The New Pages Feed is designed to replace Special:NewPages. It's a list in real time of all incoming new page submissions. Its clean graphic interface will encourage more experienced users to take on the task of patrolling new pages. It offers several user definable preferences for filtering what kind of new pages they want to see and work on.
On New Pages Feed the top toolbar provides controls for filtering the list, as well as the ability to sort it by date, while the bottom toolbar gives data on how patrolling is going and what the current workload looks like. To select an article to review, click on its title (or on the 'Review' button), which will take you to that article and open its Curation Toolbar. Read below for more tips on how to filter or sort this page -- and make the most of the New Pages Feed.
There are a lot of differences between the two pages. Compared to the old Special:NewPages, the New Pages Feed has:
One of the features in the New Pages Feed is improved filtering of articles. In Special:NewPages, the choices are limited to including or excluding redirects, bots or reviewed pages. In the New Pages Feed, you can include or exclude redirects, unreviewed pages, reviewed pages, pages marked for deletion, articles with no categories or inbound links, articles created by new users or articles created by specific (or blocked) users.
To use these options, click the "Set filters" button on the left of the top toolbar. Select the one(s) you want, and then click on the green "Set filters" button; the page should then refresh and only display articles that meet the criteria you have selected. These filters are saved between refreshes, even if you accidentally go away from the page. In addition, you can also sort by ascending or descending order, even within filters. To do this, select "newest" or "oldest" on the right of the top toolbar; again, this should automatically refresh the pages displayed. If you have trouble getting this to work, you can report it as a bug :).
Anyone can see the New Pages Feed but only members of the New Page Reviewer Group can actually review pages. Due to the complexity of the task as described in the tutorial at WP:NPP, only users with extensive experience of Wikipedia notability and deletion policies may review new pages. In order to prevent misuse of the system, the need to limit access to the NPP tools has become necessary and the user right to review pages can be applied for at WP:PERM. Users will need to have been registered for at least 90 days, have made at least 500 non-reverted or uncontroversial edits to Article space (mainspace) and have a clean block log since 01 January 2016.
The Curation Toolbar is a type of page curation. It is a suite of tools that is available on new articles or user pages to help patrollers review them more effectively. This optional tool enables editors to get page info, mark a page as reviewed, tag it, mark it for deletion, send WikiLove to page creators — or jump to the next page on the list. It works a bit like Twinkle, but provides an easier user interface, fully supported by the Wikimedia Foundation. The Curation Toolbar is part of the Page Curation project, which aims to enhance the current page patrol process by making it faster and less stressful to check new articles.
The Curation Toolbar is available to reviewers for any page (other than pages they themselves created) listed in the New Pages Feed. New page reviewers have the option of using a user script that combines the two main Page Curation features, including the Curation toolbar. From that feed, click on any page title (or the 'Review' button) to view that page, along with its Curation Toolbar. The toolbar appears as a gray vertical bar near the right edge of your browser window. Note that you can close that toolbar by clicking on the 'x' icon -- or minimize it by clicking on the icon next to 'x'.
If you close the Curation Toolbar accidentally, you can open it again by clicking on 'Curation Toolbar' or 'Curate this article' in the 'Toolbox' section of the left sidebar; this option is not available though if you were the page creator.
This feature displays a small panel when you click on the 'info' icon in the Curation Toolbar. It shows information including the page's review status, creation date, creator name, size, as well as possible problems (such as a lack of categories or references). For convenience, a simplified view of the page history is also provided on this panel.
When you click on the 'heart' icon in the Curation Toolbar, a small panel will display a list of all users who have edited the article, inviting you to select the names of editors you wish to thank. You can then click the green “Send WikiLove” button at the bottom to open the WikiLove wizard, where you can pick the WikiLove award of your choice and post it with a personal message on the creator's talk page.
The 'Mark as Reviewed' feature lets you mark a page as ‘reviewed’ after you have checked it, to let other patrollers know that you have passed the article. It works like the 'Mark as patrolled' function, and means that you carefully reviewed that page and did not find any serious problems.
When you click on the 'checkmark' icon in the Curation Toolbar, a small panel appears with a 'Mark as reviewed' button. It also includes an option to add a personal message on the page creator's talk page, either to welcome them, thank them, or give them advice on how to improve the article.
When you are done, click the green "Mark as Reviewed" button, which will move that page to the 'reviewed' queue. A green checkmark icon will now be displayed for that page, both in the Curation Toolbar and on the New Pages Feed, to indicate to other patrollers that they do not need to review that page.
If you believe that a page was reviewed in error or should be checked further, you can mark that page as "unreviewed". This will move it back to the unreviewed queue and remove the green checkmark.
The "Add Tags" feature lets you quickly add a variety of maintenance tags to the page you are reviewing, to help its editors fix any issues you found. When you click on the 'tag' icon in the Curation Toolbar, a small panel displays a list of common tags, inviting you to check any tag you think applies to this page (such as "Copy edit" or "dead links").
Over 70 different tags are provided, organized into categories such as 'Cleanup' or 'Sources', and a special section called "All tags" lists every available tag alphabetically. You can select as many tags as needed, and add them to the page all at once. You also have the option to add details for some of these tags to describe the specific issues.
You can also add a message that will be placed on both the article talk page and on the initial editor's talk page. Consider writing a helpful note that can help them improve that page. Note that if an article is created from a redirect, the initial editor may not be the same person who actually created the article you're looking at. Check the article's edit history and be careful not to accidentally send messages to the wrong editors.
When you are done selecting tags, click the green "Add selected tags" button at the bottom of the panel. This will add the corresponding tags to the page in a single action. If you wrote a personal note or checked the 'Mark as reviewed' box, these actions will also take place at the same time. You can learn more about maintenance tags here.
Due to bugs in the page curation tool's deletion features, it is advised that editors use Twinkle for deletion nominations instead of the curation tool.
The 'Mark for Deletion' feature lets you nominate pages for deletion based on Wikipedia's standards. When you click on the 'trash' icon in the Curation Toolbar, a small panel displays a list of deletion options, inviting you to check the one you think applies to this page. Before you tag pages for deletion you must be fully conversant with the policies and guidelines at WP:DELETION
You can mark an article for deletion in one of three ways:
You have the option to add details for some of these options to describe why you think this page should be deleted. Any notes you write will be included with the deletion template that is added on that page, to provide a rationale for administrators and other editors.
When you are done with your selection, click the green "Mark for Deletion" button at the bottom of the tool. This will post the selected deletion tags to the page, along with any notes, in a single action. It will also move that page to the 'marked for deletion' queue. A black trash-can icon will then be displayed for that page, both in the Curation Toolbar and on the New Pages Feed, to indicate to other patrollers that this page has been nominated for deletion.
When you click on the "Next" icon in the Curation Toolbar, you will go from the current page to the next page in your New Pages Feed. For example, if you have filtered New Paged Feed to only show 'unreviewed' pages (as described above), this Next button will only go to 'unreviewed' pages on that filtered list. You can skip through as many pages as you want before finding one you want to patrol :).
The Foundation developed the software in close collaboration with a team of community volunteers as planned out in the Engagement Strategy. The project has so far spawned over 120kb of discussion from 30 people, with over 100 receiving regular updates via newsletter. In addition it was publicised on the relevant project pages and consistently[how?] been discussed[how?] in the Signpost. If you have any suggestions, please leave a message at WT:NPP which is regularly watched by some patrollers.
With features, the best place to go is the Wikipedia:Page Curation/Suggested improvements and list them there. This is deliberately hosted on the English-language Wikipedia so you don't have to switch projects to contribute.
With bugs, the ideal solution is to report them in Phabricator under "MediaWiki-extensions-PageCuration". However, as Phabricator can be rather challenging, you can drop the report on Wikipedia talk:Page Curation with, if possible, a screenshot and information on your browser and operating system, and someone will do it for you.