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Edit requests are requests for edits to be made to a page that editors cannot or should not make proposed edits themselves. Requests should be accompanied by a clear and specific description of the requested change, and consensus should be obtained before formally making the request. Requests are made using an appropriate talk page template (see making requests below). Clarity in edit requests is important, and providing the new sentences or code in your request, if possible, will expedite the process.

Errors on the Main Page are a special case and should not be handled via standard edit requests. To report an error you have noticed on the current main page or tomorrow's main page, please add it to the appropriate section on Wikipedia:Main Page/Errors.

Planning a request

In general, if you want to make an edit request:

  1. Propose a specific change on a talk page. Don't add an edit request template yet.
  2. Once there is consensus for the change, and any final details have been worked out, put a template on the talk page along with a short, clear explanation.
  3. A user who can make the edit will notice the template has been added, and will respond to the request.

Consensus isn't needed if a change is not controversial. Uncontroversial changes don't require sourcing, such as correcting typographical errors or disambiguating links. If this is the case, you don't need to establish consensus, but instead propose the change as stated above.

General considerations

Edit requests for articles should meet four basic criteria. Edit requests for templates should meet these as well as an additional requirement of adequate testing - see #Requests for templates below. Before requesting an edit, please consider the following points:

  1. Is an edit request necessary? If the protection on a page is of short duration or is about to expire, consider waiting a few extra hours for the opportunity to make the edit yourself. If the page is semi-protected and you are nearing the threshold to edit such pages yourself (10 edits and your account at least 4 days old), consider waiting until you can do it yourself.
  2. Is the request specific? Any edit request must be accompanied by a detailed and specific description of what changes need to be made. Clearly indicate which sections or phrases should be replaced, and what they should be replaced with.
  3. Is the request sensible? It is sensible to perform basic tidying such as ensuring all references are properly formatted using citation templates, and that the section still flows correctly after the text is changed.
  4. Is the request controversial? Edit requests for fully protected pages must be handled by an administrator. Administrators can only respond to requests which are either uncontroversial improvements (correcting typos or grammar, formatting references, etc. in articles; or improving reliability or efficiency of template code) or are already supported by a consensus of editors, usually on the protected page's talkpage. Please do not add the {{edit protected}} template merely to attract attention to the change, as it clutters up the relevant edit request category with unactionable requests. If consensus is required for the change and you would like the request to be acted on sooner, please indicate a clear consensus rather than requiring the admin to read pages of discussion.

Responding editors may decline to make any edit, and are especially likely to reject edits that are controversial, violate Wikipedia policy, or do not have evidence of consensus. There is a forum at Wikipedia:Requests for page protection to discuss significant or controversial edits to protected pages.

Requests for templates

If you are requesting a complex change to a template, place the required code on the template's sandbox copy. This gives the opportunity to test the code before changing the live template. Instead of pasting the code on the talk page, which can affect its readability, just place a link to the /sandbox along with the request and rationale.

  • As above, clearly indicate which lines of code need to be changed, or (ideally) provide a link or diff to a sandbox which contains the entire code of the template, with the required changes. The responding editor can then simply replace the code in the live template with the code from the sandbox.
  • Edits to protected templates, except when they are trivial, must be tested in a sandbox first to make sure that they do not cause problems or corrupted output.

Making requests

The simplest approach for edit requests for fully protected, template-protected or semi-protected pages is to use the View source tab on that page and use the "Submit an edit request" link at the bottom right; this automatically loads the correct talk page template.[1] Where requests are made due to the editor having a conflict of interest (COI; see Wikipedia:Suggestions for COI compliance), the {{request edit}} template should be used; it must be added manually to the relevant page's talkpage.

Alternatively, the templates can be used directly, adding them manually to the relevant page's talkpage:

Response time

Edit request templates automatically add the relevant page into an appropriate administrative category, such as Category:Wikipedia protected edit requests (from {{edit protected}}, for edits to fully protected pages). Administrators routinely check this category for protected edit requests to process. Other relevant categories, Category:Wikipedia semi-protected edit requests, Category:Wikipedia template-protected edit requests and Category:Requested edits, are patrolled by other editors. Please be patient; it can take a few days for an edit request to be acted upon.

Edits affecting several pages

Sometimes the same or similar edits are needed on several pages, such as adding the same category to many pages. In this case, add the template to only one talk page, with a list of all the pages that need updating and a clear description of what needs to be done. This saves work both for the editor making the request and for the editor responding to the request. Requests for large-scale edits that require administrative abilities can also be made at the administrator's noticeboard.

Further information needed

Sometimes responding editors may request further information, and disable the template by changing the |answered= parameter to "yes" — e.g. {{edit protected|answered=yes}}. Feel free to re-enable the template when the additional information has been provided or an additional consensus obtained by changing the "yes" in the template to "no". If you're unable to do this, you can simply respond on the talk page. If you then receive no response in a day or two, submit a new edit request.

Responding to requests

In responding to requests, consider the four points listed under "General considerations". In particular, edits likely to be controversial should have prior consensus, and edits to templates should be appropriately tested beforehand. Responding editors should use their judgement to respond appropriately to requests, and take into account relevant Wikipedia policies such as neutral point of view, verifiability and reliable sourcing. Edits made on behalf of other editors should be appropriately attributed in the edit summary.

{{subst:EP}}, {{subst:ETp}} and {{subst:ESp}} are standard templates for responding to edit requests for fully protected, template-protected and semi-protected pages respectively, with a variety of options. For example, {{subst:EP|?}} / {{subst:ETp|?}} / {{subst:ESp|?}} is convenient for responding to insufficiently specific requests. These templates should be subst:ed.

Once the request has been responded to, the responding editor should disable the protected edit request template by changing the |answered= parameter to "yes" — e.g. {{edit protected|answered=yes}}.

Monitoring new requests

Editors may wish to use the following lists to keep track of new edit requests:

These pages are automatically updated by AnomieBOT. Because they are regular Wikipedia pages and not categories, it is possible to inspect the page histories to see edit requests which have previously been closed. AnomieBOT also includes the number of pending requests in its edit summary when it updates the list, making it possible to monitor new edit requests directly from the watchlist.

Notes

  1. ^ Technical details: The link is provided by MediaWiki:Protectedpagetext, and it uses Template:Submit an edit request/preload as the preload and an appropriate template as the editintro. For protected pages this is Template:Edit protected/editintro, for semi-protected pages, Template:Edit semi-protected/editintro, and for template-protected pages, Template:Edit template-protected/editintro