Help:Tips and tricks

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Tips and Tricks

Note: these are mostly specific to Wiktionary

How to revert vandalism[edit]

Using [History] of the entry, click [Undo] next to the vandalizing edit. Do nothing in the edit window; just click [Save] after confirming that the edit you’re thus making is the one you mean to make.


There two places to specify preferences.

  1. Special:Preferences, which is user-specific, and on all Wikimedia sites.
  2. Wiktionary:Per-browser preferences, which is browser-specific (using cookies), and was custom made here on Wiktionary. These are a bit more finicky as cookies expire and one has to deal with cache difficulties. These tend to be more experimental and idiosyncratic.

How to “fight” an RFV[edit]

  1. Wiktionary long time contributors don’t like made-up words. So much nonsense has been added over the years that the long time contributors are grouchy. So they have this RFV process to kill off made-up words. What to do? Well, by working within the system, you can get your word added… the key is finding print citations. (Anything “durably archived” qualifies, but is frowned upon – citations from actual books are by far the best thing to use.)
  2. Well, we’re here on the internets, right? Using a resource such as or (click checkbox for “all citations”) can quickly give you exactly what you need. Another great resource is Wikisource, where searching on a word will give you the texts that contain it (click [Search], not [Go].) You can also go to “regular” google itself and add “” to your search to find public domain texts.
  3. For each contested sense, you’ll need three print citations. Figuring out the format is hard for the first one, but easy thereafter. Year, author, title, link, text.

Babel templates[edit]

If you speak only English, there isn’t much point in using the “Tower of Babel”. But if you do speak more than one language, there is probably someone here who wants your help checking a translation or something. The Wiki-way of finding such people is through the “Babel” templates. So, it is requested that you add it. For example, {{#babel:no|en-3|nn-3|da-2|sv-2|de-1|es-1|eo-1}} identifies a person as knowing eight whole languages fluently, five of which they are pretty comfortable contributing in.

For each, use the ISO 639 code for the language, an ASCII dash character, then a level number from 1-4 (for your native language, leave off the hyphen and number).

  1. 1 means you speak it, poorly.
  2. 2 means you are all right.
  3. 3 means you are pretty darn good.
  4. 4 Means you can speak it in that country, and most natives would not notice that it is not your native language.

Note that the order you put them in determines how they appear on your user page - most people just list them best to worst. See Wiktionary:Babel for more details.

Brown links[edit]

In user preferences, in the Misc. section, you can change the “Threshold for stub display” to something useful like 30. Entries containing fewer characters than that will appear as brown links (instead of red or blue.)


If you find yourself on regular recent Changes patrol, you will want “Enhanced RecentChanges” checked off in your preferences. But most regulars have given up on it, in deference to Vandal Fighter or Vandal Proof.

Customize, customize, customize[edit]

See Help:Customizing your skin for CSS and JS methods of customizing your skin.


Several “bookmarklets” are available for Wiktionary purpose. See the subpage /Bookmarklets for more info.

Browser-integrated search[edit]

The search box integrated into some browsers (e.g. FireFox and IE 7) can be extended to search Wiktionary. If you have such a browser and want to add Wiktionary as an search target option in your browser's search box, click one or more options from below:

Sorry, you are either not running javascript or your cache needs to be refreshed. Press Ctrl-F5 in Internet Explorer or Ctrl-Shift-R in FireFox.

Note that this changes nothing about Wiktionary per se. Instead, it changes the search widget of your browser (usually, a box near the “Location”/“Address” bar) to point to a new resource as one of its search tools.

Search plugin for Firefox[edit]