WeRelate:Place patrol

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About Place Patrol

Members of the Place Patrol are responsible for reviewing Place pages, primarily new user edits on pages. We want to help new users understand WeRelate's standards so they can have a more enjoyable experience and we also need to patrol for spam or inappropriate use of the site.

Overview Committee Liaison

Pkeegstra is available as a liaison between this group and the Overview Committee. There may be times that additional help is needed for this group to operate smoothly. Some examples include: a need for additional volunteers, questions about tasks, requests for assistance with conflict resolution, requests for policy changes, etc. If you would like help, please feel free to contact me either via my talk page or via email

Current Place Patrol Members

Last updated Dec 2016.

  • PKeegstra United States Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern states
  • Goldenoldie Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, and the United Kingdom
  • RGMoffat Cemeteries in Canada, primarily Ontario
  • SkippyG New England, Midwest, USA in general, USA Cemeteries

We are in need of volunteers! If you would like to participate in this committee, please leave a message on the talk page. Thank you!

Getting started

This page belongs to the Place Patrol. Please feel free to edit the instructions as you see fit.

Before beginning, you may want to make sure your preferences are set to your local time; Settings, then Date and Time. For instructions on how to monitor pages see Monitoring recent changes. In the case of spam or inappropriate use of WeRelate see Help:In case of vandalism or spam. When you see a page that could be easily improved, see WeRelate:Mentoring for tips on interacting with new users.


Please edit instructions for your patrol.
In order to make information easier for inexperienced users to find, we try to help users conform to a standard format. New users frequently make two types of mistakes. The most common mistake is to use the wrong place name hierarchy and the second (often in combination) is to create a duplicate page.

  1. Check all edits from unfamiliar users for spam and inappropriate material.
  2. Check place name hierarchy
  • Please review titles for place pages. For example, a new user may title a new page "Los Angeles, CA.". First, rename the page with the proper place name hierarchy. Follow the instructions for renaming pages or redirect as required. The titling standard is from smaller to larger, e.g., in the United States and Canada, the name of the city/town/village, followed by the county/district (without the word county), followed by the (unabbreviated) name of the state/province, followed by "United States" or "Canada".
  • For most other countries a three-part naming is used: the city/town/village, the county or state or equivalent, and the name of the country in full. The local language, if not English, is usually employed.
  • Persons often end up in unexpected countries because the placenames are not given in full.

Rename log

Monitor the Rename log for obvious renaming errors of Place pages. The Rename log can be viewed by going to Admin>Logs>choose Rename from the dropdown box>press the Go button.

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