This is a list of commonly used edit summary abbreviations. Press Ctrl+F or ⌘+F to search terms on this page. This page does not lay down any official guidelines on how to fill out an article's edit summary. Wikipedians are encouraged to write accurate and detailed summaries. For more information, see Help:Edit summary.
[[Category:Whatever]] will put a link to the appropriate category page into the edit summary
Addition of comment
cm, cmt or re followed by either the comment itself or the topic. Also +com.
Meaning: I added a comment to this page
re : rattlesnake
Addition or rephrasing of a short text
ft followed by the full text that has been added (perhaps with a little context), or the new version of what was changed.
Thus the edit summary fully informs about the edit; there's no need to open the article unless you want to read the text in the context of the article.
Addition of text
+, add, addition
Meaning: I have added text to the article, and here's a summary.
+Future expeditions or add:Future Expeditions
May also be used to indicate that the user has added his support/opposition on consensus building; it is then usually preceded by the section name
→ Support: +
→ Oppose: +me
Meaning: I have put this list in alphabetical order.
cap, caps, capital, cpt, lc, lcase, uc, ucase
Wikipedia's article titles are case-sensitive, except for the first letter of the article, which always appears as a capital. Also, according to Wikipedia:Manual of Style, except for compound proper nouns (such as "New York Fire Department") only the first letter of the first word in section headings should be capitalized. The above abbreviations indicate fixing of capitalization mistakes, or lowercasing or uppercasing specific words. cap, capital, cpt indicate general fixing of capitalization. caps is for those instances when every letter of a word is capitalized, when the word is to be made ALL CAPS. lc and lcase mean lowercasing the first letter of some word, and uc and ucase mean uppercasing the first letter of some word.
Meaning: "I have made some general "tidying-up edits." These may include reformatting, spelling and grammar fixes, markup fixes, and other such minor edits. Useful if you make many different kinds of small changes in a single edit.
Meaning: I have discussed / explained this edit on the article's talk page.
If possible, combine with other text, e.g rephrased, see Talk.
EL, xl, ext lk, ext lks, ext lnk, ext lnks, ext link, ext links, rm el, URL, http
Meaning: I have added or removed an external link.
If there is possibility for confusion, name the link specifically.
Example:ext lk: filipino strategy guide
fm, fmt, frmt, formatting, MoS, mos, MOS, wf, wfy
Meaning: "I have applied formatting to this article". For example, to adhere to Wikipedia's Manual of Style, or to make the article look consistent, etc.
There is no need to specify the formatted text.
gm, gr, grmr
Meaning: I have fixed the grammar of a sentence or sentences.
head, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6
Meaning: I have fixed header markup or changed header wording. Often seen when a page has been incorrectly laid out with level 3 headers at the top level (=== text ===) instead of level 2 headers (== text ==).
lk, lks, link, links, lnk, ln, wikilink, wl, dl
Meaning: I have created a link from this Wikipedia article to another one, or removed a link from this article to another.
In the summary, put the link between single apostrophes ('), or copy it from the edit box so that it appears in double brackets [[ ]]
This is especially useful when the link is to a new article: people watchlisting the current page are likely to be interested in the new page.