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A check to the minor edit box is intended to signify that only superficial differences exist between the current and previous version: typo fixes, formatting, or otherwise rearranging text without changing content. A minor edit is a version that the editor believes requires no review and could never be the subject of a dispute.

By contrast, a 'major' edit is a version that should be reviewed by other editors to ensure that everyone agrees on the change. 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 when reviewing recent changes; some users might even set their preferences to not display them. If you think there is any chance that another editor might dispute your change, do not mark it as minor.

An edit marked as minor is signified with a bolded "m" character (m) in the page history. Minor edits will also appear with the same bolded "m" in Special:RecentChanges.

When should I mark an edit as minor?Edit

  • Spelling corrections
  • Simple formatting or grammar correction (capitalisation, et cetera)
  • Formatting that doesn't change the meaning of the page (e.g. bolding text, splitting one paragraph into two)
  • Obvious factual errors (changing The Beatles' 1866 album to The Beatles' 1966 album)
  • Fixing layout errors (e.g. Changing {template name here} to {{template name here}}
  • Adding and correcting wiki links or categories (e.g changing [[Eggsample]] to [[Example]])
  • Removing vandalism and graffiti

Things to rememberEdit

  • Any change to the source text (wikitext), even if it does not affect the presentation of the page in HTML (if it involves adding a space or a line break, for example) will still be treated as a change according to the database.
  • Marking a major change as a minor one is considered poor etiquette, especially if the change involves the deletion of some text.
  • Reverting a page is not likely to be considered minor under most circumstances. When the status of a page is disputed, and particularly if an edit war is brewing, then it is better not to mark any edit as minor. Reverting blatant vandalism is an exception to this rule.

Who can mark an edit as minor?Edit

Users who are not logged into Wikia 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.

An administrator or a user with rollback rights can semi-automatically revert the edits of the last editor of a page; all such "rollback" reversions are marked as minor by the software. This is because the cumulative effect of the edits and the rollback is zero changes. The intended use of the rollback feature is for cases of vandalism, where the act of reverting any vandalism should be considered minor (and can be ignored in the recent changes list).

See alsoEdit

Further help and feedbackEdit

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MinorEdit

In all editors, you can mark an edit as minor by checking the minor edit box in the edit summary field. Shown here is the way it looks in source and the classic editor.

It's a good idea to check the minor edit box whenever you make an edit that doesn't affect the overall meaning of a page.

Edits which correct typos, add formatting, or simply rearrange text don't usually require community review. By marking them as minor, you allow your fellow editors to suppress them in the page history and recent changes list. This allows others to focus their attention on more substantial edits.

Knowing when to call an edit "minor", and marking your edits correctly, can help avoid conflict with your fellow editors. Almost every community on Fandom will appreciate you labelling a spot of spellchecking as "minor" — and frown if you do the same when you add five new paragraphs.

When should I mark an edit as minor?

  • Spelling corrections
  • Simple formatting or grammar correction (capitalization, etc.)
  • Formatting that doesn't change the meaning of the page (e.g. bolding text, splitting one paragraph into two)
  • Obvious factual errors (e.g. changing The Beatles' 1866 album to The Beatles' 1966 album)
  • Fixing layout errors (e.g. changing {template name here} to {{template name here}}
  • Adding and correcting wiki links or categories (e.g changing [[Esample]] to [[Example]])
  • Removing vandalism and graffiti

Things to remember

  • Any change to the source text (wikitext), even if it does not affect the presentation of the page in HTML, will still be treated as a change according to the database. So if you add a space or a line break, you'll generate an entry in the page history. Such cases are excellent examples of minor edits.
  • Marking a major change as a minor one is considered poor etiquette, especially if the change involves the deletion of some text. Avoid marking an edit "minor" if it would be reasonable for another editor to consider your edit "major".
  • If your preferences allow you to see minor edits, they'll appear in both of these lists with a bolded "m" character (m) next to them.
  • Reverting a page is not likely to be considered minor under most circumstances. When the status of a page is disputed, and particularly if an edit war is brewing, then it is better not to mark any edit as minor. Reverting blatant vandalism is an exception to this rule.

Who can mark an edit as minor?

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

An administrator or a user with rollback rights can semi-automatically revert the edits of the last editor of a page; all such "rollback" revisions are marked as minor by the software. This is because the cumulative effect of the edits and the rollback is zero changes. The intended use of the rollback feature is for cases of vandalism, where the act of reverting any vandalism should be considered minor (and can be ignored in the recent changes list).

See also

Further help and feedback

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