Wikipedia:Page Curation

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Page Curation
Developer(s) Wikimedia Foundation
Type New Page Patrol
Website Page Curation @ Mediawiki

Page Curation is a suite of tools developed by Wikimedia Foundation to help experienced editors review new pages on Wikipedia.

This project includes two main features, which are described below:

  1. the New Pages Feed, a dynamic list of new pages for review by community patrollers; and
  2. the Curation Toolbar, an optional panel on articles that enables editors to review them more effectively.
Watch a quick video tour. Click the 'Play' button or the expand icon to watch in full screen.

Historically, new articles have been curated by dedicated page patrollers, using a page called Special:NewPages and a variety of third-party gadgets such as Twinkle and Huggle. Deficiencies in the way new pages are currently created and managed, combined with problems with the existing software, have led to understandable frustration. Page Curation aims to solve this problem, by making it faster and easier to review new articles.

Page Curation was developed from March to September 2012, in collaboration with the Wikipedia community. A 'release version' was deployed on the English Wikipedia on September 20, 2012. If you are an experienced editor, please help review new pages.

To learn more about Page Curation, take the tutorial or watch the video tour at the right. For more info, check the help page—and report any issues on the talkpage or to our Community Liaison.

To learn more about patrolling new pages in general, please see the check list of recommended tasks and tutorial at WP:NPP, and consider enrolling at the New Page Patrol School.

New Pages Feed[edit]

New Pages Feed screenshot

New Pages Feed is a new tool developed by the Foundation as an alternative to Special:NewPages. Our hope is that it will improve the quality of new articles, the ease with which these articles can be patrolled, the quality of the reviews and their impact on page creators.

The New Pages Feed "list view" is a complete overhaul of Special:NewPages itself, and aims to improve its user interface, making it easier to find, sort and filter pages that need to be reviewed. A screenshot of this work in progress is shown to the right of this page. Features for this include:

  1. Surfacing a lot more data about an article. It is possible to see, through the New Pages Feed itself, things like who patrolled it, whether the article has been nominated for deletion, and data about the article itself (size, a preview of the text, whether it has been categorised, how many users have contributed to it). This makes identifying pages you may have an interest in far easier and more accurate, because you no longer have to open them individually to find out most of that information.
  2. Removing the 30 day limit. This is a source of stress, because it creates a completely artificial time constraint and sense of pressure. Instead, unpatrolled articles will appear in the log regardless of their age, while patrolled articles will remain in the list for 60 days.
  3. Fixing the bugs that prevent articles created from redirects and articles that were moved from one namespace to another from appearing in the relevant Special:NewPages queue.
  4. Fixing the bug that makes the patrol button vanish if you edit an article before patrolling it.
  5. Introducing key statistics, including a leaderboard and the number of articles that remain unpatrolled.
  6. Better filtering and sorting, to allow for more accurate selection of the kind of articles individual patrollers are interested in working on.

Try out the New Pages Feed yourself and let us know what you think! For more information about this tool, check our help page.

Curation Toolbar[edit]

Curation Toolbar screenshot

The Curation Toolbar is a suite of tools that is available on articles or user pages, to help patrollers review them more effectively. This optional Javascript panel enables editors to get page info, mark a page as reviewed, tag it, mark it for deletion, send WikiLove to page creators—or jump to the next page on the list. It works a bit like Twinkle, but aims to provide an easier user interface, with built-in tools for expressing gratitude and providing helpful feedback to page creators. The Curation Toolbar is an integral part of the Page Curation product, which aims to enhance the current page patrol process, by making it easier for editors to patrol productively on Wikipedia.

This Curation Toolbar is available to editors for any page (other than pages they themselves created) listed in the New Pages Feed. From that feed, click on any page title (or the "Review" button) to view that page, along with its Curation Toolbar, which appears as a gray vertical bar near the right edge of your browser window. Note that you can close that toolbar by clicking on the 'x' icon—or minimize it by clicking on the icon to the right. If you close the Curation Toolbar accidentally, you can open it again by clicking on 'Curation Toolbar' in the 'Toolbox' section of the left sidebar; this option is not available though if you were the page creator. This new tool is compatible with Twinkle, and can be used as well as or instead of it.

Userbox[edit]

If you wish, add this userbox to your user page to show that you help review newly created articles using Page Curation.

Markup Renders as
{{User:Dom497/Curation}}
Police man Twinkle Head.svg This user is a Curator!

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