There are several lists having individual parameters like "from=", "offset=", "limit=" etc. which may, or may not exist, expecting a variety of either counts, or names/titles/record-id/timestamps/goups names, or other. Some can, some cannot be as well be submitted via a Special:Pagename/start syntax.
So as to ease the use of special pages parameters, I'd suggest to find identical names for identical usage throughout all such pages, including the ubiqutous possibility to arbitrarily use both names and entry numbers to start a listing from, and to end a listing at. Also, it would be wise to report wrong or unsopported parameters instead of silently igoring them.
This would imho best be taken care of by moving the "standard" parameter treatment into a subroutine, and giving each special page the opportunity to parameterize it, as to which ones are
supported. This would also help to i18n the parameter names.