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Flagged Revisions is an extension to the MediaWiki software (see mw:Extension:FlaggedRevs and mw:help:Extension:FlaggedRevs). It permits the managers of a particular MediaWiki installation to define certain conditions by which trusted editors can rate an article's "revisions" (i.e. its page versions, the individual entries in the article's history) and to "flag" one of those revisions (i.e., to set it as the default revision to show upon normal page view).

The extension can be configured in a number of ways. The way it is currently used on the English Wikipedia is described at Wikipedia:Pending changes. Several proposals had previously been discussed and considered for trial (see Community proposals for various options).


For a description of the implementation on the English Wikipedia, see Wikipedia:Pending changes

FlaggedRevs is a MediaWiki extension, released on 4 June 2008, which (if installed on a particular wiki) adds revision "tagging" capabilities. A revision, also called version, is a single entry in the history list for a page. One potential use of the implementation would be to set an article such that when a user viewed the article, they would see not the most recent edits to the article, but instead an older version of the article that had been tagged as a clean or "sighted" version. Established Wikipedia editors might be granted rights (possibly automatically) that would let them review page revisions and determine whether the flag on an article should be reset to a more recent version.

When a revision is reviewed by a trusted editor, that revision is tagged in the edit history, while in the meantime, article development can proceed with the most recent revision. If changes to the page seem constructive, any reviewer can tag the new version.

Note that for pages where the latest flagged version is shown, logged-in users, even new users, could still be shown the most recent version irrespective of what version is tagged by default. For the outside world, one could choose to show the most recent flagged revision, but there are various ways to configure the extension.

It is up to the community to fashion proposals which set the specific procedures for reviewing.

Release history[edit]

FlaggedRevs was released for all wikis on 4 June 2008, following an extensive public beta-test on a dedicated test Wiki. It is up to each Wiki community to decide how they wish to use the system, or if they want to use it at all.

On 6 May 2008, Flagged Revisions were enabled, first for a test, on the German Wikipedia. After an extended test period with lots of bug fixing and massive controversial discussions, a straw poll was organized in August. Over 1,200 users contributed, with the majority voting in favor of the new system.


Available statistics are at:

Projects that apply FlaggedRevs[edit]



For more information on the use FlaggedRevs on other Wikipedias and Wikimedia projects, see meta:FlaggedRevs.

Community proposals[edit]

Flagged revisions[edit]

The following are specific proposals on possible ways to deploy this feature on the English Wikipedia:

Revised editions[edit]

Some proposals have suggested 'forking' content, so that two pages are created from the same page. One page would show edits immediately and the other only revised edits. Instead of flagging only new user and anonymous edits for revision, all edits by all users would eventually be reviewed and all new content could still be immediately viewed by everyone. This would create a series of revised editions as well as pages with unrevised content:

  • Tabbed revisions; a proposal to display 'reviewed' edits and 'new' edits on two separate tabs. Anyone can edit the page tabbed 'new'. All articles would be tabbed.
  • Reviewed editions; a proposal to show links to revised editions as well as unrevised content, similar to the proposal for tabbed revisions. Revised editions could be updated annually. All articles would be treated this way.
  • Revised featured content; a proposal to produce revised editions of featured content, as well as a print edition. Only featured content would be revised.

Pending changes trial[edit]

The proposal for flagged protection and patrolled revisions gained consensus for a trial implementation; a two-month trial of pending changes (new name for flagged protection) closed without a clear consensus in September 2010 and the system was removed from articles in May 2011. After considerable discussion on how to proceed, the feature was re-enabled on 1 December 2012.

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