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New Page Review coordinators[edit]

NPR is a complex process. It requires a team of experienced editors–the coordinators–to keep it together. Most importantly, the coordinator group avoids duplication of efforts by other users.

Becoming an NPP coordinator[edit]

If you wish to help with any of the coordination activities below, please make sure you have the NPP permission without expiration and have a couple month's experience with NPP. Then make a post at Wikipedia talk:New pages patrol/Coordination saying that you're interested in taking up a particular role. Then we'll give you feedback, perhaps have you work on the task for a bit, and potentially add you to the coordinator list.

What the coordinators do[edit]

The coordinators are the designated points of contact for issues concerning the project, and are responsible for maintaining the internal structure and processes of NPR. They coordinate activities, maintain our pages, and organize drives and conferring of all awards other than the standard barnstar. They have no authority over article content or editor conduct and have no special powers conferred by their coordinator or patrolling/reviewing activities.

The coordinators' main role is performing the maintenance and housekeeping tasks required to keep the project and its internal processes running smoothly. These include updating Omboxes, page top and edit notices, managing and maintaining the Bugs and Features Requests page, managing backlog drives and other events, drafting newsletters, and maintaining relations with the WMF when required. Theoretically much of this could be done by any editor—the coordinators have explicit roles in only a few processes—but since experience suggests people tend to assume someone else is doing essential tasks, the most efficient route has proven to be to delegate formal responsibility for this administrative work to a specified group of coordinators.

The coordinators have several other roles. They are explicitly listed as people to whom questions can be directed in a variety of places around the project. They lead the drafting of project guidelines and policies, oversee the implementation of project decisions, and help to informally resolve disputes and keep discussions from becoming heated and unproductive.

Accountability and elections[edit]

The team of coordinators is currently a de facto body, i.e. it is not an elected office. If NPP community consensus desires an election at any time, the coordinators will organise it and appoint a non-involved commissioner.

Current team[edit]

Potential tasks for new coordinators[edit]

  • Autopatrol and NPP auditing – To audit NPPs, take a look at the Page Curation log, and double check editor's recent patrols. Look for serious issues such as newer patrollers marking NCORP and bios as reviewed when there is clearly not good sourcing (red flag for UPE). To audit autopatrol, visit Special:NewPagesFeed and filter by autopatrolled users. Look for the same kinds of issues. Anything that is serious, discreetly bring to the attention of the NPP coordinators so that it can be investigated and discussed. Don't worry, others will handle escalation if it comes to that, this role is simply for initial investigation.
  • Practical tips guide – The notability guideline pages are the de jure notability rules. But what are the de facto ones? What are the trends at AFD? Which SNG sections are frequently used to save articles at AFD, and which have fallen into almost complete disuse? What are some workflow optimizations? What are the best user scripts? An experienced patroller will have seen these patterns and will be able to write a practical tips guide for other patrollers.
  • Notability expert – An experienced patroller who specializes in giving second opinions on notability and other NPP topics. The "go to" person to ask about very tricky notability situations.

Special recognition[edit]

Below is an incomplete list of new page patrollers who have been lead coordinators or received reviewer of the year awards. We would like to honor and recognize their outstanding service by listing them here. Thank you so much for your efforts.

Chat room software (Discord)[edit]

Want to chat with other new page patrollers in real time? As of 2023, we have an active Discord server. Use this invite link to join.

Outreach and invitations[edit]

New Page Patrol needs more reviewers. Please invite users that you have noticed have a good understanding of Wikipedia policies and guidelines (or users on this list after you screen them) by placing {{subst:New page reviewer invitation}} on their talk page. This template looks like this:

Hello New pages patrol!

  • The New Pages Patrol is currently struggling to keep up with the influx of new articles needing review. We could use a few extra hands to help.
  • We think that someone with your activity and experience is very likely to meet the guidelines for granting.
  • Reviewing/patrolling a page doesn't take much time, but it requires a strong understanding of Wikipedia’s CSD policy and notability guidelines.
  • Kindly read the tutorial before making your decision, and feel free to post on the project talk page with questions.
  • If patrolling new pages is something you'd be willing to help out with, please consider applying here.

Thank you for your consideration. We hope to see you around!

Other similar templates can be found here.

Coordinator userbox[edit]

Coordinators can also use this userbox on their userpage to help promote this project: {{NPP coordinator}}

This user is a coordinator for the new pages patrol process. (verify)

Community Wishlist Survey[edit]

Below is a list of times NPP has participated in the meta:Community Wishlist Survey. This is typically to get WMF software engineers to work on mw:Extension:PageTriage.

Year Link Submitted by Votes Rank Result WMF page Notes
2016 meta:Community Wishlist Survey 2016/Categories/Moderation tools#New pages Feed/Page Curation Kudpung 40 #35 No action
2019 meta:Community Wishlist Survey 2019/Admins and patrollers/Page Curation and New Pages Feed improvements Insertcleverphrasehere 153 #1 Worked on by WMF meta:Community Tech/Page Curation and New Pages Feed improvements 13 tickets resolved

6 tickets declined

PageTriage was also worked on at other times, but not through the wishlist.

Year Notes WMF software engineers
2012 After discussions between Kudpung and Eric Moeller (WMF), the PageTriage extension was created. Kaldari, Bsitu
2018 Wikipedia:WikiProject Articles for creation/AfC Process Improvement May 2018. Resulted in ORES and AFC being added to PageTriage. Growth Team
2023 Wikipedia:Page Curation/2023 Moderator Tools project. In progress.[needs update] Moderator Tools Team

See also[edit]