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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)

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)

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)

Reassigning anonymous edits[edit]

I made some edits under the IP address : 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)

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)