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A minor edit is one that does not change the semantics of an article. Edits can be flagged as "minor" by checking the "Minor edit" box before submitting the edit. The purpose of flagging an edit as minor is to allow others to filter those edits out of their lists of recent changes and watch lists, perhaps because the user involved is just interested in keeping abreast of the latest information, not caring so much about grammatical corrections being made.

Whether or not a given edit is minor is not related to the number of characters added, deleted, or changed. An example of a minor edit would be changing "Tyr had two handd" to "Tyr had two hands", as that is merely a spelling correction. An example of a non-minor edit would be changing "Tyr had two hands" to "Tyr has two hands", as that changes the meaning of the sentence. In both examples, the change is of a 'd' to an 's', but one change is minor, while the other is not.

Comments added to a talk page are never minor edits, but adding a missing signature could be minor.

While there is nothing wrong with not flagging a minor edit as minor, it is poor form to flag a non-minor edit as minor. (If in doubt, the edit should not be flagged as minor.) If a non-minor edit is accidentally flagged as minor, the one who made the edit should immediately make a "dummy edit" (e.g. add an extra space between two words), not flag that as minor, and provide an edit summary along the lines of "Sorry, my last edit was accidentally flagged as minor".

Logged in users are the only ones who can flag their edits as minor. In addition, there is an option for logged in users to flag all of their edits as minor. Enabling this option is a bad idea for most editors, as it is easy to forget to uncheck the "Minor edit" box before submitting a non-minor change. The ones who could make good use of this option are the ones who only make grammatical corrections to articles, never adding any new information nor correcting the facts in an article.

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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).

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