Help talk:Tracking changes

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Namespaces[edit]

Is there a Solution to get recent changes on namespaces? --Zizanzu 17:23, 3 September 2007 (UTC)

In "Recent changes options", change "Namespace" to something other than all and click Go. --Damian Yerrick (talk) 01:27, 29 October 2013 (UTC)

Changing limitations of edits and time[edit]

Hello! How can I change the standard limitations to the numbers of edits (500) and days (30) which are shown in the recent changes list? Is there a possibility to get just a certain number of edits with no day limitation? (Well, I am the only one working on my MediaWiki :-) - and sometimes there's a lot of time between two edits ...) Regards -- commons:User:JörgM 12:56, 6 October 2007 (UTC)

Well, I detected the possibilities in SpecialRecentchanges.php and added two parameters (60 and 180 days) at the parts "Used by Recentchangeslinked" and "Creates the option panel", and it works (at least I hope so :-) ). Because I usually don't want to play on those original includes: Is it possible to add these changes somewhere in LocalSettings.php instead of SpecialRecentchanges.php? Regards -- commons:User:JörgM 15:59, 30 December 2007 (UTC)

Solution is now to add/modify $wgRCLinkLimits and $wgRCLinkDays in LocalSettings.php as described at Manual:Configuration settings#Recent changes

Recent Changes available as parser function[edit]

Are there any global vars stored that hold information about recent changes? And if not, where do I find more information about using the MediaWiki API's to perform db queries, or using class functions? Are there any guidelines on how to use certain vars or functions?

I would like to use some kind of parser function that would print the last 5 recent changes on the 'frontpage' of our Wiki...

thnx Kaspera 09:38, 23 November 2007 (UTC)


Doesn't require parser functions or API's actually. You can use transclusion to bring in any page, and this actually includes Special:Recentchanges. Do it with the wiki syntax: {{Special:Recentchanges/5}}

No idea where that is documented actually. I found out about it while chatting to Tim Starling at a meet-up in London, but I think it is documented somewhere. We need to describe more about transclusion on this page help page here.

And yes I think it actually a very interesting idea to bring in recent changes on the front page of the wiki. I do exactly that, on my wiki. I think works very well as a way of making visitors more aware of the dynamic editable nature of the wiki. It increases the prominence of 'recent changes', which is actually the most important page of wiki. I also did it on this wiki. Here it was partly as a way of drawing attention to the wiki spam problem on this low-traffic wiki, and encouraging other people to help keep the wiki spam free.

-- Harry Wood 11:21, 23 November 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for replying. The thing is, I do not want to have all the other information displayed on my frontpage. I want to be in control of the output, so in that case I need a raw list of new pagenames to create my own box on the frontpage.

I am currently owrking on another extension. If I get it working properly, I'll have a go and create my own hook to do some magic with new pages. I'll keep you posted, Kaspera 11:37, 23 November 2007 (UTC)


Just want to inform that the hook is working. Not that bigga deal, so if somebody is interested in the code, just give me a shout. Cheers --Kaspera 10:08, 8 February 2008 (UTC)

Colors[edit]

On wikipedia, the recent changes has a green font color for addition of material, and red for removal of it. How can this be accomplished?Daedalus969 02:03, 15 October 2008 (UTC)

User order[edit]

Do you know how are ordered the users who edited a page in the feature? See this (maybe a bug? I can't understand, I'd had this doubt for several months). Thanks, Nemo bis 00:20, 28 July 2009 (UTC)

Enhanced View[edit]

In the line

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

what does the (+236) signify? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 96.49.96.96 (talkcontribs) 18:34, 24 November 2009

The dimension of the [wikitext of the] page is increased of 236 bytes. --Nemo bis 19:13, 24 November 2009 (UTC)
How do they get it to display (2×) instead of two separate edits, as it does on most wikis? Tisane 06:53, 2 March 2010 (UTC)
It's an enhanced setting in the user preferences. Please read Help:Tracking changes#Enhanced view. Hamilton Abreu 12:20, 3 March 2010 (UTC)
Thanks! What a difference it makes! Tisane 01:55, 5 March 2010 (UTC)

Watch Deletions[edit]

I have a low traffic wiki and get a mail notification on every change (using "wgUsersNotifedOnAllChanges" in LocalSettings.php). However I just noticed that I missed a few deletions that way because no mail was sent when a page was deleted. Is there a setting I can use to receive an email when a page is deleted?

Non-personal watchlist[edit]

I want to set up a public watchlist on English Wikipedia external to my account. I actually need lots of watchlists which can be checked by anyone. How can I set this up?

I was thinking to put a lot of links onto a page then clicking "Related changes". Is this the best way to do this? I notice that this method shows lots of changes for each article instead of only the last change as an account watchlist would do. Are there other limitations? Where can I find a discussion about this? Blue Rasberry (talk) 20:47, 8 August 2012 (UTC)

Changes by a specific user[edit]

"Changes by user" is an option that comes up under history. But how is it used? When I click on it or on the box-and-arrow after it, I just get a message that I haven't specified any-one. But where/how do I do that? Kdammers (talk) 04:59, 7 August 2014 (UTC)

Enhanced view for everyone[edit]

On the wiki that I maintain, how do I turn on "Enhanced view" (also called "merged changes") for everyone, by default, for people who are not logged in?

Is there maybe already some special page always shows "merged changes" (even when I'm logged out), kind of the opposite of what Extension:Unmerged Recent Changes does that always shows unmerged changes (even when I'm logged in) ? --DavidCary (talk) 17:34, 12 February 2015 (UTC)

Highlight Recent Changes on the Pages Themselves[edit]

Is there a way to highlight recent changes on the content pages themselves? I'm trying to find a way to somehow either showcase any updates for a specific period of time or simply the most recent change on a page.