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This page is considered an official guideline on Wikimedia Commons. It illustrates standards or behaviors which most editors agree with in principle and generally follow. Feel free to update the page as needed, but please use the discussion page to propose major changes.
This page in a nutshell:
  1. Marking an edit as patrolled is the act of verifying that an edit conforms with Commons guidelines.
  2. Unpatrolled newly created pages are highlighted in yellow while unpatrolled edits are indicated by an exclamation mark.
  3. Users who aren't patrollers don't see the indications.
The patrol user right is a specific user right that enables a user to mark edits, file uploads and page creations as patrolled.[1] This is in order to reduce the backlog of new pages, new files and unpatrolled edits. It exists to tell other patrollers something has been reviewed by a patroller, that it's not vandalism and doesn't fall outside our project scope (or that it has been reverted/deleted in such cases). Users with the patrol right will see a link like "[Mark as patrolled]" in the right bottom corner of any new page or new file, and on the right-hand side of any diff-view, that has not yet been patrolled. In addition, unpatrolled pages will be highlighted in yellow on Special:NewPages. Unpatrolled files at Special:NewFiles are not marked in any way, but can be filtered. Unpatrolled edits stand out by their ! exclamation mark in front of the line. Patrollers are supposed to check in order to see if they fall within our project scope. Acceptable pages or files should be patrolled, and non-acceptable pages or files should either be rearranged or deleted if this is not possible. The right is given by default to any administrator, but can be given to trustworthy users upon request. It's possible to either ask a specific administrator for the user right or to formally request the right at Commons:Requests for rights.
How Special:NewPages looks like for patrollers. Unpatrolled pages are marked in yellow, while patrolled ones aren't.
For a list of patrollers, see Special:Listusers/patroller (currently 622).

How does NewPage-patrol work?
The arrow points to the "mark as patrolled" link on a newly created page
An unpatrolled edit in a recent changes view, with arrows indicating the steps to mark as patrolled
Any pages highlighted in yellow on Special:NewPages has not yet been marked as patrolled. This means that it may not have been reviewed. When you check the page, you should mark it as patrolled if (a) you see that it is a good page or (b) before or after you tag it for deletion. If you are not sure about what to do with a page, do not mark it as patrolled; another editor will review it later.
To mark a page as patrolled, simply click the "[Mark this page as patrolled]" link in the bottom right corner of the page.
What to mark as patrolled
What not to mark as patrolled
Pages you are not sure about and no one else supports keeping (other than the author/uploader).
How does edit patrol work?
From the Recent changes click the (diff)-link of any unpatrolled edit. Then in the diff-view review the edit by clicking the "[Mark this page as patrolled]" on the righthand side. After marking the edit as patrolled you can close the page, or (in the event of vandalism or otherwise contributions not in coherence with Commons guidelines) perform an undo or rollback.
In the diff-view one can tell whether or not a talk-page exists by the color of the link. Let the user know you reverted their edit by leaving a message. See also Commons:Counter Vandalism Unit#File.
How does file patrol work?
File uploads can be patrolled too, from the bottom of their description. This is still a new feature for which no specific guidelines have been developed yet.
The autopatrol user right is similar to the patrol right that it is a specific user right which involves marking an action as patrolled. The differences are:
  • that autopatrollers do not have the ability to mark actions as patrolled; instead only their own actions are automatically marked as patrolled.
  • some gadgets allowing to make a great number of modifications are accessible to autopatrollers[2] (for example: VisualFileChange)
This right is commonly granted to users who aren't necessarily involved in patrolling pages, edits or uploads, but who create a high level of quality pages or uploads that do not require patrolling by other users. This reduces the backlog of Newpage and Commons:Counter Vandalism Unit#Anonymous edits. This right is also granted to users who make a large amount of good edits that do not need to be patrolled, to reduce the clutter on Watchlists.
Users with the patrol user right should not be granted this right, as they already have it and is redundant. Membership of the image-reviewer user group includes the patrol and autopatrol user right.
For a list of autopatrolled users, see Special:Listusers/autopatrolled (currently 6,853).
Other notes
CSS classes
There are three CSS classes related to patrolled edits:
  1. The class for non-patrolled articles in NewPages is .not-patrolled, so colorblind users or users who prefer a different style can, for example, add .not-patrolled { border: 2px solid black } to their user CSS files.
  2. The class for the exclamation mark is .unpatrolled, for example .unpatrolled { display:none } hides them from the RecentChanges and your Watchlist.
  3. The class for the "Mark this page as patrolled" link in the lower-right corner of each new page is .patrollink, you can style it in your user CSS file, for example: .patrollink { font: bold small sans-serif}
  1. Wondering about patrol on other Wikimedia sites? Not all Wikimedia sites have the full RecentChanges Patrol system enabled. To check whether a given site has it, you can look at the 'wgUseRCPatrol' section in Wikimedia's settings file. The English Wikipedia, however, manages to be an exception to this (Phabricator:T21309), having an autopatrol user right (named 'autoreviewer') without a $wgUseRCPatrol setting...
  2. ↑​Help_talk:VisualFileChange.js#Error_in_installation_instructions?
See also
Last edited on 4 January 2022, at 07:19
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