How to Patrol Patrollers on wikiHow

Three Methods:Patrol Log MethodQuality Guardian Method (Admins Only)Patrol Count Method

Almost everything you write and do on wikiHow is in the public eye. One thing that's harder to see, however, is the edits that a person patrols. This article will discuss how you can review a person's patrols, so that you can congratulate or coach them as needed.

Method 1
Patrol Log Method

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    Go to the patrol log: http://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Special%3ALog&type=patrol&user=&page=
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    Type in the username of the contributor whose patrols you want to review. Press "Go".
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    Look for a revision code like r5460253. Open that link in a new window or tab.
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    Review the diff. This is the edit that the contributor marked as patrolled. Was the edit good, good but needed an edit, or bad?
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    Click on the page history.
    • If the edit was good, make sure the patroller didn't revert it.
    • If the edit was good but needed an edit, check to make sure the patroller made the necessary edit (using quick edit) after marking as patrolled. If they didn't, make whatever change they should have made.
    • If the edit was bad, check to make sure the patroller rolled it back. If they didn't, roll it back yourself.
      • If they didn't roll it back, but someone else did immediately after it was marked as patrolled, it's possible that both people were patrolling the same edit at the same time, but the other person rolled it back first, and the patroller you're reviewing didn't get the chance.
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    Record the URL of the diff page.
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    Write a note to the patroller. If they did a great job patrolling, convey your appreciation to them for it! If they didn't do a great job, though, coach them gently using these guidelines. Give specific examples, and explain what they should have done instead and why.
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    If a patroller let a lot of vandalism and spam through, send the username of the patroller and the examples you found to Anna. She will review the patrols and consider whether all their patrols should be undone. This will put all the edits they patrolled back into RC patrol so that they can be reviewed again by different patrollers.

Method 2
Quality Guardian Method (Admins Only)

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    Click on the "Change Options" tab in Quality Guardian. Select "RC Patrols" and then press "Done".
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    Decide whether the edit should have been patrolled. You will be presented with a diff and the name of the person who patrolled the edit. This is an edit that the contributor marked as patrolled and did not press "Rollback" on.
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    Press the "Yes" button if it was a good edit that the patroller rightfully approved.
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    If it was a bad edit:
    • Open the article in a new tab or window and check the page history to see if they fixed it using Quick Edit. It is also possible that someone else was reviewing the edit at the same time and pressed "Rollback" first. Once you have verified that this patroller did indeed mark a bad edit as patrolled without fixing it...
    • Press the "Quick Note" button on Quality Guardian. This will pre-fill a quick note with the following text:

      Thanks for patrolling recent changes. I noticed that you marked this edit as patrolled:

      http://www.wikihow.com/index.php?article=Make-Green-Bay-Packers-Jello-Shots&diff=6912505&oldid=6912468

      Customize the note by explaining what was wrong with the edit, and what they should have done instead, and post it.
    • Back in Quality Guardian, press the "No" button. This will put the edit back into RC Patrol to be reviewed by another patroller. Alternatively, if you still have the article open in another window or tab, you can just fix it yourself, then press the "Yes" button so that the edit does not go back into RC Patrol.
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    Review patrollers individually. If there is one patroller who you are particularly concerned about, click on the "By User" tab and enter the username of that patroller. Press "Go" and the tool will show you only their patrols.
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    If a patroller let a lot of vandalism and spam through, send the username of the patroller and the examples you found to Anna. She will review the patrols and consider whether all their patrols should be undone. This will put all the edits they patrolled back into RC patrol so that they can be reviewed again by different patrollers.

Method 3
Patrol Count Method

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    Go to Special:Patrolcount.
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    Click on the number next to a user's name. This will load their patrol log.
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    Review each of the user's patrols, one at a time. Then give the patroller the kudos or coaching they need to become a reliable, respected patroller.

Tips

  • If a patroller is approving bad edits and is unresponsive to coaching, they can be blocked from patrolling. To have this done, send an e-mail to Anna.

Article Info

Categories: Patrolling