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The autopatrolled (formerly autoreviewer) user right is intended to reduce the workload of new page patrollers and causes articles created by autopatrolled users to be automatically marked as patrolled. It means that the user can be trusted not to submit inappropriate material, deliberately or otherwise, and that the user submits new material often enough that it is more efficient to mark it all as approved preemptively.

Any administrator can grant this right at their discretion to trusted users who regularly create articles and have demonstrated they are familiar with Wikipedia's policies and guidelines, especially those on biographies of living persons, copyrights, verifiability and notability. A suggested standard is the prior creation of 25 valid articles, not including redirects or disambiguation pages. This user right is not normally given to brand-new editors, regardless of the number of articles created.

If you wish to request Autopatrolled rights for yourself or another user, please see Wikipedia:Requests for permissions/Autopatrolled. Administrators do not need to request or add this user right for themselves or other administrators; it is automatically granted as part of the administrator tools package (specifically, the autopatrol permission).

There are currently 3,270 autopatrolled users, which makes the total number of users with this permission 4,615 (the rest are administrators).

How it works[edit]

Normal process
A person without the autopatrolled right creates a page. The MediaWiki software immediately lists the page at Special:NewPagesFeed as "unreviewed" and highlights the article's entry at Special:NewPages in yellow. A human patroller, as part of the New Page Patrol process, reviews the articles to identify articles which do not meet the criteria for inclusion and/or to tag them for any glaring issues that need attention. Most critically the articles are screened for copyright violations, defamatory material about living persons, Conflict of interest, and advertising. After this manual review the reviewer marks the page patrolled.
Autopatrolled process
A person with the autopatrolled right creates a page. The MediaWiki software lists the page at Special:NewPages but marks it as patrolled and does not highlight it in yellow; the page is automatically listed at Special:NewPagesFeed as "reviewed". The software (rather than a human) marks the page as patrolled.

Points to note[edit]

  • "The autopatrolled right will help me create articles": No, it won't. This user right is assigned to prolific creators of clean articles in order to reduce the work load of New Page Patrollers, not to help the article creators.
  • Inexperienced editors: Because this user right bypasses one of our human-based screening programs, the community needs to trust that you're creating good-quality articles on notable topics. If you have little experience, or if your experience suggests only a partial understanding of the relevant policies and guidelines, then you do not qualify for this user right.
  • New pages patrollers: The autopatrolled right only serves to reduce the backlog by automatically patrolling trusted users' articles; it does not affect the patrolling experience. It does nothing at all when the user is looking at or patrolling pages.
  • Article expanders: The user right only affects newly created pages. If you're expanding a page that someone else started or turning a redirect into an article, then the user right is not relevant.

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