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What does this mean?[edit]

Resolved: No comment in 6 months. Libcub (talk) 06:05, 24 February 2008 (UTC)

I've been noticing some positive and negative numbers in the related changes pages. For example, three edits of mine from yesterday:

  • (diff) (hist) . . m 35 (number)‎; 22:05 . . (-32) . . PrimeFan (Talk | contribs) (Removed "in pi at the tenth digit" (not particularly interesting, in my opinion))

This was my edit. Constint 21:43, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

  • (diff) (hist) . . m 83 (number)‎; 22:04 . . (-69) . . PrimeFan (Talk | contribs) (Restored Akanemoto's version)
  • (diff) (hist) . . m 290 (number)‎; 22:02 . . (-23) . . PrimeFan (Talk | contribs) (Restored Khatru2's version)

What do they mean? In my case, are those negative numbers a bad thing? And how come they change so quickly? PrimeFan 20:47, 21 December 2006 (UTC)

I asked this a couple days ago. It's the number of bytes by which an edit changed the article. Negative means the article got shorter. -Amatulic 23:01, 22 December 2006 (UTC)
Oh, that makes sense. Then negative numbers might not always be a bad thing here. Thanks! PrimeFan 22:40, 4 January 2007 (UTC)
Well, a bold negative number means the article got a lot shorter (500 bytes appears to be the threshold for bold numbers). This might indicate blanking by vandals, especially if there's no edit summary. -Amatulic 22:53, 4 January 2007 (UTC)
Seems somewhat useful, although I usually just do a quick look-see to find out what was changed. VD64992 07:14, 17 February 2007 (UTC)
Same here. Alex43223 Talk | Contribs | E-mail | C 07:16, 17 February 2007 (UTC)
The first guess I had when I saw these was that it was a user ranking, so that large negative numbers would warn of trolls/vandals, not sure how many others would jump to the same erroneous conclusion, or whether there is anything that can be done to avoid it sensibly. -- 13:43, 17 August 2007 (UTC)

Past recent changes log?[edit]

Stale: No comments in 1 year. Libcub (talk) 06:06, 24 February 2008 (UTC)

Is there an easily parse-able log of all recent changes of Wikipedia? The database defeinitly has it, I'm just if there are files somewhere. I can watch the IRC channels but I've missed so many years already :-) --Djihed 19:37, 29 March 2007 (UTC)

Chinese help for the English Wikipedia?[edit]

Resolved: Apparently by commenter. Libcub (talk) 06:06, 24 February 2008 (UTC)

This page is currently not normal, is it?

nvm, un-did this myself now -- 12:40, 19 June 2007 (UTC)

New articles?[edit]

Resolved: Answered question. Libcub (talk) 06:08, 24 February 2008 (UTC)

Is there a place to see the new articles as they are started? Thanks. Steve Dufour 16:12, 14 August 2007 (UTC)

Yes, at Special:Newpages. Libcub (talk) 06:08, 24 February 2008 (UTC)


What are those green and red numbers for?-KojiDude (Contributions) 01:40, 20 March 2008 (UTC)

Nevermind, I think I figured it out on my own.-KojiDude (Contributions) 01:55, 20 March 2008 (UTC)

I think they should be explained in the Article Rasadam (talk) 12:53, 30 March 2008 (UTC)

Green numbers represent that the overall character (letter) count in the article increased, and red numbers represent a decrease. Admiral Norton (talk) 11:24, 10 July 2008 (UTC)

Moves not bold[edit]

Recent changes to Watchlist items are shown in bold, but if they are moved they are not. Moving of a page is rather an important change and would be good if it was bold if it was being watched. SunCreator (talk) 12:13, 1 December 2009 (UTC)


The explosive energy of TNT is chemical as in breaking of chemical bonds and therefore a poor example for the mass defect discussion. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:14, 30 December 2014 (UTC)

This post is misplaced - you've somehow found your way to the talk page of one of the help pages. -- John of Reading (talk) 07:33, 30 December 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 31 August 2016[edit]

Bold text (talk) 14:58, 31 August 2016 (UTC) K

X mark.svg Not done, as you have made no request and I suspect you are in the wrong place, since this page is only to discuss improvements to Help:Recent changes.
If you want to suggest a change, please request this on the talk page of the relevant article in the form "Please replace XXX with YYY" or "Please add ZZZ between PPP and QQQ".
Please also cite reliable sources to back up your request, without which no information should be added to, or changed in, any article. - Arjayay (talk) 15:02, 31 August 2016 (UTC)