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When editing a page, logged-in users have the option of marking a change to a page as a minor edit. A minor edit to a WWWiki page is generally one that makes only trivial changes such as typo corrections, formatting and presentational changes, and rearranging of text (without changing any of the text's content). When to mark a change as a minor edit is often a matter of personal preference and judgment.

By contrast, a major edit is one that basically makes the article worth reviewing for someone who wants to watch the article closely — therefore, any change that affects the meaning of an article is not minor, even if it is only a single word.

Minor edits are significant because logged-in users have the option of ignoring minor edits when they view the recent changes list, to try to weed out some of the less-important changes. No one wants to be fooled into ignoring a significant change to an article because it was marked "minor". Therefore, remember to consider the opinions of other editors when choosing this option.

Users who are not logged in to the WWWiki are not permitted to mark changes as minor because of the potential for misuse of the feature during vandalism. The ability to mark changes as minor is considered an incentive to register an account with the WWWiki.

Specific casesEdit

  • Any change to the source wiki text, even if it does not affect the presentation of the page in HTML (if it involves adding a space or a line break, for example) will still be treated as a change according to the database.
  • Marking a major change as a minor one is considered poor etiquette, especially if the change involves the deletion of some text.
  • Reversions of pages are not likely to be considered minor edits under most circumstances. When the status of a page is disputed, and particularly if an edit war is brewing, then it's better not to mark any edit as minor.
  • A user's watchlist will only list the most recent change made to a page, even if that edit was minor. Therefore, a minor change will supersede a major one in the watchlist. This is because a user who keeps a watchlist is generally interested in all changes made to a page. If you are uncertain about the changes made to a page, check the page history to double-check.
  • If you accidentally mark an edit as minor when it was in fact a major edit, you should make a second, "dummy" edit (where you don't actually change anything), but note that "the previous edit was major" in the edit summary.

ExceptionsEdit

An administrator can semi-automatically revert the edits of the last editor of a page; all such "rollback" reversions are marked as minor by the wiki software. This is because the cumulative effect of the rollback is only a minor change. The most frequent use of the rollback feature is in cases of vandalism, where the act of reverting any vandalism should be considered minor (and can be ignored in the recent changes list).

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MinorEdit

In all editors, you can mark an edit as minor by checking the minor edit box in the edit summary field. Shown here is the way it looks in source and the classic editor.

It's a good idea to check the minor edit box whenever you make an edit that doesn't affect the overall meaning of a page.

Edits which correct typos, add formatting, or simply rearrange text don't usually require community review. By marking them as minor, you allow your fellow editors to suppress them in the page history and recent changes list. This allows others to focus their attention on more substantial edits.

Knowing when to call an edit "minor", and marking your edits correctly, can help avoid conflict with your fellow editors. Almost every community on Fandom will appreciate you labelling a spot of spellchecking as "minor" — and frown if you do the same when you add five new paragraphs.

When should I mark an edit as minor?

  • Spelling corrections
  • Simple formatting or grammar correction (capitalization, etc.)
  • Formatting that doesn't change the meaning of the page (e.g. bolding text, splitting one paragraph into two)
  • Obvious factual errors (e.g. changing The Beatles' 1866 album to The Beatles' 1966 album)
  • Fixing layout errors (e.g. changing {template name here} to {{template name here}}
  • Adding and correcting wiki links or categories (e.g changing [[Esample]] to [[Example]])
  • Removing vandalism and graffiti

Things to remember

  • Any change to the source text (wikitext), even if it does not affect the presentation of the page in HTML, will still be treated as a change according to the database. So if you add a space or a line break, you'll generate an entry in the page history. Such cases are excellent examples of minor edits.
  • Marking a major change as a minor one is considered poor etiquette, especially if the change involves the deletion of some text. Avoid marking an edit "minor" if it would be reasonable for another editor to consider your edit "major".
  • If your preferences allow you to see minor edits, they'll appear in both of these lists with a bolded "m" character (m) next to them.
  • Reverting a page is not likely to be considered minor under most circumstances. When the status of a page is disputed, and particularly if an edit war is brewing, then it is better not to mark any edit as minor. Reverting blatant vandalism is an exception to this rule.

Who can mark an edit as minor?

Users who are not logged into Fandom are unable to mark changes as minor because of the potential for vandalism. The ability to mark changes as minor is another reason to register.

An administrator or a user with rollback rights can semi-automatically revert the edits of the last editor of a page; all such "rollback" revisions are marked as minor by the software. This is because the cumulative effect of the edits and the rollback is zero changes. The intended use of the rollback feature is for cases of vandalism, where the act of reverting any vandalism should be considered minor (and can be ignored in the recent changes list).

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