Wikipedia:New pages patrol | other issues

Other issues

  • Stubs are the beginnings of meaningful and encyclopedic articles but which need a little help:
  • Bold face the article title in the lead.
  • Link relevant terms.
  • Overlinking – remove unnecessary internal links.
  • Phrase the article in complete sentences, including the first sentence.
  • Close up orphaned sentences into existing paragraphs.
  • Place an appropriate stub notice at the end of a stub.
  • Inform the author of what you have done by using the message feature of the Curation tool.

Try to fix any style problems yourself. If you cannot, add one or more specific cleanup tags for pages which need tidying up. In particular, the following tags are common (use {{multiple issues}}, if possible, rather than each tag separately):

  • – for general problems
  • – for pages that need linking to other related topics.
  • – respectively, for articles that conspicuously lack any references, or whose references are insufficient.
  • Inform the author of what you have done by using the message feature of the Curation tool.

Orphaned articles: Page Curation automatically highlights pages that have no internal links to other Wikipedia articles. Sometimes orphans result from a mistitled article (see above). It may be helpful to search for mentions in other articles.

Unsourced articles

Articles without sources Page Curation automatically highlights pages that have no sources. The best time to ask for sources is when an article creator is still online and logged in. Tag the article with an appropriate tag in Page Curation and leave a message for the creator.


Inform the author of what you have done by using the message feature of the Curation tool.

Moving new content to other projects

  • Dictionary definitions. These can be transwikied to Wiktionary or converted into disambiguation pages. Many may be redeemable as Wikipedia articles, if sufficiently refactored, rewritten, and expanded.
  • Primary source texts. These should be transwikied to Wikisource.
  • How-tos or instructional materials. In some cases, these can be transwikied to Wikibooks; however, it's often possible to turn these into meaningful articles by rewording the text to make it more descriptive and less prescriptive. Try to improve an article by adding some more material before resorting to moving it out of Wikipedia.


  • [ NPP Browser is a tool that lets you search all currently unreviewed pages by keyword or category. It is extremely useful for focusing in on pages you feel comfortable reviewing without having to scroll through the Special:NewPagesFeed.
  • Global User Contributions is an official tool for comparing an editor's contributions across all Wikimedia projects. Useful for reviewers on the trail of suspected sockpuppetry or paid editing.
  • Wikipedia:PageCuration script adds a Page Curation link to the top toolbar that combines the two main Page Curation features, namely the Special:NewPagesFeed and the curation toolbar.
  • User:Lourdes/SpecialNewPages adds a Special:NewPages link to the top toolbar that gives the old Special:NewPages feed, hiding the patrolled edits.
  • User:Ryan Vesey/sidebar.js puts a link in your sidebar direct to the New Pages Feed.
  • The WikiProject Check Wikipedia script scans new pages on a daily basis, and passes them through a series of Wiki syntax checks. The result is listed as a series of reports of pages to fix.
  • Special:Log Set the type of action to "Patrol" (default is "all logs") and add a user's name to see which pages the person has marked as patrolled.
  • Twinkle is a user script that for New Page Review has been overhauled by Page Curation. It contains quick reverting, deletion, warning, and reporting features. It can be used to tag articles for speedy deletion, and when used by authorised page reviewers, it will mark the page as patrolled when applying tags. The script includes all of the most commonly used article tags, and makes sure that article creators are automatically notified of CSD, PROD, BLPPROD, and AfD tags.
  • New Page Patroller shows a box in the sidebar that loads a live feed updated every 5 seconds of the 10 newest articles.
  • Edit filter 867 tracks large creations made in one edit by inexperienced editors. It is useful for review of potential commissioned articles.

Manually marking pages as patrolled

In some editing contexts, authorised editors will see a 'mark this page as patrolled' link. Otherwise, everything editors can do to help out with patrolling is most welcome. Be sure to inform the author of what you have done. Do not mark pages with attack titles as patrolled, as this leaves an additional publicly-visible record of the name.

Redirects converted to articles

If a redirect or blanked page is converted to an article, it will be marked as unreviewed and placed in the new pages feed. This is to avoid people creating redirects for inappropriate pages and later converting them into articles to avoid review. If you see an old page (such as one from 2005 or 2016) it is likely that it was recently converted from a redirect. In these cases, you should check the page history, and if the page is not appropriate as an article, restore the redirect and notify the person who created the article. If you are reverted and you still believe the article is inappropriate, you should list it at Articles for Deletion. Redirects that are currently listed at Redirects for Discussion should simply be marked as reviewed.

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