A screenshot of a recent changes list on UCP wiki

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Recent Changes (or as it's sometimes referred to, RC) is similar to Wiki Activity: they both track contributions on a wiki. However, Recent Changes records all of the activity - it's more of a technical feed of everything that's taking place on a wiki.

Recent Changes is a way of monitoring a wiki. It can also be really helpful as a way to look back and find something you edited, uploaded or removed. It's a quick short-cut to seeing what's happening on each wiki you visit. Whenever a change occurs, it is listed along with the user who made the change, the time, and a link to the edit. Recent Changes can be found at Special:RecentChanges.

How to interpret the log

An example change:

N 21:02 Main Page (diff | hist) . . (+33) . . Username (Message Wall | contribs) (test edit)

'diff' and 'hist' links.

  • diff - takes you to the page diff view, which shows you the difference from the last version in comparison with the newest version.
  • hist - takes you to the page history where you can compare old versions of the page.

N, m, b or no letter at all.

  • These are listed before the page name.
    • N signifies that the page is a new page.
    • m means that the editor marked the change as a minor edit.
    • b signifies that the page was edited by a bot.
  • If there's no letter before the page name, that means it was a normal edit. It could have been something like adding a section or sourcing claims.

Page name

  • The page name is listed and links to the most recent version of the page (including for images and files).


  • A timestamp places itself before the page name, and is shown in the time zone you have chosen in your preferences.

Colored numbers

  • The positive/negative numbers after the page name show how many characters were added to or removed from the old page, which gives you a rough idea how much the page has changed.
  • This can be very helpful in spotting great new additions, or page-blanking vandalism.

Italic text inside the parentheses.

  • The italic comment inside the parentheses is the edit summary of an edit: a small comment explaining how someone changed a page. For example, if you cleaned up a messy page, you could leave cleanup as the edit summary.
  • Since edit summaries are made by choice, not all edits in recent changes will have edit summaries.


  • The Tags shows additional informations about which editor was used to make the edit on the page (ex: 2017 Source Editor, Visual Editor etc).

Recent changes tools

The look of Recent Changes can be changed on UCP platform. In Recent Changes tab in Preferences, you can find the option Use non-JavaScript interface. If it is checked, or if you don't see this option (meaning that you're on Legacy Platform), in either case read the section § With JavaScript interface off.

With JavaScript interface on


Tools, all are above Recent Changes list

Active filters are rules, which makes Recent Changes to contain only things, which contains that tags, filter changes and are in Namespaces you defined. You can save it and then find them in Saved Filters above Active Filters box.

Under Active Filters, there are 2 buttons.

  • Live updates is a button, that if it is enabled, it will automatically refresh site if new edit will be done on wiki.
  • On right site, you can change with button how deep you want to go to history. With URL config, you can change it to maximally 1000 changes in 90 days or to minimally 50 edits in a hour.

With JavaScript interface off

Tools available in this type of interface

This is also a guide for users who edit on Legacy Wikis.

The first line provides links to allow you to increase the size of the RC page, so that you can see more edits going further back in time. (Items do eventually drop off of the Recent changes — you can't go back forever.)

The second line allows you to hide or show edits marked "minor", "bot", "anon", "logged-in" or your own edits. Each of these is helpful to different kinds of editors, who use Recent changes for different tasks.

The drop-down box allows you to show only recent changes for a particular namespace, such as 'File' or 'Template'.

The "Hide grouped recent changes" link turns off and on the advanced Recent Changes page, described below.

Note: This box of links can collapsed and reopened by clicking the 'Recent changes options' heading. The expanded/collapsed state is remembered on a per-community basis.

Advanced Recent Changes

By default, "advanced/enhanced/grouped recent changes" is enabled. The preference is located in the "Under the Hood" tab of Special:Preferences, under "Use advanced recent changes".

It groups recent changes per day, where "day" is defined by the time in your preferences. For each day, it groups the changes for each article, and displays each group in order of the most recent edit.

This feature is especially useful if many edits are likely to occur to a single article over the course of a day, as that article will only show once on the list, with all changes to it grouped together.

Standard Recent Changes

If you turn off advanced recent changes in your preferences, Recent Changes will show every edit listed in order. This can be useful for getting a clearer view of the overall activity on a wiki.

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