Help:About your wiki/How to stay updated on changes

RecentChanges filters.
Deletion log on Special:Log.
There is the Notifications tab in your account settings that allows you to configure what notifications and how often yo want to receive and where.

When your wiki has hundreds or thousands of pages, it is important to have a way to follow up changes made by the numerous wiki contributors:

Recent Changes[edit source]

Recent changes is a special page that lists recent changes in reverse order, with change date and time, change in the page size, user who created the page, and edit summary.

This feature is accessible at Special:RecentChanges. The page results are adjustable using settings on the Recent Changes tab in your preferences. You can choose which Recent Changes you want to display. You can combine different kinds of filters to display the results you want. The list of results is explained here.

Watchlist[edit source]

Your watchlist is a display for tracking changes, similar to the Recent changes display, but limited to showing changes only across your set of "watched" pages. Changes to pages you haven't visited since the changes occurred are displayed in bold, with solid markers. You can see your watchlist by following the Watchlist link in your account menu.

Pages can be added to your Watchlist:

  • manually, while saving your changes
  • manually, via page menu Watch item
  • automatically, according to the policy set in the section Watchlist in your account Preferences.

Watchlist. Adding to watchlist while saving a page.png

System logs[edit source]

Every action in MediaWiki is logged in the logging table. Users can see those edits on Special:Log, except for a few restricted logs. For example you can see logs for:

  • Pages deletion
  • Pages movement
  • Pages protection
  • File uploads
  • Account creation
  • etc.

Notifications[edit source]

The Echo extension provides an in-wiki notification system. It can inform you about various events using Notices [1] and Alerts [2] icons , and by email, in accordance with your preferences.

Echo. Notification icons.png

References[edit source]

  1. Notices display notifications about activity in discussion boards.
  2. Alerts display notifications other than a notice.