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Warning: Experienced users, especially those with many edits to make, will often use abbreviations in order to save time; for example, "rv" for "revert". Abbreviations should be used with care, although they save one editor time they may cost readers much more time to figure out what they mean, they can be confusing for inexperienced users, but they are generally fine for small edits such as formatting and grammar changes.


Term Abbreviated Description
add +, add, addition Addition of something
alphabetization alpha, abc Alphabetization of a list
capitalization cap, capital, cpt, lc, lcase, uc, ucase Fixing of capitalization
category +cat, -cat, cat, recat, re-cat Addition, subtraction or fixing of a category
cleanup cl, cleanup Many different kinds of small changes in a single edit.
comment cm, re Addition of comment
copyedit copyedit, cpyed, ced, c/e, ce Copy edit
creation creation, new Creation of a new article
disambiguation disambiguation, disambig, disamb, disam, dab, byp disambig Addition of disambiguationor removal of ambiguity
duplication dup, dupe Removal of duplication
external link EL, xl, ext lk, ext lks, ext lnk, ext lnks, ext link, ext links, URL, http Addition of external links
formatting fm, fmt, frmt, formatting, MoS, mos, MOS Formatting, per Manual of Style
short new text (full text) ft Addition of short new text, which is fully given in this edit summary
grammar gr, gm, grmr Fixing grammar
headers head, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6 Fixing header markup or changing header wording
interwiki iwk, iw Addition of interwiki links (between Wikimedia projects)
links lk, lks, link, links, lnk, ln, wikilink, wl Addition of internal (Wiki) links
merge mrg, mrgd, merged in Article merge
miscellaneous misc Use only when a more specific and more useful edit summary is not practical.
move mv, move Article move
null edit null, nx, ø Saving the page without changing anything, see Null edit.
punctuation punc, punct, pct Fixing punctuation
redirect REDIRECT, rd, redir Article redirect. Specify what article it redirects to.
redirect fix snap dbl rdr, fix redir "Snapping" a double redirect: turning a double redirect into a single redirect.
references ref, refs Adding or fixing source citation.
remove/delete -, rm, remove, del Removal of something
revert rv, revert Revert to a previous edit
talk see talk Explanation of edit on the article's Talk page
spelling sp, spelling, typo, typos Fixing of Typos or incorrect spelling.
wikify wikified, wikify, wiki, wfy, wky, wkfy Formatting using Wiki markup (as opposed to plain text or HTML) and add internal linksto material, incorporating it into the whole of Wikipedia


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