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From Wikipedia talk:User contributions (was forked, now merged) (20 May 2009)[edit]

Pages a user has created[edit]

How does one view pages created by oneself? I can't see anything suitable in the drop down; is there any other way of viewing such a list? Omitting redirects would also be nice, as I've probably created a lot more of those than actual articles. Richard001 (talk) 04:56, 7 January 2008 (UTC) seems to be what I was looking for, although it doesn't seem to be working for me now. Richard001 (talk) 02:58, 30 August 2008 (UTC)
Dunno if anyone still cares, but this will be added to Special:Contribs on Thursday. πr2 (tc) 20:02, 11 March 2014 (UTC)

How find out total number of contributions?[edit]

I keep reading people mention how many contributions people have made and there is even a box you can put on your user page. But I don't know where they are getting this data. I assume they are not counting 500 contributions at a time - or are they? Info on that in this article would be very helpful. Thanks. CarolMooreDC (talk) 03:12, 12 May 2009 (UTC)

8,000+ This user has made more than 8,000 contributions to Wikipedia.

I put in this box and just noticed a link that takes me to a page that gives me all my stats! Maybe this needs to be on the page! CarolMooreDC (talk) 15:02, 13 May 2009 (UTC)

You have waited a long time for a simple answer: click "My preferences" at the very top of any page. Chris the speller yack 18:32, 7 February 2012 (UTC)
And you've waited an almost-as-long time for some thanks - Kudos. I'd been using other reports for years on Wikipedia, and wishing I had database dumps of other Mediawiki instances, when all I had to do was hit Special:Preferences. Oops. MrZaiustalk 10:13, 3 December 2013 (UTC)

IP range?[edit]

Is there a way to check for contributions from a range of IP addresses? (talk) 21:35, 8 November 2008 (UTC)

As a follow-up to this, why does search for IP range not work (using wildcard asterisk)? I can search a specific address, but when I include it in a range search, nothing shows up. Nageh (talk) 11:23, 8 December 2009 (UTC)
I was about to ask the same question, when I found that the IP range searchw ith asterisks doesn't work. SteveMcCluskey (talk) 22:51, 30 December 2009 (UTC)
I got the answer on the Help Desk. Nageh (talk) 13:46, 3 January 2010 (UTC)
I have added that you need a gadget.[1] PrimeHunter (talk) 14:06, 3 January 2010 (UTC)
Broken? shows changes that* does not - it shows edits by .21 and .41 only - not these edits by .24 ! I have the gadget enabled, and was unable to search using CIDR - my attempts produce "No changes were found matching these criteria."
Yet, the help text states, "You may enter a CIDR range or append an asterisk to do a prefix search."--Elvey (talk) 20:57, 28 May 2013 (UTC)
@Elvey: Is this the same problem as the one being discussed at Wikipedia:Village pump (technical)#Contribs from a CIDR range out of date?? -- John of Reading (talk) 21:20, 28 May 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for the pointer. Related problem, certainly. But note that I'm finding that when I do an actual CIDR search, it doesn't work AT ALL - even the 2012 edits by .21 and .41 don't show up.--Elvey (talk) 01:46, 29 May 2013 (UTC)

Claiming contributions made before account creation[edit]

Is it possible to claim old contributions that were made before a user created an account? I can pull up all my old contributions with my IP address, but I don't see a way to claim them as my own so that they will appear on my "my contributions" page. Mba123 (talk) 16:06, 14 May 2009 (UTC)Mba123

No, this is not possible (it was) years ago. PrimeHunter (talk) 14:09, 3 January 2010 (UTC)
Will this ever be brought back? I have a lot of updates from my IP address that I made back when I either forgot to log in or back when I didn't have an account. ChrisSimpson (talk) 21:32, 2 April 2010 (UTC)
I haven't heard of considerations to bring it back. If you don't want to hide your IP address for privacy reasons then you can mention the connection on the talk or user pages of your IP and account. PrimeHunter (talk) 00:29, 3 April 2010 (UTC)

are you sure? I find this a bit daft — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sypashley (talkcontribs) 14:56, 20 June 2013 (UTC)

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)


May someone explain in this article how the parameter "offset" in the contributions' URL works? --Horcrux92 (talk) 11:59, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

Date Range Search[edit]

Would it be possible to modify this page so you could limit the search to a range of dates. That becomes especially useful when looking for edits coming from a range of IP addresses. Usually such a search produces an unmanageable list of results. Date limits would limit the results so you could identify related edits coming from an IP range.

Thanks --SteveMcCluskey (talk) 19:37, 19 July 2013 (UTC)

Can't find[edit]

I have looked a few user pages and can't see a link to a user contribution page in any of the menus at top, left or bottom of the page, every user page seems to have a unique layout but on none of them can I see a link to their contributions. (talk) 18:29, 11 November 2013 (UTC)

Look in the left sidebar, directly underneath the big Wikipedia "Globe" image. You should see "Main page" and then five more links, then a group of links called "Interaction", then a group of links called "Tools". Click the "Tools" link to see the options within that group; one of them is "User contributions". -- John of Reading (talk) 18:43, 11 November 2013 (UTC)

WikiChecker in the footer?[edit]

How about adding link to the WikiChecker ( ) into footer of the "contributions" page? There are already links to edit counts, articles created etc., and having this would be nice too — it's quite useful. Thoughts? -- Dsimic (talk) 01:31, 14 November 2013 (UTC)

search for specific text[edit]

I need to know when specific text was posted — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:35, 22 January 2014 (UTC)

To find when specific text was added to a page, go to that page's "History" tab and click on the tool near the top, "Revision history search". For more on that see Wikipedia:WikiBlame. -- John of Reading (talk) 14:43, 22 January 2014 (UTC)

URL or link for checking one's own contributions[edit]

Does anyone know if there is some kind of shortcut for checking one's own contributions? This isn't a very important feature for people logged into user accounts since there is a link generated on the upper right, but it would be useful for people editing via IP addresses without logging into an account. Much like we have something like Special:ListUsers/Bureaucrat or Special:Log/delete as more specific searches within the ListUsers/Log commands, I am wondering if there is some kind of way that Special:Contributions could be altered to create a universal link to an editor's own contributions, like basically automatically generating the forward slash and either UserName or IPaddress which would normally show up were an editor to view their contributions via a page history (or sometimes signature). A link like this would be useful to mention at the start of this help page, particularly for IP editors editing via shared computers, who do not have an automatically generated link and may not know their IP address, as many of them cycle and even for those with a dedicated static IP they are hard-to-remember numbers compared to textual names.

Alternatively if we cannot include that link to bring awareness, if we could automatically generate that link for un-logged-in users as we do for the logged-in ones, that would be a huge asset to people remembering what they edited before. The feature exists already, all this would do is increase access to it. (talk) 17:31, 24 January 2014 (UTC)

On a hunch I tried Special:MyContributions and it worked. See if that works for you as an IP. -- John of Reading (talk) 18:00, 24 January 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 19 March 2014[edit]

contribution1 and contribution2 Bojidara (talk) 10:19, 19 March 2014 (UTC) Please make a link

Not done: it's not clear what changes you want made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format. (tJosve05a (c) 10:23, 19 March 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 20 May 2014[edit]

Joe.Mulu (talk) 07:11, 20 May 2014 (UTC)

Red information icon with gradient background.svg Not done: as you have not requested a change.
If you want to suggest a change, please request this in the form "Please replace XXX with YYY" or "Please add ZZZ between PPP and QQQ".
As this is a help page, you will need to obtain consensus before requesting a change. - Arjayay (talk) 07:40, 20 May 2014 (UTC)

Is there any reason the columns on the user contribution pages are not labeled?[edit]

Is there any reason the columns on rhe user contribution pages are not labeled atop the page?

Or in any case, why this article is not linked from each Contributions page?Daqu (talk) 17:56, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

Which columns do you mean? Special:Contribs does have a link to Help:User contributions. See the top right corner. --Glaisher [talk] 17:59, 5 June 2014 (UTC)
Do you mean you would like column headings like "Time", "Date", "Change", "Page name", "Edit summary" for contributions rows like these:
18:12, 5 June 2014 (diff | hist) . . (+114)‎ . . Long Island ‎ (Fixed the name of the county (Kings) occupied by the borough of Brooklyn) (current)
17:56, 5 June 2014 (diff | hist) . . (+331)‎ . . Help talk:User contributions ‎ (→‎Is there any reason the columns on the user contribution pages are not labeled?: new section)
They are lines and not organized in a table. The "columns" are simple but don't have fixed width and the lines can wrap so I don't think headings would be pretty or very useful.
If you don't have the "Help:User contributions" link at the top right of contributions pages then you probably changed language away from the default "en - English" at Special:Preferences. Users with the default see PrimeHunter (talk) 21:36, 5 June 2014 (UTC)
Okay, thanks for explaining that the data is not organized in a table.
It is still beyond idiotic that there is no header explaining just how the data is organized. On the same page, not merely linked to it.Daqu (talk) 13:12, 26 June 2014 (UTC)

Toolserver link expired[edit]

On the Help:User contributions page, the Total edit count section concludes with the recommendation:

For a summary of a user's activity on other language Wikipedias and other Wikimedia projects, type the following URL (replacing "XXX" by the name of the user):

Unfortunately, this currently produces an error page that starts with:

403: User account expired

and ends with:

As Toolserver will be shutdown and most tools are already migrated please give feedback if you miss a tool.

Does anyone know if there's an updated URL for this "Total edit count" tool, that could replace the obsolete URL in Help:User contributions?

Many thanks. —Patrug (talk) 18:33, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

I also noticed the dead link and I'm wondering the same thing. -- (talk) 11:38, 31 August 2014 (UTC)
It appears this does the job. -- (talk) 11:42, 31 August 2014 (UTC)

Additions and Brevity on Help Pages[edit]

Hello, Under the "privacy" section, I was wondering whether it would be worthwhile to expand the section to include that content on contribution pages can only be removed in certain circumstances. If I make a small addition, is that worthwhile, or is the extraneous for the purpose of the Help Project? Upjav (talk) 16:29, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

intelligent scissors[edit]

asdf Gcbo zb (talk) 20:21, 9 November 2014 (UTC)

Red question icon with gradient background.svg Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format. -- John of Reading (talk) 20:25, 9 November 2014 (UTC)

Feature request: Filter by custom string in the edit summary[edit]

I would like to ask for this feature: filter the edits by custom strings. Sometimes I am placing certain texts in the "Edit summary" field, so I can find those edits later. For example in edits like this I place the string "overdue", to signal redirects that should have been created long ago. Or in edits like this I place the tag "TOFOLLOW", so I won't forget to check that discussion later. Maybe someone implemented this feature already on toolsever? —  Ark25  (talk) 08:58, 20 December 2014 (UTC)

@Ark25: Yes, this is already available. At the bottom of the contributions list is a link "Edit summary search". -- John of Reading (talk) 09:17, 20 December 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 29 December 2014[edit]

Languages Main article: Languages of Afghanistan Pashto and Dari (Persian) are the official languages of Afghanistan; bilingualism is very common.[1] Both are Indo-European languages from the Iranian languages sub-family. Dari has always been the prestige language and a lingua franca for inter-ethnic communication. It is the native tongue of the Tajiks, Hazaras, Aimaks, and Kizilbash.[157] Pashto is the native tongue of the Pashtuns, although many Pashtuns often use Dari and some non-Pashtuns are fluent in Pashto.

Other languages, including Uzbek, Arabic, Turkmen, Balochi, Pashayi, and Nuristani languages (Ashkunu, Kamkata-viri, Vasi-vari, Tregami, and Kalasha-ala), are the native tongues of minority groups across the country and have official status in the regions where they are widely spoken. Minor languages also include Pamiri (Shughni, Munji, Ishkashimi, and Wakhi), Brahui, Hindko, and Kyrgyz. A small percentage of Afghans are also fluent in Urdu, English, and other languages.

Language World Factbook / Library of Congress Country Studies estimate[34][158] Dari 50% Pashto 35% Uzbek and Turkmen 11% 30 minor languages 4% [1] on page "Afghanitan", under 4. Demographics, under 4.2, Languages, for Dari language the percentage entered shows 35% , where in fact according to CIA World Factbook and Library of Congress Country Studies the percentage for Dari language is %50. By visiting any of the links below, it'll take you to the CIA Factbook page, and library of Congress COuntry Studies. Both are reliable sources. Please grant me the permission to make a correction or do it yourself. Homie222 (talk) 00:04, 30 December 2014 (UTC)

@Homie222: Could you please specify what correction you would like to be made? Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 00:31, 30 December 2014 (UTC)
Done. The appropriate place to request an edit on the Afghanistan article would be Talk:Afghanistan, though. Huon (talk) 00:47, 30 December 2014 (UTC)

Filter by string in page name[edit]

I was wondering if it was possible to search my contributions for specific pages or pages with specific strings in the title. I can't seem to find a way to do it. SPACKlick (talk) 17:02, 17 February 2015 (UTC)

@SPACKlick: Here's how you can do it for specific pages:
  1. Go to the specific page. (e.g. Roger Moore)
  2. Click on the View History tab.
  3. Click on the "Edits by User" link.
  4. Enter your username and click Submit.
Hope this helps! GoingBatty (talk) 20:10, 17 February 2015 (UTC)