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Watch a [https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/FS_index.html?v=https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/WikiWatch video demonstration] of how to watch pages and track changes.  
 
Watch a [https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/FS_index.html?v=https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/WikiWatch video demonstration] of how to watch pages and track changes.  
  
MediaWiki offers a collection of special pages and tools to keep track of what is going on in the wiki. So you can watch for example:  
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MediaWiki offers a collection of special pages and tools to keep track of what is going on in the wiki including:
  
*recent changes to all pages  
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*[[Help:Recent changes|Recent changes]] to all pages  
*the revision history: all changes made to one page  
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*The [[Help:Page history|revision history]] for all changes made to one page  
 
*the contributions of one specific user  
 
*the contributions of one specific user  
*newly created pages
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The most interesting special page is '''[[Special:Recentchanges]]'''. It displays all edits, file uploads, page moves, deletions and other actions done in the wiki. In the menu on top it offers a collection of links to customize your display: limit the number of changes shown, the number of days or restrict it to edits to a certain namespace. You can also hide edits marked as minor (don't forget that major changes can be flagged by a user as minor anyway).  
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The most interesting special page is [[Special:Recentchanges]]. It displays all edits, file uploads, page moves, deletions and other actions done in the wiki. In the menu on top it offers a collection of links to customize your display: limit the number of changes shown, the number of days or restrict it to edits to a certain namespace. You can also hide edits marked as minor (don't forget that major changes can be flagged by a user as minor anyway).  
  
 
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One line in recent changes consists of several links:  
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Watch a video demonstration of how to watch pages and track changes.

MediaWiki offers a collection of special pages and tools to keep track of what is going on in the wiki including:

The most interesting special page is Special:Recentchanges. It displays all edits, file uploads, page moves, deletions and other actions done in the wiki. In the menu on top it offers a collection of links to customize your display: limit the number of changes shown, the number of days or restrict it to edits to a certain namespace. You can also hide edits marked as minor (don't forget that major changes can be flagged by a user as minor anyway).

One line in recent changes consists of several links:

  • diff displays the difference to the previous revision of the page,
  • hist links to the revision history of the page,
  • the link with the full title of the page brings you to the current version. If the title is in bold, it indicates that it is on your watchlist.

Next is a flag describing the article modification type:

  • N signalizes a new page,
  • m a minor edit,
  • b an edit made by a bot.

Following the timestamp is a number within parentheses with a + or -. This refers to the number of bytes that have been added or removed. Next, the user is mentioned with a link to their user page and their talk page or to their contributions (in the case of anonymous users).

Last but not least, there is an edit summary, appearing in italics, if the user submitted one when they made the edit.

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Visit the Wiki Contributor Help Forum to receive help with contributing to the Wiki.

If you are logged in and have JavaScript enabled, you can also try the "enhanced" view. Simply go to your Preferences and enable "Enhanced recent changes (JavaScript)"; this will make recent changes show edits divided by page rather than being listed individually. You will now see entries like the following:

! 15:17 Main Page (4 changes; (+236) Page history) [Some User‎ (2×); Some Other User (2×)]

Simply click the blue arrow to the left of the page name and timestamp to expand that page's recent edits just as they were on the normal style. You can turn this enhancement on and off at will, so feel free to try both to see which one you prefer.