How to Patrol Recent Changes on wikiHow (Reverse Order)

Three Methods:Changing Your PreferencesTraditional PatrollingRC Patrol App

Since people patrol edits on wikiHow starting with the most recent edits first, sometimes the oldest edits end up getting ignored and "sticking" in the backlog for weeks. To patrol these edits, you need to go in reverse order, from oldest to newest. This article will show you how.

Method 1
Changing Your Preferences

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    Go to your preferences.
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    Click on the "Recent Changes" tab.
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    For "Days to show in recent changes" change the value. Make it a big number like 30 or 365. This will ensure that you see the very oldest unpatrolled edits in normal RC Patrol.

Method 2
Traditional Patrolling

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    Go to Recent Changes.
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    Click "Hide" in "Hide Patrolled Edits". The page will reload.
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    Check "Reverse Order". Press the "Go" button.
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    Click on the "diff" link of the first edit on the list.
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    Patrol away! The nuts and bolts of patrolling are discussed in How to Patrol Recent Changes on wikiHow (Traditional).

Method 3
RC Patrol App

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    Go to Special:RCPatrol.
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    Click the "RC Ordering" tab.
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    Select "Oldest to Newest".
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    Begin patrolling. You should begin noticing older edits after the first few. Note that this tool is very "buggy" when it comes to patrolling in reverse order:
    • You might come across the screen which tells you there are no more edits to patrol, when there really are.
    • It might "forget" you're patrolling in reverse order and start showing you the most recent edits again.
    • You'll need to "remind" it by following the above steps a few times, and you might need to force refresh as well.

Tips

  • When patrolling old edits, there are many times when you can't rollback because someone else has edited the page after the edit you're reviewing. Instead of rolling the edit back, in this case, you need to open the page in a separate tab and fix the edit manually, or use the "undo" link it if it's bad.
  • If you've tried to patrol in reverse order but after skipping the present latest edit to patrol it doesn't come up to the oldest edit, click the empty space to the right of the Namespace drop-down box and skip the edit that's currently on the screen. The oldest edit should come up after the browser isn't focused on the partially-submitted "choices".

Article Info

Categories: Patrolling