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New Page Reviewer is a user permission applied to Wikipedia accounts for users, allowing them to work with the New Pages Feed and the Page Curation Tool to process, approve, or tag newly created pages for publishing. This system of reviewing and approving new articles was implemented in October 2016 as an updated method to the original process that was developed in collaboration with the Wikimedia Foundation in 2011, which sought to better control the quality of new pages, and to address common unwanted content such as spam, copyright violations and other disruption to Wikipedia—while allowing good faith new users to draft articles and receive feedback and assistance during its drafting and construction.
There are currently 749 New Page Reviewers, which makes the total number of users with this permission 1,633 (the rest are administrators, who automatically have this permission as part of their trusted duties).
Obtaining the user right
Editors will need to have been registered users of the English Wikipedia for at least 90 days, and have made at least 500 non-deleted edits to the main (article) space. They will also need to have a consistent history in relevant areas on Wikipedia that demonstrate that they have a sufficient level of knowledge with the policies regarding page creation, page deletion, the citation and use of secondary reliable sources, and Wikipedia's notability guidelines. More importantly, the user should have a solid history that show that they are proficient with communicating and interacting with new users and in a positive, civil, and appropriate manner.
Users can apply for the New Page Patroller permissions at Wikipedia:Requests for permissions. The user's editing history will be thoroughly reviewed, and the permission can be granted to the applying user. It can be granted indefinitely, or it can instead be granted on a probationary or time-limited basis, if this is deemed appropriate or necessary by the reviewing administrator. If the user permissions are granted temporarily, users can re-apply for them again. As before, the user's editing history (as well as their new page patrolling history) will be reviewed. Administrators are accorded discretion to grant the right, even in cases where the minimum threshold is not fully met. This is typically done in cases where a review of the applying user's edit history show that they are a very strong candidate. For more details, please see New pages patrol, and please review the instructions at Wikipedia:Requests for permissions.
Guidelines for granting
Generally speaking, editors granted new page reviewer should:
- Have been a registered user for at least 90 days with at least 500 undeleted mainspace edits
- Have a good knowledge of content policies and guidelines and experience with quality control processes. This is typically demonstrated by prior participation in one or a combination of the following areas:
- Have a solid track record of interacting with other editors, especially new editors, in a civil and constructive manner
- Have experience moving pages in accordance with relevant guidelines
- Have no behavioral blocks or 3RR violations in the last 6 months
- Commit to reviewing pages solely on a volunteer basis
These criteria are guidelines; meeting them does not constitute a right to the permission. At their discretion, administrators may grant the permission to editors who do not meet the strict criteria but that they otherwise deem to be competent, or may ask for additional experience. Typically, consistent recent activity is required, to ensure that reviewers are familiar with current policy and guidelines. Activity on other Wikimedia projects is not taken into consideration.
Guidelines for revocation
The user right can be revoked for violating any of the above conduct standards and for other misconduct. Additionally, it can be revoked at any time by an administrator without any process or prior notice in any of the following circumstances:
- The editor has demonstrated a pattern of performing obviously controversial reviews without first determining consensus.
- The editor has demonstrated a pattern of failing to exercise sufficient care when reviewing pages, resulting in users being offended or discouraged (especially new users).
- The editor has used the permission as leverage in disputes or used any project tools in any improper way.
- The editor has performed any blatant vandalism (not limited to page reviewer vandalism).
- The editor has failed to report to an administrator after noticing unauthorized use of their account or otherwise neglected account security practices.
- The editor has been inactive for 12 months or more.
- The editor has accepted or solicited payment in return for reviews.
- The user permission may be removed at any time and without prejudice following a self-request made by the editor with the permissions. Simply make a request to an administrator, and they can remove this user permission for you.
- Appeals of revocation should be made in the first instance to the revoking administrator. Failing which, a further appeal can be made at the Administrators' noticeboard only. Do not create such an appeal at ANI.
- If the right is removed solely for inactivity or by self-request, and there are no extenuating circumstances, it will restored upon request at Requests for permissions. The restoring administrator, at their discretion, may do so permanently or on a trial basis depending on the situation.
Userbox and top icon
There are two userboxes for new page reviewers:
And a top icon:
All of these templates populate Category:Wikipedia new page reviewers; you can also place this category on your user page directly.
Newly-assigned new page reviewers are automatically subscribed to the new pages patrol newsletter, which contains periodic updates on the status of the backlog, new software features, and policy changes relevant to reviewers. You can opt out at any time by removing your username from the subscriber list.
Articles for Creation
As of May 2023, new page reviewers are now able to accept and decline submitted drafts in draftspace, without applying to become an AFC reviewer at WT:AFCP. You can use Special:NewPagesFeed to find submitted drafts. Reviewing a draft involves activating the AFC Helper Script in Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-gadgets, then visiting a submitted draft. The AFC helper script will display at the top of the page, giving you the option to accept, decline, reject, or comment. The procedure for reviewing drafts is located at WP:AFCR. It is very similar to new page patrolling, with one difference being that all WP:GNG passing sources must be located in the draft, or it can be declined as non-notable. Any questions about AFC reviewing should be directed to WT:AFC.
To view the list of the most active reviewers over a time-span, you may use this bot-generated feed.