use the new JS interface, check the "Unpatrolled" filter.
Customizing the marker
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