ArchWiki:Maintenance Team

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The Maintenance Team is ArchWiki's official group of users whose goal is supervising and fixing the edits that are made every day to the articles in the wiki.

How to join

Official Maintainers are chosen by the Administrators among the most active and collaborative users of the wiki, and personally invited to participate in the team. Maintainers belong to a particular group of wiki users with special rights. Administrators are implicit members of the team.

Common requisites for becoming a Maintainer are:

  • Some free time and the commitment to contribute regularly enough.
  • Will to collaborate and discuss with the other members of the team.
  • Patience, accuracy and tidiness.
  • Experience in wiki editing and good knowledge of wiki syntax.
  • Good knowledge of the structure of ArchWiki and its style rules.
  • Sufficient knowledge of Arch Linux and the subjects treated in the articles, or willingness to do some research or discuss with the edits' authors when fixing content-related issues.

If you are interested in joining the team, you can start making yourself visible to the community by helping with the common tasks, in particular contributing to the discussions that take place in the various talk pages.

Once elected, members should add their username to ArchWiki:Maintainers and also add a special tag in their user page: [[ArchWiki:Maintainers|ArchWiki Maintainer]]. Then they are advised to read the following sections which explain how this team is organized and how its members work with each other.


The supervision of the edits made to the wiki can be accomplished in two complementary stages: #Recent changes patrolling and #Report solving. The former stage is where the problems are found and reported, while the latter is where they are finally processed and solved.

You can engage in one of the two tasks, or even in both if you want, keeping in mind that patrolling the recent changes obviously requires a more constant commitment, while fixing the reports is much more flexible and can be done whenever you find some time.

Recent changes patrolling

There are two main ways you can patrol the recent changes:

Note: Please add your username to the #Current patrols list.

For each edit, or group of edits made to the same page, you should assess if it is questionable, according to your experience and knowledge, also taking into account the list of the most frequent problems.

  • If you think the edit requires a quick fix that you can perform immediately, just do it.
  • If instead the edit is questionable but you cannot fix it, you should look if it has already been reported in ArchWiki:Reports:
    • If not, add it to the table describing the problem in the Notes field; note that the table distinguishes between content and style-related reports with the Type field: if an edit has both content and style problems, mark it as content.
      • As an alternative, you may decide to add the report directly in ArchWiki talk:Reports, still checking that it is not there yet.
    • In case the edit has already been reported, see if you can add useful details to the accompanying note or discussion.
Tip: Make patrolling easier by taking the following steps
  • Enable the enhanced recent changes setting under Preferences > Recent changes > Advanced options.
  • Quickly add reports to ArchWiki:Reports with a dedicated script (e.g. Wiki Monkey's Patrol or Patrol Lite).
  • Add ArchWiki:Reports to your watchlist or subscribe to the edit history and talk page Atom feeds.
  • To follow your watched articles using a feed reader, use the "Atom" link in the left column of your watchlist page.

Report solving

ArchWiki:Reports is the reference page for addressing maintenance problems. When working there, you should first choose one of the listed reports, also reading the accompanying patroller's note:

  • If you think you can fix the report, just do it and remove the entry from the table. Read also #Common problems and solutions.
  • If otherwise you feel it is better to contact the author of the edit, write him a message in his talk page, or send him an email in order to request an explanation or discuss further; then add a discussion in ArchWiki talk:Reports as a reminder and delete the report from ArchWiki:Reports.
  • If instead you think the problem deserves a discussion with the other members of the team, start it in ArchWiki talk:Reports and delete the report from ArchWiki:Reports.

The problems treated in ArchWiki talk:Reports will be solved when the related discussions reach definitive solutions.

  • Prefer trying to fix the oldest reports
  • Prefer fixing content-related over style-related issues.
  • Remember to start the edit summary with "quick report fix: " in order to help recent changes patrollers recognize it when they find it in the recent changes.
  • You may consider using an editor assistant (e.g. Wiki Monkey's Editor configuration) in order to solve some common style issues automatically.

Common problems and solutions

The following are the most common problems that recent changes patrollers can find and report, with brief tips for possible fixes.

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Reason: it may be useful to add more examples. (Discuss in ArchWiki talk:Maintenance Team#)


  • Removal of useful content: undo or contact the author.
  • Unexplained modification or removal of content: contact the author.
  • Major modification (usually in a single bulky edit) without sufficient explanation: contact the author.


  • Signature, credits, personal observations in articles: undo or move to talk page.
  • Start headings from level 1: move all sections up 1 level.
  • Uncategorized new article: add category and fix header.
  • Improper use of templates: fix according to Help:Style.
  • Addition of installation instructions: undo or comply with Help:Style.

Current patrols

Patrols should add their usernames to this list with a brief description, and remove it if they stop patrolling the recent changes:

  • [no official patrols at the moment]


Update approximately once a month.

Date Pages Content pages Edits Edits/day (last interval) Users Active users Patrols Reports Report discussions
2012-02-24 10128 3395 184080 - 14198 513 - - 31
2012-03-25 10468 3475 189796 191 14548 482 - - 28
2012-04-26 10748 3469 197285 234 14878 461 - - 22
2012-05-27 10488 3404 201580 139 15179 442 1 146 10
2012-06-28 10615 3090 210974 294 15429 407 1 145 8
2012-07-30 10748 3126 215249 134 15736 501 0 130 8
2012-09-02 10924 3197 220709 165 16082 524 0 117 7
2012-09-30 11075 3240 225963 188 16358 540 0 116 6
2012-11-02 11209 3297 232994 213 16731 593 0 115 7
2012-12-01 11360 3401 237391 152 17008 579 0 102 7

See also