New Page Reviewer (patroller user group) is a special rights user group. Reviewers work with the New Pages Feed and the Page Curation Tool to process, approve, or tag newly created pages.
In order to better control the quality of new pages—to address common unwanted content such as spam, copyvios and nonsense, and also to encourage good faith new users—the current system that was developed in collaboration with the Wikimedia Foundation in 2011 has been updated and improved. A new user group, New Page Reviewer, for qualified reviewers, was created in October 2016.
There are currently 728 New Page Reviewers, which makes the total number of users with this permission 1,760 (the rest are administrators, who automatically have this permission).
Editors will normally need to have been registered users of the English Wikipedia for at least 90 days, and have made at least 500 non-deleted edits to mainspace. They will also need to be able to demonstrate from their editing history that they have sufficient experience, and have the ability to communicate in an appropriate manner with new users.
Obtaining the user right
Users applying for the New Page Patroller flag at Wikipedia:Requests for permissions are expected to have been registered for at least 90 days and to have made at least 500 uncontested edits to mainspace articles. This is a guideline threshold and does not guarantee automatic access to the right. This is similar to the application process to obtain rights as a Pending Changes Reviewer or Rollbacker, where the user's editing history is checked and, if appropriate, the right is granted either on a probationary or time limited basis or indefinitely by a reviewing administrator. On expiry of timed rights, users can reapply whereupon their patrolling history will be reviewed. Administrators are accorded discretion to grant the right even where the 90-day threshold is not fully met—typically done when a review of the person's edits indicate they are a strong candidate. For more details, please see New pages patrol and read the instructions at Wikipedia:Requests for permissions.
Guidelines for granting
The editor should be a registered Wikipedia user for at least 90 days.
The editor should have made 500 undeleted edits to mainspace that clearly demonstrate knowledge of page quality control. Participation in deletion processes (AfD as well as PROD and CSD tagging) or AfC is particularly helpful for demonstrating this knowledge. Edits and/or user status on other Foundation projects are not taken into consideration.
The editor should have experience with moving pages in accordance with guidelines.
The editor should have no behavioral blocks or 3RR violations for a span of 6 months prior to applying.
The editor must review pages solely on a volunteer basis.
The above items are guidelines and numerical compliance alone does not constitute a right to the user group. An administrator may also grant page reviewer rights to users they otherwise deem competent or may request experience above and beyond the above criteria. Administrators also typically like to see consistent recent activity on Wikipedia to ensure that reviewers are familiar with current policy and guidelines.
Guidelines for revocation
The user right can be revoked for violating any of the above conduct standards and for other misconduct. Additionally, it can be revoked at any time by an administrator without any process or prior notice in any of the following circumstances:
The editor has demonstrated a pattern of performing obviously controversial reviews without first determining consensus.
The editor has demonstrated a pattern of failing to exercise sufficient care when reviewing pages, resulting in users being offended or discouraged (especially new users).
The editor has used the permission as leverage in disputes or used any project tools in any improper way.
The editor has performed any blatant vandalism (not limited to page reviewer vandalism).
The editor has failed to report to an administrator after noticing unauthorized use of their account or otherwise neglected account security practices.
The editor has been inactive for 12 months or more.
The editor has accepted or solicited payment in return for reviews.
The right may be removed immediately at the self-request of the editor.
Appeals of revocation should be made in the first instance to the revoking administrator, failing which, a further appeal can be made at the Administrators' noticeboard (not ANI).
If the right is removed solely for inactivity, and there are no extenuating circumstances, it will restored upon request at Requests for permissions if the editor commits to meet the minimum activity levels. The restoring administrator, at their discretion, may do so permanently or on a trial basis depending on the situation. (This has strong consensus at NPP, but has not been ratified with a project-level RFC and is thus stated as "advice" to administrators.)
How does this affect new pages?
All new pages, redirects, drafts, accepted AfC submissions, and other pages moved to mainspace will be displayed in the New Pages Feed. They will be displayed in article space but will not be indexed for search engines until curated by an authorised reviewer.
There are plans to include a new feature in the Curation tool that will enable reviewers to move to the Draft namespace any new articles that, while not being suitable yet for immediate publication, show the potential for being accepted if the creator is allowed more time for development. Currently, for the time-being the same task could be performed with this script. Note: This script is to be used with discretion; it is not a catch-all for not knowing what to do with a new page.
Reviewers are encouraged to make frequent use of the existing message to creator tool. It is essential that new creators are encouraged to continue with their acceptable new articles.
New Page Review is essentially the first (and only) firewall against totally unwanted content and the place to broadly accept articles that may not be perfect but do not need to be deleted. New Page Reviewers should not feel obligated to mentor new users or complete their articles. There are other venues better suited for these tasks such as the Teahouse, help desk and Articles for Creation to which new editors should be directed for in depth help. Help:Your first article, Help:Introduction, Wikipedia:Contributing to Wikipedia, the Wikipedia Adventure, and other help pages are also available. When drafts are approved at AfC and moved to the mainspace they will need a final check through New Pages Review. It is very possible that regular reviewers from the AfC team will apply for the New Page Reviewer flag; this is highly desirable given their related expertise.
By adding the userbox below, you will occasionally receive news of new features to the software and bug fixes. If you do not want to add the userbox or icon below, but wish to receive the newsletter and are a flagged reviewer, you can add Category:Wikipedia new page reviewers to your user page.