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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 the New Page Patrol process. Articles and pages created by autopatrolled editors are automatically marked as "reviewed" and "patrolled" in the system. The new page is still listed on new page lists and feeds, but is listed as if a new page patroller has already looked through it and manually marked it as legitimate or acceptable. Users with this right have no additional technical abilities; it does not change how an editor creates articles, nor does it change or "enhance" any aspect of the user experience, user interface, or the ability for an editor to create or modify pages. It only automates a process "behind the scenes" that is normally performed by other users manually.

Function

The differences with the article creation process between users with and without the autopatrolled user right is outlined and detailed below:

Normal process:

  1. An editor without the autopatrolled user right creates a new article directly in the mainspace, or creates a page that gets moved to the mainspace from the draftspace or other place.
  2. The page will appear on the new pages list, where it will be highlighted in yellow and not marked as "patrolled". It will appear on the new pages feed, where it is not marked as "reviewed". It is hidden from search engines until it is either patrolled or 90 days elapses, whichever comes first.
  3. A New Page Patroller reads the new article to check for major problems. If this review does not result in removal (e.g., deletion due to copyright violations), then the reviewer will mark the page as "reviewed" or "patrolled".

Autopatrolled process:

  1. An editor with the autopatrolled user right creates a new article directly in the mainspace, or creates a page that gets moved to the mainspace from the draftspace or other place.
  2. The page will appear on the new pages list, but will be automatically marked as "patrolled" (not highlighted in yellow). It will appear on the new pages feed, where it is automatically marked as "reviewed". It is not hidden from search engines, but is automatically eligible for indexing.
  3. Since the new page has already been automatically marked as "patrolled" and "reviewed" by the MediaWiki software, a human patroller does not need to manually review it (but may freely do so, if they wish to).

Points to note

  • The autopatrolled right will not help you create articles. This user right is assigned to prolific creators of clean articles in order to reduce the work load of New Page Patrollers. It does not change how articles are created in the first place.
  • New pages patrollers will not benefit from this user right. The autopatrolled right only serves to reduce the backlog by automatically marking articles created by trusted users as being auto-patrolled; it does not affect the patrolling experience, help you review pages faster, or give any benefits to editors who use Wikipedia tools to patrol pages.
  • Non-article pages (e.g., 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

You can request the right at Wikipedia:Requests for permissions/Autopatrolled or from an administrator who is familiar with your work. Administrators may also assign the right to themselves. Autopatrolled is typically given to trusted editors 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 grant the user right to anyone at their discretion if they feel that the user's page creations are prolific; this reduces the workload of patrollers. In these cases, they are free to assign the user right to other editors (and themselves) without a formal request or discussion beforehand.
  • Administrators may also 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.

There are currently 4,583 users with the autopatrolled right. In the 12 months to April 2022, 55% of the 213 requests were approved.

See also