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Feature-Request - New users marked on Recent Changes
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Author: makoline

On the German Wikipedia we recognized that new users and IPs create or change articles more often with spam,
vandalism or copyright violation than users who are longer working on the Wikipedia.

We know that there is a special page [[Special:Contributions/newbies]] but on that page the names of the users
aren't shown and you can't watch the contributions of IPs and new users at one time.

Due to that it would be very good if you could add a feature to the Recent Changes to watch only the edits by the
new users similar to the feature to watch the contributions of IPs. Also we suggest that those edits would be
marked to see the changes when you look at the default Recent Changes. For example this could be "Username (n)".

We think that new users could be defined as the newest 1% of all users. That would be the same condition as for the
permission to move an article.

Thank you in advance and best regards

Version: 1.6.x
Severity: enhancement



Event Timeline

bzimport raised the priority of this task from to Medium.Nov 21 2014, 8:45 PM
bzimport set Reference to bz3226.

zigger wrote:

The proposal to show a user edit count indication on Special:Recentchanges is
already covered by bug 245.

robchur wrote:

We're talking about hitting User::isNewbie() for each item on Recent Changes?
You've got to be joking; that would kill off the SQLs. Furthermore, it might
well encourage a lot of sloppy/automated edits in order for users to escape the
dreaded stamp of noobness.

robchur wrote:

*** Bug 4221 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

A newbie marker would be supported by a field in the user table or obviously it wouldn't be too

I'm going to reopen this as we've been talking about stuff like this to help with patrolling &
welcoming; another step above those "redshirts". ;)

webmaster wrote:

Shouldn't this be smacked with the same 'dreaded WONTFIX stamp of doom' as Bug 245 ?

(Plus, now don't we have semi-protection of pages based on the newest n% of users?)

ayg wrote:

We already distinguish new users by various means and the info is readily available. It should be no problem to fetch it for RC, I don't think.

Even user_editcount and the like can be checked reasonably.

[[Special:Contributions/newbies]] does show the user names.

New users marked as of r40535. No filter added, for now at least.