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Help:Tracking changes

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Recent changes shows the latest changes to pages, file uploads, deletions and page moves

MediaWiki offers a collection of special pages and tools to keep track of what is going on in the wiki. So you can watch for example:

The most interesting special page is Special:RecentChanges. It displays all edits, file uploads, page moves, deletions and other actions done in the wiki. In the menu on top it offers a collection of links to customize your display: limit the number of changes shown, the number of days or restrict it to edits to a certain namespace. You can also hide edits marked as minor (don't forget that major changes can be flagged by a user as minor anyway).

One line in recent changes consists of several links:

Next is a flag describing the page modification type:

Following the timestamp, it shows the page size difference to the previous revision, then the user is mentioned, with a link to their user page and their talk page and contributions, or to their talk page only in the case of anonymous users.

Last but not least, there is an edit summary, appearing in italics, if the user submitted one when they made the edit.

Enhanced view

If you are logged in and have JavaScript enabled, you can also try the "enhanced" view. Simply go to your Preferences and then click on the Recent Changes tab to enable "Use enhanced recent changes (requires JavaScript)"; this will make recent changes show edits divided by page rather than being listed individually. You will now see entries like the following:

File:Arr r.png 15:17 Main Page (4 changes | hist) .. (+236) .. [Some User‎ (2×); Some Other User (2×)]

Simply click the blue arrow to the left of the page name and timestamp to expand that page's recent edits just as they were on the normal style. You can turn this enhancement on and off at will, so feel free to try both to see which one you prefer.

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