|The following is a feature request for Wikipedia, the details of which may still be in development or under discussion. As a whole, this request should be discussed with the developers, who will decide whether or not to act on it.|
|This page in a nutshell: Patrolled revisions provides a way to passively monitor articles by patrolling their revisions.|
Patrolled revisions is a system of article monitoring which rely on marking revisions as patrolled then compare new revisions to the previously patrolled one. It is similar to flagged revisions but doesn't affect at all the version viewed by readers. Patrolled revisions is part, along with flagged protection (renamed to pending changes), of a proposal accepted for trial; the pending changes trial does not include patrolled revisions.
The aim of patrolled revisions is to improve the monitoring of articles, particularly biographies of living people, using a flagging system maintained by trusted users. Currently, the number of edits to biographies of living people, let alone all articles, is so large that we don't have the resources to properly review them or coordinate their monitoring. Recent changes and watchlists have become largely inefficient for this purpose due to the high volume of editing over so many articles. Patrolled revisions provide a reference point for reviewing articles and allow site-wide coordination of the reviewing efforts.
Reviewers can mark a revision patrolled, which informs that the revision should not contain any vandalism, blp violation, and satisfy certain other requirements given below (#Patrolling section). Patrolling does not affect the revision viewed by unregistered users by default, it's always the latest one (unless the article is flag protected). A new revision by a reviewer is automatically patrolled when the previous version is.
Reviewers have access to Special:UnPatrolledPages (listing pages that have never been patrolled) and Special:OldPatrolledPages (listing pages patrolled at least once with unpatrolled latest revision). They allow respectively to detect unpatrolled pages, that may not have been checked for vandalism, blp violations, etc, and monitor changes to patrolled pages. Those special pages are filterable by category (for example, Category:Living people). It can also be filtered so that only elements on your watchlist appear, and notes how many users are watching a page.
Patrolled revisions would also allow checking of edits by autoconfirmed users who are not reviewers to flagged protected pages, as those are generally automatically confirmed when the previous revision is, but would not be automatically patrolled. To avoid work duplication, patrolled revisions are automatically confirmed.
The aim of patrolling is to indicate that a revision has no major problem requiring immediate attention. Reviewers are expected to apply common sense when patrolling, and as there is no urgency to patrol edits, they should consider editing the article to fix problems, reverting unconstructive edits, or bring issues to the talk page or the appropriate noticeboards. With the exception of the first patrol, reviewing should be based on an analysis of the diff between the latest patrolled revision and the new revision.
A revision should not be marked as patrolled if it:
- conflicts with the Biographies of Living People policy
- contains vandalism or patent nonsense
- contains copyright violations
- contains legal threats, personal attacks or libel.
The diff to the latest patrolled version should also be checked for unjustified removal of content.
When a reviewer is uncertain if a revision should be patrolled, the article may be brought to the reviewers noticeboard.
When an article has not previously been patrolled (in this sense), reviewers should verify that: