wikiHow:RC Buddy Project

Similar to the wikiHow Mentoring Program, the RC Buddy Project offers one-on-one coaching to users who could use a hand learning the ropes of patrolling Recent Changes. Since patrolling plays such a vital role of the wikiHow community, as it determines what edits readers will see and which ones they won't, it is important to ensure that we can offer guidance to new patrollers with any questions, problems, or concerns they may have. If you'd like to join, read the information below and sign your name!


The goals for this project are simple: helping new patrollers find their way, coaching mistakes, and answering any questions they may have. We aim to help all prospective patrollers go from new to reliable and respectable patrollers.

EditHow It Works

Upon joining the project (please ensure you meet the criteria, as specified below), you will be paired with a new patroller and become their "buddy" to offer coaching help. This includes the following:

  • Answering any questions they may have. Be open, honest, and detailed!
  • Helping to solve problems.
  • Outlining specific edits that they may have patrolled or reverted by mistake. Include a link to the diff in question, then explain the problem and show how they can correct it.

If you come across a new patroller, offer your services by putting {{RCBuddy Request}} on their Talk page. Do not force the user to use you as a coach. If they wish not to accept your offer for help, you can still offer assistance without being a coach, without being personally one-on-one.

EditHow To Join

To become an RC Buddy, we request you meet the following criteria:

  • Have at least 300 good-faith contributions and two months experience on the site.
  • Have patrolled at least 2,000 edits.
  • Have a complete understanding of how Recent Changes works. Good references to bookmark include this article, the patrolling category, and this page of handy tips.
  • Be available daily or for a fair amount of time.
  • Be professional and reliable.
  • Be confident in your skills and knowledge of wikiHow.
  • Be resourceful and able to access information.
  • Be able to express yourself clearly.
  • Be honest, kind and empathetic.
  • Most importantly, be patient. Getting the hang of patrolling Recent Changes takes both time and experience.

Invite users who meet these criteria to join by putting {{RCBuddy Invite}} on their Talk page.

Members can also put the {{User RC Buddy}} template on their user page. Make yourself available!


Join the project by signing your name below. To be paired with a new patroller, contact Progressive.

  • Progressive (Talk)
  • Olive48 (Talk)

Article Info

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