Wikipedia:New pages patrol/Reviewers

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New Page Reviewer (new page reviewer user group) is a special rights user group. Reviewers work with the New Pages Feed[1] and the Page Curation Tool to process, approve, or tag newly created pages.[2]

In order to better control the quality of new pages—to address common unwanted content such as spam, copyvios and nonsense, and also to encourage good faith new users—the current system that was developed in collaboration with the Wikimedia Foundation in 2011 has been updated and improved. A new user group, New Page Reviewer, for qualified reviewers, was created in October 2016.

There are currently 695 New page reviewers, which makes the total number of users with this permission 1,876 (the rest are administrators).

New Page Reviewer

Editors will normally need to have been registered users of the English Wikipedia for at least 90 days, and have made at least 500 not-deleted edits to mainspace. They will also need to be able to demonstrate from their editing history that they have sufficient experience, and have the ability to communicate in an appropriate manner with new users.

How does this affect former New Page Patrollers?

Editors who have not reviewed new pages since 1 January 2016 will no longer be able to do so until they have made a special, but straightforward, application for the right at WP:PERM.

Obtaining the new user right

Users applying for the New Page Patroller flag at WP:PERM are expected to have been registered for at least 90 days and to have made at least 500 uncontested edits to mainspace articles. This is similar to the application process to obtain rights as a Reviewer or Rollbacker, where the user's editing history is checked and, if appropriate, the right is granted by a reviewing administrator. Administrators are accorded discretion to grant the right even where the 90-day threshold is not fully met—typically done when a review of the person's edits indicate they are a strong candidate. For more details, please see New pages patrol and read the instructions at WP:PERM.


Users who had made at least 200 uncontested patrols between 1 January 2016 and 6 October 2016 were accorded the right by administrators without the need to apply at WP:PERM.

All other users who wish to mark pages as patrolled must apply for the right. This is necessary to remove pages from the new pages feed to prevent new page patrollers from duplicating their efforts. The right is included in the Administrator toolset. Only users with the New Page Reviewer right will be able to mark pages as 'patrolled' but this does not affect access to Twinkle for tagging new or existing pages.

Guidelines for granting

  1. The editor should be a registered Wikipedia user for at least 90 days.
  2. The editor should have made 500 undeleted edits to mainspace that clearly demonstrate knowledge of page quality control. Edits and/or user status on other Foundation projects are not taken into consideration.
  3. The editor should have experience with moving pages in accordance with guidelines.
  4. The editor should have no behavioral blocks or 3RR violations for a span of 6 months prior to applying.
  5. The editor must review pages solely on a volunteer basis.

The above items are guidelines and numerical compliance alone does not constitute a right to the user group. An administrator may also grant page reviewer rights to users they otherwise deem competent or may request experience above and beyond the above criteria. Administrators also typically like to see consistent recent activity on Wikipedia to ensure that reviewers are familiar with current policy and guidelines.

Guidelines for revocation

The user right can be revoked for violating any of the above conduct standards and for other misconduct. Additionally, it can be revoked at any time by an administrator without any process or prior notice in any of the following circumstances:

  1. The editor has demonstrated a pattern of performing obviously controversial reviews without first determining consensus.
  2. The editor has demonstrated a pattern of failing to exercise sufficient care when reviewing pages, resulting in new users being offended or discouraged.
  3. The editor has used the permission to gain the upper hand in disputes.
  4. The editor has performed any blatant vandalism (not limited to page reviewer vandalism).
  5. The editor has failed to report to an administrator after noticing unauthorized use of their account or otherwise neglected account security practices.
  6. The editor has been inactive for 12 months or more.
  7. The editor has accepted or solicited payment in return for reviews.

Additionally, the right may be removed immediately at the self-request of the editor. Appeals of revocation should be made in the first instance to the revoking administrator, failing which, a further appeal can be made at the Administrators' noticeboard (not ANI).

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