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When we “patrol” an article, it means that we read it to see if it contains appropriate content. We are not looking to see if subject matter is correct or if it is well written. We expect the contributor to do this. The following steps guide you in the process.
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|Tab-1=About Patrolling
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|URL-1=FamilySearch Wiki:Patrolling
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|Tab-2=Patrolling new pages
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|URL-2=Help:Patrolling new pages
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|Tab-3=Patrolling recent changes
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|URL-3=Help:Patrolling recent changes
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|Tab-4=Patrolling Discussion pages
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|URL-4=Help:Patrolling Discussion pages
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:#Log in with your username and password. (This requires Administrative or Reviewer rights.)<br>
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== Patrolling New Pages ==
:#In the Toolbox on the right side of the screen, click '''Special Pages'''.
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:#Scroll down and click '''New Pages'''.
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:#Click on the title of an unpatrolled article. These articles are highlighted in the color orange, and usually appear at the top of the list.
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:#:Note: If there are a lot of orange and white items mixed together, you can click '''Hide patrolled edits '''at the top to hide everything that has been patrolled.
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:#Read through the article. Look for:
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:#:*Inappropriate content, such as offensive language.
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:#:*Derogatory statements about people, things, etc.
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:#:*Inappropriate images.
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:#:*Content only on a person's own genealogy.
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:#If everything is ok, scroll to the bottom and click '''[Mark this article as patrolled]'''. It appears on the left of the screen above the categories.
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:#If the content is about genealogy, but is just not covered by the purposes of this Wiki, click on the History tab to find out who the creator of the page is and communicate with them about their contributions. Eventually you or the contributor may end up adding the appropriate [[FamilySearch Wiki:Maintenance Templates|Maintenance Template]] to the page, but not until after you've communicated with the author.
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:#If the content is completely inappropriate for the Wiki, add the appropriate [[FamilySearch Wiki:Maintenance Templates|Maintenance Template]] to the page.
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:#You may also find something else that is a problem with the page. Click on the History tab at the top of the screen to see who the creator of the page is and decide if you want to contact him or her.
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'''Note:''' When the article is patrolled, it is no longer highlighted on the list of New Pages. If you thought it was patrolled, and the title is still highlighted, refresh the screen.
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:When we “patrol” an article, it means that we read it to see if it contains appropriate content. We are not looking to see if subject matter is correct or if it is well written. We expect the contributor to do this. Patrolling is done on new pages added to the wiki in '''all '''namespaces.<br>
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:We review the content to ensure that it is in line with the following:<br>
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::*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Guiding Principles|Guidelines]] <br>
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::*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Policies|Policies]]<br>
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::*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Purpose and Appropriate Topics|Purpose and Appropriate Topics]]
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==== Instructions  ====
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:'''[[Help:Patrolling new pages|See Help:Patrolling new pages]]''' for instructions regarding how to patrol articles.<br>
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==== Common Problems  ====
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:The most common problems relate to pages with:<br>
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::*Content on a person's own genealogy, or biographies about specific individuals. <br>
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::*LDS-specific doctrine or information that is not research related.
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::*Inappropriate content, such as offensive language.
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::*Derogatory statements about people, things, etc.
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:Additional things to watch for are:
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::*That Sandbox pages are in the User [[Help:Namespace|namespace]]
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::*That pages are assigned to the correct namespace
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::*That categories are assigned to the page
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==== Handling problematic content  ====
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:Problems with the content will be:<br>
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::#Tagged by adding the appropriate [[FamilySearch Wiki:Maintenance Templates|Maintenance Template]] to the page<br>
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::#Resolved by working with the contributors to help them become successful in the wiki. <br>
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:'''Small pieces of inappropriate content within an article'''
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::*If there is a concern about small bits of text within an article - a sentence or even a paragraph - it can be deleted with an explanation in the summary. <br>
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::*If the information to be deleted is more extensive, it would be good to put an explanation on the discussion page.<br>
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:'''Entire articles outside the scope of the Wiki'''
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::*If the entire article is about a topic related to genealogy but is outside the scope of the Wiki, such as an article or page about a specific ancestor, or LDS-specific doctrinal information, it will be vitally important to work with the individual to help them understand the purpose and scope of the Wiki, and to help them in the future be able to make valuable contributions to the Wiki.
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==== Patrolling Discussion/Talk Pages  ====
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:On Talk/Discussion pages, after ensuring that the policies and guidelines are followed, we are also looking for:
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:*Questions that patrons ask
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:*Problems, concerns, or other issues that may need to be resolved
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:*Trends that may indicate larger concerns or issues to resolve<br>
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:'''[[Help:Patrolling new pages|See Help:Patrolling new pages]]''' for additional instructions. <br>
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== Patrolling Recent Changes  ==
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:Recent Changes are patrolled for the same reasons as patrolling new pages. However, with the quantity of edits made to the Wiki, patrolling is only done for recent changes to Discussion pages. Again, we are looking for:
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::*Questions that patrons ask
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::*Problems, concerns, or other issues that may need to be resolved
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::*Trends that may indicate larger concerns or issues to resolve
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==== Instructions  ====
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:'''[[Help:Patrolling recent changes|See Help:Patrolling recent changes]]''' for instructions on how to patrol recent changes.
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|Tab-1=About Patrolling
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|URL-1=FamilySearch Wiki:Patrolling
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|Tab-2=Patrolling new pages
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|URL-2=Help:Patrolling new pages
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|Tab-3=Patrolling recent changes
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|URL-3=Help:Patrolling recent changes
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|Tab-4=Patrolling Discussion pages
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|URL-4=Help:Patrolling Discussion pages
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Revision as of 21:50, 8 February 2012

About Patrolling Patrolling new pages Patrolling recent changes Patrolling Discussion pages

Contents

Patrolling New Pages

When we “patrol” an article, it means that we read it to see if it contains appropriate content. We are not looking to see if subject matter is correct or if it is well written. We expect the contributor to do this. Patrolling is done on new pages added to the wiki in all namespaces.
We review the content to ensure that it is in line with the following:

Instructions

See Help:Patrolling new pages for instructions regarding how to patrol articles.

Common Problems

The most common problems relate to pages with:
  • Content on a person's own genealogy, or biographies about specific individuals.
  • LDS-specific doctrine or information that is not research related.
  • Inappropriate content, such as offensive language.
  • Derogatory statements about people, things, etc.
Additional things to watch for are:
  • That Sandbox pages are in the User namespace
  • That pages are assigned to the correct namespace
  • That categories are assigned to the page

Handling problematic content

Problems with the content will be:
  1. Tagged by adding the appropriate Maintenance Template to the page
  2. Resolved by working with the contributors to help them become successful in the wiki.
Small pieces of inappropriate content within an article
  • If there is a concern about small bits of text within an article - a sentence or even a paragraph - it can be deleted with an explanation in the summary.
  • If the information to be deleted is more extensive, it would be good to put an explanation on the discussion page.
Entire articles outside the scope of the Wiki
  • If the entire article is about a topic related to genealogy but is outside the scope of the Wiki, such as an article or page about a specific ancestor, or LDS-specific doctrinal information, it will be vitally important to work with the individual to help them understand the purpose and scope of the Wiki, and to help them in the future be able to make valuable contributions to the Wiki.

Patrolling Discussion/Talk Pages

On Talk/Discussion pages, after ensuring that the policies and guidelines are followed, we are also looking for:
  • Questions that patrons ask
  • Problems, concerns, or other issues that may need to be resolved
  • Trends that may indicate larger concerns or issues to resolve
See Help:Patrolling new pages for additional instructions.



Patrolling Recent Changes

Recent Changes are patrolled for the same reasons as patrolling new pages. However, with the quantity of edits made to the Wiki, patrolling is only done for recent changes to Discussion pages. Again, we are looking for:
  • Questions that patrons ask
  • Problems, concerns, or other issues that may need to be resolved
  • Trends that may indicate larger concerns or issues to resolve

Instructions

See Help:Patrolling recent changes for instructions on how to patrol recent changes.



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