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Bug 13746 - Improve "Database locked" error message when editing
Improve "Database locked" error message when editing
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Page editing (Other open bugs)
All All
: Normal enhancement (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
Depends on:
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Reported: 2008-04-15 02:50 UTC by ravedave
Modified: 2010-05-15 15:54 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description ravedave 2008-04-15 02:50:28 UTC
This is the current text:
"The Wikipedia database is temporarily in read-only mode for the following reason:
The database has been automatically locked while the slave database servers catch up to the master
This is probably due to routine maintenance; if so, you will be able to edit again within a few minutes. We apologize for any inconvenience this might have caused. You can continue to browse Wikipedia articles while the database is locked. For further information, you can visit the #wikipedia channel on the freenode IRC network."

What should be changed:
1) It should say in big huge letters "Your edit has not been saved", then say that you "might be able to save in a few minutes" and only go into technical details after all necessary information has been given.
2) Below that the edit box with the edited text should be re-displayed as in the case of an edit conflict. I believe users of IE will get a "POSTDATA" messgae if they hit the back button and may lose their changes.
3) Don't have a "Return to [[Article name]] link at the bottom. This will encourage users to use that rather than going back to their edit.
Comment 1 Daniel Cannon (AmiDaniel) 2008-04-15 02:53:26 UTC
Sofixit. This is an editable system message, [[MediaWiki:Readonlytext]]. Post your request on the system messages talk page, or post to the village pump to request that changes to the message be made.
Comment 2 ravedave 2008-04-15 03:03:26 UTC
The link is not part of the message, but part of the page, same with displaying the edit box. Also the default text for mediawiki is even worse. 
Comment 3 Siebrand Mazeland 2008-10-31 13:19:36 UTC
Closed as INVALID, because this issue deals with a system message on en.wikipedia in particular.

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