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Watching user contribs?[edit]

Is there any way to watch or track a user so I could be updated anytime that user makes an edit? There is no "watch" tab on user contrib pages. I posted this question on Help:watching pages and got no response. Fredwerner (talk) 07:15, 8 October 2009 (UTC)

No, I don't think there is a way of doing that (unless someone's written a special tool for doing so).--Kotniski (talk) 07:46, 8 October 2009 (UTC)
Would this help? It won't notify you but I think this is what you want. -WarthogDemon 22:30, 18 November 2009 (UTC)
The ability to "watch" a user's contributions page and receive change notices in the same way we do an article would be enormously helpful, especially to those of us who spend much of our time here combatting vandalism. While many vandals will target specific articles, many more do not, and will hop from article to article making a mess. Certainly, these kinds of vandalism are usually dealt with in short order, but it would go a lot faster and be a lot more consistent if we could watch their contribs. besiegedtalk 00:30, 17 September 2013 (UTC)
I support this request. There is a longstanding but dormant request at Bugzilla 470. It was also raised at VP in 2007 and 2013, the last of which said there was a workaround using RSS. I tried the Atom RSS feed button on the Contributions page in Safari and Chrome without success, but it seems to work in Firefox. – Fayenatic London 17:06, 24 September 2014 (UTC)
This feature would also be nice for keeping tabs on my student workers (i.e., not just for watching vandals). I'll try the RSS workaround. Rachel Helps (BYU) (talk) 17:21, 31 May 2016 (UTC)

Definition of "contributions"[edit]

We really need to inform editors that any change to any page (or adding a new page, or deleting an old one) is a contribution in Wikipedia's terms. A good dictionary will give you several different definitions of the word, so we need one here to nail down our own usage in case of a dispute, so I added a suggestion to our lead and pointed people here as part of a WP:BRD. Thanks for considering this. BeenAroundAWhile (talk) 04:14, 10 April 2015 (UTC)

Only show edits that are NOT latest revisions[edit]

I wish I could invert the selection implied in "Only show edits that are latest revisions", so that I could check what pages have changed since I last edited them. Is this possible? If not, is there a bugtracker where I could submit a wishlist ticket? Thanks. Fgnievinski (talk) 00:00, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

@Fgnievinski: The core software doesn't support this, but it is possible with an add-on script. See User:Markhurd/hidetopcontrib for instructions. -- John of Reading (talk) 06:28, 10 May 2015 (UTC)
I would find this useful, too. I think it would be nice to have it as a standard feature, but I'll check out User:Markhurd/hidetopcontrib. --Macrakis (talk) 19:58, 20 October 2015 (UTC)

I did not see anything on Marion Ross appearing in this episode of Mannix. She appears to have vital information Mannix needs but ends up driving off a cliff in Mannix's car while a passenger. The brakes of the car were tampered with. She ends up surcoming to her injuries. Peter morin (talk) 16:01, 15 March 2017 (UTC)

Reassigning anonymous edits[edit]

I made some edits under the IP address : 124.198.202.95 at various times (I forgot to log in). Is there any way those edits could be redesignated as having been made by me? If so, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks! David Cannon (talk) 23:39, 25 May 2015 (UTC)

@Davidcannon: That's not possible, but there's some advice at WP:LOGGEDOUT. -- John of Reading (talk) 06:19, 26 May 2015 (UTC)
I see. Thanks anyway. David Cannon (talk) 06:34, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 19 June 2015[edit]

Saurav Joshi (born 28 June 1994) is an Indian business magnate ho is the chairman, managing director and largest shareholder of joshi brother Limited (JBL),a fortune global 50 company and India's first most valuable company by market value the world's most expensive property.[1] He holds a 34.7% stake in the company. he is the small son of the Vijay Kumar and the brother of Gaurav Joshi.{JBL] diamond supply in the abroad ,petrochemicals. another subsidiary is the largest retailer in European country.


In 2014, he was ranked 40 on Forbes list of the world's most powerful people and in 2010, he was included in Forbes's list of "80 people who matter most . As of 2013, he is India's richest man and tenth richest man in spain. Joshi is listed as the 29th richest person in the world with a personal wealth of $13.6 billion.

He has served on the board of directors DBS of Bank of Corporation and the international advisory board of the Council on Foreign Relations. He was the chairman of the board of Spain Institute of Management Bangalore, which is one of the leading business schools in Spain. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Saurav joashi (talkcontribs) 13:27, 19 June 2015 (UTC)

Saurav_joashi This isn't the correct page for this. This particular page is for requests for Special:Contributions. You may want to start a draft article for Saurav Joshi on this page . Be aware that you'll need to have reliable sources to show that this individual is notable. KoshVorlon We are all Kosh 17:07, 11 August 2015 (UTC)

More info on the char count field[edit]

I've noticed that some of the green or red count of character changes are bold but most are not. What is the significance of that bolding?? WesT (talk) 17:56, 4 August 2015 (UTC)

@Westley Turner: Point 12 at Help:User contributions#Using ends with a link to Wikipedia:Added or removed characters, which explains that the bolding draws attention to size changes bigger than 500 characters. -- John of Reading (talk) 19:22, 4 August 2015 (UTC)
Excellent! Thank you for the direction. There are so many help pages to read, with so much detailed information, I am impressed with the level of work involved. Thanks again. WesT (talk) 18:47, 6 August 2015 (UTC)


Edit request on the field "Subpages"[edit]


When a username is placed in this page, and you click "Subpages", it automatically inserts "/" after the username, this then searches for any subpage for User:username/ ( for example if I insert my name, it will search for subpages for KoshVorlon/ rather than KoshVorlon. Can that trailing "/" be removed, otherwise the subpage function won't work right. KoshVorlon We are all Kosh

For many users the slash is essential. For example, try listing the 17 subpages for John. If you remove the slash and refresh the list, you'll see several screens full of pages that have nothing to do with that user. In your case the only difference between the two listings is that your user page is omitted from the list with the slash; I think this is correct because your user page is not one of your subpages. -- John of Reading (talk) 17:22, 11 August 2015 (UTC)

Wikipedia neutrality[edit]

Wikipedia neutrality is very sick: Category:Jewish_scientists exists since 2005, and the category Category:Muslim_scientists was deleted several times !!! WHY ?!!!Sbeitlian (talk) 23:39, 28 February 2016 (UTC)

@Sbeitlian: Looks like Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/2007 January 12#Category:Scientists by religion has the answer: User:T. Anthony wrote "The Jewish one can be considered ethnicity or nationality". GoingBatty (talk) 03:43, 29 February 2016 (UTC)
"The Jewish one can be considered ethnicity or nationality"!!! Do you consider this a coherent answer? Do you know a nationality called Jewish? Or Jewish is an ethnicity and Muslim is not ? :) Sbeitlian (talk) 22:01, 29 February 2016 (UTC)
That quotation looks like a mistake. In Wikipedia categories, "Jewish" is considered an ethnicity or a religion. – Fayenatic London 09:59, 1 March 2016 (UTC)

This is just my two cents: A Jewish scientist who is non-observant is not an issue from either side. A scientist who is Muslim by birth may face "difficulties" if listed as such and then, for example, publicly drinks alcohol (prohibited). Perhaps a better example would be if TWO scientists, one Islamic, one Jewish, ate pork in a restaurant and happened to be photographed, whose life is more likely to be in danger? The religious of both groups see the camera above (a matter of religious teaching) to be the one that counts, but for those who wish to have more (peaceful) years here ... I know, I know, this doesn't even pass muster for a TALK page . . . signed --passing by. PLEASE: whoever deletes this, please rewrite it to Wiki standards - I don't wish to light a match to cause harm, just perhaps a candle. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 72.251.58.179 (talk) 00:04, 23 August 2016 (UTC)

A deleted user page hides edits?[edit]

So, if someone has their user page deleted but still has a talk page, thus leaving them with a red name but still allowing them to make named edits, does that make their contributions page inaccessible?--tronvillain (talk) 20:05, 14 July 2016 (UTC)

Apparently I was just not copying the username properly - the contributions page is clearly still accessible. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tronvillain (talkcontribs) 20:07, 14 July 2016 (UTC)

Search tag: undid[edit]

I don't find "undid" in Special:Tags so I can list all reversed edits in my Contributions for example. I would like Wikipedia to add the "undid" tag. --Gstree (talk) 16:48, 16 December 2016 (UTC)

Report abuse[edit]

In "Revision history", I think it would be useful to add a "report abuse" link next to "thank". --Gstree (talk) 21:08, 16 December 2016 (UTC)

Diff current revision with my current revision[edit]

I suggest that we add "diff current" next to "diff" (see https://tools.wmflabs.org/sigma/usersearch.py?name=Gstree&page=Oxytocin&max=500&server=enwiki for example). --Gstree (talk) 10:11, 17 December 2016 (UTC)

Marion Ross actress primary television role and best known as Mrs Cunningham on Happy Days Sitcom.[edit]

Another television role Marion Ross played was a woman having information on a subject that Mick Conners was following and needed the information to help a client who was in trouble." Mannix "was the television program and he as a PI was driving down a winding road with Marion Ross as his passenger. Someone had tampered with the brakes of his car and he drives off the road and down a cliffside, both suffering severe injuries. Mannix lives but Marion Ross does not while undergoing surgery. This is a side plot of the main story. Peter morin (talk) 15:55, 15 March 2017 (UTC)