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This is a list of tools that editors can use to make tasks easier. Please feel free to add something that you think might help me or others to work more efficiently.

Simplifying[change | change source]

Further information: Wikipedia:Aids for Writing Simple English

Readability tests[change | change source]

Dictionaries[change | change source]

Browsing[change | change source]

Changes[change | change source]

  • gWatch lets you build a kind of global watchlist by watching a page in every project (such as your user page). You can also import a raw watchlist using your watchlist token.
  • New pages shows the most recent pages created. Is automatically filtered by namespace, and can be further filtered by user or trigger.

Pages[change | change source]

  • Short pages lists all short articles by size, starting from the smallest.
  • All pages with prefix lists all pages with a specified prefix. It splits the list into three columns and longer lists are restricted to 120 items per page.
  • Subpages lists all subpages of a given page in raw text.
  • Yanker searches for pages by a particular pattern.

Categories[change | change source]

  • CatScan searches categories, recursively and according to specified criteria, for intersection with other categories, templates, stubs, recent changes, etc. Instructions are available on meta at CatScan and User:Duesentrieb/CatScan. Hasn't been adapted to simple yet, but should be fairly easy.
  • Categorycount counts the number of articles in a category.
  • Catanalyzer shows a category tree and counts the articles in those categories.
  • Talk page category intersect shows articles that are in one category with its talk page in another category.

Meta[change | change source]

  • Erwin's tool lists all the projects from the Wikimedia Foundation, and can filter the list by number of sysops.
  • Free Image Search Tool searches for free images which can be added to articles, or replace non-free images and placeholders.

Markup[change | change source]


Accessibility[change | change source]

  • Wikipedia:Accessibility, manual of style for maximising ease of navigation and readability. Some basic information:

Specialised syntax[change | change source]

Maintenance[change | change source]


Reports[change | change source]

General tools[change | change source]

  • AutoWikiBrowser is a semi-automated editor used for tedious repetitive tasks, such as typo fixing, mass disambiguation, and finding and replacing. See the user manual for more.
  • Wikipedia Cleaner aids in various maintenance tasks, including fixing ambiguous links.
  • Check Wikipedia automatically locates errors in wiki markup.
  • CatScan performs a search and gives a list of pages by category, size, template used. Detailed here.
  • CatScan v2.0 is another version of the above tool written by a different user, with more features.
  • Category intersection lists all pages or images that are in a set of given categories.
  • Text Mechanic is a collection of free online tools for editing and manipulating text.
  • Duplication Detector compares any two web pages to identify text which has been copied from one to the other.

External links[change | change source]

  • Checklinks detects the status of external links within an article.
  • Wayback machine archives web pages so you can fix dead links in an article using |archiveurl= and |archivedate=.
  • Special:LinkSearch lists which articles link to a particular website.

Disambigation[change | change source]

  • Pages linking to disambiguation pages lists all the articles that link to a disambiguation page.
  • Dab solver disambiguates several links at once, looks for unlisted red links, and can pick the best redirect for a link.
  • Dablinks checks for disambiguation links on individual Wikipedia articles or up to 500 articles from a category or list.
  • Dabfix is an edit-assist tool to automatically build a disambiguation page with appropriate links.
  • Solve is a python bot script designed to help fix ambiguous links.
  • Disambiguation pages with links lists all disambiguation pages that are linked to by articles.
  • Disambiguation link count gives you the number of mainspace links to any disambiguation page.
  • Articles with multiple dablinks lists all articles that have links to more than one disambiguation page. Check what those links are using its companion tool. A third tool lists all templates that link to disambiguation pages, which can help remove ambiguous links from many articles at once.

System maintenance[change | change source]

  • Bugzilla is the issue tracker for MediaWiki software and site-specific problems on Wikimedia's wiki sites. A different login is required.
  • JIRA is the issue tracker for Toolserver. A different login is required.

References and resources[change | change source]


Users[change | change source]

Stalking[change | change source]

  • Global user manager checks the global status of a user.
  • Luxo's counter (cross-wiki contribs or global contributions) gives an overview of a user's latest contributions on all public wikis.
  • SUL info shows the status of a user's SUL and their status on each wiki they are registered at.
  • CrossActivity shows the date and time of a user's latest action on all wikis.
  • xContribs (cross-contribs) measures cross-wikiness, i.e., how much of their contributions are spread across wikis.
  • Edit summary calculator shows how often a user gives an summary for their edits. Fl's tool does the same, by namespace.
  • FindMe! shows on which wikis a user has registered an account.
  • Contribs shows the contributions of multiple users in a single list.
  • Watcher shows how many users are watching a certain page. It won't show the exact number if the page has fewer than 30 watchers.
  • Stalker compares the contributions of up to ten users. The search can be filtered by namespace.
  • Stalk toy provides comprehensive information about the status of a user, IP address, or CIDR range on all Wikimedia wikis.

Anonymous users[change | change source]

Warning and blocking[change | change source]

Further information: User talk page warnings and Category:Vandalism and warning templates
  • Gadgets for automated warnings:
  • Block finder finds the block responsible for blocking a given IP address. It checks both global and local blocks as well as range and normal blocks.

Wikilove stuff[change | change source]