Wikipedia:Autopatrolled
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This page in a nutshell: The autopatrolled permission, granted to experienced users with a history of creating "clean" articles, automatically marks new pages created by these editors as "patrolled". This saves time downstream for new page patrollers.
Autopatrolled is a user right given to prolific creators of clean articles and pages in order to reduce the workload of the New Page Patrol process. Articles and pages created by autopatrolled editors are automatically marked as "reviewed" and "patrolled" in the system. The new page is still listed on new page lists and feeds, but is listed as if a new page patroller has already looked through it and manually marked it as legitimate or acceptable. Users with this right have no additional technical abilities; it does not change how an editor creates articles, nor does it change or "enhance" any aspect of the user experience, user interface, or the ability for an editor to create or modify pages. It only automates a process "behind the scenes" that is normally performed by other users manually.
Function
The differences with the article creation process between users with and without the autopatrolled user right is outlined and detailed below:
Normal process:
  1. An editor without the autopatrolled user right creates a new article directly in the mainspace, or creates a page that gets moved to the mainspace from the draftspace or other place.
  2. The page will appear on the new pages list, where it will be highlighted in yellow and not marked as "patrolled". It will appear on the new pages feed, where it is not marked as "reviewed". It is hidden from search engines until it is either patrolled or 90 days elapses, whichever comes first.
  3. A New Page Patroller reads the new article to check for major problems. If this review does not result in removal (e.g., deletion due to copyright violations), then the reviewer will mark the page as "reviewed" or "patrolled".
Autopatrolled process:
  1. An editor with the autopatrolled user right creates a new article directly in the mainspace, or creates a page that gets moved to the mainspace from the draftspace or other place.
  2. The page will appear on the new pages list, but will be automatically marked as "patrolled" (not highlighted in yellow). It will appear on the new pages feed, where it is automatically marked as "reviewed". It is not hidden from search engines, and is automatically eligible for indexing.
  3. Since the new page has already been automatically marked as "patrolled" and "reviewed" by the MediaWiki software, a human patroller does not need to manually review it (but may freely do so if they wish to).
Points to note
Obtaining the right
You can request the right at Wikipedia:Requests for permissions/Autopatrolled or from an administrator who is familiar with your work. Administrators may also assign the right to themselves. Autopatrolled is typically given to trusted editors who regularly create articles and demonstrate familiarity with Wikipedia's policies and guidelines, especially those on biographies of living persons, copyrights, verifiability and notability. A suggested standard is the prior creation of 25 valid articles, not including redirects or disambiguation pages, but the right is not normally given to very new editors regardless of the number of articles created.
There are currently 4,622 users with the autopatrolled right. In the 12 months prior to April 2022, 55% of the 213 requests were approved.
See also
Last edited on 5 July 2022, at 03:59
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