User contributions pages list the edits that a particular user has made.
Checking your contribution page can help you easily find pages you have edited in the past and see if they have been edited by others. Checking other people's contribution pages can help you find people with similar interests, gain a little more context about an edit, and track down vandals.
Accessing a user contributions page
You can access your own user contributions page, click the "My contributions" link at the very top of the page.
You can access any user's contributions page by doing any of the following:
- Visit the user's "User page" if it exists and follow the "Contributions" link under the title.
- Click on the "contrib" link next to the person's username or IP address on the Recent Changes or Page history.
- Manually type in the person's name at the end of the URL (e.g., http://gistsupport.medshelf.org/Special:Contributions/DerekHansen) - see below for details.
- If the user does not have an account, type the IP address into the search box and press Go
Using a user contributions page
What is shown
Edits are shown with the most recent at the top. Each line shows a single edit, beginning with the time the edit was made. Let's take a look at some of the specific parts of the page:
- You can select a namespace to filter your results. For example, to see only changes made to category pages, select Category from the drop down list and press Go.
- The blue numbers at the top list the number of edits displayed on a page - 20, 50, 100, 250 or 500.
- If there are more edits made by the user than are shown on the page, the words "Newest", "Oldest", and "Newer #" become links to other pages of edits.
- Each line begins with the time and date of the edit.
- (hist) takes you to the page history, so you can see all edits made to that page. This can be useful if someone has updated a page you have worked on, and you want to see their changes.
- (diff) takes you to a diff page showing the changes between that edit and the current version. The current version appears below the changes so you can see how the page is now rendered.
- m stands for minor edit (small corrections to a page). These help you understand the type of changes that have been made.
- Next is the name of the page that was edited. The current page name is used, so if the page has been renamed the new page name will be used for all prior edits.
- Next is the edit summary. It is the text the user wrote in the edit summary box when they made the edit.
- (top) signifies that the edit was the most recent edit made to the page. This can help you know if pages you have contributed to have been edited by others. If your last edit to the page does not display (top), then the page has been changed by someone else. Administrators also have a rollback link here to quickly revert the most recent change, see Help:Reverting a page to an earlier version.
- Some edit summaries begin with an arrow link and grey text. This means the user has only edited a section of the page (named in the grey text). This text is automatically added when you edit a section. The black text (if there is any) is a standard edit summary and is added by the user.
In addition, the creation of a new page is shown.
What is not shown
- Edits from a page that has been deleted (unless it has been restored)
- Uploading a new image with the same name as one that already exists, thus replacing it
- The deletion or restoration (undeletion) of a page (if the user is an administrator). See Special:Log for a list of deleted and undeleted pages.
The URL to a user contributions page can take either the short form: http://gistsupport.medshelf.org/Special:Contributions/username or the long form: http://gistsupport.medshelf.org/index.php?title=Special:Contributions&target=username (where username is replaced by the users actual username or IP address).