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Bug 11902 - Display links to bad (ambiguous) targets differently.
Display links to bad (ambiguous) targets differently.
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 8339
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Parser (Other open bugs)
All All
: Normal enhancement with 1 vote (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
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Reported: 2007-11-08 04:20 UTC by Steve Bennett
Modified: 2007-12-05 20:26 UTC (History)
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Description Steve Bennett 2007-11-08 04:20:09 UTC
I think I want to have a go at implementing this, but want to check that it's a good idea, and stands a chance of being implemented at Wikipedia.

Motivation: there are lots of links to disambiguous pages, and they're not at all visible. This is bad for navigating, bad for reusing content, and bad for any kind of analysis that involves links.

- Define a magic word like __AMBIGUOUSPAGE__, which would be included in {{disambig}} on Wikipedia.
- Flag pages containing this magic word (schema change, I believe?)
- When a link is rendered that goes towards a flagged ambiguous page, it is rendered differently, such as using a new css style, or perhaps a predefined but editable template, which would allow an image to be displayed next to such a link.

Desirable? Feasible? Would be enabled at Wikipedia?

Issues for discussion:
- Should it be generalised at all to something like __BADLINKTARGET__? 
- Should there be a way of controlling which namespaces it applies in? Perhaps it's ok to link to a disambiguation page from a talk namespace...
- Should there be a way to suppress it for an individual link? If so, what would that syntax look like? Perhaps some semantics like linking to any page named "... (disambiguation)" (configurable) would be taken to be a deliberate link, and to deliberately link to a page not named that, you should use a redirect?
Comment 1 Brion Vibber 2007-12-05 20:26:35 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 8339 ***

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