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Autopatrolled is a user right given to prolific creators of clean articles and pages in order to reduce the workload of New Page Patrol. Articles and pages created by autopatrolled editors are automatically marked as "reviewed" or "patrolled" in the system. This removes those pages from new article lists and feeds designated for use when patrolling. It does not change how an editor creates articles, nor any aspect of the experience, user interface, or the ability for an editor to create or modify pages. It provides the user with no additional technical abilities. The differences with the article creation process between users with and without the autopatrolled user right is outlined and detailed below:
  • New articles are normally hidden from search engines until they are patrolled. But when an autopatrolled user creates an article it is immediately eligible for indexing by search engines.
  • Non-article pages – for example templates, user essays, and Files – may also be patrolled though the mechanisms are not identical to articles.
  • Autopatrolled was formerly referred to as autoreviewer, which is still the technical name of the user group.

Obtaining the right

Administrators automatically receive this right. Non-administrators can request it at Wikipedia:Requests for permissions/Autopatrolled or from an admin who is familiar with their work. It is typically given to trusted users who regularly create articles and demonstrate familiarity 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, but the right is not normally given to very new editors regardless of the number of articles created.

  • Autopatrolled does not give one the ability to mark pages as reviewed, or patrolled; one must apply for the new page reviewer right at PERM in order to do this.
  • If you know an experienced editor with a reliable history of creating "clean" articles, feel free to request the right for them.
  • Administrators may decline to grant the right at their discretion, even if the numerical requirements are met, if they believe that a user's page creations could benefit from going through the new page patrol process.
The English Wikipedia has 4,125 users with the autopatrolled right explicitly granted, and a total of 5,240 users with the permission (the difference is made up of administrators, who automatically have this right).

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