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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]
- gives readability scores and suggestions for how to improve them.
- has a readability calculator.
- gives a range of scores on reading ease.
- describes three basic reading level algorithms.
- The classic how-to guidelines: How to write Simple English pages, Examples of simpler English and Translate English into Simple English
Dictionaries[change | change source]
- Wiktionary:Basic English alphabetical wordlist, the 850 words of Basic English according to .
- Wiktionary:BNC spoken freq, 4000 of the most commonly used words in English according to the British National Corpus.
- , a spellchecker add-on for Firefox.
- Our own Category:Basic English has lists of basic English words including the 850 words given by Ogden, and the combined list containing about 2,500 words.
Browsing[change | change source]
Changes[change | change source]
- Recent changes linked shows the recent changes to all pages linked from a given page.
- Erwin's related changes shows recent changes related to a category and it's subcategories.
- 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.
- Erwin's short pages finds pages less than 50 bytes in size in a specified namespace.
- 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]
- Wikimedia wikis lists all Wikimedia wikis as well as other projects.
- 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]
- Help:Magic words, an outline of the standard magic words generated by MediaWiki, including switches, variables, and parser functions. See the manual for the technical background and Help:Extension:ParserFunctions for additional functions generated by extensions.
- Help:Images and Wikipedia:Extended image syntax, explanations of image syntax.
- TextMechanic's is an online tool that counts the number of characters, words, sentences and lines in a set of text.
Accessibility[change | change source]
- Wikipedia:Accessibility, manual of style for maximising ease of navigation and readability. Some basic information:
- Dos and don'ts, the basics of accessibility;
- Wikipedia:Alternative text for images, to account for those using a screen reader or other assistive technologies;
- Wikipedia:Colours, to account for legibility and colourblindness;
- Data tables tutorial shows how to make sure wikitables are legibile by all;
- Template priorities, improvements to make to templates like navboxes to maximise usability.
- Wikimedia Accessibility Initiative contains tips and resources for maximising accessibility
- is an add-on for Firefox that renders a text version of a web page similar to how a screen reader would read it.
- is another add-on for Firefox that tests the accessibility of a web page.
- , given by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
Specialised syntax[change | change source]
- WikiHiero is a specialised syntax for adding Egyptian hieroglyphs to articles. See the syntax outline for the full syntax, the help guide for how to use it, and try it out at Special:Hieroglyphs.
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.
- 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.
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- Checklinks detects the status of external links within an article.
archives web pages so you can fix dead links in an article using
- 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 disambiguation.py 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]
- is the issue tracker for MediaWiki software and site-specific problems on Wikimedia's wiki sites. A different login is required.
- is the issue tracker for Toolserver. A different login is required.
References and resources[change | change source]
- Category:Citation templates has all the different citation templates and Wikipedia:Citation templates shows how to use them.
- Special:BookSources, locate a book by its ISBN.
- here. is a downloadable tool to help find and add references for Wikipedia. More information is available
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]
- determines the domain name that is associated with a given IP address. More DNS query tools are available at the .
- WHOIS lookups from C-M and OverlordQ. More services can be found at the .
- packets take to get from one IP address to another. More links to traceroute servers can be found on the . records the path (or transfers through gateway computers on a network)
- determines a visitor's rough geographical location. More services can be found on the .
- Range check lists the contributions made to a wiki by all IP addresses within a specified range.
- Rangeblock calculator determines the smallest possible rangeblock for a set of IP addresses.
- Tor check helps to determine whether an IP address is using TOR exit nodes to access Wikipedia. Access by TOR nodes is normally automatically blocked by the TorBlock extension.
Warning and blocking[change | change source]
- 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]
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