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Help:Minor edit

Introduction

A check to the minor edit box signifies that only superficial differences exist between the current and previous version: typo corrections, formatting and presentational changes, rearranging of text without modifying content, etc. A minor edit is an edit that the editor believes requires no review and would not be of interest to others.

By contrast, a major edit is an edit that others may want to review or at least know about. Therefore, any change that affects the meaning of an article is not minor, even if the edit is a single word.

The distinction between major and minor edits is significant because editors may choose to ignore minor edits on the recent changes and watchlist pages. On these pages the bold m before the page name identifies the edit as minor. Logged in users can even change their preferences to not display minor edits in these pages (see Help:preferences#Recent_changes_Tab).

If you think there is any chance that another editor might want to review your change, please do not mark it as minor.

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

When to mark an edit as minor

  • Spelling corrections
  • Simple formatting (capitalisation, etc.)
  • Formatting that does not change the meaning of the page (e.g. adding horizontal lines, splitting one paragraph into two)
  • Obvious factual errors (changing 1873 to 1973, where the event in question clearly took place in 1973)
  • Fixing layout errors
  • Removing vandalism

See also