How to Create a Permalink to a Single wikiHow Edit

Two Methods:More than One Edit Shown in HistoryOnly Edit is the Original Edit on the Article's History page

Have you ever needed a permalink to send to an editor of the edits you made on a wikiHow page? This article will tell you how to create one of these special links you can use to send to the person.

Method 1
More than One Edit Shown in History

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    Visit the article you'd like to create the permalink for in your web browser.
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    Open the History tab of the article. To see the History tab, you'll need to be logged in. If not, you must revise the link address to get to this tab.
    • Locate the title portion of the article in your address bar. It'll be after the slash that follows the wikihow.com address. It'll contains hyphens that are substitutions for spaces in the real displayed title.
    • Add the text "index.php?title=" before this title but to the right of the slash AND "&action=history" to right of the article title.
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    Scroll through the list and locate an edit or two before the edit was made. You might need to peruse the list; no need to look at the edits in depth, if you know what you are doing. If you don't, you may need to revise the below, step-by-step 1x time per edit backwards. You'll need this information to begin the permalink.
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    Select the left-hand side radio checkbox button. You'll need to select this set first.
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    Click the radio checkbox to the edit you'd like to show the finished result of.
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    Click the "Compare selected versions" button.
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    Locate your web browser's address bar and click the address inside this bar. This address is the address you can use in any of your following copies and pastes.
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    Copy and Paste your edit from the address bar to the program you'll need to copy it to.

Method 2
Only Edit is the Original Edit on the Article's History page

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    Visit the article you'd like to create the permalink for in your web browser.
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    Open the History tab of the article. To see the History tab, you'll need to be logged in. If not, you must revise the link address to get to this tab.
    • Locate the title portion of the article in your address bar. It'll be after the slash that follows the wikihow.com address. It'll contains hyphens that are substitutions for spaces in the real displayed title.
    • Add the text "index.php?title=" before this title but to the right of the slash AND "&action=history" to right of the article title.
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    Click the time and date link of the original edit. This information can be found slightly to the left of the user's name who submitted the article.
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    Locate and click your web browser's address bar. This address is the address you can use as a permalink (diff) for the user's/your edit.
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    Copy and Paste your edit from the address bar to the place you plan to share the link.

Tips

  • It doesn't always have to be a single edit. You can also create a permalink to a large extensive edit of several individual edits combined into one large edit diff.
  • You can also click the "cur" (previous) and "last" (most recent) edit in the list. But these buttons don't work too well when the user is a novice.
  • You don't always have to edit the page, to create a permalink. Such as in the case of other editors making changes that you'd like to warn someone else about. However, an edit has to be made, to be able to show up in the History list.
  • Although the History tab is not present in the articles from within the apps on the Community Dashboard (when logged in), you can still access the History tab: Right click the article name and open the article in another window or tab; make the official edit from the app; switch to the other window/tab and refresh the page; click the History box.—Your edit should be there.

Warnings

  • If you are viewing an article when not logged in, you won't have access to the History tab. However, the History page is still present for the article. To view it, you'll need to type "index.php?title=" before the article title in URL form, and "&action=history" at the end of the URL link from a non-editing page.
  • It isn't possible to send a permalink to the diff of an article, when the edit history is of the creation of an article (without another edit being made). However, it is possible to send permalink diffs of actions from the article's Discussion page.

Sources and Citations

  • Ideas based on some of the information provided: http://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=User_talk%3ALaura7491&diff=8910488&oldid=8906495

Article Info

Categories: WikiHow User's Manual