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To monitor changes on small wikis, I use the IRC channel on freenode. The normal screen gives 20-30 of the latest edits with clear color coding for blacklisted or Ip users and such, making it very easy to spot possible problematic edits. However, when I just went there, I get a completely different screen, listing perhaps 5 recent edits and with a color scheme and font size that makes it very hard to read. Frankly, I find this unworkable. I'm not very familiar with IRC, this is the only channel I ever use. Perhaps somebody here can tell me how I can get the previous screen back. If this is an "upgrade" that cannot be changed back, I will have to stop patrolling edits on small wikis. Help will be greatly appreciated! Thanks! --Randykitty (talk) 12:12, 11 August 2019 (UTC)

@Randykitty: Do you mean #cvn-sw? I am seeing at this moment users on blacklist, more than 5 edits are shown? --Cohaf (talk) 12:30, 11 August 2019 (UTC)
Yes, #cvn-sw. It looks very different from the last time that I visited there (don't remember exactly, perhaps a few weeks). --Randykitty (talk) 13:38, 11 August 2019 (UTC)
@Randykitty: It still look the same to me since I first visited, I am using IRC Cloud btw. --Cohaf (talk) 15:57, 11 August 2019 (UTC)
Did you change IRC clients? The channel looks the same to me, but if you changed clients that might impact the look. Most clients are very customizable so you should be able to adapt it to your preferred look. – Ajraddatz (talk) 16:00, 11 August 2019 (UTC)
I'm not aware of having changed anything. Frankly, I wouldn't even know how to switch IRC clients. This is the link that I always use: if that helps... --Randykitty (talk) 16:04, 11 August 2019 (UTC)
Solved! From the above I learned that there are different IRC clients, something I didn't know (I mentioned being not familiar with IRC... :-) So I Googled IRC client and found mIRC. After installing it, things now still look a bit different than before, but a lot better than what I had, so as far as I am concerned my problem is solved. Thanks to everybody here for the fast assistance!! --Randykitty (talk) 16:21, 11 August 2019 (UTC)
Oops, I was too optimistic... There are two problems. One is that you cannot simply click on a wikilink to open it, because mIRC runs as a separate program from Firefox. Second: it's not free (after 30 days you have to pay. 20 bucks is perhaps not much but still...). Any suggestions for another Firefox-compatible client? --Randykitty (talk) 17:57, 11 August 2019 (UTC)
Yep: IRCCloud ( There's a free version (you don't have to pay) and it's what I use. It's web-based, so it works on any browser. Also, since it requires registration with them, you can use the same IRCCloud account on multiple devices (phones, computers, etc). Hope this helps, Vermont (talk) 20:56, 11 August 2019 (UTC)
Forgot to add, I recommend trying out SWViewer. I like it better than IRC for antivandalism-patrolling. Vermont (talk) 20:57, 11 August 2019 (UTC)
Thanks for the tip, sounds like IRCCloud might get me back to what I am used to. But as soon as I have time, I'll check out SWViewer. First time I hear about that! Thanks!! --Randykitty (talk) 21:06, 11 August 2019 (UTC)
I haven't heard of SWViewer. I also can't seem to log into it... – Ajraddatz (talk) 21:13, 11 August 2019 (UTC)
It’s bug. fixed.—Iluvatar (talk) 22:19, 11 August 2019 (UTC)


The second half of this month's Research Showcase talks about patrolling, and calls out the particular risks for small wikis:

So I thought I'd come say  Thanks! to some of the people who help address this problem. You are all great. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 17:16, 20 September 2019 (UTC)

Your showcase is excellent!13019891ahs (talk) 13:36, 15 October 2019 (UTC)
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