This page is to help newcomers understand the Special:Recentchanges page.
The page lists the pages which have been changed recently. You can set the number of items or the number of days covered in the list by clicking the relevant links at the top of the page. The items in the list are grouped by the day the change occurred. In general, it's best to keep the Recentchanges page open and to browse from it by opening new tabs or new windows, to save reloading the page all the time.
For each item in the list, there is a lot of information, predominantly, a page name, a time, and a user-name or computer address. This essentially means that at that time, that user (or someone using a computer with that address), saved a new version of the relevant page. Additional information is provided to help you find out more about the changes:
- first, there's a link labelled diff. Following this link allows you to see the changes which were made to the relevant page in comparison to the previous version.
- next, the link labelled hist. This link provides a history of the page, showing who has edited this page before, when that happened, and short summaries of each change. From the history, you can compare any 2 versions of the same page.
- there's a short summary of the change made to the page. This is the summary left by the person editing the page, so it's recommended to leave an informational message in the "change summary" box when you edit a page, since it makes life easier for all the other visitors.
- some symbols (just before the page name) give you more information on the changes: a N indicates a new page, a m means a minor change.
There's also a talk link next to the username or computer address - this can be used if you want to leave a message with the editor of a certain page.