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Wikipedia:How to read an article history - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This page on how to read an article history is intended as an aid to people who are researching with Wikipedia. Experienced Wikipedians often glean a great deal about articles from looking at the page history and following up to the individual edits that make up that history. This page describes some of these tricks of the trade.

The suggestions here apply mostly to substantive articles with a number of contributors. If the page history indicates that the page is entirely or almost entirely the work of one person, you are dealing with a situation more comparable to evaluating an article on someone's private web site.

First and foremost, the page history tells you something about who has worked on the page, and allows you to examine the successive versions of the article and the differences between them. Usually by looking through the edit history, you can quickly tell who has made substantive contributions to the article.

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Wikipedia:Oversight - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Oversight on Wikipedia (also known as suppression) is a form of enhanced deletion which, unlike normal deletion, expunges information from any form of usual access even by administrators. It is used within strict limits to remove defamatory material, to protect privacy, and sometimes to remove serious copyright violations, from any page or log entry (including, if required, the list of users) on the English Wikipedia.

On the English Wikipedia, "oversight," the power to suppress edits, is entrusted to a restricted number of users, who can suppress material if it meets the strict requirements below. Use of these tools is monitored by other oversighters who patrol the log, by the Arbitration Committee and, by extension, the Audit Subcommittee.

The permission is granted by the Arbitration Committee after community consultation and significant review of the user's contributions. Users authorized for Oversight must be 18 years of age or older and must have provided personal identification to the Wikimedia Foundation. Once this information has been verified, the documents supplied to the Foundation are destroyed.

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Help:Edit summary - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Edit summary (Briefly describe the changes you have made)

This is a minor edit Watch this page

By clicking the "Save page" button, you agree to the Terms of Use, and you irrevocably agree to release your contribution under the CC-BY-SA 3.0 License and the GFDL.
You agree that a hyperlink or URL is sufficient attribution under the Creative Commons license.

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Help:Dummy edit - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A dummy edit is a change in wikitext that has no effect on the rendered page, of which the purpose is to save a useful edit summary.

A null edit is a similar technique, but a null edit does not modify pages at all, and its purpose is to purge a page cache. On the other hand, a dummy edit does change the page source, although slightly.

By a dummy edit, an edit summary can be supplemented, aiming at:

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Wikipedia:Dispute resolution - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This policy describes what to do when you have a dispute with another editor. See Wikipedia:Wikiquette and the essay Staying cool when the editing gets hot for more tips. Also please remember that Wikipedia is not about winning. In our unique Wikipedia context, a dispute raises a couple of questions: "What is to be done next? What is to be learned from this?"

The "dispute resolution" sidebar (right) has direct links to filing requests for many of the dispute resolution levels, but requesting dispute resolution involves different guidelines and application processes for each level. Dispute resolution requests can help familiarize you with each of them.

A variety of methods exist for helping to positively resolve disputes, before using formal processes or third-party intervention. Disputes or grievances should always be reacted to in the first instance by approaching, in good faith, the editor or editors concerned and explaining what you find objectionable and why you think so. This can be done on the talk page of the article or on the user page.

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Help:Page history - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A page history shows the order in which changes were made to a Wikipedia article or other page on Wikipedia. Every editable page on Wikipedia has an associated page history (sometimes called revision history or edit history), which is accessed by clicking the "View history" tab at the top of the page.

The page history contains a list of the page's previous revisions, including the date and time (in UTC) of each edit, the username or IP address of the user who made it, and their edit summary. For example, the page history for this help page shows that it was first created on September 20, 2004, and that it had been changed more than 500 times during the next eight years.

On a history page:

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