Help:Tracking changes

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A helpful functionality of the wiki software is the ability to monitor and review all the new edits made to PsychWiki including a record of the date and time of every edit, the user who made it, the edit summary, and the ability to compare different versions...

Quick summary of how to track changes

  1. View the recent edits of    all pages in PsychWiki using Recent changes so that you can monitor and review changes.
  2. View the recent edits of    individual pages by using the "history" tab at the top of each page.
  3. View a list of all the         edits you have made to PsychWiki pages by clicking on the "my contributions" link.
  4. Indicate which articles     you want to watch using the "watch" tab at the top of each page.
  5. Receive email notifications when pages change by clicking on this function in the "preferences" tab.

*See below for more detailed information.


How can I view the edits made to pages within PsychWiki?

  1. If you want to view the edits made to all pages in PsychWiki:
    • click on the "Recent changes" link in the left-hand sidebar. You can monitor and review changes to pages because the "Recent changes" page provides a record of the date and time of every edit, the user who made it, the edit summary, and the ability to compare different versions. See here for more detailed information about the "Recent changes" link. See here for information about "enhanced recent changes".
  2. If you want to view the edits made to individual pages:
    • click on the "history" tab at the top of the page. For an explanation of the "history" tab, see here.
  3. If you want to view edits to only those pages which link to the current page:
    • click on the "Related changes" link which is located in the left-hand sidebar under the "toolbox" window. Related Changes does not automatically include talk pages; to watch also the corresponding talk pages, links to them also have to be in the page on which Related Changes is applied.

Where can I find a list of all the edits I have made?

  1. View a list of all the edits you have made to PsychWiki pages by clicking on the "my contributions" link.
  2. The "my contribution" link is available if you are logged-in, and it is located at the top right-hand side of this webpage next to the "log out" link.
  3. Below is an example of an user contributions page using the default skin:
File:Screenshot user contributions page.png

Edits are shown from newest to oldest. Each edit takes up one line which shows; time & date, the page name and the edit summary, as well as other diagnostic information. Lets have a look at some of the functions of this page:

  1. The username or IP of the contributor appears here.
  2. You can select a namespace to filter your results. For example, to see only templates select Template from the drop down list and press Go.
  3. This gives the time and date of the edit.
  4. (hist) takes you to the page history, so you can see all edits made to that page. This can be useful if someone has updated a page you have worked on, and you want to see their changes.
  5. (diff) takes you to a diff page showing the changes between that edit and the current revision. The current revision appears below the changes so you can see how the page is now rendered.
  6. m stands for minor edit (small corrections to a page). These help you understand the type of changes that have been made.
  7. This is the name of the page the edit took place on. The current page name is used, so if the page has been renamed the name displayed will be different.
  8. This is the edit summary. It is the text the user wrote in the edit summary box (below the edit box).
  9. (top) signifies that the edit is the current revision. The page is as the user last saved it. This can be used to watch pages (if your last edit to the page does not display (top) the page has been changed).
  10. This edit summary begins with an arrow link and grey text. This means the user has only edited a section of the page (named in the grey text). This text is automatically added when you edit a section. The black text is a standard edit summary and is added by the user.
  11. This user has few edits, so all their edits fit onto one page. When their edits span more than one page, the black text in brackets will become links. These links take you to the users most recent edits (Latest), oldest edits (Earliest) or the next or previous page of edits (Next n / Previous n).
  12. The blue numbers list the number of edits displayed on a page - 20, 50, 100, 250 or 500. A higher number increases the length of a page but reduces the number of pages The number you select replaces n in the links to the previous or next pages e.g. (Next 100 / Previous 100).

How do I "watch" pages?

  1. Anyone with an account may choose to be notified via email when a certain page changes using the "watch" feature and "my watchlist".
  2. If you are logged-in, you will see the "Watch" tab at the top of the page next to the "Move" tab.
    • By clicking on that link, you add the current page and the corresponding talk page to your "my watchlist".
    • Watched articles are also bolded in the "Recent Changes" list.
  3. The "my watchlist" link is at the top right-hand of the webpage next to "preferences".
    • By clicking on that link, you will see all the pages being "watched".
    • It also functions as a customized form of "recent changes" just for pages that you watch. It gives a list of all watched pages, ordered backward according to the time of the last edit of the page. Note that for every edited page only information about the last edit is shown.

How do I receive email notifications on page changes?

  1. Depending on preference settings, you get an email after a watched page has been edited by somebody else.
    • See How do I "watch" pages? above for how to add pages to your watchlist.
    • Email notifications are automatically enabled in your "Preferences" page. If you want to change the status of your email notifications, click on the "Preferences" link at the top of this page (located next to "my watchlist" above), and you will see an "email" window at the bottom of the page where you can customize how you receive email notifications.
    • Email notifications about page changes will not be repeated until you view the page. In other words, after the initial email notification, subsequent changes to the page will not result in more email notifications until you have viewed the page.
    • Also, please note that you have to be logged in when viewing the page, otherwise you will not be notified of further changes.

What is "recent changes"

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