Talk:Edit Review Improvements/New filters for edit review

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This page is about New Filters for Edit Review filtering tools and interface. These are now standard on Recent Changes and the Watchlist.

New filters for edit review are in maintenance mode. Major bugs will be fixed but no improvements are scheduled for now.

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How to provide feedback

  • do you have that bug when you are not logged-in?
  • explain how to reproduce the bug (step by step)
  • tell us what is your configuration (browser version, scripts you use...)
  • say on what page it is happening (Recent Changes, Watchlist...)

Also see the FAQ.

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Check on your preferences on the wikis you are active on:

A "Filter OUT" option would make this tool even better.

Markworthen (talkcontribs)

For example, I would like to filter OUT Wikidata edits. Otherwise, I really like the tool - appealing and easy interface, fast, not intrusive. Thanks! ~~~~

Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Thank you for your comment!

Do you have the "WIkidata" filter selected (checked)? If so, uncheck it.

In your preferences, check if "Show Wikidata edits in recent changes" in both Watchlist and Recent changes in your Preferences ar checked or not.

I gave you the explanations with the English labels, assuming that English Wikipedia is your primary wiki based on your profile.

Markworthen (talkcontribs)

Thank you @Trizek (WMF) for the fast response. :) Here are my current global settings:

Wikidata filter = Not checked

Watchlist: "Show Wikidata edits in recent changes" = Not checked

Recent changes: "Show Wikidata edits in recent changes" = Not checked

Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Do you have this issue on your watchist, on Recent Changes or both? What happen if you check, save, uncheck and save those preferences?

Markworthen (talkcontribs)

On my watchlist. What is "Recent Changes"?

I did the following for Wikidata edits:

Check > Save > Uncheck > Save

I did that in the Filter and in Preferences. I purged cache afterwards, but no difference. I tried it on Edge and Chrome.

I have this Beta feature enabled: New wikitext mode. I don't know if that could be a factor.

Having wikidata edits showing up in my Watchlist is not a major problem for me, but I did want to give you all some feedback since you've worked so hard on this project and overall I'd call it a big success. :0)

Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Recent Changes are where all new edits are listed.

Do you use any gadget? Can you visit your watchlist using this special link? It will turn off any gadget/script/magic trick that may interfere.

Markworthen (talkcontribs)

I used the special link, but no change.

I use a lot of gadgets:


ImageAnnotator: view image notes and comments on file description pages

Redirect image links to Commons for files hosted there

Navigation popups: article previews and editing functions pop up when hovering over links

Open external links in a new tab or window

Twinkle: automate common tasks such as reporting vandalism, warning vandals, requesting deletion, welcoming users, and tagging articles (preferences)

Enable the Teahouse "Ask a question" feature

Reference Tooltips: hover over inline citations to see reference information without moving away from the article text (does not work if "Navigation popups" is enabled above)

FormWizard: a wizard for creating and expanding project pages


Geonotice: display notices on your watchlist about events in your region

Display watchlist notices

(This loads the base style for the watchlist. Please do not disable this option.)

Display green collapsible arrows and green bullets for changed pages in your watchlist, page history and recent changes (unavailable with the improved Watchlist user interface)

Display pages on your watchlist that have changed since your last visit in bold (see customizing watchlists for more options)

Subtle update marker: Tone down the "Changed since last visit" indicator on history pages. (By default it renders as a green-filled bar, enabling this gadget changes it to green text.)


Add two new dropdown boxes below the edit summary box with some useful default summaries

Citation expander: automatically expand and format citations using Citation bot

Syntax highlighter: Alternative to the default coloring of wiki syntax in the edit box (works best in Firefox and works almost all of the time in Chrome and Opera)

HotCat: easily add, remove, and change categories on a page, with name suggestions (example)

Shortdesc helper: easily add and edit page short descriptions

wikEd: alternative full-featured integrated text editor for Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome (documentation)

Yet Another AFC Helper Script: easily review Articles for creation submissions, Files for Upload, redirect and category requests

Form for filing disputes at the dispute resolution noticeboard

CharInsert: add a toolbar under the edit window for quickly inserting wiki markup and special characters

refToolbar: add a "cite" button to the editing toolbar for quick addition of commonly used citation templates

Add extra buttons to the old (non-enhanced) editing toolbar


Add an [edit] link for the lead section of a page

Add a clock to the personal toolbar that displays the current time in UTC and provides a link to purge the current page

MoreMenu: add Page and User dropdown menus to the toolbar with links to common tasks, analytic tools and logs (documentation: Vector, Monobook or Modern)

Change UTC-based times and dates, such as those used in signatures, to be relative to local time (documentation)

Display a floating alert for new talk page messages

Display an assessment of an article's quality in its page header (documentation)

Show radio buttons to switch between views of certain content, such as some maps

SidebarTranslate: display sidebar language links in English

Widen the search box in the Vector skin

Display links to disambiguation pages in orange

Strike out usernames that have been blocked

Improved appearance for mobile, narrow and wide screens (documentation)

XTools: dynamically show statistics about a page's history under the page heading


AddMe: endorse or join a project using Template:Probox

Make sure that headers of tables remain in view as long as the table is in view (requires Firefox v59 or Safari)

Install scripts without having to edit your JS files

Markworthen (talkcontribs)

QUESTION: If I give you permission, can you inspect my settings for Watchlist, Preferences, etc.?

Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs)

The link I gave you enables Safemode to the page you visit (it adds safemode=1 to the URL): it disabled every script and gadget you use. The next process is to look for a bug in the console, which is explained on this page.

I can't have access to your Watchlist and all, unless if you give me your password, which is something you mustn't consider (and we won't do).

Reply to "A "Filter OUT" option would make this tool even better."
Jon Harald Søby (talkcontribs)

On Wikidata, it would be extremely helpful to be able to invert the filter for "Tag:Widar [1.4]", but I'm not able to find a way to do it. If you go to the normal Recent Changes there, you'll see looooaaads of edits with this tag, so being able remove only them would help significantly with making RC more useful.

Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Thank you for your feedback. This request has already been made and we will consider to enable that option.

Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs) (talkcontribs)

The old french saying "Un chien vivant vaut mieux qu'un lion mort" is applicable here. The proposed solution is quite reasonable.

The "perfect" alternative doesn't seem like it would be used much and may also be quite confusing to explain and to show in the user interface.

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Latest revision filter improvement idea

Jackattack1597 (talkcontribs)

I think that it would be useful if the latest revision filter also showed revisions that would be the latest if it didn't count edits from the same user as being the latest revision. The point would be so that vandals couldn't make a random useful edit to make it harder for people to find their vandalism.

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User registration and experience section

Bikerbudmatt (talkcontribs)

I'd like to have some control of the range for the "experience" levels. I'm an experienced editor creating a standalone wiki. It's not helpful to have the "only" 160+ contributions I've made so far to be lumped in with my users who are working with a wiki for the first time. Even less helpful to think that the arbitrary number of 500 is what I need to attain to bump me into the "experienced" level.

Either allow these categories to exclude administrators by option, or allow administrators to adjust the scoring ranges in a way that gives them a useful filter.

Thanks! ~~~~

Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs)

So the goal would be to have a way to :

  • define new experience thresholds (like user that have more than 50 edits but less than 200)
  • filter users by status

Am I right?

Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Defining thresholds is probably doable in your wiki's configuration file. @Roan Kattouw (WMF) will know more about it.

Filter users is not a feature we are considering for now. Developments are made in priority for Wikimedia wikis, and we are really concerned by filtering by users being used to stalk at people. The only way to filter users is by the number of edits, by thresholds.

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Filtering out specific tags?

Summary by Trizek (WMF)
S.A. Julio (talkcontribs)

Is there a way to be able to filter out specific tags? This would be very useful, occasionally in my watchlist there will be an influx of AWB edits (i.e. cleaning up typos in articles). I would like to be able to filter out edits with the AWB tag in order to see all other changes (as far as I'm aware this isn't currently possible).

Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs)
Location of the Tag menu

It is possible to filter tags, if those tags have been created on the wiki you're active on.

To filter AWB tags, go to the Tags menu (on the left), and type AWB in the search bar (or just type #AWB in the search bar).

However, it is not possible to exclude tagged edits from display for now.

Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs)
Reply to "Filtering out specific tags?"
Themightyquill (talkcontribs)

Commons has a lot of edits tagged with "QuickCategories [1.0]" which I don't need to see in my watchlist. I seem to be able to use the filters to see ''only'' those edits tagged with QuickCategories, but I can't figure out how to subtract them from my watch list. Perhaps this is already possible, but if not, it would be a useful feature. Thanks. - Themightyquill (talk) 10:07, 10 September 2019 (UTC)

Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs)

It is not possible at the moment to select a few tags to exclude. The workaround is to select all tags, remove the ones you don't want to see manually and save the query for later reuse. It is far from ideal.

The Growth team has put this feature on their roadmap for this current quarter. I've asked for updates on Phabricator.

Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs)
Reply to "Avoid tags"

How to filter (out) AWB edits

Summary last edited by Clump 11:49, 30 April 2019 4 months ago

Work on filtering our/excluding tags is scheduled for April 2019.

Hsarrazin (talkcontribs)
Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Bonjour! Do you have a local filter for AWB on your wiki? A previous discussion has happen about this topic, you may find there some information.

Hsarrazin (talkcontribs)

ok. I just added a filter (hope I did it right here ^^)

Now, how can I filter the tag out? ...

I only have the option to display only the tag, but not to display anything but the tag...

Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Filtering tags out is not possible (et c'est bien dommage). You have to select all tags but the one you cant to exclude. :/

There is a ticket about that and some plans to work on it starting April 2019.

Hsarrazin (talkcontribs)

ok, so, having a filter for AWB is no use at all for this :(

ok, so I'll have to find something else...

Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs)

If you've selected all filters but AWB, you can save that filter set. Sorry, that's the best I can offer. :/

Hsarrazin (talkcontribs)

yes, indeed : but all our filters are designed to filter potentially problematic edits... many edits I want to see are not tagged because they are not problematic, so...

-> just did what you propose... and got absolutely no answer - that's a good sign : it means we do not have a lot of really problematic contributors ^^

but that is not what I was hoping for... just wanted all edits except those AWB that are made by one of our admins...

well, we'll have to wait for a solution from our dear devs ;p

Thanks for your efforts...

Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs)

And thank you for your patience!

Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs)
Reply to "How to filter (out) AWB edits"
Iwan Novirion (talkcontribs)

About couple days ago, I have made a tag on Special:Tag page but it not appear on ERI tag list. How could it be?

Thanks for the answer.

Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs)


Can you provide more context? Which wiki, which tag?


Iwan Novirion (talkcontribs)

Oh sorry, my mistake. On Minangkabau wiki at "Artikel Wikipedia Masuak Sakolah" tag's. It's not appear on ERI tag list at Recent change page.

Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs)

The tag has been applied to 0 edits. It will not appear until an edit matching this tag happens.

Iwan Novirion (talkcontribs)

You mean it will appear on the drop down list when I click this button, right?

Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs)

It will appear if:

  • you click on the button and
  • an edit is tagged with this tag

At the moment, zero edit is tagged with this tag. So you can't see it when you click on the button.

Iwan Novirion (talkcontribs)
Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Oh, thank you! :D

Reply to "When my-"tag" appear on ERI?"

The default filters take my contributions out

Kipala (talkcontribs)
  1. I notice that since you introduced these filters I cannot see any more my own contributions at swwiki - until I take out the first filter "Human (not bots)". Is this supposed to be the case?

2. I just was asked by my co-admin why my contribution at swwiki was not visible to him under "Recebt changes"

3. But I can see a recent contribution by myself at enwiki

Kipala (talkcontribs)

The reason might be that I got somehow classified as bot as I recognize now thar (when I take out the first filter) my contributions at swwiki show an "r", which is explained as being a bot. How does this come about? Anything to do with me being admin an bureaucrat at swwiki? To the best of my knowledge I never did anything to be a bot. ~~~~

Matěj Suchánek (talkcontribs)
Kipala (talkcontribs)

it says that I can give bot flags and then shows me in the group of bots. Any hint how to get out from this? No idea who put me in there. ~~~~

Matěj Suchánek (talkcontribs)

It was you, apparently:

  • 09:11, 4 Julai 2019 Kipala (Majadiliano | michango) changed group membership for Kipala from mrasimu na mkabidhi to mrasimu, mkabidhi, boti, interface administrator, mwanzilishaji wa akaunti, IP block exempt na mtumiaji aliyethibitishwa

You may remove yourself from bots by unticking "boti" and then saving, then it should be gone.

Kipala (talkcontribs)

Took it out, has not changed anything. Still cannot see my edits until removing the first filter. ~~~~

Matěj Suchánek (talkcontribs)

You did so after your last change. The "r" flag is irrevokable and will stay with all your past changes. Note that this has nothing to do with those filters.

Kipala (talkcontribs)

ok, I am back. It took a bit of time, was not effective immediately after I changed the setting. Thanks for advice.

Toggle for Group, MostRecent, ShowAll

NewsAndEventsGuy (talkcontribs)

At times I would like to see all changes in chronologic order; At other times I would like to see all changes in order but grouped according to venue, e.g., ''Article X'' (Change 1, Change 2, Change 3)....''Talk:X'' (Change 1, Change 2, Change 3). Finally, at other times I'd like to collapse the individual changes and just show the most recent one. I know I can do this, more or less, through preferences. It would be nice to have a toggle build right into the watchlist controls

Matěj Suchánek (talkcontribs)

It is there. For grouping, open "# changes, # days" and toggle "Group results by page". For the most recent change, use "Filter changes" and search "Latest revision".

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