Wikipedia:New pages patrol/School

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The New Page Review training program is designed to help new and/or inexperienced users who wish to assist with maintenance tasks to understand the basic principles of reviewing new pages on Wikipedia, and to provide one-on-one help in the use of the New Pages Feed and its curation toolbar.

Experienced Wikipedians (or trainers in this instance) can "adopt" newer users, mentoring them along the way as they learn how to review new pages. It is hoped that this program will be able to inform new users about the ins and outs of deletion and notability and steer them away from making errors in the use of the tools and tags. If you are looking to contribute to Wikipedia but do not intend to remain active on New Page Review, then this program is probably not for you.

Users who are less experienced – but who would still like to help maintain the quality of the encyclopedia might like to consider Patrolling Vandalism instead – an essential function that requires less knowledge of Notability Guidelines and Deletion. For training on Counter vandalism, see WP:CVUA.


View the list of trainers below


  1. Check that you have already made sufficient mainspace edits (generally around 1,000) and that you have addressed any previous advice or warnings about your general editing.
  2. Read WP:NPP first, and then all the pages in the section Further reading below.
  3. Go through the Curation Tool tutorial and its video.
  4. Find a user who is in your time zone and leave a message on their talk page to request training. If you don't receive a reply within 48 hours, please choose another trainer.

Participation

Students

Learning about reviewing new pages is easy and fun. If you'd like an experienced user to show you how, simply choose an active trainer from the list who is in your time zone and leave a message on their talk page.

Your chosen trainer should share your interests so that they can comfortably assist you while you learn under their tutelage. For more information on what you will be expected to learn, first visit the pages at WP:NPP and WP:DELETION.

Trainers

If you are an experienced user and have time to devote to being a trainer, visit the Trainers' resources section where you will find the minimum requirement for trainers, recommended practice, and teaching suggestions and examples. You may then wish to add yourself to the list of active trainers taking note of the page source comments.

You will be interested to know that occasionally some candidates for training may be university professors taking part in the Wikipedia Education Program

Goals

If you're new and/or inexperienced, before embarking on a New Page Review training programme, you should be able to demonstrate that you have already mastered the basic principles of editing the encyclopedia and contributed at least 1,000 edits to MAINSPACE.

When you have shown through training that you have mastered the principles of New Page Review and can apply them with accuracy, and are able to communicate correctly and effectively with new users of all kinds you will be contributing to what is one of the most important maintenance tasks on Wikipedia, while understanding that speed alone is not essential – the target is accuracy. When you have achieved these goals, you can display the User New Page Patrol userbox on your user page.

Syllabus
Competency Fail Pass
Knowledge and Understanding of Concepts

Able to correctly define and describe:

  • Cannot describe these concepts at a comprehensible level.
  • Unable to differentiate the difference between appropriate and inappropriate articles.
  • Does not understand the key purpose of new page patrolling.
  • Can concisely and elaborately describe each of these concepts.
  • Can describe the proper use of maintenance tags and templates related to new page patrol.
  • Can handle repeated, disruptive page creation properly.
Critical Thinking

Able to review historical reversion, PROD, BLPPROD, CSD and identify whether such actions were correctly applied.

Correctly assessed fewer than 85% of the examples provided by their instructor. Correctly assessed at least 85% of the examples provided by their instructor.
Communication

Able to effectively communicate with other editors regarding proposed and speedy deletions.

Communicates inconsistently with editors via talk page comments or in response to editors who question or challenge their contested deletions. Communicates in a polite and professional manner and avoids biting other editors and harsh comments.
Application

Effectively applies the concepts and tools of page reviewing in a productive and proficient manner.

  • Cannot consistently tag new pages correctly.
  • Fails to inform and educate article creators, even when asked to elaborate.
  • Has patrolled fewer than 50 new pages in the two weeks prior to graduation – or – has tagged more than 10 pages with a high degree of inaccuracy.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in performing reviews, either manually or with a tool (Twinkle, New Pages Feed etc.).
  • Consistently leaves the correct messages where appropriate on article creators' talk pages explaining the reason for tagging, and is able to further explain the reasoning for tagging if prompted.
  • Has accurately patrolled at least 50 new pages in the two weeks prior to graduation.
List of available trainers

Available trainers

Trainer Current students Student slots available Graduates trained Time zone Comments
Kudpung (talk · contribs) 0 EDT (UTC+06:00) Not currently available due to time consuming commitments on other Wikipedia projects
Music1201 (talk · contribs) 1 CDT (UTC-5) Please email or ask on my talk page.
Trainers' resources (for trainers only)

Requirements

All trainers are expected to be experienced editors that have a excellent track record of proper new page patrolling. Editors that have patrolled hundreds of pages accurately and understand deletion policy and process are encouraged to be a trainer.

Required lessons

While each trainer and each student will have different levels of interest and different lessons based on which tools and techniques will be used, it is important that each graduate should be able to do these essential tasks effectively:

  • Identifying appropriate and inappropriate pages.
  • Handling new pages.
  • Informing and educating article creators about appropriate new page creation.
  • Participating in Wikipedia's deletion processes.

Responsibilities

Trainers are responsible for:

  • Building a relationship of trust with their student.
  • Ensuring the student has read and understood the relevant pages:
  • Using correct edit summaries.
  • Checking and commenting on the student's new page patrolling.
  • Ensuring that up-to-date policies and guidelines are taught.

Graduation

Essential further reading

Userboxes

New Pages Patrol Userboxes

Regular NP patrollers may wish to put one of the NP patrol userboxs on their user page by adding {{User wikipedia/NP Patrol}}:

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How to effectively recognise and remove vandalism from Wikipedia.

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