Staying Updated on Wiki Changes

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.

Mediawiki notifications

There are many tools onboard to follow up changes in MediaWiki:

Recent Changes on a Wiki

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.

recent changes on a wiki

Wiki Watchlist

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.

Example of wiki watchlist

Wiki System Logs

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
  • Other changes
MediaWiki deletion log example

Wiki Notifications

The Echo extension provides an in-wiki notification system. It can inform you about various events using Noticesand Alertsicons , and by email, in accordance with your preferences.

Wiki notifications example

You can view additional information on reviewing changes to a wiki in our other blog article.Don't hesitate to contact us for any further assistance.Trust in our dedicated team to deliver the support you need and enhance your MediaWiki journey.

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