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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[1] and the Page Curation Tool to process, approve, or tag newly created pages for publishing.[2] This current 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 724 New Page Reviewers, which makes the total number of users with this permission 1,629 (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

  1. The editor should be a registered Wikipedia user for at least 90 days.
  2. The editor should have 500 undeleted edits to the Wikipedia mainspace that clearly demonstrate proficient knowledge of articles and page quality control.
    • The regular and consistent participation with Wikipedia processes - such as AfD, PROD, CSD (including CSD tagging), and AfC - will be particularly helpful in regards to demonstrating this knowledge.
    • Edits, experience, and user permissions that are currently held on other Foundation projects are not taken into consideration.
  3. The editor should have a solid history that demonstrate proficiency with communicating and interacting with new users, and in a positive, civil, helpful, and appropriate manner.
  4. The editor should have experience with moving pages in accordance with guidelines.
  5. The editor should have no behavioral blocks or 3RR violations for a span of 6 months prior to applying.
  6. The editor must review pages solely on a volunteer basis.

The above items are only guidelines, and numerical compliance alone does not constitute a right to the user group. An administrator may also grant page reviewer rights to users they otherwise deem competent or may request experience above and beyond the above criteria. Administrators also typically like to see consistent recent activity on Wikipedia to ensure that reviewers are familiar with current policy and guidelines.

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:

  1. The editor has demonstrated a pattern of performing obviously controversial reviews without first determining consensus.
  2. 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).
  3. The editor has used the permission as leverage in disputes or used any project tools in any improper way.
  4. The editor has performed any blatant vandalism (not limited to page reviewer vandalism).
  5. The editor has failed to report to an administrator after noticing unauthorized use of their account or otherwise neglected account security practices.
  6. The editor has been inactive for 12 months or more.
  7. The editor has accepted or solicited payment in return for reviews.

Other guidelines

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.[3]

How does this affect new pages?

All new pages, redirects, drafts, accepted AfC submissions, and other pages moved to the Wikipedia mainspace will become listed in the New Pages Feed. They will be published to the article space, but will not be indexed for any search engines until curated and approved by a New Pages Patroller.

There are plans to include a new feature in the Curation tool that will enable reviewers to move any new article to the Draft namespace that, while not being suitable yet for immediate publication, show the potential for being accepted if the creator is allowed more time for development. Currently, for the time-being, the same task could be performed with this script. information Note: This script is to be used with discretion; it is not a catch-all for not knowing what to do with a new page.

Reviewers are encouraged to make frequent use of the existing message to creator tool. It is essential that new creators are encouraged to continue with their acceptable new articles.


New Page Review is essentially the first (and only) firewall against totally unwanted content and the place to broadly accept articles that may not be perfect but do not need to be deleted. New Page Reviewers should not feel obligated to mentor new users or complete their articles. There are other venues better suited for these tasks such as the Teahouse, help desk and Articles for Creation to which new editors should be directed for in depth help. Help:Your first article, Help:Introduction, Wikipedia:Contributing to Wikipedia, the Wikipedia Adventure, and other help pages are also available. When drafts are approved at AfC and moved to the mainspace they will need a final check through New Pages Review. It is very possible that regular reviewers from the AfC team will apply for the New Page Reviewer flag; this is highly desirable given their related expertise.


By adding the userbox below, you will occasionally receive news of new features to the software and bug fixes. If you do not want to add the userbox or icon below, but wish to receive the newsletter and are a flagged reviewer, you can add Category:Wikipedia new page reviewers to your user page.

Userboxes, top icon and script

New page reviewers have the option of using a user script that combines the two main Page Curation features, namely the Special:NewPagesFeed and the curation toolbar. The old Special:NewPages feed can be accessed using this script and this script without the patrolled pages hidden. Holders of the New Page Reviewer user right can put a userbox on their user page. It populates a new category.

Do not add these userboxes if you have not been granted the right.

New Pages Review Userbox

Authorised New Page Reviewers may wish to put one of the userboxes on their user page:

{{User wikipedia/New page reviewer}}

Wikipedia New page reviewer.svgThis user has new page reviewer rights on the English Wikipedia. (verify)

{{User new pages reviewer since}}

Wikipedia New page reviewer.svgThis user has been a new pages reviewer for 0 days. (verify)
You may also wish to add {{New page reviewer topicon}} to your user page

Please also consider using or adding to edit summaries when patrolling: New page review; [[WP:NPP|You can help!]].

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.


  1. ^ Reviewers can use the Page curation script to get a link to the feed in their top toolbar
  2. ^ Wikipedia, 24 October 2016
  3. ^ This has strong consensus at NPP, but has not been ratified with a project-level RFC and is thus stated as "advice" to administrators.