The purpose of reviewing new pages
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The Page Curation process is for identifying articles which do not meet the criteria for inclusion and to tag them for attention. The most critical problems are vandalism, obvious hoaxes, copyright violations , and defamatory material about living persons, followed closely by pages that exploit Wikipedia for money (think spam/promotion). Other pages need to be deleted for other reasons but may be less urgent – unpatrolled pages are not indexed by Google or other search engines.
A tool developed by a user enables reviewers to move to the Draft namespace any new articles that, while not being suitable for immediate publication, might be accepted if the creator has more time for development. The tool, Move to Draft, should be installed by reviewers in their .js page.
Note: This tool is to be used with discretion, it is not a catchall for not knowing what to do with a new page.
Reviewers are encouraged to make frequent use of the existing message to creator tool. It is essential that new creators be encouraged to continue with their acceptable new articles.
New Page Review is essentially the first (and only) firewall against totally unwanted content and the place to broadly accept articles that may not be perfect but do not need to be deleted. Reviewers are not obligated to mentor new users or complete their articles, but may wish to direct new users to the Teahouse question forum, help desk and Articles for Creation for assistance. Wikipedia:Your first article, Wikipedia:Contributing to Wikipedia, the Wikipedia:Tutorial, The Wikipedia Adventure, and other help pages are also available. When drafts are approved at AfC and moved to the mainspace they will be checked again at Curation. Some regular reviewers from the AfC team also have New Page Reviewer flag because they have related expertise.
Do not be too hasty to nominate contributions by new editors for deletion if the content is marginally poor. If you are uncertain, leave the page unpatrolled, and another volunteer can review it later.
Care should be exercised when reviewing very new pages. Tagging anything other than attack pages, copyvios, vandalism or complete nonsense only a few minutes after creation may stop the creation of a good faith article and drive away a new contributor.
Reviewers must fully understand Wikipedia's deletion policy and remember it. A page can be speedy deleted only if it meets one of the strict criteria. From the policy:
Before nominating a page for speedy deletion, consider whether it could be improved, reduced to a stub, merged or redirected elsewhere, reverted to a better previous revision, or handled in some other way. A page is eligible for speedy deletion only if all of its revisions are also eligible. Users nominating a page for speedy deletion should specify which criterion/criteria the page meets, and should notify the page creator and any major contributors.
If a reviewer thinks a page should be deleted, but it is not a candidate for speedy deletion, AfD, PROD or WP:BLPPROD must be used instead. Spurious nominations for speedy deletion, even if the article is later deleted at AfD, are damaging to Wikipedia and may quickly result in the reviewer losing their 'reviewer' flag.
If the page is not a candidate for deletion but has other problems, add appropriate tags and use the message feature of the curation tool to inform the creator of the issues (see the patroller checklists section below for more information).
User names and vandalism
In serious cases, the creator of a new page may need to be blocked to prevent further disruption or damage to Wikipedia's reputation. Familiarise yourself with the WP:UAA and WP:AIV systems and their policies and report such cases as necessary.
Page reviewers are in a good position to detect policy breaches such as sockpuppetry, promotion, serial copyright violations, undisclosed paid editing, and child protection issues. Learn about these policies and what to do. For example, check the content of new articles for inline external spam links.
Your patrol log and Watchlist
Check your patrol log frequently for articles that you tagged for deletion but which are still blue linked – it could be that the creator or his sock has removed the PROD or CSD tag. You may also wish to set your Watchlist preferences to display all pages that you edit.
Monitoring the system
A New Page Reviewer is the second set of eyes. Remember that page tagging can still be carried out by any user. Although they don't have access to the features of the Page Curation Toolbar, even IP users can tag pages. Tagged pages remain listed in the feed until patrolled by a reviewer, enabling New Page Reviewers to identify and isolate poor patrolling. Use the 'Unreview' feature for good faith errors and see the templates that can be used to encourage users to do less demanding maintenance tasks until they have more experience. Generally, template 'Stop NPP' is friendly enough to be perceived as supportive rather than assertive. In persistent cases however, it will be necessary to escalate through the warning levels. At Level 4, a block is usually appropriate at the very next tagging. Preferably notify an admin. Only post a case at WP:ANI if no admin is available to stop a disruptive spree. See: User Warnings.
- Edit filter 867 tracks large creations made in one edit by inexperienced editors. It is useful for review of potential commissioned articles.
- NPP Browser. This browser allows you to directly search articles for terms, or to view new articles by keyword groupings. It enables reviewers to patrol new articles according to their preferred areas of knowledge or interest.
Additional useful tools are listed in the green collapsed section below.
Gadgets and user scripts
Gadgets can be installed via the 'preferences' link in the top right of the page, and User Scripts must be installed at your your common.js page (instructions).
- Core User Scripts
- Other Useful Scripts