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Patrolling new pages[edit | edit source]

The terms page and article will be use interchangeably.

  1. Log in with your username and password. (This requires Moderator rights.)
  2. Click here to get a list of new pages to patrol.
  3. Click on the Namespace dropdown, then on all, then click Go to show the pages needing to be patrolled in all namespaces
  4. Click on Hide patrolled edits to only show those pages that need patrolling. That should show you all the items highlighted in the color orange. New pages created that are not in orange were probably created by someone else with Moderator rights; their pages do not need to be patrolled. 
  5. Click on the title of the new page to bring it up for patrolling (diff is not a link on new pages).

  6. Article Pages:
    1. Read through the article, including checking the links. Ensure that the content follows the Guidelines and FamilySearch Wiki:Purpose, Policies, and Procedures, as well as the FamilySearch Wiki:Purpose, Policies, and Procedures of the Wiki.
    2. Check formatting and ensure article name, categories, and breadcrumb are consistent with current instructions.
    3. If everything looks ok, scroll to the bottom and click [Mark this page as patrolled]. It appears on the left side of the screen above the categories.
    4. If you find a problem with the content, go to Resolving Content Problems for what to do next. Some potential problems could include:
      • Content on a person's own genealogy, or biographies about specific individuals.
      • Large quantity of historical information that does not add to genealogy research
      • Large quantity of information copied from another source
      • LDS-specific doctrine or information that is not research related.
      • Inappropriate content, such as non-neutral language or advertising.
      • Derogatory statements about people, things, etc.
  7. Talk Pages:
    See Help:Patrolling Talk pages for the steps for patrolling these types of new pages.

Note: When the article is patrolled, it is no longer highlighted on the list of New Pages. If you thought it was patrolled, and the title is still highlighted, refresh the screen.

Patrolling Other Namespaces[edit | edit source]


Resolving Content Problems in Articles
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If the content is inappropriate for the Wiki, add the appropriate Maintenance Template to the page. There are many options for how to handle the concern:

Completely inappropriate content[edit | edit source]

If something needs to be deleted immediately, add the {{DeleteASAP}} template to the page. You may show the reason for the deletion after a pipe, as in {{DeleteASAP|Inflammatory language}}.

Small pieces of inappropriate content within an article[edit | edit source]

  • If there is a concern about small bits of text within an article - a sentence or even a paragraph - it can be deleted with an explanation in the summary.
  • If the information to be deleted is more extensive, it would be good to put an explanation on the Talk page.

Entire articles outside the scope of the Wiki[edit | edit source]

  • If the article is about a topic related to genealogy but is outside the scope of the Wiki, such as an article or page about a specific ancestor, or Latter-day Saint-specific doctrinal information, it will be vitally important to work with the individual to help them understand the purpose and scope of the Wiki, and to help them in the future be able to make valuable contributions to the Wiki.
  • There are a few steps we will take in this situation:
  1. Learn more about the contributor: Look at the History page of the article. From there, click on the contributor to see if they have created a user page so you can learn more about them (their user page may be blank if they have not yet added anything). From there, under Toolbox, click on User Contributions. Review the contributions this user has made to the Wiki to learn more about who they are and what their interests are. Use this information as you talk with them to discuss their interests and goals in the wiki.
  2. Tag the content: Add the {{Content}} Maintenance Template to the page to show that you have taken a look at this information and have begun discussing the issue with the contributor.
  3. Contact the contributor: If it is a minor concern, you can add a note to the Talk page of the article in question. The contributor will see that this information was added and can come and view it. If the problem is more extensive such as multiple pages added to the Wiki outside of scope, you may want to email the contributor directly through the "Email this user" option you see in the Toolbox while on the userpage.
  4. Educate the contributor: Let the contributor know what the policies and guidelines are. Link to the FamilySearch Wiki:Purpose, Policies, and Procedures article, and if applicable, quote the article as well.


  1. Help them find alternatives: Generally, people post valuable information but it is outside the purpose of the Wiki. In that case, the Try another wiki page lists other places where this kind of information can be shared.
  2. Help them be successful in the Wiki: New users generally add this kind of content with good intentions, not realizing what the scope of the Wiki is. After we help them understand this, it will be important to find out what their genealogical goals are so that we can help them become successful contributors.
Eventually, you may end up adding a Delete template or other Maintenance Template to the page, but not until after you've communicated with the author.
Following is a sample e-mail used in a situation where many pages of content were added to the Wiki that were valuable but outside the scope of the Wiki. You are welcome to use this and edit it to help you craft a message to the patron. It will not need to be this extensive if the problem is minor, and if it is on one page it's ok to just add something to the talk page:
Dear (username),

Thank you for registering and being a part of the FamilySearch Wiki!  
You have done a lot of work in the Wiki, thank you for getting involved.

One thing that we would like you to be aware of is the purpose of the 
Wiki.  The content of the Wiki is generally about "instructions on how 
to find, use, and analyze records that are genealogically useful." (See 
more here:

We noticed that you have ________________ While this information is 
very valuable to ________________, it is not part of the purpose of the 

We would like to help you find ways to contribute your information 
where it will be seen by those who are looking for it. There is another 
page in the wiki that might help with that: 

Can you tell me more about your goals for submitting this information 
and any other goals for your genealogy work at this time?  I can help 
you find ways to fulfill your goals by using other resources.

Thank you,
(sign your name/username)
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