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Bug 16066 - Give "Your edit has been saved" confirmation messages
Give "Your edit has been saved" confirmation messages
Status: RESOLVED FIXED
Product: MediaWiki extensions
Classification: Unclassified
PostEdit (Other open bugs)
unspecified
All All
: Low enhancement (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
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Depends on:
Blocks:
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Reported: 2008-10-21 22:29 UTC by Brett Alton
Modified: 2013-05-31 00:32 UTC (History)
8 users (show)

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


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Description Brett Alton 2008-10-21 22:29:06 UTC
After completing an edit in MediaWiki, a confirmation box should appear that states:

"Thank you for making a contribution to _________", e.g. 'Wikipedia'.
Comment 1 Mike.lifeguard 2008-10-21 22:57:54 UTC
(In reply to comment #0)
> After completing an edit in MediaWiki, a confirmation box should appear that
> states:
> 
> "Thank you for making a contribution to _________", e.g. 'Wikipedia'.
> 

Why?

This has lots of problems, not the least of which is slowing down editors unnecessarily for no reason.
Comment 2 Brett Alton 2008-10-21 23:32:46 UTC
I feel this (In reply to comment #1)
> (In reply to comment #0)
> > After completing an edit in MediaWiki, a confirmation box should appear that
> > states:
> > 
> > "Thank you for making a contribution to _________", e.g. 'Wikipedia'.
> > 
> 
> Why?
> 
> This has lots of problems, not the least of which is slowing down editors
> unnecessarily for no reason.
> 

I feel that this is a positive and encouraging for new authors.

Plus, it's only an additional '<div></div>' after completing an edit.
Comment 3 Chad H. 2008-10-22 00:38:04 UTC
Suggest as an extension then, I wouldn't recommend this in core, per Mike Lifeguard.
Comment 4 Brett Alton 2008-10-22 01:11:22 UTC
I mean it not to be a separate page - and therefore a waste of resources - but rather a div at the top that says "Thank you for your contribution!"

Its similar to how Gmail says "Your message has been sent."

It is a confirmation that everything went okay and gives the user confidence about what they are doing. e.g "Did it go through?", "Was my edit accepted?", "Was there an error?". Experienced editors may not ask this question, but how many resources does it take to print a confirmation for the sake of reassurance by the user?
Comment 5 Chad H. 2008-10-22 01:26:02 UTC
If there's an error, it tells you there's an error...
Comment 6 Mike.lifeguard 2008-10-22 02:15:33 UTC
It shows you the page after you edit (the section after section editing) - I don't think we want (and definitely do not need) such a message. This sounds like a silly idea.
Comment 7 Filip Maljkovic [Dungodung] 2008-10-27 10:00:21 UTC
Being bold and WONTFIXing this. Maybe make an extension, but this generally sounds pretty useless.
Comment 8 MZMcBride 2008-10-27 21:06:35 UTC
I'm reopening this for a number of reasons.

The primary reason is that the original poster didn't specify whether this should be in core or in an extension, so I've simply switched the component from "MediaWiki" to "MediaWiki extensions." There's no need that I see to file a new bug just to specify that this be done in an extension.

Looking at the broader issue, the fact that edits just save and don't display a confirmation box is a bit atypical when one considers the behavior of other programs. The previously cited Gmail gives you a confirmation box to tell you that your e-mail has been sent.

JavaScript could be employed to make the message auto-hide after a few seconds.

It would be trivial to set this to only display for anonymous or non-autoconfirmed users, people who would likely be new to the software and how it works. Though you'd also run into the issue where people would begin to expect the message only to no longer see it. (Perhaps it could say "Your edit has been successfully saved. This dialog will only display for the first X edits...."

Or, it could do a simply edit count check and only show for users with fewer than X edits.

It could also be a preference in Special:Preferences that's enabled (or disabled) by default.

Given all of this, I think this needs more consideration before we definitively WONTFIX it.
Comment 9 Dan Jacobson 2009-04-23 21:49:20 UTC
MoinMoin says 'Thank you for your attention to detail'. Even this very
Bugzilla says Bug Processed etc. Maybe the MediaWiki philosophy is
nobody will believe the message and will check the page again anyway,
so no need for a message, but that is Chicken and Egg.

Anyway if only some MediaWiki wikis have the message, then folks will
think the others are broken. (Unless it looks extra local.)

So I like the message idea, but wonder about caching.
Comment 10 Dan Jacobson 2009-04-23 21:53:54 UTC
Making slightly better title, lest one think that you want the user to confirm something.
Comment 11 MZMcBride 2012-08-02 02:46:20 UTC
I think this bug is mostly resolved by <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Post-edit_feedback>. The code is currently hiding in this extension: <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:E3_Experiments>.

jidanni: Does this resolve the bug to your satisfaction?
Comment 12 Dan Jacobson 2012-08-02 18:04:50 UTC
All I know is that I apparently wanted to see some message, and will only be satisfied when such messages actually start being shown.
Comment 14 Steven Walling 2012-10-21 22:44:42 UTC
PostEdit (see MZ's link) is now deployed in en and de Wikipedias, with more on the way. If you want this, just ask and we'll turn it on.
Comment 15 Siebrand Mazeland 2012-10-22 02:39:17 UTC
(In reply to comment #14)
> PostEdit (see MZ's link) is now deployed in en and de Wikipedias, with more on
> the way. If you want this, just ask and we'll turn it on.

Are there plans to put this in core, or will it remain an extension? n the latter case, PostEdit should probably get an entry in MediaWiki extensions in bugzilla...
Comment 16 Siebrand Mazeland 2012-10-22 02:41:34 UTC
Done.
Comment 17 Andre Klapper 2012-10-22 04:39:34 UTC
Thanks Siebrand!

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